Spencer Cabinetry Plywood Dumping, Plant Openings Top Reports

Posted by Michaelle Bradford | Posted: 10/10/2013 9:01AM


Spencer Cabinetry's take on the plywood antidumping ruling was one of the top viewed reports this week. Carl Spencer, a small kitchen cabinetmaker in Washington State discusses how he was drawn into the national political debate over Chinese plywood dumping. For over a year Spencer pressed federal legislators to "see through the contrived" issue.  His passionate campaign got him invited to testify at a hearing on this subject at the International Trade Commission (ITC).

Other users of plywood also made the news, with new plant openings by Wayzata Home Products and Elias Woodwork also among the most viewed. Elias says it will launch ready to assemble cabinets next month.

Here are the wood industry's most viewed reports from the past week.

Furniture Brands Enters $280M Asset Purchase Agreement with KPS

By Karen Koenig Posted: 10/03/2013 11:30AM

Furniture Brands International has entered into an asset purchase agreement with KPS Capital Partners L.P. to acquire substantially all of FBI's assets for $280 million, including the Lane business. The news was announced Oct. 3.

- See more at: http://www.woodworkingnetwork.com/wood-market-trends/woodworking-industry-news/production-woodworking-news?page=2#sthash.ol7XTQ8e.dpuf

Plywood Antidumping Ruling: Upside-Down System of Justice

By Carl Spencer Posted: 10/01/2013 10:03PM
Spencer Cabinetry, my company, is just a small kitchen cabinet manufacturer in Washington State. Who would have thought we would be sucked up by the typhoon that is national politics. I have now seen it first hand and it is truly ugly.

Wayzata Cabinet Invests $12.5 Million; 300 Cabinetry Jobs

By Michaelle Bradford Posted: 10/08/2013 10:17AM
Semi-custom cabinetry maker Wayzata Home Products, manufacturer and distributor of, will invest more than $12.5 million in a new manufacturing plant and warehouse in Connersville, IN.

Elias Woodwork' Opens New Plant; Auctions Excess Equipment

By Bill Esler | Posted: October 4, 2013 - 9:38 AM
Elias Woodwork's new 100,000-square-foot manufacturing center in Morden, Manitoba follows a business strategy that involved the closure of its furniture division a year ago. It is auctioning excess equipment from that operation.

Norcraft Cabinetry Files $100 Million IPO

By Karen Koenig Posted: 10/08/2013 11:40AM 
Norcraft Companies Inc., a manufacturer of kitchen and bathroom cabinetry, filed plans for an initial public offering of up to $100 million of its common stock.

Steinway's Sound Piano Manufacturing Practices

By Karen Koenig Posted: 10/07/2013 11:46AM
Piano maker Steinway & Sons, newly acquired in a half-billion dollar deal, combines technology and hand-craftsmanship to manufacture the essential components of its grand pianos.

Veneer Core Hardwood Plywood  King, Says HPVA President

Posted: October 1, 2013 - 11:35 AM
Timber Products Company recently caught up with HPVA President Kip Howlett to discuss the state of the industry and timely wood products issues, including the recent antidumping ruling on hardwood plywood from China.

Veneer Core Hardwood Plywood Still King, Says HPVA President

Posted: October 1, 2013 - 11:35 AM

Timber Products Company recently caught up with HPVA President Kip Howlett to discuss the state of the industry and timely wood products issues, including the recent antidumping ruling on hardwood plywood from China.

- See more at: http://www.woodworkingnetwork.com/search?keyword=Veneer+Core+Hardwood&x=7&y=9#sthash.SJBwA9XG.dpuf

$100,000 Luxury Closet Features Hanging Boots

Posted by Michaelle Bradford | Posted: 09/30/2013 11:02AM
This $100,000 luxury walk-in closet designed by Lisa Adams, LA Closet Design, features storage for over 100 purses, 150 shoes and separate hanging areas for boots.

Krown Baldur barn door hardwareBarn Door Hardware Re-Imagined

By Bill Esler | Posted: October 3, 2013 - 9:37 PM
Barn door hardware maker Krown Lab, Portland, OR, says it has re-imagined sliding barn door hardware.


OSHA Should Know It's None of Their Business

By Brooks Gentleman | Updated: October 4, 2013 - 3:47 PM
To succeed as a business owner these days you've got to be optimistic. That is why I found it strange that I was so discomfitted by waiting in the conference room at the regional OSHA office.

Woodworking Network Sets Records: Cardell, Furniture Brands News

By Rich Christianson | Updated: October 3, 2013 - 1:20 PM
September 10 is a day that will go down in Woodworking Network infamy. It was the first day WWN issued not one, but two breaking news alerts: Cardell Cabinetry Out of Business and Furniture Brands Files for Bankruptcy.

Slim Profits as Bassett Furniture Sales Rise 20%

Posted by Bill Esler | Posted: 10/03/2013 3:31PM
Bassett Furniture Industries, Inc. (Nasdaq:BSET) sales rose 20% third quarter, to $77.2 million, but net income was slim. Bassett $3 million retail computerization project hits rough spots. Domestic production rises.


Carpenters Union Local Gains Jobs as Trade Show Relocates

By Bill Esler Posted: 10/06/2013 5:07PM
Carpenters Union Local 10 in Chicago says it sold a trade show on relocating to the Chicago McCormick Place exhibition center, building jobs for its members. The union operates a regional training center for cabinet and construction training.


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Michaelle Bradford

Michaelle Bradford

Michaelle Bradford is Managing Editor of Woodworking Network magazine and Custom Built Interiors Weekly eNewsletter. She can be reached at mbradford@woodworkingnetwork.com or Google+.

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