Vaughan-Bassett invests $8 million, Stanley Furniture $8.2, as U.S. residential furnishing factories get back into production.

The recovery and logistics drives GRS Wood Products to return wood flooring manufacture to North America from Asia.

Meanwhile, Brad Pitt's charity orders lumber for New Orleans home rebuilding. Those stories and more topped the wood industry news this week.

Stanley Furniture Invests $8.2 Million
By Bill Esler | Updated: 02/01/2012 1:18:00 PM
A $4 million 2012 investment in residential furnishing manufacture brings the total to $8.2 million at Stanley Furniture's Robbinsville, NC factory. Stanley Furniture saw its first profitable quarter in three years.
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Vaughan-Bassett Furniture Manufacturing Galax

Vaughan-Bassett in $8 Million Expansion
By Bill Esler | Updated: 01/26/2012 8:44:00 AM
Furniture manufacture Vaughan-Bassett will spend $8 million to buy and outfit a plant adjoining its existing wood products factory in Galax, VA. Video of an earlier Vaughan-Bassett plant expansion story is embedded.
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Wood Expression Fine Cabinetry

Arson Suspected in Custom Cabinet Shop Fire
By Rich Christianson | Updated: 01/26/2012 10:41:00 AM
An early Monday morning fire at Phoenix's Wood Expression Fine Custom Cabinetry remains under investigation as a possible arson. Reports said fires started in 20 locations.
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Uniboard Canada Resumes Control
By Bill Esler | Updated: 01/24/2012 11:09:00 AM
Uniboard Canada says now that corporate parent Pfleiderer has ironed out its restructuring, it is back at the helm of its Canadian engineered wood panel and laminate flooring operations, launching a new line of 40 flooring items. Read more

GRS Wood Products Chesley Plant

GRS Wood Products Moves Floor Manufacturing to Canada
By Karen Koenig | Updated: 01/27/2012 10:54:00 AM
Toronto-based GRS Wood Products will move the production of its imported hardwood flooring to Canada following the company’s purchase of the former Durham Furniture plant in Chesley, ON.
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Babine Forest Products Fire

High Sawdust Levels Preluded Fatal Mill Fire
By Rich Christianson | Updated: 01/31/2012 1:19:00 PM
Wood dust concentrations considered more than double what is acceptable for workers' health were discovered at the Babine Forest Products sawmill in British Columbia two months before the Jan. 20 explosion and fire that killed two workers and seriously injured many others. Read more

Shield Casework Launches in Healthcare Field
By Bill Esler | Updated: 01/27/2012 1:18:00 PM
Dimensional Innovations, a commercial interiors design, fabrication and installation firm, has launched Shield Casework, a new unit aimed at custom built-in furnishings for the healthcare industry.
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Cabinetry Refacing Franchise Wins Top Prize
By Bill Esler | Updated: 01/29/2012 8:55:00 AM
The Wichita Kitchen Tune-up, a kitchen cabinetry refinishing and refacing franchise, won the national home renovation project of the year at the franchise's annual meeting in Nashville.
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Las Vegas Market furniture wood products

Las Vegas Market Features Made in USA
By Bill Esler | Updated: 01/31/2012 8:02:00 AM
Furniture and home appointment display center World Market Center launched a 5,000 square foot American-made products pavilion at the Las Vegas Market trade show, with wood furnishings and other products from almost 40 companies. The show ends Feb. 2. Read more

Treated Lumber for Brad Pitt New Orleans Home Projects
By Bill Esler | Updated: 01/25/2012 10:08:00 PM
Eco Building Products (OTCBB: ECOB) says its Eco Blue Shield treated wood products are in use in New Orleans by Brad Pitt's Make It Right Foundation for replacing homes destroyed by Hurricane Katrina.
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