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Hafele America to carry TAG Hardware's Symphony Wall Organizer

SURREY, BRITISH COLUMBIA, Canada — TAG Hardware Systems, Ltd., announced immediate availability of its new Symphony Wall Organizer system through Häfele America.   “The Symphony Wall Organizer solves storage problems for constrained spaces,” said Sergi Ullod, an industrial design engineer at TAG Hardware. “It combines low-profile wall storage with a high-end design aesthe...
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California Closets Ohio sets grand opening for its largest showroom

CINCINNATI, Ohio – The grand opening of California Closets Ohio’s largest showroom in its Midwest franchise (Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky, Central Illinois) will take place August 29. Attendees will enjoy complimentary drinks and appetizers during the unveiling of the 2,200-square-foot space, originally occupied by the Malton Art Gallery, the company says.   The three-story showroom will offer the...
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Storage tips for wine collectors

PASO ROBLES, Calif. - Allegretto Wines, a single vineyard winemaker in Paso Robles, California,  released the report ‘Storage Tips for Wine Collectors,’ providing tips on storage space, storage methods, the best temperatures for storing and serving, and creative ideas for building a wine cellar on a budget.    “One of the conversation topics in our tasting room is the best stor...
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Cabinets To Go’s new Texas location first to sell custom closets

Photo: Kim Giannetti, Community Impact Newspaper HOUSTON, Texas - Cabinets To Go, a retailer of solid wood kitchen cabinetry, bathroom vanities and flooring, recently opened a location in Houston, Texas, which is the first in the company to sell custom closets, acco...
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California Closets adds Baltimore and New Jersey locations to company-owned operations

TORONTO - FirstService Corporation, the parent company of California Closets, expanded its company-owned operations with the acquisitions of Baltimore and South New Jersey franchises.    “These two acquisitions provide key market footholds in the attractive and growing Mid-Atlantic region,” said Charlie Chase, President & CEO of FirstService Brands. “Both operations will benefit...
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Recession coming? Find out from EBC keynote Alan Beaulieu

San Jose -- Alan Beaulieu, president and a principal of ITR Economics, will discuss the economic outlook for 2019 in a webinar on Tuesday, January 29 at 3 p.m. Eastern.  His presentation, "Shifting Gears and Looking Ahead," will discuss how the U.S. and global economies are not what they we...
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2020 holiday design contest winners announced

LAVAL, Canada - 2020 recently announced the winners of its 2018 Holiday Design Fest Contest. Interior designers submitted their "jolliest and cheeriest" designs using 2020 Design and 2020 Fusion.    “All the designs that were submitted are both beautiful and very festive,” says Santiago Morales, 2020 Design product manager. “I’m glad designers are using the new 2020 Cloud Deco...
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Sustainability challenges to be discussed at Decorative Surfaces Conference

MIAMI -- All economic activities that occur in the natural world require resources such as energy, materials and land, while generating waste and polluting emissions as unwanted byproduct. Today the demand for natural resources and the production of pollution exceed the regenerative capacity of the Earth and put us face to face with one of the biggest challenges of our time: moving towards a sustainable economy. But what does sustain...
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WMS 2019 reports brisk exhibit sale activity

Mississauga – CCI Canada, the organization that runs the 2019 Woodworking Machinery & Supply Conference and Expo, reports that exhibit sales are running well ahead of last year’s event a year out from the show.  WMS, to be held October 31 to November 2, 2019,  is more than 30% ahead of the 2017 event's pace in terms of exhibitors and exhibit space.  “Our 2017 event created a lot of positive moment...
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Next month's Decorative Surfaces Conference offers a glimpse of the future

MIAMI -- Get a glimpse of the future at the Decorative Surfaces Conference 2018, 4-6 December in Miami, organized by TCM North America. Conference topics include: •    The latest on lightweight decorative surfaces: Not just for RTA anymore! The incredible realism of these materials have put architectural surfaces in play. We’ll be analyzing these opportunities. •...
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AAMA & IGMA form new fenestration & glazing group

