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The future of manufacturing

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The current issue of Wired magazine has a fascinating feature on dynamic changes to how manufacturing gets done. While most of us in woodworking think of full scale manufacturing as requiring large plants (here or abroad) and huge startup costs, this article explores how new technology is actually removing the barriers to entry for inventive manufacturers.
Today, there is no need for the factory, the workers, or even big production runs because of breakthroughs in crowdsourcing (outsourcing to an interested community, typically through online connections) and advances in short-run prototype manufacturing. The article opens with a discussion of a Massachusetts-based car company that is soon to release its first product, a $50,000 street-legal rally car.
The article even provides a road map for how anyone with an idea can bring it to fruition with the least amount of expenditure using online resources. …Read the full blog on www.sawdustsoup.com.

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January 29, 2010 at 10:24 am

CMA session surveys software solutions

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Regional meeting shares practical user tips and reveals changes coming to design software. Read the article on CabinetMaker+FDM.

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January 28, 2010 at 9:34 am

Who’s in and who’s out?

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One of the most interesting things in our FDM 300 research this year was that we were able to confirm that only a few companies in the group of 300 are closed and not in operation. There are some cases in which we weren’t able to speak with a live person, but have no other information that a company has closed. I read that Klein Merriman of the Assn. for Retail Environments (http://www.nasfm.org/) made a similar observation about the store fixture industry in a recent issue of ARE’s magazine. …Read the full blog on www.sawdustsoup.com.

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January 27, 2010 at 9:24 am

Woodworking and the best companies to work for

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Fortune magazine just released its annual listing of the top 100 companies to work for. The ratings are based on a variety of criteria, including benefits and employee turnover. The list is dominated by financial, medical and technology companies, but there are also a handful of small to medium size grocery chains, and some construction companies. There is just one woodworking company on the list, and it is Herman Miller. …Read the rest of the blog on www.sawdustsoup.com.

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January 26, 2010 at 9:23 am

Going green as a byproduct of efficiency

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How to achieve maximum efficiency and compete with larger operations? Fully embrace the Toyota Product System and discover that more efficiency also makes you and award-winning green enterprise.  Read the full article in CabinetMaker+FDM.

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January 25, 2010 at 10:26 am

Remodeling indicator suggests upturn in 2010

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Homeowner improvement spending is likely to reach a cyclical bottom in the current quarter and steadily increase through 2010, according to the Leading Indicator of Remodeling Activity (LIRA), from the Remodeling Futures Program at the Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University.
The LIRA projects annual declines in home improvement spending will ease from the current rate of 12 percent to 3.1 percent in the third quarter of 2010.
“It appears we may be near the bottom of the current remodeling cycle,” said Nicolas Retsinas, director of the Joint Center for Housing Studies. “With signs of stabilization in the national economy, homeowners are once again planning home improvement projects.”
Remodeling industry fundamentals are generally beginning to turn positive, according to the indicator. “Sales of existing homes are on the rise and home price declines are moderating in most markets across the country,” said Kermit Baker, director of the Remodeling Futures Program at the Joint Center for Housing Studies. “Financing costs are also favorable, although credit availability remains tight for many households.”
LIRA is designed to estimate national homeowner spending on improvements for the current quarter and subsequent three quarters. The next LIRA release date is April 15, 2010.

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January 22, 2010 at 8:47 am

The International Builders Show in Las Vegas

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Not sure how many of you knew or if any of you are near Las Vegas but they are having the IBS (International Builders Show) there this week. Lots of exhibits to walk through and check out some ideas that could be useful to projects. Check it out if you live near the Vegas area!

Christian Smedberg
Osborne Wood Products, Inc.

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January 21, 2010 at 11:01 am

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