Wood manufacturing plant investment and reorganization reports again topped the reports this week, as Leggett & Platt updated financial analysts on the consolidation of one of its store fixtures plants. That segment, for which Leggett & Platt operates seven factilities (including one in China) has seen a sales decline.

Leggett & Platt has joined other manufacturers to register complaints about unfair competition from China, as the federal government puts some muscle behind enforcement of unfair practices among trading partners. For the wood industry this subject arises again with an annual listing of China-based wood bedroom furniture plants suspected of selling below production costs. The  move launches a two-year investgation of the businesses, which includes units of Foliot.

OSHA cited a manufactured homes factory over two saw injuries - a report that merges two of the subjects most viewed on the Woodworkingnetwork website. Here is the week's top wood industry news:

OSHA Cites Manufactured Home Factory for Saw Injuries By Rich Christianson | Updated: 02/27/2012  
After two workers lost fingers operating a saw at the Mount Enterprise, TX manufactured home factory, J.P. Spivey Supply was cited for one willful and 13 serious safety and health violations by the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Read more

China Wood Furniture Dumping, Biggest Ever, Lists Foliot
By Bill Esler | Updated: 02/29/2012 11:29:00 AM
Foliot is listed among almost 200 Chinese firms charged with dumping wooden bedroom furniture - the largest complaint ever - as federal agencies launch aggressive enforcement Read more

Leggett & Platt Closing Store Fixture Plant
By Bill Esler | Updated: 02/23/2012 8:52:00 PM
Leggett & Platt detailed a commercial store fixture plant closure, one of four closures announced last quarter. Residential furnishing sales rose 5.1 percent to $1.84 billion. Total sales were $3.94 billion, an 8.3 percent rise over 2010. Read more

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Dynamic Wood Solutions Expands into New Digs
By Rich Christianson | Updated: 02/21/2012
SPRING LAKE, MI - Dynamic Wood Solutions, a manufacturer of commercial casework, millwork and store fixtures, has moved into a facility more than double the size of its former operation. Read more

Eastern Millwork Expanding Factory
By Bill Esler |
Updated: 02/22/2012 11:40:00 PM
Eastern Millwork, one of the top architectural woodwork firms, will relocate from its 40,000 square foot plant in Jersey City, NJ, building a new 60,000 square foot factory and headquarters in Bayonne, NJ. Read more

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CPSC Extends Table Saw Safety Comments In 2-1 Vote
By Rich Christianson Updated: 02/25/2012
Table saw owners and operators, as well as others with a vested interest in table saw safety, have a third opportunity to sound off on the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission’s controversial table saw safety rulemaking. Read more

Laminate Technologies Puts $2 Million in VA Plant
By Michaelle Bradford Updated: 02/21/2012
Laminate Technologies, manufacturer of laminated panels and components, will invest more than $2 million to open a manufacturing facility in Henry County, VA. Read more

Indiana Furniture in Aflac Ads
Updated: 02/22/2012 5:07:00 PM

Indiana Furniture, the contract office furniture market, has been chosen for a national ad campaign by Aflac, the number one provider of supplemental insurance in the United States. Read more

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Plant Closures Up American Woodmark Losses
By Bill Esler | Updated02/23/2012 10:59:00 PM
American Woodmark Corporation (NASDAQ: AMWD)says third quarter fiscal 2012 ending January 31 saw net sales rise by 8% compared with the third quarter of the prior fiscal year, to $119,976,000. Read more

Saltair Sawmill Gets $16 Million Investment
By Bill Esler | Updated: 02/23/2012 11:17:00 PM

Western Forest Products Inc. (TSX:WEF) announced its first project in a new capital plan: $16 million investment in its Saltair Sawmill.Read more

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