The wood industry's realignment and retrenchment continues this week: Layoffs at Universal Forest Products as it CEO departs, Roseburg buys one panel plant and plans to close two others; Northwest hardwoods is sold by Weyerhaeuser; plus OSHA takes action against more wood industry firms. And since today's Woodworking News Update Weekly Edition coincides with the first of July, we've included the most viewed stored from June, including a massive wood plant fire, OSHA's record $1.9 million fine against Phenix Lumber, along with other OSHA actions against wood products firms, and auctions of woodworking equipment at Berkline/Benchcraft and Monarch Industries.
 

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Layoffs at Universal Forest Products as CEO quits
Universal Forest Products, Inc. (Nasdaq: UFPI) says it will layoff employees as it downsizes to align with market demand for its wood specialty, and manufactured housing and construction products.




Universal Forest layoffs, Northwest Hardwoods sale most viewed this weekSCM refutes Homag's patent infringment allegations

SCM Group issued a statement rebutting a recent claim by Homag Group that SCM has violated the patent of Homag's safeScan technology. Homag sued SCM claiming SCM showed a copy of safeScan at the Ligna woodworking show in Hannover, Germany last month.


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On June 13,Rich Christianson reported Roseburg Forest Products had entered into an agreement to purchase Flakeboard's Simsboro, LA, particleboard manufacturing and laminating facility. Then on June 28, Karen Koenig reported that Roseburg would close particleboard and laminating facilities in SC: the Orangeburg laminating plant which the
company purchased from Decolam back in 2007; and its particleboard
facility in Russellville.




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A combustible sawdust explosion and fire at Universal Products, a supplier of
UV/EB-cured wood panel products, injured two company employees  June 23.






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Northwest Hardwoods sold to investors
American Industrial Partners says it has entered into a definitive
agreement to acquire the worldwide hardwoods and industrial products
business unit from Weyerhaeuser Co




Most Viewed in June 2011

Since today's Woodworking News Update Weekly Edition coincides with the first of July, we've included the most viewed stored from June, including a massive wood plant fire, OSHA's record $1.9 million fine against Phenix Lumber, along with other OSHA actions against wood products firms, and auctions of woodworking equipment at Berkline/Benchcraft and Monarch Industries.



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Phenix Lumber, a sawmill in Phenix City, AL, and
its principal, John M. Dudley, have been slapped by OSHA with penalties totaling
more than $1.9 million in connection with a worker death in its sawmill.

  Phenix Lumber contends it has been working to address safety issues and the fine threatens the survival.



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OSHA hits two wood products firms

06/10/2011
By
Bill Esler 

Citations at two
other woodworking firms - Burch Wood  Products, Summit Point, WV, and
Integrated Laminate Systems, a commercial cabinetry firm in Cinnaminson,
NJ - were announced by OSHA in June for workplace practices violations.




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Historic RI plant destroyed in blaze
06/08/2011
Posted by Rich Chistianson  -- American Wood
Pellet Company's plans to make product in a 112-year-old mill in
Woonsocket, RI were crushed when a massive fire gutted the
building. The blaze at the wood pellet plant under construction could be seen for miles.





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Monarch Industries selling surplus woodworking machinery
06/03/2011

By Bill Esler  Monarch
Industries, Inc., a major East Coast store fixture manufacturer, is
selling a wide range of woodworking machinery. The surplus equipment, no
longer required in the continuing operations of Monarch Industries, was put on sale by Hilco Industrial in cooperation with Stiles Machinery Inc.




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Berkline/BenchCraft machinery to be auctioned
06/07/2011 By Jo-An Kaiser
Fallen
furniture giant Berkline/BenchCraft Holdings will sell machinery,
equipment, furniture and fixtures, with a sale managed by Hilco June
22-24 on behalf of Berkline/Benchcraft's bankruptcy estate.





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Haworth to purchase Legacy Furniture health care firm
06/13/2011 By Karen KoenigHaworth
Inc. announced this morning at NeoCon that it is purchasing healthcare
furniture manufacturer Legacy Furniture Group, based in North Carolina.
Video on Haworth's acquisition of Legacy Furniture includes Haworth Inc. comments on the acquisition of Legacy Furniture Group.

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DeLeers Millwork sells majority interest to Precision Innovation
06/06/2011 
By
Bill Esler Precision
Innovations Inc. has acquired a controlling interest in 60-employee
DeLeers Millwork, a Green Bay, WI commercial wood interiors firm. Its custom woodworking operations will be paired with PerMar Ltd., Germantown, WI.



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