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According to Statistics Canada, municipalities issued building permits worth $6.9 billion in May, up 13.8 percent from April. This followed a 2.2 percent rise in March. The May increase resulted primarily from higher construction intentions for commercial buildings in Ontario and Manitoba, as well as multi-family dwellings in British … [Read More...]

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According to Powermatic, cabinetmakers, woodworkers, remodellers, and do-it-yourselfers in the market for a new saw may want to take a good look at the company’s latest gold-standard addition: the PM1000 table saw, which is an evolution from the superior line of PM2000 and PM3000 table saws. The PM1000 offers many of the same features and benefits o … [Read More...]

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ISPA Store Fixtures, Georgetown, Ont.

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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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 … Read More

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Crescent Cabinet, Hamilton, Ont.

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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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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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

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Accidents happen: Are you prepared?

On New Year’s Day, 2009, Deslaurier Custom Cabinets of Renfrew, Ont., received a phone call that didn’t start off with “Happy New Year.” Instead, the voice on the other end of the line asked: “Did you hear about the fire at the plant?” These are words that no wood shop owner ever wants to hear, but it was the reality facing Denis Staples, Deslaurier’s president, who, instead of ringing in the New Year alongside friends and family, was standing over a destroyed building (pictured) and countless … Read More

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Reader survey 2013

Canada's industry weighs in, Wood Industry listens I have to confess, I really enjoy the surveys. We say we are doing it for editorial perspective and to help you understand the industry, and we are. However, I get a real kick out of the kaleidoscope effect of picking apart numbers and seeing what the pattern is. First, methodology. Our random sample this year was 725 e-surveys that were delivered and opened, and 149 responses, for a response rate of 20.6 percent. As with everything else … Read More