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NKBA identifies design products for cost-conscious consumers

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In a recent survey of 822 National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA) members, energy-efficient products highlighted by LED lighting were identified as the most cost-efficient trend for kitchen and bath remodeling in 2010. Following energy efficiency, alternative countertops and products supporting Shaker style designs topped the survey. This trend toward value-friendly kitchen and bath design was reinforced at the NKBA’s annual Kitchen & Bath Industry Show.
The economy continues to encourage homeowners to not only enhance the appearance and functionality of their homes, but to consider products and designs that are affordable and deliver long-term value. With more than 30 percent of designers suggesting energy-efficient products, such as Energy Star appliances and LED lighting, it was the most popular design trend found in the open-ended survey.
“Energy-efficient products and LED lighting have come a long way, and there are now styles to meet every design and budget,” said NKBA president Mark Karas. “In addition to the recent survey results, we’ve found that professional design services and project management deliver the best results to consumers. NKBA members provide clients with well-designed projects that enhance the value of their home and save money by assisting with industry product knowledge, problem-solving experience and contractor recommendations.”
NKBA offers product ideas, such as countertop options that include quartz, natural stone and laminate through its members and web site. The NKBA survey also identified products that facilitate recycling and sustainability as popular options. Homeowners are finding new uses for items previously considered waste, such as re-installing old granite from a kitchen remodel to spruce up the bathroom vanity.

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May 28, 2010 at 10:00 am

Thos. Moser student design challenge winners announced

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Three winners were announced in the first ever Thos. Moser Student Design Challenge.” Thos. Moser, designers and builders of handcrafted wood furniture, partnered with the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising and the American Society of Interior Designers.
The competition was the culmination of a FIDM program in furniture construction and design. Class members were advanced interior design students that were invited to design companion pieces for the Thos. Moser Chaise. Three winners were chosen and were presented awards at a ceremony at the Thos. Moser showroom in Los Angeles.
Paul Templeman-Holmes won the Moser Design Committee Award. Edith Ponciano was the ASID President’s Award and Kamilah Gayle won the People’s Choice Award. Each winner received a tabletop sculpture in solid cherry with a mounted brass plaque. The Thos. Moser design team was lead by David Moser and evaluated 21 submissions. The ASID chapter presidents also selected a winner and the People’s Choice Award was determined by at the awards ceremony by popular vote of those in attendance. For more information about Thos. Moser, visit here.

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May 27, 2010 at 10:00 am

Sustainable Forestry Initiative invests in conservation, community partnerships

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The Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) forest certification program announced its new Conservation and Community Partnerships grant program. SFI made an initial commitment of $675,000 to fund nine projects, and with additional funding from partners the total value is estimated to be $2.7 million.
As part of the grant program, Bird Studies Canada will work to conserve bird biodiversity across Canada, and South Coast Conservation Program will help to protect forest-dependent species and their habitats at risk along British Columbia’s Pacific coast. The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation will work to enhance the biodiversity of young forest habitats and reverse the declines of 80 species that are at risk in both Canada and the U.S.
Other initiatives include:
Along with state natural heritage programs, the National Council for Air and Stream Improvement will also concentrate on protecting the habitats of at-risk species. Six Wisconsin Coverts workshops will be held, in partnership with the University of Wisconsin and the Department of Forest and Wildlife Ecology, to help private landowners in the great lakes region manage their land for wildlife. Clemson University will help South Carolina landowners implement practices to improve wildlife habitat on managed forest lands. 
The fourth Potomac Forum on Illegal Logging and Associated Trade will be held by Forest Trends to aid U.S. suppliers in navigating legality in the global supply chain.The American Chestnut Foundation will test plant blight-resistant Chestnut trees. In addition, the World Resources Institute will create an online dynamic risk assessment tool to reduce illegal wood imports into the U.S.

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May 26, 2010 at 10:18 am

Laguna Tools announces business expansion in Canada

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Laguna Tools announced its expansion into the Canadian market by introducing a new network of Canadian distributors, authorized to sell Laguna machines and accessories directly to the company’s Canadian customers. A complete list of Laguna’s Canadian distributors is available on the company’s website and distributors may be contacted directly for access to the full line of products.
“This is an exceptional opportunity for Laguna Tools and our customers,” said Torben Helshoj, company founder and principal. “We believe it will prove to be a much more effective method of distribution for Canadian woodworkers.”

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May 25, 2010 at 9:00 am

CMA board secretary dies in plane crash

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James Dooms, secretary of the Cabinet Makers Association’s board of directors, died May 15 in a plane crash. The 39-year-old was flying as a passenger on an aircraft performing stunts for an Experimental Aircraft Association fundraiser.
His company, Charter Furniture and Designs, produces high-end casework and millwork and serves clients in the Palm Beach, Fla., area.
The CMA has established a fund in Dooms’ memory, with proceeds going to the Surfrider Foundation, which is dedicated to one of Dooms’ passions – ocean conservation.
To make a donation, contact Dave Grulke, executive director at director@cabinetmakers.org.

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May 24, 2010 at 9:55 am

Cabinet sales tumble in housing downturn

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After years of growing sales, the cabinet industry hit a bump in late 2006, and sales declined in 2007, 2008 and 2009. The decline in 2009 was the biggest yet.
Still, there were few companies that closed completely. Cabinetec has reportedly closed its St. George, Utah, cabinet factory, and the year earlier Canac shut down its operations in Toronto.
The Kitchen Cabinet Manufacturers Association’s monthly Trend of Business Survey, cabinet manufacturers surveyed reported sales of $4.8 billion in 2009, down 28.3 percent compared to total sales for 2008.
Stock sales in this group were down 24.1 percent for the year. Semi-custom sales were down 30.2 percent, and custom sales were down 37.2 percent. The KCMA survey participants include all major U.S. manufacturers and the companies’ combined sales represent more than 60 percent of the U.S. cabinet market.
For the month of December, monthly sales were down only 9.8 percent compared to December 2008. Stock sales fell 16 percent, custom sales were down 25.8 percent and semi-custom sales increased .5 percent as survey participants reported that more sales were shifted to semi-custom, reflecting a wider than usual difference between sectors. KCMA reported that this was the best month since November 2007.
In late 2009 CabinetMaker+FDM surveyed the 300 largest wood products manufacturers in North America. Here is a summary of the 10 largest cabinet companies. …Read the full article on www.cabinetmakerfdm.com.

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May 21, 2010 at 12:08 pm

Biesse launches green machine features

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Biesse gave a preview of its new Green project at the recent Technodomus Expo in Italy. The goal of the Green project is to produce high-tech solutions that save energy and increase environmental awareness.
Machines equipped with intelligent energy management adjust performance to meet the requirements of the job being done, while energy recovery allows lost kinetic energy from the electro-spindle motor to be reconverted into electricity. Efficient vacuum generation permits only required pumps to be activated and, similarly, dust extraction optimization permits air suction on only those nozzles in use.
Other characteristic features of the new technologies include: automatic stand-by on machines, continuous monitoring of energy consumption and compressed air interruption. The new technologies reduce CO2 emissions by up to 30 tonnes per annum, according to the company.

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May 20, 2010 at 7:37 pm

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