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Social Responsibility Enters the ‘Green’ Wood Products Arena

By Rich Christianson Posted: 03/30/2012 11:40AM

What does slave labor and human trafficking have to do with going “green?” A lot these days given the latest update of chain of custody certification requirements released by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) and the recent implementation of California’s Transparency in Supply Chains Act.

Wood Trade Shows Caught in Turmoil

By Rich Christianson Posted: 03/23/2012 10:53AM

Civil unrest casts a long shadow on wood-related trade shows, from the ongoing chaos that killed WoodShow Syria to the specter of potentially violent G-8 protests that prompted the Kitchen & Bath Industry Show to reschedule.

IWF Buoyed by Return of Big Woodworking Machinery Exhibitors

By Rich Christianson Posted: 03/16/2012 12:47PM

The return of Biesse, SCM, Stiles and Weinig to the International Woodworking Fair this August is good news for the show and for the North American woodworking industry.

Why Custom Woodworker Fought OSHA Penalty

By Rich Christianson Posted: 03/10/2012 10:45AM

Victory Woodworks had a choice: Accept an offer from OSHA to have its fine eliminated or continue spending time and money on an appeal to expunge the citation and clear its good name. It chose to fight.

Custom Woodworker Takes on OSHA and Wins

By Rich Christianson Posted: 03/02/2012 10:09AM

Victory Woodworks of Sparks, NV, recently victorious defending itself against a "serious" OSHA violation involving a job-site table saw, is now preparing to sue the safety agency to recoup its defense costs.

Got an Opinion on Table Saw Safety? Tell the CPSC

By Rich Christianson Posted: 02/24/2012 1:04PM

I can’t recall an issue we’ve written about that has drawn more reader feedback than the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission’s announcement last October to potentially create a mandatory table saw safety rule.

American-Made Furniture Gets Its Groove Back

By Rich Christianson Posted: 02/05/2012 4:47PM

Who do we thank for this trend to unabashedly market furniture ‘Made in America?

Obama Throws Down the Gauntlet for Manufacturing

By Rich Christianson Posted: 01/27/2012 2:22PM

Not only did President Obama say that manufacturing matters in his State of the Union address, he said revitalizing America’s ability to make things is a cornerstone of his plans for the nation’s economic recovery, jobs creation and future prosperity.

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