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Tough Choices: Best Designs, Top Technologies

  • August 29, 2015
  • by Rich Christianson

I had the honor and privilege of serving as a judge for this year’s PureBond Quality Awards. While I can’t say that all of my favorite wood designs won, I can’t argue with any of those that did. The overall quality of the entries made picking the top three winners of each category challenging to […]

Matching Confusion: Uncomplicating an overused term

  • August 29, 2015
  • by Ang Schramm

The term “match”, and its derivatives, “matched” or “matching,” is frequently used in discussing decorative wood veneered panel products. It is a seemingly simple term, but it can be quite confusing at times because it has multiple applications, including describing the relationship between: one component and the adjacent component in a panel face, all the […]

Wm. H. Fry Construction Wins Not One, but Two Top PureBond Quality Awards

  • August 20, 2015
  • by Rich Christianson

  Wm. H. Fry Construction Company won an unprecedented daily double in this year’s PureBond Quality Awards (PQA) competition. The highly-green minded and diversified custom homebuilder based in Cupertino, CA, took first-place honors in both the Residential Bathroom and Residential Other categories of the fourth annual awards program sponsored by Columbia Forest Products. Adding to […]

Distributor Spotlight: Metro Hardwoods

  • August 15, 2015
  • by Rich Christianson

Metro Hardwoods offers a lot more than its name implies. Well rooted in the distribution of hardwood lumber since its flagship location opened in Maple Grove, MN, 25 years ago, Metro Hardwoods has grown in leaps and bounds through a combination of organic growth and strategic acquisitions. Today the company owns and operates four distribution […]