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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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Closets industry study findings to be revealed in Charlotte

CHARLOTTE -- The results of a state of the industry study conducted by Closets & Organized Storage Magazine will be presented exclusively to attendees of the Cabinets & Closets Conference & Expo, March 6-8 at the Charlotte Convention Center.  "We're excited to conduct this study to see where the industry stands and where it's headed, " said Laurel Didier, publisher of Closets & Organized Storage. CCCE 2019 attend...
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Learn about American Woodmark's foray into RFID

ATLANTA, GA -- According to Henry Nisiobincki, the idea that each item is unique in woodworking holds true more than in any other industry. Nisiobincki, RFID Program Manager at American Woodwork Corporation, faced this challenge as he guided the company to benefit from RFID (Radio-Frequency Identification) technology. "The questions we asked were, how could we identify the unique history of each unique part?  And how can...
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Bespoke founder, Keith Morgan, kicks off Leadership Forum at IWF

ATLANTA, GA -- Keith Morgan knows a thing or two about design.   He also has a knack for employing, training and retaining a talented staff.   His company, Bespoke, caters to an elite international clientele base, emphasizing elegant custom design and spectacular craftsmanship. Not only has Bespoke won multiple Craftsman’s Challenge awards, but also Morgan has earned a reputation for his marketing prowess in...
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Contrat historique pour Conception R.P.

Conception R.P. commence la conception puis la fabrication d’un projet d’envergure aux États-Unis pour un fabriquant de bois lamellé-croisé ou sous l’acronyme CLT (Cross Laminated Timber). Le projet se réalisera sur une période d’un peu plus d’un an et créera près de 10 à 15 emplois à temps plein dans la ville de Québec.  ...
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A new brand of architectural woodwork

Patrick Dickinson and his team had a vision: To create a unified, nationwide architectural woodwork firm for the complete project management of complex, large-scale projects. Newly formed and already making its mark, USA Millwork combines the expertise of four longtime regional manufacturers spread throughout the United States: IBS Millwork, O’Keefe Millwork, Cabinets by Design, and Freelance Millwork.  The conglomerate designs, bui...
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Millwork firm makes new windows for historic train depot

GALENA, Ill. --Working on a project in its own area is always a rewarding experience for Adams Architectural Millwork since they can see the beginning, work in progress, and the end result. A historic train depot had been repurposed to provide tourist information and was in need of historically accurate storm windows to help insulate the building against the cold winters of the Midwest and protect the primary sash. Adam...
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Veneer finds warm welcome in healthier biophilic design by HOK Architects

NEW YORK CITY - Using real natural wood veneer was the prescription for a healthier interior at New York-Presbyterian David H.  Koch Center. The Koch Center opened its doors in 2018. The interior at the outpatient care facility reflects a holistic approach that unites healthcare aspects and natural materials.   In their execution of this vision, project studio HOK Architects selected Danzer Linea rea...
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Lockdowel fasteners test their mettle with new AWI standards

FREMONT, CA -- Lockdowel is testing their fasteners to pass eight new AWI (Architectural Woodwork Institute) standards for commercial and institutional joining methodologies of construction, according to the company. In the latest preparation test their Channel Lock fasteners held 1,164 pounds - or 210 lbs/sq. foot - on a one inch thick board shelf of a tall cabinet. “We are really pleased. Lockdowel fasteners are holdin...
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Andersen Windows new manufacturing campus in Arizona to employ 415

GOODYEAR, Ariz. - Window and door manufacturer Andersen Corporation is investing $105 million to build a 500,000 square foot manufacturing campus in Goodyear, Arizona.   Andersen recently held a groundbreaking ceremony for its newest manufacturing and distribution facility, at which it expects to create more than 415 jobs during the first phase of its expansion. Andersen’s Goodyear facility will man...
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Stevens Industries names new sales representative Karine Turmel

TEUTOPOLIS, Ill. -- Stevens Industries, Inc. has announced the addition of Karine Turmel to the StevensWood sales team. She will serve as the western regional sales manager and is based in Arizona. Turmel’s background in product specification, design and construction made her an ideal choice for the decorative panel division of the company. Previous experience in the design world meant Turmel came on board already famili...
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Lessons learned as Florida architectural millwork company rebuilds after Hurricane Michael

