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  • EPA’s fondness for high-end furniture costs taxpayers $92 million

    09/24/2015 5:57:29 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 22 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | September 24, 2015 | Kellan Howell
    The federal agency that has the job of protecting the environment doesn’t seem to have too much concern for trees, at least the ones cut down to make furniture. The Environmental Protection Agency over the past decade has spent a whopping $92.4 million to purchase, rent, install and store office furniture ranging from fancy hickory chairs and a hexagonal wooden table, worth thousands of dollars each, to a simple drawer to store pencils that cost $813.57. The furniture shopping sprees equaled about $6,000 for every one of the agency’s 15,492 employees, according to federal spending data made public by the...
  • store owner posts signs, leaving town because residents are 'homeless bums, lowlifes and retards'

    05/19/2015 6:49:12 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 89 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 5-19-15 | CHRIS SPARGO
    A Kansas furniture store owner is closing up shop and leaving town, but not before he tells other residents what he thinks about them. Bob Fyfe, the owner of Payless Furniture in Lawrence, has polarized the community by posting signs on a large truck in his store parking lot that attack the town. The main sign reads; 'Lawrence: Commie and Candy Ass Capitol [sic] of Kansas. Goodbye Obamaville.'
  • Revolver Bedroom. Someone had a "Thing" for Them

    11/26/2014 10:24:49 AM PST · by marktwain · 17 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 25 November, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    These pictures of a unique bedroom set came to me via the Internet.  I do not know the location of the set or the source of the revolvers. Counting the revolvers that make up the bed frame, the vanity, the lamps, table, chair, chandelier, and window decoration, and assuming that there is symmetry on the sides of the objects that are not visible, I believe there are at least 100 revolvers used in the construction of the set. The revolvers are an eclectic mix of Smith & Wesson (or clones) and Colt (or clones) revolvers.  They appear to mostly...
  • How a Virginia factory owner battled the Chinese and won

    07/18/2014 6:58:03 PM PDT · by shove_it · 8 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 18 Jul 2014 | Bernice Napach
    Since China joined the WTO. So many U.S. companies laid off workers and closed factories. John Bassett III, a third-generation furniture factory owner in Virginia, refused to do that. He decided instead to take on the Chinese. "He's absolutely relentless, “says Beth Macy, author of Factory Man: How One Furniture Maker Battled Offshoring, Stayed Local -- and Helped Save an American Town. Bassett traveled from the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains to northern China to visit a factory that made knockoffs of the furniture his factory made. Bassett pretended to be interested in doing business with the Chinese manufacturer,...
  • Stanley Furniture Closing Robbinsville Plant (North Carolina)

    04/02/2014 10:17:02 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 65 replies
    Woodworking Network ^ | April 1, 2014
    HIGH POINT, NC - Stanley Furniture Company, Inc. today reported it will cease domestic furniture production in the factory that supports its Young America brand. “We have a healthy Stanley business that is making money. It is supported by a wonderful heritage, strong product in the field and future pipeline, and we are looking forward to the prospects of focusing our team solely on the growth and profitability of this brand in the short-term” “We have decided to cease manufacturing operations in Robbinsville,” said Glenn Prillaman, President and Chief Executive Officer. “After a thorough review of both our own operations...
  • In the very near future, you’ll be able to 3D print real wooden furniture

    02/27/2014 2:10:13 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    Digital Trends ^ | February 26, 2014 | Drew Prindle
    Back when 3D printing was just kicking off, there was much talk of a future where people could download new furniture designs, print them, and furnish their living rooms with new pieces whenever they pleased. But despite the fact that 3D printing your own furniture is totally possible now, it hasn’t really caught on for one simple reason – nobody wants to fill their house with a bunch of snap-together plastic furniture. But the dream of printing your own furnishings isn’t dead yet. A fledgling company by the name of 4 AXYZ has developed a process that allows you...
  • New 3D printer from BigRep lets you print full-size furniture

    02/21/2014 8:06:21 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 30 replies
    TweakTown ^ | February 20, 2014 | Michael Hatamoto
    Technology to bring 3D printing closer to the mass market is accelerating, though most 3D printed items tend to be rather small in size. To help demonstrate the effectiveness of printing larger items, BigRep, a company founded in 2014, opens the door to printing items such as furniture. The device is launching worldwide at large trade shows, and begins shipping in two months, with a $39,000 MSRP.The BigRep One can print full-scale objects in sizes up to 45x39x47 inches, and has the ability to print plastics, nylons, Laywood (wood fibers mixed with polymers), and Laybrick (something similar to sandstone-type of...
  • This secretive startup plans to 3D print custom, affordable wood furniture

