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Timber Products Co. plywood panels named to ‘Builder Favorite 50’

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Timber Products Co.’s radiant barrier foil softwood plywood panel was named to “The Builder Favorite 50” list in Builder magazine’s April 2012 issue. 
This annual compilation of subscriber’s product preferences named Timber Products’ softwood plywood panel as a favorite new building product introduced in 2011. The list is compiled by the magazine’s editorial team from reader service responses that detail product preferences across the market, and Timber Products says its barrier panels received more inquiries than any other editorial/product mention in Builder last year.
“Energy efficiency is a priority for many homebuilders today and a quality roofing panel that is pre-wrapped in foil helps set the foundation for an energy-saving home,” said Roger Rutan, vice president of Timber Products Co. “We are thrilled that the readers of Builder Magazine responded so well to our panels and that they are looking for products that help them build environmentally conscious homes.”
Introduced in mid-2011, Timber Products’ radiant barrier foil softwood plywood panels are designed specifically for roof construction. The panels help reduce attic temperatures and can significantly contribute to lower monthly utility costs, the company says, and a pre-applied foil wrap on the structural softwood plywood panels acts as a barrier that blocks 97 percent of radiant heat. 
As a result, Timber Products (www.timberproducts.com) says homeowners can expect attic temperatures of up to 30 degrees cooler than normal in warm weather months and lower monthly energy costs all year. The panels are designed specifically for warm weather climates such as California and the Sun Belt states. To see the “Builder Favorite 50,” go to: www.builderonline.com/products/readers-choice-2012.aspx.

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April 30, 2012 at 8:00 am

Custom Cupboards partners with kitchen designer, remodeling expert Roger Hazard

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Custom Cupboards (www.customcupboards.com) announced that A&E TV personality and home design expert, Roger Hazard, has become the company’s official design consultant.
Hazard will promote the Custom Cupboards cabinetry products and make public appearances at specific Custom Cupboards events. Hazard will be introduced to Custom Cupboards dealers at the Kitchen & Bath Industry Show in Chicago and will also make an appearance at Custom Cupboards’ display in the Hafele exhibit.
“We’ve been working with their (Custom Cupboards) products regularly – both on TV and with our client projects in Austin,” says Hazard. “Over the years, I’ve become a Custom Cupboards evangelist.”
Hazard says his passion for Custom Cupboards led him to approach the cabinet manufacturer about creating a formal alliance. “I wanted to be part of a company that’s easy to work with, flexible and committed to excellence, and that defines Custom Cupboards. They just do things right,” Hazard says. 
“My job is to understand my client’s lifestyle and create a home environment that’s perfectly tailored to his or her needs,” says Hazard. “Custom Cupboards embraces that viewpoint too. We speak the same language.”
Custom Cupboards president, Mael Hernandez, says Hazard’s trusted personal brand and national identity are “a perfect fit for our kitchen remodeling target markets” and align directly with Custom Cupboards objectives. 
“Roger brings more than just a recognizable face. He’s an established and trusted industry personality. Roger will help drive traffic to dealer showrooms with design counsel, tips, information and in-person industry and regional appearances,” says Hernandez.
Hazard and Stout will soon launch a new Web-based design program online at http://www.designhazards.com.

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April 30, 2012 at 8:00 am

Perennial Wood selects 12 furniture design competition finalists

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Furniture designs made of Perennial Wood wil be on display at High Point Market.

Twelve furniture design students from Appalachian State University were selected as finalists in the Perennial Wood Appalachian State Design Studio competition and will share their furniture design piece at High Point Market Week, April 21-26. 
The 12 finalists were chosen from among 23 students by Appalachian State University professors and representatives of Eastman, the sponsor of the studio and manufacturer of Perennial Wood, the material used by the students in their designs. 
“We collaborated with Appalachian State because they have a strong furniture design program,” said Brant Mitchell, market development manager for Perennial Wood. “The students’ enthusiasm, talent and creativity have exceeded our expectations. These students and the designs they created are important conduits for illustrating what’s possible with Perennial Wood.”
Finalists, their hometowns and furniture piece titles are: 

 

  • Nicholas Barnette, Jacksonville, Fla., “Marty”
  • Michael DeMarco, Charlotte, N.C., “Strangler Floor Lamp”
  • Eugene Duclos, Cary, N.C., “The Wright Bench”
  • Derek Elliott, Cary, N.C., “Patio Chaise”
  • Samuel Felts, Apex, N.C., “Extending Lounge Chair”
  • Gabriel Grant, Fairfax, Va., “Cascade Downspout”
  • Stuart Griffiths, Havelock, N.C., “Patio Partner”
  • William Larson, Chapel Hill, N.C., “Lax Hammock”
  • Benjamin Messer, Gastonia, N.C., “Ellipse”
  • Nathan Metty, Pittsboro, N.C., “Strut”
  • Austin Richards, New Market, Va., “Reverb”
  • Erick Tang, Charlotte, N.C., “Levels”

The finalists’ furniture will be on display at High Point Market Week in the Suites at Market Square, #1-828 (third floor), in High Point, N.C. Attendees of High Point Market week may also go to http://www.perennialwood.com/ASUDesignStudio/ to vote for their favorite design of the week for the People’s Choice Award.

