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Sauder facing air pollution fine

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has fined Sauder Woodworking Co. for air pollution coming from its sawdust-burning power plant, according to a news report.
The plant provides energy to the company’s factory in Archbold, Ohio.
The company reportedly plans to challenge the complaint and has 30 days to file an answer and request a hearing.
The emission of excessive particles, nitrogen oxides and volatile organic compounds were cited by the EPA.

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July 31, 2009 at 9:05 am

Survey: Tool battery life important to users

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Tool life/durability, battery service and work time per charge were the most wanted features, as shown by a blind survey of professional and do-it-yourself tool users conducted by Metabo Corporation.
The company’s findings were supported by a similar cordless drill/drivers study by a global research firm, which determined that the importance of battery performance among consumers rose from 2008 to 2009.
Metabo has launched a new rugged 18 V lithium-ion cordless tool series, designed to incorporate these qualities.

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July 30, 2009 at 12:50 pm

M.L. Campbell site geared to wood finishing

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M.L. Campbell has announced the launch of its updated Web site catering to wood finishing professionals.
In addition to refurbished sections on style and new products, the site also has a page with information on the Greenguard line of products, water-borne finishes and low-VOC compliant products.

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July 29, 2009 at 10:20 am

AWFS announces Sequoia Award winners

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AWFS presented the Sequoia Awards to seven companies for product innovation and leadership in the green movement at the AWFS Fair in Las Vegas. The winners were as follows:

  • Product Innovation & Productivity – Components: Hafele America Co., Aerofix 100
  • Product Innovation – Hardware: Hafele America Co., Moovit
  • Product Innovation & Productivity – Tooling: SCM Group, Rapid Tool Locking System for Moulders
  • Product Innovation – Power Tools: Precision Casework, TP-2000 The Ultimate Hardware Drilling System
  • Product Innovation – General: Accurate Technology, ProCAB,  QC Measuring System
  • Productivity – Machinery: Delmac Machinery Group, Busellato CNC Router with Linear Flow Automated Load/ Unload System
  • Green/Environmental – Components: Collins Companies, Collins Pine FreeForm
  • Green/Environmental – General: Mohawk Finishing Products, Waterborne Finishing System

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July 28, 2009 at 8:22 am

Craftsman’s Challenge awards announced at AWFS

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The 2009 Veneer Tech Craftsman’s Challenge awards were presented in a ceremony held in Las Vegas during the AWFS Fair.
Andrew Prioli of Cedar Ridge High School was awarded the $3,000 grand prize for a walnut dining room table. The distributor for the project, Certainly Wood, received a cash award of $2,000 and salesman Jim Carroll received $1,000.
The winners by category, each receiving $1,000, were – Fetzer Architectural Woodwork in architectural woodworking, Paul Mann Custom Boats in cabinetry, John W. Harper of EMC Woodworking in furniture, Geoffrey Kaiser and Bruce Grimes in specialty items, Tahiti Cabinets Inc. in store fixtures and Michael Poorman of Appalachian State University in student designs.
The Veneer Tech Craftsman’s Challenge entries for 2010 will be accepted beginning Sept. 30, 2009. Its results will be announced at the IWF show in Atlanta. CabinetMaker+FDM magazine will be Craftsman’s Challenge partner sponsor.   

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July 27, 2009 at 1:21 pm

Downward trend in home improvement spending continues

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According to the Leading Indicator of Remodeling Activity released by the Remodeling Futures Program at Harvard University, owner spending on home improvements will continue to show a downward trend through 2009 up to the first part of 2010.
Although a few components of the LIRA, like low financing costs for home improvement projects and rising home sales in a growing number of markets, point toward renewed strength in the industry, annual declines of about 11 percent for the next several quarters point toward a cyclical bottom for the depressed remodeling market.

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July 24, 2009 at 9:29 am

Incentives for remodeling, home furnishing to lift economy

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Congressman Henry Johnson and Nathan Deal are sponsoring the Home Improvements Revitalize the Economy Act 2009 to provide tax credits to stimulate the purchase of kitchen cabinets and other remodeling and home furnishing improvements, according to a press release.
Under this legislation, individual consumers and joint filers would receive $2,000 and $4,000 tax credits for purchasing items that meet recognized environmental standards (LEED, NAHB, Green Globes, SFI/FSC and ESP). Retailers, contractors and building product resellers can receive up to $10,000 for covered purchases. The incentives cease after three years.
A coalition including 14 associations representing kitchen cabinets (Kitchen Cabinet Manufacturers Association), home furnishings, flooring, paint and coatings, carpet and rug and other interests are supporting the legislation.

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July 23, 2009 at 2:31 pm

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