IKEA's Swedwood manufacturing unit boasts highly automated ABB placed robotics in 35 of its plants.
Woodworkers for IKEA in Sweden get more pay than Swedwood workers, say union organizers. And Berkline workers sue over job losses. Better times could lead to labor unrest, with 81 percent of workers looking around for better jobs, according to reports delivered at the woodworking industry Executive Briefing Conference in St. Paul this week.
Disgruntled woodworkers at IKEAâs manufacturing subsidiary Swedwood in Danville, VA, reportedly are trying to form a union with the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers.
Top wood industry manufacturing execs at the St. Paul, MN 3M Innovation Center, listening to three days of tech and business talk, were told to rethink their wood products manufacturing and marketing business approach, with pleas for education and calls for technology investment, at the woodworking industry Executive Briefing Conference.
weathered a recent fillip, posting a 13.1% increase on 2010 sales of $275.8 million. A continuing internal investigation involving imports to its LaJobi unit has resulted in millions in restated earnings, and a change in liabilities for earnouts. Last month Kid Brands fired the president of its LaJobi children's wood furniture subsidiary after finding incorrect import duties were applied on wooden furniture imported from vendors in China, resulting in a violation of anti-dumping regulations.
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