CHICAGO - The Fenestration and Glazing Industry Alliance (FGIA) is a newly formed joint organization by the American Architectural Manufacturers Assn. (AAMA) and the Insulating Glass Manufacturers Alliance (IGMA). The FGIA became effective Jan. 1. The group's vision focuses on improving home and building performance through better glass, window, door and skylight technologies and standards. The group said it will work to lead...
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USA Millwork acquires California’s Mission Bell

MANASSAS, Va. -- USA Millwork has announced it has acquired Mission Bell, an architectural millwork manufacturer in California. Mission Bell was founded in 1959, and is known for such high profile work for tech companies, hospitals and universities. The acquisition brings the number of USA Millwork locations to five with a combined manufacturing footprint of nearly 400,000 square feet. Additionally, the acquisition adds west coast ca...
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World door market to grow 5% through 2026

Increasing urban population across the Asia-Pacific region will have a major influence over the door market forecast over the coming years, according to a report from Global Market Insights, Inc. Asia-Pacific has about 60 percent of the world’s population, accounting for about 4.3 billion people. This includes the most populated countries in the world such as China and India. There has been a sizeable migration flow in and out of the region whi...
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Arkansas pine lumber attracts new mass timber operation

CONWAY, Ark. -- Mass timber manufacturer Structurlam Mass Timber Corp. has announced today it will expand its operations into the United States, with a plant in Conway set to open in mid-2021. The Canadian-based company, in which Walmart has made an investment, will spend $90 million to purchase, retrofit and equip a former steel plant and create 130 new jobs, and will source softwood lumber from Arkansas-grown Southern Pine trees....
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Wood and laminate flooring industries: projections & trends

Despite increased publicity of these products on home improvement/flipping shows, sales for wood and laminate flooring both dropped in 2018. According to Catalina Research, the hardwood flooring market dipped 3.7% in 2018, to $3.52 billion. Laminate flooring, which faces greater competition from low-cost imports as well as LVT (luxury vinyl tile) and WPC (wood plastic composite), dropped 6.7% to $922 million. The generally positive remodeling...
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Windows and doors industry: A look ahead

Global demand for windows and doors is forecast to rise 4.5% per year to $214 billion in 2021, fueled by building construction and a demand for high-value products. According to the Global Windows and Doors study by The Freedonia Group,  China will post one of the fastest rates of market growth. In the United States, new home construction will help boost sales. Market advances will also be fueled by gains in consumer spending on...
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What's ahead for architectural & custom woodworking: trends & statistics

Although earlier indications showed challenges ahead for the construction and architectural industries, the latest Confindex by the Construction Financial Management Assn. gives cause for optimism. There’s an upbeat sentiment for the third quarter, with those surveyed indicating that deal flow remains solid. Although the Architectural Woodwork Institute’s Cost of Doing Business Survey Business Sentiment Index indicates architectura...
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Woodfold acquires Panelfold accordion door line

FOREST GROVE, Ore. – Woodfold Manufacturing has acquired the intellectual property rights and key equipment of Panelfold Inc.'s accordion door line. Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed. Woodfold, which also manufactures accordion doors, said the product line acquisition "will bring synergy and natural line expansion," to its current range of products. Woodfold's product line includes custom accor...
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Delivering on details helps Covenant Millwork win design award

Covenant Millwork minded the details, and more, in its recent work for a high-end hotel. The Louisville, Georgia, shop won the overall Cabinet Makers Association Wood Diamond Award, and the project also won for the category Commercial: Hospitality. Kent Holdeman and Ron Shultz own the company. Holdeman is in charge of the millwork shop and Shultz takes care of the cabinet shop. The millwork shop builds custom doors and windows, moulding...
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Canada hotel construction reaches record high

At the close of the third quarter of 2019, analysts at Lodging Econometrics have reported that the total construction pipeline in Canada soared to an all-time high with 289 projects and 38,453 rooms. Construction pipeline projects are up 17 percent and rooms are up 28 percent year-over-year. Currently, there are 85 projects with 10,337 rooms under construction. Projects scheduled to start construction in the next 12 months have experienced a l...
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Steelcase named one of Newsweek's Most Responsible companies

