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BIFMA launches commercial furniture standard

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BIFMA International has announced a new product certification standard called “level.” The new furniture sustainability standard will address material use, energy and atmospheric impacts, human and ecosystem health and social responsibility.
Manufacturers evaluating products to the BIFMA e3 sustainability standard and undergoing an independent, third-party certification process can achieve the “level” conformance mark.
For more information, visit levelcertified.org.

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June 30, 2009 at 7:12 pm

FastTrac training to help businesses in Michigan

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In response to record unemployment rates in Michigan, the Michigan Small Business and Technology Development Center is making FastTrac entrepreneurship training available for those interested in starting a new business or retooling an existing business that is struggling in the current economy.
The program is designed for workers who have lost their jobs or entrepreneurs whose small businesses are challenged by the economy.
“By hosting the FastTrac LaunchPad program, we are providing an opportunity for local entrepreneurs to hone the skills needed to create, manage and grow a successful business during a challenging economy,” said Carol Lopucki, state director of the MSBTDC.

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June 29, 2009 at 7:40 pm

Biesse Canada moving to new headquarters

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Biesse Canada and Intermac Canada will soon move to new headquarters in Mirabel, Quebec.
Construction of the facility began in October 2008, and the 25,000-square-foot structure contains nearly 6,000 square feet for offices and meeting and training rooms.
A number of green building approaches have been incorporated into the design, such as the liberal use of glass, which will let in abundant sunlight and lessen the need for electric lighting.
The headquarters also include a 6,000-square-foot showroom where Biesse and Intermac machines will be demonstrated at in-house events.
Mirabel was chosen as a location for its easy access to freight transportation.

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June 26, 2009 at 1:00 pm

ISFA preps to launch Web site

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The International Surface Fabricators Association is developing its new Web site targeted toward consumers, architects, interior designers and other specification professionals.
The site has been designed as a resource for all things countertop, and visitors will be able to access information on all major types of decorative surfaces and interact with fabricators.
Phase II construction of the site is underway and will utilize Web 2.0 technology, allowing members to update their business information online, upload and access content in a searchable library and more.

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June 25, 2009 at 1:00 pm

Nordfab Ducting expands in UK, pursues sale prospects

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Nordfab Ducting announced it has expanded it manufacturing and production capacity at its facility in Leeds, England.
To promote the expanded capacity and introduce Nordfab products to prospective customers, the company teamed members of its U.S. and Swedish sales force together with its British salesmen in a week-long goal to call on nearly 250 sales prospects.

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June 24, 2009 at 10:36 pm

Top Drawer Components partners with forestry fund

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Top Drawer Components will be selling t-shirts at the AWFS Fair in Las Vegas in July and will donate the proceeds to the Hardwood Forestry Fund.
“Wood is the precious metal of our industry – it made sense to me that Top Drawer take an active role in reforestation initiatives and contribute to responsible and sustainable forest establishment, specifically for hardwoods,” said Brian Emerson, founder and president of the company.

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June 23, 2009 at 8:39 pm

May construction up 7%

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New construction starts increased 7 percent in May to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $412.3 billion, according to McGraw-Hill Construction.
May’s strengthening may be attributed to an increase in public works, including a major pipeline project and gains for highways, bridges, sewers and water supply systems. This resulted in a 28 percent increase in May for non-building construction.
Non-residential building in May dropped 4 percent, and residential building was relatively unchanged.

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