The first U.S. wood manufacturing firm to show off a laser edgebander to a reporter is Premier EuroCase.  The Homag laser edgebander uses edgebanding material with a sublimation layer of glue. The laser power fuses it to the panel edge with virtually no seam showing.

MDF and particleboard biggie Arauco closed on its previously announced buyout of Flakeboard. And scientists in Iran cause a stir with nano technology enhancements of oriented strandboard made from low-grade paulownia wood.

The revival of home sales has been the biggest story for several weeks, with new and resale home pricing and sales figures rising. New home builders Lennar and KB Home announced dramatic increases in revenue and profits for their third quarters, and

Premier EuroCase Homag laserTec

Premier EuroCase Installs Homag Laser Edgebander
By Karen Koenig | Updated: 09/20/2012 2:45:00 PM
A Homag laser edgebander has been installed at Premier EuroCase, making it one of the first North American manufacturers to utilize this technology in a high-production environment. Read more

Arauco Flakeboard composite panel

Arauco Completes $242.5M Flakeboard Buyout
By Rich Christianson | Updated: 09/25/2012 2:33:00 PM
Arauco, a Chilean-based manufacturer of wood products, cemented its position as North America's largest producer of particleboard and MDF in finalizing its purchase of Flakeboard Company. Read more

California lumber tax timber reform Jerry Brown

Lumber Tax Replaces Forest Regulatory Fees in California
By Bill Esler | Updated: 09/23/2012 12:58:00 PM
California’s timber industry groups say they scored a big win with the passage by the California Assembly of AB 1492, signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown, left. Read more

Armstrong Cabinet Products

Armstrong to Sell Cabinet Business
By Karen Koenig | Updated: 09/27/2012 10:10:00 AM
Armstrong World Industries Inc. announced late Wednesday it will sell its cabinet business to American Industrial Partners (AIP) for $27 million. The transaction is expected to be completed in the fourth quarter of 2012. Read more

Nano Clay OSB

Iranian Research: Nano Particles Improve Wood Composites
By Rich Christianson | Updated: 09/23/2012 9:23:00 AM
Researchers at the Agriicultural Sciences and Natural Resources University of Gorgan say they have fabricated a higher quality of oriented strand board (OSB) out of low-grade paulownia wood by incorporating nanoclay and nanosilica in the recipe. Read more


Georgia-Pacific to Hire 100 at OSB Mill
By Rich Christianson | Updated: 09/20/2012 10:33:00 AM
Georgia-Pacific said it will hire 100 people and ramp up capacity at its underutilized oriented strand board (OSB) mill in Clarendon, SC. Read more


Video: Updated Automated Biscuit Joiner 
By Michaelle Bradford | Updated: 08/29/2012 1:39:00 PM
Karl Frey of Colonial Saw discusses the latest updates to its Lamello Clamex P line and the impact it could have on home storage solutions like shelving. Read more

 USDA Forest Service Emerald Ash Borer Exit Holes

Tree Kills Waning from Insect Infestation
By Rich Christianson | Updated: 09/26/2012 12:24:00 PM
Invasive insects like the mountain pine beetle, emerald ash borer and Asian long-horned beetle continue to be a deadly menace to the nation's forests but the overall number of trees being killed by these pests is on the decline. Read more


JELD-WEN Says CFO Neil Stuart Resigned
By Bill Esler | Updated: 09/20/2012 11:20:00 AM
Window and door manufacturer JELD-WEN said its CFO Neil Stuart resigned effective Sept. 28, 2012.He guided the firm firm through turbulent financial waters. Read more

 Fleetwood modular school furniture

Fleetwood Furniture Wins $3.5 Million School Contract 
By Bill Esler | Updated: 09/19/2012 9:00:00 PM
School furniture manufacturer Fleetwood Group Inc. won a five-year, $3.5 million contract to produce cabinetry for the Charleston County School District in South Carolina. Read more

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