Archives for September 2016


Do you recall the last time you spit in an employee’s face? It shouldn’t be hard, since the answer is certainly “never.” However, wiping spit off her face is the image Marketing magazine columnist Karen Howe leaves you with in her Sept. 12 column, “It’s time to stop coddling toxic bosses.” I am not interested […]

Powers of attorney: Property and person

Although most individuals understand the importance of having a will, the importance of having a Power of Attorney for Property and a Power of Attorney for Personal Care is often overlooked. A Power of Attorney is a legal document that gives another individual the right to act on one’s behalf during the grantor’s lifetime. There […]

Hardwood teases design

Whether solid woods or veneers, the look and feel of well-chosen hardwood species make a statement. So for designers and manufacturers, picking the right raw product for the fickle consumer market involves some tough decisions. Public tastes remain cyclical, oscillating between darks and lights, between contemporary and classic looks. But for manufacturers, the cost of […]

Mission, vision and principles

The executive office is at the back of the showroom of Clareville Distinctive Kitchens and Baths, in Brampton, Ont. The door is wide open, revealing a framed set of blueprints for a classic three-storey home. In the bottom right hand corner is the signature, “Lucas Psarianos, architectural technologist.” Lucas “Luke” Psarianos, president and director operations […]

IWF 2016 experiences double digit growth

The organizer of the International Woodworking Fair (IWF) in Atlanta, Ga., has announced that over 16,000 attended in 2016 compared to 14,400 in 2014. This was in combination with double digit growth in attendance, exhibit space, and the number of exhibitors, it added. Over 90 countries, including neighbouring Canada, and 49 U.S. states, sent personnel […]

Ruling by ITC finds SawStop patents infringed

The U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) has made an initial ruling against Robert Bosch GmbH of Germany and its subsidiary Robert Bosch Tool Corporation for patent infringement of saws and parts produced and sold by Sawstop. In September, ITC administrative law judge Thomas Pender confirmed that the Bosch Reaxx saw infringes patents related to SawStop’s […]

Higher-margin strategy tough with wood

Traditionally, our approach has largely been that of selling commodities, of which dimensioned lumber for light timber framing (2 x 4s) and paper products have had the largest market share. Canada has a more than abundant supply of wood and with commodities frequently under pricing pressure, it has made sense to look at adding value […]

Hettich Canada makes sweeping changes

Over the last few months, Hettich Canada has made a number of changes, starting with moving its Montreal division to a new location with a new showroom. The company celebrated with a recent open house, bringing in customers view the changes. In addition to a larger warehouse to accommodate its growing business, Hettich has added […]

IWF 2016 Challengers Award winners

Winners of the 2016 Challengers’ Distinguished Achievement Award announced during the International Woodworking Fair were selected from a field of 21 finalists. The seven winners include two hardware items, one cutting tool, and four machine technologies: • Bacci America of Charlotte, N.C., won for its fully-automatic CNC shaping and sanding machine for cabinet door outside […]

CNC router has rigid frame construction

The compact M-Series CNC machine from C.R. Onsrud has rigid frame construction, and smooth, responsive drive mechanisms in the industry, the company says, as well as other features found on its bigger models. Units have factory provided: after hour emergency tech support; onsite machine installation and training; technical and applications support; and in-depth remote online […]