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Custom carbide tools blog launched to help manufacturers reduce costs

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A blog provided by AMAMCO Tool was launched to offer practical advice to manufacturers looking to reduce costs of projects and increase cutting tool efficiencies.
The blog, CustomCarbideTools.com, offers articles, multimedia features and videos produced by industry experts and commentators, as well as a comment and discussion function for online interaction and information sharing. Editorial content explores the ways in which custom cutting tools are used to create today’s most advanced metals, alloys and composite materials. Topic categories include: reducing project cost; manufacturing process and set-up solutions; tool type and geometries; and tool substrate and coatings. A subscription registration form allows subscribers to receive notifications of new posts, article archives, an industry news feed and more.

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November 30, 2010 at 8:51 am

Teragren, Vaughan Benz create FSC-certified bamboo furniture for hospitality industry

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Teragren  and Vaughan Benz formed a partnership to create bamboo furniture for commercial applications in the hospitality industry.
Vaughan Benz will now offer bamboo cabinetry, tables and seating made with FSC-certified Teragren bamboo panels and veneer to hotels, restaurants and healthcare facilities worldwide. The partnership was announced at Greenbuild 2010, a conference and expo dedicated to “green” building.
“Our customers are increasingly asking us to find manufacturing solutions that are environmentally sustainable, including low-VOC and FSC-certified products. We are proud to partner with Teragren, as their leadership in providing environmentally friendly bamboo products for the woodworking industry is exemplary,” said David Benz, president of Vaughan Benz.

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November 30, 2010 at 8:48 am

LEED commercial projects reach one billion square feet

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The footprint of commercial projects certified under the U.S. Green Building Council’s (USGBC) LEED Green Building Rating System recently surpassed one billion square feet worldwide, and an additional six billion square feet of projects are registered and working toward certification.
“This traction demonstrates the transformation of the way we design, build and operate buildings,” said Rick Fedrizzi, president, CEO and founding chair, USGBC. “Not only does green building contribute to saving energy, water and money, it also creates green jobs that will grow and energize our economy.”
Since it was first introduced to the marketplace in 2000, more than 36,000 commercial projects and 38,000 single-family homes have participated in LEED.

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November 29, 2010 at 8:22 am

Stiles EBC planned for St. Paul, Minn. in April 2011

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Stiles Machinery Inc. announced its ninth Executive Briefing Conference (EBC) will take place April 10-12, 2011 at the 3M Innovation Center in St. Paul, Minn.
Since its inception in 2002, the EBC has become a venue for manufacturing executives to network and explore new ways to succeed by answering the questions, “what’s now, what’s new and what’s next?” With the EBC location at the 3M Innovation Center, the 2011 theme will also focus on innovation. The opening keynote address, given by John Brandt of the MPI Group, will provide specific recommendations to prepare for “next generation manufacturing.” Alan Beaulieu will offer his insights on the latest economic trends as the closing keynote speaker. The briefing topics include innovative strategies in areas such as research, product development, technology and niche markets, as well as offering case studies that highlight key innovations across the country.
Registration for the EBC can be done online at an “early bird” rate of $995, including hotel accommodations, all meals, and tours of 3M’s World of Innovation and Center for Abrasive Materials (CAM).

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November 29, 2010 at 8:17 am

KI wins Manufacturing Award of Distinction for commitment to sustainable practices

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KI received a Manufacturing Award of Distinction from the Green Bay, Wis., Chamber of Commerce, which is given annually to recognize area companies that achieve excellence in manufacturing.
The award was presented to KI for its manufacturing innovation and commitment to sustainable manufacturing processes during an honors banquet in Green Bay on Nov. 4. KI’s sustainable practices include the following goals: eliminate solvent-based materials, replacing them with water-based or powder substitutes in all manufacturing facilities; incorporate the largest percentage of recycled content into manufactured products, utilizing vendors and alternative materials that offer the largest recycled post-consumer and post-industrial content; reduce the use of packaging materials by using alternatives like reusable plastic totes and shrink-wrap; and conserve fuel and energy.
“As an environmentally conscious company, KI embraces sustainability throughout all aspects of its business, and we hold ourselves accountable for every manufacturing action we take,” said Beth Seymour, vice president of operations for KI. “We are honored to be recognized with this distinguished award from the Green Bay Chamber of Commerce.”

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November 21, 2010 at 10:31 am

Russian forestry industry reps discuss woodworking industry

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Pictured from left to right: Alexander Polukeev, Iliya Klebanov, Serguei Trofimov and Franz-Josef Buetfering.

Following the ‘Forestry Forum’ in St. Petersburg, Russia, Eumabois President Franz-Josef Bütfering exchanged views in a meeting with Ilja Klebanov, representative of the Russian president for the northwestern district, and representatives of the Russian Forestry.
During this meeting, Klebanov supported the interests of the Russian Forestry on government level. Bütfering pointed out problems with the European Woodworking Machine Manufacturers in Russia, specifically the release of financing and investments by Russian banks. All parties involved in the talks agreed that the use of the large wood resources in Russia should be done by their own processing, as well as through the build-up of saw and panel plants and further development of the secondary woodworking industry. The founding of an “International Forestry Club” was also discussed with Serguey Trofimov, managing director of the organizer of the forum

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November 21, 2010 at 10:26 am

N.C. furniture maker expands during recession

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Mitchell Gold and Bob Williams of North Carolina has actually expanded during the economic downturn, opening new  furniture stores and looking to grow further. The company cut about 150 jobs during the recession, but maintained a staff of almost 600, according to a news story.
“It sort of made us sit back and reexamine a lot of different things about the company. The way we operate. The way we do things,” said Williams.
To capitalize where it could, the company opened stores in wealthy areas such as Greenwich, Conn., and Costa Mesa, Calif.  More than two decades ago, the company began making dining room chairs only, and now has expanded it’s product offerings, including seating and tables.
The company has two plants in North Carolina, one of which also has special perks for employees, including a gym, Internet access, a café and daycare. Mitchell Gold and Bob Williams will add six to eight new stores in the coming years.

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November 21, 2010 at 10:17 am

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