Gilco Lumber Opening in Masco Mills Pride Plant Topped NewsA rebirth of Masco Cabinetry's 2.5-million-square foot Mill's Pride plant as a wood products manufacturing center gripped wood industry readers this week.

Masco's Waverly, OH, plant - 11 buildings on 57 acres, 3,000 employees at its peak - reflected  the U.S. housing construction bubble. And its demise symbolized the retreat from the irrational exuberance that lead the U.S. and other developed markets into excess housing construction.

Investors Christopher Semarjian, who runs Industrial Commerce Ltd., near Cleveland, and Stuart Lichter, who heads Industrial Realty Group, near Los Angeles, specialize in buying and revitalizing industrial white elephants around the country: a NASA aerospace building, automobile and tire plants. The modern Masco plants in Waverly made them appealing acquistions for growing manufacturers.

Here are the wood industry's most viewed reprots from last week.


Masco Mill's Pride Sold for $5M; Wood Firm Moving In
By Bill Esler | Updated: 12/31/2012 10:58:00 PM
Masco's Mill's Pride cabinetry plant will reopen in stages, after a $5 million sales by investors, including Everett Hannah, owner of Gilco International Lumber. Gilco is wooing a Chinese furniture maker. Read more


Woodworking Network's Top Videos of 2012
By Rich Christianson | Updated: 12/26/2012 7:23:00 PM
 A video of a new table saw safety device brake and continuing with a most interesting expanding table, IKEA TV spoof by Conan O'Brien and rough-cut video of a one-man robotic cabinet shop in Quebec City. Read more

 Arauco Plywood Plant fire

Woodworking Network's Top News Stories of 2012
By Rich Christianson | Updated: 12/20/2012 12:17:00 PM
Table saw safety; six mergers and acquisitions, two Chinese companies setting up on U.S. soil, Gibson Guitar's settlement of Lacey Act violations and a $70,000 bent wood bike are among Woodworking Network's Top 25 news items of 2013. Read more


Custom Woodworkers Liked How-to Video Stories in 2012
By Bill Esler | Updated: 12/20/2012 9:09:00 AM
Custom woodworkers flocked to reports on portable sawmills, active wood design, unique joinery, drag knives for inlay and marquetry, and videos that tell things like how to make a spiral table leg or steam bend oak for a bench. Read more

 Custom Woodworking Business oak Design Portfolio 2012

Custom Woodworking Design Portfolio Winners Announced
By Bill Esler | Updated: 12/19/2012 3:45:00 PM
The 2012 Custom Woodworking Business Design Portfolio winners have been announced. A panel of wood industry professionals selected from among 36 finalists in the 2012 competition. Read more

 Combustible Dust

ComDust, Wood Market Trends Most Viewed Articles in 2012
By Karen Koenig | Updated: 12/21/2012 9:19:00 AM
Articles on woodworking regulations, industry trends, plus tips and techniques for improving productivity in the manufacture of cabinets, furniture, casegoods and more were among the most-read articles in 2012. Read more

 Minni Woodworking, custom woodshop, commercial millwork

Minnis Woodworking Expands After Fire
By Bill Esler | Updated: 12/27/2012 8:04:00 AM
Minnis Woodworking, an Iowa custom woodshop destroyed by a fire, acquired a 20,000 sq.ft. plant in St. Ansgar, IA. As it relocates, Minnis will add commercial millwork to its residential cabinetry business. Read more

 Furniture Brands

Furniture Brands Gets NYSE Delisting Warning
By Rich Christianson | Updated: 12/26/2012 12:07:00 PM
Furniture Brands International, a leading importer and manufacturer of wood and upholstered furniture, received warning that it must improve its stock price or risk being delisted from the new York Stock Exchange (NYSE).Read more


Boiler MACT Rule Finalized by EPA
By Karen Koenig | Updated: 12/22/2012 10:00:00 AM
The EPA has finalized the Boiler MACT Rule. The new rule reduces the cost of implementation while increasing the time a company has to comply. Read more

 Hobbit wood joinery, Bilbo Baggins

Hobbit Joinery a Custom Woodwork Feast
By Bill Esler | Updated: 12/26/2012 1:21:00 PM
Oak plank doors sawn, planed and joined in Middle Earth's pre-industrial woodshops give "The Hobbit" warren its signature comfort quarters. Circular doors and matching jig-sawn door frames are pegged into place. Read more

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