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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."

WMS News

Technology Continues to Transform Wood Manufacturing

I am still trying to wrap my head around the innovations and new products introduced at interzum and LIGNA in May. It was impressive and to say that I can recall everything I’ve seen there without my notes would be a lie. All the more reason then to look forward to the Woodworking Machinery & Supply Conference and Expo (WMS) 2015 in Toronto this November.

Management

Tall Wood Buildings Not So Great, says Concrete Industry

Quebec Government's decision to allow the construction of taller wood buildings on the basis of a new wood industry construction guide that is not recognized by the National Building Code of Canada (NBCC) circumvents the exceptional building code approval process that exists to ensure the safety of all Canadians, says the Canadian Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute.

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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