Groupon's ventures into wood business promotions and a sawdust blaze at Hardwood Specialties topped the news this week, along with Indonesia's logging ban, Emerald Ash Borer Week (ugh), and Bernie Botten's blog about the Kitchen Cabinet Makers Assn. coating standards. Here are the top stories, blogs and video.

Wood Week: Groupon, Sawdust blaze top stories

Groupon moves into wood industry
Groupon, a Chicago-based social marketing firm providing steeply discounted local online coupons to consumers, has set its sites on wood products firms, among them flooring, window and furniture firms, including the Ashley Group.




Wood Week: Groupon, Sawdust blaze top stories

Sawdust fire at Hardwood Specialties
A 40-foot sawdust silo caught fire at Hardwood Specialties on May 18, triggering a fire alarm at just before 6:00 am. Investigators want to know why a sprinkler system in the dust collector didn't contain the sawdust blaze.




Wood Week: Groupon, Sawdust blaze top stories

Indonesia bans logging permits
Indonesia declared a moratorium on logging permits in 158 million acres of virgin forest. The restriction, which bans peat harvesting as well, is funded by $1 billion from Norway. 




Wood Week: Groupon, Sawdust blaze top stories

Beware: It's Emerald Ash Borer week

Emerald Ash Borer Beetle Awareness Week runs from May 22 to 28, 2011, and the public is being asked to join in the fight against the small but deadly predator. A destructive beetle, the EAB has killed tens of millions of trees and spread to 15 states and two Canadian provinces since it was first detected in 2002.



Wood Week: Groupon, Sawdust blaze top stories

U.S. lumber rain out; China demand lags

Loggers curtailed activity in some areas and completely suspended operations in others, report editors of Hardwood Review, as hardwood forests across much of the eastern U.S. and Canada were wet, and in some cases, submerged.





Wood Week: Groupon, Sawdust blaze top stories
KCMA’s wood coating standard: unvarnished truth
In my blog, Calculating Wood Coating Thickness, I stated, “The KCMA standard for dry mil thickness is 3 – 5 dry mils.” I have spoken that little sentence more times than I care to count. But it  may not be factual and one of my readers finally spoke up and called my bluff.



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