As business improves for custom cabinet shops and woodworking enterprises, innovative firms succeed first., the news channel that feeds CWB’s comments and news pages, carries more and more stories of start-ups and expansions, like Eastern Millwork, Grand Woodworking, or Christopher Millwork and Solid Surface Craftsman.

Another example is Lami Wood Products, manufacturer of custom cabinets and parent of Signature Kitchen and Bath cabinetry, which bought two California Closets franchises. Learn more in the “Closets Crossovers” webcast at

Now We’re Vance
Custom cabinet shops are not alone in broadening services. Our parent Vance Publishing Corp. — like most custom wood businesses, it is a privately-held, family-led company — has adopted new technologies, which are already serving the wood industries well during the recovery.

This year, as we turn 75, we streamline our name to VANCE, signifying our reach beyond publications to all media platforms. Continuity and reliability marks our diamond-year: in 1937 Herbert A. Vance founded the company; his son William C. Vance is chairman today.

Vance is financially-solid, and can respond quickly to the communications needs of your business. Just as you are retooling, I am proud to say that in the last 12 months Vance has replaced every operating platform and software application we use. This lets us build unique, targeted communications, and nurture social networks and idea exchanges for the betterment of the wood industry. We’re glad to be partners with you in this venture.

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