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Pro Liner Multi-Line Self Leveling Laser - LAX400 - Stabila 0336

On the straight and level

Elite Tools has added to its product offerings the LAX400 Pro Line Multi-Line Self-levelling Laser from Stabilia. Compact unit (six by 2-1/2 by 4-1/2 inches) can help make sure cabinets are square and level during installation. The unit features a 360-degree horizontal line, two vertical lines at 90 degrees to each other. Plumb lines and dot are … [Read More...]

The Jefferson knob-precision machined in the UK and inspired by

Presidential art-deco

If the cabinetry job calls for brass hardware with an art-deco look, the new Jefferson Knob from Horton Brasses may fit the bill. The knob’s styling is inspired by the Jefferson Building in Washington, D.C. Comes in two sizes (1-1/4 and 1-1/2 inches) and seven finishes. Finishes are Antique, Light Antique, Dark Antique, Semi-Bright, Bright, Satin N … [Read More...]

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With some workers having been with Irpinia for 30 years, Marcantonio places the credit for a happy workplace and low turnover on spending a little time each day with each employee. “People need to know they are appreciated,” he says.

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

Gary Litwin, in the upper showroom of
Union Square Vintage
Wood Co.

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

Johnathan Glick says he's fortunate to have a great team of 154 people behind him at Cutler.

Profile: Cutler Group

Jonathan Glick is on a constant high. “This is the best period of my career. It’s the most fun I’ve had,” he says from behind a desk covered in neatly arranged paperwork he still has to attend to. “I’m … Read More

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May-Jun 2015 Wood Industry 250

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

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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

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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


Getting on board with barcoding

In 2014, barcoding turned 66. And it’s more ubiquitous, more advanced, and plays a more vital role, than ever before. Perhaps more than barcoding inventors Joseph Woodland and Bernard Silver ever imagined. Silver was a young grad student at the Drexel Institute of Technology in Philadelphia in 1948. He overheard a conversation and blazed the trail for today’s barcoding technology. Silver heard the owner of a local food-store chain ask one of the institute’s deans a question. Would he do resea … Read More