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NARI fourth-quarter 2013 remodeling business conditions data show growth

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The National Association of the Remodeling Industry’s (NARI) fourth-quarter 2013 Remodeling Business Pulse data of current and future remodeling business conditions continue to show growth. Although remodelers report the highest overall rating on business conditions, at 6.51 (from 6.41 in the third quarter of 2013), numbers in most other categories experienced a slight drop.

“Many remodelers entered 2014 with jobs in the pipeline, which hasn’t happened in the past few years,” says Tom O’Grady, chairman of NARI’s Strategic Planning & Research Committee and president of O’Grady Builders, based in Drexel Hill, Pa. “Although inquiries, requests for bids and conversion of bids are down in Q4, that backlog has given remodelers confidence that the overall business conditions will remain positive.”

Growth indicators in the fourth quarter of 2013 are as follows (rating is from 1 to 9, where 1 is much worse than a year ago and 9 is much better; 5 is about the same as last year): • Current business conditions was rated 6.51 (from 6.41 in the third quarter) • Number of inquiries fell to 6.2, a significant drop from 6.55 in the third quarter. • Requests for bids fell to 6.22 from 6.45, a significant decline from the third quarter. • Conversion of bids to jobs continues to be the weakest measure remaining flat at 6.03. • Value of jobs sold declined to 6.27 from 6.31 recorded in the third quarter.

Conversion of bids to jobs continues to be the weakest measure when compared to the same time last year. Yet, the projected strength of sales in three months had a significant increase to 6.41 from the 6.12 recorded in September.

“The fourth quarter of this year was very strong for many remodelers, as reflected in the Remodeling Business Pulse Survey,” O’Grady says. “Average sale prices continue to rise, and consumers are more comfortable spending money on projects that will increase the value of their homes.”

Other significant contributors to overall activity: • People needing to do projects that had been postponed was selected by 75 percent (down from 85 percent last quarter) • Improving home prices came in second, at 60 percent of respondents (down from 72 percent in September). • Economic growth improved continued at number three with 52 percent (an increase of 6 percent from last quarter)

“The outlook forecasts that favorable business conditions will remain strong across all regions of the United States,” O’Grady says. “Consumer confidence is up, which translates into more homeowners feeling safe investing in their homes.”

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January 31, 2014 at 7:00 am

‘The American Woodshop’ debuts 21st season on public television

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Co-hosts Scott and Suzy Phillips focused on American originality in furniture design and creativity in the use of hand tools as they began the 21st season of “The American Woodshop” on public television, Saturday, Jan. 18.

“American handmade furniture captures our free thinking ways,” Scott said. “Every woodworker puts a lot of who he or she is into their work, and most woodworkers are passionate about working with their hands. Free-form designs, like the hard line-soft line ideas of Sam Maloof, break with tradition. Freedom of expression shines when people add their own unique touches to everything they make by hand in their own shop. This leads to uniquely original furniture. That’s something to celebrate, and we do just that with season 21 projects.”

Woodcraft Supply, LLC, Kreg Tool Co., Easy Wood Tools, the Gorilla Glue Company and O’Keeffe’s Working Hands provide funding for “The American Woodshop,” which is produced by WBGU-TV in Bowling Green, Ohio, and carried on 350 PBS stations.

“Woodcraft is proud to sponsor The American Woodshop for another season of projects from Scott and Suzy Phillips that will challenge and inform woodworkers,” Woodcraft president, Jody Garrett said. “The show offers inspiration and valuable instruction that are a good fit for Woodcraft’s mission to provide educational opportunities for woodworkers.”

In addition to furnituremaking skills, several of the season 21 projects incorporate specialized woodworking skills such as the Chippendale carvings, scrollsawing , bending wood, classic dovetail joints and turning.

“There are many guests from all over America who join us to present breakthroughs in details from carving, scrolling, workbench designs, and even dust collection,” Scott said. “We also dig into hand-tool use with planes, sharpening tools and jigs and apply these seriously sharp tools to ball and claw legs, a relief accented desk and even a tool tray.”

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January 31, 2014 at 7:00 am

Holz-Her hosts open house in North Carolina

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Holz-Her welcomed customers to its 2014 Technology Showcase open house at its Mooresville, N.C., location.

1401CMFholz-her.jpgHolz-Her customers saw the latest technologies at its open house event.

The company is celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2014. Learn more about the company at

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January 31, 2014 at 7:00 am

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AWMAC-Quebec endorses Canada Woodworking East tradeshow

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Canada Woodworking East, the show for secondary woodworkers in Quebec and Eastern Canada, announced that the Architectural Woodwork Manufacturers Association of Canada, Quebec chapter, offered its support and endorsement for Canada’s bilingual secondary wood trade show. 

AWMAC-Quebec, AWMAC Canada’s newest provincial chapter, is an association of industry professionals sharing the common vision of continually  designing, engineering, manufacturing and installing the highest quality of architectural woodwork. Martin Boutet of Heritage Architectural Woodwork Inc. is the founder and president of AWMAC-Quebec.

