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Shanghai Closets

By Janet Valenza Posted: 10/24/2011 10:40AM

In May my company was engaged to design a 2,000-square-foot closet showroom in Shanghai, for a client opening up a new division to sell custom closets to the newly affluent Chinese middle class.


Blushing Creates a Cloudy Finish

By Bernie Bottens Posted: 10/20/2011 12:00PM

This is the time of year when I occasionally hear about blushing, which happens on those warm Fall days when the temperature is still up but it rains or is damp.


Market's Invisible Hand: Cruel or Kind?

By Bill Esler Posted: 10/19/2011 10:57AM

This country revolves around the principal of amassing wealth through home ownership. Digging out of the housing market morass is job one for all of us.


Revamping the Woodworking Wholesale Market

By Rick Hill Posted: 10/18/2011 12:00PM

It is time for the woodworking wholesale market to take note of the new reality. Forget rebates, spiffs, regional promotions, distribution territories, and negotiated special pricing. The market knowledge has moved beyond the promotional systems of the last decade.




Waiting for the Next Big Thing

By Nathan Klomp Posted: 10/18/2011 7:45AM

Cognac melamine has had a tremendous impact on the closets industry over the past few years. With new style changes, colors and grain patterns on the market, will they have the longevity of Cognac?


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.


Winter Wood Coating Tips From Tillamook

By Bernie Bottens Posted: 10/14/2011 9:39AM

For those who use water-borne coatings, the use of additives isn’t always the most productive. With the arrival of cooler weather, let’s take a look at what my friend from Tillamook, which is on the Oregon Coast and is known for cheese, dairies and cool coastal weather, taught me.


Canadian housing starts climb 7.3% in September

Posted by Rich Christianson | Posted: 10/12/2011 9:09PM

OTTAWA ON — Canada's housihng industry smashed through the 200,000 new starts barrier in September, according to the Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC).


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