    10/06/2013 3:56:58 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    Gigaom Blog ^ | October 6, 2013 | Signe Brewster
    The traditional wood furniture industry has its share of problems. Faced with cheap plywood and chip wood that can be packed flat to ship inexpensively before assembly, furniture made of solid wood has become rarer and more expensive. 4 AXYZ founder and CEO Samir Shah has an idea. Instead of working with layers of cheap wood, he wants to work with layers of nice wood. And he’ll do it with 3D printing. “Effectively what you’re seeing is solid wood furniture is too expensive and quality is dropping. We have something that is not rocket science, even though it is patent...
  • North Carolina furniture company sticking with Paula Deen

    07/25/2013 7:23:44 AM PDT · by cblue55 · 13 replies
    WWAY News 13 Wilmington NC ^ | July 25, 2013 | Submitted by WWAY News 13
    HIGH POINT, NC (AP) -- The High Point-based home furnishings company that markets Paula Deen's furniture line is sticking with the embattled chef. The High Point Enterprise reported that Universal Furniture International will continue to market the Paula Deen Home Collection.
  • Housing Recovery? Not so fast! YoY Furniture Sales Go Negative; Foreclosures Rise (Again)

    06/13/2013 9:48:59 AM PDT · by whitedog57 · 7 replies
    Confounded Interest ^ | 06/13/2013 | Anthony B. Sanders
    I constantly hear “The housing market is back!” Is it? True, house prices are rising since 2012 according to FNC, Case-Shiller, Loan Performance and FHFA home price indices. But Year-over-year furniture sales have turned negative, not a good sign for housing (unless everyone wants to live in empty houses). At least auto sales are increasing. Perhaps people are parking Chevys in their living rooms instead of furniture. And foreclosures are heating up again. Completed foreclosures jumped 11 percent nationally in May from the previous month, with monthly increases taking place in 33 states, foreclosure listing firm RealtyTrac Inc. said Thursday....
  • Liberty’s Obamacare Challenge Provides Glimmer of Hope

    03/12/2013 11:00:27 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 11 replies ^ | March 12, 2013 | Robert Knight
    In 1919, back when the United States was a constitutional republic, Congress passed a child labor law imposing a 10 percent excise tax on companies that violated it. A North Carolina furniture maker challenged the law and won. In 1922, the Supreme Court ruled in Bailey v. Drexel Furniture that although child labor laws have a noble purpose, the means – Congress using taxing power as a penalty – was unconstitutional. This was before Franklin Roosevelt’s court-packing threat in1937 ended the Supreme Court’s resistance to grandiose expansions of federal power. The child labor issue, by the way, was resolved when...
  • 10 Places Anyone Can Store Food

    10/15/2012 6:56:41 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 62 replies
    Personal Liberty Digest ^ | October 15, 2012 | Thomas Miller
    One of the cornerstones of preparedness is storing food. No one argues the point of whether food is important. Maybe an argument can be found in where food is placed in the hierarchy of prepping needs, but no one will say that it does not have a place. What I have found, though, is that not too many discussions occur about where these rations will be stored. It seems as though it is always assumed that every prepper has an extra room in the house to fill with shelves that can be neatly stacked with cans and boxes and labeled...
  • Unlicensed driver crashes van into furniture store

    11/21/2011 1:35:13 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 11 replies ^ | 11/21/11 | AP
    Bell, Calif. (AP) -- An unlicensed driver is in jail after crashing a van into a Southern California furniture store. Sgt. Albert Rusas says the 27-year-old man has been booked for investigation of drunken driving and felony hit and run. He remained in jail Monday morning. ... The driver, whose name is being withheld, tried to run away.
  • Small explosion hits IKEA store in Dresden

