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LEED Puts Little Emphasis on Materials That Last Generation

By Brooks Gentleman Posted: 04/29/2015 9:04AM

The design community, manufacturers, and construction processes must consider the life of the building if we are truly going to incorporate sustainability in our industry. More emphasis is placed on material recycling than on perform whether it performs over the long haul.


Reshoring Initiative 2014 Data Report Emphasizes Positive Jobs

Posted: 04/28/2015 9:41PM

The Reshoring Initiative, an organization committed to helping manufacturers recognize the profit potential of utilizing local sourcing and production, has published its annual data report on reshoring trends, and the news is good. More than 60,000 manufacturing jobs were brought to the United States by reshoring and Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) combined in 2014, representing a 400 percent increase since 2003.


Lumber Liquidators Gets Cover from Investment Analysts

By Bill Esler Posted: 04/21/2015 11:55AM

Lumber Liquidators, under fire over allegations it sold formaldehyde-laced flooring that was falsely labeled CARB compliant, is now getting support from investment analysts Cantor Fitzgerald, which recommends its stock, and Raymond James, which commissioned tests that support the flooring manufacturer's case.


What Does Your Wood Brand Say About You?

By Mark Vruno Posted: 04/16/2015 11:56AM

Branding is not merely a stamp. “It’s a connection to your customers,” says building marketing expert.




Remodeling Radio Host Ron Cowgill at Cabinets & Closets 2015

By Bill Esler Posted: 04/09/2015 10:55AM

Contractor Ron Cowgill, radio host of the Mighty House Network remodeling radio talk show, will talk about remodeling regulations on lead abatement at the Cabinets & Closets Conference, April 14 in Schaumburg, IL.


IKEA Kitchen Cabinets Top JD Power Customer Satisfaction, Again

Posted by Bill Esler | Posted: 04/08/2015 10:28AM

IKEA cabinets outranked Thomasville, Armstrong, and Diamond cabinets , to earn JD Powers highest customer satisfaction rating for the second year in a row.


OSHA Cites Comdust in Wood Fiber Inc. Worker Safety Violations

By Bill Esler Posted: 04/06/2015 9:13PM

OSHA says employees at Wood Fibers Inc. worked at risk of amputation, fire, and electrical shock amid large amounts of combustible dust. The October 2014 citation, the fifth in three years at the wood pellets maker, carried proposed fines of $71,610.


Natuzzi Furniture Laid off 429 in Italy; Resets China Production

Posted by Bill Esler | Posted: 04/04/2015 9:19PM

Italian furniture manufacturer Natuzzi, which trades on the New York Stock Exchange, says it laid off 429 Italian factory workers under terms of a new contract it had been rotating workers into shifts to avoid layoffs, but that hurt productivity.


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