Millwork Expansion, Jeld-Wen Recall Top Week's News Wood industry reports most viewed this week include news of business furniture giants HNI and OFS Brands announcing expansions.

A theme park for home improvement has proved very popular - trading on the interest in home improvement reality shows, MainStreet America is a year-round showcase of homes where people will be inspired, informed and empowered to build or remodel their home.

Housing sales growth, uilding for months - in September 2012 existing homes sales rose 11% from the year prior (15th month in a row); new home sales were 27.1% higher than September 2011 (best report in two years) - impacted cabinetry and furniture plant expansion with new hires at MasterBrand Cabinets and a new plant for Woodgrain Millwork.

Here are the wood industry's top reports from the past week.

MasterBrand Cabinets

MasterBrand Cabinets Hiring 125 in Auburn
By Bill Esler | Updated: 10/22/2012 5:30:00 PM
MasterBrand Cabinets will hire 125 at its Auburn, AL plant. It held a job fair Saturday, October 20. Posted at its website are positions for nine technical and executive level positions at the plant. Read more

 Peugeot Design Lab Makes Piano for Pleyel

Peugeot's High-Performance Piano of Tomorrow
By Rich Christianson | Updated: 10/18/2012 10:11:00 AM
High-performance automaker Peugeot has teamed up with French piano maker Pleyel to create what the duo calls "a revolutionary piano that has turned the codes of the world of music upside-down." Read more

 

HNI Wins Tax Deal for $20 Million Furniture Factory Expansion Posted by Bill Esler | Updated: 10/19/2012 12:16:00 AM
HNI Corp. will invest $20 million expanding panel goods manufacturing in its Muscatine, IA operations. The parent of  Hon, Allsteel, will $14.7 million on equipment. Read more

 

Home Improvement Theme Park Opens
Posted by Michaelle Bradford | Updated: 10/17/2012 9:04:00 AM
MainStreet America is a year-round showcase of homes where people will be inspired, informed and empowered to build or remodel their home. Read more

JELD-WEN Recalls 171,000 Wood Bifold Doors
By Bill Esler | Updated: 10/23/2012 3:31:00 PM
JELD-WEN has issued a voluntary recall of nearly 171,000 bifold doors, also sold as Reliabilt Interior Bifold Doors.
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Woodgrain Millwork Expands to NC, Creating 170 Jobs
By Michaelle Bradford | Updated: 10/24/2012 3:22:00 PM
Woodgrain Millwork will locate a new manufacturing facility in North Carolina, creating 170 new jobs.  Read more

 Bernhard Woodwork wood doors

Bernhard Woodwork Customer Service WOOD 100 Honors
By Karen Koenig | Updated: 09/15/2012 2:00:00 PM
Bernhard Woodwork combines project management skills, European craftsmanship with state-of-the-art manufacturing capabilities — and customers have embraced it, says Mark Bernhard, president. Read more

 White Oak wood lumber panel

Soft Maple Prices, Up 30 Percent, Will Stay Up
By Andy Johnson | Updated: 10/18/2012 7:18:00 PM
Hardwood Review's Fourth Quarter Species Forecasts soft maple prices to stay high -up almost a third in just under two years - while white oak prices will soften marginally as Asia reduces its buys in the face of Europe's troubles. Read more

 

Sioux-Preme Wood Products Launched by Wounded Knee Board
By Bill Esler | Updated: 10/19/2012 7:55:00 AM
A wood milling company has been launched by the Wounded Knee Community Development Corp. near Manderson, SD. Its first product will be pine caskets. Read more

Formaldehyde- free Finishes: How We Developed Them
By Mark Harms and Art Kirby, Sherwin Williams | U10/16/2012
Six years ago, Sherwin-Williams took the steps that led to our first formaldehyde-free wood finishes, working closely with wood cabinetry, furniture, and casegood manufacturers - like Jofco - during its development. Read more

OFS contract furniture

OFS Brands Furniture $9 Million Expansion
By Karen Koenig | Updated: 10/19/2012 11:40:00 AM

Wood contract furniture manufacturer OFS Brands is considering a $9.25 expansion of its North Carolina operations that would bring 188 full time jobs to the High Point area over five years, says the High Point Economic Development Corp. Read more

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