    06/11/2011 2:39:14 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 18 replies ^ | 11 June 2011 | unattributed
    Following a small explosion in an IKEA store in Dresden on Friday evening, the German headquarters of the Swedish home furnishings chain is calling on all branches in the country to be extremely vigilant. A device exploded in the Dresden store at around 8 pm, police confirmed on Saturday. Two people, aged 32 and 41 years old, suffered possible inner-ear trauma from the blast but there were no other injuries. The blast also damaged the floor and some of the furniture on display in the kitchen department. No one has admitted to carrying out the attack and there are so...
  • Chair maker introduces 'Big Chill' recliner

    02/05/2011 3:53:38 PM PST · by madison10 · 14 replies ^ | February 5, 2011 | Unknown
    Just in time for Sunday's Super Bowl game, Monroe-based La-Z-Boy Inc. has unveiled its newest and ultimate recliner, the ‘Chill' chair... Also at Big Chill Chair Runs at $850.
  • Ikea founder admits to secret foundation

    01/26/2011 4:00:34 PM PST · by WesternCulture · 25 replies ^ | 01/26/2011 | TT/The Local/vt
    Ikea founder Ingvar Kamprad, considered one of the wealthiest people in the world, controls the company through a secret foundation worth 100 billion kronor ($15.34 billion), according to a Sveriges Television (SVT) report. Despite the revelation, the company and Kamprad's image will probably not be affected, according to media advisors. Kamprad controls the enterprise through a holding company called Inter Ikea by way of a secret foundation in Liechtenstein. The foundation is currently worth about 100 billion kronor, according to the latest episode of SVT's Uppdrag granskning investigative news programme, set to air on Wednesday evening. Ikea is controlled through...
  • Move by Stanley Furniture will cut 530 jobs in Va.

    05/14/2010 12:19:11 PM PDT · by Willie Green · 57 replies · 1,037+ views
    News Record ^ | 13th May 2010 | Winston-Salem Journal
    (MCT) — Stanley Furniture Co. Inc. conceded yesterday that its days of being a predominantly domestic manufacturer are over. The company said it is shifting the bulk of its production of adult furniture to offshore vendors by the end of the year, cutting 530 jobs in Virginia — or about 41 percent of its work force of 1,300. Most of the jobs will be eliminated in the fourth quarter. The biggest part of the blow will be felt in its hometown of Stanleytown, Va., where the operations there represent one of the largest remaining domestic plants in terms of work...
  • Mayor: Man who stopped Chisholm shootings is hero (MN)

    03/08/2010 6:16:48 PM PST · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 15 replies · 122+ views ^ | 3/8/10 | AP
    The man who stopped a bar shooting incident by hitting the suspected gunman with a chair was hailed as a hero on Monday by the mayor of the small northeastern Minnesota town of Chisholm. The Saturday night shootings at Jim's Sports Club Bar and Grill left one man dead, another critically wounded and a third with a less serious wound. Authorities said the suspect had gone to the bar to confront his ex-wife, who was sitting at the victims' table. Ryan Simonson, 27, of Chisholm, confirmed to The Associated Press on Monday that he was the patron who smashed a...
  • Beijing Loves IKEA -- But Not For Shopping

    08/24/2009 10:57:54 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 4 replies · 795+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | August 25, 2009 | David Pierson
    Customers hop into display beds and nap, pose for snapshots with the decor and enjoy the air conditioning and free soda refills. They just don't buy much. With no plans one Saturday, Zhang Xin told his wife, son and mother to wear something smart and hop into the family sedan. He could have taken them to the Forbidden City or the Great Wall, but he decided on another popular destination -- IKEA. Riding an escalator past a man lying on a display bed with a book opened on his belly, the clan sauntered into the crush of visitors squeezing onto...
  • Elizabeth Edwards opens furniture store in N.C. (John's stuff?)

    08/22/2009 8:23:05 PM PDT · by Libloather · 32 replies · 1,727+ views
    Elizabeth Edwards opens furniture store in N.C.Associated Press Last Modified: Saturday, August 22, 2009 at 10:33 p.m. CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) – The wife of a former North Carolina senator and presidential candidate has opened a furniture store. Multiple media outlets report that Elizabeth Edwards opened the store called Red Window in downtown Chapel Hill Saturday. Edwards says the store will have styles similar to The Red Door, a charity store her mother managed in Japan. Edwards’ husband, former Sen. John Edwards, also attended the opening. **SNIP** Elizabeth Edwards says she’s trying to ignore tabloid reports that her husband fathered...
  • Wanted, advice for Small Claims Court regarding defective Lane furniture.

