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Duratherm receives Maine Wood Products Association Pine Tree Award

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The Maine Wood Products Association presented the Duratherm Corporation of Vassalboro, Maine, with the 2012 Pine Tree Award. The award is presented each year to a Maine-based wood products manufacturing company that has taken innovative steps to strengthen its business.

Duratherm manufactures custom wood windows and doors for commercial, residential and institutional buildings. The company was chosen for the Pine Tree Award because of its advances in the areas of manufacturing efficiency, waste reduction, generosity toward employees and the community, and energy conservation measures, including the transition to heating the facility with locally sourced, renewable wood pellets.

“People, planet and profit…Duratherm truly exemplifies what a company operating on the triple-bottom line philosophy is all about,” said Collin Miller, director of wood product initiatives for the Northern Forest Center.

In 2012, the Regional Wood Products Consortium, a multi-state partnership coordinated by Miller that invests in innovation in the wood products sector, supported the launch of Duratherm’s LEAN initiatives, which involved consulting the Maine Manufacturing Extension Partnership for specialized assistance. The entire staff was trained in the Lean business philosophy, a Value Stream Mapping Committee compiled a list of “improvement opportunities,” and the company was able to use the results of the analysis to invest in a new piece of equipment. For more information, visit Duratherm’s new website at www.durathermwindow.com.

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November 30, 2012 at 7:00 am

Great turnout for Small Business Saturday

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Saturday was a successful and profitable day for many small business owners. In Canon City, Colo., Debbie Lake of Classic Furniture experienced a lot of foot traffic for Small Business Saturday, according to CanonCityDailyRecord.com.

“We’ve been busy,” Lake told the site. “We’ve had lots of people out and everybody who has been out, I’ve been thanking them for shopping local.”

This is the second time Canon City downtown merchants joined the Small Business Saturday campaign, created by American Express. Last year, more than 100 million Americans participated in the event, and this year, the event had more than 3 million followers on Facebook, according to WashingtonPost.com.

Former Colorado Springs residents George and Linda Daman shopped at Classic Furniture, where they always enjoy looking at the latest designs in the store.

“We’ve purchased several pieces from here over the last few years,” Linda said. “It promotes small businesses,” George said.

Overall, Small Business Saturday raked in an estimated $5.5 billion, according to a survey reported by WashingtonPost.com. The site also said that consumer sentiment is up the highest it’s been in five years. Even president Obama participated, bringing his daughters Sasha and Malia to shop at One More Page Books in the Falls Church neighborhood of Arlington, Va.

“These businesses create two out of every three new jobs in America, helping spur economic development in communities across our country and giving millions of families and individuals the opportunity to achieve the American dream,” the president said in a statement to Small Business Saturday supporters.

Back in Canon City, Lake is happy to be involved in Small Business Saturday.

“It’s an awesome idea,” she told the site. “We all benefit. One man dreams it. Another man profits.”

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November 30, 2012 at 7:00 am

Forest Stewardship Council’s Greenbuild booth certified by SCS

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The Forest Stewardship Council’s booth at Greenbuild 2012 earned “Project” certification by SCS Global Services.

Third-party certification firm SCS Global Services issued its first Forest Stewardship Council “Project” certification in the U.S. at Greenbuild 2012, recognizing FSC U.S.’s use of FSC-certified wood in its exhibit booth. SCS certified the mill where the timber was processed and the booth itself (certificate number SCS-PRO-004392).

The FSC booth featured nest-like structures made of curved plywood, built by Nyberg Construction. Other components were built by Woodtech Inc., a company also certified by SCS under the FSC chain-of-custody standard.

The booth also showcased a wide range of products made with FSC-certified materials, including a bicycle built with FSC-certified wood, World Centric paper cups, the Hunger Games book series printed on FSC-certified paper and a baseball bat manufactured by Combat Sports Group.

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November 30, 2012 at 7:00 am

Blum’s Apprenticeship 2000 program wins North Carolina Governor’s Award

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In November, Blum’s Apprenticeship 2000 program received the North Carolina Governor’s Award for Excellence in Workplace Development for Innovative Partnership at the 2012 N.C. Workforce Development Partnership Conference.

Apprenticeship 2000 was chosen for its collaboration between employers, secondary and post-secondary educational institutions, and the North Carolina Department of Labor. The mission of Apprenticeship 2000 is to train employees guaranteed to meet the skills needed by companies in an effort to close the skilled labor gap and reduce the shortage of skilled technicians.

“Our hard-working and talented citizens are the capstone of our economic development efforts and they are helping us on the road to economic recovery,” said Governor Bev Perdue. “I congratulate these award recipients for their determination, innovation and commitment to helping make our employees the nation’s best.”

