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White House Enters West Coast Port Labor Dispute

By Bill Esler Posted: 02/15/2015 10:17AM

The White House will send Labor Secretary Thomas Perez to attempt to media the long running West Coast dispute between the International Longshore and Warehouse Union and port operators.


Hon Furniture Parent HNI Office Furniture Sales Up 50 Percent

By Bill Esler Posted: 02/13/2015 4:34PM

Business furniture manufacturer HNI Corp. (NYSE: HNI) net income rose 30 percent, with office furniture up 50 percent for the fourth quarter ended January 31, 2015. Sales were $646.7 million and net income was $7.1 million.


Haworth's Contract Furniture Sales Grow 27%, Reach $1.8 Billion

Posted by Karen Koenig | Posted: 02/13/2015 11:19AM

Haworth Inc. posted sales of $1.8 billion in 2014, a 27% increase over the previous year. The privately-held contract furniture maker attributed its double-digit revenue increase to strong, organic growth and last year's acquisition of the Italian-based Poltrona Frau Group.


West Coast Ports Slowdown Hurting Wood Manufacturers

By Bill Esler Posted: 02/12/2015 10:17AM

West Coast ports were closed two weekends in a row in a management lockout following months of negotiating over a union contract with the International Longshore and Warehouse Union. Furniture makers like Flexsteel say it is affecting business.




Powder-coated MDF Stand-up Desk Wins at Consumer Electronics Show

By Bill Esler Posted: 02/11/2015 8:48PM

Business furniture entrepreneur Stirworks, Inc. has developed adjustable stand-up desks with surfaces of powder coated MDF, motorized metal stand, and Blue Tooth and other electronics. Stirworks offers large-scale distribution to consumer and business sales channels.


Flexsteel Plans $6M More Investment as Sales Rise to $114.4M

Posted by Michaelle Bradford | Posted: 02/11/2015 3:12PM

Flexsteel Industries plans to invest $6 million more in its Edgerton distribution facility. The maker of casegood and upholstered furniture, saw an increase in its residential furniture sales, allowing net sales to improve to $114.4 million.


Masco Cabinetry Sales Fall 3 Percent on ERP Implementation

Posted by Bill Esler | Posted: 02/11/2015 1:44PM

Masco Corporation (NYSE: MAS) cabinetry sales fell 3 percent during the fourth quarter, even as overall sales gained, driven by its Delta plumbing and decorative architectural hardware. ERP implementation and the strong U.S. dollar created challenges.


Georgia Wood Products Start-Up Will Create 50 Jobs

Posted by Michaelle Bradford | Posted: 02/11/2015 1:27PM

Choice Wood Inc., a firewood processing and manufacturing start-up, will create 50 jobs and invest $1.2 million into a new operation in Fitzgerald-Ben Hill County, GA.


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