    08/15/2009 2:52:32 PM PDT · by RBW in PA · 11 replies · 988+ views
    August 15th, 2009 | me
    Wanted, advice for Small Claims Court regarding defective Lane furniture. Hoping to solicit some advice regarding a small claims court filing I am considering… Two years ago I purchased an Ashley leather Sofa and Recliner from a local furniture store. Immediately after the furniture was delivered I discovered a slit on the side were the seat reclines and notified the store. On the phone, they said that this is easily repairable and sent out a technician. I agreed to the repair because the damage was small and located in an inconspicuous place. However, after the technician evaluated the slit, he...
  • Ikea furnishes 'copycat' site with lawsuit

    05/28/2009 4:25:29 PM PDT · by WesternCulture · 18 replies · 797+ views ^ | 05/28/2009 | TT/The Local
    Home furnishing giant Ikea has launched legal proceedings over the rights to the domain name, a site which currently specializes in selling used Ikea furniture. The site, which is modeled after the popular Swedish buy-and-sell site, has been operating for about a month. Ikea has now asked the Internet Infrastructure Foundation (Stiftelsen för internetinfrastruktur), the body responsible for registering domain names ending in ‘.se’, to help resolve the dispute over, claiming the site infringes on the Ikea brand. “It’s obvious that a visitor to a homepage with the description iloveikea as the impression that it is the...
  • Furniture craftsman Maloof dies at 93

    05/23/2009 12:29:52 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 25 replies · 1,044+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 5/23/09 | AP
    Rancho Cucamonga, Calif. (AP) -- Sam Maloof, whose simple, practical handmade wooden furniture sits in the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the White House, has died. He was 93. Maloof died Thursday at his Southern California home, his business manager Boz Bock told the Los Angeles Times. No further details were given. Maloof was praised for putting usefulness before artistry in the chairs, cradles, hutches and other pieces he designed and crafted by hand. Maloof's signature piece was a rocking chair with elongated rockers jutting backward.
  • Legislator raps controller for furniture buy (CA)

    02/05/2009 7:41:33 AM PST · by TornadoAlley3 · 12 replies · 528+ views
    sfgate ^ | 02/05/09 | Wyatt Buchanan
    State Sen. Abel Maldonado, R-Santa Maria (Santa Barbara County) blasted state Controller John Chiang on Wednesday for spending nearly $2 million since July on new furniture for his staff as the state teeters on insolvency. "It's waste because we don't need new furniture today," said Maldonado. "It's fraud to not send the people of California their tax refunds, and it's abuse of power ... to buy furniture when we don't have the resources and we don't have the cash flow."
  • Renovator, Car Man or Poonce??

    08/23/2008 7:09:50 AM PDT · by Teddy Betts · 80 replies · 641+ views
    22/8/08 | Teddy Betts
    Is there a problem with enjoying modern stylish fashionable furniture as a hobby? I have been advised that talking about cars around the office is far more acceptable and manly than talking about the modern sleek lines of furniture or the leather interior of a car is far tougher than talking about soft Italian leather from a perfectly handcrafted Italian leather Sofa / Masterpiece that sits in my loungeroom for me to admire that I purchased from Home Concepts in Melbourne. I would much prefer to go to a site like than and does this mean I’m a...
  • IKEA opens first U.S. manufacturing facility

    05/23/2008 8:16:35 AM PDT · by WesternCulture · 67 replies · 150+ views ^ | 05/22/2009 | AFP/The Local
    Swedish furniture maker Ikea celebrated the opening of its first factory in the United States on Wednesday. Swedwood, a subsidiary of home furnishings giant, has 40 plants worldwide. The $281 million plant in Danville, Virginia will employ 300 people by the end of 2009, said Swedwood North America president Bengt Danielsson. Virginia Governor Timothy M. Kaine was at Wednesday's ceremony to hail the economic boost to the ailing region along the North Carolina border, formerly a stronghold for the tobacco industry. Swedwood received $12 million in incentives from in state and local authorities, as well as the Virginia Tobacco Commission...
  • Local woman pulls gun on deliverymen for not taking off shoes

