Wood industry vacationers around the U.S. Independence Day holiday may have missed woodworking news: A tablesaw safety hearing report at the Consumer Products Safety Commission (consumers experienced 600,000 tablesaw accidents last year) and Comedy Central-The Daily Show's wry video report on a
a union organizer's complaints about Swedwood working conditions, Hickory Chair's $1799 French provincial side chairs, and why bathroom breaks should be restricted for line woodworkers.

Week's Most Viewed Wood Industry Stories

CPSC mulls table saw safety rule

Jul 05, 2011  By Rich Christianson

WASHINGTON -- Table saw safety remains on the radar of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, as the agency held hearings recently, with testimony by professional woodworkers injured on their own home tablesaws.

Week's Most Viewed Wood Industry StoriesDaily Show Video: Swedwood Versus Hickory Chair

July 2, 2011 Posted by Bill Esler
Hickory Chair's factory and Jay Reardon appears in a segment on The Daily Show contrasting working conditions and product quality at Hickory with those from IKEA's Swedwood. The Comedy Central reporter suggests Hickory Chair should follow IKEA's example and make ready-to-assemble furnishings.

Week's Most Viewed Wood Industry Stories
Masonite to acquire Marshfield DoorSystems
Jul 06, 2011 by Karen Koenig
Masonite has signed an agreement to acquire
Marshfield DoorSystems Inc. The transaction is expected to close
immediately following regulatory approval. 2010 revenues for Marshfield
exceeded $100 million.

Week's Most Viewed Wood Industry Stories
Countertop fabricator cited for silica dust violations
Jul 04, 2011 posted by Rich Christianson

SAN ANTONIO – Delta Granite and
Marble Inc., a custom fabricator of countertops, has been cited with 10
serious and one other than serious violations by the U.S. Occupational
Safety and Health Administration.

Most viewed wood industry stories in June included:

Week's Most Viewed Wood Industry Stories
Universal Forest layoffs, Northwest Hardwoods sold to investors, SCM refutes Homag patent, Combustible Dust Explosion at Universal Woods, and OSHA fines Phenix Lumber $1.9 million in worker death
The woodworking industry realigned and retrenched in June, with layoffs at Universal Forest Products as it CEO departs,
Roseburg buying one panel plant and plans to close two others; Northwest
Hardwoods is sold by Weyerhaeuser; plus OSHA takes action against more
wood firms. Read these plus other top stories, including a
massive wood plant fire, and record OSHA fines against wood firms.

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