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Mereen-Johnson marks expansion

Mereen-Johnson, LLC, makers of industrial woodworking machinery, will be holding a ribbon cutting event to celebrate the completion of its recent plant expansion in this eastern South Dakota city.

The ribbon cutting will be immediately followed by an ice cream and hot dog social. The social will include music and refreshments. All events are open to the general public.

Mereen-Johnson makes heavy-duty woodworking equipment and has been headquartered in Minneapolis since 1905.…


Added by Karl Forth on August 18, 2017 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Blues, grays dominate new Showplace cabinet color palette

Showplace Wood Products is offering four new standard paint colors that give North American cabinet consumers new choices from the popular gray and blue palette. Now available for Showplace overlay, inset and ShowplaceEVO door styles are standard paint colors regal Dignity Blue, soft Smokey Blue, striking Naval and sophisticated Gauntlet Gray.

The flexibility of the new Showplace standard paint colors lies in their ability to interact with other trending cabinetry tones, from white to…


Added by Karl Forth on August 11, 2017 at 8:54am — No Comments

Modern Wood Design to install laser edgebander

Modern Wood Design will be installing the IMA Novimat Compact R3, which will be the first laser edgebanding machine in southern California. The Los Angeles-area cabinet door manufacturer already specializes in thermofoil, veneer and MDF paint grade doors. The addition of the IMALUX will add to their capabilities.

The IMA Novimat Compact R3 is designed to handle edge processing with the option to use traditional EVA glue, PUR glue or the new IMA laser edgebanding (IMALUX).…


Added by Karl Forth on August 4, 2017 at 4:02pm — No Comments

AWFS Fair attendance up 17 percent for 2017

AWFS Fair 2017 attendance increased over 2015 as the show hosted 12,306 registered attendees (a 17 percent increase) and 18,457 total…


Added by Karl Forth on August 1, 2017 at 8:47am — No Comments

Student wood designs recognized at AWFS Fair

Cody Campanie, a student at Seattle Central College won The Best of Show Award, in the 2017 AWFS Fresh Wood Competition after judges reviewed the projects of 41 finalists from 16 different high schools and colleges in the U.S. and Canada at the 2017 AWFS Fair. Twenty-seven students went home with monetary prizes ranging from $250 to $1,000, along with trophies and software prizes.


Campanie was awarded a special sculpture made by renowned woodworker and artist Garry Knox Bennett,…


Added by Karl Forth on July 28, 2017 at 5:07pm — No Comments

Festool starts U.S. manufacturing

Festool has announced that it has started producing its FS Guide Rails, a system component and accessory of many of its power tools, at the company’s North American headquarters in Indiana. Festool plans to expand its Lebanon-based manufacturing location for additional production lines and other products in the future.

FS Guide Rails production uses U.S.-sourced material and will begin shipping throughout the U.S. and Canadian markets in late 2017.

FS guide rails are aluminum…


Added by Karl Forth on July 12, 2017 at 8:29am — No Comments

Strong business means lead times grow for HPFi

HPFi (High Point Furniture Industries) announced that it completed its fiscal year 2017 with another strong finish. The company’s project-driven contract and educational segments continue to grow, and the company’s manufacturing facilities have started to work overtime.

HPFi reports that it is beginning to experience extended lead times. This is affecting both the casegoods operation and seating location. The following lead times are being incorporated into project schedules:…


Added by Karl Forth on July 10, 2017 at 9:53am — No Comments

SawStop to be acquired by TTS Tooltechnic Systems

SawStop has announced the acquisition of SawStop, LLC by TTS Tooltechnic Systems, a family-owned company based in Wendlingen, Germany. The TTS family of companies includes Festool, Tanos, Cleantec and others, and employs more than 2,500 people worldwide.


The acquisition is expected to be completed in July 2017. SawStop’s current management team will continue to operate the company out of its Oregon headquarters.  SawStop was established in 1999. The company’s saws are designed to…


Added by Karl Forth on June 28, 2017 at 2:54pm — No Comments

Ergonomics in NeoCon designs encourage creativity and collaboration

Designers of office and contract furniture are making it easier for today’s workers to create and collaborate.

In addition to making visually pleasing products, companies displaying at NeoCon also are seeking to provide a physical environment conducive to the modern world of work. A few observations:

--We saw height-adjustable everything, including all manner of desks and large tables. This isn’t completely new, but the application and related features are.

--A few new…


Added by Karl Forth on June 21, 2017 at 11:17am — No Comments

NeoCon looks at the future of work this week

NeoCon is the global platform for commercial interiors, and brings the latest products, trends and ideas to market this week, June 12-14 at The Mart in Chicago. The event caters to a range of vertical markets from healthcare to hospitality, and draws interior designers from around the world.

