OSHA Fines Wood-Mode, EPA Finishing Rules Top StoriesEPA finishing rules were issued, and OSHA fined Wood-Mode, suggest a rise in regulatory moves. A mega-merger in the home storage and cabinetry field sees the California Closet founder staking out new territory - in garage build outs. These and more topped the weeks stories.

For some reason walnut wasn't moving from the lots at hardwood lumber suppliers. And a coordinated acquisitions of the assets of bankrupt Premier Garage, which made and marketed slatwall-style home storage systems, was acquired by Organizers Direct and Tailored Living.

And very big news: the Custom Woodworking Design Portfolio winners were announced. A special publication includes other juried wood industry awards programs in cabinetry, closets and veneer, as well.

 Wood-Mode Plant Kreamer, PA

Wood-Mode Cabinets Fined $122,000 by OSHA

By Rich Christianson | Updated: 12/11/2011 1:30:00 PM
Wood-Mode Inc., a manufacturer of wood cabinets and closets organization systems was cited by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration for allegedly exposing workers to safety and health hazards at its Kreamer facility. Read more

 Wood Finishing

EPA Finalizes Wood Finishing Regulations

Updated: 12/08/2011 2:43:00 PM
Changes to wood finishing emissions standards have been finalized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The changes, which go into effect Nov. 21, 2014, affect wood products manufacturers with major source Title V permits.
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Walnut Inventories Won't Move

By Andy Johnson | Updated: 12/08/2011 2:41:00 PM
Hardwood Review editors recap availability status of yellow birch, cerry wood, hard maple, red oak, poplar and walnut - with some sellers sitting on inventory they couldn't move.
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Pomoona Wood Door fire

Wood Plant Fire Forces Evacuation

By Rich Christianson | Updated: 12/14/2011 1:09:00 PM
POMONA, CA -- A fire that destroyed a woodworking plant on Tuesday, prompted the evacuation of a neighboring strip club.
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Cal Closets Founder Acquires PremierGarage Assets

Updated: 12/07/2011 3:42:00 PM
Organizers Direct and Tailored purchased the assets and brand, respectively, of PremierGarage in a bankruptcy sale on Nov. 30.
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Strong Nano Tech Wood Nears Production

By Bill Esler | Updated: 12/13/2011 12:03:00 PM
Nano technology enters wood products manufacturing as CelluForce stars up its first plant. Super wood products spun from NanoCrystallin Cellulose, could include jumbo jets, bridges as well as fabrics and electronics.
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U.S. Issues Antidumping Duties on Chinese Wood Flooring

By Karen Koenig | Updated: 12/12/2011 12:00:00 PM
Antidumping and countervailing duty orders have been finalized for multilayered wood flooring from China. The International Trade Administration published the final determination Dec. 8 in the Federal Register.
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 Canfor Lumber

Canfor Closes Two Sawmills, Buys Two Sawmills

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.
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 Leda Furniture and JIS Contract Furniture

Leda Furniture Grows Manufacturing Staff 54%

By Bill Esler | Updated: 12/12/2011 4:20:00 PM
A 54 percent production staff increase is reported by residential and hospitality casegoods maker Leda Furniture, Toronto. The company also sells through J.I.S. Contract Furniture.
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Herman Miller Eames Seats Rapper Ice Cube

By Bill Esler | Updated: 12/10/2011 5:46:00 PM
Wood interiors and Eames designs and furnishings, long associated with Herman Miller, are celebrated in a Los Angeles art project, Pacific Standard Time. Actor and rap singer Ice Cube professes his admiration architectural design team Charles and Ray Eames. Read more

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