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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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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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Osborne Wood Products sets new trade partner program

TOCCOA, Ga. -- Osborne Wood Products, Inc. has announced the establishment of the Osborne Wood Trade Partner Program, which will offer businesses in the trade access to discounted prices on Osborne Wood’s inventory of unfinished wood furniture components. Starting with a discount for all participants who enroll online, the Osborne Wood Trade Partner Program comprises a tiered system in which the level of discount increas...
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Poplar powers Powell Valley Millwork

Powell Valley Millwork in Clay City, Kentucky, is not your typical millwork company. In the first place, it is dedicated to working with only one species of wood: poplar. While it’s a family business with the third generation now in key management, it also has important stakeholders in active management who are not related to the family. Located in a rural area, it is no backwater when it comes to technology, currently putting in a state-of-t...
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New startup is built around concept of wood joinery

LEHI, Utah -- Authentic Joinery wants to bring furniture into the future by concentrating on methods of the past. “I am introducing Authentic Joinery, LLC which brings custom doors and furniture into the 21st century,” said owner John J. Martin. The new company is located near Salt Lake City. Its philosophy puts aside methods such as metal pocket screws and joints that depend on glue for structural integrity...
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Marvin Windows and Doors rebrands: New name, logo & collections

WARROAD, Minn. — Marvin Windows and Doors is launching a new brand name, logo and product collections. Known simply as Marvin, the brand represents all fenestration products previously known as Marvin Windows and Doors and Integrity Windows and Doors, with both of those brand logos now retired. The company said the new Marvin brand logo, with a bold font and an updated yellow rose, "reflects Marvin's progressive, design-...
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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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Elements International acquires Style-Line in Mississippi

VERONA, Miss. -- Furniture supplier Elements International announced its purchase of Style-Line Furniture, a Mississippi manufacturer of upholstered furniture. Style-Line manufactures custom stationary living room furniture and occasional chairs, according to a report in Home Furnishing Business. The company operates a 350,000 square foot location in Mississippi, providing stationary upholstery to major retailers. ...
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Indiana Furniture partners with Edge Design on seating solutions

JASPER, Ind.  –  Indiana Furniture has entered into a strategic partnership with Edge Design, a UK-based company with more than 50 years experience, specializing in ergonomic, task, and upholstered seating. Five of Edge Design's seating and tables will be included in Indiana Furniture's display at NeoCon 2019. The contract furniture industry show takes place June 10-12 at the Merchandise Mart in Chicago....
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Office-contract companies report lower shipments in quarterly survey

HOLLAND, Mich. – Office and contract furniture producers reported lower shipments and other business indicators, according to Michael A. Dunlap & Associates, LLC in its quarterly MADA/OFI Trends Survey completed in April. The survey measures the current business activity of the commercial (office, education, healthcare, and hospitality) furniture industry and its suppliers. “In spite of the across-the-bo...
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Residential furniture shipment orders slow: Smith Leonard

HIGH POINT, N.C. -- Smith Leonard’s latest survey of residential furniture manufacturers and distributors showed that orders are slowing. The results of Smith Leonard’s survey for March 2019 confirmed what they had been hearing. The survey of residential furniture manufacturers and distributors showed new orders in March 2019 down 3 percent from March 2018 following a 5 percent decline in February. This decl...
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Threespine click furniture technology wins Interzum award

COLOGNE, Germany -- During the official award ceremony on May 20, Valinge received the Interzum award ”Best of the best” for its Threespine click furniture technology. The winners of the Interzum award were selected by a jury of experts for being the best products in the international furniture supplier industry. One of the jury members, Martin Beech, reviewed Threespine during the winner selection process....
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Vertical file cabinets target of antidumping & countervailing duty investigations

WASHINGTON – Antidumping and countervailing duty investigations on imported Chinese vertical metal file cabinets have been initiated by the U.S. Department of Commerce. In 2018, imports of vertical metal file cabinets from China were valued at an estimated $45.2 million. Announced May 21, the investigations were initiated based on petitions filed by Hirsh Industries LLC in West Des Moines, Iowa. Metal file cabinet...
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Brown Jordan Intl acquires Castelle casual furniture

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. - Brown Jordan International has acquired Castelle Furniture, a maker of casual furniture with plants in Costa Rica. Combined, the companies will generate net sales of nearly $400 million. News of the acquisition was announced May 17. Details of the transaction were not disclosed. According to a statement from Brown Jordan, the company's headquarters will be located in St. Augustine, Florida. The com...
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The Joinery addresses challenges of moving its shop

PORTLAND, Oregon – The Joinery is moving its southeast Portland woodshop and showroom to a larger shop in North Portland in the St. Johns neighborhood. Cassandra Jackson, brand manager, said that CEO Jon Blumenauer went about planning this possible move by getting employees involved early in the planning stages. “We started the planning stages originally by getting our team together and talking through the b...
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South Shore Furniture recalls chest of drawers due to tip-over hazard

