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Columbia Forest Products unveils new brand identity

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Columbia Forest Products unveiled a new corporate brand identity during a ceremony to dedicate a new core veneer production facility in Boardman, Ore.

The new branding initiative, which includes a mission statement, logo and tagline, emphasizes Columbia Forest Products’ position in the North American hardwood market as a sustainably-geared product and process innovation leader. The new logo includes a maple leaf pictoral element, symbolizing the North American-sourced hardwoods that are the foundation of the company’s product line, along with new accent color framing that reflects the company’s “healthy-and-green” product philosophy and environmentally responsible nature of its material sourcing and manufacturing processes.

Also as part of its new branding initiative, Columbia Forest Products introduced a new corporate tagline:  Innovating Responsibly.

1306CMFcolumbiabuilding.jpgColumbia Forest Products’ new logo is already appearing on the company’s facilities throughout North America.

“‘Innovating Responsibly’ captures what we stand for and what our customers can expect from us. It’s a memorable phrase that reflects unique points of differentiation from our competitors,” said Brad Thompson, president and CEO.

Along with the company’s commitment to “Innovating Responsibly,” it is aso expanding the programs and offerings for cabinet shops and other woodworking professionals. Among these programs are free Hardwood Plywood Grading Guides and educational training through Columbia Forest Products University, a range of specialty products and the PureBond Fabricator Network. For more information, please visit www.columbiaforestproducts.com/branding.

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June 28, 2013 at 7:00 am

Leedo Cabinetry makes leadership changes in response to sales growth

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In response to sales growth, Leedo Cabinetry has made two key organizational changes in its senior leadership team. The company named Howard Maymon as chief financial officer and former CFO, Jonathan Risch, has assumed the newly created position of chief commercial officer.

Maymon was most recently CFO and interim CEO of ACProducts Inc. As CFO for Leedo Cabinetry, he will work with all of Leedo’s operating divisions to ensure continued improvement in the company’s financial results, in addition to leading the accounting, financial planning and analysis departments.

Additionally, former CFO Risch’s responsibilities will expand to oversee all of Leedo’s commercial functions including sales, marketing, estimation, design, project management, contracts, credit, collections and billing. The company says the move towards a more customer-centric reporting structure is a natural transition as Leedo continues to better align its departmental units into operating divisions.

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June 28, 2013 at 7:00 am

Columbia Forest Products opens new veneer mill in Oregon

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Columbia Forest Products’ leaders Brad Thompson, CEO, and Arnold Curtis, chairman of the board, welcomed more than 100 employees, customers and partners to the grand opening of its new Boardman, Ore., veneer mill at the Boardman Tree Farm on June 19.

Situated in the middle of 6 million Poplar trees on 23,000 acres in the Columbia River Valley, the new mill is producing poplar veneer for plywood production used in cabinets, furniture, fixtures and millwork. The company also unveiled its new corporate brand identity at the mill ceremony, including a new company logo, mission statement and tagline.

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June 28, 2013 at 7:00 am

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Gill Electronics, Qualcomm to develop new wireless power technology

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Grand Rapids, Mich.-based Gill Electronics, Inc. has announced it has signed an agreement with Qualcomm Incorporated for Gill Electronics to obtain rights to develop, manufacture, and sell wireless power products for the automotive and furniture industries, prnewswire.com reports.

The licensed wireless power technology allows for spatial freedom when wirelessly charging products, as well as the ability to charge multiple devices and device types simultaneously.

“With the prevalence of mobile electronic devices in today’s society, the need to provide power to charge these devices is enormous,” says Richard Perreault, president of Gill. “With wireless power technology, people will be able to simultaneously charge anything from a Bluetooth headset, smartphone or tablet, to a netbook by simply placing it on the counter or desk, or in a car, without any plugin. We expect the first products to be available later this year.”

“Gill is an early mover in this market and has been working with the wireless power team at Qualcomm for several years,” says Steve Pazol, vice president, Qualcomm Inc. “In this time we have come to appreciate its team as visionaries in the field,” he continued. “Gill’s expertise in the automotive and furniture industries will play a key role in advancing Qualcomm’s wireless power technology as the premier technology for wireless charging.” Both Gill and Qualcomm are founding members of the Alliance for Wireless Power (A4WP), a global, independently operated alliance dedicated to delivering flexible wireless power technology to the consumer electronics and automotive marketplaces. The performance of this new technology broadens horizons for wireless power applications in automobiles and furniture, while meeting strict form factor and operating characteristics of the most demanding device manufacturers.