YOUNGSTOWN, FL – “We have all learned what we think of most in life when everything is in peril, and it is not the things that can be repaired or replaced,” said Edward San Juan, president of E. F. San Juan Custom Moulding & Millwork, which is based in the northwest rural community of Youngstown, Florida. A third-generation craftsman of high-quality custom wood mouldings and other architectural millwork, San Jua...
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Mock Woodworking acquires Heartwood Manufacturing

ZANESVILLE, Ohio - Commercial millwork and cabinetry firm Mock Woodworking has acquired Heartwood Manufacturing, a privately held wood manufacturing business in Batesville, Indiana.    Mock Woodworking, produces commercial millwork for restaurants, businesses, and institutions. It was founded in 1954  by Wilbur Mock, who opened his own shop after apprenticing in cabinetry and furniture making wi...
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Technology gives woodworkers of all ages a lift

New age brackets are growing as a percentage of the wood industry workforce: those in their sixties and even seventies, and those in their twenties.  “For the first time in modern history, the manufacturing industry consists of four different generations spanning over almost 70 years,” says...
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Jeld-Wen's bid to overturn antitrust verdict denied

SAN ANTONIO, Texas – Jeld-Wen's motion to overturn an antitrust verdict stemming from its acquisition of an interior moulded doorskins plant has been denied. On March 13, Judge Robert Payne, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, denied Jeld-Wen's motions to...
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Interzum 2019 VIP Registration available to qualified North American buyers

COLOGNE, Germany - Interzum 2019 takes place May 21-24 in Cologne, Germany, and show organizers are offering free VIP Buyers Registration to qualified North American attendees. Interzum is one of the world’s leading industry events for the international furniture and interior design supply sectors and takes place every two years. The 60th edition of trade fair will combine 1,800 exhibitors with 70,000 attendees. Major fo...
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Ethan Allen sends North Carolina case goods work to Vermont and other plants

DANBURY, CT - Ethan Allen Interiors Inc. says it will consolidate casegoods manufacturing from its Old Fort, North Carolina plant into existing Vermont plants and to other locations, in a move it says will improve its vertical integration operations. The change will cost about $7 million.    Around 325 employees will be laid off at the Old Fort plant and 55 at a plant in Passaic, New Jersey....
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School benefits from finishing partnership

Lots of woodworking businesses complain about not being able to find skilled workers, but at Reed-Custer High School in Braidwood, Illinois, they are working to change that. Young men and women are preparing for careers in fields where people design, construct, build, service and repair — hands-on, skilled jobs. Mark Smith, who at one time was director of the WoodLINKS USA effort, leads the school’s Industrial Technology program. He works...
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AkzoNobel to debut 'on-trend' finishes at High Point Spring Furniture Market

  HIGH POINT, N.C. – At the April 2019 High Point Market in High Point, North Carolina, AkzoNobel says it has put its deep color expertise for wood coatings to work, to help its customers design showrooms featuring more than 1,000 fresh new finishing looks aimed at drawing in Market attendees.   The massive show running Ap...
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Integrated data-driven panel line increases efficiency

Bringing the functions of its panel processing together and employing more data and automation helped Haworth produce work surfaces more efficiently and in any quantity. Two nearly identical lines designed to produce worktops and tabletops are in operation at the company’s large headquarters location in Holland, Michigan, which includes management, design, distribution and other manufacturing operations. The company has 11 manufacturing...
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New furniture orders up 8 percent in January: Smith Leonard

HIGH POINT, N.C. -- According to Smith Leonard’s latest survey of residential furniture manufacturers and distributors, new orders in January 2019 were 8 percent higher than January 2018 orders. January 2018 orders were 2 percent higher than January 2017 orders. The January orders were also slightly higher than December 2018. While new orders were up 8 percent overall, the results were not necessarily good for all partic...
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Winnipeg furniture manufacturer Palliser to launch line with HGTV's Sarah Richardson

