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Unions vs. Canada

By now, most of you know about the closing of Devlin, Ont.,-based Gingrich Woodcraft, following a vote by employees to unionize the shop last August 17. Union officials quoted in the media seem to want this to be a matter of law and faith. For example, Stephen Boon, national representative for Unifor, the involved union, said in the Ft. Frances … [Read More...]

He cuts, he scores

SafetySpeed says it developed a new scoring unit for its 7400 vertical panel saw because of strong customer demand. The new design enables easy adjustment when you’re changing material thickness or you need to move the scoring unit out of the way when it’s not in use. As well, when you need a sharper edge, all you have to do is rotate the tool. It’ … [Read More...]


Enns Cabinetry, St. Catharines, Ont.

Craftsmanship and all that goes with it is in Art Enns’s blood. “My grandfather was a cabinetmaker but I never knew him,” he says almost matter-of-factly, as his father, George, 86, finishes turning a … Read More

Irpinia Kitchens, Richmond Hill, Ont.

From Avellino with love: No substitute for passion By Kerry Knudsen The last time I profiled Ontario’s Irpinia Kitchens was in 1998 or 1999. While we rarely repeat profiles, I have wondered what … Read More

Success comes cold-calling

There’s a line in a song by the legendary Maritimes singer/songwriter, Stan Rogers, about an Alberta rodeo-star-turned-rancher-being-cattle-rustled that goes, “Forty-four’s no age to start again.” But … Read More

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Face-to-face: Find the marketing mix that connects

To play on a famous line from the movie Field of Dreams, believing you build the best cabinetry, doesn’t necessarily mean customers will come. Keeping the pipeline full requires some form of marketing. In the internet and digital age, there are more marketing tools, avenues and opportunities available to you than ever before — from your website to Twitter and Pinterest; to Google Adwords; to referral marketing; to traditional direct-mail marketing and print ads. The challenge is figuring out the … Read More

Bang for your dues

In the skilled-labour challenge, association value is a two-way street The lack of young people pursuing the skilled trades, including careers in this industry, is an issue the manufacturing sector has been wrestling with for decades. And there’s still no winning round in sight. With the baby-boomers getting ever-closer to retirement, it’s an issue with which every business owner and association in our industry is wrestling. How well they’re doing that, is the proverbial $64,000 quest … Read More

Export: Go big or go home

According to Wood Industry’s November 2014 survey, 79 percent of Canadian respondents expect revenue growth this year — a figure that approximates a similar survey in the States by the Milwaukee, Wisc.,-based Cabinet Makers Association (CMA). There, just over 86 percent of respondents to the CMA’s survey said they are anticipating revenue growth this year. Today, that growth could come from almost anywhere on the globe. This may be the year, as the saying goes, to “go big or go home.” If you rea … Read More

Managing risk

Some people don’t like change. But when it comes to safety and risk management in your business, changing your ways can be critical to preventing catastrophe. Just ask Josef Pruellage. He is the senior risk assessment consultant with the risk services division of Hub International, the largest insurance brokerage firm in Canada. Pruellage has done assessments for wood businesses in just about every region of the country, and he has seen just about everything. Pruellage recalls one shop in p … Read More