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Cabinet sales decrease 6.4% in Jan.

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Cabinet sales for January 2010 decreased 6.4 percent compared to sales for January 2009, according to the Kitchen Cabinet Manufacturers Association monthly Trend of Business Survey.
Stock cabinet sales decreased 11.9 percent, semi-custom sales increased 5.6 percent and custom sales decreased 11.9 percent.
Survey participants include stock, semi-custom and custom companies whose combined sales represent more than 50 percent of the U.S. cabinet market.

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March 31, 2010 at 8:19 am

Glacial Wood Products launches new online store

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Glacial Wood Products is launching a new online store offering wood components. Online shoppers can purchase table legs, posts, appliques, bun feet, corner guards and half round moulding.
In most cases, the wood components will be shipped from Glacial Wood’s Brooten, Minn., manufacturing center within five business days.
“Later this year, we’ll have some fun and add novelty items like wood plates, mini baseball bats and magic ‘Potter’ wands,” said Dick Johnson, president of Glacial Wood Products.  
Shoppers can choose from four wood species, and the site will also offer the components in a variety of sizes and lengths. Many wood turnings in the online store can also be ordered with the options of roping, reeding and fluting.
The company will continue to offer its custom wood turnings.

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March 30, 2010 at 10:01 am

Colonial Saw teams up with J&G Machinery

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Colonial Saw Inc. has partnered with J&G Machinery to distribute Striebig vertical panel saws in the Carolinas and southern Virginia.
As a dealer, J&G will provide sales, service and parts for the full line of Swiss-made Striebigs.

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March 29, 2010 at 8:40 am

Get ready for higher lumber prices

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The past several years have been very rough on the lumber industry, writes Gene Wengert, the Wood Dr. Hardwood lumber production volume in 2008 was 25 percent down from the 1999 volume and indications are that volumes in 2009 will be another 10 percent or more lower. The reason for such a drop is that perhaps three-quarters of the hardwood furniture manufacturing has moved out of the U.S. to China and other offshore locations.
Further, we have seen kitchen cabinet sales drop 12 percent in 2007, 19 percent in 2008, and then 30 percent in 2009. Housing starts are also quite low, dropping from about two million starts annual in 2000 to 2006 down to about one million starts in 2009. Housing starts are a good predictor of furniture sales, cabinet sales, and flooring sales, and there are a number of long-term factors that will boost housing.
In addition to large drops in lumber production and sales, the prices of the higher grades of hardwood lumber have, for most species, dropped by 40 percent from 2005 to 2009.
With decreased markets and decreased values, at least a third of the commercial hardwood sawmills in the U.S. have gone out of business in the last two years. What this means is, as a rough estimate, the hardwood sawmill industry now can produce only about two-thirds of past volume. …Read the full article on www.cabinetmakerfdm.com.

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March 26, 2010 at 8:12 am

Office and contract companies hope for rebound

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Overall annual sales for the FDM 300 companies fell 19 percent in 2009, but the Business and Institutional Furniture Manufacturers Assn. predicted a sales decline of 30 percent for the office and contract sector.
BIFMA has lowered its 2010 projections. For 2010, BIFMA expects production will fall 4.6 percent, and consumption will decline 1.9 percent.
To look at things another way, we selected a group of 20 large and medium-size companies for which we had sales numbers or what we felt were good estimates over the past five years. For this group, sales were off only 15.4 percent. (This group comprises American Seating, Haworth, Herman Miller, HNI, Indiana, Inscape, Jasper, Jofco, Kewaunee, KI, Kimball, Knoll, Mayline, Nucraft, OFS, Sico, Spectrum, Steelcase, Trendway and Virco.)
A complete list of the 2009 FDM 300 companies was in the February issue of CabinetMaker+FDM, and the list and more detailed information on each company is on the CabinetMaker+FDM Web site.

Top ten office/contract manufacturers
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March 25, 2010 at 8:02 am

CMA offers training programs for spray finishing

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The Cabinet Makers Association, in conjunction with the American Wood Finishing Institute, is offering hands-on instructional programs to train and certify spray finishing operators in North Carolina. Participating companies can train and certify spray operators at no cost, as the program is funded by a work force training grant from the state of North Carolina.
The program includes certifications in the following areas:

  • Multi-step Antiquing & Glazing Certification
  • Color Matching Certification
  • Spray Operator Certification
  • FinishGenius Software Certification

The training program will include:

  • 150 custom-formulated colors stylized by AWFI for participating companies
  • One FinishGenius software program pre-loaded with participating company’s coating information and all formulas created in the class
  • 150 profiled sample blocks in a species of choice

Custom programs also can be developed for specific needs. Grant applications must be received by April 12. For more information, call AWFI at 856.696.8467 or e-mail info@awfi.org.

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March 24, 2010 at 10:00 am

Kitchen and bath shifts away from high-end features

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Without the large appreciation in home values between 1995 and 2005, kitchen and bathroom design has become more modest. Meanwhile, residential architects are continuing to report declining business conditions, according to the American Institute of Architects Home Design Trends Survey for the fourth quarter of 2009.  The survey focused on kitchen and bathrooms.
This survey indicated that functionality is now preferred to more and larger kitchens and bathrooms in U.S. homes. Households are planning more importance on products that promote energy efficiency. Products that are adaptable in the use of space for seniors and people with accessibility concerns are also becoming more important.
Overall, homes continue to be smaller on average than they were during the past 10 years, says Kermit Baker, AIA chief economist. “But since kitchens remain the nerve center of the home, doing more with less space is a key consideration. “Integrating kitchens with family space remains a design priority.”
Baker says that homeowners want areas devoted to recycling, pantries, computer workstations and spaces devoted to recharging cell phones and PDAs. The most popular kitchen products and features in the most recent survey were: recycling center (52 percent); larger pantry space (47 percent); renewable flooring materials (46 percent); renewable countertop materials (46 percent) and computer area/recharging stations (43 percent).
In the bathroom, Baker says that homeowners are moving away from glitzy features such as steam showers and towel warming drawers/racks and instead are looking for water-saving toilets, radiant heated flooring and LED lighting options. Popular bathroom features included water-saving toilets (63 percent); radiant heated floors (52 percent); and accessibility/universal design (50 percent).
Although it is too early to think that the residential market has fully recovered, there are two encouraging signs in the survey. Overall business conditions are far better than they were a year ago at this time, and there is improvement in those housing sectors that need to lead a broader improvement in the housing market: remodeling and alterations of existing homes. Both segments were reported to be growing.

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March 23, 2010 at 10:13 am

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