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Gemini Coatings offers free wood preservative product samples

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Gemini Coatings Inc. is offering a free sample program for its TWP 100 and 1500 exterior wood preservative product lines.
The program will give free 1/4-pint samples to customers interested in testing the color on their wood surface. Dealers may participate in this program at no charge beginning in January 2011.

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December 31, 2010 at 9:38 am

Nickell Moulding named to Indiana environmental program

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Nickell Moulding Co.was awarded membership in the Indiana State Environmental Stewardship Program.
Indiana Department of Environmental Management representatives presented Nickell with a plaque and flag to mark the company’s achievement. Nickell was accepted into ESP for being proactive in managing environmental responsibilities and a commitment to continuous improvement, like reducing the amount of volatile organic compounds the company emits by over half.

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December 31, 2010 at 9:32 am

Indiana Furniture receives BIFMA product certifications

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Indiana Furniture received received Business and Institutional Furniture Manufacturer’s Association level 1 and level 2 certifications from Intertek for more than 40 of its products.
“Level” is a sustainability standard and third-party certification program created by BIFMA for the furniture industry. The “level” certification mark identifies a product and the facilites where it is produced that have been evaluated by an independent third-party certifier. These products are scored from 1 being the lowest to 3 being the highest, in the sustainability categories of: materials, energy and atmosphere, human and ecosystem health, and social responsibility.
Indiana’s products earned both level 1 and 2 certifications, with seating receiving level 1 certification and casegoods receiving level 2 certification.
“We’re thrilled with this achievement for our efforts. The level program is extremely important in providing customers a consistent, reliable and objective approach through third-party certifiers when assessing sustainable viability among products,” said Mike Blessinger, vice president of sales for Indiana. “We will continue to strive to reduce the environmental impact of our products, while continuing to deliver the high level of performance, style and reliability that’s synonymous with the Indiana name.”

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December 31, 2010 at 9:28 am

Jeld-Wen windows, doors earn Green Approved label

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Three Jeld-Wen window and door lines earned sustainable recognition under the Green Approved label by the National Association of Home Builders Research Center. The company’s SFI Certified Wood Windows and Patio Doors, Vinyl Windows and Patio Doors and No Added Formaldehyde Molded Interior Doors now carry the label.
Builders can use Green Approved products to earn points toward National Green Building Certification under the NAHB’s National Green Building Standard. The products were recognized for energy efficiency, recycled content and material conservation benefits.

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December 30, 2010 at 8:29 am

Weinig USA acquires MillvisionPro

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Weinig USA, Mooresville, N.C., has acquired MillvisionPro, a company that produces integrative software solutions for the manufacturing of wood component parts.
Weinig will incorporate its Powerlock quick-change technology, moving-blade rip systems and cross-cut automation with the integration solutions from MillvisionPro.

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December 30, 2010 at 8:26 am

Woodcraft sponsors making of 12K wooden pens for troops

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Pennsylvania Congressman Charlie Dent turns a pen for a soldier, as Roy Aber watches at the Allentown, Penn., Woodcraft store.

More than 12,000 handcrafted wooden pens are making their way to American service personnel actively deployed overseas or in rehabilitation facilities in the U.S., made by hundreds of volunteers who participated in Woodcraft’s seventh annual Turn for Troops National Turn-a-thon. Woodcraft store owners nationwide hosted the event the weekend prior to Veterans Day.
Newcomers to the pen turning event included Pennsylvania legislators, U.S. Rep. Charlie Dent and State Rep. Justin Simmons, who were invited to the Allentown, Penn., Woodcraft store by owners Mary and Ray Winkler. Like most volunteers, Congressman Dent and Rep. Simmons wrote personal notes to accompany their handcrafted pens.
Turn-a-thon events account for the majority of the handcrafted pens sent to troops, but volunteers such as Ernie Killingbeck turn pens throughout the year. Killingbeck, who turned 300 pens in the past two years, brings his pens to the Buffalo, N.Y., Woodcraft store where owner Sally Anderson ships them out as part of Turn for Troops program.
Since Woodcraft began the program seven years ago, more than 74,000 pens have been turned by volunteers.

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December 29, 2010 at 7:43 am

2011 Woodworking Industry Conference set for May in Florida

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The 2011 Woodworking Industry Conference, sponsored by Association of Woodworking & Furnishings Suppliers, Woodworking Machinery Industry Association and Wood Machinery Manufacturers of America will be held May 4-6, 2011, at the Marco Island Marriott Beach Resort & Spa, in Marco Island, Fla. The theme of the event will be listening to your customer.
New in 2011, WIC will feature three industry forums with panelists from leading manufacturers in the areas of cabinetry, furniture and architectural millwork.  They will share their insight as to the current state of their businesses and what they expect moving forward.
Brian Swanson is scheduled to speak at a seminar titled “Listen to Your Customer and Change Your Business.” Swanson is director of operations and enterprise excellence at North Anoka Control Systems Inc., a design and manufacturing firm specializing in production of automated systems for medical and other various industrial manufacturers. He will examine tools and concepts that will help organizations derive excellence and power from customer input while strengthening the sense of partnership that customers feel for your company.
Don Shultz, CEO of Premier Garage and strategist for the woodworking industry, will speak in the opening session of the WIC conference with a presentation on Innovating Your Business Model. Having observed and worked through the paradigm shifts that have occurred in the woodworking industry, Shultz will discuss the need to truly understand the end consumer, the fundamental flaws in old model marketing strategies and the power behind helping your customers differentiate from their competitors.
WIC 2011 will also welcome a new participating association, North American Building Material Distribution Association, serving the independent building material, lumber and kitchen and bath dealer, regional and national home centers and those that serve production companies involved in cabinetry, architectural woodwork, stock woodwork, store fixtures, solid surface fabricating, plastics fabricating, general and specialty woodworking industries. Distributor members operate more than 900 distribution centers throughout the U.S. and Canada.
Registration will be available in January. For more information, contact Bruce Valentine at AWFS at bruce@awfs.org or call 323.838.9440.

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December 29, 2010 at 7:32 am

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