Wood Casework, Chopsticks, Firewood Plant Fire Top NewsNews affecting the wood industry this week included blossoming house starts and sales, court cases affecting immigrant labor and CO2 emissions, and investments that have reset wood manufacturing on a growth path.

Among most-read wood industry reports online was coverage of Greenberg Casework, a South Beloit, IL manufacturer of cabinets and architectural millwork for commercial clients. The company ventured into garage cabinetry in multiple colors, custom built with a three-day turnaround.

Bad news for Americus, GA's Georgia Chopsticks - closed by the sheriff in an investor dispute - but good news for Klockner-Pentaplast and wood moulding and dimension components firm Fred Tebb & Sons, Inc. Both receive financial support to further their business plans.

Here are the most-viewed reports this week:

Georgia Wood Chopsticks Firm Forced To Close
By Bill Esler | Updated: 06/22/2012 8:01:00 AM
Georgia Chopsticks made a name for itself by exporting millions of poplar chopsticks to buyers in China. The plant closed in a dispute with investors. Read more


Wagner Woodwork in Bank Auction
By Bill Esler | Updated: 06/21/2012 9:53:00 AM
Wagner Woodwork's architectural millwork plant equipment will be auctioned June 26 at its Sussex, WI plant. A slide show displays some equipment on sale. Read more

Taylor Guitars' Cameroon Ebony Mill: The Last Frontier
By Michaelle Bradford | Updated: 06/22/2012 4:30:00 PM
Taylor Guitars says a Cameroon ebony lumber mill partnership, made with Spanish distributor Madinter Trade to purchase, will extend its access to exotic woods. Paul Taylor explains in a video. Read more

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Firewood Plant Burns Down; $1 Million Damage
By Rich Christianson | Updated: 06/26/2012 12:28:00 PM
Beaver Creek Wood Products’ plant, which processes firewood and wood mulch products, was destroyed in a fire early Monday morning. Read more

Pella Window Nears Class Action Settlement
By Bill Esler | Updated: 06/24/2012 2:33:00 PM
Pella Windows says a class action suit launched in 2006 over its ProLine windows is nearing a settlement. Consumers said wood rotted prematurely. Read more

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Bankrupt Lumber Products' Acquired by Rugby Architectural
By Rich Christianson | Updated: 06/27/2012 3:24:00 PM
Lumber Products, an Oregon-based distributor of wood products that filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, wa acquired by Rugby Architectural Building Products of Concord, NH. Read more

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Wood Telephone Poles Turned to Ethanol
By Bill Esler | Updated: 06/18/2012 11:03:00 PM
Wood waste and biofuel power firm Enerkem Inc. says it has begun producing cellulosic ethanol from used telephone poles at its demonstration facility in Westbury, Québec.
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Steelcase Americas Continues Double-Digit Sales Surge
By Rich Christianson | Updated: 06/26/2012 1:52:00 PM
Steelcase Inc.'s office and contract furniture sales in the Americas continued their strong double-digit pace in the company's first quarter. Read more


Arauco: New King of the Wood Composite Panel Hill
By Rich Christianson | Updated: 06/22/2012 12:09:00 PM
Never heard of Arauco? The Chilean forestry company becomes the largest manufacturer of particleboard and MDF in North America by virtue of its pending buy-out of Flakeboard. Read more

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How to Find Cabinetry Jobs? Look at Building Permits
By Jared Patchin | Updated: 06/23/2012 1:17:00 PM
To find cabinets projects, we used to cold call, but that was hit or miss. Now we study building permits, research the builder and see if its a fit. This has led to cabinet projects, referrals and requests for quotes. Read more

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