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Primer offers high performance waterborne characteristics

Sherwin-Williams, through its Product Finishes Division, has announced Sher-Wood 5421W Universal Primer, a waterborne acrylic that is said to meet the growing need of woodworkers for a single component alternative to catalyzed solvent-based wood primers. It can be used as a drop-in replacement of many solvent or waterborne primers in finishing … [Read More...]

Matte material for cabinet doors

A matte material for vertical and horizontal applications, Fenix NTM from Northern Contours features nanotechnology with enhanced physical properties that include thermal healing of micro scratches. The material is suitable for a number of interior design environments including kitchen and bath, home organization, retail, healthcare and … [Read More...]


Systems, incentives, accountability, productivity

Flying high can be costly when you are logging hours to be certified as a helicopter pilot. That’s what Cory Brightwell, ceo of Woodwork and Pub Interiors in Edmonton, Alta., found out pursuing his d … Read More

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 … Read More

Old World meets new

The greeting couldn’t be warmer this sunny summer day. A bearded bear of a Russian welcomes me to the showroom of Barlow Cabinetworks in south Barrie, Ont., and the conversation flows. With a t … Read More

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New BBB guidelines on native advertising

The Better Business Bureau (BBB) of the United States and Canada was founded in 1912 on a foundation of truth in advertising. A century later, BBB is updating its mandate and has issued guidelines to advertisers that call for clear labeling when the design, style and functionality of commercial messages mimic editorial content. The addition to the BBB Code of Advertising brings it in line to Canada’s Competition Bureau and U.S. Federal Trade Commission regulations. The new rules impact a … Read More

Wood Industry 2016 reader survey

One of our greatest concerns as a trade magazine is that we don’t want to wear out our welcome. That is, we know you are being hammered from every angle, on so-called social media, with ads disguised as editorial and with magazines that purport to be reader-focused when, in fact, they don’t meet the standard definition of a magazine: they are catalogues. Each November, we do our annual survey of our readers, and, as noted above, we are concerned that you are being surveyed to death. I know for … Read More

Software start-ups provide logistics options

Cabinet and furniture manufacturers all want their products and components delivered or received a timely manner. Addressing these challenges nowadays are a complex web of supply chain logistics services being driven by start-up companies using internet-based software to find the best supply chain alternatives. The annual Logistics Trend Radar report from the DHL Logistics unit of Trolsdorf, Germany-based Deutsche Post DHL Group states, “Recent years have witnessed start-ups that have managed … Read More

Quantum finishing

The cabinet and furniture industries have many finishing specifications that meet a multitude of standards and certification bodies around the world. A recent workshop hosted by Catas, Italy’s testing standards organization at its headquarters near Milan of in Lissone-Brianza, illustrates just how many challenges wood manufacturers face around the world. “There's a sentence that seems to me very symbolic and I like to repeat it during such events,” says Franco Bulian, deputy director of Catas … Read More