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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.

Fourth Time the Charm for Strawboard Plant?

By Rich Christianson Posted: 01/20/2012 2:35PM

Will the new owners of a mill engineered to turn soy straw into industrial-grade panels for cabinets, door core and other traditional wood-based panel products succeed where others have not?

PenPly's Wild Ride Ends in Fatal Crash

By Rich Christianson Posted: 01/13/2012 1:35PM

Out of money and out of time, the Port Angeles, WA, Port Authority recently announced it will tear down the 70-year-old plywood mill and convert its 19 acres of land to develop marine trade businesses.

Investigators of Hoeganaes’ Tragedies Push for ComDust Rule

By Rich Christianson Posted: 01/06/2012 3:20PM

The drumbeat for creating a ComDust rule started up again with Wednesday’s release of the Chemical Safety Board’s (CSB) final investigation report on the three tragic fires/explosions at Hoeganaes’ powered metal plant in Gallatin, TN.

Last-Minute Wooden Gift Ideas

By Rich Christianson Posted: 12/16/2011 10:45AM

For that special someone who seemingly has everything, how about a wood rifle grip pizza cutter or the MDF Periodic Table of Swearing?

Counting Our Blessings at Woodworking Network

By Rich Christianson Posted: 12/11/2011 2:55PM

As we approach the holidays and dawn of a New Year, I pause to reflect on some of the great successes Woodworking Network experienced in 2011.

My Top Wood Stories of 2011 -- Bonus Edition

By Rich Christianson Posted: 12/02/2011 2:19PM

2011 proved to be another economically challenging year for most North American wood products companies, but boring it was not.

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