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Aspen Trees Threatened by Hot Droughts

By Alex Keown Posted: 03/31/2015 10:44AM

Warming trends that favored pine beetle forest kills in millions of acres in the western United States could strike aspen forests next, says a new Princeton University study.

Nova LifeStyle Furniture U.S. Sales Up 46 Percent; an IKEA Boost

By Bill Esler Posted: 03/31/2015 6:05AM

Furniture manufacturer and designer Nova LifeStyle's 2014 net sales were $98.7 million; an increase of 26% over 2013. Sales to IKEA in CHina helped, but the "U.S. remains our largest market and we remain committed to increasing brand recognition across the country," says Jeffrey Wong, CEO

Norcraft To Be Acquired by MasterBrand Cabinets' Fortune Brands

By Karen Koenig Posted: 03/30/2015 8:30AM

The nation's largest cabinet conglomerate will be even bigger with the announcement that MasterBrand Cabinets' owner Fortune Brands Home & Security Inc. will acquire Norcraft Companies.

Lumber Liquidators Considers Libel Suit: Fox News Report

By Bill Esler Posted: 03/29/2015 9:02AM

Lumber Liquidators management may sue 60 Minutes for libel. The move, says Fox News, is buttressed by the Consumer Products Safety Commission's decision to use "non-destructive" testing in of the firm's flooring for excessive levels of formaldehyde.

Flairwood Contract Furniture Under New Ownership

Posted by Karen Koenig | Posted: 03/27/2015 12:18PM

Contract furniture producer Flairwood Industries is under new management. Furniture industry executive Wayne Baxter has become the majority owner of the Muskegon-area firm and will take over as president.

Home Depot Adds 40,000 Tech Phones So Workers Can Find Things

By Ben Dain Posted: 03/26/2015 9:50PM

The Home Depot and Lowe's are hiring 110,000 workers for the busy spring remodeling and construction season. To help the new hires find things, Home Depot is equipping them with upgraded in-store mobile phone technology. Home Depot sales rose 8.3% to $19.2 billion.

Masco Names its Services Business Spin-offs: TopBuild

By Ben Dain Posted: 03/26/2015 9:07PM

Masco Corp. (NYSE: MAS) announced a new name for its services business spin-off. TopBuild corp.TopBuild will be comprised of the Masco Contractor Services (MCS) business and insulation installation company.

Composite Panel Association Names Morrill Its New President

Posted: 03/26/2015 1:55PM

The Composite Panel Association has hired Jackson Morrill as its new president, effective April 13. Morrill has been serving as director for the American Chemistry Council (ACC) since 2010, where he managed the Formaldehyde Panel directing comprehensive state and federal advocacy initiatives, communications, third-party outreach and scientific studies on formaldehyde.

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