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Midwest sensibilities

Written by Ann M. Goebel Monday, 19 October 2015 00:00

midwest2When Rothan Millwork Co. renovated the Peoria (Ill.) City Hall council chambers last year, it was the second time around. About 125 years ago, at the time the landmark was built, a Rothan crew fabricated and installed all the wainscot paneling, doors, railings and trim.

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Small, but thinking big

Written by John English Monday, 19 October 2015 00:00

smallIt’s difficult to define a small woodshop. Is it one with limited physical space or with only a few employees or perhaps it has gross sales under a certain dollar figure? Maybe the most apt description is that a small shop is one where the owner still rolls up his or her shirtsleeves on Monday morning, knows how to operate every piece of equipment in the shop and is still more connected to actual production tasks than to management functions.

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Jet setters

Written by Jennifer Hicks Monday, 14 September 2015 00:00

jet1Now based in a 150,000-sq.-ft. state-of-the-art building, filled with about 200 employees, it’s difficult to imagine a business like Custom Aircraft Cabinets operating out of a single-car garage with two employees. But that’s how it all started 25 years ago by co-owners Mike Gueringer and Paul Reesnes.

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Aggregate advantage

Written by John English Monday, 14 September 2015 00:00

aggregateAggregate heads (also known as angle heads) are a relatively easy way to add a new dimension to most CNC spindles. They essentially enhance horizontal capabilities to include vertical options. That is, they allow the operator to change the direction of the spindle. They can also change its function because they allow a woodshop to add new tooling that won’t always work on a vertical spindle.

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A world of difference for engineered panels

Written by John English Monday, 14 September 2015 00:00

panels4In this global economy, companies all around the world are finding they have to play by new rules. Governments mandate some of these, while others are imposed by economic reality.

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