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U.S. Canada Softwood Lumber Agreement Expires October 2015

Posted by Karen Koenig | Posted: 01/26/2015 11:13AM

The Softwood Lumber Agreement between the United States and Canada is set to expire October 2015, marking the end of the two-year extension. The agreement prohibits the Canadian federal and provincial governments from providing subsidies to the Canadian lumber industry.


Arauco Invests $30 Million in South Carolina Particleboard Mill

Posted by Karen Koenig | Posted: 01/26/2015 9:23AM

Arauco North America will invest $30 million to grow the particleboard and thermally fused laminate (TFL) capacity at its mill in Bennettsville, SC. The new technology is expected to be in place by the fourth quarter.


Valspar Wins Contract at Cumberland's American OEM Flooring Plant

Posted by Bill Esler | Posted: 01/25/2015 5:39PM

Valspar Wood says it has begun supplying wood coatings to Cumberland Products Group's newly established American OEM hardwood-flooring manufacturing line in Only, TN.


SCM Probes Science of Wood Materials at Technology Showcase

By Michaelle Bradford Posted: 01/23/2015 3:32PM

Innovations in wood product technology - and materials - were discussed at SCM Group's Product Showcase Jan. 22. Wood science professor Dr. Marco Fioravanti showed cool materials, including banana wood veneer and colored MDF.




Trending: Limited Run Walnut iPhone Dock, Portable Woodshop

By Bill Esler Posted: 01/23/2015 10:58AM

Most viewed: Fabricating walnut into a premium iPhone docking station, Portland-based Grovemade offers just 175 copies at $149 each. Also trending, a woodshop on wheels, and a blog by Randy Maxey on routers that make you swear.


Years of Lag in Home Building Hurts Remodeling: Harvard Study

Posted by Wade Vonasek | Posted: 01/21/2015 4:14PM

Growth in home improvement spending is expected to lighten in 2015, according to Harvard's Leading Indicator of Remodeling Activity (LIRA). Years of reduced home construction is a factor.


Bassett Furniture to Acquire All of Zenith Freight Lines

Posted by Karen Koenig | Posted: 01/21/2015 8:36AM

Bassett Furniture Industries announced plans to acquire the remaining 51% of Zenith Freight Lines LLC. Financial details were not disclosed on the transaction, which is expected to close early next month.


Builders See 26 Percent Single Home Building Rise in 2015

Posted: 01/21/2015 5:31AM

Single-family home construction, the primary engine of growth for home building businesses, will grow26 percent, say economists at the International Builders' Show in Las Vegas.


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