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Furniture manufacturers team up for Breast Cancer Awareness month

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In recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Furnitureland South and Hooker Furniture are joining forces to give away the “Hope Chair” and donate to the North Carolina Triad Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure.
Furnitureland South is partnering with Sam Moore, a division of Hooker Furniture, to give away a custom-produced chair covered in fuchsia pink and green fabric, accented with a white and fuchsia, ikat kidney pillow. The “Hope Chair” will be offered in an online sweepstakes contest at hookerfurniture.com/pink. In addition, for every “like” on the Hooker Furniture and Furnitureland South Facebook pages or followers of both brands on Twitter, the companies will make a joint contribution of $10 to the NC Triad Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure, up to a maximum $5,000. The sweepstakes runs through Oct. 31.
The “Hope Chair” will be displayed at the entrance to the Sam Moore showroom at the High Point Market. 

 

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October 31, 2011 at 8:38 am

U.S. manufacturing cos 600,000 skilled workers short, study finds

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A new survey from Deloitte and The Manufacturing Institute found a shortage of as many as 600,000 skilled workers at U.S. manufacturing companies.
The survey, “Boiling Point? The skills gap in U.S. manufacturing,” polled 1,123 executives from manufacturing companies around the country and found that 5 percent of current manufacturing jobs are unfilled because of a lack of qualified candidates.
“The survey shows that 67 percent of manufacturers have a moderate to severe shortage of available, qualified workers,” said Craig Giffi, vice chairman and consumer & industrial products industry leader, Deloitte LLP. “Moreover, 56 percent anticipate the shortage to increase in the next three to five years.”
“These unfilled jobs are mainly in the skilled production category – positions such as machinists, operators, craft workers, distributors and technicians,” said Emily DeRocco, president, The Manufacturing Institute. “Unfortunately, these jobs require the most training and are traditionally among the hardest manufacturing jobs to find existing talent to fill.” 
The workforce shortages and skill deficiencies in production roles are significantly impacting companies’ abilities to expand operation or improve productivity, according to 64 percent of respondents. DeRocco encouraged companies to partner with educational institutions to make developing workforce skills a top strategic priority. 
“Over the past five years, most manufacturers have redesigned and streamlined their production lines while implementing more process automation. In short, just as the industry is changing, the skills of the workers are changing as well,” DeRocco said. “Manufacturers obviously want to fill these roles by tapping the currently available workforce. However, they report that the No. 1 skills deficiency among their current employees is in the area of problem solving, making it difficult for current employees to adapt to changing needs. Adding to the problem, respondents report that the education system is not producing workers with the basic skills they need.”
“The results of this survey may appear dire,” said Tom Morrison, principal, Deloitte Consulting LLP, “but in reality each of these challenges is surmountable. The United States has among the largest, strongest manufacturing industries in the world and has demonstrated its ability to innovate and adapt time and time again.”
A copy of the report is available online.

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October 31, 2011 at 8:34 am

KCMA releases kitchen, bath wood-based cabinet market size research

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The Kitchen Cabinet Manufacturers Association released results of its market research project, which found the total kitchen and bath cabinet market to be worth $6.997 billion in the U.S., wood-based residential cabinet market for the year ending 2010.
The study combined information from existing KCMA member companies and other third-party sources, such as trade magazine reports, government data and industry association data. A KCMA Task Force comprised of industry marketing experts reviewed 2009 data from each of the independent sources to produce a market size estimate for 2009. The 2009 data was selected because it represented a complete data set from each of the sources noted above for that fiscal year.
“Lacking a perfect, single source, we believe that this methodology and definition of the market size provides the most timely and best estimate for the U.S., wood-based, residential cabinet market,” said KCMA president, Greg Stoner.
The Task Force then used the KCMA monthly “Trend of Business” report of 82 companies to calculate a market change percentage from 2009 to 2010. KCMA’s TOB report includes data from 82 reporting companies of varying size and geographic distribution. It serves as a strong proxy for the broader residential wood kitchen and bath market. The TOB measures monthly and year-to-date change of the current year versus prior year. Nearly half of the participating companies reported annual sales of $10 million or less, with 11 percent reporting sales exceeding $100 million.
“While we realize that there is never a definitive or perfect market sizing study, in our estimation, this approach represents a sound and reasonable method for our industry as defined. We chose to narrow the focus to ‘residential, wood-based’ cabinets as a more focused view of the market we represent. At the same time we recognize that there is a non-residential market as well as a cabinet market that is produced via other materials (most notably steel),” Stoner said.
For more on the results, please visit www.kcma.org.

 

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October 28, 2011 at 8:50 am

LIRA predicts sluggish housing market, weak home improvement spending into 2012

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A sluggish economy and housing market will continue to negatively affect home improvement spending well into 2012, according to the Leading Indicator of Remodeling Activity released by the Remodeling Futures Program at the Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University.
The remodeling market will remain soft, with the LIRA pointing to a modest decline in annual homeowner improvement spending over the next several quarters.
“After pulling through the worst of the downturn in home improvement spending, we appear to be entering another period of softening,” says Eric S. Belsky, managing director of the Joint Center. “The ups and downs in the economy are being reflected in home improvement activity.”
“Absent a more sustained upturn in the broader housing market, particularly in the sales of existing homes, there’s not much to propel growth in home improvement spending,” says Kermit Baker, director of the Remodeling Futures Program at the Joint Center. “Homeowners are continuing to undertake smaller jobs, but are still nervous about larger discretionary projects.”
The next LIRA release date is January 19, 2012. For more information, visit www.jchs.harvard.edu.

