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Laser Technology Beams at Ligna

By Rich Christianson Posted: 06/26/2011 2:00AM

Is there a laser in your company's future? Maybe not today, but let's not forget what the market was like when the first CNC panel saws and routers came on the scene a couple of decades ago.


Three Too Many Serious ComDust Fires at Hoaganese Plant

By Rich Christianson Posted: 06/19/2011 2:00AM

The January 31 fatal combustible dust fire at Hoeganaes plant in Gallatin, TN, was a tragedy. The subsequent ComDust fires that injured a worker on March 29 and killed two workers on May 27 were travesties. Had the company learned nothing from the first incident to prevent furture accidents?


Will Union's Stand Deter Scanwood Factory Sale?

By Rich Christianson Posted: 06/12/2011 2:00AM

Woodworkers at the financially troubled IKEA furniture supplier say they would be opposed to accepting wage and benefit concessions if the plant is purchased at auction next month.



Ligna: The World's Crossroad for Woodworking Technology

By Rich Christianson Posted: 06/06/2011 2:00AM

If you are serious about professional woodworking then you seriously need to add attending Ligna to your bucket list.




Don’t Become a Wood ComDust Statistic

By Rich Christianson Posted: 05/29/2011 2:00AM

Last week's fatal explosion at a Chinese factory that makes Apple’s iPad2 thrust combustible dust onto the international stage of workplace safety concerns.


Wood Products Manufacturing Can Return to U.S. Soil if...

By Rich Christianson Posted: 05/15/2011 2:00AM

U.S. wood product manufacturers, who have closed domestic plants in favor of outsourcing products from China and elsewhere, have the potential to bring some of that production back stateside if they are willing to change their mindset. 


U.S. Manufacturing Strategy? Now There's a Concept

By Rich Christianson Posted: 04/18/2011 2:00AM

File this under "What took you so long?" Bills have been introduced in both houses of Congress to craft a national manufacturing strategy intended to bolster domestic manufacturing, including establishing investment incentives that would help create jobs.


Obama Hops on Wood Is Good Bandwagon

By Rich Christianson Posted: 04/11/2011 2:00AM

At the behest of the Obama Administration, the U.S. Department of Argiculture, which includes the Department of Forestry, recently announced it would promote wood as a green building material. Talk about a no-brainer, but welcomed news nevertheless.


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