Among top wood industry reports this week: an articulated bandsaw from Italy was a hit at WoodworkingNetwork after it showed at IWF 2012 last month. Uniboard's sale, Haworth's closure and Chinese-made bamboo cabinets were also highly viewed.

The articulated bandsaw from MD Dario at IWF 2012 caused a lot of on-line buzz, both at WoodworkingNetwork and at our Facebook site. The saw pivots to move around a stationary workpiece. There’s even a multiple work station where the saw arm pivots around a central point to service four separate pieces, at four work stations. A video shows how it works.

Wal-mart's entry into home improvement was a sleeper in the top news story. It's testing the concept, which is prevalent at competitor Costco, of partnering with with local home improvement and remodeling firms. Wal-Mart is testing it with West Shore Window & Door in Pennsylvania.

 Here are the week's top wood industry reports:

 Uniboard Laval

Uniboard Canada Sold to Kaycan in Cash Deal
By Bill Esler | Updated: 09/05/2012 10:42:00 PM
Pfleiderer Canada Inc., parent of engineered wood products firm Uniboard Canada Inc., will sell its particleboard, MDF, thermally fused melamine and laminate flooring facilities to Kaycan Ltd., of Montreal. Read more

     

An Articulated Bandsaw: What a Concept! See the Video.
By Bernie Bottens | Updated: 08/23/2012 10:48:00 AM
As he walked the aisles at the IWF in Atlanta, Bottens was struck by a handsaw that pivots around the workpiece, which stays stationary. Everyone watched the video this week.
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Haworth to Close Furniture Plant, Consolidate MI Operations
By Rich Christianson | Updated: 09/11/2012 2:00:00 PM
Office furniture manufacturer Haworth Inc. announced it will phase out production at its components plant in Douglas, MI, in the next 18 months as part of plan to consolidate its three West Michigan facilities. Read more

 Linwood Furniture

Linwood Furniture Put in Chapter 7, Assets to Be Liquidated
By Rich Christianson | Updated: 09/11/2012 9:27:00 AM
Linwood Furniture LLC,regarded as a Made-in-America furniture success, has moved from Chapter 11 to Chapter 7 setting the stage for its machinery and other assets to be sold to reimburse more than $6 million owed creditors. Read more

 Stanley Furniture MyHaven

Stanley Furniture Claims Whalen, Costco Infringed Trademark By Karen Koenig | Updated: 09/12/2012 2:11:00 PM
Stanley Furniture has filed suit against Whalen Furniture and Costco Wholesale Corp. for trademark infringement, trade dress infringement and unfair competition in regards to its MyHaven furniture collection. Read more

 ECOR componsite panel molded fiberboard

Patent for MDF Panel Licensed for Commercial Use
By Bill Esler | Updated: 09/06/2012 10:16:00 PM
Noble Environmental Technologies now has exclusive license to commercialize patented wood panel technology it patented with U.S. Forest Service Forest Products Laboratory. It signed a deal with SierraPine to manufacture products. Read more

 

Wal-Mart Enters Home Improvement Business
By Michaelle Bradford | Updated: 09/11/2012 10:56:00 AM
Wal-Mart enters the home improvement field by contracting local remodelers. It tests it out with West Shore Window & Door in home design centers in Pennsylvania stores. Read more

 

Bamboo Cabinetry Launch by Domain Cabinets Direct Inc.
Updated: 09/05/2012 3:46:00 PM
Domain Cabinets Direct debuted EcoSphere Bamboo Natural Slab and Bamboo Natural Shaker frameless RTA (Ready to Assemble) cabinets with features similar to high-end custom cabinetry. Read more

 

Armstrong Sells Flooring Operation
By Bill Esler | Updated: 09/05/2012 10:27:00 PM
Cabinetry and flooring manufacturer Armstrong World Industries, Inc. (NYSE: AWI) sold Patriot Flooring Supply, Inc. to flooring distributor The Belknap White Group. Read more

Home Depot

Home Depot Buying Cabinetry Refacer, Despite Lawsuits
By Bill Esler | Updated: 09/09/2012 1:43:00 PM
U.S. Home Systems, Inc. says its merger with Home Depot's cabinet refinishing unit, THD At-Home Services, Inc., has found no alternate offers, and has been okayed by the Federal Trade Commission. Four shareholder groups are suing. Read more

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