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Tax-funded Furniture - Let's Ask for More Wood, Less Plastic

By Bill Esler Posted: 12/24/2012 8:52AM

School and government furniture buying standards that favor wood over plastic and metal make economic and environmental sense. The Public Wooden Furniture Research Project due out in January 2013 will see if it's practical.

Refinished Pews a Blessing for Church

By Bill Esler Posted: 12/15/2012 10:00AM

Refinishing oak pews of a century-old New York City church, an immigrant construction carpenter gives and receives, while the story of a pipe organ restoration continues.

Cliff Fall Off in Small Business Year End Planning

By Bill Esler Posted: 12/11/2012 6:00PM

Custom woodworkers are like any other small business - working at their day job, while negotiating uncertain regulatory and financial landscape.

Does Low Pay Account for Skilled Worker Shortage?

By Bill Esler Posted: 12/08/2012 10:00AM

As woodshops expand and furniture and cabinet factories reactivate, pressure to find qualified workers rises. The shortage may arise from non-competitive pay scales, suggests one analyst.

La-Z-Boy Fiscal Cliff Cash Strategy

By Bill Esler Posted: 12/06/2012 6:00PM

La-Z-Boy furniture sales are benefiting from the improved economy, cell-based manufacturing and optimized furniture production. But the fiscal cliff threat is impacting their strategy.

Wood Smells . . .Really Good

By Bill Esler Posted: 12/01/2012 6:04PM

What is it about smelling like wood that smells good to people? Another wood aroma hits the streets.

Best Economic Stimulus Is Certainty

By Bill Esler Posted: 11/21/2012 11:00AM

A lot of discussion centers around how to accelerate economic growth. But as one exec puts it, the greatest stimulus is certainty.

Can Wood Businesses Learn from Other Industries?

By Bill Esler Posted: 11/18/2012 11:33AM

Woodshops, furniture factories and cabinetry business should compare notes with other manufacturers, especially in worker training and education. We can learn from them.

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