Most viewed stories in wood industry news this week included a number of big business deals: Masonite, which has fed its growth with a steady diet of acquisitions in the past two years, added wood door manufacturer BirchwoodBest.

Casegoods manufacturer Case Systems acquired Canada's CiF Lab Casework Solutions, the whole transaction  a joint venture with Canada's Northeast Interior Systems. Music and education wood furnitures maker Wenger drew attention with news of its new CEO, Christopher Simpson, a former Pella Windows VP; and the news of an August acquisition.

Pfleiderer said in its financial report that it is isolating on its balance sheet the results of its North American units, which include Pergo and Uniboard, identifying them as discontinued operations in anticipation of an eventual sale.

But drawing the most attention was an item about an ancient Sequoia, 1,500 years old, that fell across a road in a California park. If a tree falls in the forest will anyone care? The item is drawing hundreds of views and suggestions serious and comical, about what to do with it. See what woodworkers think in the comments below the article. And read this and other news:


Fallen 1500-Year Redwood: What to Do With It?

By Jo-Ann Kaiser | Updated: 11/04/2011 4:06:00 PM
A tree falling in the forest usually isn't news, unless the tree happens to be a 1,500 year-old Giant Sequoia that comes to rest in a the middle of a popular hiking path.
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Masonite Acquires BirchwoodBest

Posted by Michaelle Bradford | Updated: 11/03/2011
Masonite Corp., a residential and commercial door manufacturer, announced it has finalized a deal to acquire BirchwoodBest, a manufacturer of commercial and architectural door-skins and of hardwood plywood.
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Thermo Fisher Scientific wood laboratory furniture

Thermo Fisher Closing Wood Lab Furniture Plant?

By Rich Christianson |
Updated: 11/06/2011 2:08:00 PM

 The fate of Thermo Fisher Scientific's wood laboratory furniture plant remains up in the air.
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Ex-Pella  Exec To Head Wenger music furnishings

By Bill Esler | Updated: 11/02/2011 11:06:00 PM
The Wenger Corp., a manufacturer of wood furnishings for the music and theater businesses, named former Pella Windows VP Christopher S. Simpson president and CEO. Read more

Case Systems casegoods wood furniture

Case Systems Buys CiF Lab Wood Furnishings

By Bill Esler | Updated: 11/07/2011 5:14:00 PM
Casework manufacturer Case Systems has acquired the assets of CIF Lab Casework Solutions, an Ontario wood casework manufacturer supplying the university, healthcare and government markets.
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VT’s Lean, Sustainable Door Manufacturing

By Karen Koenig | Updated: 11/04/2011 12:48:00 PM
Based in Holstein, IA, VT Industries is one of the largest North American manufacturers of architectural wood doors.
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Pfleiderer Puts NA Panel Units Up for Sale
By Rich Christianson Updated: 11/09/2011 2:34:00 PM 
NEUMARKT, GERMANY -- The Pfleiderer Group, the struggling German-based wood composite panel producer in a massive debt restructuring, is looking to sell its North American business. Read more

 Gibson Guitar NAMM Show 2011

Music Group Joins Fight to Amend Lacey Act

Updated: 11/02/2011 1:11:00 PM
A music merchants joined the Lacey Act Defense National Consensus Committee, to lobby over the  impacted by the Lacey Act.
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 True North Hardwood Plywood

Investors Lured to Shuttered Plywood Plant

By Rich Christianson Updated: 11/05/2011 
True North Hardwood Plywood could be back in business if a plan  by the city of Cochrane's Crisis Team proves satisfactory to an unnamed investor.
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