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Idaho Veneer cuts back production

BY HBSDEALER Staff

Poor market prices will lead Idaho Veneer to cut back lumber production at its Post Falls and Samuels facilities, according to a report in the Spokane, Wash., Spokesman-Review.

According to the report, company officials said the cutbacks won’t affect the approximately 100 workers at the Post Falls facility and 50 at the Samuels facility. Those employees will switch to veneer production.

Dan Malloy, company co-owner, said the veneer market has been stable while the demand for lumber has gone down sharply, due to the fact that fewer new homes are being built.

Idaho Veneer produces lumber, white pine, cedar and Douglas fir veneer for furniture at the two facilities.

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Laticrete expands Texas facility

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Laticrete, a manufacturer of systems for the installation of ceramic tile and stone, recently marked the completion of an $8 million, 50,000-square-foot expansion to its Grand Prairie, Texas, manufacturing and warehousing facility.

The expansion — which more than doubled the size of the operation to 90,000 square feet — was done to meet increased demand for Laticrete system materials in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

The ribbon cutting ceremony on Nov. 28 was attended by Laticrete co-owner and senior vp Henry B. Rothberg and other officials from the company’s headquarters in Bethany, Conn.

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Canarm names new president

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James A. Cooper has been named president of Canarm, according to an announcement from the home goods maker.

Cooper has more than 25 years experience at Canarm, a Canada-based global manufacturer of lighting, ventilation and related products for residential, commercial and agricultural markets.

Most recently, Cooper served as vp-sales and marketing, helping Canarm’s customers build their market share.

Canarm is headquartered in Brockville, Ontario, and has five satellite manufacturing plants in Ontario and one in Illinois, as well as a distribution center in Montreal. The company is privately owned and operated and has more than 300 full-time employees.

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