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. - Steelcase received national recognition as one of the “Most Responsible Companies” in the U.S. by Newsweek Magazine for positive efforts in environmental stewardship, social impact and corporate governance. Steelcase placed 85th overall and 13th in the category of “Consumer Goods.”   “We’re delighted to be recognized for the work we’ve done a...
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Knoll closes plant, consolidates furniture facilities

EAST GREENVILLE, Pa. – Knoll Inc. announced it will close the Grand Rapids facility as part of its efforts to consolidate and optimize its manufacturing footprint in North America. More than 200 jobs, approximately 180 hourly and 30 salaried positions, will be impacted. A Jan. 16 statement said Grand Rapids manufacturing operations are expected to be substantially closed by the end of the second quarter of 2020, with the...
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American Home Furnishings Hall of Fame Foundation elects new officers, board members

HIGH POINT, N.C. — The Board of Directors of the American Home Furnishings Hall of Fame Foundation Inc. has elected new officers and board members for 2020. Martin Ploy, president, AICO/Amini Innovation Corp, has been elected board president; Caroline Hipple, president, Norwalk Furniture...
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Bush Ind. acquired by Canadian RTA furniture maker Bestar

MONTRÉAL – Canadian RTA furniture manufacturer Bestar has acquired Bush Industries, a longtime manufacturer of RTA home office and residential case goods based in Jamestown, New York. Details of the acquisition, announced Jan. 14, were not provided. The two companies have more than 130 years of combined history in the RTA furniture industry and consolidated sales of approximately $200 million USD (approximately $2...
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88-year-old Puritan Furniture goes out of business

WEST HARTFORD, Ct. - After nearly nine decades of business, Puritan Furniture is shutting down its business in Connecticut.   In 1931, Puritan began manufacturing living room, dining, and bedroom furniture. It slowly moved away from manufacturing, opting to focus on retail instead. It soon evolved into one of the largest furniture stores in all of New England.   Second-generatio...
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Residential furniture orders drop 8% in October: Smith Leonard

HIGH POINT, N.C. - New residential furniture orders dropped 8% in October compared to the year prior, following the gain in September. The latest Furniture Insights survey of residential furniture manufacturers and distributors from Smith Leonard indicates 70% of survey participants reported decreased orders for the period. "We have continued to talk with people using the term 'choppy' when describing business in the residenti...
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Palliser named top employer in Manitoba competition

WINNIPEG, Manitoba – Palliser Furniture Upholstery Ltd. was named to Manitoba’s Top Employers (2020) editorial competition. Companies in the province of Manitoba wanted job-seekers to know that they are innovating and are looking to attract more people to their organizations. That was the message from the Manitoba's Top Employers, announced in December by Mediacorp Canada Inc. "You can see the vitality...
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Halcon rewards employees after successful expansion

STEWARTVILLE, Minn. -- Halcon announced that the company is distributing year-end bonuses to all employees. This is the second consecutive year that discretionary bonuses have been given company-wide. Halcon expanded manufacturing 18,000 square feet in 2019, increasing the total to more than 300,000 square feet. The 2019 expansion allowed them to add equipment as well as reorganize nearly 75,000 square feet of current man...
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Upholstered furniture flammability standard passed by House

WASHINGTON - The adoption of a federal upholstered furniture flammability standard is one step closer following passage by the U.S. House of Representatives of HR 2647, the Safer Occupancy Furniture Flammability Act (SOFFA). If approved and signed into law, it would make California’s Technical Bulletin (TB) 117-2013 the national flammability standard for upholstered residential furniture. The legislation has recei...
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Kimball's Jasper, Indiana plant is 92 percent safer than the industry average

JASPER, Ind. - The Indiana Department of Labor announced last week that Kimball International’s National Office Furniture manufacturing site in Jasper has achieved STAR re-certification in the Indiana Voluntary Protection Program.   The facility is part of a selection of workplaces that have exceeded occupational safety and health expectations and demonstrated commitment to putting the well-being of...
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$99 million wood pellet plant planned in Alabama

