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Past WMIA scholarship recipient puts woodworking technology education to use

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The Woodworking Machinery Industry Association recently caught up with one of the recipients of its scholarship, Scott Vasey of Lincoln, Neb., to see how he has put his woodworking education to use.

Vasey attended Lincoln East High School, where he first became interested in woodworking his freshman year after joining a woodshop class led by instructor Jeff McCabe. During his junior and senior year in high school, Vasey became involved with WoodLinks and entered contests at both IWF in 2006 and AWFS in 2007.

“At those shows, I visited the Pittsburgh State University (PSU) booth and gathered information on the school and their woodworking course,” said Vasey. “I stopped at the WMIA booth and spoke to them about their scholarship program, received an application and filled it out.”

After being selected for the scholarship by the WMIA Education Committee, Vasey attended PSU in the Wood Technology program.

“I felt very fortunate to win the scholarship four years in a row,” said Vasey. “It really helped me tremendously with the financial burdens of college.”

During his undergraduate work, Vasey spent two internships at Brochsteins Inc., a high-end custom architectural woodwork facility in Houston.

Vasey finished his undergraduate degree with a Bachelors of Science in Wood Technology from PSU, and then continued his studies to receive his Master of Science in Wood Technology.

After graduating and receiving multiple job offers, Vasey chose Advanced Fixtures in Farmersville, Texas, a design and manufacturing facility for cabinetry and millwork. Vasey works as a manufacturing engineer, which enables him to complete various projects to bring increased quality and automation to the manufacturing process. Currently, he and his team are working to install a finishing line.

“We are always looking at improving our process and we will be automating a couple of lay-up lines for veneer and laminate work in the future. It will be a completely automated process where one person could operate the entire system,” said Vasey.

“We want more automation where we can utilize people who know how to operate the higher tech machinery,” said Vasey. “The skilled labor person is decreasing in numbers, although we all know a few who are still successful to some extent. But the industry itself is leaning towards more technology and new equipment…a lot more automation.”


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February 28, 2014 at 7:00 am

Record attendance at Laminating Seminar at Madison College

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Madison College recently hosted a Laminating Seminar sponsored by the Wisconsin AWI chapter.

With 48 attendees, this was the largest seminar to date, according to Cabinetmaking & Millwork Program Director Patrick Molzahn, which was held in the company’s newly remodeled facility that doubled its square footage.

Presenters included Josh Bartlett of Applied Adhesives and Todd Phalen of Black Bros. They began with a joint, hands-on demonstration on roll coating and pinch rolling, then each presented on their respective areas of expertise. For the demonstration, Black Bros. shipped in a roll coater to showcase along with Madison College’s newly acquired Black Bros. cold press.

If you have an idea for a seminar, please contact Patrick Molzahn at  or 608.246.6842.

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February 28, 2014 at 7:00 am

Western Hardwood Convention to be hosted May 19-22 in Portland, Ore.

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The second Western Hardwood International Convention & Expo will bring together primary producers, secondary manufacturers, wholesalers, distributors, and importers and exporters of hardwood on May 19-22 in Portland, Ore.

This international convention, hosted by the Western Hardwood Association, will expose buyers from Asia, Europe and North America to many Western hardwoods including Alder, Pacific Albus, Big Leaf Maple, Oregon White Oak, Pacific Madrone and Tanoak.

“The Western U.S. is in a unique position – we supply the world with the most workable, highly regarded hardwood that only grows in this region,” said Dave Sweitzer of the Western Hardwood Association. “Western hardwoods have the most desired characteristics that everyone from cabinet and furniture manufacturers to interior design component manufacturers need for their products.”

The convention will include a keynote address about the outlook for export markets from Mike Snow of the American Hardwood Export Council. Events will also include four separate tours of hardwood lumber and plywood mills, distribution facilities and manufacturing plants. Exhibitors will include those from primary and secondary manufacturing, high-tech inventory and production control, distribution and insurance divisions of the industry.

Register to attend online at

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February 28, 2014 at 7:00 am

GlobalShop 2014 planned for March in Las Vegas

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With the industry recovering, GlobalShop 2014 is set to take place in Las Vegas in March.

The Association for Retail Environments and its sister associations will present five conference sessions designed to help attendees grow their brands: • Big Ideas from EuroShop • Retail Trends: Around the World in 60 minutes (Sponsored by PAVE) • Unraveling the Mystical Power of Data (Sponsored by Retail Design Institute) • Power On: Reinventing the Retail Experience • Why the Pop-up Shop is Revolutionizing Retail

Sessions feature presenters from megabrands such as Verizon, Whole Foods and Timberland.

Learn more and register at

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February 27, 2014 at 7:00 am

Siberian forest, woodworking trade fair to be co-organized by Deutsche Messe Russian subsidiary

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Deutsche Messe’s Russian subsidiary, OOO Deutsche Messe RUS, and Krasnoyarsk Fair Exhibition Company have signed a partnership agreement to co-organize the ExpoDrev Russia trade fair for Siberia’s forest, timber, woodworking and furniture manufacturing industries. ExpoDrev Russia will next be held Sept. 9-12 at the Siberia International Exhibition Business Center in Krasnoyarsk.