    03/26/2008 1:35:39 AM PDT · by LibWhacker · 33 replies · 1,229+ views
    Two furniture deliverymen fled a home after a customer produced a gun because they wouldn't take their shoes off, according to police reports. Two employees of Howell's Furniture Gallery were making a delivery to a house in the 5300 of Downs Road last Friday afternoon, the report stated. The homeowner, who was not identified, asked the deliverymen to take off their shoes. They replied removing their shoes was against company policy and pointed out they were wearing protective covers so as not to damage her carpet, the report stated. An argument ensued, which expanded to cover other problems the woman...
  • Agency passes measure to require nonflammable home furniture

    02/04/2008 5:44:12 PM PST · by Virginia Ridgerunner · 27 replies · 63+ views
    AP, via Minneapolis Star Tribune ^ | February 1, 2008 | Minneapolis Star Tribune
    WASHINGTON - A government safety agency is pushing to require all home furnishings sold in the U.S. to be nonflammable. The Consumer Product Safety Commission advanced a proposal Friday that would require consumer upholstered furniture to be smolder- and flame-resistant, which is not required now, said Julie Vallese, a spokeswoman for the agency. The agency has been trying to advance the measure for more than 10 years, she said.(snip) Russell Long, vice president of environmental group Friends of the Earth, called the proposal "a tremendous victory for both fire safety as well as the protection of public health."
  • Ethan Allen CEO Describes Challenges of Running a Global Organization

    12/25/2007 12:02:58 PM PST · by primeval patriot · 2 replies · 520+ views
    The NewsHour ^ | December 24, 2007 | Paul Solman, Farooq Kathwari
    Globalization has had varying effects on countries and economies throughout the world. In the first of a series of conversations, NewsHour correspondent Paul Solman talks to Farooq Kathwari, CEO of Ethan Allen Interiors Inc. _____________________________________________________________________________________________________________ PAUL SOLMAN, NewsHour Economics Correspondent: Ethan Allen furniture, how much more American can you get? The green mountain boy himself was a hero of the American Revolution. For decades, the colonial facade and furniture named after him were, for Ethan Allen's customers, early Americana incarnate. And the company is still the state of Vermont's biggest employer. And, yet, Ethan Allen is about as global a...
  • Illegal immigrants arrested at furniture store protest

    12/02/2007 3:48:07 PM PST · by Baladas · 29 replies · 463+ views
    Associated Press ^ | December 2, 2007 | Associated Press
    MESA, Ariz. (AP) - Eight illegal immigrants were arrested during a protest outside of a Phoenix furniture store that had hired sheriff's deputies to keep day laborers away. Protesters have been demonstrating for the past six Saturdays at Pruitt's furniture store in east Phoenix against the arrests of illegal immigrants in the area. Maricopa County sheriff's deputies had arrested 24 illegal immigrants in the area after stopping them for traffic violations. The eight people arrested yesterday on suspicion of violating immigration laws were the first illegal immigrants taken into custody during the actual protests. Sheriff Joe Arpaio says the protesters...
  • Iraqi Furniture Factory Fills First Order in Two Years

    11/18/2007 6:28:45 AM PST · by SandRat · 20 replies · 412+ views
    Multi-National Force - Iraq ^ | Spc. Shejal Pulivarti
    Navy Capt. John Dillender (right), economics and industrial advisor for Baghdad 5 Embedded Provincial Reconstruction Team, which operates north of the Iraqi capital with the 1st Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, mimics the sanding technique used by a furniture factory worker near Taji, Iraq Nov. 11. The Henning, Tenn. native helped facilitate (200) pieces of furniture purchased from the State Company for Furniture Industry-Baghdad to be delivered to area schools. U.S. Army photo by Spc. Shejal Pulivarti, 1st BCT, 1st Cav. Div. PAO. CAMP TAJI — The State Company for Furniture Industry-Baghdad, located near Taji, recently filled its first...
  • Bauhaus Home Design (Vanity)

    07/14/2007 11:39:56 PM PDT · by goldstategop · 8 replies · 392+ views
    A vanity discussion of Bauhaus design in the home.
  • Tale of last 90 minutes of woman's life [Los Angeles' King Hospital ignores patient to death]

    05/20/2007 10:52:28 AM PDT · by John Jorsett · 176 replies · 4,335+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 20 May 2007 | Charles Ornstein
    In the emergency room at Martin Luther King Jr.-Harbor Hospital, Edith Isabel Rodriguez was seen as a complainer. "Thanks a lot, officers," an emergency room nurse told Los Angeles County police who brought in Rodriguez early May 9 after finding her in front of the Willowbrook hospital yelling for help. "This is her third time here." The 43-year-old mother of three had been released from the emergency room hours earlier, her third visit in three days for abdominal pain. She'd been given prescription medication and a doctor's appointment. Turning to Rodriguez, the nurse said, "You have already been seen, and...
  • Cardi’s Furniture Company Supports Guard, Reserve Employees

