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KI introduces new Grazie seating collection

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KI's new Grazie seating collection includes task and stack chairs.

KI’s new Grazie seating collection includes task and stack chairs.

KI has introduced the Grazie seating collection, the latest collaboration between KI and designer Giancarlo Piretti.

Grazie seating includes ergonomic stack and task chairs, designed with Perfect Pivot mechanism to mirror human movement. A video highlighting the design and development of the new seating collection can be viewed at

“Grazie seating has an animated, light, contemporary aesthetic that reflects simple elegance,” said Shawn Green, vice president, design and product marketing, KI. “Grazie’s thin-edged seat and back present a sleek, elegant profile, while its distinctive leg angles add visual interest. What’s more, Grazie’s contoured seat delivers sculpted, supple curves.”

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April 30, 2013 at 7:00 am

NeoCon to offer seminars on outdoor design, color trends and more

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Contract furnishings trade show NeoCon announced the schedule for the 2013 show, which includes nearly 100 CEU-accredited seminars and industry association forums.

The educational seminars offer a range of important topics organized in 14 educational tracks: Dealer Strategies, Environmental Design, Facilities Construction/Renovation, Facilities Management, Facilities Technology, Health Care Design, Hospitality, Institutional Design, Lighting Design, Office Design, Professional Development, Residential Design and Senior Housing.

Seminar highlights include:

  • Discovering the Color Trends in Contract, led by Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute and director of the Eiseman Center for Color Information and Training
  • The Outdoor Office, led by Jonathan Olivares, founder of Jonathan Olivares Design Research in New York
  • Activating Underutilized Urban Spaces: The Roof Deck, led by Stephen Apking, interior design partner at Skidmore, Owings & Merrill in New York
  • Commercial Carpet and Flooring: Trends in Both Optimizing Performance, led by Lewis Migliore, president of LGM and Associates in Dalton, Ga.

NeoCon will be held June 10-12 at Chicago’s Merchandise Mart. A full list of seminars can be viewed at

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April 30, 2013 at 7:00 am

Small business tax reform: New draft

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Representative Dave Camp, chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, has released a draft of a small business tax reform bill that is designed to promote discussion among lawmakers, serving as a stepping stone to a final law, reports.

The provisions include expanding deductions for business startup costs, making rules that allow small businesses to expense purchases of equipment and property, and easing the burden of tax compliance by adjusting filing dates and letting businesses with $10 million or less in gross receipts use the cash method of accounting. The draft also has more industrious reforms that would revise rules governing pass-through organizations, with an eye to closing tax loopholes.

The legislation has gained support across the political spectrum. President Obama’s budget proposal, unveiled last week, contained small business tax breaks that mirror some of Camp’s proposals.

Finding proponents is the easy part, John Arensmeyer, chief executive officer of the Small Business Majority told Business Week. “What’s difficult is deciding on how to pay for the proposals. “The Congressional Budget Office is going to come back with a cost for all of these things,” he said.

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April 29, 2013 at 7:00 am

APA 2013 Market Outlook: Growth in panels, joists, glulam, LVL

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With indicators pointing to rising housing starts through the year and  into 2014, APA-The Engineered Wood Association predicts a second  straight year of growth in all four of the wood product sectors it  represents. The small but positive uptick in the economy and residential construction closed 2012 on an optimistic note for the first time since the recession began, and that slow-but-steady growth is expected to continue through 2013.

“Last year saw across-the-board increases in structural panels, I-joists, glulam, and LVL. In 2013, not only will that trend continue, but at a slightly faster pace in most cases,” said Craig Adair, APA’s market research director. “Residential construction will drive much of that growth, with pent-up demand for housing, moderately rising house prices, and growing consumer confidence having the most influence.”

Residential Market Forecasts

The residential market is gaining strength from a very low bottom, and interest rates are still low. While housing is not immune from potential tax increases and government spending cuts, momentum is favorable for a healthy increase in starts.

APA is forecasting single-family housing starts to reach 665,000, a 24 percent gain, as homeowners take a positive view toward purchasing a home, the job market improves, and home prices firm up in many cities. Multifamily starts are expected to improve 35 percent to 330,000 units.

The remodeling market is also showing small signs of life, although the outlook is brighter into the second half of 2013 and in years following. The NAHB’s Remodeling Market Index is above 50 for the first time since 2005, meaning that more remodelers expect business to be higher or better in the future than lower. The Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies predicts repair and remodeling expenditures to reach 2007 levels, around $145 billion, a dramatic improvement over 2008-2012 levels.