ExoDrev Russia features the full range of wood processing systems and tools, from harvesting and primary timber processing machines to woodworking and furniture manufacturing plants. In 2013, more than 150 exhibitors from 19 countries showcased their products and services at the fair.

“We are committed to further expanding our wood industry footprint in Russia. Our involvement with the ExpoDrev Russia fair allows us to offer our German and international customers from the primary and secondary wood processing technology sectors a well-established marketing platform for this region. Siberia is a fast growing market and a very interesting part of the world from a forest and timber industry perspective. With an area of nearly 1 million square miles, the Krasnoyarsk Krai region is Russia’s second largest federal subject and home to 10 percent of the Federation’s vast forest estate. Accordingly, timber harvesting and processing constitute a big part of the local economy, which offers excellent future potential for technology providers, not least because Russia’s wood-based industries, particularly in the country’s well forested regions, are in need of modernization to expand their local processing capacity and increase the share of local value added,” explained Wolfgang Lenarz, Deutsche Messe’s senior vice president, global fairs.

“Both Krasnoyarsk’s local administration and Russia’s central government want to see more timber processed in Russia. That’s why Siberia needs new technologies and machines that not only make harvesting operations more efficient and environmentally friendly, but also significantly boost the amount of value-added processing, right through to the end product,” added Sergej Sobolev, KFEC’s director general. “Over the last 15 years, ExpoDrev Russia has evolved into a truly international showcase and the region’s biggest forest and timber industry fair. Partnering with OOO Deutsche Messe RUS will enable us to attract even more international participants. Our common goal is to not only be the regional market leader but to lead the field nationwide.”

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February 27, 2014 at 7:00 am

NAHB names Best of IBS winners at 2014 International Builders Show

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The National Association of Home Builders named the winning products in its second annual Best of IBS Awards held during the 2014 International Builders’ Show in Las Vegas.

More than 250 exhibitors applied to be considered for the awards. Decided by a panel of independent judges made up of attending reporters and building professionals, the awards were given in seven categories, plus an overall Best in Show award.

The winners were: ·       Best Home Technology Product: Trutankless by Bollente Companies ·       Best Kitchen Product: Halo HU20 Magnetic LED Undercabinet Luminair by Eaton’s Cooper Lighting Business ·       Best Bath Product: Decorative Channel Drains by Quick Drain USA ·       Best Indoor Living Product: Push Pull Rotate Door Locks by Brinks Home Security and Salt-Free Water Softening System by nuvoH20 ·       Best Outdoor Living Product: Classic Series by Coronado Stone Products ·       Best Window and Door Product: Goldberg Barn Track by Goldberg Brothers Inc. ·       Most Innovative Building Product: JetBoard by JetProducts ·       Overall Best in Show: Push Pull Rotate Door Locks by Brinks Home Security “More than 75,000 attendees flocked the aisles during Design & Construction Week to see an impressive lineup of products featured by more than 1, 200 exhibitors on display at the International Builders’ Show, said Randy Strauss, NAHB’s 2013 Conventions and Meetings Committee chair and a custom home builder from Amherst, Ohio. “This year’s award winners not only represent the most innovative and best designed products across several facets of the building industry, but were also recognized as being an integral part in helping a builder build or sell a home.”

The Best in Show Award was given to the top product among the winners in all seven categories. Push Pull Rotate Doors by Brinks Home Security took this honor. Jim Hartung, chief marketing officer for Hampton Products International said, “We were delighted by our reception at the show and thrilled to win the Best in Show award. It was a perfect venue to introduce the Brinks Home Security Push Pull Rotate door lock…we thank the judges and the International Builders’ Show for this honor.”

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February 27, 2014 at 7:00 am

Study finds consumers are satisfied with their green home purchase

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GuildQuality, a provider of customer satisfaction surveying for the residential building industry, recently conducted a national survey of homeowners who purchased a National Green Building Standard-certified green home built within the past three years. The study, commissioned by the National Association of Home Builders and presented at the annual International Builders’ Show in Las Vegas, aimed to uncover how green homeowners feel after purchasing their home; primarily focusing on their overall satisfaction and whether they would recommend purchasing a green home to others.

“Historically, studies have focused on interest in green among buyers in the market or on trends as reported by industry professionals,” said Matt Belcher, co-chair of NAHB’s Energy & Green Building Subcommittee and a builder from Wildwood, Mo. “While that’s certainly important information for all those in the industry, it doesn’t always get to the heart of what new buyers want to know, which is: ‘How satisfied are green homeowners with their decision?’ This data provides groundbreaking information that can be of value to the general public as well as the industry.”

Key findings of the study reveal: ·94 percent would recommend a green home to a friend ·92 percent would purchase another green home ·71 percent of respondents believe that green homes are, overall, of higher quality ·55 percent knew their home may have cost more than a non-green home, but believed the benefits outweighed the cost ·90 percent were satisfied knowing they “did the right thing” in buying a green home

Homeowners also provided their feedback on what influenced their decision to purchase a green home and the sustainable features they value most. According to respondents, low utility bills, energy efficiency and better insulation topped the list of the green-related aspects that homeowners were most satisfied with.

To read the full report, visit

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February 26, 2014 at 7:00 am

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