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Vecoplan’s DVD offers tips for managing wood waste

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Vecoplan has launched a video on its wood scrap grinders and wood waste management systems, titled Grinder Technologies for Wood Waste. The film shows a variety of wood scrap being processed through Vecoplan grinders.
Voiceovers are included to explain application-specific features and options available on Vecoplan models.
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August 31, 2009 at 1:17 pm

Hardwood Council podcast explores carbon neutrality

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The Hardwood Council is offering a 24-minute podcast: “Smart Specification of American Hardwoods and their Future Role in Carbon-Neutral Buildings.”
The podcast, available for download from the council’s Web site, is a shortened version of a seminar from the June Construct 2009 show in Indianapolis and is based on the Hardwood Council’s latest American Institute of Architects-approved Continuing Education Unit.
The presentation defines carbon neutrality, explores how American hardwoods naturally offset global warming, provides insight into the role hardwoods play in carbon-neutral construction and discusses concerns surrounding sustainability and responsible forest management.

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August 28, 2009 at 8:36 am

Consumer confidence up in Aug.

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The Conference Board, a business research group, said this week the Consumer Confidence Index increased to 54.1 in August from 47.4 in July, according to news reports.
Consumer spending accounts for approximately two-thirds of economic activity in the U.S., making it a measure economists keep close tabs on.
“Consumers were more upbeat in their short-term outlook for both the economy and the job market in August,” Lynn Franco, a director at The Conference Board, said.
The index declined in June and July and, although it rose this month, remains historically low. Indications of growth generally result in a reading of 100 or higher.
The report also showed 22.4 percent of consumers anticipate business conditions will improve during the next six months, compared to 18.4 percent in July.

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August 27, 2009 at 9:31 am

WoodLinks to host RTA contest at IWF 2010

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WoodLinks USA will be hosting an RTA contest for high school wood programs during IWF 2010 in Atlanta. The contest has been designed to promote creative thinking, product development and an understanding of the process from the idea stage to the open market.
The contest is an opportunity for students to develop team and problem solving skills, learn about design, quality control, deadlines and profitability. Prizes will be awarded to the school program and students.
WoodLinks is looking for companies to partner with, through the donation of woodworking equipment, supplies, software, materials and tools for the contest winners.

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August 26, 2009 at 9:00 am

July construction up 8%

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The value of new construction starts climbed 8 percent in July to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $420.3 billion, according to McGraw-Hill Construction.
Non-residential building strengthened after a weak June, while residential building continued to edge upward. The non-building construction sector, comprised of public works and electric utilities, was essentially flat in July compared to the previous month.
Non-residential building in July climbed 13 percent to $170.5 billion (annual rate), and residential building, at $127.4 billion (annual rate), rose 10 percent. Single family housing grew 5 percent, and multifamily housing in July jumped 45 percent.

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August 25, 2009 at 12:53 pm

AWFS reports 2009 attendance

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The AWFS Fair reported lower attendance in 2009, but many exhibitors reported good buyer interest, especially from international delegations. 
This year’s fair hosted 9,000 registered attendees and close to 600 exhibiting companies. Woodworking industry professionals, drawn from 52 countries from around the world met, networked, attended some of the more than 50 education sessions and conducted business over the course of four days.
AWFS added value to the show with new features on the show floor like the Green Desk, smartSHOP and shredding program and had a strong line up of educational seminars. The new features were reported to be a success and will be expanded and enhanced in the years to come.
AWFS, along with exhibitors Weima America and Delmac, also showed local support with donations of products made at the fair to several Las Vegas charities, including The Animal Foundation, The Springs Preserve, Greener Vegas and Habitat for Humanity.
“The show was much better than we expected. We came in hopes of gaining market share so that when things turn around we’ll be a few steps ahead of our competition,” said Mike Serwa from Vortex Tool Company, Schofield, Wis.
“The show was excellent for us,” Brent East from Thermwood Corporation, Dale, Ind., said.
“Both the number and quality of buyers were much better than I anticipated.”
Guatemala and Mexico were the two most active international delegations, in terms of purchase orders, according to Ana Druk, who heads AWFS’ International Buyer Program. Buyers from the two countries were on the show floor each day, making purchases of both equipment and supplies. Two new countries sent delegations of buyers – Iraq and Mongolia.
Early in the show, Tobie Beneli, from Summit Ridge Wood Design, Dolores, Colo., had already made several purchases.
“I come to AWFS to learn about new things — and I come to buy,” Beneli said. “It’s only my second day and I’ve already bought three new machines.”
More than 165 students entered the Fresh Wood national woodworking student design contest, and 46 made the trip to Las Vegas with their teachers. For the first time, two high school students were awarded the Best of Show and People’s Choice awards. Several TV crews taped live interviews with the students.
In 2011, AWFS Fair will return to the Las Vegas Convention Center, July 20-23.

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August 24, 2009 at 2:46 pm

Robert Larson provides woodworking tools at a discount

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Schools purchasing the imported Two Cherries woodworking tools directly from Robert Larson Company will be offered a 25% discount based on retail prices at time of shipping.
Robert Larson is the exclusive U.S. distributor of Two Cherries German Woodworking and Woodcarving tools.

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August 21, 2009 at 1:28 pm

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