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Upholstery fabrics manufacturer adding 55 new jobs

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Global Textile Alliance, North Carolina fabrics manufacturer for bedding and upholstery is adding 55 new jobs to their Reidsville location, according to The Business Journal.

As part of the project, they are investing $7.4 million over three years in an expansion, according to Gov. Bev Perdue’s office.

The company received a $150,000 grant from the One North Carolina Fund, which provides financial assistance to attract business projects that will stimulate economic activity and create new jobs.

The company sells to U.S. furniture brands. Their Reidsville plant is home to the company’s corporate headquarters, distribution, design, sales and marketing, finance and quality control divisions. They have more than 130 employees at the facility.

“Global Textile Alliance Inc. is extremely pleased to have the continued support of North Carolina to help us broaden the foundation of our company,” Steven Graven, chief operating officer of Global Textile Alliance, said in a statement. “The expansions we have planned will allow the company to grow in the overall scope of the products we manufacture in the United States.”

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September 28, 2012 at 7:00 am

Vauth-Sagel exhibits at IWF 2012

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German system components manufacturer Vauth-Sagel attended the 2012 International Woodworking Fair in Atlanta, marking the first time the company exhibited at its own booth.

Vauth-Sagel showcased its full product line at a 144-square-meter booth, along with the complete product range of Brakel-Erkeln.

With two model kitchens, one with the American Faceframe appearance and one in the European style, Vauth-Sagel showed its re-gard to installation technology. In addition, two new corner cabinet prototypes were shown.

After the fair, Vauth-Sagel jointly created a new partnership with PAM Trading in August. In the recently founded joint company, PAM Trading dba Vauth-Sagel America, the production, sales and distribution system will be expanded in the U.S.

“For us, this year’s trade fair in Atlanta was a genuine milestone,” said CEO Claus Sagel. “It has proven true that there is a major difference between exhibiting with a partner and exhibiting under an own brand. In the run-up to and during the trade fair it became clear that we had taken the right strategic decision. IWF 2012 exceeded our expectations. We were able to welcome many partners from industry and trade to our stand. American kitchen manufacturers, in particular, reacted very positively to our products.”

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September 28, 2012 at 7:00 am

Arauco, Flakeboard finalize June Flakeboard purchase agreement

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Arauco and Flakeboard Co. Ltd. have announced that they have finalized the sale agreement for all outstanding Flakeboard shares to Arauco. The agreement was originally announced in June.

Following this purchase Arauco will combine its particleboard and MDF plant in Moncure, N.C., with Flakeboard’s seven North American operating facilities, making Arauco the largest producer of MDF, particleboard, hardboard, and thermally-fused melamine panels in the Americas.

The eight North American locations will operate under the Flakeboard name and its existing senior management. Kelly Shotbolt will be retained as head of Flakeboard North America.

Arauco CEO Matias Domeyko said, “Building on Arauco’s stability and stature as a global leader in sustainable forest products, we expect great things to result from the blending of the talents, technology, and market leadership of these two companies.

Our combined strengths will enable us to continue our commitment to delivering our customers the responsibly produced, high-quality, innovative products they need in order to thrive in this ever-changing marketplace.”

Arauco is headquartered in Santiago, Chile, and North American headquarters is at 5901B Peachtree Dunwoody Rd. NE, Suite 500, Atlanta, GA 30328. Phone: 770.350.1610, www.arauco-usa.com.

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September 28, 2012 at 7:00 am

Safety precaution or scare tactic?

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We’ve all heard the hype about which products in our home and furniture are toxic, but the most recent item to come under scrutiny is silicone, according to columnist Julie Gunlock of Townhall.com.

Silicone is best known for its use in breast augmentations, but it is actually used in everything from car engines to cosmetics, prosthetic limbs and medical equipment.

In 2011, the EPA announced an interest in collecting environmental monitoring data for two silicone materials, D4 and D5, to assess the chemicals’ potential impact on the environment. They notified the silicone industry that they wanted to establish an environmental monitoring program at silicone manufacturing, processing and formulating facilities and select municipal waste water treatment plants that treat the chemical, according to Gunlock.

The silicone industry accommodated the request, though soon after, they suggested the industry monitor 42 sites in addition. The monitoring came to the tune of $50 million in data collection.

