Arauco-Flakeboard, Wood Worker Legal Fight Top NewsAmong the intriguing wood industry reports this week is Custom Display Solutions move to restrain ex-workers from divulging its trade secrets to competitor Advanced Mounting & Design, another maker of wood lecterns and audio visual furnishings. 

Also topping the news, the massive acquisition of privately held Flakeboard Panel Mills by Arauco.

Blogs were also popular this week, with Jarid Patchin's Part II on finishing an ash wood table, Phil Bower's treatise on Facebook for casegoods cold-calling, and Rich Christianson's glowing find: a veneered LED light bulb.

 Arauco Flakeboard composite panel

Arauco to Acquire Flakeboard Panel Mills
By Karen Koenig | Updated: 06/08/2012 3:31:00 PM
Arauco has reached an agreement with Flakeboard Co. Ltd. to acquire its seven composite panel production facilities in Canada and the United States. Read more

 Custom Display Solutions audio visual furnishings

AV Furnishings Maker Gets Restraining On Ex Workers
By Karen Koenig | Updated: 06/11/2012 12:26:00 PM
Custom Display Solutions filed a restraining order against Advanced Mounting and Design Inc. to protect trade secrets ex workers may have brought with them. Read more

 Woodworking Made in America

Wood Industry Sees Return of 'Made in America'
By Bill Esler | Updated: 06/07/2012 9:00:00 AM
Wood manufacturing is on the rise in America, and with it comes efforts to capitalize on consumer sentiment favoring domestically made goods. Read more


Lacey Act Amendment Under Vote by House
By Karen Koenig | Updated: 06/08/2012 1:54:00 PM
By 25-19 the House Natural Resources Committee voted to amend the Lacey Act. H.R. 3210, the “Retailers and Entertainers Lacey Implementation and Enforcement Fairness Act” gets a full House vote in July. Read more

IWF Atlanta

IWF 2012 Registration Surge; Exhibit Sales Increase
By Bill Esler | Updated: 06/13/2012 12:29:00 PM
The International Woodworking Fair (IWF) says early attendee registration spiked 40 percent compared to the last IWF wood technology trade show, held in 2010. Read more


Absence of ComDust Rule Doesn't Stop OSHA Enforcement
By Jamison Scott | Updated: 06/11/2012 11:31:00 AM
OSHA may still be wrangling over creation of a combustible dust standard but that hasn't stopped its inspectors from doling out fines for ComDust violations. Read more

American Woodmark 14% Sales Rise Yields $20MM Loss
By Michaelle Bradford | Updated: 06/05/2012 2:26:00 PM
American Woodmark, manufacturer and distributor of kitchen cabinets and vanities, sawnet sales increase 14% for fiscal year 2012, but lost $20 million. Read more

 J Alexander Fine Woodworking Jared Patchin

Large Ash Wood Table Sanded, Sealed and Delivered
By Jared Patchin | Updated: 06/06/2012 9:39:00 AM
This second entry regarding the large Ash wood table outlines the final woodworking steps that led to its completion. Read more

 Wooden LED Light Bulb

Wooden LED Light Bulb: What a Bright Idea
By Rich Christianson | Updated: 06/08/2012 11:04:00 AM
A wonderfully whimsical wooden light bulb designed by artist Ryosuke Fukusada combines traditional woodworking techniques and LED technology. Read more

Advance Cabinet Systems casegoods cabinetry Phil Bowers

Casegoods Makers: How to Cold Call Via Social Media
By Phil Bowers | Updated: 06/11/2012 4:00:00 PM
Younger generation architects, specifiers, designers, and casegoods buyers are social media connected. To be in front of them, embrace the fact that cold calling is dead, and social media is in, and here to stay. Read more

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