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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.


Timber and Home Construction Lifted by Housing

By Bill Esler Posted: 10/03/2012 10:00AM

The housing recovery is driving investment into home building, with lumber and forest products firms the beneficiaries.


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.


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