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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.

Tolko’s partnership with Jasper Lumber will triple Ala. sawmill’s capacity

VERNON, British Columbia – A new 50-50 joint venture partnership between Tolko Industries Ltd. and Jasper Lumber Co. paves the way for expanding the potential output of Jasper’s sawmill in Jasper, Ala., from 70 million board feet to 200 million board feet of southern pine lumber. The $45 million project includes construction of facilities and installation of new machinery. Plans also call for increased shifting at the mill and the creation of at least 60 jobs. Construction is expected to begin in early 2021.

Congress enacts national furniture flammability standard

Congress passed the COVID-19 Regulatory Relief and Work from Home Safety Act, which incorporates the Safer Occupancy Furniture Flammability Act (SOFFA) supported by several industry groups including the American Home Furnishings Alliance and Business & Institutional Furniture Manufacturers Association.