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Study: Work Wins Over the Home for Office Environment

By Karen Koenig Posted: 10/31/2011 12:27PM

Given the opportunity, I would love to work from my home rather than come to an office each day. It turns out, however, I’m in the minority.


Taking Pride in American-Made Goods

By Karen Koenig Posted: 10/24/2011 1:25PM

The Made in America promotion effort gained additional ground this week as this year’s High Point opens with a 16,000-square-foot pavilion dedicated to furniture and products made in America. This is just the latest in news we’ve been reporting on companies, and consumers, bearing down against the rising tide of imported products.


Senate Passes Currency Manipulation Bill: Where Do You Stand?

By Karen Koenig Posted: 10/17/2011 1:31PM

By almost a 2:1 margin, the Senate last week passed the Currency Exchange Rate Oversight Reform Act of 2011, which should crack down on China’s artificial under-valuation of its currency and level the playing field for U.S. companies. The measure now goes before the House, where support is mixed.


The Importance of Networking

By Karen Koenig Posted: 10/10/2011 1:00PM

When every dollar counts, networking can become your best form of marketing. Not only can this lead to sales opportunities for your company, but it also allows for the sharing of ideas to improve production — and profits— in business.




Voice Your View on Hardwood Checkoff

By Karen Koenig Posted: 10/03/2011 1:00PM

Within the next few weeks, the USDA is expected to publish the Hardwood Checkoff draft for 60-day comment, with an industry vote expected to take place by March 2012. While debate continues over the fee structure and other components of the initiative, I challenge anyone to say that the hard-hit hardwood industry doesn’t need a program of this type to provide funding for promotion, education and research efforts.


Congress Cracks Down on China's Currency Manipulation

By Karen Koenig Posted: 09/26/2011 1:26PM

A bipartisan group of senators has introduced legislation that it says will crack down on China’s artificial under-valuation of its currency and attempt to level the playing field for U.S. importers and exporters.


Obama’s Easing of EPA Chokehold Good for Industry

By Karen Koenig Posted: 09/19/2011 12:43PM

Wood industry groups are among those breathing a little easier now that President Obama has shelved the EPA’s recent attempts to overhaul ozone standards.


Support Changes to the Buy American Act

By Karen Koenig Posted: 09/12/2011 11:07AM

I urge you to voice your support for H.R. 2722 — Buy American Improvement Act of 2011 — which would effectively eliminate the loopholes in the existing Buy American laws.


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