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Free Webinar: Learn how to effectively use social media for your #woodworking business

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Join us November 18, for the CabinetMakerFDM Woodworking Business E-vent, a convenient online trade show featuring five educational sessions on the wood products industry.
Even if your busy workday leaves you pressed for time, you can enter and leave the trade show as your schedule allows. Plus, if you are unable to attend the live event on November 18, you can still register and access the educational sessions until February 18, 2011.
Featured webinar: Social Media and Marketing for the woodworking industry by Dave Grulke and Bruce Plantz, and moderated by Karl D. Forth, Thursday, November 18, 2010 9 – 10 a.m. CST.

An active shop owner and executive director of the Cabinet Makers Association, Dave Grulke shares success stories, tips and tricks for woodworking businesses to get the most out of their marketing campaigns. Grulke also offers specialized information and inside advice from his previous career in marketing and advertising.
Bruce Plantz, publisher of CabinetMakerFDM, explains how woodworking businesses can effectively use the new social media such as Facebook and Twitter as a marketing tool.
Register today for this Free woodworking event!

Direct expensing, reinvestment, combustible dust top woodworking industry concerns

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What are the key legislative issues affecting the woodworking industry?
WMMA’s legislative counsel, John Satagaj, and association officials outlined some of the major concerns for association members attending a meeting in Chicago. Members present ranked these four issues as the most pressing:

Direct expensing allows a five-year writeoff on purchases. After 2011, the amount that can be expensed will go down to 1980’s much lower level. The association is seeking a permanent extension at a higher level.

Manufacturing reinvestment act of 2010 was introduced by Rep. Rosa DeLauro of Connecticut. The act would allow manufacturing companies to establish a reinvestment account of money that could be spent to buy equipment and job training resources at a lower tax rate. This would help manufacturers make long-term investments. See Industrial Media Services for more information.

Combustible dust and possible new regulations are a continuing concern, although industry input may lead to a more practical rule being adopted. Shops have to be familiar with what may be required.

–The Form 1099 issue requires filing a tax form for covered transactions, and a recent change means that companies will have to file many forms for all kinds of small purchases. As part of the health care bill, 1099 forms would be required for almost any transaction, creating an unrealistic paperwork requirement for smaller companies.
Product liability, currency subsidies and the estate tax were other issues that are concerning those in the woodworking industry.

Bassett Furniture implements ‘Enhancing Furniture’s Environmental Culture’ at three locations

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Bassett Furniture implemented the “Enhancing Furniture’s Environmental Culture” (EFEC) program at its Martinsville, Va., table plant, as well as its Bassett, Va., warehouse and corporate headquarters building.
EFEC program was created by the American Home Furnishings Alliance (AHFA). To achieve registration, companies must improve management of resources and raw materials; reduce energy and water consumption; and reduce waste disposal and associated costs. The program also takes into account employee education in its audits, which require random interviews with employees to ensure every level of the company understands the environmental goals.
Last year, Bassett implemented EFEC at its Newton, N.C., upholstery plant, so the latest registration means all of the company’s domestic facilities are now registered. Since beginning the EFEC program, Bassett’s corporate office reduced landfill waste by 33 percent, the warehouse reduced landfill costs by 28 percent and the Martinsville table plant reduced landfill costs by 70 percent since January.

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October 29, 2010 at 8:22 am

Free Webinar Beyond 2010: What would it take for woodworking industry to survive?

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Join us, Thursday, November 18, 2010 9 – 10 a.m. CST  for this online panel discussion featuring top industry experts offering insights into how woodworking businesses can effectively address the challenges ahead as the economy struggles to recover from the most serious recession in generations.
This webinar is presented in conjunction with the CabinetMakerFDM Woodworking Business E-vent, a free and convenient online trade show featuring five educational sessions on the wood products industry.
Attendees can enter and leave the virtual event throughout the day as their schedules allow and view presentations for up to 90 days after the live event.
Click here to register and learn more.