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April 30, 2012 at 8:00 am

Furniture Society names Rosanne Somerson as Award of Distinction winner

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The "'X' marks the spot" bed.

Rosanne Somerson, interim provost, Rhode Island School of Design, will be honored with The Furniture Society’s Award of Distinction for lifetime achievement in the field of studio furniture at the Furniture Society’s 2012 Annual Conference at the Maine College of Art in June. 
Since 1978, Somerson has maintained her own design studio where she makes furniture for exhibition and is a partner in DEZCO Furniture Design LLC, a production furniture company.
“Rosanne Somerson’s life and career have had a profound and far-reaching impact on American furniture design, which is the underlying purpose of the Award of Distinction,” said Alfred Sharp. “Her tenure at RISD and other ventures have been characterized by leadership and devotion to innovative design and education.”
In addition to her current position as interim provost for the 2011-12 academic year, Somerson was interim associate provost for academic affairs from 2005 to 2007. Previously, she served as professor and head of the department of furniture design, which she helped form in 1995, and, from 1985-95, she ran the MFA graduate program in furniture design in industrial design.
Somerson’s work has been exhibited at the Museum of Decorative Arts of the Louvre, Paris, the Smithsonian American Art Museum, and many other major international museums and galleries. For more information, visit www.furnituresociety.org.

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April 27, 2012 at 8:00 am

Columbia Forest Products launches PureBond plywood consumer website

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Columbia Forest Products launched a new consumer-oriented website focusing on the visible and invisible benefits of PureBond decorative hardwood plywood panels
The new website, www.purebondplywood.com, offers information and tips for homeowners, consumers, woodworkers and others who are interested in building, remodeling or doing DIY projects using wood panels. 
The site includes search tools for locating PureBond Fabricator Network members, design ideas and the “PureBond House” to help visitors visualize their options for using PureBond panels in their home, “how-to” guidance for kitchen layouts, remodeling and measuring tips, and wood finishing guidelines. The company’s new tagline, “Everyone Deserves Quality” is also being introduced with the new website. 

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April 27, 2012 at 8:00 am

Stiles Machinery’s European Tour of Technology to be held in September

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Gary Wernlund and Doug Maat of Stiles Machinery lead 2011 Tour of Technology group.

Stiles Machinery announced its next European Tour of Technology will be held September 22-29.
The European tour of technology will visit a variety of manufacturing facilities including producers of office furniture, cabinetry, partition walls, table tops and residential furniture.
“Generally, the trends we see in Europe migrate to the U.S. in one or two years,” said Stephan Waltman, vice president of marketing communications at Stiles. “This essentially gives U.S. companies a ‘sneak peek’ at how to prepare for the future. Given the resounding praise from past participants of our Tech Tours, the opportunities for getting new ideas and for networking with peers are extremely valuable benefits to consider.”
Details regarding the tour are available at www.stilesmachinery.com/events. For more information, please contact Stephan Waltman at 616.698.7500 or swaltman@stilesmachinery.com.

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April 27, 2012 at 8:00 am

LIRA projects growth in remodeling activity in 2012

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Following two years of remaining near a low, remodeling activity is expected to pick up later this year, according to the Leading Indicator of Remodeling Activity released by the Remodeling Futures Program at Harvard University’s Joint Center for Housing Studies. 
Stronger pending home sales and continuing low interest rates are contributing to the rise in remodeling activity, according to the Leading Indicator of Remodeling Activity, which projects annual spending will see healthy growth in 2012, ending the year up 5.9 percent.
“Hopefully, we’re finally moving beyond simple volatility in the home improvement spending numbers to a period of sustained growth,” said Eric S. Belsky, managing director of the Joint Center. “The recent upturn we’ve seen in home sales should translate into more remodeling activity later this year.”
“Unusually mild weather this past winter in many parts of the country accelerated the pace of homebuilding and home improvement activity,” said Kermit Baker, director of the Remodeling Futures Program at the Joint Center. “This may produce a brief pause in remodeling activity this quarter, but then a strengthening economy should provide a foundation for continued growth moving forward.”
To read more, please go to http://www.jchs.harvard.edu/news/press_releases.

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April 26, 2012 at 8:00 am

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