    08/29/2006 6:53:55 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 298+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Steven Donald Smith
    WASHINGTON, Aug. 29, 2006 – Cardi’s Furniture Superstores in New England is one of 15 recipients of this year’s Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award for outstanding support of employees in the Guard and Reserve. “Cardi's Furniture Superstores is proud to receive this incredible honor,” said Benjamin DeCastro, the company’s promotions director. Rhode Island National Guardsman Sgt. Gerald Pincins, a Cardi’s employee, nominated the company for the award. “We are proud of Sergeant Pincins for his bravery while on his tours of duty,” DeCastro said. “We’re also proud of our staff who work hard every day to ensure that...
  • Life After Hitchcock (Chair Co., Riverton, CT)

    07/05/2006 9:20:19 PM PDT · by nutmeg · 7 replies · 4,626+ views
    The Hartford Courant ^ | July 5, 2006 | KIRA GOLDENBERG, Courant Staff Writer
    BARKHAMSTED -- Riverton's center is just a quarter-mile smattering of quaint buildings on three streets by the Farmington River. Yet for decades, this tiny village in northern Barkhamsted was a real tourist destination because of the Hitchcock Chair Co., founded here in 1826 by Lambert Hitchcock, whose sturdy painted wooden chairs with gold stenciling became American classics. Hitchcock closed April 26, done in, company officials said, by cheaper products from overseas. Its flagship store in the original riverside factory and the adjacent Lambert house are vacant, their parking lots empty. The shoppers and history buffs no longer visit. Bob Wysocki,...
  • Fruits of their American labor

    06/18/2006 12:49:04 PM PDT · by Graybeard58 · 23 replies · 1,023+ views
    Waterbury Republican-American ^ | June 18, 2006 | Joan Grillo (A.P.)
    BOYE, Mexico -- Clementina Arellano grew up with her six brothers in a shack in this dusty Mexican hamlet. Now 42, she's raising her sons in a spacious, 10-room mansion with Roman-style pillars at the doorway and a garden full of flowers and singing birds. How did she transform her fortunes so dramatically? By waiting tables and sweating in a furniture factory for about 10 years in Hickory, N.C., and sending home up to $500 a month. A couple of doors down, Berta Olgin, lives under a leaky roof, with skinny sheep gnawing at sparse patches of grass in her...
  • IKEA billionaire founder proud to be frugal at 80

    GENEVA (Reuters) - IKEA founder Ingvar Kamprad, ranked 4th richest man in the world, drives a 15-year-old car and always flies economy class, in part to inspire his 90,000 employees worldwide to see the virtue of frugality. The billionaire Swede, who turns 80 on March 30, explained his legendary habits during a rare television interview in Switzerland, his adoptive home for nearly 30 years. His fortune was recently estimated at $28 billion by Forbes magazine -- trailing only Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates, U.S. investor Warren Buffett and Mexican industrialist Carlos Slim. "People say I am cheap and I don't mind...
  • Timberlake unveils deal to manufacture his furniture in U.S.

    03/07/2006 10:08:12 AM PST · by Willie Green · 28 replies · 780+ views
    The Daily Reflector ^ | March 6, 2006 | PAUL NOWELL
    For education and discussion only. Not for commercial use. LEXINGTON, N.C. — North Carolina artist Bob Timberlake unveiled plans Monday to resume production of his original furniture collection in Lexington, ending months of uncertainty about the popular line. Timberlake has partnered with Kepley-Frank Hardwood Company Inc. and Lexington Home Brands to produce the furniture at the plant where the collection had been made for years, the artist said. Lexington Home Brands stopped making the line and closed the factory in December, after Timberlake refused to give the company permission to move production overseas. "It all worked because we wanted it...
  • U.S. Repeals Byrd Amendment

