Commercial wood interiors and store fixture firm PIN, wood industry impact by the Canadian Pacific rail strike (legislation will likely put workers back on the job), investment scandal at flooring and lumber firm Sino-Forest, and stain wiping and steps to building an Ash wood dining table all received a lot of view this week.

Ashley Furniture announced its second major expansion in two months, with a $6 million expansion expected to create  225 jobs in Whitehall, WI. Ashley Furniture, which opened a showroom in Shanghai last month, is gearing up for a recovering U.S. market and will also be in a position to export.

Ashley Furniture Whitehall Wisconsin ground breakingAshley Furniture Breaks Ground for $6M Expansion
By Rich Christianson Updated: 05/30/2012 2:07:00 PM
Ashley Furniture Industries broke ground yesterday on a $6 million expansion of its manufacturing complex to make motion furniture.
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Canadian Pacific railway strikeCanada Forest Industries Calls for Law to End Rail Strike
By Bill Esler | Updated: 05/29/2012 8:40:00 PM
Forest products firm are losing $22 million daily due to a Canadian Pacific rail strike, says the Forest Products Association of Canada. Oriented strand board, lumber and panel products move through CP's network. Read more


Using Wipe Stains to Add Color to Wood Projects
By Bernie Bottens | Updated: 05/25/2012 11:45:00 AM
If you are using a wipe stain, you need to thoroughly wipe off the residue. It matters not if you applied the stain with a spray gun, a rag, a brush or by any other means. Failure to adequately wipe off the excess can cause disastrous results down the road. Read more


 Sino-Forest Homix

Sino-Forest Faces Formal Fraud Charges
By Bill Esler | Updated: 05/27/2012 12:51:00 PM
China's troubled wood flooring and forest products firm, Sino-Forest, faces fraud charges following an investigation by the Ontario Securities Commission. Sino-Forest traded on Toronto's Stock Exchange. Read more


PIN Expands Store Fixture Capabilities
By Michaelle Bradford | Updated: 05/24/2012 2:27:00 PM
PIN, a store fixture manufacturer, recently installed two Holzma HPL 550 high-speed, high-production panel cutting systems to help it keep up with growth and expand its store fixture capabilities. Read more

Vaagen Brothres lumber Midway BC

U.S.  Sawmill Saves Canadian Lumber Mill; Community Wins Award
By Bill Esler | Updated: 05/23/2012 2:24:00 PM
Boundary Sawmill, retrieved from the bankruptcy of Pope & Talbot lumber operations, received an award from The Economic Development Association of British Columbia last week. Read more

 Edwin Bass Rudolf Bass Company

Edwin Bass, Woodworking Machinery Icon, Dies
By Rich Christianson | Updated: 05/29/2012 3:11:00 PM
Edwin Louis Bass, who is credited with being the first to build a business importing industrial woodworking machinery from Europe, passed away on May 26. He was 93.
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Muscanell Millworks, Frank Miller Lumber Floor Barnes Center
By Bill Esler | Updated: 05/24/2012 8:59:00 PM
Frank Miller LumberFSC-certified quartersawn white oak was milled by Muscanell Millworks into 30,000 square feet of flooring for the new Barnes Foundation art center. It was installed by Pennsylvania Flooring div. of ReSource New Jersey Commercial Flooring. Read more


Brazil Forests May Be Protected by Last Minute Veto

By Bill Esler | Updated: 05/27/2012 8:04:00 PM
A forest code update by Brazil's legislature, intended to open vast tracts of forest land to large-scale agriculture, instead saw line-item vetoes Friday by President Dilma Rousseff. But it is unclear of the action will prevent illegal timber harvesting. Read more


J Alexander Fine Woodworking Jared PatchinAsh Wood Table Used Euro-ply Panel Torsion Box: Sweet!
By Jared Patchin
I built an Ash wood dining table with a torsion box top using Euro-Ply. Ever since I used it for a job of 26 thick desk tops, I've been in love with this wood panel material! Read more 

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