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Veneer Tech Craftsman’s Challenge entry deadline Friday

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This is the final call for entries to the Veneer Tech Craftsman’s Challenge, co-sponsored by Veneer Technologies and CabinetMaker+FDM of CCI Media. Entries are due by June 1 for this design competition, which recognizes excellence in natural veneer and wood applications regardless of what company the material is sourced from.
Categories include Architectural Woodworking, Cabinetry, Furniture, Specialty Products, Store Fixtures and Student Design. Entry forms and guidelines are available online through http://www.veneertech.com and from Veneer Technologies sales representatives and distributors. 
A cash award of $3,000 will be given to the creator of the grand prize winning entry; the distributor of the veneer for the grand prize winning entry will receive $2,000; and the corresponding distributor salesman will receive $1,000. Winners in each category will receive $1,000 each. Award winners will be announced at IWF Atlanta, August 22-25.
The judging panel includes Michael Bell, president elect of the Architectural Woodwork Institute and a senior manager with Allegheny Millwork; Tim Fixmer, member of the WoodLINKS USA board of directors and publisher of CabinetMaker+FDM; and studio furniture maker, Alfred Sharp, current president of The Furniture Society.
“A key purpose of the Craftsman’s Challenge is to recognize all the people in the veneer distribution chain as well as the designer,” says John Varner, Veneer Tech vice president. “This promotes industry creativity and strengthens supply relationships.” 

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May 31, 2012 at 7:00 am

Woodcraft to match donations to Fresh Wood Competition

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In an effort to encourage woodworkers and other industry members to become partners in supporting young woodworking designer/builders by donating to the Fresh Wood Project, Woodcraft will match donations up to $10,000.
The Association of Woodworking & Furnishings Suppliers founded the Fresh Wood competition in 1999 to promote woodworking and design education programs for students pursuing careers in these fields. Held in conjunction with the AWFS Fair every two years, the Fresh Wood competition offers a place for students to showcase their work, be introduced to woodworking industry professionals and be exposed to industry career opportunities.
To donate to the Woodcraft Fresh Wood Project, visit www.woodcraft.com and type the word “donate” in the search box to access the donation page or, if you place an order with Woodcraft, donations can be made as the order is processed. To learn more about the Fresh Wood Competition, visit www.freshwoodawfs.wordpress.com.

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May 31, 2012 at 7:00 am

Comment from Alan Beaulieu: ‘If selling is in your future – move quickly’

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In an article from the June 2012 issue of Cabinetmaker+FDM, “If selling is in your future – move quickly,” consultant George Spilka, president of George Spilka and Associates, advises that company owners looking to sell their businesses do so by 2014. |
Alan Beaulieu, president of forecasting firm ITR Economics (http://itreconomics.com/), commented in response to this article with an opposing long-run view of the economy. 
Beaulieu said in response to Spilka’s article: “There is so much to disagree with that a comment or two is not possible other than the author is overly pessimistic and seems to be ignoring the positive attributes in the U.S. economy. His end-of-decade Great Depression scenario underestimates the need for a healthy U.S. dollar and the world’s willingness to finance our debt for a long time.”

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May 31, 2012 at 7:00 am

Stiles donates woodworking machinery to high school students

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Students Brandon Douglas and Olga Niyibizi show off their woodworking designs.

Stiles Machinery donated a dovetailing machine to East Kentwood High school in Kentwood, Mich., which will be adopted into the school’s wood shop curriculum over the next year to be used initially for constructing frames.
In 2010, the company donated a Heian router to introduce wood shop students to the concept of CAD/CAM and better prepare the next generation of woodworkers. Since then, the program has grown to nearly 50 students, who use the router to create their own projects from plaques to stools to skateboards.
“The woodworking industry has changed dramatically over the past 20 years,” said Stephan Waltman, vice president of marketing and communications at Stiles. “The industry is already experiencing a shortage of well-trained, knowledgeable CNC machine operators and software engineers. We all have a responsibility to strengthen the future of our industry and begin educating our young people earlier about the technology that will allow us to compete globally.”
For more information on the company’s woodworking machinery, contact Stephan Waltman at at 616.698.7500 or swaltman@stilesmachinery.com, or go to www.stilesmachinery.com.

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May 30, 2012 at 7:00 am

Stiles Machinery to host Manufacturing Intelligence event June 28

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Stiles Machinery will host a Manufacturing Intelligence event on Thursday, June 28, at its facility in Grand Rapids, Mich.
Stiles will demonstrate the inventory management system, Bargstedt IntelliStore. This completely automated system loads, retrieves, stacks and feeds panel stock, and evaluates the remaining material for reuse. 
The event will take place from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information or to register, go to www.stilesmachinery.com.

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May 30, 2012 at 7:00 am

Environmental group focuses on cedar tree attack in Canada

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An environmental group seeking more protection against illegal loggers is focusing on the recent attack of an ancient cedar tree in Canada.
Poachers attacked the 800-year-old cedar tree with power saws over a period of time at Carmanah Walbran Provincial Park, Vancouver Island, Canada, cutting through 80 percent of the base of the tree.
Because the damage to the tree was so severe, the park had to cut it down for safety reasons, according to the Wilderness Committee. The fallen tree was left at its site to decompose, but Wilderness Committee campaigner, Torrance Coste, said the poachers “have returned at their leisure without fear of consequence and cut up, hauled out and taken away the tree in sections.”
For more on this story, go to http://worldnews.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/05/18/11756204-800-year-old-tree-at-vancouver-island-park-falls-to-illegal-loggers?lite/.

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May 30, 2012 at 7:00 am

AME releases third American manufacturing whitepaper

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The Association for Manufacturing Excellence released the third white paper in a four-part series on American manufacturing, with a focus on entities currently working toward an improvement in the future of manufacturing through reshoring and training within the industry. 
The whitepaper says that companies are beginning to see the disadvantages of offshore production, including shipping costs, supply chain issues and inferior quality. A growing trend, known as onshoring, reshoring or insourcing, is gaining acceptance as a weak dollar and surging wage rates in low-labor-cost countries make it more costly to import products from overseas. 
Harry Moser, founder of the Reshoring Initiative, is collaborating with AME to promote reshoring as part of the “Revitalizing of Manufacturing” initiative. AME recommends companies use a Total Cost of Ownership analysis tool to effectively compare total cost of local and offshore sources, enabling them to make informed business decisions. “We are committed to changing the sourcing paradigm from ‘off-shored is cheaper’ to ‘local reduces the total cost of ownership,’” said Moser.
Additionally, the whitepaper discusses training within industry programs, which can help businesses rebuild their workforces once demand for skilled workers increases as an aging workforce retires. Developed during World War II to replace workers that left factories to go to war, manufacturing companies are now turning to these programs again to train unskilled workers to build equipment and machinery with consistent quality.
To read more, go to www.ame.org. The next part of the whitepaper series in June will provide a call to action that manufacturers and industry organizations can use to help grow the industry and the economy. 

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May 30, 2012 at 7:00 am

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