Cabinetry design and installation technology news from April's KBIS Kitchen & Bath Industry Show in Las Vegas continues to percolate through the wood industry. In addition to finishing and wood species trends, and designs for changing households, online applications are a leading stream of KBIS innovation.

Also in this week's news: first U.S. laser edgebanders, a furniture factory fire, video of the world's largest wood structure, jet fuel from wood waste, a Steelcase acquisition and a Paladin Industries expansion.



Wood Week: first laser edgebanders, KBIS cabinetry apps

First three laser edgebanders sold in U.S.

The first laserTec Homag edgebander in the U.S. has been sold to Fred Smith Store Fixtures, Depauw, IN. Stiles Machinery, distributor of the system, says it has also sold two other laserTec edgebanders into a business furnishings and case goods manufacturer.


Wood Week: first laser edgebanders, KBIS cabinetry apps

Kindel's historic furniture factory gutted by fire

Kindel
Furniture's former factory in Grand Rapids, MI went up in flames,
destroying a plant that the erstwhile manufacturer called home for
nearly 100 years. The fire is a symbolic loss of the "furniture city's" heritage.




Wood Week: first laser edgebanders, KBIS cabinetry apps

Video: World's Largest Wood Structure: Parasol Metropol

A video tour takes you through this remarkable public project intended to create an architectural destination for Seville, Spain. Interlocking wood pieces form a unique outdoor experience.



Wood Week: first laser edgebanders, KBIS cabinetry apps

KraftMaid Cabinetry launches app for consumers

KraftMaid
Cabinetry's iPhone cabinet design app for consumers was among dozens of
launches by the Masco Cabinetry unit at the April KBIS Kitchen & Bath Industry Show in Las Vegas.





Wood waste to jet fuel for Washington State
Wood Week: first laser edgebanders, KBIS cabinetry apps

Authorizes the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR)
to collaborate on the development of a sustainable bio-aviation fuel-from-forest-biomass sector in the state.




Wood Week: first laser edgebanders, KBIS cabinetry apps

Wood and composite component manufacturer Paladin Industries Inc. said it will invest $2 million to expand its Kentwood, MI operations, including $800,000 in new woodworking equipment and a plant addition.



Wood Week: first laser edgebanders, KBIS cabinetry apps

Steelcase acquires bkm Total Office

Business furnishings giant Steelcase Inc. has purchased substantially all of the assets of bkm Total Office, one of its New England contract furniture dealers.




Wood Week: first laser edgebanders, KBIS cabinetry apps

Lumber futures tumble; Russian exports jump

Lumber contract prices fell along with other agricultural commodities
such as cotton and sugar, providing relief for wood industry purchasing managers.


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