Cabinetry & Flooring Factory Expansions Top Wood Industry Reports Merillat Cabinets ups the ante for custom and production cabinetry makers. “Our ability to ship built-to-order cabinets in as little as five days from receiving the order is a big deal,” says Jonathan Klinger, VP Marketing. 

Merillat, and sister Masco brand, Kraftmaid, return to KBIS 2014 following a hiatus - along with Masterbrand Cabinets and Elkay cabinet lines, reflect a robustly recovering wood manufacturing industry - driven by the strength of home building and remodeling. The industry will get its game on for the co-located Kitchen & Bath Industry Show and the Builders Show Feb. 4-6 in Las Vegas. Here are the wood industry's most viewed reports from the past week.

  

Super Bowl XLVIII: Eastern Millwork Fabricates Huge Plywood Sign 
By Bill Esler Posted: 01/20/2014 2:19PM
Eastern Millwork, Jersey City, NJ, is cutting the Super Bowl XLVIII lettering for a massive plywood light sculpture. Designed by architect John Nastasi, the 12-foot high Roman numerals will dominate the horizon in Hoboken, NJ for Feb. 2 Super Bowl. 

 
Kimball International Furniture

Kimball Furniture To Split in Two
By Bill Esler | Posted: January 21, 2014 - 2:12 PM
Kimball will split its furniture business from its electronic manufacturing services segment, through a tax-free spin off that will form two publicly traded companies.

 

Thomasville, Lane Furniture Factories Close; 564 Layoffs 
Posted by Karen Koenig | Posted: 01/22/2014 11:22AM 
Two Thomasville furniture factories and a Lane Furniture operation will close as Heritage Home Group, the former Furniture Brands, restructures following its bankruptcy. Approximately 564 will be laid off.

 

MasterBrand Cabinets' Indiana Plant to Add 135 Jobs, Equipment 
Posted by Michaelle Bradford | Posted: 01/16/2014 8:53AM 
MasterBrand Cabinets plans to add new equipment and approximately 135 new workers to its Ferdinand, IN, facility. The division of Fortune Home Brand & Security produces Aristokraft and other national brands. 

 
 

Lumber Liquidator's $60M Expansion Plans Include Finishing Plant 
By Rich Christianson Posted: 01/20/2014 9:58AM 
Lumber Liquidators said it will invest more than $60 million to expand its corporate and manufacturing operations, including its Bellawood hardwood flooring finishing facility.

 

 
 

Video: Impossible Dovetails & Other Puzzling Woodshop Projects  
By Matt Schumake | Posted: January 3, 2014 - 12:28 PM 
A look at puzzling woodworking projects such as the Impossible Dovetail, the Impossible Nail, and the Pinball in a Wooden Cube.

 

 
 ClosetMaid ShelfTrack Elite

ClosetMaid Debuts Garage Line and Shelving at 2014 Builders Show
By Michaelle Bradford | Posted: January 15, 2014 - 12:15 PM
Closetmaid launches ProGarage and TotalSlide at the 2014 International Builders Show. Debuting at IBS for the first time are TotalSlide Pro and ProGarage.

 
 

Great Designs in Wood - The House on the Rock
by Chuck Ray Posted: 12/28/2013 12:34PM
Almost all of the wood used in this remote Canadian home was reclaimed from old Ontario barns, making many of the joists and floorboards several hundred years old.

 
 

Cefla 3D Panel Coater Simulates Wood Grain on MDF
By Bill Esler | Posted: January 9, 2014 - 1:19 PM
Cefla has introduced a 3D coating system to imprint surfaces and edges of MDF and HDF fiberboard, honeycomb board and chip board with a realistic wood look.

 
 Merillat cabinetry KBIS 2014

KBIS 2014: Merillat Cabinetry's 5-Day Build-to-Order Strategy
By Bill Esler | Posted: January 10, 2014 - 1:54 PM
Merillat Cabinetry says its return to KBIS 2014 marks a renewed brand commitment, with 5-day built-to-order, offering Kona on Oak, a darker finish meeting a resurging interest in oak.

 

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