Increase in Business is a Good Thing But Not Without Its Challenges

May 3, 2017

Since the first of the year, manufacturers are more upbeat regarding the economy and business.  Business owners applaud the positive changes that are being implemented to help foster business and they applaud the relaxing or elimination of burdensome regulations. As one owner recently stated "This is the first time in the last eight years that it is fun to be operating a woodworking plant."  A recent survey by the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) found that 93.3% of large and small manufacturers have positive outlooks for the economy. This is an all-time high in the surveys nearly 20-year history. As good as things are, there are new and major challenges that managers are facing. The inability to find qualified workers is the mos...

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92 Secondary Wood Products Manufacturers Earn SFI Chain-of-Custody Certification

April 10, 2017

Ninety-two secondary manufacturers of the Wood Products Manufacturers Association (WPMA) simultaneously earned certification to the SFI 2015-2019 Chain-of-Custody (COC) Standard, making this the largest single group to certify to the SFI COC Standard at once. Wood products sold as certified to th...

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Who Will Lead Your Company?

April 3, 2017

The amount of calls we get from business owners ready to retire are increasing. These business owners are looking to sell their business that they’ve built from the ground up. 

Over the years, a good woodworker started a business, demand for products increased, and before you k...

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Confusion Over Rules and Requirements

March 1, 2017

It is an understatement to say that confusion exists over what is required and what isn’t required as a result of all that is going on in Washington. There is added confusion over what regulations are still in effect and what regulations have been postponed or eliminated. 

As t...

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What Can We Expect?

February 1, 2017

One thing we can be sure of is that 2017 will bring change of some form to the way that companies operate in the US. 

In the past few years, many business owners or managers have become disenchanted at all the new regulations that have made it difficult to operate a competitive busin...

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