Germany's Homag bought out Stiles Machinery, amid a rapidly expanding wood manufacturing business. Stiles 22% growth rate will continue for several years, Homag says. The rosy outlook was confirmed by big turnouts for the 2014 KBIS and Builders Shows, which ran Feb. 4-6 this week in Las Vegas. Crowds, which totaled more than 75,000, were steady through to the very end of the co-located design and construction events, which saw builders, contractpors, remodelers and kitchen and bath designers swarming four sprawling halls as the Las Vegas Convention Center.

As the shows were drawing to a close, the stock market surged, reflecting positive employment reports, and upbeat reports such as The National Retail Federation 2014 economic forecast, projecting retail industry sales will increase 4.1%, almost 10% faster than previously forecast.

Here are the wood industry's most viewed reports this week:

Stiles Machinery CNC

Stiles Machinery Acquired by Homag Group
By Bill Esler | Posted: February 3, 2014 - 7:49 AM
Homag Group increased its equity in Stiles Machinery from 26.7 to 100 percent, positioning the German woodworking machinery supplier for growth as the U.S. market "reindustrializes." Stiles' President Peter Kleinschmidt will retire, though he remains on the Stiles board.

Urban Wood Goods

Urban Wood Goods Vied for 2014 Super Bowl Ad Spot
By Michaelle Bradford | Posted: January 28, 2014 - 2:17 PM Urban Wood Goods, an artisan reclaimed wood furniture manufacturer based in Chicago, was one of 20 semi-finalists vying for a Super Bowl Spot in the Intuit Small Business Big Game contest.

Leedo cabinetry

Leedo Cabinetry Grows 30% in Multifamily Market
By Karen Koenig | Posted: Jan. 27, 2014 - 9:00 AM
Leedo Cabinetry’s proactive approach to quality, sales and service spurs double-digit growth for the maker of multifamily cabinets.

Sauder Manufacturing Butler Woodcrafters

Sauder Furniture Unit Acquires Butler Woodcrafters
By Michaelle Bradford | Posted: February 4, 2014 - 9:41 AM
Sauder Manufacturing, which produces church furniture, healthcare furniture and education furniture, acquired Richmond, VA-based Butler Woodcrafters.

Yorktowne Cabinetry KBIS 2014

Yorktowne Cabinetry Design Trends at KBIS 2014
By Bill Esler | Posted: February 4, 2014 - 5:55 AM
At Elkay's Yorktowne Cabinetry, a wide range of kitchen cabinet styles, encompassing transitional designs, contrasting light and dark colors, and organized drawer interiors.

Video: Making Wood-Frame Sunglasses at Shwood
By Matt Schumake | Posted: January 27, 2014 - 3:41 PM An artistically produced video shows Portland-based company Shwood demonstrates the process behind each of their wood-frame sunglasses.

 Maple Veneered Table - 2.0

Project Plan for a Veneered Maple Desk 
By Jared Patchin | Posted: September 3, 2013 - 9:17 AM Since making the first veneered maple desk in 2009, J. Alexander Fine Woodworking's Jared Patchin has received several requests for the piece. Here Patchin details the making and updating of the veneered maple desk.

Camcraft 3D Uses Multiaxis CNC Routers for High Volume Fine Woodcarvings
By Dan Bussey | Posted: January 30, 2014 - 11:20 AM
Jerry Frederick is not your traditional woodcarver. And it's not a chisel that sculpts his vision, it's a sh CNC router.

Wunderwoods Twisted Wood

Drying Twisted Wood and Knowing When to Walk Away
By Scott Wunder | Posted: January 20, 2014 - 7:26 PM
In the world of sawmilling, very few logs come right out and announce that they are going to twist. They don’t say, “Don’t waste your time cutting me, idiot!”

Made In USA Furniture Takes a Hit
By Rich Christianson | Posted: January 28, 2014 - 4:27 PM The Made-in-America furniture movement suffered a setback last month when Heritage Home Group announced it would close two Thomasville factories and a Lane factory effective March 21, putting more than 560 people out of work.

Seahawk Designs Inc.

Sto-A-Way Bed Moves Production from China to Mexico
By Michaelle Bradford | Posted: January 30, 2014 - 2:30 PM
Sto-A-Way storage bed system manufacturer Seahawk Designs Inc. has expanded production of its newest products -- the Jewel and Synergy Collections -- from China to Mexico.

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