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Building a 'Made in Canada' Furniture Business

By Dana Fromunda Posted: 04/13/2014 5:15PM

In times when many Canadian furniture companies are looking to find new opportunities to sell and market their existing products and when others are thinking about closing their doors, selling their businesses or starting something outside furniture manufacturing, Ruff Swan is blooming and booming.


Hardwood Check-Off Should Move Forward

By Jeff Durst Posted: 04/09/2014 3:00PM

In my mind, the proposed Check-Off program is not about our respective businesses today. It is about the long-term collective future of the hardwood industry; our businesses, our employees and their families, and a way of life.


Advanced Cabinet Systems Trains Lean

By Bruce McLenithan Posted: 02/28/2014 3:42PM

Nothing is ever perfect. Lean concepts realize this truth and are aimed at contantly getting better. Our goal is to train our employees to constantly think of better proceses and ways to organize thier workspaces to be more efficient and empower them to implement their ideas.


Green Redwood: Understanding the True Environmental Impact

By Charles Jourdain, The California Redwood Association Posted: 02/17/2014 11:32AM

A recent survey asked homeowners about their choices for green decking material. 75 percent of those surveyed said that it’s important for their home’s deck to be eco-friendly. 90 percent believed a deck should be recycled and reused.




A Not So Revolting FSC Development

By Mike DiGiuro Posted: 02/01/2014 9:52AM

Sometimes even a 900 pound gorilla listens! As a result of public feedback, the Forest Stewardship Council has cancelled the requirement for online FSC material purchases registration by April 2014 and will conduct further study.


A Look at Wood in Computer Design as Apple's Macintosh Turns 30

By Matt Schumake Posted: 01/30/2014 10:59PM

As Apple celebrates the 30th anniversary of the Macintosh computer, we look at the model that started the home computer revolution and the role woodworkers played in making it happen.


Engineered Wood Outlook for 2014: APA President Shares His Views

By Ed Elias Posted: 01/29/2014 9:49AM

Association President Ed Elias discusses how APA and the engineered wood industry viewed 2013 and what to expect in 2014.


Bluewater Wood Alliance: A True Manufacturing 'Cluster' Model

By Mike Baker Posted: 01/20/2014 4:36PM

In order for a cluster to succeed, it requires the commitment of companies in the sector and the region to collaborate on projects, share those best practices they wish to share and see the importance of the “big picture” for the growth of their industry.


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