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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

Woodworking's agenda for Washington

There have been many changes in the political landscape in Washington in recent weeks, but concern about the skills gap and technical training remains important for members of both major political parties.

Representatives of the Wood Machinery Manufacturers Association met in Arlington, Virginia, to discuss current issues affecting the woodworking industry, and then went to Capitol Hill to bring understanding of these issues to members of the U.S. Senate and House of…


Added by Karl Forth on February 19, 2017 at 11:08am — No Comments

EBC set for Detroit April 23-25

Detroit is a good location for the next Executive Briefing Conference, sponsored by Stiles Machinery Inc.

The three-day event April 23-25 will feature speakers that will focus on current issues, plant tours of innovative local manufacturers, and plenty of time for networking with other forward-looking wood products executives.

The EBC is an educational experience providing company leaders with the knowledge, strategies and forward-thinking attitude necessary for succeeding in…


Added by Karl Forth on February 8, 2017 at 1:05pm — No Comments

All the best woodworking content in one place

All FDMC Magazine content is now part of has merged with, and is a part of that site.

As alert visitors to our two sites have known, we’ve already consolidated a lot of the content and information into one larger site over the past year.

Here you will find a larger woodworking industry news section, expanded events coverage, market and materials news – and all of the FDMC Magazine articles and…


Added by Karl Forth on January 30, 2017 at 9:37am — No Comments

Soon-to-close Georgia Dome also hosted woodworking events

The Georgia Dome hosted the NFC championship game, the last football event held at the venue. Several other events are planned in the coming weeks. Then the Georgia Dome will be razed and replaced by the Mercedes-Benz Stadium, now under construction just south of the current building.

The Georgia Dome was located just steps from the Georgia World Congress Center, the home of the International Woodworking Fair in downtown Atlanta. This past August, the Georgia Dome hosted an opening…


Added by Karl Forth on January 24, 2017 at 9:10am — No Comments

AWFS Fair announces closets and organized storage pavilion

AWFS Fair has announced the addition of a Closets and Home Organization Pavilion at the upcoming AWFS Fair July 19-22, 2017. The pavilion will be co-sponsored with Closets & Organized Storage magazine, a publication of the Woodworking Network.

The pavilion will have its own designated area in the Las Vegas Convention Center, on the AWFS Fair show floor, and is accompanied by educational sessions focusing on custom closets, garages, and organized storage. These sessions will…


Added by Karl Forth on January 23, 2017 at 6:15pm — No Comments

Five things not to do in 2017

Here’s a quick checklist for things not to do in the new year:

--Say yes to every potential job.

Take every job that comes your way, especially those that you know you’ll lose money on, those that are outside of your company’s capabilities, and those that are from difficult customers that you’ve dealt with in the past.

--Reduce your selling price to achieve more volume.

When requested, lower your prices to gain more volume…


Added by Karl Forth on January 9, 2017 at 9:20am — No Comments

Catas furniture testing lab recovers from fire

In late December, one of the labs of Catas, the Italian research and testing laboratory for the wood and furniture industry in San Giovanni al Natisone, was destroyed in a fire. The structure, proof machinery and all the building contents were completely destroyed, with a loss of more than a million dollars.

This is one of the six laboratories of Catas and only in this department the activity has been partially interrupted. The other departments: chemistry, surfaces, fire, mechanical…


Added by Karl Forth on January 5, 2017 at 1:24pm — No Comments

New showroom lets you test your own materials

IMA Schelling America has recently completed construction of a new showroom in its U.S. office in Raleigh, North Carolina. The 10,000 square foot showroom gives visitors the opportunity to observe machine demonstrations, receive training and hands-on experience with the machines, and speak face to face with the staff of IMA Schelling America.

The completion of the new showroom marks an open invitation for guests to come test and experiment the Schelling and IMA machines under power…


Added by Karl Forth on December 22, 2016 at 4:49pm — No Comments

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