Furniture Hires, ComDust Standoff, KraftMaid Layoffs Topped NewsMost viewed wood stories this week included Gibson Guitars test of torrefied maple as a substitute for protected species on fretwork. If it works, it provides a workaround for wods restricted under Lacey Act rules.

This thermally converted wood is used in paneling, decking and siding, but the torrification process is also used in preparing wood pellet biofuel for commercial power generation.

KraftMaid, meanwhile, lays off 175 workers, even as parent Masco Cabinetry sales improve. Industry-wide production-level cabinetry manufacturers are fine-tuning efficiency to maintain profitability.

And a possible ComDust explosion set up a stand-off with OSHA.Interest in this story was strong, despite the fact it's in the food industry. Wood manufacturers are able to connect the dots.

But drawing the strongest readership this week was a wood industry event: the announcment of Wood & Wood Products magazine's annual Wood Industry Market Leaders.

Wood Industry 2011 Market Leaders

By Karen Koenig | Updated: 11/29/2011 12:01:00 PM
Profiles of movers and shakers at eight forward-thinking wood products companies highlights their impact on the wood manufacturing industry as a whole.
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 Gibson Nighthawk Studio guitar torrified maple

Gibson Auditions Torrefied Maple for Fretboards

By Rich Christianson | Updated: 11/26/2011 7:53:00 PM
Gibson Guitar, still smarting from its alleged violations of the Lacey Act, is experimenting with the use of torrefied maple for fret fingerboards.
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The Millwork House To Be Auctioned

By Bill Esler | Updated: 11/21/2011 5:06:00 PM
Millwork and cabinet manufacturing firm The Millwork House liquidates woodworking machinery, lumber and panel inventory November 29.
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KraftMaid Lays Off 175 Workers

By Rich Christianson | Updated: 11/25/2011 7:32:00 PM
KraftMaid Cabinetry, a division of Masco Cabinetry, recently laid off approximately 175 employees at its manufacturing plants in Orwell and Middlefield, OH.
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 Milk Specialties

Protein Firm Defies OSHA Over ComDust Investigation

By Rich Christianson | Updated: 11/25/2011 9:39:00 PM
Milk Specialties Co. refused to let the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration see an internal report of an alleged ComDust explosion that occurred at its Fon du Lac plant on Aug. 14. Read more

 Indiana Furniture

Indiana Furniture Expands Plant, Adds Jobs

Posted by Karen Koenig | Updated: 11/29/2011 10:06:00 AM
Indiana Furniture will expand its operations, creating up to 10 new high-wage jobs by 2015. The office furniture manufacturer also said it will add a 30,000 square-foot addition to an existing manufacturing facility. Read more

 

Toll Brothers Acquires Seattle Homebuilder

By Bill Esler | Updated: 11/22/2011 8:53:00 AM
Homebuilder Toll Brothers (NYSE:TOL) entered the Seattle market, acquiring the assets and operations of CamWest Development
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 Mid Columbia Lumber

Worker Injured in Lumber Mill Explosion

Updated: 11/25/2011 7:30:00 PM
An employee of Mid Columbia Lumber Co., Culver, OR, was treated for first and second degree burns to his face as he attempted to shut down an electrical panel to control a fire on Tuesday. Read more

 

American Woodmark: Cabinetry Sales Jump 19 Percent

By Bill Esler | Updated: 11/24/2011 9:06:00 AM
Cabinetry manufacturer American Woodmark (NASDAQ: AMWD) says second quarter sales rose 19 percent; its insurer pursues lumber manager in fraud case
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Dustless Cabinetry Refinishing: Dold's Workshop Specialty

By Bill Esler | Updated: 11/28/2011 8:22:00 PM
In-home wood refinishing is the specialty of Dold’s Workshop, a San Francisco area cabinet re-facing, refinishing and furniture restoration firm.
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Furniture Maker Eagle Industries Expects Chapter 11 Okay

By Bill Esler | Updated: 11/23/2011 12:04:00 PM
Furniture manufacturer Eagle Industries says it was told by U.S. Bankruptcy Court for Western Kentucky that its reorganization plan will be approved, setting the stage for its emergence from Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.
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