Northeast U.S. wood industry recovery - one example this week is Menck's $20 million window plant planned for Vermont - is also getting a boost through billions of dollars in Federal hurricane recovery aid.

Signs of investment are springing up in reports from around the country that were highly viewed this week: Pennsylvania's Allen Organ added automated sanding equipment; Stolo Cabinets parlayed a state grant to fund lean production consultation into $800,000 jump in sales and new hiring.

Amid all this, a relaunched show for cabinet and custom wood interiors is arriving on the scene next month,  just as woodworkers in every sector resurface from the recession. 

Next month's Cabinets & Closets Expo 2013 is getting a bigger buzz than expected. Anyone visiting the show's site could see it has gained steam: between December and today the exhibitor list jumped from 32 to 57. It's tracking well ahead of last year, and sponsors now include  Osborne Wood Products, Drawer Connection, Hafele - with more to come. For wood products manufacutrers of panel, wood components, doors, windows, closets - this is a good place to exhibit. For woodshops and

Here are the week's top reports>>


Lincolnton Furniture Shuts Down
By Karen Koenig | Updated: 01/04/2013 12:16:00 PM
Lincolnton Furniture closed suddenly on Thursday, a year after being lauded by President Obama as an example of America's manufacturing resurgence. Read more

 Mike Rone

Northern Contours Mourns Sudden Death of Founder Mike Rone
By Rich Christianson | Updated: 01/02/2013 5:04:00 PM
Mike Rone, founder of Northern Contours. a U.S. pioneer of membrane-pressed cabinet doors, passed away unexpectedly Dec. 29 at the age of 63. Read more

 Menck Fenster Windows International

German Window Maker Menck To Open $20M Plant in Vermont
By Bill Esler | Updated: 01/05/2013 10:06:00 AM
Menck Window Systems of Germany will invest $20 million in a wood window factory to open in Newport, VT, hiring 140. Investment was supported by an unusual Federal EB-5 Immigrant Investor program. Read more

 Hyloft Diamond Storage Concepts, Knape & Vogt

KV Acquires Diamond Storage, CompX Furniture Components
By Karen Koenig | Updated: 01/03/2013 9:00:00 AM
Knape & Vogt has acquired the assets of Diamond Storage Concepts LLC, marketers of the Hyloft brand of storage products. The acquisition follows its purchase of the Furniture Components Operations of CompX International. Read more

 Hobbit wood joinery, Bilbo Baggins

Hobbit Joinery a Custom Woodwork Feast
By Bill Esler | Updated: 12/26/2012 1:21:00 PM
Oak plank doors sawn, planed and joined in Middle Earth's pre-industrial woodshops give "The Hobbit" warren its signature comfort quarters. Circular doors and matching jig-sawn door frames are pegged into place. Joint and tenon furnishings abound. Read more

 Steinway muscial instrument wood acoustic piano woodshop

Steinway Piano Won't Sell; China Sales Up 30%
By Bill Esler | Updated: 01/06/2013 6:06:00 PM
Steinway Musical Instrument Co. decided not to sell to prospective buyers. Sales to China rose 30% in the latest quarter, though sales in Europe and the U.S. fell. Video shows making of a Steinway. Read more

 Bandsaws, saw blades, resawing, Matthias Wandel

Bandsaw Physics: Why Blades Drift in Resawing
By Matthias Wandel | Updated: 12/21/2012 4:32:00 PM
Explaining the physics of resawing on the bandsaw, and what leads to blade drift
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Custom Casework at Allen Organ
By Karen M. Koenig | Updated: 01/04/2013 11:43:00 AM
Allen Organ custom crafts casework for its electronic organs.Updated wood sanding technology consistently handles solid woods and veneered panels. Read more

 Columbia Forest Products hybrid poplar

Hybrid Poplar: Growing, Harvesting & Processing
By Rich Christianson | Updated: 01/07/2013 9:55:00 AM
Columbia Forest Products is converting FSC-certiied hybrid poplar into hardwood plywood through a collaboration with the GreenWood Tree Farm and Collins Companies. Read more

Stolo Cabinets

At Stolo Cabinets, County Funds Lean Manufacturing Training
By Bill Esler | Updated: 01/05/2013 10:23:00 PM
Stolo Cabinets says it implemented lean training at its Brea, CA architectural millwork shop, under an assistance program from California Manufacturing Technology Consulting and the Orange County Workforce Investment Board. Read more

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