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Pallet maker failed to train workers leading to 2023 death

In December 2023, 57-year-old Francis L. Wolfinger, a worker at Konz Wood Products, a Wisconsin pallet company, was killed in an industrial incident. Investigators recently determined that the Appleton pallet manufacturer’s failure to train employees in machine safety procedures — and ensure the procedures were followed — contributed to the fatal injuries. OSHA has proposed penalties totaling $177,453.

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Trex names Paragon Stairs exclusive provider of its spiral stairs

WINCHESTER, Va. — Trex Company said it is stepping into outdoor living season with a strategic new addition to its roster of licensed partners. The company, which says it is the world’s largest manufacturer of high-performance, low-maintenance composite decking and railing has tapped Paragon Stairs, the largest producer of spiral stairs in the U.S., to be the exclusive supplier for its Trex Spiral Stairs collection.

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U.S. manufacturing falls in May

TEMPE, Ariz. — Economic activity in the manufacturing sector contracted in May for the second consecutive month and the 18th time in the last 19 months, say the nation's supply executives in the latest Manufacturing ISM Report On Business. In the furniture and related products category, one bright spot was in a comment from a company surveyed by ISM. "Business is picking up, with incoming bookings increasing," the furniture manufacturer said.