Wal-mart's (NYSE: WMT) Sams Club unit has launched a furniture collection designed by Nicholas Sparks, the best-selling novelist and screenwriter. Some pieces of the Black Mountain Collection are made in the U.S.
Among top wood industry reports this week: an articulated bandsaw from Italy was a hit at WoodworkingNetwork after it showed at IWF 2012 last month. Uniboard's sale, Haworth's closure and Chinese-made bamboo cabinets were also highly viewed.
Wal-Mart chooses local home improvement company, West Shore Window & Door, to participate in a newly created small business pilot program. West Shore has been offered the opportunity to open up their own home improvement design center at the Wal-Mart store along Route 322 in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. West Shore is one of few selected companies nationwide to be included in this business venture.