Federal regulators increased enforcement activities in the woodworking industry, as OSHA cited a number of woodshops and lumber concerns over safety violations. Topping the reports was one of the highest OSHA fines on record: $1.9 million against Phenix Lumber, though the company says it has been addressing safety concerns and making progress since another OSHA action earlier this year.

Applications for 3D room renderings, some with startlingly realistic detail, made headlines thsi week. And auctions also continued around the industry, and were among the most viewed stories. Among the most viewed stories at woodworking network this week's wood industry news:

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OSHA slaps Phenix Lumber with $1.9M fine

Phenix Lumber, a sawmill in Phenix City, AL, and
its principal, John M. Dudley, have been slapped with penalties totaling
more than $1.9 million by the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational
Safety and Health Administration. A fine of over $400,000 was previously levied there by OSHA when a worker was killed in forklift accident.

Another OSHA action in the wood industry last week:
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Thomasville Lumber fined $159,000 by OSHA

Thomasville Lumber Co. Inc., which specializes in the manufacture of
yellow pine products, has been issued 24 alleged safety and record
keeping violations in its wood mannufacturing by the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

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Auctions at McConnell Cabinets, Hudson Solid Surfaces

As wood
plant auctions are announced at a steady clip, including Hudson Solid
Surfaces and McConnell Cabinets, the face of the U.S. wood manufacturing
industry is being transformed. New equipment makers such as Stiles Machinery and Biesse have jumped in to manage the realignment of woodworking machinery.

Another auction in the wood industry last week:

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Wicks Organ Co. downsizes, auctions inventory
wooden pipe organ builders Wicks Organ Company is downsizing, auctioning
off its building, along with excess inventory and
equipment and shifting staff to independent contractor status.

Wood inventory and routing tools were sold.

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New 3D apps give dazzling room renderings

furniture and decorative panel manufacturing giants jump on board with
new software that adds 3D visualization to furnishings design and
presentation process. Schattdecor, Sudekor, and 20-20 Technologies have shown new developments.

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