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Bluewater Wood Alliance: A True Manufacturing 'Cluster' Model

By Mike Baker Posted: 01/20/2014 4:36PM

In order for a cluster to succeed, it requires the commitment of companies in the sector and the region to collaborate on projects, share those best practices they wish to share and see the importance of the “big picture” for the growth of their industry.


Bamboo: What a Revolting FSC Development Part III

By Mike DiGiuro Posted: 01/12/2014 2:49PM

Despite its classification as grass, there has been in recent years, a move to get bamboo FSC certified. And the Forest Stewardship Council has reached a conclusion.


Monitoring Wood Product Business Processes

By Mick Peters Posted: 01/01/2014 11:19AM

Management is often too focused on direct labor in the first place, when in fact the overall throughput is the result of many other factors.


What a Revolting FSC Development Part II

By Mike DiGiuro Posted: 12/23/2013 9:23AM

If you are FSC certified, you have probably already received your notice that there will be a substantial increase in your “Administrative Fee” paid to FSC.




What A Revolting FSC Development This Is!

By Mike DiGiuro Posted: 11/15/2013 11:46AM

The Forest Stewardship Council – FSC - has just announced its intention to track electronically every purchase of FSC materials. Yes, I said track electronically, EVERY purchase of FSC materials.


GSA Announcement Offers Path for SFI-Certified Wood Usage

By Nadine Block Posted: 10/29/2013 6:37PM

The GSA issued a recommendation to the DOE on Oct. 25, 2013 that federal agencies have the option to use either the USGBC LEED rating tools or the Green Building Initiative's Green Globes when choosing a third-party green building certification system.


ITC Testimony in Chinese Plywood Dumping Case

By Carl Spencer, Owner, Spencer Cabinetry Posted: 10/24/2013 9:24PM

Forty years ago this past April I got a job running a panel saw for Armstrong Cabinets in Ottawa, Kansas. While I was there, I mastered every cabinetmaking task on the shop floor and every business task in the office.


As Chestnut Goes, Ash Follows a Hundred Years Later

By Dan Cassens Posted: 10/18/2013 8:28PM

Reclaimed ash and chestnut lumber are sometimes confused, perhaps because they have both been attacked by a deadly Asian import.


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