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Remodeler Nabbed for Workman's Comp Fraud

By Bill Esler Posted: 10/29/2013 8:34PM

The owner of Cost Bella Builders, a cabinetry, remodeling and construction firm, was convicted of committing workers' compensation insurance premium fraud, says Dave Jones, California Insurance Commissioner.


How Woodworkers May Benefit from Federal Healthcare

By Bill Esler Posted: 10/27/2013 12:58PM

The Affordable Healthcare program had taken a battering in its first few weeks. But for woodworking companies and woodwork entrepreneurs, this could really work out.


Lumber Liquidators Profits Jump 58 Percent, Sales Up 24 Percent

By Bill Esler Posted: 10/23/2013 8:41AM

Flooring giant Lumber Liquidators (NYSE: LL) sales jumped 24% third quarter, to $254.3 million. Net income spiked 58%. A $53 million, 1 million square foot plant opens next year. CEO comments on Federal Lacey investigation.


Affordable Healthcare for Woodworking Businesses

By Bill Esler Posted: 10/20/2013 12:58PM

The Affordable Healthcare program, Obamacare, got off to a rocky start on technical and political levels. Woodworking companies may benefit from the fixes being made now when insurance exchanges specifically for small business open November 1 - a month late.




EIA: Lumber Liquidators Importing Illegal Hardwood Flooring

Posted: 10/18/2013 9:33PM

Environmental Investigation Agency's new investigative report details the extent and nature of illegal logging in the Russian Far East and tracks illegally harvested valuable hardwoods across the border into China.


Lumber Liquidators May Have Received Illegal Hardwood: Report

By Bill Esler Posted: 10/18/2013 9:33PM

An environmental group alleges Lumber Liquidators suppliers may have mixed illegally harvested Siberian lumber into its supply chain, a violation of the Lacey act banning logging in protected forests.


Fire-killed Timber Can Be Saved, If Congress Acts

By Rep. Tom McClintock, Republican, California Posted: 10/14/2013 10:10PM

Up to one billion board feet of fire-killed timber can still be salvaged out of the forests devastated by the Yosemite Rim fire, but it requires immediate action, says Congressman Tom McClintock, Rep-Calif.


Chemists Fume on EPA Composite Wood Formaldehyde Rule

By Bill Esler Posted: 10/12/2013 9:42PM

EPA composite panel formaldehyde emissions rules are arbitrary, and contrary to the intent of Federal law, says the American Chemistry Council's Formaldehyde Panel.


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