Karen Koenig

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High Court's Backing of Byrd Amendment Is Just

By Karen Koenig Posted: 05/25/2010 2:00AM

The U.S. Supreme Court made the right decision when it voted against hearing a case challenging the Byrd Amendment and the subsequent distribution of an estimated $60 million in funds collected from duties on low-priced Chinese bedroom furniture imports.

Blind Pursuit: Woodworker Perseveres Despite Sight Disability

By Karen Koenig Posted: 05/19/2010 2:00AM

Blind woodworker and power tools — it’s no oxymoron. Reading an article the other day about blind woodworker Armando Del Gabbo of Kingston, ON, made me realize the determination and passion people have for this industry and their willingness to overcome any obstacle to pursue it.

Holding Fast to Optimism

By Karen Koenig Posted: 05/12/2010 2:00AM

As someone who’s facing more than $50,000 in college tuitions next year (and that’s for public, in-state universities), I grab onto any indicators that the economy is improving. They’ve been slow, but they are arriving.

Live at Xylexpo: Why Trade Shows Prove Their Worth

By Karen Koenig Posted: 05/05/2010 2:00AM

It’s only been a few hours, but already at Xylexpo I’ve been introduced to new technology for panel processing, finishing and rough mill operations. In this one venue are located hundreds of experts with solutions for optimizing the production—and productivity — of any operation in your plant.

Sales of Wood Products Creeping Up from the Basement

By Karen Koenig Posted: 04/29/2010 2:00AM

Everyone knows how bad 2009 was for the housing market, and the woodworking industry’s close relationship with that market meant tanked sales for many secondary wood products manufacturers. While the results of a new study to be released this summer by Vance Publishing, Virginia Tech and the USDA Forest Service highlight the validity of that statement, there is some positive news to be gleaned.

Climate Bill Goes Cold

By Karen Koenig Posted: 04/27/2010 2:00AM

The anticipated release today of the Senate’s climate change and energy bill has been stalled due to a decision by an angry Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) to walk away from the talks. What impact this will have on the woodworking industry has yet to be determined.

Maple Bats a Big Zero in Minor Leagues

By Karen Koenig Posted: 04/04/2010 2:00AM

In last month’s blog, I wrote of Major League Baseball’s ban on weapons in ballparks. Wood bats, obviously, were allowed. We have to qualify that now.

Congress Shouldn’t Delay Formaldehyde Legislation

By Karen Koenig Posted: 03/28/2010 2:00AM

CARB leveled the playing field in California. Now, legislation before Congress may extend that fair play across the nation.

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