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Biesse expands AWFS booth space to exhibit woodworking technologies

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Biesse (www.biesseamerica.com) has expanded its booth space at AWFS in order to bring more cutting-edge woodworking technology introduced at Ligna to customers.

Biesse will present the latest technologies available in the industry from affordable, entry-level machines up to more-advanced solutions available for panel processing, solid wood manufacturing, plastic manufacturing, and production of non-ferrous metals and composite materials.

Biesse will offer demonstrations at its new location, booth #10012 and 10023. For more information about Biesse at AWFS, please contact marketing@biesseamerica.com or call 704.357.3131.

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May 31, 2013 at 7:00 am

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Accuride names event announcer for National Championship Belt Sander Races

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Accuride and the Belt Sander Racing Association secured Guy Bucasas as the event announcer for the upcoming National Championship Belt Sander Races set for Thursday, July 25 at AWFS Fair in Las Vegas.

The 2013 event marks the third time Bucasas will act as the announcer for the BSRA National Championships. In addition to the National Championships, Bucasas has emceed several BSRA regional races held at Accuride distributor locations on the West Coast.

“I have a lot of fun at these events,” says Bucasas. “And these races are so much more awesome in person—it’s like a circus—how could you not have fun? I even race my own sander! I like to tell people, if you want to see speed, action and the epitome of belt sander racing—do not look at my sander. Look at the one next to mine.”

The BSRA National Championship Races feature competitors who race stock and modified belt sanders down a 75-foot wooden track. The fastest and best-dressed sanders take home trophies and special awards presented by Accuride.

The event will also include a new competition, the Crash & Smash Demolition Derby. Participants with sacrificial sanders can register for the head-on “Crash” segment or the “Smash” segment, where sanders will careen into a post specially designed to cause sanders to break apart. Contestants will earn prizes, with the most spectacular crash taking home a trophy.

For more information or to register for the event, visit http://bit.ly/BSRAEvents.

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May 31, 2013 at 7:00 am

Manufacturing industry report shows gender gap in the U.S.

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Although the manufacturing sector has posted steady employment gains over the past two and a half years, the gender gap has widened considerably, with the vast majority of new jobs going to male workers, according to Industry Market Trends online (IMT).

A new report released by Sen. Amy Klobuchar, vice chair of the Joint Economic Committee, says manufacturing added 530,000 jobs from February 2010 to April 2013, but women saw a net loss of 28,000 manufacturing jobs over the same period. Men, on the other hand, gained 558,000 jobs. The findings bring attention to the severity of a long-term trend in declining female representation within the industry.

The reports says that in 1990, women accounted for 32 percent of the manufacturing workforce, but today that share has fallen to 27 percent, the lowest level since 1971.

“Manufacturing is key to moving our economy forward, and we need all of our country’s talent – both men and women – to fill the jobs of tomorrow that our businesses are creating today,” Klobuchar told IMT. “We need to make sure that women have the skills and resources they need to succeed in these growing manufacturing industries.”

The senator emphasized the need for providing better training for women in the science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields, which are crucial to success in the manufacturing industry. Klubacher’s report also found that women earn the majority of bachelor’s degrees in the U.S., but less than half of math and science degrees and less than 20 percent of engineering and computer science degrees.

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May 31, 2013 at 7:00 am

New legislation for U.S. exporters

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The amount of U.S. exports is low, according to Bloomberg Businessweek online. President Obama is now pushing to double exports of goods and services by 2015, and to help small firms tap into foreign markets, Representative Sam Graves has now introduced three bills that seek to improve federal programs that promote U.S. businesses abroad.

“Although 95 percent of the world’s market for products exists outside the U.S., many small firms do not have the resources and personnel to take advantage of these opportunities,” Graves says in a press release.

To help spark American exports, Graves’s legislation focuses on “improving the coordination of the federal trade promotion agencies.” That means publishing up-to-date listings of foreign trade missions, tariff laws, and changes in foreign regulations, and integrating state-level efforts to promote foreign trade into federal programs.

Still, it’s going to be difficult to turbocharge exports without addressing an important need small business owners face when selling abroad: working capital.

Last month, the Small Business Administration’s Office of Advocacy published a survey of U.S. export data to determine the effects of the credit crunch that accompanied the financial crisis on small businesses’ foreign sales. Among the findings: Exporters were especially reliant on working-capital loans because of the longer transportation times required when shipping goods abroad and the riskier nature of foreign sales. And exporters with fewer than 100 employees were hit especially hard by tighter credit from 2008 to 2009, when the value of all U.S. exports fell 14 percent.

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May 31, 2013 at 7:00 am

Deadline to enter CMA Wood Diamond Awards ends May 31

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The Cabinetmakers Association announced that the deadline to enter its Wood Diamond Awards contest closes on Friday, May 31.

Winners for the 2013 competition will be announced at AWFS in Las Vegas in July. Enter online at www.cabinetmakers.org/about-the-cma/wooden-diamond-awards/2013-wood-diamond-awards-contest-online-entry/.

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May 30, 2013 at 7:00 am

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Woodgrain Millwork, PureColor develop prefinished door, trim packages

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Woodgrain Millwork Inc. and PureColor have co-developed ready-to-install prefinished interior door and trim packages.

These packages give builders and remodelers the choice of a custom-stained appearance and the benefits of PureColor’s green finishing system. PureColor stains are all zero VOC, creating an opportunity for builders to meet the growing demand for greener building materials and healthier indoor air environments.

The American-made interior door and trim packages will be available through Woodgrain’s nationwide distribution network.

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May 29, 2013 at 7:00 am

Ashley Furniture breaks ground on N.C. expansion

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Last week, Ashley Furniture broke ground on an $80 million manufacturing facility that expects to employee 550 workers within five years, the Enterprise Record online reports. The company is already basing its East Coast distributing and manufacturing on the old RJR site on Baltimore Road in North Carolina.

When completed, the Ashley expansion will make it the largest furniture manufacturing plant in the United States.

Reinvesting is what the spearhead company has always done, and it has grown from a small business to employing more that 22,000 people worldwide. Ashley does business in every state and 134 countries.

“We’re excited to be re-investing in the United States,” Todd Wanek, CEO of Ashley Furniture told the news. The Advance facility will serve customers throughout the Southeast as well as export markets, he said.

Terry Bralley, president of the Davie Economic Development Commission told the site, “I’ve learned from Ashley what it takes to compete in the world today.”

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May 29, 2013 at 7:00 am

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