Woodworking Industry: Taking a Closer Look

Economist says there’s no time like the present

Written by Tod Riggio Monday, 16 June 2014 00:00

todmug_newI had the recent pleasure of spending several days with industry leaders at the Woodworking Industry Conference in Puerto Rico. These folks are active members of the major trade organizations and key decision makers at the companies who supply your shops with machinery and supplies. They more or less make the woodworking world go around, which makes WIC the perfect place to gauge the industry’s vibe.

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CMA survey shows optimism about 2014 revenue growth

Written by Tod Riggio Monday, 19 May 2014 00:00

todmug_newThe Cabinet Makers Association released the results of its latest industry benchmark survey, a 131-page report filled with pie charts and bar graphs. It’s a beaut, Clark, for those of you appreciate a funny line from the “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation” movie.

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Feedback shows shops still adapting to change

Written by Tod Riggio Monday, 14 April 2014 00:00

todmug_newToday’s woodworker uses design software, shops online and considers the table saw to be one of their most important tools in the shop. We know this from a recent survey we conducted of our most loyal readers.

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Ideas keep swirling through my mind

Written by Tod Riggio Monday, 17 March 2014 00:00

todmug_newAh, the joys of being a magazine editor. As I write this, it’s two days before our print deadline and a major snowstorm is forecast for the next day. If you’re reading this, we got the magazine to the printer in time, no doubt the result of my extraordinary leadership and steadiness at the helm. Oh yeah. Perhaps, and more likely, it was due to the efforts of our talented team and superior technology. If you’re not reading this — and how would you know? — we failed miserably and I’m looking for work.

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Obamacare looms large on every shop’s horizon

Written by John English Monday, 17 February 2014 00:00

john_englishAt this point, it’s still difficult to tell how the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act will affect woodshop employees and owners. One thing is for sure: a couple of years from now, the law is going to look a whole lot differently than it currently does. That was true for the rollout of Social Security in 1935. It took almost 40 years to get that program to the point where most American workers were covered. It was also true of Medicare and Medicaid, Supplemental Security Income, the Children’s Health Insurance Program and most other nationwide social programs. It takes a while to work out the kinks.

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