DEMOPOLIS, Ala.  — Construction of a $99 million wood pellet production plant is planned for Demopolis, Alabama, the second announced in the state in the last three months. In October Enviva announced plans to invest approximately $175 million to construct a wood pellet production plant in Epes, which is in Sumter County, West Alabama. The Demopolis facility will be a partnership between Pinnacle Renewable Energy (7...
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Cupping in flooring

Q. I had standard 2-inch wide maple flooring put in our house. Now, almost every piece has developed a little cupping with the edges high enough that it feels like a corrugated surface. What is going on? A. First, we know this is a moisture issue, as wood does not change size or shape unless the moisture changes. One of the keys here is that every piece is cupping upwards. The natural tendency is for wood to cup toward the bark. Because...
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Cupping is creating problems

Q. We manufacture moulding and buy FAS grade lumber that sometimes is cupped edge to edge so much that it gives us problems. Can you please clarify the NHLA Rules, especially paragraphs 14 and 61? Our supplier hides behind these rules. I think we might have improperly graded lumber. A. It is my experience that the seller of dried hardwood lumber almost always tries to deliver the quality that the customer needs, rather than use the ru...
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Woodcraft recognized for sustainable forest involvement

HOUSTON, Texas – Woodcraft Industries, a Quanex Building Products company, was recently recognized by the Forest Stewardship Council for its commitment to forest stewardship. It was one of six companies honored during Greenbuild 2019 for being FSC certified from its beginning, 25 years ago. “The FSC is one of the most recognized and well-respected forest stewardship organizations in the world, and we are proud to h...
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Arkansas pine lumber attracts new mass timber operation

CONWAY, Ark. -- Mass timber manufacturer Structurlam Mass Timber Corp. has announced today it will expand its operations into the United States, with a plant in Conway set to open in mid-2021. The Canadian-based company, in which Walmart has made an investment, will spend $90 million to purchase, retrofit and equip a former steel plant and create 130 new jobs, and will source softwood lumber from Arkansas-grown Southern Pine trees....
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Wood components & industrial products: trends & statistics

The market outlook continues to be positive for wood components and industrial products, which are a vital part of the cabinet, furniture, architectural, store fixture and other wood products industries. A snapshot of the $8.6 billion U.S. wood moulding and millwork segment projects 4.4% annual growth through 2022. According to The Freedonia Group, rising new house completions, particularly in the South and West, residential remodeling, and in...
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What’s our sustainability story? ‘Waste wood made good’

It’s time we told the truth about composite wood decorative panels. If you make products from composite wood panels, we have to talk.    We – North America’s producers of particleboard, MDF and decorative TFL panels – have a confession to make. There are some things we haven’t been telling you, about who we really are and what we actually do.    S...
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WPMA announces 2020 board

SAVANNAH, Ga. - The Wood Products Manufacturers Association elected its 2020 Board of Directors during the group's annual meeting, held Oct. 16-17 in Savannah, Georgia. WPMA's slate of 2020 officers includes: Chris Moore, Graf Brothers, president: Sandra Ann Bean, J.M. Champeau, vice president; Terry Gross, Brown Wood, Inc., treasurer; and John Lentine, Boyce Highlands Inc., assistant treasurer. Philip Bibeau is WPMA executive...
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Is warp covered in lumber grade?

Q. We bought some No.1 Common kiln-dried hardwood lumber and it is warped up and down along the length. This cannot be used to make our larger doors, as the pieces we cut will not be flat. The supplier says that warp is not covered in the grades. Is this correct? A. It is incorrect. The NHLA rule states that for Common grades, like No. 1 Common, the clear areas, called cuttings, used to establish the grade, "shall be flat enough to surface two...
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11 ways technology improves profits: WOOD 100 Strategies for Success

New technology helps these WOOD 100 companies finish first by reducing time, labor and improving quality. What follows are some of the methods put in place by the 2019 WOOD 100 class, which includes cabinet manufacturers, residential and office furniture producers, architectural woodworkers, wood component manufacturers, closet companies and more. Now in its 30th year, the WO...
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Hickory and pecan

