Residential furniture orders fell slightly in February, down 1 percent compared to the year prior, according to the latest Furniture Insights survey of residential furniture manufacturers and distributors from Smith Leonard. According to the High Point, North Carolina-based consulting group, this was the first time since 2014 that new orders dropped from the previous year, and the second time since March 2013.
High gross sales, employment, and capital expenditures are indicators of the current strength of the contract and office furniture industry, according to the recent Michael A. Dunlap & Associates quarterly MADA / OFI Trends Survey.
A Hangzhou, China-based ready-to-assemble office furniture firm increased its Florida warehouse and shipping center from 60,000 to 90,000 square feet as it relocates to bigger quarters in Pembroke Park, Florida. E-commerce fulfillment and custom support for assembly are buttressing RTA Products' growth.
With the introduction of the MagPi wood forming machine, SD Machinery says it has created an entirely new category of manufacturing equipment. MagPi, updated since the version shown at IWF 2014, now steam bends solid wood, as well as veneer panel and moulding, drying the material so it is ready to use in minutes.
Canada's Prime Minister Trudeau and U.S. President Obama have committed to establishing a long term agreement on softwood lumber between Canada. A communique issued following Trudeau's March 10 2016 state visit to the U.S. set a 100 day target for key features in the agreement.
Everything relative to edgebanding, banding materials and adhesives got the full-court press recently at Madison College as more than 60 manufacturers, vendors and others gathered to learn how to attain that perfect edge treatment.
Chris Hacker has been named president of the Wood Machinery Manufacturers of America, a wood manufacturing industry trade group. Hacker is vice president of sales at James L. Taylor Mfg., Poughkeepsie, New York.