Archives for December 2013

CMA launches annual survey

Benchmark survey to research sales results, brand preferences, employee wages, owner earnings and more Cabinet and custom woodworking shop owners and managers from across North America and beyond have been invited by the Cabinet Makers Association (CMA) to participate in the CMA 2014 Benchmark Study. All sizes of woodworking companies, from one-person operations to shops […]

Design with touch

In minutes, KCD Touch software for cabinet and closet makers allows users to capture site details and design right on a tablet. According to the company, this is the first and only tablet software with this kind of ground-breaking power, building technology and portability. From a kitchen to a home office, from an entertainment centre […]

Shake-out ahead

December 2013 Wood Industry e-letter: Statistics Canada on Friday released its October building permits report. According to Statcan, there were $7.2 billion worth of permits issued in October, up 7.4 percent from September. This followed a 4.1 percent increase in August. Construction intentions for multi-family dwellings rose 8.4 percent to $2.0 billion, a second consecutive […]

Justified allocations?

SUPPLY SIDE e-letter, December 2013   The summary of our November Readers’ Survey noted some of the visible differences between the wood industry’s supply side and its customers. As with the differences between the primary side of the wood industry and the secondary, these differences warrant some reflection from time to time. Marketing magazine’s November […]

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 […]

A world of red tape

From good intentions to filling out forms The premise of industrial design is, generally speaking, that of providing a benefit to somebody. Somebodies, actually. The more the better. That’s why industry is involved. A need is met and money changes hands, from the consumer to the producer and from the producer to the designer, or […]

Eastwood Wood Specialties

When asked about his family roots, Ferd Neufeld, president of Eastwood Wood Specialties in St. Catharines, Ont., goes way back to early 20th century Prussia, a region of Germany, where his Mennonite ancestors, some of whom were woodworkers, built prosperous farms through hard work, ingenuity and faith. Yet it was all taken away as ethnic […]

Death sentences

Criminalization of workplace accidents By Jeremy Warning On Sept. 4, 2013, the Court of Appeal for Ontario released its decision in the sentence appeal in R. v. Metron Construction Corporation. Government prosecutors had appealed against the $200,000 fine imposed on Metron for a charge of criminal negligence causing death. The Court rejected the lower penalty […]

Backed into a corner

Vauth-Sagel says its slide corner is an excellent example of contemporary storage-space design. Available in versions for base and tall cabinets, the slide corner enables comfortable access to cabinet contents — even in difficult-to-use kitchen corners. The individual shelves can be easily fitted above each other and are height adjustable when first installed. Even four […]