    02/14/2006 2:33:55 PM PST · by TennTuxedo · 5 replies · 681+ views
    Furniture Today ^ | February 14, 2006 | Thomas Russell
    U.S. repeals Byrd Amendment Thomas Russell -- Furniture Today, 2/14/2006 7:13:00 AM Import duties collected after September 2007 will go to government WASHINGTON — The U.S. government has repealed the Byrd Amendment, the controversial trade law that is allowing some U.S. furniture manufacturers to collect millions of dollars in import duties. Congress repealed the amendment as part of a budget bill, which President Bush signed into law on Feb. 8. The move will eliminate the payment of antidumping duties beyond Oct. 1, 2007, to U.S. manufacturers that petitioned for a federal investigation into the alleged dumping of Chinese-made wood bedroom...
  • Deadline looms for free furniture program (Katrina - $20 million in free furniture)

    02/11/2006 3:21:31 PM PST · by iPod Shuffle · 23 replies · 532+ views
    ABC ^ | 2/10/06
    (2/10/06 - KTRK/HOUSTON) - Hurricane Katrina survivors have another opportunity to get back on their feet. This time, there's a program to get free furniture. The Hurricane Housing Task Force says this is the last call for evacuees to take part and get new furniture for their apartments and homes. Friday, February 17 is the last day officials will accept calls from evacuees living in the city voucher units. So far, they have made 15,000 furniture deliveries. The city says they have had a great response from families who are very emotional about how this program has helped them get...
  • Ikea: The Swedish Feeding Trough

    01/08/2006 11:47:12 AM PST · by Frank T · 91 replies · 2,433+ views
    Spiegel Online ^ | January 2, 2006 | Gerald Drissner
    Furniture giant IKEA lures customers with homey interior landscapes and cheap warm meals. But more and more people are starting to use the stores as an ersatz for social services and babysitting. Every day, at 8.50 am, Bodo Scheel gets into his Nissan car, his stomach rumbling with hunger, and drives 11.3 kilometers down the A7 highway near Hamburg. He turns off at junction 23 to reach his destination: the Ikea furniture store. The 67-year-old pensioner has been coming to the restaurant in Ikea for breakfast for years now. The deal is unbeatable: For €1.50 he gets two bread rolls,...
  • Naked women become inspiration for sexy furniture

    12/09/2005 10:10:30 AM PST · by Red Badger · 112 replies · 1,955+ views ^ | 12/09/2005 | Staff
    The body of woman has always been the object of worshipping for men of all professions, including artists. There is nothing surprising about the fact that furniture makers turned to elegance and beauty of female graceful bodylines to attract men's attention to their products. Dutch furniture maker Mario Filippona uses his erotic fantasies for creating different pieces of furniture. "Women's body and restricted architecture together with my passion to wood, inspired me to create the furniture with such a sexual design," said Filippona.
  • Furniture sector sitting pretty

    08/25/2005 10:44:45 AM PDT · by WmShirerAdmirer · 20 replies · 719+ views
    Asian ^ | August 26, 2005 | Staff
    BEIJING - China has seen a rapid development of its furniture industry in recent years, attracting the attention of many big-name world furniture manufacturers. The furniture industry has entered a fast-growth stage, and a complete industrial chain now exists for the sector, in keeping with international trends. It now produces various types of products, which can satisfy domestic needs as well as international customers. Industry experts expect a second high-speed development stage in the coming 5-10 years, as the furniture industry worldwide readjusts the distribution of its production. In the second stage of high-speed development, China's furniture industry will focus...
  • Hooker Furniture to Close Pleasant Garden, N.C. Plant (280 jobs lost)

    07/27/2005 1:41:42 PM PDT · by Willie Green · 24 replies · 1,361+ views
    Business Wire ^ | July 27, 2005
    For education and discussion only. Not for commercial use. MARTINSVILLE, Va.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--July 27, 2005--In a move to better match domestic manufacturing capacity to demand, Hooker Furniture (Nasdaq:HOFT) announced today that it plans to close its Pleasant Garden, N.C. plant by October 2005. For several years, the Company has experienced decreased order and shipment rates for its domestically produced wood furniture and increased demand and sales for its imported wood and metal furniture. This mirrors an industry trend that has forced many U.S. wood furniture manufacturers to curtail operations. The Company also closed its Maiden, N.C. plant in 2004 and its...
  • Furniture Brands details 1200 job cuts

