An airplane cabinetry specialist, Custom Aircraft Cabinets, announced plans to invest $5.9 million in a plant relocation and expansion.  Likewise countertop manufacturer Cambria in LeSeuer, MN, says it will hire 220, doubling in size. Smells like wood industry recovery news.

Topical given current news, Kittinger Furniture was retained by Sony Pictures to make reproductions of tables and chairs for use in an action film - copies of items it previously produiced for use in the real White House.

Panel products made news this week, including a report on PenPly's debt that is being absorbed by a local town, and the positive breaking news on Uniboard Canada's sale.
Here are the wood industry's top reports from the past week.

Airplane Cabinetry Firm Expands; To Hire 150
By Bill Esler | Updated: 09/04/2012 11:49:00 AM
Custom Aircraft Cabinets will add a cabinets and upholstered furnishings plant in Sherwood, AR, hiring 150 and investing $5.9 million. Read more

J Alexander Fine Woodworking Jared Patchin

My First Woodworking Fair: Just Awesome
By Jared Patchin | Updated: 08/22/2012 7:00:00 PM
First I looked at functional hardware. Then, after surveying used edgebanders, and educating myself on edgebanding equipment, I decided that I was willing to pony up the money and buy new. Read more

Sierra Pine Workers Strike in Martell
By Bill Esler | Updated: 08/30/2012 2:58:00 PM
SierraPine employees in Martell, CA went on strike last week, the wood panel manufacturer reports.
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 Cambria Quartz countertop

Cambria to Doubles Countertop Plant; Adds 220 Jobs
By Rich Christianson | Updated: 09/04/2012 8:57:00 PM
Cambria, a manufacturer of natural quartz surfaces used in countertops and other products, plans to more than double the size of its production facility in Le Sueur, MN. Read more

 Oakleigh Custom Woodworks

Second Career Woodworkers Launch Thriving Business
Posted by Bill Esler | Updated: 08/27/2012 10:41:00 AM
Oakleigh Custom Woodworks is owned by a retired Alabama couple who turned a woodworking hobby into a blossoming business through attention to detail, old-fashioned professionalism, and smart selling strategies. Read more


Kittinger Furniture Cast by Sony in White House Action Film
By Karen Koenig | Updated: 09/04/2012 2:20:00 PM
Kittinger Furniture was been retained by Sony Pictures to make reproductions of furniture Kittinger previously designed for  the White House. Read more

Local Town Absorbs Plywood Maker PenPly's $1.6M Debt
By Rich Christianson | Updated: 09/02/2012 4:19:00 PM
Port Angeles officials will not pursue $1.6 million owed by the owners of Peninsula Plywood, which closed its doors last November. Read more

MarketCraft Expands as Retail Display Sales Hit $1.2M
By Bill Esler | Updated: 08/30/2012 10:19:00 PM
A Newberg, OR wood products firm specializing in retail signage and display has grown rapidly, reaching $1.2M in revenue with plans for a new 25,000 square foot plant.
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 Walnut Creek Planing

Wood Component Maker Turns Waste into Profit
By Karen Koenig | Updated: 08/08/2012 11:16:00 AM
Ohio-based Walnut Creek Planing takes sustainability and lean manufacturing to a new level by turning its hardwood waste into a cleaner-burning fuel. Read more

 Pinnacle Renewable Energy wood pellets

Wood Biofuel Firm to Invest $42M on Export Terminal
By Rich Christianson | Updated: 09/04/2012 8:27:00 AM
Pinnacle Renewable Energy Group, a manufacturer of wood pellets, plans to invest $42 million to build a terminal for exporting its products. Read more

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