by William Sampson
Find what you need fast
This issue contains our annual print
edition of the Woodworking Product
Source, our directory of woodworking
products, supplies, and equipment. But
what appears in these pages is just one
part of a massive multi-media package
designed to get you the information you
need in the way you want it to quickly
find what you need for your business.
Encompassing nearly 4,000 products
from more than 900 companies, the
Woodworking Product Source is the most
comprehensive database of machinery,
tools, hardware, components, and other
supplies specifically for the woodworking
industry. There is not enough room in the
printed directory to include all of those
products, but we have listed a representative sampling in these pages.
Consider this directory a doorway to
fast and efficient multi-media sourcing
for your company. The printed directory
is organized in sections for convenient
browsing in areas such as machinery,
tooling, hardware, supplies, technol-
ogy, parts and components. Within
each broad category are more specific
subsections, such as CNC routers and
machining centers under the heading
of Machinery. Or you will find portable
power tools under Small Equipment.
Start using this directory by browsing
through the categories of interest, then
note the individual listings for companies and products for which you want
more information. Then follow the links
to a wealth of details and even more
products online. If you access the directory through the digital edition of the
magazine, you can simply click the links
to be transported immediately to the
full listings in the Woodworking Product
The online Woodworking Product
Source has powerful search tools to take
you right to specific items of interest,
or you can browse the categories there
just like paging through this directory.
The point is you can quickly access the
information you need the way you want
it to find just what you are looking for as
fast as possible.
So, start sourcing! ;
10 habits of successful contractors
I saw an interesting story on LinkedIn listing the 10 things
successful local contractors do. The list suggests that contractors look at markets with local job growth, know about
investor involvement in their market and the relationship
between job growth and new construction spending.
The list, from Genie Bazaar, www.geniebazaar.com, also
suggests contractors meet deadlines, provide free estimates,
network with contractors in other trades and advertise.
Specifically, the list suggests contractors see which markets are adding jobs and which are losing jobs. Job growth
fuels home improvement spending, the site suggests. Also,
keep track of investor activity. In markets such as Phoenix,
Orlando and Las Vegas investors are buying distressed
properties, reducing debt on these houses and lowering the
supply of existing properties.
Also, keep track of inflation in materials prices and
by Karl D. Forth
know the impact of inflation on
the business’s bottom line. The
list suggests price inflation will affect power tools over the next year.
Meeting deadlines is especially
important when there is a large
supply of companies willing to do
the work. Providing free estimates
can be tricky, but could also lead to
The list said that customers want discounts before
purchasing anything, and suggests mail advertising to put
an offer in front of customers. Contractors are using escrow
services and partial advances to avoid delayed payment.
Contractors are having many of the same problems as
millwork and cabinetmakers. ;