WOOD 100

2011 WOOD 100: Business Strategies A

Posted: 09/01/2011 3:55PM

The art of negotiation — whether it concerns product and/or material costing, labor issues or some other component — has become an all too important technique in doing business. But if done correctly, the successful strategy, like a jigsaw puzzle, will have all the pieces fitting into place.

2011 WOOD 100: Business Strategies C

Posted: 09/01/2011 3:46PM

Making a case for success: This involves networking, developing relationships and a willingness to diversify into new products or niche markets — while keeping a tight reign on costs.

2011 WOOD 100: Productivity Enhanced

Posted: 09/01/2011 3:41PM

Lean manufacturing: it takes more than machines to drive the productivity increases achievable at woodworking plants of all sizes. It takes a dedicated and skilled workforce, a mindset for quality and continuous improvement, and the willingness remove waste from throughout the manufacturing process.

2011 Wood 100 Technology Integration A

Posted: 09/01/2011 3:35PM

Maximizing capabilities through the use of technology integration, is helping spur wood products manufacturers to new levels of productivity and flexibility in the workplace.

2011 WOOD 100: Technology Integration B

Posted: 09/01/2011 3:31PM

Investments in new machines and software — and in the employees who use them — are helping to open the doors to new product developments and market opportunities in both the solid wood and panel processing arenas.

2011 WOOD 100: Plant Expansion

Posted: 09/01/2011 3:22PM

Preparing for the economy to pick up, wood products manufacturers stepped up the pace to take advantage of new opportunities. They are building new plants, expanding existing operations, or in some cases acquiring companies.

2011 WOOD 100: Product Innovation A

Posted: 09/01/2011 3:14PM

Communication plays an essential role in product development. Talking to customers, consumer studies and creative minds can result in merchandise guaranteed to bring sales.

2011 WOOD 100: Product Innovation B

Posted: 09/01/2011 3:10PM

Healthy market segments today require new products that will entice and inspire the audience, yet are adaptable to fit any situation.

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