Non-residential’s mild, 3 percent uptick in starts in 2012 is expected to be repeated in 2013; school construction and health care will lead in total square footage, although the education sector will experience a small decline.

The industrial market will see only modest growth in 2013 due to a number of factors, from government budget cuts that impact manufacturing to the millwork industry’s dependence on remodeling as well as nonresidential construction. Overall, manufacturing is expected to grow about 2 percent this year, down from 4 percent in 2012; improvement to 5 percent growth is anticipated in 2014.

Wood products demand is expected to accelerate as rapid housing growth is followed by renewed repair and remodeling energy, an upturn in the nonresidential construction cycle, and industrial demand that increases with consumer spending and higher GDP growth.

U.S. and Canadian production of OSB and plywood is expected to reach 30.5 billion square feet in 2013, a 10 percent rise over 2012.

Glulam is predicted to see a 10 percent increase over 2012, reaching 248 million board feet. The growth is due entirely to housing, with little support from non-residential.

Growth in the I-joist market is forecast around 17 percent in 2013 to 651 million linear feet, slightly slower than 2012’s 22 percent increase. Most of the gains will come from housing, with raised-floor construction continuing to provide a notable boost.

Increased housing starts also will drive demand for LVL, the majority of which is used for beams, headers, and rimboard. LVL production should reach 54.9 million cubic feet in 2013, a 10 percent growth over 2012.

For additional details, APA’s Yearbook, which contains historical data and a look at 2013, is available to non-members for $250 through

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April 29, 2013 at 7:00 am

Remodeling business conditions increase in first-quarter 2013, NARI data show

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The National Association of the Remodeling Industry’s ( first-quarter 2013 Remodeling Business Pulse data of current and future remodeling business conditions show quarter-over-quarter increases across all sub-components measuring remodeling activity.

As remodelers approach the busy season, overall current business conditions have increased steadily since March 2012, now at a statistically significant 5.97 rating compared with the 5.59 rating from one year before.

Growth indicators in the first quarter of 2013 are as follows:

• Current business conditions up 1 percent since fourth-quarter 2012 • Number of inquiries up 4.9 percent since fourth-quarter 2012 • Requests for bids up 5.2 percent since fourth-quarter 2012  • Conversion of bids to jobs up 1.1 percent since fourth-quarter 2012 • Value of jobs sold is up 0.2 percent since fourth-quarter 2012

“Homeowners are tired of waiting to make improvements—many have chosen to stay put—and better financial positioning has them actively approaching professionals to get work done and enhance long-term livability of the home,” said Tom O’Grady, president of NARI’s Strategic Planning & Research Committee.

Remodeling activity drivers include improvements needed due to postponement of projects (83 percent) and improving home prices (59 percent). Other contributors to remodeling activity increases are certainty about the future (44 percent), economic growth (43 percent), low interest rates (42 percent) and growth in market stock (39 percent). Over the next three months, 76 percent of remodelers said they forecast growth in the next three months and only 7 percent said they forecast declines.

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April 26, 2013 at 7:00 am

Scm Group to sponsor U.S. tour of reclaimed wood furniture projects

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Scm Group will sponsor a U.S. tour of a project in which reclaimed casks used to make wine in San Patrignano, Italy, were crafted into lamps, furniture, doors, chairs and other wood products.

The project, “Le botti rinascono a San Patrignano,” involved young people in the San Patrignano community, who worked in the carpentry workshop to create the wood pieces, designed by about 30 famous designers. The carpentry workshop is equipped with Scm Group woodworking machinery, which was used to turn the wood from barriques into the wood designs.

1304CMFscmwoodtour2.jpgThe designs were created by members of the San Patrignano community in their carpentry shop.

A tour of the wood projects will be hosted around the U.S. from May through October. A list of cities the tour will stop at can be obtained by contacting Scm Group at

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April 26, 2013 at 7:00 am

Franklin Adhesives & Polymers launches LinkedIn discussion group

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Franklin Adhesives & Polymers, a division of Franklin International, has launched a discussion group on LinkedIn, “Ask the Adhesives Expert.” The discussion group serves as an additional channel to carry information to customers and other companies that use adhesives in their manufacturing processes and a means for customers and industry professionals to get answers to specific questions quickly and share their own views.

“The discussion group gives us one more way to serve our customers and others who have questions about adhesive products, applications, market trends and related topics,” said division marketing communications manager, Abbe Raabe.

LinkedIn members can get access to the discussion group at or Professionals who do not yet have a LinkedIn account can open one on the LinkedIn site.

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April 25, 2013 at 7:00 am

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