Banned Finishes at Home Depot Tops Week's ReportsFor selling banned varnishes and other wood finishes, Home Depot will pay $8 million to South Coast Air Quality Management District. Violating products included clear wood finishes, acrylic paints, sealers, lacquers, roof coatings, primers and base paints.

The legal action against Home Depot was filed in June 2011 following investgations in 2009 and 2010. Home Depot promised to establish controls on the sale of the finishes as part of the settlement. The Los Angeles City Attorney posted a copy of a $1.48 million check by Home Depot that was their share of the settlement.  Orange, Riverside and San Bernardino Counties and the SCAQMD got the same amount, and Home Depot had to pay $100,000 for the investigation.

Kitchen cabinetry and countertops also played a big part in this week's most viewed wood industry reports. Here are the top stories from 

Home Depot

Home Depot to Pay $8M Fine for Selling Banned Wood Finishes

By Rich Christianson | 04/28/2013 |
Selling non-compliant paints, wood stains and other coatings will cost Home Depot $8 million to settle alleged air quality violations with California's South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD). Read more


 American Alliance for Hardwood Plywood

Chinese Plywood Importers Decry Latest Antidumping Ruling

By Wade Vonasek | Updated: 05/01/2013 3:04:00 PM
The U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC) yesterday issued a preliminary average duty of 22.14% on Chinese hardwood plywood drawing immediate protests from a group of hardwood plywood importers. Read more


Masco U.S. Cabinetry In the Black; Overall Profit Up 42 Percent

By Bill Esler | Updated: 04/29/2013 5:00:00 PM
Kitchen cabinetry manufacturer Masco sales rose 4 percent to $1.9 billion, and North American cabinetry moved solidly into the black. Softness in Europe resulted in break even for Masco's global cabinet business. Read more


U.S. Cabinetry Exec Missing at Thailand Factory Project

By Bill Esler | Updated: 04/28/2013 12:33:00 PM
Cabinetry and woodworking businessman Nicholas Springer is missing in Thailand and may have been abducted, says the U.S. State Department. Springer was in Phattaya, Thailand, building a cabinetry and wood products manufacturing plant. Read more


Epic Woodshop Teacher's Story A Showstopper at WIC 2013

By Bill Esler | Updated: 04/26/2013 12:56:00 PM
Woodshop teacher Dean Mattson, who has parlayed his Salem, OR woodworking class into a learning engine for 450 students, won the Educator of the Year Wooden Globe award at WIC 2013. Read more

 Kittingers Furniture Co.

Bush Library Furniture by Thomas Moser, Kittinger 
By Michaelle Bradford | Updated: 04/24/2013 5:33:00 PM
Furniture makers showcased at Bush Library opening, Ashley opening largest North American furniture plant; and Wood iPad cash registers ringing up sales were among the top stories this week. Read more

 Linwood Furniture

Linwood Furniture's Assets to Be Sold

By Karen Koenig | 04/26/2013 | 
Linwood Furniture's assets have been purchased by Liquid Asset Partners. The asets, totaling over $8 million, will be sold at a public liquidation sale starting April 29. Read more


Charred Wood Surface Among Trends Showcased in New Book

Posted by Bill Esler | Updated: 04/23/2013 7:00:00 PM
"Used look” and “vintage” worn materials that have truly aged - reclaimed wood and bricks - will be prominent themes in 2013. But new surfaces which appear equally original, hand-crafted, expertly made, natural, valuable and long-lasting. Read more

 Armstrong Floor Homes for Our Troops

Armstrong's Profit Tumbles 83.2% in Q1

By Rich Christianson | Updated: 04/30/2013 11:55:00 AM
Armstrong World Industries Inc., an international designer and manufacturer of floors and ceilings, reported that its net income declined 83.2% in the first quarter ended March 31. Read more


Grothouse Lumber Carves Wooden Sink Bowl in Countertop

Updated: 04/28/2013 4:21:00 PM
Grothouse Lumber launches an integrated wood sink bowl in countertop; and the Synthesis Bar Rail, custom carved directly from the countertop surface.
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