Last notes from the home office

After 40 years in publishing I am retiring from fulltime work. This will be my last column in FDMC. (With a nod to Frederick Exley in the title.) I’ve seen many shops and have interviewed hundreds of woodworkers. I’m often asked what makes companies successful. Here are some of my own observations from visiting many successful companies. I have written about this in the past and have modified and changed a few things here.

Thoughts on a challenging year for FDMC 300

The year 2020 was one of the most unusual we have seen. And we hope not to see it again anytime soon. A few thoughts related to the FDMC 300: -- In 2020, we estimated sales for the FDMC 300 group of companies to be $57.883 billion, actually a slight gain of 1.25 percent. -- For the most part, this group of cabinet, millwork, furniture and store fixture manufacturers was able to adapt in a time that was anything but business as usual.