In 2012, Canada began its own monitoring program. The government completed an assessment of the safety of silicone that was conducted by a panel of independent scientific experts. The scientists found that D5 does not pose a risk to the environment or to humans. On D4, the Canadian government only required pollution prevention plans—a pretty standard requirement for the chemical industry, according to Gunlock.

After the research was put out there, the EPA revised their plan and stayed on just 16 sites. They chose to continue their research without announcing clear plan as to where it was going.

Who knows if the better-safe-than-sorry method is for the good of the environment and people, or if it is simply a way to milk industries and implement scare tactics on consumers? You decide.

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September 28, 2012 at 7:00 am

Participants hopeful for outdoor furniture show

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The annual International Casual Furniture and Accessories Market opened its doors at Chicago’s Merchandise Mart, CasualLiving.com reports.

For more than 30 years, this four-day event has been the spot for the latest casual furniture trends and outdoor living. This year, there are a variety of showroom events, awards presentations and educational seminars. More than 45 permanent showrooms and hundreds of exhibitors have taken over the 350,000 square feet of exhibit space.

“I’ve been in this industry longer than most and my feeling is that this is a ‘you make it or you break it market, sink or swim,’” says Maggie Bederian, CEO of Beka Casting “And I think those that have adapted and evolved are embracing the new ways of doing business and will succeed.”

Manufacturers displaying outdoor accessories and specialty products have an array of new styles in tabletop items, statuary, fountains, fabric, outdoor bars, hearth and heating products, outdoor rugs and flooring, cushions and pillows, pottery and planters, fire pits, umbrellas, awnings, grills, outdoor kitchens, decorative and garden accessories and more.

The attendees are trade professionals from many fields including specialty casual furniture stores, full-line home furnishing stores, department stores, pool and spa stores, garden centers, hearth and fireplace stores, catalogs, hardware centers, discount and mass merchandisers, interior design, hospitality specification, landscape design and landscape architecture. For more information or a complete list of exhibitors, visit casualmarket.com.

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September 27, 2012 at 7:00 am

Steelcase introduces new mobile line

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Steelcase CEO Jim Hackett said recently that they will show their new line of products for the mobile workplace, according to MLive.com. “We’ve been working with the Marriott hotel chain to prototype collaborative work environments in hotel conference centers,” Hackett said.

“We think there is potential here to expand the definition of our purpose, to help create great experiences wherever work happens.”

The company surpassed their expectations in sales last year, with profits up two-fold for the eighth consecutive quarter. The company has done well in the Americas and growing in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa.

Just last week, Steelcase opened a new showroom in Guangzhou, China. It’s the third WorkLife Center in the company’s China network, joining Shanghai and Beijing. The larger effort is to establish itself in cities that have a plethora of of global organizations and local companies.

By November, they plan to open a manufacturing facility in India, another important market.

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September 27, 2012 at 7:00 am

Madison College Cabinetmaking & Millwork program completes remodeling

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The Cabinetmaking & Millwork program at Madison Area Technical College in Madison, Wis., has completed phase one of its remodeling, which included construction of a 3,000-square-foot addition to the lab.

The new space will house the rough mill, including the moulder and straightline rip, radial arm and vertical panel saws. The addition features five floor-to-ceiling cantilever rack systems for storing materials and provides fabrication space. A modular room will also be delivered to the program to serve as a climate-controlled space to house the Kentwood profile knife grinder, sharpening equipment and tooling.

Also as part of phase one of remodeling, the old cyclone was replaced with a new dust collection system, while the space previously occupied by the cyclone was converted into a climate-controlled storage space for veneer. The new dust collector is nearly four times the capacity of the old unit, with motorized gates at each workstation to improve suction and reduce electricity consumption. The Ecogate System monitors the activity of all machines in the lab utilizing dust collection, and through a variable speed drive, optimizes the amount of power supplied to the fan, for energy savings up to 80 percent.

Phase two of the remodel will occur next summer and will include a new/second classroom, doubling the size of the finish room and replacing the existing spray booth, a new assembly room, a room dedicated to maintenance materials and a materials library.

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September 27, 2012 at 7:00 am

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