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How the Bluewater Wood Alliance Manufacturing 'Cluster' Works

By Mike Baker Posted: 06/04/2014 10:42AM

Mike Baker shares the model for The Bluewater Wood Alliance, a cluster of companies in Southwestern Ontario which benefit each other through collaborative projects, networking events, plant tour focus groups, and round table exchanges


Chippendale’s Parametric Ordering System of 1754

By Mick Peters Posted: 05/16/2014 7:39PM

Famed London cabinetmaker Thomas Chippendale was clearly a marketing genius. He pushed the state-of-the-art, using what we call today, parametrics.


Call for a U.S. National Wood Industry Academy

By Dean Mattson Posted: 05/08/2014 8:36AM

What if the wood industry launched its own model of classroom education in a cutting edge training center? At the WIC 2014 Wood Industry Conference, award winning educator Dean Mattson challenges suppliers.


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.


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