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CARB rep to speak at AWFS Fair

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Jim Aguila, air resources supervisor, California Air Resources Board, will offer a special session on the recent CARB ruling and its impact on the wood manufacturing industry during the 2009 AWFS Fair at the Las Vegas Convention Center, July 15–18.
Aguila also will answer questions from attendees regarding CARB issues. The briefing is July 17, 8–9 a.m., and he will be joined by Chris Leffel, vice president of Sierra Pine, who negotiated with CARB on behalf of the woodworking industry.
Aguila and Leffel will also be available July 17, 9–11 a.m., directly following the briefing and on July 18, 1–3 p.m. at the AWFS Fair Green Desk, addressing emission levels, implementation dates, inventory management and Phase Two compliance.
Aguila will also participate in a seminar panel, “Implementing the CARB Rule,” July 18, 9:30–11 a.m. with John Bradfield of the Composite Panel Association and Denise VanValkenburg of Masco Retail Cabinet Group.

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May 29, 2009 at 2:07 pm

Countertop expo debuts Feb. 2010

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The International Surface Fabricators Association will premiere the International Countertop Expo, Feb. 8-10, 2010, at the Mandalay Bay Resort in Las Vegas.
The show will encompass a full spectrum of countertop and decorative surfacing options. ICE will be held in conjunction with the Composites + Polycon show, hosted by the American Composites Manufacturers Association, also at a Mandalay Bay exhibit hall.
Attendees to either show may visit both exhibit halls for the price of a single admission.
For more information or to register as an exhibitor or attendee at ICE, call ISFA at 877.464.7732 or visit ISFA online.

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May 28, 2009 at 3:25 pm

April construction slips 1%

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New construction starts fell 1 percent in April to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $386.6 billion, according to McGraw-Hill Construction.
The report cites a slower pace for public works construction as contributing to the decline after the start of several large pipeline and rail projects in March.
Non-residential building in April gained 9 percent.
Residential building increased 8 percent in April, with single-family up 13 percent, and multi-family down 11 percent.

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May 27, 2009 at 7:17 pm

Furniture visionary Maloof dies at 93

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Sam Maloof’s wooden furniture was much like the man graceful and creative, has died. He was 93.
As a newlywed in the late 1940s’ Maloof couldn’t afford furniture and set out to build his own using discarded fir plywood and oak shipping crates. Soon after his friends and family started asking for copies of his pieces.
Maloof began his career as a full-time woodworker in 1948 and was completely self-taught.
In 1949, Better Homes & Gardens magazine published photographs of his furniture to show readers how to decorate on a budget. Less than 10 years later the American Craft Museum in New York displayed his work in its first studio-craft furniture exhibition. Maloof also was the first craftsman to receive a MacArthur Foundation grant in 1985.
Over the decades his handcrafted furniture sells for more than 100 times the original purchase price and can be found in the Vatican, the Smithsonian and the White House.
His signature design was a rocking chair with elongated rockers jutting backward. While the feature looks to be sculptural it was incorporated to keep the chair from tipping over.

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May 26, 2009 at 9:04 pm

Weinig participates in Ontario technology event

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The Weinig agency for the Ontario area of Canada, Taurus Craco, recently welcomed customers to its facility for the Euro Technology event, April 30 through May 2.
The occasion included four concurrent open house events jointly hosted by Weinig, BiesseHomag and SCM.
Attendee Sam Bruno of Décor Pillars was particularly impressed with the advantages offered by the 16 points of measurement of the Valu-Rip III Plus, that provides improved ripping solutions for optimization of the board without operator assistance.

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May 26, 2009 at 4:19 pm

6 kitchen/bath design trend predictions

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While attendance was down at K/BIS, there was no shortage of creativity.
The following are six design trend predictions from home kitchen and bath designers and what was prevalent on the show floor.  
1. Black is back. Black and white kitchens are popular because they create a dramatic and ethereal effect.
2. Float on. Floating cabinets are making a comeback because they are useful in creating a feeling of spaciousness in a small room.
3. Comfort is King. High design is no longer the goal for many homeowners. Apparently expensive furnishings for the sake of looking rich are now considered pretentious—thank you recession! Because people are spending more time at home they want their “castle” to be comfortable and welcoming not a sterile art gallery.
4. Green is good. Smug celebrities and rock stars are not the only people who can now afford environmentally friendly homes. Designers and Manufacturers have brought green to the masses including sustainable wood cabinets, energy-saving appliances, and eco-friendly flooring and countertops.
5. Small spaces rule. Good design isn’t limited to McMansions and it doesn’t have to be kitschy like a college dorm room. Manufacturers are responding with more delicate, size-appropriate furniture, appliances and space-saving accessories.
6. I heart shiny. Chrome, glass elements and stainless steel counters are sleek and illustrious while being practical.

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May 22, 2009 at 2:50 pm

ASTM updates furniture safety standards

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The American Society for Testing and Materials recently revised its standards for ASTM F2057, Safety Specification for Chests, Door Chests and Dressers.
ASTM F2057, under the jurisdiction of Subcommittee F15.42 on furniture safety, is intended to reduce injuries and deaths of children from hazards associated with the tipping of clothing storage units, covering chests, drawer chests, chests of drawers, dressers and bureaus.
The standard features two tests: one that measures the stability of a piece of furniture in unloaded condition, and the stability with load test, that simulates a child around the age of five attempting to climb up or down on the furniture.
The latest revisions to the standard include:

  • Chests, door chests and dressers are now required to include a tip-restraint unit that parents can use to secure the piece of furniture to a wall.
  • A warning label description, including an explicit notation not to place televisions on chests, door chests and dressers, as well as warnings to place the heaviest objects in the lowest drawers, to not allow children to climb on the furniture and not to open more than one drawer at a time.

The ASTM subcommittee overseeing these standards welcomes participation as it continues its work on future revisions and other standards related to furniture safety. For more information, call 610.832.9585, or e-mail service@astm.org.

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May 21, 2009 at 7:04 pm

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