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E-letter: Time to put it down

Statistics Canada last week came out with its reports on residential and non-residential building. Looking for a moment at Residential report and expanding StatCan’s numbers back to 2009, we can see spending on all types of new dwellings was a bit over $8 billion in the second quarter (Q2) 2009. In Q2 2014, five years later, spending increased t … [Read More...]

Schmalz FXP area gripper

Get a grip

With the FXP area gripper, vacuum specialist Schmalz is presenting a comprehensive machine with extra power. Users can pack, sort, palletize and de-palletize various materals — with just a single gripper. According to the company, a benchmark test has shown the FXP series of area grippers generates an average of 86-percent higher suction force than … [Read More...]

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QTK Fine Cabinetry

Building cabinets is building a brand   Passion resonates in Daniel Toto’s voice, and in his steel-grey eyes. The passion, you discover, is for the family business and making it a bit more s … Read More


ISPA Store Fixtures

Customization+automation—motivation Producing a store fixture is no easy thing. Clients need something that is unique, eye-catching, sturdy, and replaceable within a year or two. The store-fixture b … Read More

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Crescent Cabinet

Everything old is new again Crescent Cabinet is an old factory in an old, industrialized area of old and grey Hamilton, Ont. But don’t let that fool you. Like the other facades surrounding it, the e … Read More


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Jul-Aug 2014 Wood Industry cover

BOLD market opportunity: U.S. and beyond

Canadian secondary wood manufacturers have been squeezed in recent years. While demand from construction has been booming, importers from China and elsewhere have crowded much of the marketplace. The rising Canadian dollar, the U.S. housing bubble, limited international trade, and even inter-provincial trade barriers have often forced Canadian producers to keep their target markets local. But much of that is now changing, and Canadian wood shops can only benefit from these bold new … Read More

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Can’t find help? Look at home.

New labour prospects could be hoping for a second chance ... and living next door Canada’s wood industry is in desperate need of skilled workers, and has been for a long time. Jim is a skilled worker looking for work in Canada’s wood industry. He is trained, loves working with wood, and would love nothing more than to do it for a living. But nobody will hire Jim. It’s not because he’s too old. It’s not because he’s a bad worker. It’s because he’s living in a halfway house and has a criminal re … Read More

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Fillings the skills gap: Video update

Last year we ran a feature on the amazing work being done by Dean Mattson and his students in the cabinet-making program at North Salem High School in Salem, Ore. Below are a few videos of the program posted by Mark Till. The first is a very short trailer, followed by a music video. The third video is the full-blown documentary of the program. With all the ongoing talk about filling the so-called skills gap, which doesn't seem to be working, tapping other sources of motivated labour might not … Read More

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Big enough for gold medals, big enough for Europe

New trade agreements mean new offshore opportunity for Canadian manufacturers Canada’s wood industry has changed — probably forever. Competition from importers has made the domestic market far more competitive. A more expensive Canadian dollar has made exporting a challenge. A forever-recovering U.S. economy has sidelined a once-powerhouse buyer of Canadian goods. As a result, Canadian manufacturers have been forced to scramble for new markets. The Canadian government has obliged by engaging i … Read More