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...

BLITZES are coming

Machine guards safely in place? The Ministry of Labour in Ontario (MOL) has a list of “workplace inspection blitzes and initiatives” for the new year,...

Customer-driven design

An approach to design that’s good for business The word design has 14 definitions in the Canadian Oxford Dictionary. It can certainly be a challenging...

What is your relevant humidity?

It is March of 2002. The place is a dock in New Delhi, India, where a container of high-end, Canadian-manufactured kitchen cabinets has been...

Modular design

Simplify, standardize, think modular -- For greater product diversity, better margins and new markets The words modular design, and platform-based product development, frequently appear in...

Face-to-face: Find the marketing mix that connects

To play on a famous line from the movie Field of Dreams, believing you build the best cabinetry, doesn’t necessarily mean customers will come....

Millennials: New perspective on customization

If Paul Revere was making a midnight ride these days to alert you, he’d probably be shouting, “The Millennials are coming, the Millennials are...

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...

Wood-be start-ups

Entrepreneurial spirits can soar Getting a business off of the ground can be a daunting task, but entrepreneurs in Canada are constantly making the leap....

Canada’s design palette

True north strong and Regional Like the homes dotting the harbour in Lunenburg, N.S., Canada’s design palette, is a vast, colourful and purposeful one. And...