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Cabinetry for Export: Earn Euros in Your Spare Time

By Bill Esler Posted: 08/08/2012 12:50PM

Wood product exports, traditional face frame cabinets versus frameless design: this isn't metric versus English measure, but it's something like that.


Wood Industry Recovery. . .For Real This Time

By Bill Esler Posted: 07/15/2012 6:00PM

Chances are you are seeing more custom furniture and cabinet orders. Housing is recovering, and it looks like we can trust the woodworking industry is recovering with it. Really.


Consumers Like Wood Products Made in America

By Bill Esler Posted: 05/30/2012 2:35PM

Wood products that are Made in America are getting easier to find. One factor at work: more consumers are placing a value on buying products that are domestically produced.


Looking for Woodworkers: Technical Training Student Shortages

By Bill Esler Posted: 04/11/2012 1:20PM

Is the wood industry hiring? Yes, overall. While net employment in the industry has fallen, the trend is reversing as housing and consumer spending improve. A table shows the losers and gainers.




Reclaimed Homes: Recycling U.S. Housing Stock

By Bill Esler Posted: 03/05/2012 4:02PM

Over 300,000 U.S. homes meet the wrecking ball annually, part of construction waste that accounting for 40 percent of the U.S. landfill by volume. Now a movement is on to reclaim homes, for profit.


No Shame In Losses As Wood Firms Retool

By Bill Esler Posted: 02/17/2012 9:04AM

As cabinetry, furniture, window and door giants close plants, what they are really doing is optimizing manufacturing capacity, and improving balance sheets. It's a responsible step on the road to recovery, not a cause for shock or shame.


Commercial Interiors Worth Hundreds of Millions

By Bill Esler Posted: 01/30/2012 4:00PM

Expect jobs and work to flow from retailing giants doing makeovers: J.C. Penney, McDonald's and Wendy's.


Housing Crisis: The Fix Is In

By Bill Esler Posted: 01/18/2012 4:04PM

The supply of homes is slowly getting in balance, with many vacant homes are going to investors, and cities convert condos to low-cost rentals. Progress sparks hope among cabinetry, closets, flooring and millwork firms.


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