Canada Woodworking East will be co-located with InterSaw, the international sawmilling expo at the Olympic Stadium in Montreal, Sept. 26-27. Combined, the two shows are expected to attract some 250 exhibiting companies and more than 5,000 tradeshow visitors. Tradeshow badges from either show will allow attendees to have admission to both events.

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January 30, 2014 at 7:00 am

Custom cabinetmaker opens White Wood Kitchens

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Gail O’Rourke

Custom cabinetmaker and kitchen designer Gail O’Rourke has announced the opening of White Wood Kitchens, a kitchen cabinet showroom located in Sandwich, Mass.

Owned and operated by O’Rourke, White Wood Kitchens offers full service kitchen design and project management services. The showroom, featuring several displays, carries a number of quality cabinet lines including Wood Harbor Cabinetry, Fieldstone Cabinetry and Diamond Cabinetry. A large selection of granite, silestone, cambria and marble are offered as well as a range of cabinet hardware.

With over 10 years experience in design and cabinetmaking and a passion for woodworking, O’Rourke works on projects from concept to completion. O’Rourke works with each client, encouraging their input, in order to successfully create a product that expresses their style and complements their space. Previous to opening White Wood Kitchens, O’Rourke owned and operated Hometown Woodworking, as well as worked for larger firms including Parker Construction, Cape & Island Kitchens and Chestnut Bay Cabinets.

“I love working with my clients, taking their vision and executing a plan to create their dream kitchen,” says O’Rourke. “I like facing the challenges each project brings – meeting the client’s needs and providing a fabulous product, all delivered on time and meeting their budget. I love the ability to work hand-in-hand with my clients, their builders and architects, and provide them with incredible cabinets as an end result.”

White Wood Kitchens is located at 160 Route 6A in Sandwich. For more information on the showroom, visit or call 508.353.9183.

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January 30, 2014 at 7:00 am

Timberland investors exploring new Latin American countries

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In 2013, more than three-quarters of all Latin American plantation forests owned by overseas financial investors were in just two countries, Brazil and Uruguay. As prices for agricultural land soar in those countries, timberland investors are exploring other Latin American countries to invest in. The future investment prospects for Latin American Plantation Forests are the subject of a new study recently released by RISI, an information provider for the global forest products industry.

“Latin America has become a major target for foreign financial investors. The region is a world leader in the development of fast-growing eucalyptus and pine plantations and has already attracted considerable interest from managers of institutional timberland investments. Between early 2009 and fourth-quarter 2013, the area of forest plantations in Latin America owned by foreign financial investors increased by 41 percent, while the area owned by foreign forest industry companies increased by 9 percent,” explained Robert Flynn, study author and director of International Timber at RISI.

Latin American Plantation Forests: Outlook for Timber Supply and Markets assesses the prospects for plantation forest investment. The report covers both the positive and negative attributes of 21 countries, breaking them into groups based on attractiveness for investment.

“The region is highly diverse. After tracking the forest industries of this region for 25 years, I believe that, on balance, the opportunities for timberland investment today are indeed better than ever,” said Flynn.

Included in Latin American Plantation Forests: Outlook for Timber Supply and Markets: •Forest ownership database of 300 entries, detailing how much planted forest each company owns across 21 countries •Trends in planted area and species most commonly planted in each country •Availability of financial incentives for plantation development •Area of FSC and PEFC certified forest by country •Analysis of tree farm ownership structure and the key players •Timber production trends and outlook for future supply/demand trends by country •Key countries with plantation development potential for biomass energy

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January 30, 2014 at 7:00 am

Building products distributor announces new president and CEO

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BlueLinx Holdings Inc., a distributor of building products in North America, announced that Mitchell B. Lewis has accepted the position of president and CEO, effective Jan. 20. At that time, Lewis also will be appointed as a member of the board of directors.

Lewis brings significant experience in the building products industry, most recently serving as a president, CEO and director of Euramax Holdings Inc., an international producer of metal and vinyl products sold to the residential repair/remodel and commercial construction markets primarily in North America and Europe. Previously, he held other roles with Euramax including chief operating officer, executive vice president and group vice president. He also served as president of Amerimax Building Products Inc., and prior to 1992, Lewis served as corporate counsel with Alumax Inc. and practiced law with Alston & Bird LLC. 

Howard Cohen, executive chairman of BlueLinx’s board of directors, said: “After a thorough search, we are convinced that Mitch is the ideal candidate to lead BlueLinx. We believe his experience in the building products industry and his exceptional track record of driving growth will strengthen BlueLinx and build a bright future for the company.”

Lewis received a B.A. in Economics from Emory University in 1984 and a J.D. from the University of Michigan in 1987.

Lewis said: “BlueLinx has a strong history of dedication to customer service and innovation. I look forward to working with the BlueLinx team to continue to provide excellent service to our customers while delivering value to our stockholders over the long term.”

Also effective as of Jan. 20, Cohen will step down as chairman of BlueLinx’s board of directors, and will remain a member of the board. The board appointed Roy Haley as non-executive chairman of the board of directors. 

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January 30, 2014 at 7:00 am

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