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Psst… NeoCon’s Not Going Away, Pass It Down

By Rich Christianson Posted: 06/15/2012 1:18PM

I've seen a lot of speeches at industry meetings, but none quite like the one this week in which the president of Merchandise Mart Properties Inc. spent his 10 minutes assuring office furniture makers that NeoCon was the victim of "outrageous rumors" and nothing more.

Wooden LED Light Bulb: What a Bright Idea

By Rich Christianson Posted: 06/08/2012 11:04AM

A wonderfully whimsical wooden light bulb designed by artist Ryosuke Fukusada combines traditional woodworking techniques and LED technology.

Ashley Furniture Never Lost Sight of Made in America

By Rich Christianson Posted: 06/01/2012 12:45PM

The tiny hamlet of Arcadia, WI, has birthed the nation's largest furniture manufacturer and retailer. Talk about a great American success story.

Canadian Housing Industry Seeing Double Digits

By Rich Christianson Posted: 05/18/2012 12:41PM

Led by Quebec's titanic 57% increase, Canadian housing starts surged 14% in April compared to 2.6% in the United States.

Housing Market Gains: Something to Cheer About

By Rich Christianson Posted: 05/11/2012 11:13AM

If you feel that your woodworking business is not doing better today than it was a year ago, you might want to check your pulse. While you may not be alone, you are decidedly in the minority.

Woodworkers Beware: OSHA's Blame and Shame Game

By Rich Christianson Posted: 05/05/2012 4:10PM

OSHA's recent press release announcing $147,000 in fines against New England Wood Pellet, also admonished "the employer's failure to effectively minimize and address clearly recognized hazards that could kill or disable workers in a catastrophic incident." Was that over the top? The pellet maker thinks so.

Did ComDust Fuel Deadly BC Sawmill Blasts?

By Rich Christianson Posted: 04/26/2012 9:02PM

Investigators of the two eerily similar fatal sawmill explosions in British Columbia are looking to learn if combustible dust generated from sawing woods infested by the mountain pine beetle contributed to the tragedies.

PenPly's Fatal Crash: Epilogue

By Rich Christianson Posted: 04/13/2012 9:01AM

When I posted my blog about PenPly's wild ride in January, I thought the saga was over. But not so fast. Now comes the filing of a $1.6 million lawsuit.

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