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Finishing technology for surface coating

In the partnership with Makor, Homag has announced the GSF 100 series of spray machines. This machine can be used as both a stand-alone spray machine or as part of a larger finishing line. The series is said to be among the most compact automatic spraying machines in its class – and is used for automated finishing of furniture parts, doors, s … [Read More...]

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Well, we’ve had it. Nowhere to go from here. GreenInUrbs, a European think tank citing its top achievement as an interactive website, has determined that trees create VOCs and contribute to ground-level ozone. Or, at least, they funded the study reported in May on ACS, (American Chemical Society). ACS, according to ACS, advances science, a … [Read More...]

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The shop of the future – now

When a wood shop wants to automate its manufacturing operations, often one or two processes get a high-tech upgrade. Not so Muskoka Cabinet Company of Alfred, Ont., down-river just east of … Read More

Premium commercial grade

Commercial work is the primary goal for custom architectural millwork shop Western Millcraft in Edmonton, Alta. Owner Greg Clark is quite clear about that. “It is very rare that we do any r … Read More

Millwork and upholstery go hand in glove

Next time you tuck into a stack of pancakes at an IHOP restaurant in Alberta, chances are you’re sitting in a booth created by a company with a 60-year-plus legacy. Ryan Neumann, owner of Onsite G … Read More


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Guilded by association

When businesses think about marketing nowadays, there are many vehicles to consider: internet, social media, advertising, trade shows, ad mail, showrooms and direct sales. But can industry associations provide another key element to growing your business? Peter Gallagher, president of AWMAC Ontario (Architectural Woodwork Manufacturers Association of Canada, Ontario chapter) and president of Convoy Custom Interiors of Concord, Ont., believes they can. AWMAC welcomes two kinds of members to … Read More

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. So whether your garage is just too small for your ambition or the vision at your current employer is too small, there are ways to get bigger, personally and financially. “I’m just an entrepreneur at heart,” says Alain Albert, owner of Woodoer.com, a digital manufacturing CNC contract services company. Albert admits he’d rather start his own … Read More

Canada-EU trade agreement opens doors

After three years of negotiations and two prime ministers, the Comprehensive Economic Trade Agreement (CETA) between the European Union (EU) and Canada has been ratified by their respective houses of parliament. But what does this free trade agreement now mean for Canada’s secondary wood processing industry? That Canada is almost exclusively an importer of woodworking machine tools has meant that tariffs have been virtually zero since well before the latest trade deal, according to Jan Backes, a … Read More

Hydro rate horror story

EVERYONE THAT PAYS THE BILLS in Ontario knows that electricity rates in the province have been on the rise, whether the invoice arrives at home or business. The conventional wisdom is that, somehow, if you become more energy efficient and consume your electricity in off-peak hours, your hydro rates can be kept under control. So why are businesses and manufacturers in Ontario protesting so loudly that some are threatening to leave the province entirely if they don’t get a break s … Read More