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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

interzum goes virtual for 2021

COLOGNE, Germany - The world's largest trade show for woodworking supplies, interzum will be held as a virtual event in 2021.  The biennial show will still take place May 4-7. “What our exhibitors need now is planning certainty. In view of the fact that the pandemic situation continues to develop so dynamically and in close consultation with the sector, we’ve decided to hold interzum as a purely digital event," said Oliver Frese, COO of Koelnmesse, the show's organizer.

December cabinet sales rise 11.6%, year up 2%

RESTON, Va. - Cabinet sales rose 11.6% in December 2020 compared to the previous year's figures, ending the year on a high note with six straight months of year-over-year growth for the industry. According to participating members in the Kitchen Cabinet Manufacturers Association's monthly Trend of Business Survey, custom sales were up 19.3%, semi-custom increased 12.5% and stock sales increased 9.6% in December compared to the same period in 2019.

Osborne Wood Products wins global marketing award

TOCCOA, Ga. -  Osborne Wood Products Inc. has been named a 2020 Globe Award winner by the Georgia Department of Economic Development for its international marketing efforts. The state-led awards program highlights Georgia companies that entered new international markets in the previous year. The Toccoa, Georgia-based Osborne Wood Products is among 31 companies throughout the state recognized by the GDEcD. Osborne is a manufacturer and supplier of component parts for the furniture, kitchen and bath industries.

New residential furniture orders slow, still up 17% for November

HIGH POINT, N.C. -  Residential furniture manufacturers saw new orders rise a respectable 17% in November compared to 2019, following large increases of 30% in June, 39% in July, 51% in August, 43% in September and 40% in October, according to January's Furniture Insights by Smith Leonard. The increase in new orders was reported by about three-quarters of the manufacturers and distributors participating in the monthly survey.

MEM Industrial - Tecno Mueble announce partnership with forestry commission

MEXICO CITY - Along with technology and supplies for the furniture and cabinetry markets, products and training for the forestry sector also will be featured during the next four editions of MEM Industrial - Tecno Mueble Internacional. The leading fair for the wood and furniture manufacturing industry in Mexico and Latin America will take place Aug. 18-21 at Expo Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico.

DOC determines China dumped wood mouldings & millwork

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Commerce announced affirmative final determinations in the antidumping duty (AD) investigation of wood mouldings and millwork products from China, as well as the countervailing duty (CVD) investigation of wood mouldings and millwork products from China. Commerce also announced a negative final determination in the AD investigation of wood mouldings and millwork products from Brazil.

American Home Furnishings HOF ceremony slated for June

HIGH POINT, N.C.— The American Home Furnishings Hall of Fame Foundation's  Class of 2020 Induction Celebration will take place on June 6, during the Spring High Point Market. The June 6 event will be held at the Sheraton Greensboro Four Seasons. The ceremony, traditionally held during the October High Point Market, was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.