Cabinetry Growth, High Seas Hardwood Were Most Viewed Cabinetry firms reported steady growth, some aggressively expanding like Northern Contours, whose announcement of hiring plans was the most view story this week at Woodworking Network.

Hardwood on the high seas was the theme for a Veterans Day NCAA basketball face-off aboard the USS Car Vinson aircraft carrier off the coast of California. Michigan State played North Carolina. A plywood and maple

Steelcase will invest millions in expanding and upgrading a finishing operation.

And the two home improvement giants had opposite resuls: Lowe's Companies, Inc. (NYSE: LOW) net earnings fell 44.3 percent to $225 million for the third quarter, while its larger rival  The Home Depot sales rose 12 percent to $934 million.


Northern Contours Adds New Plant

By Bill Esler | Updated: 11/10/2011 11:59:00 AM
Hiring 100, Northern Contours cabinetry component and membrane pressed surfaces manufacturer invests $4 million in 86,000 square foot facility for upgrades, new equipment. Read more


Basketball Hardwood Hits Deck of USS Carrier

By Michaelle Bradford | Updated: 11/11/2011 8:30:00 AM
A hardwood basketball court erected on the deck of the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson for the Veteran's Day Carrier Classic game MSU and UNC.
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Steelcase to Invest $2M in Finishing Operations

By Rich Christianson | Updated: 11/15/2011 10:37:00 AM
Steelcase Inc. proposes to create its largest finishing operation in North America by expanding the current operations of its Athens plant and adding 50 jobs.
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Furniture Brands Layoffs, 3Q Sales Decline

By Karen Koenig | Updated: 11/11/2011 11:39:00
Furniture Brands Intl announced 3.5 percent of its 8,700 workers would be layed off after third quarter sales fell 5.1% to $258 million.
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HNI Buys Educational Furniture Firm

By Rich Christianson | Updated: 11/16/2011 12:18:00 PM
HNI Corporation (NYSE: HNI) has acquired Sagus International Inc., a privately held designer and manufacturer of educational furniture for an undisclosed amount of cash. Read more


Pfleiderer North America For Sale

By Rich Christianson | Updated: 11/09/2011 2:34:00 PM
The Pfleiderer Group, German-based wood composite panel producers, are selling North American operations, including Uniboard (left). Read more

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Woodworker 'Puzzled' by Break-ins

By Rich Christianson |Updated: 11/13/2011 2:34:00 PM
 Jeff Vollmer, who has made a living making and writing about how to make wooden puzzle boxes, is thinking about finding a new location for his business after being victimized by thieves for the seventh time in 13 months. Read more

Georgia-Pacific Closes Plywood and Stud Mills

By Rich Christianson | Updated: 11/14/2011 7:14:00 PM
Georgia-Pacific Corp. has closed its plywood and stud mills in Monticello, GA, putting approximately 50 people out of work. Read more

Home Depot Earnings Surge

By Bill Esler | Updated: 11/15/2011 11:15:00 AM
The Home Depot reported a $100 million increase in net earnings, which rose 12 percent to $934 million for the third quarter. Read more

Cabinetry Producers' Sales Improve

By Bill Esler | Updated: 11/14/2011 11:48:00 AM
Kitchen and bath cabinetry manufacturers are reporting positive quarterly sales, as the Kitchen Cabinet Manufacturing Assn. reports improved numbers for two months in a row.
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Kimball To Patent Benching Work Tables

By Bill Esler | Updated: 11/15/2011 3:19:00 PM
Kimball launched a patent pending Priority line of collaborative "benching" work tables that expand up to 15 feet wide without legs.
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Norcraft Cabinets Swings to Loss as Sales Rise

By Bill Esler | Updated: 11/11/2011 1:31:00 PM
Cabinetry firm Norcraft Companies says sales rose 2.7 percent third quarter reaching $67.7 million. But net income fell by $1.7 million, moving Norcraft to a loss of $700,000.
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Closets Source Organizers Direct Eyes Expansion

By Bill Esler | Updated: 11/09/2011 4:01:00 PM
Neil Balter, original founder of California Closets, says he's ready for a major expansion of his latest home organization solutions venture: Organizers Direct.
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Advance Cabinet Systems Expands Northwest

By Bill Esler | Updated: 11/14/2011 8:44:00 PM
Advanced Cabinet Systems, Marion, IN, says it is looking at opening a warehouse in the Pacific Northwest as its transforms its business into a dealer distribution model. Read more

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