Rich Christianson's think piece on restoring manufacturing to the U.S. as a centerprice of industrial policy was among most viewed stories this week. This shows what's on the collective  minds of the woodworking industries. Likewise, the accompanying story on the battle to save a high school woodshop curriculum is part of the work we need to do to reset our direction.

The restructuring and rationalization of the cabinetry, door and window manufacturing - with big firms reducing overhead by consolidating plants - is not so different than what happened in the auto industry.

Reducing capacity to increase utilization rates, and capitalizing on the speed and efficiency of automated machinery is how profitability will return. And it is the reason U.S. workers are among the most productive, even with our higher wage levels. These and more stories were among the most viewed this week:

International Veneer Co Veneer Firm Accused of Smuggling to Syria
By Karen Koenig | Updated: 02/15/2012 11:35:00 AM
News reports say International Veneer Co. will plead guilty  March 1 in U.S. District Court to charges that the South Hill, VA-based company smuggled $2.6 million of veneer to Syria over a four-year period. Read more

MasterBrand Auctions Capital Cabinets, North Las Vegas
By Bill Esler | Updated: 02/09/2012 5:00:00 PM
MasterBrand Cabinets sells equipment at Capital Cabinets, acquired in 2003, modernized to state-of-the-art production in 2006. Slides show some sales items. Read more

Richland Northeast High School

Custom Woodworker Fights to Save High School Woodshop
By Rich Christianson | Updated: 02/12/2012 11:02:00 AM
The owner of a Columbia, SC custom cabinet shop makes a final appeal to the Richland Northeast High School Board of Education to restore the cabinet program. Read more

Church Furniture Maker Sponsors Nun Run
By Bill Esler | Updated: 02/10/2012 9:16:00 AM
The Wood & Iron Factory, a manufacturer and exporter of high-end custom design pews and chancel furniture in San Diego, California, sponsors Nun Run, a fundraiser for a local religious order. Read more

Masco Loses $575 Million in Write-downs
By Karen Koenig | Updated: 02/15/2012 10:31:00 AM
Masco Corp. reported 2011 annual net sales of $7.5 billion, “relatively flat” compared to 2010 figures. North American sales slipped 3 percent while international sales grew 8 percent. Read more


Obama Says Manufacturing Matters; Does He Mean It?
By Rich Christianson | Updated: 02/06/2012 1:35:00 PM
In his State of the Union address, Obama said manufacturing matters, and revitalizing America’s ability to make things is a cornerstone of his plans for the nation’s economic recovery and jobs creation. Read more

Eastman Launches Perennial Wood Business
By Bill Esler | Updated: 02/15/2012 6:01:00 AM
Southern Pine lumber is acetylation modified with heat, pressure and organic compounds for endurance using Eastman's proprietary process. Furniture, flooring and decking from the wood is compared to teak. Read more

 Pergo North America

Pergo Completes Corporate Turnaround Program
By Rich Christianson | Updated: 02/12/2012 7:19:00 PM
Pergo North America, a manufacturer of laminate flooring, said it "successfully emerged from a corporate turnaround program that involved making significant capital and structural investments." Read more


Closet Cabinetry Made From CornBoard
By Michaelle Bradford | Updated: 02/08/2012 11:20:00 AM
Universal Display & Fixtures Company, manufacturer of in-store retail merchandising displays, launched a new organizational system made from CornBoard, a wood panel replacement made from corn. Read more

Miter Cuts on Crown Moulding Made Easy
By Bill Esler | Updated: 02/07/2012 9:41:00 AM
TigerStop launched Crown+MiterPro, which simplifies angle cutting, for SawGear at the International Builders Show.  Read more

Also bubbling up in page views this week:

Weather Sheild WIndow and Door Utah factoryWeather Shield Selling Window Plant; Consolidates Two 
By Bill Esler | Updated: 02/11/2012 3:50:00 PM
Weather Shield is offering its 217,000 square foot window and door manufacturing facility in Nibley, Utah for $4.7 million. An equipment auction closed this week. It is also closing a Mosinee, WI plant. Read more



T.h. Snyder Millwork Gets $450K Funding
T h Snyder millwork Danville CNCBy Bill Esler | Updated: 02/10/2012 12:17:00 PM
Architectural millwork firm T.h. Snyder will receive $450,000 in tax increment finance funding from the City of Danville, Illinois to relocate to a new building near the town's center.
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