La-Z-Boy, Jeld-Wen Top Wood Industry ReportsNeoCon 2012, the contract furniture and casegoods trade show in Chicago, topped the news last week, with new furniture lines and business ventures by 700 business furniture exhibitors at the one million square foot exposition.

Plywood and panel pricing is on the rise, evidenced by a pricing surcharge for nailed wooden reels from Sonoco, it's second hike resulting from rising lumber and panel prices.

La-Z-Boy's earnings surged on China dumping tariffs, and Jeld-Wen's acquisition of wood door and trim moulding firm CraftMaster Manufacturing's multiple factories was the most viewed report this week.

 CraftMaster Door

JELD-WEN to Acquire CraftMaster Manufacturing By Rich Christianson | Updated: 06/18/2012 11:00:00 AM
JELD-WEN Inc. has signed a letter of intent to purchase multi-plant wood interior door and exterior trim maker CraftMaster Manufacturing Inc. (CMI). Read more

Lumber pricing and sales

Red Oak and White Oak: Supply Outpaces Demand
By Andy Johnson | Updated: 06/14/2012 1:14:00 PM
Red oak and white oak supply could outstrip demand. White oak exports to Italy, Spain and Portugal fell a combined 25 percent year-on-year through April; while German and British imports were up 14 percent. Read more


All Plywood Tower: Cross-Laminated Timber On the Rise
Bill Esler | Updated: 06/09/2012 10:30:00 PM
Cross-laminated timber panel, used in a nine-story London structure, is moving into the U.S. construction market. Buildings in the U.S. and Canada use CLT sandwiches of plywood to eliminate framing. Video shows it. Read more

 La-Z-Boy Galleries

La-Z-Boy's Furniture Antidumping Feeds Boost Profits
By Rich Christianson | Updated: 06/20/2012 1:19:00 PM
La-Z-Boy Inc. reported that it received more than $18 million in wood bedroom furniture antidumping income, increasing its fiscal 2012 profit to $88.9 million, more than five times the net income it posted in FY 2011. Read more

 Nucraft Pasport Conference Room Furniture

Office Furniture Firms Receive Best of NeoCon Awards
By Karen Koenig | Updated: 06/15/2012 1:58:00 PM
Nucraft won Best of Competition and Steelcase, Gunlocke, Haworth and Herman Miller were winners at the 2012 Best of NeoCon awards. Find other NeoCon trend reports here.


OSHA Cites Lumber Maker for Noise Violations
By Rich Christianson | Updated: 06/15/2012 
Shingleton Timber & Trucking Inc., a manufacturer of lumber, has been fined $49,500 for noise and safety hazards by the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Read more

 Enerkem wood waste phone poles biofuel

Wood Telephone Poles Turned to Ethanol
By Bill Esler | Updated: 06/18/2012 11:03:00 PM
Wood waste and biofuel power firm Enerkem Inc. has begun producing cellulosic ethanol from used telephone poles at its demonstration facility in Westbury, Québec. Read more

 Concepts in Cabinetry

U.S. Cabinet Sales to Hit $15.3B in 2016: Freedonia Group By Rich Christianson | Updated: 06/19/2012 12:27:00 PM
U.S. sales of residential and commercial cabinetry are expected to increase 8.2% annually to $15.3 billion in 2016, says a new study by The Freedonia Group Inc. Read more

 TheTaylor Cos. office furniture

Taylor Office Furniture Plans to Close
By Karen Koenig | Updated: 06/14/2012 8:57:00 AM
After nearly 200 years in business, The Taylor Cos. announced plans last week to shutter the company after all existing orders are filled. Read more

 Sonoco Nailed Wood Reel

Wood Reel Surcharge as Lumber Prices Rise
By Bill Esler | Updated: 06/18/2012 9:20:00 PM
Sonoco (NYSE: SON) nailed wood reels will see an 8.6 percent surcharge, effective July 1, to offset two years of lumber cost increases. But wood prices should soften, the company says. Read more

Also highly viewed:

$30 Million Wood Store Fixture Firm Seeks Investor, Buyer 

Mart Exec Squashes 'Outrageous Rumors' of NeoCon's Demise 

IWF 2012 Registration Surge; Exhibit Sales Increase

Cabinet Manufacturing Expected to Rise 8.6% 

Have something to say? Share your thoughts with us in the comments below.