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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.


Biofuels: Advantage Wood

By Bill Esler Posted: 01/17/2012 4:00PM

Tax breaks for cellulosic biofuels, e.g., gasoline from pine, and electric from wood pellets, were retained, even as corn-to-ethanol subsidies disappeared at the end of 2011.


Wood Industries: Part of U.S. Manufacturing Revival

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Can the U.S. reclaim its manufacturing focus? Yes. And wood manufacturing firms will be among the leaders.


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