Wood Week: OSHA fine, IHFC sells, cabinetry expansion

The struggles and hope of North Carolina's furniture manufacturing industry were captured in the news that the International Home Furnishings Center and the MMPI, two exhibition halls totaling 5.6 million square feet, may soon be sold.

Topping the news this week was a story on OSHA penalties for a countertop fabricator for exposing workers to silica particles. OSHA then added lock-out tag-out penalties. Home Depot extends a deal with U.S. Remodelers, and timber growers earn $50,000 an acre in truffle mushroom farming on live oak and filbert tree roots.

Expansions flooded millions in investment around the wood interiors markets with $310 million for  MPV RV, a 160,000 square foot expansion for PJ Works cabinetry. And Blum announced it would put $18.5 million into its Stanley, NC kitchen cabinet and commercial casegoods hardware plant.

Wood Week: OSHA fine, IHFC sells, cabinetry expansion

Venetian Marble & Granite has been cited for allegedly exposing its employees to unsafe levels of crystalline silica particles by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.After fining them for that, OSHA added lock-out tag-out violation penalties for the countertop maker, too.



Wood Week: OSHA fine, IHFC sells, cabinetry expansion
Timber growers profit in $800 a pound truffles.
Some hardwood forest acreage is finding a
secondary revenue stream: growing truffles, the pricey (at $800 a pound)
high-end mushroom coveted by cooks. Truffles thrive on the roots of live oaks and filbert trees.




Wood Week: OSHA fine, IHFC sells, cabinetry expansion
U.S. Remodelers, Home Depot cabinetry deal extended
U.S. Home Systems unit extends Home Depot sales deal fr three years; new video and online design tools for The Home Depot cabinetry refacing supplier guides kitchen remodeling design and select kitchen cabinetry surfaces.




Wood Week: OSHA fine, IHFC sells, cabinetry expansion

Blum Inc. has announced plans to invest $18.5 million dollars over the next two years in equipment upgrades and facility expansion at its Stanley, NC plant, where it manufactures hardware for kitchen cabinetry and casegoods.



Wood Week: OSHA fine, IHFC sells, cabinetry expansion

Custom cabinetry and millwork firm PJ Works, Inc. says it will
relocate to a 163,000 square-foot facility
that it has acquired in Shreveport, LA.
The expansion is driven by a new product, Envirawood manufactured veneer.




Wood Week: OSHA fine, IHFC sells, cabinetry expansion
MVP RV may hire 1,200, including cabinetmakers
Recreational vehicle manufacturer MVP RV, Inc. says it may hire as many
as 1,200 workers to build recreational vehicles, some headed for export to China. The added jobs would include woodworkers to finish cabinetry and wood interior appointments in MPV RV's selection of models, which include travel trailers, motor homes and fifth wheel trailers.



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