WINNIPEG, MB  – Canadian furniture manufacturer Palliser has joined forces with award-winning designer and television personality Sarah Richardson to create an exclusive collection of home furnishings.   Launching at High Point Market in April 2019 with consumer availability in Fall 2019, Palliser says the collaboration embodies an "accessible yet elegant approach to design" that combines...
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Bienenstock Furniture Library names 2019 furniture design winners

HIGH POINT, NC -- Bernice Bienenstock Furniture Library board of directors announced the winners of two design competitions, awarding $5,000 scholarships to scholars to continue their studies in Interior Design and Furniture Design. In addition to $5,000 awards, recipients were given memberships in the ISFD and ASID professional associations. Their schools will receive an additional $1,000 to fund academic programs. The Bienen...
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Sanas adds click furniture technology to its assembly with Threespine

Slovakian furniture manufacturer Sanas a.s. has signed a license agreement with Valinge for the use of Threespine click furniture technology. Prior to using Threespine, Sanas had been dissatisfied with the strength of its kitchen cabinet connections and were looking for a new method. With Threespine, Sanas will be able to increase the strength of its connections by approximately 30 percent. But there were also other reasons behind the decision...
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Residential furniture orders up 7% in December, 6% for year

HIGH POINT, N.C. - Residential furniture orders continued to grow, rising 7% in December compared to the year prior, capping off a 12-month streak of year-over-year growth, according to the latest Furniture Insights survey of residential furniture manufacturers and distributors from Smith Leonard. "The increase in new orders was a bit surprising for December based on our conversations," said Ken Smith, managing partner at...
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Know the insects in your wood

Q. How can I identify some insects in my wood? A. Here is a listing of common, wood inhabiting insects and general information about these insects. Not all the information, including pictures, on the Internet is accurate. Common Insects AMBROSIA BEETLE. Other names: Pinworms. Holes: Round, 1/32 inch to 1/16 inch diameter. Preferred species: aspen, cottonwood, elm, hackberry, hickory & pecan, maple, oak, sweet...
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Roseburg ends use of okoumé veneer in wake of federal investigation

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. – An ongoing investigation into the illegal import of okoumé hardwood from the rainforests of Western and Central Africa by Cornerstone Forest Products and Evergreen Hardwoods prompted Roseburg Forest Products, a wood components manufacturer, to end the use of the veneer in the production of its products. The company also said it is no longer selling products manufactured with veneer provided by those...
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Why Sleenhof Woodworking outsources drawer boxes from CabAxis

Cabaxis drawer boxes are built in a second-generation cabinet shop in Owensboro, in Western Kentucky. Orders can be fully customized and you can even upload an order list, if needed. Sleenhof Woodworking says CabAxis provides reliability and quality on the labor intensive activity of making drawer boxes. CabAxis, founded by serial-...
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Five levers to minimize furniture materials' environmental impact

Tracking global furniture design and consumption trends and listening to the next generations of interior and product designers (who also...
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Olon names Greg Stoner new president, CEO

GEORGETOWN, Ont. – Olon Industries has appointed Gregory J. Stoner as president and CEO of the wood components manufacturer, effective immediately. Stoner previously served as president and CEO of Metrie, a manufacturer and distributor of molding and millwork products across the United States and Canada. Prior to that, Stoner served as president of MasterBrand Cabinets, as well as General Electric and Newell-Rubbermaid....
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Measuring plant humidity the right way

Q.  It looks like the humidity sensors in our plant are not accurate anymore. How is the interior plant humidity related to outside humidity values? Answer: First, it is common to find relative humidity (RH) sensors lose calibration in a few years, especially in a dusty environment. So, I do suggest evaluating their every six months. A local heating/air conditioning person should be able to do this quickly. In a plant, especially w...
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Wind, compact new lift system from Salice America will be shown at KBIS 2019

The Wind lift system from Salice is characterized by compactness and elegant design. Its movement is smooth and perfectly controlled.   Wind is small and unobtrusive, enabling the maximum utilisation of cabinet internal space. In the kitchen environment, Wind has strong functional appeal - a compact adjustable lift system that takes up a minimum of valuable storage space.    Wind is suitabl...
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Kebony has new shiplap paneling for interior use

