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Atlas Dowel & Wood Products to expand

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Atlas Dowel & Wood Products Co. is looking to create 14 full-time positions by purchasing McFeely’s Inc., which would add $670,000 to its annual payroll, according to the Harrison Press.

McFeely’s Inc. is an online woodworking tools distributer, known specially for its distinctive Square Drive Screws.

The five-year tax credit was sanctioned by The Ohio Tax Credit Authority in the beginning of March. Atlas worked with Harrison Economic Director Jennifer Ekey, to obtain the tax break.

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March 31, 2014 at 7:00 am

Danish furniture designer to be honored with exhibit in hometown

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Internationally known Danish furniture designer Hans J. Wegner would have turned 100 years old on April 5, so in celebration of his birthday, the Art Museum in Tonder, Denmark, will put on an exhibition and publish a book focusing on Wegner’s relationship with his hometown of Tonder and his importance to Nordic design.

This permanent Wegner exhibition in Denmark is on show at the old water tower in Tonder. The exhibition of his life and work will cover more than 700 square meters at the museum. It includes more than 150 pieces of furniture, lamps, art works, tools and other objects that illustrate the story of Wegner’s relationship to Tonder, where he was born in 1914. The chairs were all donated to the museum by Wegner himself. They are, as he said, “My 37 best chairs.”

The museum show covers the story of Wegner’s life starting with his childhood growing up in his father’s cobbler workshop, as well as describes Wegner’s artistic period as a youth which resulted in drawings, paintings and sculptures. The exhibition also focuses on the significant role that Wegner played historically and the role that he still plays in defining Scandinavian design.

Wenger was characterized as a furniture designer by his deep understanding of the nature of wood as a material for design; he respected both the craftsman’s hand and how a design object is formed by machine.  Wegner said, “Love of wood is something that all mankind has in common. Regardless of where people come from, they cannot stop themselves from letting their hands stroke a piece of wood, hold it, sniff and experience that material.”

Additionally, the museum has invited five contemporary Nordic designers to relate their own design process to that of Wegner to create new design pieces. The museum will publish a 380-page book, as well.

“Hans J. Wegner. A Nordic Design Icon from Tonder” runs from Saturday, April 5 to Sunday, Nov. 2.

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March 31, 2014 at 7:00 am

Ashley Furniture looks for new marketing firm

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Ashley Furniture is offering $50 million to a new marketing agency that can help the furniture producer and retailer rebrand its image.

It is looking for a new agency that can ensure the best marketing strategies aligned with their goals said the retailer in a statement issued through the Boston-based consulting firm Pile + Co., according to a report in Adweek.

According to Kantar Media data, Ashley has spent approximately $90 million in media during the first nine months of 2013. Their current agency Zimmermann has been Ashley’s marketing team for five years and will help with the search for their new one.

While based in the Arcadia, Wis., Ashley’s is among the top-selling furniture brands in North America with over 400 locations.

The retailer celebrated its 500th store opening in Longview, Texas in February.

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March 31, 2014 at 7:00 am

Hickory Saw and Tool invests in new technology

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New technology will increase quality and reduce lead times on Hickory Saw and Tool’s products.

1403CMFhickorysaw2.jpgMike Pannell, owner, shows off Hickory Saw and Tool’s new technology investments.

Hickory Saw and Tool is expanding and investing in new technology to increase quality and reduce lead times on a range of tooling products. Mike Pannell, founding owner of Hickory Saw and Tool, recently showed off the $500,000 investment in a new CNC lathe and new CNC mills, which were recently added to the existing manufacturing facility in Hickory, N.C.

In business for more than three decades, Hickory Saw and Tool has grown to more than 30 employees. The company delivers tooling solutions to customers throughout North America and Latin America with both direct sales and distribution.

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March 28, 2014 at 7:00 am

Wisconsin governor backs expansion of Ashley Whitehall plant

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Ashley Furniture credited Wisconsin governor Scott Walker for their expansion of their Whitehall, Wis., factory. Ashley employs about 22,000 workers worldwide and in Trempealeau County, Wis., one in five is employed with the company, according to the LaCrosse Tribune.

Walker approved a $13 million expansion for the company to encourage job creation but recently the decision has gone under scrutiny by environmental whistleblowers over the funding for the new Ashley’s location that they believe should have gone to creating new wetlands.

“Jobs are the lifeblood of a community,” said Rod Hoen, Whitehall mayor.

The governor mentioned incentives such as a manufacturing tax credit for production companies like Ashley that will help stimulate the economy.

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March 28, 2014 at 7:00 am

AutoCabinets now includes Blum, Grass hardware configurations

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RouterCAD’s AutoCabinets design software now come with Blum hardware configurations, including Blum drawers slides and Blum hinges. Cabinet libraries and hardware configurations can be applied to any style cabinets. Grass hardware can also be part of the configuration.

AutoCabinets includes cross sections, assembly sheets, material optimizer, and custom report center in addition to cabinet libraries. See http://www.routercad.com/WebPages/AutoCabinets.html for more information.

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March 28, 2014 at 7:00 am

Harvard survey expects home improvement market growth

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The home remodeling market is expected to see an increase in growth according to the Leading Indicator of Remodeling Activity (LIRA) published by Harvard University’s Joint Center for Housing Studies. The report anticipates spending of $147.6 billion in the second quarter of this year and a 9.9 percent increase for the third quarter.

“As owners gain more confidence in the housing market, they are likely to undertake home improvements that they have deferred,” said Eric S. Belsky, managing director of the Joint Center.

Along with home equity, return on investments rise  for remodeling projects in 2014 increased to 66.1 percent to the last largest increase since 2005, according to a study done by Remodeling Magazine.

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March 27, 2014 at 7:00 am

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