China Plant to U.S., ComDust Dust-up Top Wood News
May 2, 2012 | 9:24 am CDT

China Plant to U.S., ComDust Dust-up Top Wood NewsVideo and the story of Select Furniture has touched the wood manufacturing industry in a way that few others have in recent memory. A report on the Chicago furniture firm (including the video below) told of its decision to relocate production from China to a plant in Indiana - where it will also consolidate warehousing and existing Chicago finishing and assembly operations.

It has already generated 238 comments and reposts through Facebook, Twitter and e-mails, and is one of our most read stories ever.

Fires and explosions at sawmills and OSHA enforncements also topped wood industry news this week.

Selected Furniture Moves Chinese Plant to Indiana
By Karen Koenig | Updated: 04/26/2012 2:34:00 PM
Restaurant furniture maker Selected Furniture moves its Chinese manufacturing and Chicago finishing and assembly operations to a 200,000-sq.ft. plant in Indiana. Read more

Lakeland Mills Explosion

Sawmill Explosion Kills Two Workers in British Columbia
By Rich Christianson | Updated: 04/25/2012 10:37:00 AM
PRINCE GEORGE, BC - A huge explosion and fire at the Lakeland Mills sawmill Monday night claimed the lives of two workers and injured 22 more. Read more

IWF Woodworking Show Buyout
By Bill Esler | Updated: 05/02/2012 11:19:00 AM
Wood machinery trade groups WMIA and WMMA, part owners of the International Woodworking Fair, jointly bought out partner American Home Furnishings Alliance's one-third interest in the IWF trade show. WMMA and WMIA will now own and operate the show independently. Read more

New England Wood Pellet Yard

Wood Pellet Maker Fined $147,000 for ComDust
By Rich Christianson | Updated: 05/01/2012 2:49:00 PM After Fined for combustible dust violations by U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration, New England Wood Pellet lashed out at OSHA criticisms in the agency's PR.

New England Wood Pellet Fire

Wood Pellet Maker Criticizes OSHA Over Statements
By Rich Christianson | Updated: 05/01/2012 2:49:00 PM
Management of New England Wood Pellet lashed out at the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration, saying that statements in OSHA's April 27 new release announcing fines against the manufacturer were unfair. Read more

Cabinetry Maker Leedo Adds 3D Laminator
By Bill Esler | Updated: 04/25/2012 12:32:00 PM
A new high production 3D ThermoLaminator press has been delivered by Black Bros. Inc. to Leedo Manufacturing, a Texas cabinet and vanity producer. Read more

Running a Wood Business in a Tough Economy
By Jared Patchin | Updated: 04/27/2012 10:47:00 AM
Searching for information on domestic and exotic hardwoods, I found this article about how small businesses can succeed in a global economy. The headlines resonated with the particulars of my custom wood business. Read more

WilsonArt Countertops for Kitchen's Multiple Roles
By Bill Esler | Updated: 04/24/2012 2:59:00 PM
Wilsonart International Celebrates Modern Family Life with “The HD Kitchen;” Company announces initiative exploring the kitchen’s role in contemporary culture
Read more

KBIS 2012: Kitchen, Bath, and Audio
By Bill Esler | Updated: 04/27/2012 1:26:00 PM
WilsonArt establishes the kitchen's central role, and Harman Kardon wires it for sound at Hafele's booth. A slide show provides sample installations.  Read more

Fire Destroys Michigan Sawmill
By Rich Christianson | Updated: 04/29/2012 8:10:00 PM
Post Hardwoods Inc. sustained approximately $3 million in damage from a fire late on April 27 in Hamilton, MI. Read more

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