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How Hooker Furniture Used 3D Print on RTA Upholstered Chairs

By Bill Esler Posted: 04/12/2014 12:58PM

To engineer an upholstered ready-to-assemble furniture line, Hooker Furniture used 3D printing. Art Raymond explained the technology and its potential for wood manufacturing at the Executive Briefing Conference 2014 in Denver.


Timber Towers Using CLT Will Grow Markets for Wood

By Bill Esler Posted: 04/08/2014 10:04AM

Continued advances in cross laminated timber (CLT) and wood framing techniques now make wood high-rises practical. A key enabling technology are adhesives.


Russian Lumber Exports Could be Blocked by Crimea Crisis

By Bill Esler Posted: 03/17/2014 8:09AM

Lumber shipments from Russia - one of the top global sources - could be blocked as the U.S. and Europe freeze financial transactions following Crimea's vote to leave the Ukraine. But most Russian lumber goes to China.


Woods Quality Cabinetry Orphan Sites Trail Its Auction

By Bill Esler Posted: 03/13/2014 9:05PM

Woods Quality Cabinetry Company, in the town called Eighty Four, PA, invested in a flashy website - with a 360-degree video tour of its 90,000 square foot manufacturing operation. It documents what went wrong.




What's in a Name? Try $2.5 Million for 'Cabinets.com'

By Bill Esler Posted: 03/07/2014 3:32PM

An e-commerce advantage in the cabinet industry is open to whomever nails down Cabinets.com, and the asking price is a cool $2.5 million for what is said to be one of the most searched terms in cabinetry. Is that even true?


Copeland Furniture Weighs In on Obamacare Delay

By Bill Esler Posted: 02/12/2014 9:03PM

Tim Copeland at Copeland Furniture, a 95-employee manufacturer in Bradford, VT, says this week's delay in Obamacare "is delaying the ultimate for another 12 months." Companies his size were given a one year reprieve on having to insure employees, but Copeland already does.


Construction Job Growth Shows Housing Leading Recovery

By Bill Esler Posted: 02/09/2014 10:21AM

Construction jobs spiked in January, explaining strong attendance at the 2014 Builders and KBIS Shows. A Feb. 7 report shows 48,000 jobs were created in residential building last month. These cabinetry, flooring, hardware and millwork items from the show reflect that recovery.


Lumber Liquidators Foundation Builds for Future

By Bill Esler Posted: 01/25/2014 12:14PM

Lumber Liquidators (NYSE: LL) sees lasting impact on ongoing support for No Barriers USA, and sees parallels in investing in hardwood flooring.


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