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November 30, 2012 at 7:00 am

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Rockler Woodworking and Hardware’s Mixing Mate receives Innov8 Award

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Rockler’s Mixing Mate received an Innov8 Award from Wood Magazine.

Rockler Woodworking and Hardware was recently awarded an Innov8 Award from Wood Magazine for its Mixing Mate. The magazine’s editors annually select the top eight woodworking innovations to receive the awards, naming Mixing Mate among winners for 2013.

“We’re honored and thrilled that Mixing Mate has been recognized with this award,” said Steve Krohmer, Rockler’s vice president of product development. “We’re always trying to deliver innovative new products to our customers that make their projects easier, and I think we’ve done that this year with Mixing Mate. It’s a very handy tool that mixes, pours and stores paint and finish without creating a big mess.”

Mixing Mate is currently available in the quart size and will be available in the gallon size in February 2013. For more information, please visit www.rockler.com.

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November 30, 2012 at 7:00 am

Green building with LED and smart windows taking off

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Despite a weak global economy, a new survey says there has been a higher demand for green building amid LED light bulbs and smart windows, according to USA Today online.

Whopping utility bills have actually prompted the demand. More and consumers and manufactures are seeing that shifting to green manufacturing actually lowers costs.

About half (51 percent) of companies say most of their construction projects will be certified as green by 2015, which is up from 28 percent in 2012 according to a study that finds saving money, not the planet, their primary motive.

“It’s a business decision,” Harvey Bernstein of McGraw Hill Construction told the site.

“It’s really shifted,” he says, noting the top reason to build green three years ago was to do “the right thing” whereas now it’s to meet client/market demand and to lower operating costs. Bernstein also said more companies want to improve indoor air quality and thus the health and productivity of occupants.

But another report by Turner Construction shows a similar boom in green building, but not in LEED certification. Among their corporate executives, 90 percent are committed to eco-friendly construction, primarily to lower maintenance costs and improve indoor air quality. Yet the percentage of “extremely or very likely” to certify their projects with LEED is now 48 percent, down from 53 percent in 2010 and 61 percent in 2008.

“Many believe they don’t need LEED anymore,” says Michael Deane of New York-based Turner Construction, which has used the program to certify up to 98 percent of its projects. He says survey participants cite the costs and staff time involved as the biggest factors. The LEED process can cost thousands of dollars.

Nadav Malin, president of Building Green, a consulting and publishing firm that writes a LEED user’s guide, says there has been some frustration with LEED over the past few years. Though he says it has been cumbersome and slow to adjust, he welcomes stricter rules that council members will vote on next year.

“The industry as a whole is getting greener,” Malin says, giving considerable credit to the U.S. Green Building Council for defining a standard. But he adds, “There’s still a long way to go.”

One recent technology cited by Malin are smart windows that automatically adjust to outdoor conditions. At Greenbuild, View Inc. recently showcased its latest Dynamic Glass, which uses electrochromic technology to adjust the tint of the glass to reflect or absorb light. The windows are said to reduce annual energy usage by 20 percent.

Also now on the market are Osram Sylvania’s LED replacement bulbs for the 100-watt incandescent, which federal law began phasing out this year. Its bulb, which retails for $49.98 at Lowes, uses only 20 watts but delivers the same amount of light and is expected to last 25 times longer than Thomas Edison’s 100-watt version.

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November 29, 2012 at 7:00 am

Indiana Furniture chairs honored during Meyer Design Chair Month

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Indiana Furniture’s Clutch chair took first place during Meter Design Chair Month.

Indiana Furniture’s chair models, Clutch and Chat, were recently acknowledged as “Best In Class” by Meyer Design Inc. of Ardmore, Pa., during the sixth annual Meyer Design Chair Month in October.

During Chair Month, each of the  41-person staff of designers, architects, business managers and administrative support had the opportunity test out and evaluate up to 75 different chair models. “Chair Month is a fun and informative time to get first-hand knowledge of, and often a first-look at, new chair models by major manufacturers. No other firms that we know of do anything like this,” said Laura Price, Meyer Design resource manager. “This unique program identifies top quality chairs in terms of design, ergonomics and construction by category of chair. In the end, Chair Month provides an internal catalog of Valued Interior Product of best-in-class chairs for the firm’s designers to consult when creating interior designs tailored to clients’ needs and preferences.”

Indiana Furniture’s Clutch chair earned first place, scoring the highest overall ranking across all categories, while the Chat chair took second place. To learn more about the company’s seating products, please visit www.indianafurniture.com.

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November 29, 2012 at 7:00 am

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