South Shore Industries Ltd., of Canada has announced a recall involving Libra style three-drawer chests of drawers sold in nine colors. Each drawer has one metal handle. The model number is printed on a label on the back of the chest. The chests measure 27½-inches high by 31¼-inches wide and 15½-inches deep and each weighs about 56 pounds. Some models of the three-drawer chests were also sold as part of a three-piece bedro...
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Expo Meuble 2019 l'imagination et la créativité deviennent réalité

MONTREAL - De retour pour une 49e année, Expo Meuble 2019 a connu un grand succès le week-end dernier. Les 1 400 visiteuses et visiteurs de partout au Québec ont une fois de plus été ravis par le savoir-faire des élèves de l’École nationale du meuble et de l’ébénisterie.   « Chaque année, les visiteuses e...
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Splits caused by nails and screws

Q. When we nail near the end of a piece, or nail or screw in the side edge, we often see a small split created by the fastener. Why is this and what can we do? With MDF, the fastener in an edge seems to create a bump in the surface of the board and also create a separation in the wood around the fastener. A. When you put a nail or screw into the wood, the wood fibers or cells need to compress (or move aside) in order to make room for the faste...
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WCMA announces new brand identity, website design

LINDSTROM, Minn. -- The Wood Component Manufacturers Association is launching a new brand that communicates members’ approach to hardwood manufacturing. “The new look communicates our strengths of sharing and learning, reflects an openness to new ideas from the next generation, and graphically represents the collaborative nature of the members we serve” said WCMA executive director Amy Snell. “The forme...
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Kebony modified wood used on new linear house

RHINEBECK, N.Y. -- Construction was completed on a long, linear modern house and adjacent carriage house on an elevated site in New York’s Hudson River Valley, according to Manhattan-based architecture firm Amalgam Studio, who designed the project. The four-bedroom, five-bathroom, three-level family residence sits atop a ridge overlooking ranches, pastures and mountains of upstate New York. Amalgam Studio drew design cue...
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Pennsylvania lumber supplier is sold on slabs

Mark Lipschitz didn’t start out loving slabs. What he first saw were only discarded, irregular pieces of wood. These large natural wood slabs are now in demand, after being unwanted not so long ago. They are being used in a variety of applications, including a wood slab kitchen sink. Lipschitz has worked in the hardwood business since 1995, primarily in exports. He worked for the largest grade mill in Maryland, and helped t...
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Changing shape in a square profile

Q. What makes a 2 x 2 inch square (about 24 inches long) that initially has the sides at perfect 90 degrees so it has a square profile become slightly diamond shaped with the sides no longer at 90 degrees to each other? A. This diamond in occurs for two reasons: 1) Because the moisture content is changing and 2) because the annual growth rings, as seen from the end of the piece, are not running parallel to two faces (and perpendicular...
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Moisture change in stored lumber

Q. When lumber comes out of the kiln at 6 percent MC, shell and core, and is then put into an open shed, still stickered, protected from rain and sun, how much moisture change will occur in a week? How much if we un-sticker it first? How much if we wrap in plastic? A. You have asked a question that many have asked in the past and still there is no good answer. So, I will give you my best intelligent guess. One key is that dry wood, when...
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Best way of measuring moisture content

Q. We are confused about the best and most accurate way to measure the MC of dry lumber that we purchase and that we also dry ourselves. Can you help? A. For purchased lumber, buyer and seller need to discuss the exact moisture measuring technique and equipment that will be used. The oven test (heating a small sample at 215F) is certainly the most accurate, if done properly, but it is a destructive test that requires perhaps 24 hours. A...
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Conferences & plant tours on tap for WCMA

Each year, the WCMA conducts its flagship event, the Fall Conference & Plant Tour Event. The Fall Conference presents an excellent opportunity for WCMA members to network and have open discussion on common concerns. Attendees also tour the production facilities of several dimension, component, cabinet, furniture, millwork, and related woodworking companies. These plant tours provide attendees a unique opportunity to observe innov...
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What WCMA has to offer: networking & growth opportunities

The wood components market is changing at a rapid pace, with material options/products, as well as the fierce technology surge. The Wood Component Manufacturers Association has an active role in bringing people together to brainstorm, be introduced to new technology and ideas, and expand the influence of the industry moving forward. Networking, international exposure, and growing our future leaders is at the core of what we try to accomplish y...
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WCMA membership – Now more important than ever

If you are a manufacturer of wood components or dimension, membership in the Wood Component Manufacturers Association is now more important than ever. The WCMA was founded in 1929 with the goal of establishing and maintaining specifications and commercial standards for the hardwood dimension manufacturing industry, and to aid in the development of the industry. As membership grew, the association committed to becoming a progressive, nationally-recogn...
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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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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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Mar. 5, 2019

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

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