Lumber Scam, Wood-Coal Bio-fuel Top StoriesA lumber scam that ran on for years at American Woodmark continues to have its days in court. Since the December 1 report below, the judge gave plaintiffs, St. Paul Marine & Fire Insurance, until mid-December to show that the Federal Court has jursdiction over the case.

Also topping the week's news: Torrified wood pellet fuel that look is pre-cooked to eliminate moisture, converting the wood cells in a way that makes the pellets look and burn like coal.

Colorado custom True North Cabinetry auctioned; EPA OK's wood as a good fuel in MACT boiler  rules; and buy outs by an ex-Cal Closets exec, Lexington Furniture, and Canfor sawmills.


Lumber Scam Case Runs On for Cabinetry Maker

By Bill Esler | Updated: 12/01/2011 3:00:00 AM
An insurer for cabinet giant American Woodmark has asked a judge to issue a summary judgment - hoping to bypass a trial in a multi-million lumber buying fraud case.
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Wood Pellet Venture To 'Torrefy' Biofuel

By Bill Esler | Updated: 12/02/2011 3:13:00 PM
Oil giant ConocoPhillips and Enviva, a processor of wood biomass fuels, formed a joint venture to operate a new company, ECo Biomass Technologies, which will bring torrefied wood fuels to market. Read more

 True North Woodcraft custom cabinet shop

True North Woodcraft Auctions Cabinet Plant

By Bill Esler 
True North Woodcraft llc, Greeley, Colorado custom cabinet manufacturer, is the site of a Dec. 8 auction managed by Hilco in conjunction with Stiles Machinery.
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EPA Revises Boiler MACT Rules

By Karen Koenig | Updated: 12/05/2011 12:12:00 PM
Wood industry and biomass groups cautiously laud new Environmental Protection Agency standards that list wood biofuels as non-hazardous for emissions from  boilers and industrial solid waste incinerators. Read more

 Canfor Lumber

Canfor Closes Two Sawmills, Buys Two Sawmills

By Rich Christianson | Updated: 12/07/2011 3:05:00 PM
Canfor Corporation (TSX:CFP) announced it will permanently close two saw mills one week after signing an agreement to acquire Tembec Industries Ltd.'s southern British Columbia interior wood products assets, including a pair of sawmills. Read more

 Lumber Scam, Wood-Coal Bio-fuel Top Stories

Arrest Made in Former Bassett Warehouse Fire

By Karen Koenig | Updated: 12/05/2011 5:08:00 AM
Silas Samuel Crane of Bassett, VA, has been charged with arson and burglary in the Nov. 21 fire that caused an estimated $1 million in damage to a former J.D. Bassett Furniture plant in Henry County.

Sligh Furniture home office

Lexington Completes Acquisition of Sligh Furniture

By Karen Koenig | Updated: 12/06/2011 2:52:00 PM
Lexington Home Brands announced it has completed its acquisition of Sligh Furniture Co. Terms of the acquisition were not released.
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Ex-Cal Closets Exec Acquires PremierGarage Assets

By Michaelle Bradford | Updated: 12/07/2011 3:42:00 PM
Organizers Direct and Tailored Living purchased the assets and brand of PremierGarage in a bankruptcy sale on Nov. 30. Read more

Wood Ethanol Plant Foreclosed by Energy Department

By Rich Christianson | Updated: 12/03/2011 10:24:00 PM
Range Fuels Inc.'s factory, intended to produce ethanol from wood chips to help decrease U.S. dependence on foreign oil, is being forced to liquidate its assets after defaulting on a government loan.
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La-Z-Boy Furniture Sales Up 5 Percent; Profit Doubles

By Bill Esler | Updated: 12/04/2011 7:57:00 PM
La-Z-Boy Inc. (NYSE: LZB) says furniture sales increased 5 percent second quarter 2012, reaching $307.7 million. Net income more than doubled to $7.9 million.Read more

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UPM Plywood UPM TimberUPM Timber Curtailing Plywood Output

By Bill Esler | Updated: 12/04/2011 7:13:00 PM
Forest products firm UPM says its UPM Timber and UPM Living business units are planning sawmill and plywood production curtailments for the first quarter of 2012, as the European economy faces a slowdown.
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Furniture Maker Hit by Sanctions on Syria

By Bill Esler | Updated: 12/05/2011 7:43:00 AM
Syrian-made wood furniture inlaid with mother of pearl, is prized in the region. But international financial sanctions are blocking export.
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