    06/09/2005 11:17:22 AM PDT · by Willie Green · 24 replies · 671+ views
    For education and discussion only. Not for commercial use. Furniture Brands International Inc. is giving further details of its planned closing of its Thomasville Furniture Industries' plants in Davidson County and sister plants in western North Carolina, resulting in the elimination of more than 1,200 jobs in the state this year. The Thomasville Furniture layoffs will now exceed 600 workers, the company said in a filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission late Wednesday. As part of those layoffs, the company is shutting down its 373,000-square-foot Plant A in downtown Thomasville. The company will also close its wood preparation...
  • Steelcase announces plans to cut 600 jobs

    03/28/2005 2:49:14 PM PST · by Willie Green · 12 replies · 792+ views
    The Centre Daily Times ^ | Mon, Mar. 28, 2005 | Associated Press
    For education and discussion only. Not for commercial use. GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. - Steelcase Inc. announced Monday that it will cut 600 jobs over the next two years as it shuts down its remaining manufacturing operations in the city and consolidates work at other plants. The furniture maker said it will vacate the remaining factories at its sprawling Grand Rapids campus. Much of the work from the chair and panel plants will be moved to plants in Kent County's Gaines Township and Kentwood. About 30 jobs will move to Steelcase's plant in Mexico, The Grand Rapids Press reported. One hundred...
  • Union Goon Alert (UAW cowards threaten worker)

    03/22/2005 11:57:50 AM PST · by Nightbird · 11 replies · 1,136+ views
    Asheboro Courier Tribune ^ | 3/15/2005 | JD Walker
    Security guards protecting union opponent By J.D. Walker -- Staff Writer, The Courier-Tribune Posted: 03/15/05 - 10:20:19 pm CST HIGH POINT - A Thomasville man is under 24-hour security detail after allegedly being threatening because of his opposition to union activity at his workplace. Jeff Ward filed a complaint against the United Auto Workers (UAW) union at Thomas Built Buses after a card-check petition verified in March 2004 established the union as the sole representative for employees there. The Thomas Built plant is located half in Guilford and half in Randolph counties. Ward filed his complaint with the help of...
  • (Norwegian) PM blasts (Swedish furniture-maker) IKEA

    03/10/2005 3:38:00 AM PST · by franksolich · 24 replies · 946+ views
    Aftenposten ^ | March 10, 2005 | Morten Andersen
    PM blasts IKEAPrime Minister Kjell Magne Bondevik is astonished by Swedish furniture giant IKEA's view of women and wants the company to start depicting women building furniture in their assembly instructions.IKEA has about 2,000 products that need diagrammed instructions to assemble, and not one of these sheets shows a woman tackling the problem of putting Swedish flat-packed furniture together.Bondevik calls IKEA's stance "untenable", and was unimpressed by the explanation offered."We have over 200 warehouses around the world and have to take cultural considerations into account. In Muslim countries there is a problem using women in instructions," IKEA's information chief Camilla...
  • STAMPEDE: Injuries at IKEA opening

    02/11/2005 8:31:56 AM PST · by KidGlock · 35 replies · 1,135+ views
    CNEWS ^ | 1/11/05
    STAMPEDE!! Injuries at IKEA opening By MICHAEL MCDONOUGH - Associated Press LONDON (AP) — A man was stabbed and five other people were taken to hospital after thousands of customers caused a stampede at the midnight opening of a new IKEA furniture store in north London, British authorities said Thursday. The Swedish retailer expressed regret at the incident. The stabbing victim, a man in his 20s, was attacked at around 1:30 a.m. near the IKEA store, a spokeswoman for London’s Metropolitan Police said, adding that his condition did not appear life-threatening. The new IKEA warehouse in the Edmonton district had...
  • Furniture business falls victim to 'China price'

    02/01/2005 1:20:31 PM PST · by Willie Green · 46 replies · 1,770+ views
    Northeast PA Business Journal ^ | 02/01/2005 | Robert Curran
    For education and discussion only. Not for commercial use. Imports from China are hurting America's furniture manufacturing business, and among the casualties is the well known Pennsylvania House Furniture in Lewisburg, which like others is feeling the sting from China's lower production and labor costs. U.S. manufacturers and commerce officials are concerned about the growing problem from China, where the Chinese can manufacture furniture and other goods for 30 percent to 50 percent of the cost in America. Production labor workers in China are paid about $120 a month, and top level Chinese engineers average about $1,200 monthly-far below the...