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Read the latest blogs on wood industry trends from Bill Esler. Stay informed about wood manufacturing, woodworking machinery and lumber.
By Bill Esler | Updated: 12/08/2012 10:00:00 AM
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.
By Bill Esler | Updated: 12/06/2012 6:00:00 PM
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.
By Bill Esler | Updated: 12/01/2012 6:04:00 PM
What is it about smelling like wood that smells good to people? Another wood aroma hits the streets.
By Bill Esler | Updated: 11/21/2012 11:00:00 AM
A lot of discussion centers around how to accelerate economic growth. But as one exec puts it, the greatest stimulus is certainty.
By Bill Esler | Updated: 11/18/2012 11:33:00 AM
Woodshops, furniture factories and cabinetry business should compare notes with other manufacturers, especially in worker training and education. We can learn from them.
Analysis and opinion Bill Esler | Updated: 11/07/2012 12:07:00 AM
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.