IWF Wood Technology Awards, Cabinetry Fire, SIBO Top NewsWood industry technology expected at the International Woodworking Fair triggered excitement, as trade show managers released the finalists in the 2012 Challengers Distinguished Achievement Awards. Woodworking Network broke the news Wednesday night, and it became the most-viewed report online within hours.

Woodworking Network will publish the IWF 2012 Official Challengers Award publication in two weeks, with expanded profiles of the finalists and a a retrospective on the wood industry technology and supplies that have won the Challenger Awards over the years.

Also topping the weeks reports were a story of a custom cabinet and furniture shop leveled by fire, IKEA fielded an accusation it logs old-growth forests,

2012 IWF Challengers Award Finalists Named
By Bill Esler | Updated: 06/05/2012 4:26:00 PM
Twenty-one wood manufacturing products from 20 companies have been named finalists in the 2012 Challengers Distinguished Achievement Awards competition, advancing one step in the competition. Winners will be announced August 22. Read more

Custom Furniture & Cabinet Shop Leveled by Fire 
By Karen Koenig | Updated: 06/04/2012 10:21:00 AM
Starboard Woodcraft Ltd.'s custom furniture and cabinet operations in Doyles, Newfoundland, were leveled by fire on May 31. The official cause of the blaze has not been determined
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IKEA Logging in Karellan Russia

IKEA Accused of Logging Old-Growth Forest in Russia
By Rich Christianson | Updated: 06/05/2012 12:47:00 PM
The Global Forest Coalition (GFC) has attacked international furniture retailer IKEA for allegedly participating in the logging of pine trees 200 to 600 years old in Karella located on Russia's western border.
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UK Furniture Firm Opening New Plant in North Carolina
By Karen Koenig | Updated: 06/04/2012 7:30:00 AM
Trading desk and control room furniture manufacturer SBFI announced plans to open a new plant in McDowell County, North Carolina.
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Patented Wood Swatches Simulate Real Thing
By Bill Esler | Updated: 06/01/2012 1:47:00 PM
Wood flooring, cabinets and countertops are shown in large-format, hyper-realistic reproductions, allowing clients to really see how the grain and stain will appear. Read more


SIBO – Quebec’s 2012 Wood Industry Event Suspended
By Rich Christianson| Updated: 06/06/2012 3:58:00 PM
Vance Communications Canada announces that the 2012 edition of Salon Industriel du Bois Ouvré (SIBO) will not be held.
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Wood Fiber Auto Parts Project Wins Canadian Backing
By Bill Esler | Updated: 05/31/2012 7:13:00 AM
Wood fiber will be used by auto parts maker Magna Exteriors and Interiors in partnership with Ontario's Centre for Research and Innovation in Bio-Economy and the Alberta government. Read more

 Ashley Furniture Whitehall Wisconsin ground breaking

Ashley Furniture $6M Factory Expansion
By Rich Christianson | Updated: 05/30/2012 2:07:00 PM
Ashley Furniture Industries broke ground on a $6 million expansion. Ashley Furniture Never Lost Sight of Made in America notes Christianson's blog. Separately Ashley Furniture was awarded $1.9 Million from J.P. Morgan
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Herman Miller Closing Nemschoff Chair Plant
By Rich Christianson | Updated: 06/02/2012 7:38:00 PM
Herman Miller Inc. will close the Nemschoff healthcare chairs plant that it acquired in a deal finalized in January 2011 and move production to Sheboygan, WI. Read more


Tiny Home Builders Grow During Economic Instability
By Josh Krol | Updated: 06/03/2012 8:00:00 PM
Florida-based wood manufacturer that builds small mobile homes sees growth in a struggling economy.
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