Freedonia researcher analyzes impact of U.S. tariffs on cabinetry industry
April 3, 2019 | 9:48 am CDT
CLEVELAND - John Sherwin, Project Manager, Custom Research, The Freedonia Group, will be presenting “Tariff Impacts on Cabinetry” in San Jose, California on April 14, the opening day of the three-day Executive Briefing Conference.
Countervailing duties on plywood and softwood, tariffs on steel and aluminum are "having a profound impact on U.S. cabinetry manufacturers," according to Sherwin. More information about Sherwin's presentation on cabinetry and tariffs is here >> 
Attendees will have a chance to meet Sherwin during the conference, which runs April 14 through April 16 at the San Jose Marriott. 
Sherwin will incorporate Freedonia’s expertise in the home organization, cabinets and other related industries in his presentation.
Freedonia's Cabinets study addresses the following questions and more:
  • How is the ongoing product mix shift toward semi-custom and custom kitchen cabinets affecting the industry?
  • How will consumer demands for value-added features affect stock cabinet product lines?
  • Will frameless kitchen cabinets continue to gain share in single-family and multifamily housing applications?
The recently released Home Organization Products study answers such questions as:
  • How are consumer trends in downsizing and urban living
  • How are demographics like baby boomers and empty nesters, affecting the home organization market? 
  • How do organization product trends and preferences vary throughout the home? 
  • Which retail channels are most commonly tapped for DIY home organization products
  • What strategies are retailers using to gain a competitive advantage?
The Freedonia Group, a division of, is a leading international industrial research company providing critical business information to decision makers and research analysts. Our industry research covers in-depth studies of a wide range of topics. 

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Bill wrote for, FDMC and Closets & Organized Storage magazines. 

Bill's background includes more than 10 years in print manufacturing management, followed by more than 30 years in business reporting on industrial manufacturing in the forest products industries, including printing and packaging at American Printer (Features Editor) and Graphic Arts Monthly (Editor in Chief) magazines; and in secondary wood manufacturing for

Bill was deeply involved with the launches of the Woodworking Network Leadership Forum, and the 40 Under 40 Awards programs. He currently reports on technology and business trends and develops conference programs.

In addition to his work as a journalist, Bill supports efforts to expand and improve educational opportunities in the manufacturing sectors, including 10 years on the Print & Graphics Scholarship Foundation; six years with the U.S. WoodLinks; and currently on the Woodwork Career Alliance Education Committee. He is also supports the Greater West Town Training Partnership Woodworking Program, which has trained more than 950 adults for industrial wood manufacturing careers. 

Bill volunteers for Foinse Research Station, a biological field station staddling the border of Ireland and Northern Ireland, one of more than 200 members of the Organization of Biological Field Stations.