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Biesse now sole distributor for Bacci

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Biesse and Bacci have signed an exclusive distribution agreement, making Biesse America and Canada the sole distributor of Bacci machinery in the U.S. and Canada, excluding the provinces of Ontario and Quebec.

With 91 years of experience, Bacci deals in the solid wood and chair markets and with 5-axis CNC machining centers.

Biesse will supply all existing Bacci customers with trained technicians, phone support and parts. The Biesse service team’s Help Desk software, powered by Microsoft SQL Server, is being upgraded to accommodate Bacci machine lines.

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How not to succeed in Business 101

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A Jacksonville, Fla., woodworker Eric Nelson has been barred from doing any business in Florida related to custom woodworking, refinishing, restoration, or similar work on wood products, after he threatened to put customer’s faces on a pornographic Web site, according to an article on Jacksonville.com.

According to the attorney general’s lawsuit, Nelson would provide an estimate and then inflate the cost of materials or work on the final invoice. When customers balked at the price, he would threaten to destroy or sell their furniture if they didn’t pay the difference.

He also told some of his female customers that if they didn’t pay up he would superimpose their faces on the bodies of nude models and publish the photos on a Web site. At the time the “entrepreneurial” fellow owned an Internet hosting site with adult-themed material.

Nelson operated woodworking companies under the names W.S. Industries, Albacore Woodworking Corp., Ancient Arts Corp., and LaCrox Woodworking Corp. He has been ordered to pay $610,000 in restitution, penalties and fees.

The State Attorney’s Office in Jacksonville, pursued a criminal charge of organized fraud after receiving several complaints. However, prosecutors closed the criminal case and filed a civil lawsuit. The assistant state attorney may reopen the criminal case.

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March 30, 2009 at 4:39 pm

Education center hosts April hardwood workshop

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The U.S. Forest Service Wood Education and Resource Center will host a two-day workshop, Remaining Competitive in Hardwood Components Production, April 20-21 in Princeton, W.Va., focusing on the economic climate.

The workshop is aimed at anyone interested in manufacturing hardwood components, supplying lumber or buying components.

The event is sponsored by the center, the Virginia Tech Department of Wood Science and Forest Products the National Hardwood Lumber Association, Wood Component Manufacturers Association and Wood Digest magazine. 

With a focus on the economy, the workshop will explore opportunities to produce certified hardwood components and discuss lean manufacturing.

For more information about the workshop, call Urs Buehlmann of Virginia Tech Extension at 540.231.9759.

Training next-generation cabinetmakers

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The New England School of Architectural Woodworking, in Easthampton, Mass., has big plans for preparing its graduates for the challenges of cabinetmaking in the 21st century, according the school’s new director, Greg Larson.

Highlights include:

Adding to and upgrading the school’s equipment and facilities

Improving training on topics such as panel fabrication, veneering and understanding the characteristics of wood

Networking within the industry

Recently, the school also launched a redesigned Web site, including students’ projects and a shop tour.

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March 26, 2009 at 3:21 pm

Weeke North America opens in Mich.

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Stiles Machinery Inc. recently announced Weeke North America will open in Michigan to manufacture Vantech, an entry-level series of CNC routers.

Stiles, which has been Weeke’s exclusive distributor in the U.S. for more than 20 years, collaborated to produce the Weeke Vantech series of CNC routers for panels, plastic, wood, solid surfaces and more.

By manufacturing the routers in the U.S., Stiles is able to effectively manage the cost of the line.

The new company occupies a 30,000-square-foot manufacturing facility near Stiles’ headquarters in Grand Rapids, Mich., and utilizes local manufacturers for components. The facility produces machines to order and maintains almost no inventory, according to the company.

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March 25, 2009 at 5:21 pm

Get involved in a woodworking intern program

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Executives from AWFS member companies recently visited El Camino Community College Industry & Technology Division, in Torrance, Calif., — finding students well prepared for entry-level industry jobs, according to the association.

The event was hosted by Young Furniture Associates, a local chapter of AWFS, which began an internship program in spring 2008 with Contract Resources.

The program is open to all YFA and AWFS member companies in the Southern California area.

To get started, complete a company internship application.

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March 24, 2009 at 6:41 pm

February residential building up 9 percent

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According to McGraw Hill Construction, residential building increased nine percent overall in February from the previous month, with a 16 percent increase for multi-family housing and a seven percent increase for single-family housing during the same period.

These numbers are promising and hopefully will bolster KCMA’s monthly cabinet trends survey for February.

Nonresidential building decreased overall in February, down 13 percent.

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