Winners of the 2015 Construction Marketing Association STAR Awards and Construction Marketer of the Year Awards were recently announced.
The STAR awards recognize excellence in 16 marketing categories and 78 sub-categories. Superstar and Star (first place/second place respectively) are awarded for each category or sub-category. Construction Marketer of the Year recognizes top brands, companies or individuals by region. Finally, Best in Show is bestowed on the winner of the most awards.
Bosch Power Tools won Best in Show with a total of 16 STAR Awards. In addition to Best in Show honors, Bosch also won Construction Marketer of the Year for the Midwest region. Dodge Data & Analytics won Construction Marketer of the Year for the Eastern region with 13 STAR Awards, including a Superstar award for the most competitive category, Integrated Campaign. Simpson Strong-Tie won Construction Marketer of the Year for the Western region with 6 STAR awards, and Kubota Equipment won 4 STAR awards for work by Martin Williams.
“Our fifth annual Construction Marketing STAR Awards witnessed entrants from across the continent and many sectors of the construction industry,” explains CMA Chairman Neil M. Brown, “2015 winners demonstrated both creative excellence and marketing results, along with a growing internet marketing category.”
See the full list of winners here: http://www.cmastarawards.com/2015-winner-list/.
The event was hosted by Symop, the association of French manufacturers of instrumental technology. Twelve countries participated (Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Poland, Czech Republic, Spain, Switzerland and Turkey). Portugal, Russia and Slovakia were absent.
President Ambrogio Delachi opened the meeting by addressing the current market situation. “According to the statistics by Acimall’s studies office, which will be published in the Eumabois industry report, European production of woodworking machinery and tools increased by 9.6 percent in 2014. This adds to the impression that partial 2015 figures are even more encouraging and that the light at the end of the crisis tunnel is finally approaching. The happiest news comes from North American markets, which are literally pulling the export of European technology. Also partial results in South America are good, while Australia can be definitely considered a significant output market for our industry.”
Delachi pointed out that it wasn’t all positive, however. “The international scenario still offers several doubts and question marks. First of all in Russia, traditionally a big consumer of European equipment, great difficulties endure, and companies who rely on this big country are confronted with serious problems on how to continue their normal industrial activity.”
He also said that China’s issues will affect us all.
“Recently, signals from China have also been all but positive; the Yuan devaluation has caused uncertainty on the markets, as this is a structural measure that, in view of the importance of China, will have long-term macroeconomic effects in all industries, including machinery and plants where we are in the forefront.”
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JB Cutting’s corporate headquarters in Mount Clemens, Michigan underwent a $300,000 total renovation project to convert the 3,000 sq. ft. combined office and break room into an open office by re-imagining the layout and diminishing some of the under-utilized break room. The project was designed by M1/DTW, a Detroit-based design studio.
JB Cutting has worked with M1/DTW on several projects, including its award-winning 6 Salon design in Birmingham, Michigan (named “Salon of the Year” in 2014). In addition to its trademark use of “Skid-Guard,” a high-density overlaid plywood, M1/DTW specified Snow and Moonlight, along with colors out of JB Cutting’s Benchmark Collection of 3DL doors, drawer fronts and accessories.
The interior design features cubicle work stations for each office worker, with production management and procurement located in their own work area on the opposite side of a shared kitchenette. A glass-enclosed conference room is at the center of the office and includes a new 50” flat screen for PowerPoint presentations or shared screen sessions. The renovation was undertaken to facilitate work flow and to give each employee their own space.
JB Cutting President Debra Behring, said “I could not be happier with the design and new layout! Although this project entailed years of planning, it was well worth it.”
Luzerne County Community College was part of a consortium that was awarded a $10 million grant via the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) grant program.
Along with new programs, two new Haas CNC machines were purchased.
The re-dedication coincided with the college offering three new programs for the fall 2015 semester as a result of the grant. The three new programs offered are engineering design and manufacturing, diesel truck technology, and welding.
“Manufacturing is coming back,” Helene Mancuso, project director for the TAACCCT grant, said.
The criteria for being awarded the TAACCCT grant was that the programs designed include coinciding with the job needs in northeastern Pennsylvania as well as being on the PA High Priority Occupations list.
The teachers stressed that there was an immediate need for the new programs. Bob Conner, automotive program teacher, and Edward Kuehner, welding professor, both echoed the same sentiment — there is a great need for certified individuals.
“Local shops are crying for people,” Conner said.
The company specializes in wood components for both the trade as well as consumers, including items such as island posts and table legs.
During the week of Nov. 6, Osborne experienced a record breaking week.
With shipping numbers at their highest in company history, Osborne employees successfully completed shipments for 1,199 boxes.
While offering same-day shipping as a competitive advantage, many of the boxes leaving the Osborne facility were from orders placed within the same business day.
Osborne CEO Leon Osborne expresses the importance of customer service, including fast and efficient shipping options.
“As a company we are committed to a partnership for success by providing superior customer service and world class innovation through forward thinking and a culture of caring,” Osborne said.
“This monumental achievement not only marks a successful week in the Osborne books, but a time of growth as well,” he said.
See the full story here: http://www.thetoccoarecord.com/news/osborne-wood-sets-new-shipping-record.