U.S. hardwood lumber exports to Asia were down 10% on the year through June. However, more than half of exporters reported improving sales to China in August, a marked turnaround from the steadily falling demand of the past year.
An anti-bacterial coating for granite and other stone has been developed by Antolini, a quarry and stone curator. Based in Italy with U.S. distributors, Antolini says it is the first to apply the treatment - which it brands as A Zerobact - to stone surfaces. Intended for food preparation areas, A Zerobact is available on its newest Signature Stone Collection, and has certifications from the US EPA, EU for Food Contact Safety, NSF for Food Contact Safety. A stamp of authenticity is applied to all slabs treated with A zerobact.
Wood components firm Osborne Wood Products says it is developing an appreciation sale to capitalize on seasonal surge in tale slide sales. It researched data from two years of ordering patterns in planning its promotion.
Quanex Building Products Corp. is acquiring cabinetry components maker Woodcraft Industries for $248.5 million in cash. The transaction by Quanex, a window and door components manufacturer, is expected to close in the fourth quarter.
A few years ago I cut a huge American Elm log into slabs and quickly sold all of them except one piece that ended up being short after hitting a few nails. The nails dulled the sawmill too much to finish the cut, until a new order came in.