ST. CLAIR, Mich. -- Modified wood cladding and decking manufacturer Kebony has launched a line of shiplap paneling for interior applications, according to Kebony U.S. manager Andy Hehl.   Traditional shiplap has been used for cladding for centuries, often employed for siding sheds, barns, and homes. Traditional shiplap has a groove cut into the top and bottom, enabling the pieces to fit together in a tight seal,...
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Custom cut clear liners protect shelves while revealing design color or wood grain

ExactMats produces clear, exact fitting protective coverings for drawers, cabinets, home and office furniture, restaurant surfaces, floors, countertops and other uses.   The Houston company started out making precision-cut, clear, perfect-fitting protective floor liners for cars, trucks and SUVs. Unlike many protective auto mats, the see-through material lets the carpeting color scheme tshow through. Expanding...
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IWPA Wood Trade Compliance Training looks at new enforcement against duty circumvention

ALEXANDRIA, Va. - The International Wood Products Association's new courses on Wood Trade Compliance will also examine liability wood manufacturers have under the 2015 Enforce and Protect Act.   ...
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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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What you need to know about bamboo

Bamboo is not wood, but a grass with no woody material in its stem. But we are seeing more and more use of this grass in cabinets and as a substitute or adjunct to "good old, solid wood." And I have seen some pretty good- looking bamboo items. This grass that looks just like the bamboo fishing rods used by Huckleberry Finn and Tom Sawyer, only larger, is being harvested in a manner similar to trees. The round, hollow stem, with closed se...
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Western spruces, Engelmann and Sitka

Two major spruces are found in the western forests of the U.S. Engelmann spruce (Picea engelmannii) is found throughout the Rocky Mountains, from Alberta to Arizona. It is named after George Englemann who discovered this species in the mid 1800s. Sitka spruce is found primarily within 50 miles of the Pacific Coast from Alaska to northern California. The name comes from Sitka Island where the tree was discovered in 1892; Sitka spruce is also...
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Longleaf pine

Longleaf pine (Pinus palustris), also called fat pine or heart pine, is one of the four major species making up the Southern pines. It is the strongest of the four, the tallest (over 100 feet) and the most fire resistant. While the tall, stately longleaf pine once covered 30 to 60 million acres of the southeastern U. S. coastal plain, 200 years of logging and land clearing have greatly reduced its range to 10 percent of the past acreage. The t...
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Andiroba: Alternative to mahogany

Andiroba (Carapa guianensis) is found throughout Central and South America, from Cuba to Peru and Brazil. It is an extremely tall tree, reaching heights of 100 to 170 feet. Diameters are often 5 to 6 feet. The central stem is often straight and free of branches for 50 feet or more. As a result, clear lumber is common. The tree is fairly adaptable, growing in various climates. As a result, the wood properties and characteristics also are variab...
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Northern white-cedar and Atlantic white-cedar

There are two separate tree species that are called white-cedar.  Northern white cedar (Thuja occidentalis), also called arborvitae or just cedar (there are over 40  local names), grows in Quebec to Maine to New York and westward to Minnesota as well as down the Appalachian Mountains from Pennsylvania to Tennessee.  Atlantic white-cedar (Chamaecyparis thyoides), also called southern white-cedar and boat cedar, grows i...
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Redwood

Redwood (Sequoia sempervirens) is a wonderful evergreen species, with mature trees commonly reaching 300 feet high and 12 feet in diameter. (Giant sequoia is even larger and is a different species.) In North America, redwood grows primarily in California. Although much of the California redwood forests have been harvested or are now reserved, there are still good supplies, albeit expensive, of redwood logs available from replanted forests, sometimes...
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Hackberry: Try it, you'll like it!

There are two trees, hackberry (Celtis occidentalis) and sugarberry (Celtis laevigata), that produce the lumber known as hackberry. That is, in the trade that the names hackberry and sugarberry are used interchangeably. Sometimes the lumber from these species is called sugar hackberry. We will use the name hackberry here, but will be referring to both species. The species grows from North Dakota to Texas to North Caroline to Quebec, but the Souther...
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Mar. 5, 2019

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Join us for AWFS 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada from July 17th -20th.

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