Cabinetry, Millwork, Panel Plant Investments GrowA cabinet manufacturing plant is revived as private equity pops up. Two architectural millwork and custom woodwork operations announce dramatic plant expansions.

And earnings reports surge: Home Depot said contractor purchases and large buys ($900+) drove its results up 31 percent. La-Z-Boy saw earnings surge - 49 percent ahead of last year.

The latest housing report say existing home inventories are now in a healthy balance with demand - a six months supply. Gradually the building and remodeling segments are reaching equilibrium and trending upward.

Here are the most-viewed wood industry reports this week:

United Cabinet Holdings Gepetto Kitchens Touchstone Fine Cabinets

Gepetto Kitchens Cabinets Acquired by Private Equity Firm
By Bill Esler | Updated: 02/21/2012 12:39:00 PM
Kitchen cabinet firm Geppetto Kitchens, recapitalized by Building Industry Partners private equity firm, operates as Touchstone Fine Cabinets in Geppetto's 200,000 square foot plant. Principals were with Norcraft and Cardell Cabinetry. Read more


Laminate Technologies to Invest $2 Million in VA Plant
By Michaelle Bradford | Updated: 02/21/2012 8:48:00 AM
Laminate Technologies, manufacturer of laminated panels and components, will invest more than $2 million to open a manufacturing facility in Henry County, VA.
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Dynamiic Wood Solutions Baker College

Dynamic Wood Solutions Expands into New Digs
By Rich Christianson | Updated: 02/21/2012 9:24:00 AM
Dynamic Wood Solutions, a Michigan manufacturer of commercial casework, millwork and store fixtures, has moved into a 19,000 square foot facility, more than doubling the size of itsoperation. Read more


Cabinets in Oak, Bamboo Rise; Cherry, Maple, Alder Decline
By Bill Esler | Updated: 02/17/2012 9:57:00 AM
Cherry, maple and alder wood cabinetry is in decline, says the National Kitchen & Bath Association, as designers move to other wood types, including oak and bamboo, which have doubled in use. Read more


Top Kitchen & Bath Cabinet Design Trends: NKBA 2012 Survey
By Karen Koenig | Updated: 02/17/2012 9:14:00 AM
Although the use of cherry wood in cabinetry is declining slightly, the preference for darker finishes continues to grow. These are among the top design trends for 2012, says the National Kitchen & Bath Assn. Read more

 Gibson Guitar Lacey Act Song Contest

'Trouble in Memphis': Gibson Guitar's Top Lacey Act Song
By Rich Christianson | Updated: 02/07/2012 10:42:00 AM
Johnny Mainstream's "Trouble in Memphis" took top prize in Gibson Guitar's Fight For Your Right to Rock contest, a poke at its trouble with the feds over the Lacey Act. Read more


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


Density Change Highlights New Wood Panel Technology
Staff Report | Updated: 02/03/2012 4:14:00 PM
At Ligna last year, Dascanova introduced a new panel technology used to manufacture fiberboard or particleboard products with a wave-like structure. Read more

 Century Furniture  Century Furniture Settles Another Trademark Fight
By Bill Esler | Updated: 02/19/2012 10:58:00 AM
A Los Angeles furniture manufacturer must rename his business, settling the latest in a series of trademark infringement suits Century Furniture llc, Hicktory, NC. (A video tour of Century is featured.) Read more

Biesse Acquires Chinese Woodworking Machinery Plant
By Michaelle Bradford | Updated: 02/20/2012 9:48:00 AM
Biesse S.p.A., which manufactures woodworking machinery, announced its subsidiary Biesse HK Ltd. acquired the Centre Gain Group, based in Hong Kong, for HKD 105 million (EUR 9.6 million). Read more

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