FDMC: June edition's Notable Nine Online

A Homag bander was up for auction.

Closet plant shuttered, assets to be auctioned
In 2017, ClosetMaid was acquired by New York-based Griffon Corp., and in 2023 Griffon announced that it was shutter-ing its closets factory in Grantsville, Maryland, and shifting work overseas. The factory’s vast assets were auctioned off in May.

James Scarlett
James Scarlett

Industry leader James Scarlett dies in plane crash

The Polar sawmill, with a production capacity of about 300 million board feet annually, will permanently close impacting approximately 180 employees

Timber shortages cause Canfor mill closure 

In 1939, Carlos Haas started making cabinets as a hobby and as a way to earn extra money for his family. Five years later, Haas opened his first cabinet factory.

After eight decades, Haas Cabinets plans to close 


Legislation that aims to block a Consumer Product Safety Commission ruling requiring active injury mitigation technology for table saws was introduced May 1.

Legislators introduce bill to postpone saw safety rule 

U.S. Senators Jim Risch and Jeff Merkley introduced the Mass Timber Federal Buildings Act to promote the use of mass timber in federal building projects and military construction. 

Senators introduce mass timber bill 

A Minnesota woman pled guilty to a wire fraud case after she embezzled more than $1 million from her employer. 

Eden Prairie woman pleads guilty to embezzlement charges 

Fellowes, the corporation that owns the former Trendway Corp. in Holland Township, Michigan, plans to shutter its Holland plant and will permanently lay off 117 employees.

Trendway owner closing Michigan plant eliminating 117 jobs 


The Jeld-Wen facility in Hawkins, Wisconsin, will be closed and the wood products' production will be transferred to its Rantoul, Illinois, factory. 

Jeld-Wen to shutter two manufacturing facilities 


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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).