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Georgia-Pacific Closes Wisconsin Engineered Wood Products Plant

PHILLIPS, WI - Georgia-Pacific will close its engineered wood products facility in Phillips, Wisconsin, by the end of October, eliminating 53 jobs.

A Georgia-Pacific spokesman told WAOW TV the closure comes after years of declining demand for the wood paneling and specialty wood products produced by the facility, which has been operating at less than 70 percent capacity. Built in 1958, the plant was one of seven G-P mills in Wisconsin.

A WARN notice was filed in Wisconsin on Aug. 28 for the closure.

Woodworking Industry News

Woodworking Equipment Maker Schelling Acquires IMA

SCHWARZACH, AUSTRIA & LUBBECKE, GERMANY - The technology leader for cut to size solutions Schelling acquires the specialist for automated edge processing technology IMA from Adcuram in Munich. Together both companies will lead the way in automation technology for the panel processing and furniture industries.

Furniture

Fight Brewing For Control of Ethan Allen at Annual Meeting

Ethan Allen Chairman and CEO Farooq Kathwari has responded to a shareholder letter sent August 26 questioning the management of the company. Thomas Sandell, whose group owns 5.5% of Ethan Allen, said "sub-optimal fiscal policies and inefficient allocation of shareholder capital has resulted in the company`s stock trading at a significant discount to its intrinsic value."

Closets

Green Products Could Lead to Mould in Closets, Cabinetry

High humidity can lead to mould in cabinetry and closets built and finished with green materials, says a building forensics firm. While waster-based materials are appropriate in most settings, in some regions of the U.S. green panel and cabinetry has lead to catastrophic failures in multi-unit dwellings, according to Liberty Building Forensics, a construction consultant.

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