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June 29, 2010 at 8:58 am

Paslode introduces ‘Let’s Nail the Cure’ Tool Graffiti

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Paslode introduced its “Let’s Nail the Cure” Tool Graffiti to help promote breast cancer awareness.
The company will donate 25 percent of its profits from the “Let’s Nail the Cure” Tool Graffiti to Susan G. Komen for the Cure.
These decals or skins fit right on the body of the tool.

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June 29, 2010 at 8:48 am

EPA’s Boiler MACT could affect wood products manufacturers

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The Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) Boiler Maximum Achievable Control Technology (Boiler MACT) could affect many wood products manufacturers.
Boiler MACT could cost the forest products industry over $6 billion in capital expenditures and hundreds of millions more in annual costs. The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) and the American Wood Council (AWC) made a statement at an EPA hearing in Arlington, Va., recommending changes to protect public health, jobs and renewable energy use by targeting environmental investments.
“If EPA were to provide more flexible approaches in the Boiler MACT rule, it could protect the environment and public health while preventing severe job losses and billions of dollars in unnecessary regulatory costs,” said Tim Hunt, representative for AF&PA and AWC at the EPA hearing.

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June 29, 2010 at 8:26 am

Job growth key to housing recovery

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Home sales and housing starts staged an uneven comeback starting in early 2009, according to the State of the Nation’s Housing report released in mid-June by the Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University. Improved affordability for first-time homebuyers and large government intervention helped spark a turnaround and drove all of the increase in existing home sales last year. But record foreclosures continue to pressure markets and millions of homeowners.
Despite some positive signs early in the spring buying season this year, housing continues to face significant challenges. “Many factors are still weighing heavily on the market,” says Nicolas P. Retsinas, director of the Joint Center for Housing Studies. “Elevated vacancy rates, record foreclosures, the expiration of the homebuyer tax credit, and continued high unemployment are all causes for concern.”
Very low mortgage interest rates and recovering labor markets, however, should be enough to shore up sales and housing starts once an expected dip due to the expiration of the federal homebuyer tax credit passes. “If history is a guide, what happens with jobs will matter the most to the strength of the housing rebound,” says Eric S. Belsky, executive director of the Joint Center for Housing Studies. “Right now, economists expect the unemployment rate to stay high, but if employment growth surprises on the upside or downside, housing numbers could too.”
Even if the recovery in sales and residential construction flourishes, the report warns, the adverse consequences of the recession and the financial crisis will linger. An estimated one in seven homeowners have homes worth less than what they owe on their mortgages and nearly 5 million need their home prices to rebound by 25 percent before they are back above water. Despite falling home prices, loan modifications, and softening rents, the downturn did not reduce the number of households spending half or more of their income on housing—18.6 million in 2008. Instead, the share with such severe housing cost burdens climbed to a new height.
Both housing policy challenges and opportunities will abound in the years ahead. Chronic housing affordability problems and the long tail of the foreclosure crisis are major concerns, but housing offers some excellent opportunities for energy savings as the nation strives to reduce carbon emissions. After adjusting for degree days, energy consumption per square foot of housing built before 1990 fell by 22 percent from 1993 to 2005 largely as a result of improvements, and this could be trimmed even more if these homes were brought up to the same efficiencies as those built in the 2000s.
Over the coming decade and once employment stages a convincing comeback, demographic forces should lift currently depressed levels of household growth and spur increased construction and sales. Bolstered by immigrants, the echo-boom generation is already larger than the baby boom generation, and the baby-bust generation (born 1966-1985) is nearly as large. If immigration matches the pace projected by the Census Bureau and headship rates by age and race hold steady, household growth should come close to 15 million from 2010 to 2020. Even if it falls to half the projected pace, household growth should equal the 12.5 million growth from 1995-2005.
The State of the Nation’s Housing, released annually by the Joint Center for Housing Studies, provides a periodic assessment of the nation’s housing outlook and summarizes important trends in the economics and demographics of housing. The report continues to earn national recognition as a source of information regularly utilized by housing researchers, industry analysts, policy makers, and the business community. For more information, please visit Harvard.

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June 28, 2010 at 7:58 am

Five emerging office furniture trends

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As the furniture industry enters into the school and government buying season, typically from June to September, OFM, an office and school furniture manufacturers and distributor, is seeing five emerging office furniture trends. Blake Zalcberg, COO of OFM, lists the five emerging office furniture trends below:

1) Dark woods are making a comeback.
People are choosing darker walnut colors over lighter woods as many are drawn to the natural, earthy look that dark woods give.

2) Technology is being infused into office furniture designs.
Electrically-wired tables and cut outs for computer hardware are becoming popular to accommodate demands for employees to easily plug in their laptop or other devices.

3) Contemporary office spaces are replacing traditional work environments.
There is less use of panel workstations and more use of community spaces so people work in closer proximity to each other with less privacy, with a focus on collaborative instead of individual.

4) An increased demand for white laminate desktops.
Productivity is key with any piece of office furniture. The white laminates provide a clean, blank workspace that can spur creativity for the user.

5) Government-affiliated groups are asking for more green products.
This group of purchasers wants to make sure the office furniture they buy practices what they preach to the larger public, which is why there is an increased demand from government agencies for sustainable material and green certified products.
“Today’s trends in office furniture definitely reflect a new philosophy that rests on collaborative versus individual and yet still holds a traditional feel, but shows an increased demand for performance and results,” says Zalcberg. “We are looking at incorporating these trends into our new product introductions in the coming years because we don’t see them going away anytime soon.”
OFM exhibited at NeoCon and introduced its new Elements offering including new chair frames, new health care fabrics and anti-microbial, anti-bacterial, and marine grade vinyls. To learn more, visit OFM.

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June 25, 2010 at 9:14 am

G.C. Peterson machinery introduces new line of sanders

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G.C. Peterson Machinery introduced its new line of Precision Edge widebelt sander machinery.
Precision Edge widebelt sanders feature the new EASI control system and have a two-year comprehensive warranty. The line is available through independent machinery distributors.

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June 25, 2010 at 9:11 am

Grass slide, hinge designs recognized

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Grass received recognition for its development work in two product segments: the new Tiomos hinge system and Dynapro slide. The new products were recognized in the Red Dot competition which is organised annually by the Design Centre North Rhine-Westphalia.
The concealed Dynapro slide received one of these awards in the product design category and the new Tiomos hinge generation even qualified for an honorable mention 2010 as a product that features exceptionally well designed details. Frank Nessler, director of sales and marketing, says, “After the Red Dot Award 2008 for our Sensotronic, we were now able to impress the jury with two products – that shows that we are on the right path by giving such a high priority to product development and design in recent years.”
At the ZOW suppliers exhibition earlier this year, Dynapro and Tiomos were the focus of attention for many visitors from the industry. With Dynapro, Grass offers a movement alternative for the dominating trends in the furniture industry, which include handle-less fronts through to extra-wide drawers. It a;sp provides minimum pull-out force and damped closing action.
In Bad Salzuflen Tiomos was a visitor magnet as the hinge system will soon be launched, and this was the first opportunity, after the presentation of a prototype version at Interzum and Secam in 2009, to see the fully developed hinge. Tiomos combines maximum stability with variable damping and a sleek design. Grass has succeeded in concealing the stepped adjustable soft-close damper inside the hinge arm; thanks to physically optimised lever movements, all furniture doors fitted with Tiomos are extremely easy to open, and the unique kinematics facilitate exceptionally even reveals with minimum gaps. For more information see Grass.

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June 24, 2010 at 8:11 am

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