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Rich Christianson

Rich Christianson is the owner of Richson Media LLC, a Chicago-based communications firm focused on the industrial woodworking sector. Rich is the former long-time editorial director and associate publisher of Woodworking Network. During his nearly 35-year career, Rich has toured more than 250 woodworking operations throughout North America, Europe and Asia and has written extensively on woodworking technology, design and supply trends. He has also directed and promoted dozens of woodworking trade shows, conferences and seminars including the Cabinets & Closets Conference & Expo and the Woodworking Machinery & Supply Conference & Expo, Canada’s largest woodworking show.

Inscape secures $15 million loan

Inscape Corp., a manufacturer of office furniture, entered into a new $15 million senior credit facility with FrontWell Capital Partners Inc. to repay existing indebtedness, finance new capital equipment, and for general working capital purposes.

SFI to create urban forest sustainability standard

OTTAWA and WASHINGTON -- The Sustainable Forestry Initiative Inc. (SFI) announced a partnership with five urban forestry groups to develop an SFI Urban and Community Forest Sustainability Standard. SFI will work with American Forests, Arbor Day Foundation, the International Society of Arboriculture, the Society of Municipal Arborists, and Tree Canada. The new standard would be developed for North America and potentially globally. It would establish criteria for urban forest sustainability, likeily including urban wood utilization.

Sampson to present best practices for pricing wood projects at WPE Florida

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. -- How to develop quotes for projects that will help custom woodworkers boost orders and maximize profits is the thrust of FDMC Editor Will Sampson’s seminar scheduled for Wood Pro Expo Florida. Sampson will present, “Solving the Pricing Puzzle,” during the Wood Pro Conference track, June 8 at the Palm Beach County Convention Center.

Video: Death of the American Chestnut

The health of the American chestnut took a quick and deadly turn for the worse right around the turn of the 20th century with the introduction of the non-native pathogen Cryphonectria parasitica, the causal agent of chestnut blight.