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Sauter Timber Wins for 1st U.S. Industrial CLT Wood Building

Posted by Bill Esler | Posted: 04/29/2015 10:06PM

Sauter Timber's super-strong production plant, built from cross laminated timber (CLT) and glulam, has a 23-foot-high ceiling supporting a six-ton bridge crane designed to carry heavy timber trusses during production. It won a 2015 WoodWorks Design Award.

Port Truck Drivers Strike Four Shippers in Los Angeles, Mexico

Posted by Bill Esler | Posted: 04/28/2015 9:38PM

Port truck drivers struck four major drayage firms serving the nation's largest port complex at the twin ports of Los Angeles/Long Beach, site of a crippling slowdown in early 2015.

Masco Cabinetry Sales Up 5% on Builders, Home Improvement Centers

By Bill Esler Posted: 04/28/2015 9:37PM

Merillat Cabinets parent Masco Corporation says net sales rose 3% to $2 billion first quarter. "In the Cabinets and Related Products segment, our efforts to improve execution are paying off as we increased sales to home centers and builders," says CEO Keith Allman.

Sherwin-Williams Enters OEM Floor Market with Prefinish Coatings

Posted by Bill Esler | Posted: 04/27/2015 5:30PM

Sherwin-Williams Product Finishes launched a line of prefinish coatings as it ventures into the North American OEM flooring market. UV-curable wood flooring coating systems the first offerings in the line.

Wood Machinery Auction at Hamilton Scientific McAllen, TX Plant

Posted by Bill Esler | Posted: 04/27/2015 4:38PM

Closed suddenly in March, now assets from Hamilton Scientific's Round Rock, TX facility that opened in 2012 - saws, machining centers, routers, edgebanders, sanders, inserters, coaters -- will be auctioned May 6, 2015.

Softwood Exports Rose, Lumber Prices Fell as Dollar Strengthened

Posted: 04/25/2015 7:39PM

Softwood lumber exports were 5-8% higher in Canada, Russia and the Nordic countries in 2014, but lumber prices fell toward year's end on a strengthening US dollar and weaker wood markets in Europe and Asia.

HNI Furniture Sales +15.8% to $523 Million; Net Drops on Closure

Posted by Bill Esler | Posted: 04/24/2015 3:33PM

HON furniture parent HNI Corp. sales exceeded the half billion dollar mark first quarter 2015, rising 15.8% to $523.5 million. But net income dropped on higher shipping costs and a $1 million furniture plant closure charge.

Unsold Common Oak, Hard and Soft Maple, Cherry Depress Prices

By Andy Johnson Posted: 04/23/2015 11:11AM

Demand and prices are firmer for upper-grade lumber than for #1 Common and below in most hardwood species. Inventories of unsold Red Oak, White Oak, Hard Maple, Soft Maple and Cherry continue to build, especially in the commons.

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