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#1 posted 08-27-2010 09:10 PM

Lest excessive cost, also the decline of people or pro’s attending also contributed to it 15 years ago Akron was a small woodworking community We had Brown/ Graves Lumber mill that took up 4 city blocks and 5 blocks wide that supported 15-20 smaller shops in the area. as the owners passed away or retired so did their businesses in 1999 Mr. Graves Sr. passed on and his son shut down the big operation and moved it out of town to Copley Ohio and Became more of a lumber yard/ hardware store deal Not even 1/8th of its former self and also dropped Brown’s name calling it Graves Lumber those actions cost 150+ people their jobs, put the death nail in the neighborhood, taxed our fire dept due to fires at the shuddered property and demolition cost to abate it :( The woodworking trade around 1997 has approx. 52,543 woodworker shops according to an old labor study ! As I did my business plan in 2005 there were 4,995 shops and the same amount of work!!! After running into an old buddy that worked at the mill he told me stories about how some of the old-timers didn’t want to see the apprentice do better than them or carry on the trade so, China crept in and stole some of the business away this trend impacted machine Mfrs. Forcing them to market online and stop attending the shows altogether.
This is a sad story I know but things will look better As for me I like the fact I have little or no competition
allowing me to grow :)

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