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Karen Koenig

Karen M. Koenig has more than 30 years of experience in the woodworking industry, including visits to wood products manufacturing facilities throughout North America, Europe and Asia. As editor of special publications under the Woodworking Network brand, including the Red Book Best Practices resource guide and website, Karen’s responsibilities include writing, editing and coordinating of editorial content. She is also a contributor to FDMC and other Woodworking Network online and print media owned by CCI Media. She can be reached at

NewStar Adhesives relocates to new Georgia plant

CARTERSVILLE, Ga. – NewStar Adhesives has moved to a new manufacturing facility located in Cartersville, Georgia. The 30,000-square-foot facility includes state-of-the-art manufacturing capabilities for its line of specialty adhesives. The company said the new plant is capable of producing high-quality industrial grade adhesives in a wide range of sizes from aerosol spray cans to 300-pound pressurized canisters, and from 1-gallon cans to 55-gallon drums.

CNC vacuum pump producer Republic Mfg. acquires Joost

DALLAS, Texas – Republic Manufacturing, a producer of pumps used for woodworking CNC vacuum hold down, has acquired Joost Industrial LLC. Joost is a longtime distributor of Republic's blowers, vacuum pumps, and air knives. Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed. “Joost offers an exciting opportunity for Republic to strengthen its product and service offering in the Rocky Mountain and western regions of the United States,” said Zach Goff, CEO of Republic Manufacturing.

Furniture maker EJ Victor announces executive changes

MORGANTON, N.C. – Luxury furniture manufacturer EJ Victor announced a number of changes at its executive level. Effective immediately, current CFO David Bennett takes over the privately held company as president and CEO. John H. Jokinen, current director of Sales, will also take on the role of senior vice president of the Morganton, North Carolina-based company. John V. Jokinen, co-founder, president, and CEO, will move to the role of Board chairman and the newly created position of Chief Creative Officer.

Home Furnishings HOF ceremony moves to October

HIGH POINT, N.C. — The American Home Furnishings Hall of Fame Foundation Inc. has moved the Induction Celebration to Oct. 17. Originally scheduled for 2020, the event will take place at the Sheraton Greensboro Four Seasons in High Point, North Carolina.