Hickory lumber (Genus: Carya) comes from eight different trees, four species called "true hickory" (shagbark, pignut, shellbark and mockernut) and four species of "pecan hickory" (bitternut, pecan, water hickory and nutmeg hickory). In the marketplace, you can get any of the eight species when you buy hickory lumber. True hickory is found throughout the eastern United States. However, the range of pecan hickories is limited; bitternut is throu...
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Red Oaks a diverse group

Of all the species in the eastern U.S. hardwood forest, the red oaks (Quercus species) are the most plentiful. The name "red oak" is actually the name given to a grouping of 12 major oak species. All the red oak trees are characterized by points at the ends of the leaves and bitter acorns that mature in two years and germinate in the spring after dropping the previous fall.   Red oak lumber's widespread availability, fair...
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Red alder started from the bottom

Red alder (Alnus rubra), once considered a trash species and useful only for fuel, grows abundantly in the Pacific Coast regions of British Columbia, Washington and Oregon. It produces excellent lumber, and now demands fairly high prices.   It is a pioneer species, coming into the ecosystem after fire and logging disturbances, thereby protecting the exposed soils and watersheds. Trees mature within 40 to 60 years, reachin...
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Dawn redwood: A living fossil

In 1940, scientists found some fossils in Japan for a new, unfamiliar species of wood that was quite similar to redwood and sequoia that are living trees in California. (Since this find, fossils of the same genus have been found in the Badlands of western North Dakota.) Then in China in 1941, botanists and foresters were surprised when three living trees of an unknown species, that eventually turned out to be the same tree as the fossils, were found...
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Lauan, meranti or Philippine mahogany

Lauan is one common name for lumber from a large number (over 120) of species in the Shorea genus. These trees are grown in Southeast Asia, including Malaysia, Indonesia, and the Philippines. There are thousands of local names for these species, but from a lumber point of view, the species are divided into four groups, based on color and weight: dark red meranti, also called tanguile, (pictured) which is dark red and very heavy (over...
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Jarrah

There are many species that are in the Eucalyptus genus. Some are small and produce leaves for floral arrangements; others (including jarrah, and also blue gum, karri and Tasmanian oak) produce excellent timber and lumber products. Jarrah, Eucalyptus marginata, is a dark red wood with outstanding strength and stiffness. This species, also called Swan River mahogany in the past, is found along the coastal area of Southwest Australia, and is i...
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Rubberwood

Rubberwood is the name given to lumber from the rubber tree (Hevea brasiliensis), which is a tree producing latex which is then used to produce natural rubber. (Other names today include parawood and Malaysian oak.) Although Christopher Columbus was shown rubber on his journeys to the New World, it was not until 1839 that the vulcanization process was invented that made the elastic properties of rubber permanent. Prior to WW II, a vast fores...
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California black oak

California black oak (Quercus kelloggii) is in the red oak group of species, but its source of supply (It grows primarily in northern California and southwest Oregon), physical properties (It is weaker than most red oaks, but machines better), appearance (It is not as red, but has tighter grain), and processing differences (Drying is difficult) merit a special discussion of this species. The tree reaches maturity in 90 years or longer...
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Santos mahogany

Santos mahogany (scientific name: Myroxylon balsamum) is also called balsamo (English) and palo de balsamo (Central America) in the lumber business. Although this wood is not related to Honduran (or true) mahogany or to African mahogany, it is a rich dark mahogany colored wood and is actually a bit harder then Honduran mahogany. The wood has interlocked grain, which gives it a strong ribbon-like pattern. The tree, which is in the legu...
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Lodgepole pine

Lodgepole pine (Pinus contorta) grows in the Rocky Mountains, from Alaska to northern New Mexico, in the Black Hills and on the Pacific Coast. Poles of this tree were used by Native Americans for structural supports for teepees and lodges; hence the common name of lodgepole. Lodgepole pine trees are not very large. In the Rockies, they may reach 80 feet in height, but seldom exceed 14 inches in diameter. Oftentimes, lodgepole pine lumber and p...
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