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Settling the U.S. Budget: Nothing Matters More

By Bill Esler Posted: 07/21/2011 2:00AM

We all have to face some pain (like ending mortgage deductions) as the Gang of Six plugs trillion-dollar holes in the U.S. treasury. And small firms resent big corporate tax dodges that worsen the deficit, and take capital needed to retool  woodworking and other industries. 

Finding Woodworkers Could Get Tougher

By Bill Esler Posted: 07/14/2011 2:00AM

Vocational training in high schools is critical, for woodworking and cabinetry, and all industries that intend to make stuff in the United States. And for the supply of cabinetmakers, finishers and casegoods professionals our industry needs.

On the Homefront, Some Positive News

By Bill Esler Posted: 07/07/2011 2:00AM

Housing values rose in 13 states; and most Americans continue to value and aspire to home ownership. So over the long term, we will see recovery in housing, and the engine that drives residential custom woodworking and cabinetry industries.

How Social Issues Drive U.S. Woodworking Sales

By Bill Esler Posted: 06/30/2011 2:00AM

Wal-Mart is facing pressure from its shareholders: it's being asked to monitor whether its low-cost, international suppliers are treating workers fairly, and whether they are sourcing supplies sustainably. That could help U.S. sources for wood products.

AWFS Fair: Wood Industry's Must-See Event

By Bill Esler Posted: 06/16/2011 2:00AM

With the July 20-23 AWFS Fair in Las Vegas, the Association of Woodworking & Furnishing Suppliers has planned an event that gives you the best opportunity to improve your business, refine your technical skills, and see the latest in woodworking technology, tools and supplies - all under one roof.

Wood Design: An Industry Advantage

By Bill Esler Posted: 06/09/2011 2:00AM

For the wood industry, creative design is the secret sauce for business growth. We've been struck again and again at the avid interest audiences have for reading about new design trends in building and finishing wood products.

Digitally Printed Wood Products at Interzum

By Bill Esler Posted: 06/02/2011 2:00AM

For the wood industry, "Interzum" may not be a word that trips off the tongue, but four days spent at the Cologne, Germany show - it's a materials show for wood interiors and furniture making - found digital excitement  in edgebanding and panel surface imaging, and "electrifying" lightweight panels, among other cool stuff.

Wood Industry's Labor Shortage

By Bill Esler Posted: 05/26/2011 2:00AM

The woodworking industry's chronic shortage of skilled labor is expected to return in full force as the economic recovery continues.

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