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Larry Adams

Larry Adams is a Chicago-based writer and editor who writes about how things get done. A former wire service and community newspaper reporter, Larry is an award-winning writer with more than three decades of experience. In addition to writing about woodworking, he has covered science, metrology, metalworking, industrial design, quality control, imaging, Swiss and micromanufacturing . He was previously a Tabbie Award winner for his coverage of nano-based coatings technology for the automotive industry. Larry volunteers for the historic preservation group, the Kalo Foundation/Ianelli Studios, and the science-based group, Chicago Council on Science and Technology (C2ST).

Weima names new CEO

FORT MILL, S.C. -- WEIMA America, the North American subsidiary of WEIMA Maschinenbau, GmbH, has named Madison Burt as its chief executive officer. Burt has been a member of the leadership team of WEIMA America Inc. for more than a decade. He is currently serving as vice president of sales and marketing. He will step into his new role on Jan. 1, 2022. A graduate of Mississippi State University, Burt has an extensive background in engineering.

Ashley Furniture earns sustainability award

ARCADIA, Wis.— Ashley Furniture Industries earned a distinguished performer award in the Sustainability category from the global firm of Deloitte, which recognized Ashley as a “green” corporation that balances economic growth, social equity, and environmental management.  Ashley also ranked No. 7 on Deloitte’s Wisconsin 75 listing of the 75 largest private companies in Wisconsin, based on sales revenue. 

Six vets, some physically wounded, others with PTSD, learn woodturning

Six U.S. military veterans, all of served in active duty roles in Iraq and/or Afghanistan, were selected to join a free woodturning program that provides them with a slew of woodworking equipment, tools and materials, as well as training in the art of woodturning. The vets, five of whom served in the U.S. Army and one in the U.S. Marines, were part of flood of applicants in this year's program, said Paul Mayer, owner of the ToolMetrix Youtube channel and founder of the VetsTurn program. Several were wounded in combat or suffer from PTSD as a result of the experience.

Showplace Cabinetry completes $2.5 million warehouse expansion

HARRISBURG, S.D. – Showplace Cabinetry has completed a 16,800-sq-ft construction project linking the company’s two manufacturing plants in Harrisburg, South Dakota.  The $2.5 million expansion project provides a central shipping point for Showplace framed cabinetry and the frameless ShowplaceEVO line, as well as enhanced warehousing and transportation efficiencies companywide.

Equity firm acquires equipment manufacturer

One Equity Partners, a private equity firm, has acquired USNR, a comprehensive supplier of equipment and technologies for the wood processing industry, and Wood Fiber Group, a leading manufacturer and supplier of sawmill consumables, parts, and services.