AS THE ECONOMY IMPROVES, it is providing an opportunity for casegoods and other secondary wood products manufacturers to expand their businesses.

Case in point is Gilmore Furniture, Grand Rapids, MI. The company announced last summer that it was expanding its main manufacturing facility — the 27-year-old company’s fourth expansion in five years.

“Orders for products from our various new and established customers of contract furniture [casegoods, upholstered seating and tables] are steadily rising,” said Robert Clark, spokesperson.

The Gilmore expansion includes adding metal fabrication services along with 15 new employees. Gilmore’s main facility is 68,000 square feet in a modern, one-story industrial plant and office nearby. The planned manufacturing addition is 21,000 square feet plus 2,500 extra square feet for additional office space to manage that growing business.

Gilmore Furniture was featured in last year's WOOD 100, an annual showcase of the industry's most innovative firms. Inclusion in the WOOD 100 list celebrates those companies who have pushed the envelope in manufacturing, management and marketing practices.

You can read profiles of the wood manufacturing industry's leading firms in 2010 WOOD 100 edition>>

You can see your firm profiled at no cost in the 22nd annual WOOD 100 by submitting this form for consideration to the editors of Woodworking Network. The process is simple, and free: 

1.) Profile your business specialty and size.
2.) List your top challenges or opportunities.
3.) Tell steps taken to succeed in market, management or production.
Firms selected for inclusion will be:

  • Positioned as an industry leader to peers and analysts
  • Honored at live events
  • Profiled in September Wood & Wood Products magazine
  • Featured on Woodworking
  • Receive priority invitations for panels and live events

Each year since 1990, W&WP has paid tribute to woodworking's successful stars. Make this your chance to be among seen among the most innovative wood manufacturing industry companies.

The deadline to enter the 2011 WOOD 100 Report is July 1, 2011. Entry forms are available through this link.

Be recognized in the 2011 edition of the WOOD 100.
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Share your firm's best practices in wood industry manufacturing, marketing and business operations.
 To qualify, your firm must be:
  • Primarily a secondary manufacturer of solid wood or composite panel products
  • Generate annual sales of at least $150,000 since 2008

To submit photos for possible inclusion in the article,
please email them to Editor Karen Koenig at


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