A report on a giant clamp for curved church pews, built by Doucet for Imperial Woodworks, was among the most viewed stories this week.
A report on a giant clamp for curved church pews, built by Doucet for Imperial Woodworks, was among the most viewed stories this week.

Wood industry trade disputes are on the rise, a result of an improving economy and rising demand for wood. Most viewed this week was the story on Chinese hardwood plywood, which will be subject to countervailing duties of 22 to 27 percent.

Another punitive tax went into effect in British Columbia, not to discourage imports, but to block the export of unfinished logs. The U.S. Lumber Coalition, a consortium of U.S. forest owners and sawmills, says it is "seriously concerned" by British Columbia's 20 percent bump in "fee in lieu of domestic manufacturing," a tariff on log exports that took effect on March 1.

The Canadian's have been more successful at exporting their timber after value has been in the form of conversion to lumber. China's voracious appetite for lumber consumes the equivalent of the entire annual output of Canda's forests each year.

Another indicator of the successful housing recover: expansions at Wellborne Cabinets and MasterBrand Cabinets. Here are the most viewed reports this week:

 American Alliance for Hardwood Plywood

Chinese Hardwood Plywood Hit by Punitive Duties

By Karen Koenig | Updated: 03/01/2013 10:36:00 AM
A majority of hardwood and decorative plywood from China will face a countervailing duty of 22.63 or 27.16%, says the Department of Commerce, thrilling U.S. plywood firms but disappointing U.S. importers. Read more

 Doucet-SRX-Ryan-Beck Imperial Woodwork

Imperial Woodworks' Giant Church Pew Clamp

Updated: 02/27/2013 2:21:00 PM
Imperial Woodworks, Inc. in Waco, TX, has commissioned special clamping solution for laminating curved panels up to 24' long for use in various parts of radial church pews.The system was built by Doucet. Read more

RSI Home Products

RSI Cabinetry $323 Million Buyback

Posted by Karen Koenig | Updated: 03/01/2013 4:23:00
RSI Home Products Inc. regains sole ownership after completing a buyback of 50 percent equity interest from Onex Corp. and its affiliates for $323 million. Read more

Artisan Custom Interiors Stiles Microvellum

Artisan  Wood Shop: Cabinets & Closets Expo Tour

By Michaelle Bradford | Updated: 03/01/2013 9:47:00 AM
Stiles Machinery and Microvellum sponsored a tour of Artisan Custom Interiors Thursday, Feb. 28, after a well-trafficked first day of the Cabinets & Closets Expo.
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 MasterBrand Cabinet headquarters FBHS

MasterBrand Cabinets Spends $574K, Hires 76‏

Posted by Bill Esler | Updated: 03/05/2013 11:00:00 AM
MasterBrand Cabinets, Inc. will invest $574,000 in equipment to expand capacity at its Goshen, IN plant. It has already begun hiring to fill 76 jobs; $430,000 in grants and tax credits sweetened the deal. Read more

 U.S. Lumber Coalition, Pleasant River Lumber

Lumber Coalition Attacks BC Log Export Fees

Posted by Bill Esler | Updated: 02/28/2013 4:54:00 AM
The U.S. Lumber Coalition says it is "seriously concerned" by British Columbia's 20 percent bump in "fee in lieu of domestic manufacturing," a tariff on log exports that took effect on March 1. Read more

 Rev-A-Shelf cabinetry hardware

Rev-A-Shelf Plans 315,000 Sq. Ft. Plant

Posted by Bill Esler | Updated: 03/04/2013 8:24:00 PM
Cabinetry and closet hardware and LED lighting supplier Rev-A-Shelf will break ground on a 315,000 sq. ft. manufacturing facility in Blankenbaker Station II Business Park, about 15 miles east of downtown Louisville.
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Strong Oak Demand, Price Increases

By Andy Johnson | Updated: 03/05/2013 8:53:00 AM
Expanding residential flooring sales in North America and exploding Chinese consumer demand for American oak in flooring and other furnishings will drive additional red oak price increases. Read more

 How-to finishwood cabinetry doors

How to Prepare a Door for Finishing

Updated: 02/25/2013 1:00:00 AM
How to prepare a cabinet door for water-based finish, with Scott Danielson at Decore-ative Specialties, part of Decore-ative's new website featuring cabinet doors, drawers, components, mouldings, hardware, accessories and simplified ordering. Read more

Cabinets & Closets Expo

Cabinets & Closets Expo A Big Hit

By Bill Esler | Updated: 03/04/2013 8:00:00 AM
Well-trafficked Cabinets & Closets Expo was a hit for attendees and exhibitors. The year's first woodworking tradeshow bustled with events for cabinet makers, custom woodshops and closets businesses. Read more

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