Thinking outside the box

Finding new ways to close the skills gap How many times have we heard there is a skills shortage in the wood industry? There is...

Missing the boat

NOBODY IS SPEAKING UP FOR CANADA'S WOOD MANUFACTURERS ON TRADE ISSUES The world is becoming an increasingly complex place, and the Canadian secondary wood sector...

Safety and Compliance 101

A starter’s — or refresher’s — guide for the secondary wood processing industry The wood industry is a constantly evolving one. Some of you might...

Logistics: Right time, right place, right cost

LOGISTICS FOCUS 2011 Logistics is one of those terms that seems to have a different definition depending on who is asked. In war, logistics can...

Pro help can drive business

Design — with help from more than friends Wood industry shops across Canada utilize in-house design skills from a variety of sources. Whether someone is...

Workers from abroad

By Dennis Furlan The year 2010 saw 283,096 temporary foreign workers come to Canada, which is the most in our country’s history. As NDP leader...

What’s going on at the Border?

By Dennis Furlan On February 4, 2011, Prime Minister Stephen Harper travelled to Washington, D.C., to meet with President Barack Obama. Together, they issued a joint...

Opinions and optimism

Wood Industry's reader survey: Canadian manufacturers weight in This should surprise nobody, but most of you prefer that your magazines give you what you want,...

Safety Focus 2011: Do the safety dance

A brave new world in safety compliance? By Dennis Furlan On Christmas Eve, 2009, four men fell to their deaths while working on a scaffold situated...

Evolutionary design

Technological advances open new design frontiers Evolutionary design is a computer process of creating large sets of solutions to a design problem, then whittling down...