The future of the office will play a major role at the 2017 exhibition. Workplace design has become even more essential as companies are realizing the impact it has on productivity and a company's…


Added by Karl Forth on June 13, 2017 at 8:59am — No Comments

12 practices of successful companies

When I travel to visit woodworking companies, I’m often asked, “How do we compare with other companies you’ve seen?”

That can be a difficult judgment to make. Here are some of my own observations from visiting many successful companies. I first did this list several years ago, and have modified and changed a few items.

Successful companies… 

1. Treat employees well, offering good pay and benefits.

2. Have a core group of key people that have been…


Added by Karl Forth on May 16, 2017 at 4:53pm — No Comments

Back to the office

I’ve heard from friends about a large insurance provider and a financial company that recently ended their work-at-home arrangements.

One of the largest relocations back to the office took place recently, when IBM asked all of its 2,600 marketing employees to relocate to offices in one of six cities, according to a report in Quartz Magazine. Employees working at home would have to commute, or, if they lived in another city, move to the city where the office was located or find another…


Added by Karl Forth on May 12, 2017 at 9:23am — No Comments

AAW wood gallery shows off spheres

The American Association of Woodturners' Gallery of Wood Art Professional Outreach Program has announced its 2017 annual international exhibition, The Sphere-Second Round. The exhibitions bring an international mix of smaller-scale works by established and emerging wood artists to the AAW gallery in St. Paul. The exhibition runs through June 4, 2017.

See the whole story here:…


Added by Karl Forth on May 2, 2017 at 1:29pm — No Comments

Executive Briefing Conference event in Detroit a success

Check out our coverage of the recent Executive Briefing Conference event:

Added by Karl Forth on May 1, 2017 at 8:47am — No Comments

Arauco breaks ground on new particleboard plant

Arauco North America has broken ground on its $400 million particleboard plant. The new operation will employ more than 250 and will make both raw particleboard and TFM. The Grayling particleboard plant is reported to be one of the largest mills of its kind. When completed the new location will feature North America's largest continuous particleboard press.

The Arauco Grayling plant will create approximately 700 construction jobs and about 250 permanent jobs. Once complete, the plant…


Added by Karl Forth on April 15, 2017 at 1:01pm — No Comments

Cabinets & Closets Expo April 11-13

The 2017 Cabinets and Closets Expo will include a conference program, plant tours, networking events and a trade exhibition with about 100 woodworking companies. The event will be held April 11-13 in Schaumburg, Illinois, near Chicago.

For more information, see

Added by Karl Forth on April 7, 2017 at 4:07pm — No Comments

Barberan develops postformer for Ikea test lab

Barberan has developed a new Speed Press lab model for the Swedish furniture company Ikea.

A complete machinery unit for testing new products and designs, the Speed Press is a postforming unit able to work with all kind of foils, even pre-glued foils, and it is equipped with a complete range of tools so it can produce many different shapes post forming panel edges.

For panels up to 1000 mm width and 120 feet per minute, the new lab Speed Press was scheduled to be installed in…


Added by Karl Forth on April 7, 2017 at 3:54pm — No Comments

Top Five Options For A Heavy Duty Steel Work Table In Your Shop

The heavy duty steel work tables used in your shop are quite important as every member of your production team must have their own space to work. This article covers the top five options you need on each table, and you will find it quite exciting to keep your team working with equipment that was made for their purposes. They will appreciate the tables, their reliability and their functionality, and you may get everyone back to work in just moments.…


Added by Alfie Davis on March 14, 2017 at 5:29am — No Comments

See the latest AWFS show floor map

Woodworkers who are planning to be part of the AWFS Fair July 19-22 can see an updated map of the exhibit hall, list of exhibitors and product categories.

An interactive map of the Central Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Centers shows where exhibitors will be located, and provides a brief description of each company.

AWFS invites woodworkers to see the latest new products, innovation, technology, education and equipment at what will be the largest woodworking show in North…


Added by Karl Forth on March 3, 2017 at 2:37pm — No Comments

EPA formaldehyde rule delayed

The EPA has issued a notice of its intent to publish in the Federal Register a further delay of the effective date of five EPA regulations, including the formaldehyde regulation, to May. The Composite Panel Association has released this information to the wood industry. 

The new effective date for the EPA formaldehyde regulation will be extended from March 21 to May 22, 2017. The notice does not provide any indication at this time if the EPA will also adjust the formaldehyde…


Added by Karl Forth on March 17, 2017 at 2:04pm — No Comments

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