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Bill Esler
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Bill wrote for, FDMC and Closets & Organized Storage magazines. 

Bill's background includes more than 10 years in print manufacturing management, followed by more than 30 years in business reporting on industrial manufacturing in the forest products industries, including printing and packaging at American Printer (Features Editor) and Graphic Arts Monthly (Editor in Chief) magazines; and in secondary wood manufacturing for

Bill was deeply involved with the launches of the Woodworking Network Leadership Forum, and the 40 Under 40 Awards programs. He currently reports on technology and business trends and develops conference programs.

In addition to his work as a journalist, Bill supports efforts to expand and improve educational opportunities in the manufacturing sectors, including 10 years on the Print & Graphics Scholarship Foundation; six years with the U.S. WoodLinks; and currently on the Woodwork Career Alliance Education Committee. He is also supports the Greater West Town Training Partnership Woodworking Program, which has trained more than 950 adults for industrial wood manufacturing careers. 

Bill volunteers for Foinse Research Station, a biological field station staddling the border of Ireland and Northern Ireland, one of more than 200 members of the Organization of Biological Field Stations.

National Millwork Inc. Expanding Operations to Texas

National Millwork says it will open a Texas operation which it believes can generate revenues of $10-15 million in 2016, and generate an operating profit in excess of $1 million. CEO Otto Nonnenmann next will open a manufacturing facility similar to its South Florida plant to support the Southwest.

Hair Salon Specialist Turns To Cutting Wood, in a Big Way

Toronto hair salon operator Ray Civello opened three new salons in Chicago. Designing the interiors could be a taxing effort for any business. But Civello has an edge: he also operates an architectural woodworking firm - Novva Etopa - that specializes in retail environments and salons.
This bit of information was a likely bet, given the richly wooded interiors of his salons across Canada - loaded with reclaimed paneling, flooring, beautifully veneered reception desks and wall treatments. 
In addition to the Civello salon network, "We’re also experts in manufacturing of any kind of millwork/metalwork for retail stores or salon/spa environments, using only the best renewable, recyclable and environmentally sustainable materials," says George Civello, who owns the businesses. The retail interiors business has been in operation for a decade, working on his own stores, and those of other salon owners. 
"In the ever-changing salon/spa world, we feel so fortunate to have had the opportunity of serving our many clients over the last 10 years," Civello says. “As a team, we have been right there with our customers as they pour everything that they have into their business and there is no better feeling than helping them to make their vision into a reality.”
Civello says, "At every opportunity, we choose to manufacture in North America. In addition to supporting jobs and the local economy, keeping the majority of our production in North America is one of the most effective ways to minimize our carbon emissions." Plus, he tells clients, working with Novvo Etopa also means that they reduce their own carbon footprint.
Since first launching on April 4th, 2005, originally under the name Novvo, the company has claimed a prominent spot in the competitive salon/spa design, furniture and fixture marketplace. Here are some noteworthy highlights for Novvo Etopa:
Officially merged with U.S.-based Etopa in October 2014Worked with over 2000 salons in the U.S., Canada and worldwide, including Hong Kong, Australia, Iceland, Aruba, Korea and the UKApproved Aveda vendor of Aveda salon/spa/retail fixtures and furnitureProud distributor of top salon/spa equipmentTurn-around times on custom pieces are some of the best in the industry Furniture designed and built in North-America
“We are most proud of our team whose strong commitment to each other, our customers, and our company continue to shape the future direction and success of our enterprise,” says Civello. 

Category Winner: Home Improvement Supply Retailers

With Home Depot and Lowe’s beating earnings expectations this week, we’re seeing clear enthusiasm for the home improvement sector. Home improvement, after all, has performed well even as other retail categories falter.
By Jeff Booth

Auto-change Edgebander Lends Itself to Batch One Production

The Stefani Solution XD edgebander is designed for the industrial production of both identical and different batches and for intensive use even beyond the daily working shift, says Scm Group. Due to its versatility and with working lengths up to 9 meters, every type of production can cost-effectively machined, permitting custom finishing quality in a production-scale setting.

Martha Stewart American Made Opens Store at Amazon Handmade

Martha Stewart's American Made furniture and home furnishings line opened a store at Amazon's Handmade marketplace, leaving eBay where it opened in 2013. The online custom woodworking and maker markets are heating, with trailing and Etsy facing big challenges for the custom made crafts marketplace. Handmade at Amazon, launched Oct. 8, 2015, has more than 200,000 items from 10,000 approved artisans.

U.S. Lumber Now Carries GP Engineered Lumber in Baltimore

Georgia-Pacific Engineered Lumber has expanded distribution into the Baltimore market through U.S. Lumber. U.S. Lumber also supplies the full line of Georgia-Pacific engineered lumber products at their distribution centers in Atlanta, Raleigh, N.C., Nashville, Tenn., and Greenville, S.C.