Posted: 09/01/2011 3:03PM
With sustainability at the forefront of concerns today, woodworkers continue to seek new ways to lower emissions, green their products and reduce their carbon footprint.
Posted: 09/01/2011 2:55PM
flooring the competition — All across North America, wood products manufacturers are distinguishing themselves from global and domestic rivals by quality control measures put in place, sustainability efforts, and most importantly, by high levels of customer service.
By Karen Koenig |
Posted: 10/04/2010 11:41AM
We’ve always said about the WOOD 100 companies, they may not be the biggest, but they are among the best. Though not all increased their profits in 2009, these secondary woodworking firms found numerous ways to improve their businesses through: new marketing initiatives, innovative business strategies, productivity enhancements, technology integrations and customer service.
By Bill Esler |
Posted: 09/15/2010 12:45PM
Stories suggesting a renaissance among wood manufacturing businesses have been reaching editors Karen Koenig, Rich Christianson and Michaelle Bradford over the past months. Some come from woodworking firms, others are passed along by suppliers who seem in awe of what their determined-to-succeed customers are doing.
Posted: 09/15/2010 11:53AM
More than lip-service: Many firms say they emphasize customer service, but structuring it into the culture of an organization is easier said than done. In smaller organizations it can mean that everyone on the team accepts personal responsibility for customer satisfaction – following through to make sure clients get the service, support and answers. Larger organizations must structure it into the mechanics of operation.
Posted: 09/15/2010 11:40AM
Measure twice, cut once: Quality control is critical to mass production as well as custom applications. Woodworking firms must meet specs for demanding clients — and always get it right.
By Bill Esler |
Posted: 09/15/2010 11:30AM
In recent years, polyvinyl chloride (PVC) has become a source of global environmental concern, as a growing body of scientific evidence points to the potential long-term human and environmental health dangers. This hampers recycling and creates challenges in reducing environmental impact over the office system life-cycle.
Posted: 09/15/2010 11:24AM
WALKING THE WALK ON GREEN: As adoption of sustainable operations become pervasive, a parallel move is afoot among woodworking firms to adopt corporate social responsibility. This steps beyond concerns about wood sourcing, VOC emissions or industrial pollution, to embrace longer-term impact of manufacturing on workers and communities.