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Barcalounger returns to US; furniture produced in Asia

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Barcalounger, which filed for bankruptcy and closed its Virginia factory in April 2010, is returning to the US market, debuting three collections of reclining furniture at the Las Vegas furniture market in January.
Now under the ownership of HPC3 Furniture Holdings, an affiliate of former owner Hancock Park Associates, the furniture is produced in Asia. Barcalounger President Larry Smith said the company is on track to announce domestic production in early 2011, and the domestic plant would also produce special orders, according to a report in Furniture Today.
Products will be available on a container-direct basis, and some models will be stocked at warehouses in Martinsville, Va., and Riverside, Calif.
The brand plans to have a showroom at the April 2011 High Point Market.
The three new collections are: Metro Living (transitional), Casual Comforts (contemporary) and Vintage Reserve (traditional), with products including recliners, motion sofas and motion sectionals.

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January 31, 2011 at 7:56 am

Pfleiderer’s BalanceBoard offers alternative to wood

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Pfleiderer AG is offering its BalanceBoard product made with raw materials that regenerate within one growing season. Aiming for sustainability, ease of processing and security of supply, it’s “A completely novel material,” said Michael Wolff, chairman of the board of the Pfleiderer Western Europe Business Center.
BalanceBoard consists of approximately 30 percent plant matter that grows back completely over one season and is available in large quantities close to the production plant.
A key objective during development was to ensure that BalanceBoard fulfills the technical demands of comparable standard chipboard. According to the company, no new equipment, special fixings or new techniques are needed to work with BalanceBoard.
“This not only conserves our customers’ resources but also our forests and our climate. Because – as with wood – our plant granulate acts as a store for CO2,” said Wolff explains. “Ultimately, as long as the board is in use, with BalanceBoard we are capturing the carbon that collects in one season in fast-growing raw materials which would otherwise be released during the natural decaying process.”

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January 24, 2011 at 8:50 am

Grizzly Industrial to hold annual ‘Scratch and Dent’ tent sales

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Grizzly Industrial Inc. will hold its annual “Scratch and Dent” tent sales in May, June and September, featuring the liquidation of “scratch and dent” woodworking and metalworking machines, tools and accessories for sale at discounted prices.
Sales will take place on May 14 in Muncy, Pa.; June 11 in Springfield, Mo.; June 25 in Bellingham, Wa.; and Sept. 24 in Muncy, Pa. The events, which all begin at 8 a.m. and run until 3 p.m. on their scheduled days, include scratched, dented and as-is machinery, as well as samples and one-of-a-kind items. All sales are on a first-come, first-served basis.

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January 24, 2011 at 8:47 am

OFM announces ‘New Year, New Office’ small business contest

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OFM has announced its “New Year, New Office” contest for those who own or work at a small business registered in the United States with 50 employees or less.
Qualifying contestants can enter to win a new OFM office chair, desk and storage unit by submitting a photo of their current office and a brief description of why they deserve a makeover. “We’ve found that people are happier and more productive when they work in an office with newer and more comfortable furniture,” said Abel Zalcberg, co-founder and CEO of OFM. “What better time of year to start fresh than now?”
To enter, contestants must send an email with a photo in JPEG format of their current office space and a brief paragraph explaining why they deserve to win. Then they must follow OFM on Facebook. Qualifying photos will be posted on OFM’s Facebook page where contestants can recruit others to “like” their photo.
The contest runs from Saturday, Jan. 15, 2011 to Monday, Feb. 28, 2011; more information can be found here.

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January 24, 2011 at 8:44 am

Hardwood Processing conference calls for abstracts

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The 2011 International Scientific Conference on Hardwood Processing is calling for abstracts, including presentations, papers, posters and commercial exhibits, to be presented at the event.
The conference, which will be held from Oct. 16 though 18, 2011, at Virginia Tech, will accept abstracts pertaining to the area of forestry practices and hardwood quality; supply chain management; hardwood processing and optimization; markets, trades and business insights; certification and sustainability; and hardwood innovations of the future. There is a 250-word limit; submission deadlines and more guidelines can be found here.

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January 24, 2011 at 8:41 am

Mark your calendar for two CabinetMakerFDM Woodworking E-vents in 2011

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Following in the success of the first virtual trade show for the woodworking industry, two new CabinetMakerFDM Woodworking E-vents are scheduled for 2011.
The first E-vent held in November — a combination of online seminars and a virtual trade show – attracted more than 1,200 registrants and earned enthusiastic reviews from attendees and exhibitors.
“Reaction to the first E-vent was overwhelmingly positive from both the attendees and suppliers,” said Bruce Plantz, publisher of CabinetMakerFDM. “For the first event of this type in the industry, it was a big success.”
The new 2011 E-vents will be held May 19 and November 17. Each of the E-vents will follow a similar format, including a series of webinars, town hall meetings by associations and a chance to visit with a large number of suppliers.
Although the final schedule of topics has yet to be confirmed, tentative seminars on tap will include discussions of automation, lean manufacturing, material handling and more. Each of the webinars allows for interactive involvement with live questions and answers.
In the trade show portion of the E-vent, participants can have live chat sessions with vendors, download free information, and watch video presentations. The interactive format for the event has been described as looking like a sophisticated video game.
“The biggest advantage of this format is that people can access a broad range of information much like a conventional trade show, but without the time and expense of travel,” said William Sampson, editor of CabinetMakerFDM.
If you missed the first E-vent, you can still get a taste of it. An archive version of the first E-vent is available until February 18. You can view the five seminars on demand, and see the exhibitors’ booths. However, the live interactive features such as questions and answer sessions and live chat are naturally disabled in the archived version.

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January 24, 2011 at 8:38 am

December 2010 container imports shrink over 9%

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Zepol Corp. reported containerized import shipment volume for December 2010, measured in twenty-foot equivalent units, decreased 9.49 percent from November 2010, but increased 4.03 percent over December 2009.
The total number of shipments fell 8.48 percent from November to December 2010, which was still an increase of 3.68 percent over December 2009 shipment levels (see figure), according to Zepol. The company also reported that Pacific Coast ports showed the greatest gains from 2009 to 2010, increasing 18.18 percent, compared to a 13.4 percent increase for both the Atlantic Coast and Golf Coast. The decrease in TEUs and shipments from November to December 2010 was dictated by seasonal shipping trends, according to Zepol, as every month TEUs increased from 2009 to 2010.

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January 21, 2011 at 9:08 am

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