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June 27, 2013 at 7:00 am

University of Pennsylvania displays Benjamin Franklin’s mahogany desk

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The University of Pennsylvania is now haven to one of Benjamin Franklin’s most prized possessions—his mahogany writing desk—which played a valuable role in his work as a printer, according to www.upenn.edu.

The desk is housed in the Reading Room of the Rare Book & Manuscript Library, evoking images of the founding father examining political documents, checking account books or writing correspondences on the inset leather writing surface.

Franklin purchased the desk while in London from prominent London cabinetmaker John Mayhew in 1772. When he moved back to Philadelphia, Franklin brought the desk with him. Its large, flat surface suited his needs perfectly, allowing him to review large folios and providing space to store his copy press, art historian Page Talbott told the university.

Identical on both sides, the desk, also known as a “partner’s desk,” has drawer fronts with beaded edges, brass bail handles with button escutcheons, and brass-edged keyholes. After Franklin died in 1790, the desk was owned by several Philadelphia families and was displayed at Independence Hall from about 1856 to 1866. The family of The Reverend Edwin Town subsequently gave the desk to Roland Curtin, a Penn alum and Medical School professor, and Curtin’s family donated the desk to Penn in 1916.

The desk has undergone at least two significant renovations, the first in the 1850s, and the second in 2004 as part of the preparations for the Tercentenary. As part of the Tercentenary exhibit, the desk traveled all over, from St. Louis to Houston, Denver and Atlanta.

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June 27, 2013 at 7:00 am

Spray finishing workshop available

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Finishing Brands: Binks, DeVilbiss, Ransburg, BGK (www.finishingbrands.com) and Owens Community College have teamed up to present a Spray Finishing Technology Workshop. This three-day training program is scheduled for September 4-6, 2013 in Toledo, Ohio. Classes meet from 8:30 am to 4:00 pm daily and include both classroom and hands-on sessions. Two Continuing Education Units are awarded. Attendees should be involved with industrial, contractor, or maintenance spray finishing applications, or spray equipment sales and distribution. Topics for the Spray Finishing Technology Workshop include:

• Equipment types and selection

• Equipment set-up, operation, and maintenance

• Surface preparation and defect analysis

• Material selection

• Safety and regulatory concerns

To register, or for additional information, contact Jaime Wineland, Owens Community College, Workforce and Community Services Division, toll-free by phone at: +1.800.466.9367, ext.7320, or by e-mail at: sprayworkshop@netscape.net  Information is also available online at (https://www.owens.edu/workforce_cs/spray2013-brochure.pdf)

Finishing Brands: Binks, DeVilbiss, Ransburg, BGK began to develope spray finishing equipment over a century ago and continue to refine and improve processes for spray finishing. The Workforce and Community Services Division at Owens Community College is dedicated to partnering with industry to provide focused education and training programs for traditional and non-traditional students.

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June 27, 2013 at 7:00 am

Online tool allows door customization, pre-assembly

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Hafele America Co. (www.hafele.com/us) announced the Aluflex Sliding Door System can now be ordered, customized and pre-assembled through the Hafele-to-Order (H-to-O) online service.

Aluflex is an aluminum-framed sliding door system that brings functionality and style to closets, living rooms, garages, office areas and other spaces where doors are needed. Aluflex is available with a soft-close dampening mechanism to prevent noise from door slamming and avoid damage to doors and walls.

“To help customers easily design a custom sliding door, Hafele has developed the H-to-O service and an online configurator application,” said Mae Holler, product manager for Hafele. “H-to-O allows us to quickly quote, provide drawings and ship ready-to-install products to our customers.”

Aluflex orders can be customized through the H-to-O service by selecting the dimensions, number of panels, mullions, finish and material including wood, glass, Ecoresin and mirrors. Shipments of the pre-assembled doors will arrive within one-to-three weeks after placing the order.

Aluflex uses a bottom-mounted track to maintain stability regardless of surrounding structural components and silently slide on all surfaces including carpets, tile and wood. Designs are available to accommodate doors up between 88 pounds and 176 pounds to provide the best functionality for each door. Aluflex sliding doors save space because doors slide, using less room than hinged swinging doors.

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June 26, 2013 at 7:00 am

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