Edgebanding’s great leap forward

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Stiles Machinery demonstrated the new Homag laserTec edge processing technology at its headquarters in Kentwood, Mich., and the manufacturers in attendance paid close attention.
Edgebanding is applied using a laser that activates a glue layer that is already part of the edgeband itself. The finished edge reportedly provides superior bond strength, appearance, and increased heat and moisture resistance.
The technology was introduced in Europe and is being used in some 50 customer installations around the world.
Stiles used a Homag KAL 330 profiLine edgebander and new Ligmatech ZHR 200 Boomerang return conveyor for the demonstration. Representatives were on hand from Stiles, Rehau and Doellken.
One of the biggest advantages is the cost and effort of maintaining glue pots, handling adhesives and dealing with glue lines in finished pieces are all taken out of the equation. Ikea is also reportedly using the technology, and expects it to cut costs in the long run because they can get rid of the glue pot.
At the presentation in Michigan, several people commented that another advantage was in sales and marketing. Having a product with a new, improved edge could prove to be a great selling point.
In the presentation itself, Gene Newburg and Doug Maat of Stiles both remarked that they had not seen this kind of completely new technology in a number of years. Maat said that four out of seven companies on the recent Stiles technical tour that saw this technology in Europe are already planning to use it in their operation.
A presentation by Michael Jungblut, a Stiles product specialist, outlined the important points of the technology. He explained how the diode laser is especially useful in plastic welding applications such as edgebanding. He said that Homag holds a patent for the use of diode lasers for this purpose.
The laser itself is deflected by an oscillating mirror over the whole width of the edgeband, which can be ABS, polypropylene, PVC, melamine, or veneer. The laser creates heat that melts the material. The laserTec system can produce a product with no visual joint and more durable and water-resistant characteristics.
Jungblut said the current cost of the system is $295,000. That’s in addition to the cost of the edgebander itself. He said that the technology is suitable for mid-level edgebanding machines and above.
A 3000-watt laser can run at about 90 feet per minute. The demo at Stiles was at about 60 feet per minute.
Rehau’s David Stanton described some of the functional and design features of the edgebanding. He said that Rehau is producing LaserEdge edgebanding in Europe and plans to produce it at a plant in Baie d’Ufe, Quebec, for the North American market.
The actual machine demonstration was done by Steve Konyndyk of Stiles. He described each step in the process and then sample pieces were fed through the edgebander.
Gary Wernlund of Stiles wound up the presentation with a question-and-answer session. He commented that this was one of the largest “leaps” in technology this big that he has seen in a few years. He believes that the first applications in North America will be in office furniture, and that health care will also be a good fit.

Modern materials, colors create new trends in cabinet design

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The growing selections of cabinet material, wood species and colors allow customers to combine styles and create new trends in cabinet design, according to Webinetry.com.
Many customers want to reflect themselves in their designs, and do so by combining styles and finishes. Design trends vary by regions and homeowner preferences, but designers have recently seen an increase in demand for multi-color and multi-material kitchens. Modern materials and exotic engineered wood species like Teak, rift cut Oak, Zebrano, Wenge and Bamboo, allow for creation of visual focal points with solid colors. Other trends feature multi-colored cabinets, with contrasting colors like red, white and green. Black is a popular choice in both glass and acrylic kitchen cabinets.

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October 28, 2010 at 8:49 am

Merillat Industries’ Virginia plant receives environmental excellence award

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The Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) honored Merillat Industries with an E4 environmental excellence award.
The Virginia Environmental Excellence Program recognizes companies for development and implementation of environmental management systems and pollution prevention efforts. The program has three award levels, with E4 being the highest. According to DEQ, an E4 honoree has a fully-implemented environmental management system verified by a third party, which is committed to sustainable environmental progress and community involvement. Merillat’s environmental accomplishments include a reduction in energy used in its lighting system, reusing materials and a decreased use of certain solvents on its wood products.

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October 27, 2010 at 8:20 am

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