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Grass movement systems announces executive management changes

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Mark Hámori

The Grass Group has announced changes within its executive management at two of its German production sites. Mark Hámori was named director of sales/product management in Reinheim, Germany; additionally, André Scheidt was named managing director at the Grass Hetal plant in Alpirsbach, Germany.

With these appointments, Grass, a producer of movement systems, says it is reinforcing its focus on the product areas of hinge, flap and corner-cupboard systems, as well as cupboard hangers.

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André Scheidt

Hámori, in addition to Helmut Kainrad, will assume responsibility for the Reinheim production location, including the product groups of hinge and flap systems, as well as manage sales and product management areas there. Kainrad will be responsible for production and technology as well as the commercial areas.

“With the changes within our executive management at the two German locations, we are reinforcing product areas that were not sufficiently in focus – above all in sales – until now at Grass: hinge, flap and corner-cupboard systems as well as cupboard hangers and the successful automotive business. The goal is to expand our market position with the gentlemen Hámori and Scheidt and to gain new customers and projects for Grass,” said Ronald Weber, chairman of the Grass executive board.

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April 30, 2014 at 7:00 am

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Columbia Forest Products, Home Depot offer Purebond Project Panels

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Columbia Forest Products is teaming up with The Home Depot to offer quality American hardwood plywood project panels through an exclusive online program. Purebond Project Panels are formaldehyde-free decorative hardwood plywood panels, available in easy-to-work-with thicknesses, widths and lengths.

The panels are now available in a choice of 12 different unfinished, prefinished and primed hardwood veneer faces, including Maple, and are available as ship-to-home or ship-to-store items from The Home Depot website.

According to Todd Vogelsinger, director of marketing for Columbia Forest Products: “It all starts with the panel size. Our relationships with leading DIY bloggers like Ana White and Shanty-2-Chic have taught us that conventional 4 ft.-by-8 ft. panel sizes can be cumbersome and intimidating – even for people with pickup trucks and workshops.”
PureBond Project Panels are offered in a choice of smaller sizes: 2-by-2-foot, 2-by-4-foot, 2-by-8-foot and 4-by-4-foot. The panels are also offered in three thicknesses: ¼-inch, ½-inch and ¾-inch.

“Panels in these sizes are so much easier for consumers to transport and handle. Quite often, it also reduces waste when they can order in sizes closest to the finished part dimensions they need,” Vogelsinger added. Our goal is to help make woodworking fun, easy and rewarding. Having all these classic veneer-faced options available online gives an added measure of choice and convenience. It removes traditional obstacles and paves the way for many more beautiful, enduring projects to happen.”

PureBond Project Panels are available in these real-wood veneers: Alder, Aromatic Cedar, Cherry, Hickory, Mahogany, Maple (Unfinished and Prefinished options), Oak (Red and White), Poplar (Unfinished and Pre-primed options) and Walnut.

For more information about PureBond Project Panels, contact Kevin Crisp, Columbia Forest Products’ Home Depot account manager, at 800.637.1609 or cfpmarketing@cfpwood.com.

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April 30, 2014 at 7:00 am

Stevens Industries to produce Technline USA products

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Stevens Industries, Inc. has announced that it has purchased the rights to produce Techline USA branded products. Techline announced that its manufacturing plant in Waunakee, Wis., will be closed June 9. Stevens, a manufacturer of commercial cabinets, will step in to maintain Techline’s customer base and meet existing project commitments. Stevens has been supplying raw materials to Techline for more than 13 years.

“Stevens Industries is excited to be the trusted facility to produce Techline product,” said Todd Wegman, president of Stevens. “Techline has provided a reliable product for customers and we intend to build the product brand and grow the product line. We have been a supplier to Techline for years and feel confident this strategy will develop growth of the brand.”

Customers will be serviced from a new Techline headquarters in the Madison, Wis., area, which will provide sales, estimating, drafting and project management support. An expanded product line from Stevens will become available to the Techline customers and dealers.

Both companies are listed in the FDM 300. Stevens operates a 350,000 square foot plant in Teutopolis, Ill., and employs about 500 to make laminated furniture and cabinets, educational and library furniture, and mobile cabinets and workstations. Techline makes medical and modular casework, contract and office furniture, office systems and commercial cabinets.

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April 30, 2014 at 7:00 am

Economist Alan Beaulieu: Plan for growth, higher wages

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The recent Executive Briefing Conference was held at the Inverness Conference Center near Denver and wound up with one of its most popular speakers (this was his sixth EBC presentation), economist Alan Beaulieu of ITR Economics. He spoke on Succeeding in the New Economy and provided plenty of hard data and insight.

Beaulieu said that industrial growth with slow in late 2014 and early 2015, but will remain positive. Then the economy will stay strong for several years, with the next recession coming in 2018. Unemployment will remain high, but good people will be hard to find. He also said that companies will have to pay their employees more.

An inflationary trend will start in about 15 months. Major European economies will gain strength in the coming years, and most countries worldwide will see higher industrial production in the coming years. The Middle East will be less important in the future. Student debt, which has topped the $1 trillion mark, will affect young people’s ability to buy homes.

Long-term, there are significant issues, with government debt continuing to mount, and the aging demographics of Europe and the United States. Companies should expect higher taxes, higher wages and higher interest rates in the future. The U.S. has one of the worst debt-per-person ratios. Only Japan and the United Kingdom are worse among major economies.

Beaulieu made the following direct recommendations:

–Develop growth strategies

–Find and eliminate bottlenecks

–Invest in customer market research

–People, process, metrics, training

–Plan for higher wages

–Borrow now while rates are low

–Invest in efficiencies.

For more information see ITR Economics or Stiles Machinery Inc.

 

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April 30, 2014 at 7:00 am

Cefla North America welcomes customers, partners for live event

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Cefla North America welcomed partners and customers to the company’s Charlotte, N.C., headquarters and lab on April 10-11 for live demonstrations on finishing technology.

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Cefla hosted live demonstrations on a number of technologies for finishing.

Highlights included the Prima automated spraying system, the Easy arm oscillating spraying machine, the Duesphol wrapping lines and the DV-Systems profile finishing lines.

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April 29, 2014 at 7:00 am

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Biesse hosts spring One2One event for more than 100 partners

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Biesse hosted more than 100 customers and partners during the week of April 7 in the company’s Charlotte, N.C., facility.

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Customers saw new panel processing machinery at Biesse’s latest event.

In addition to two days of seminars, the event included live machinery demonstrations of the latest panel processing machinery, including the new Biesse Air Force hot air edgebanding system, Viet low pressure sanding solution, Biesse bSolid 3D CAD/CAM software and ten additional lines under power. In 2014, Biesse is celebrating 25 years serving the woodworking market in North America.

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April 29, 2014 at 7:00 am

SmartFurniture.com launches new office chair online tool

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SmartFurniture.com has discovered a way to fit anyone with the perfect office chair that is a perfect fit and provide customers with a way to see their space before purchasing the furniture.

SmartFurniture.com’s new Web application, “Office Chair Genius,” includes a few questions that help to select the best chair fit for the customer, and with SmartSpace, customers can outfit a room before purchasing the furniture.

The new tool can be accessed at http://www.smartfurniture.com/office-chair-genius.html.

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April 29, 2014 at 7:00 am

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