Wood industry plant expansions were the most viewed stories this week.  Cabinetry, door and window maker Fortune Brand Home & Security spin-off issued its first earnings report since it went public on the NYSE as FBHS. Sales rose.

Companies are rationalizing production: Kimball Hospitality hired Linwood to build furniture; VT Industries auctions surplus equipment; Ethan Allen  bought a 164,000 sq.ft. former casegoods plant on 18 acres in Honduras third largest city, Choloma.  Ttwo legged tables and WWII wood blimp hangars are also among the week’s most viewed wood industry articles.

A healthy Wood Machinery & Supply Expo in Toronto last week was closely watched as a barometer of indsutry health. The show, run by Woodworking Network parent Vance Publishing, was jam-packed. Managers has trouble clearing the floor as it closed!


Roseburg Closes Particleboard Plant

Posted by Michaelle Bradford | Updated: 10/27/2011 4:34:00
Roseburg announced the closure of its Louisville, Mississippi particleboard plant resulting in the layoff of approximately 80 workers.
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 German Cartel Office

German Panel Producers Fined for Price Fixing

By Rich Christianson | Updated: 11/02/2011 9:51:00 AM
The German Federal Cartel Office (GFCO) has imposed fines totaling approximately € 42 million ($57.9 million) on four manufacturers of particleboard and oriented strand board for conspiring to fix prices. Read more

 IKEA Wardrobe Mirror Door Recall

IKEA Pulls Wardrobe Mirror Doors from Stores

By Rich Christianson | Updated: 11/01/2011 10:58:00
IKEA North America Service issued a voluntary recall for approximately 2,200 PAX AURLAND wardrobe mirror doors due to a laceration hazard.
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 Blum Blumotion

Blum to Make Blumotion Hinges in U.S.

By Karen Koenig | Updated: 11/01/2011 8:20:00 AM
Cabinetry hardware firm Blum Inc. says popularity of its Compact Blumotion soft-close face frame hinge led to two more manufacturing lines at its North Carolina plant, part of an $18.5 million investment announced earlier. Read more


Ethan Allen Expands into Honduras

Updated: 10/27/2011 11:01:00 AM
Ethan Allen Interiors Inc. announced Oct. 27 that it has acquired a former casegoods manufacturing plant in Honduras.
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Giant Wood Blimp Hangars: Once That Was Us

By Bill Esler | Updated: 11/02/2011 10:30:00 AM
Wood structures 1,000 feet long and 140 feet high were built along the U.S. East and West Coasts during World War II. Home to blimps hunting German U-boats, the soaring wooden structures saved precious steel for armaments, and required advances in engineering.
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 Ai Weiwei wood table

Tables With Two Legs on the Floor

By Bill Esler | Updated: 10/30/2011 11:22:00 AM
Beijing artist Ai Wei Wei gives wood crafters pause with his 21st Century take on traditional joinery from his homeland.
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 Gibson Guitar NAMM Show 2011

Music Instrument Merchants Fight to Amend Lacey Act

By Karen Koenig | Updated: 11/02/2011 1:11:00 PM
The National Assn of Music Merchants joined the Lacey Act Defense National Consensus Committee, while . Read more

 William Wallace Campbell Road Sawmill

Tree Falls, Worker Dies, Sawmill Fined

By Rich Christianson | Updated: 11/02/2011 2:07:00 PM
ARCHBOLD, OH -- Campbell Road Sawmill has been cited for nine safety and health violations stemming from the death of a worker who was struck on the head by a tree. Read more

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