 

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October 28, 2011 at 8:47 am

Armstrong Cabinets to be featured on DIY’s ’10 Grand in Your Hand’

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Armstrong Cabinets will be featured on DIY Network for its "green" kitchen remodeling project.

Armstrong Cabinets will be featured in Fall 2011 in an upcoming episode of the DIY Network show, “10 Grand in Your Hand.” The cabinet company was selected by homeowners Doug and Heather Sheehan for their “green” kitchen renovation, a process that involved recycled countertops, donating their old cabinets, re-insulating with natural fibers for energy-efficiency and using Armstrong’s Origins series with no-added formaldehyde adhesive. 
The premise of “10 Grand in Your Hand” is to show real homeowners how to cut as much as $10,000 from their renovation or remodeling project by offering advice on new materials and technologies, plus how-to info.
“We enjoyed working with Armstrong because we knew – even from a simple glance at the easily navigated and informative website – that they had the products to make the experience rewarding and the customer service to keep things simple. Not to mention, when we got to the location, we were met with a beautiful showroom that opened our eyes, and more importantly, our homeowners’ eyes, to previously unconsidered possibilities,” said Heidi Scheuermann, production coordinator for “10 Grand in Your Hand,” by Boy Wonder Productions.
“10 Grand in Your Hand”, season 6, episode 609, “Going For Green” with Heather and Doug Sheehan, will premier on October 26 on the DIY Network, and will be replayed throughout 2011 and into 2012. For a full schedule of this season’s “10 Grand in Your Hand” lineup, visit http://www.diynetwork.com/diy/episode_archive/0,1000626,DIY_33156_1062,00.html. For more information on the cabinetry, visit www.armstrong.com/cabinets.

 

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October 28, 2011 at 8:45 am

DeVilbiss, Binks plan spray finishing technology workshop in March 2012

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DeVilbiss, Binks and Owens Community College have teamed up to present a Spray Finishing Technology Workshop from March 7-9, 2012, at the college in Toledo, Ohio.
The three-day course has classes that meet from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. daily, and include both classroom and hands-on sessions. Topics for the Spray Finishing Technology Workshop include: equipment types and selection; equipment set-up, operation and maintenance; surface preparation and defect analysis; material selection; and safety and regulatory concerns. Attendees should be involved with industrial, contractor, or maintenance spray finishing applications, or spray equipment sales and distribution, and will be awarded two Continuing Education Units upon completion.
To register, or for additional information, contact Jaime Wineland at Owens Community College, Workforce and Community Services Division, by phone at 800.466.9367, ext.7320, or by email at sprayworkshop@netscape.net. Information is also available online at https://www.owens.edu/workforce_cs/spray2012-brochure.pdf.

 

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October 27, 2011 at 8:42 am

U.S. housing starts rise 15 percent in September 2011

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The National Association of Home Builders, www.nahb.com, reported that housing starts nationwide rose 15 percent in September 2011, to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 658,000 units, marking the strongest growth in residential construction since April 2010, according to figures released by the U.S. Commerce Department.
Single-family housing starts rose 1.7 percent during the same period to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 425,000 units. The overall gain was largely attributed to a sharp rise in multifamily homes, thanks to to increased demand for rental apartments. Multifamily starts, which often display substantial swings from month-to-month, rose 51.3 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 233,000 units, the highest level since October 2008.
“Today’s numbers are very welcome evidence that builders are putting some crews back to work on single-family homes in select markets where economic conditions are improving, and on multifamily homes in places where demand for rentals is on the rise,” said Bob Nielsen, chairman of the National Association of Home Builders.  “That said, extremely tight lending conditions for both building and buying new homes, along with stubbornly high foreclosures that are putting downward pressure on home prices, continue to weigh down new construction and corresponding job growth.”
Nielsen also noted that for every one new single-family home built in the United States, three new full-time jobs are created.
“The big gain in multifamily housing production for September was in the wake of a below-trend number in August and in keeping with characteristic volatility in that sector. However, there’s no doubt that demand for apartments is rising as restrictive mortgage lending policies and concerns about future employment push consumers to pursue rental options,” said NAHB Chief Economist David Crowe. “Single-family starts showed a slight uptick for the month, which was right in line with our forecast for the third quarter and in keeping with what builders have been telling us in recent surveys regarding the emergence of improving conditions in select local housing markets.”
Building permits fell 5 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 594,000 units in September 2011, down from a large gain in the previous month. Single-family permits remained nearly unchanged at 417,000 units, while multifamily permits declined 14.5 percent to 177,000 units.
Regionally during the same period, housing starts gained 12.7 percent in the Northeast, 9.3 percent in the Midwest, 15.7 percent in the South and an 18.1 percent in the West. Regionally, building permit activity was mixed, with gains of 4.9 percent in the Northeast and 0.9 percent in the Midwest, but declines of 7 percent in the South and 9 percent in the West.

 

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October 27, 2011 at 8:39 am

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