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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.


Does Wood Industry Win With Obama?

Analysis and opinion Bill Esler | Posted: 11/07/2012 12:07AM

Building and construction markets are already in recovery, and the post-Sandy reconstruction plans are starting. How will Obama's election impact the cabinetry, furniture and other wood manufacturing segments? We could win, with a reational industrial policy.


IKEA Hackers: An Idea Whose TIme Has Come?

By Bill Esler Posted: 11/05/2012 6:00PM

IKEA ready-to-assemble storage cabinets are plain as they come. Do-it-yourselfers are dressing them up, bulding them in and adding crown mouldings, mirrored doors and fancy paint jobs to make them look good.


Wood Shop Employees: The Fear Factor

By Bill Esler Posted: 10/23/2012 3:04PM

Finding woodworkers with job-winning skills is the challenge of the day. It's impeding wood crafting businesses, and all markets.


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