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Scott elected WMMA president

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Jamison Scott of Air Handling Systems, Woodbridge, Connecticut, has been elected president of WMMA.

The announcement was made at the Woodworking Industry Conference, which took place at the Wyndham Rio Mar Beach Resort in Puerto Rico. The news was posted on WMMA’s facebook page.

Scott serves as executive vice president of Air Handling Systems and is an advocate for Connecticut industry, working on the Manufacturing Reinvestment Account (MRA), a federal bill he helped create that resembles an IRA for manufacturers. He has also written several articles and made live and online presentations on combustible dust.

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May 30, 2014 at 7:00 am

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Study shows community forests drive economic development in New England

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The Northern Forest Center and The Trust for Public Land have shared the results from a recent study showing community forests can drive economic and community development in New England. The report, “Economic and Community Development through Community Forests“ is based on the first seven years of community ownership of 13 Mile Woods Community Forest in Errol, N.H.

Communities in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont are creating and managing Community Forests, creating opportunities to generate income and jobs from sustainable forest management and tourism.

The 13 Mile Woods Community Forest is a model of what the groups strive to help communities achieve: 7,100-acres of protected forestland, river front, ponds and trails that are producing timber income, providing wildlife habitat and ensuring that recreational opportunities are available to residents and visitors to the region.

The Trust for Public Land and the Northern Forest Center have worked together and with local communities throughout northern New England since 2005, playing a leadership role to help establish dozens of these ecological and economic assets. They are currently helping 11 more communities create their own Community Forests, each one driven by local priorities, local decision making and community ownership.

The full report, “Economic Impacts of the 13 Mile Woods Community Forest,“  is available on the Center’s website at http://www.northernforest.org/research_and_reports.html.

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May 30, 2014 at 7:00 am

Bellmont Cabinet CEO honored as Washington Manufacturing Executive of the Year

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Bellmont Cabinet Co. President and CEO Steve Bell was selected as winner of the 2014 Washington Manufacturing Executive of the Year Award. Seattle Business magazine recognized leading manufacturers at the Washington Manufacturing Awards, held at the Seattle Design Center, April 24.

“The finalists are outstanding manufacturers who have survived and thrived through tough times by improving processes, adding new technology and addressing market needs,” said Leslie Helm, editor of Seattle Business magazine. “Their stories of struggle and success captivated all of us.”

Bell was recognized for his business skills and executive leadership that has helped to grow his premium custom frameless cabinetry manufacturing business. Bell began building in cabinets in a small garage but has grown to employ more than 250 people in an 185,000 sq. ft. facility. Bell’s company also partners with organizations such as Habitat for Humanity and the Agros Foundation, which assists in breaking the cycle of poverty internationally and domestically.

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May 30, 2014 at 7:00 am

AWC president comments on National Climate Assessment recommendations

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American Wood Council President and CEO Robert Glowinski issued the following statement regarding the U.S. Global Change Research Program’s recommended use of structural wood in its Third National Climate Assessment. The assessment noted that “the carbon emissions offset from using wood rather than alternate materials for a range of applications can be two or more times the carbon content of the product” and that “[f]orest product-use strategies include the use of wood wherever possible as a structural substitute for steel and concrete, which require more carbon emissions to produce.”

According to Glowinski: “We’re pleased that wood products have again been recognized for their inherent carbon sequestration qualities. Wood products facilities use all parts of the raw material not only in the manufacture of carbon-sequestering products used in everyday life, but also do so using carbon-neutral biomass energy, offsetting any CO2 that would have otherwise been released to the atmosphere from more carbon intensive products produced using fossil fuels.

“Use of our products also creates an economic incentive for private landowners to replant trees – making an additional positive contribution to the carbon cycle – rather than result in conversion of land for development. Moreover, the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture recently recognized wood products as ‘one of the most advanced’ building materials in the world. All told, we believe our products are part of the solution in mitigating for climate change.”

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May 30, 2014 at 7:00 am

Putsch Group returning to Xylexpo show in Italy

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The Putsch Group is returning to the Xylexpo show in Milan, Italy to showcase its newest developments in panel processing machinery. The Italian-based technical center, Putsch-Meniconi, will exhibit in Pad. 1, Stand H28.

The company will show its new SVP 420 ALU, a vertical panel saw designed to cut and groove materials without the need to change blades. Another recent vertical saw innovation is the SVP 420 CS which features a proprietary clamp lifting system that allows the operator to trim the bottom of a panel by eliminating the need to rotate it first.

Putsch is also showing other recent additions to its product line with the Vantage 95 horizontal beam saw designed for higher production panel processing applications and the Alucenter 4016 vertical CNC router for composite panels.

To learn more about Putsch panel saws, please visit www.putschusa.com.

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May 30, 2014 at 7:00 am

BlueLinx Holdings appointed Susan C. O’Farrell as CFO

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BlueLinx Holdings Inc., a distributor of building products in North America, announced that Susan C. O’Farrell has accepted the position of senior vice president, chief financial officer, treasurer and principal accounting officer effective May 19, replacing Doug Goforth, who is leaving the company to pursue other interests.

O’Farrell has been a senior financial executive holding several roles with The Home Depot since 1999. As the vice president of finance, she led teams supporting the retail organization. Most recently, she was responsible for the finance function for The Home Depot’s At Home Services Group. O’Farrell began her career with Andersen Consulting LLP, leaving as an associate partner in 1996 for a strategic information systems role with AGL Resources. O’Farrell has a B.S. in business administration from Auburn University.

Mitch Lewis, president and CEO of BlueLinx, said: “BlueLinx is fortunate to have attracted a new chief financial officer as talented as Ms. O’Farrell. Her broad-based experience in consulting coupled with her senior executive leadership roles in the building materials industry make her ideally suited to help drive BlueLinx’ financial success and strategic direction in the years ahead.

“On behalf of the BlueLinx Board of Directors and all of BlueLinx’ associates, I would like to thank Doug for his significant contributions and service to our company. Doug helped lead BlueLinx during a particularly challenging economic environment in our industry. We appreciate his dedicated service and wish him well in his future endeavors,” said Lewis.

To assist in the transition, Goforth has agreed to serve in an advisory capacity until early June 2014.

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May 29, 2014 at 7:00 am

Closets By Designs expands franchise stores

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Closets By Design has announced its plans to expand its franchise stores, agreeing to bring locations to Florida and Texas in the summer.

“Our franchise is answering the high consumer demand and has targeted key markets for expansion across the country where we are committed to finding the right partners to grow our brand,” said Jerry Egner, President of Closets By Design according to Virtual Strategy.

The Freedonia Group, a company that specializes business research, anticipates that the U.S. home organization product industry will grow by 4 percent by 2017.

Closets by Design is currently seeking franchise partners with custom manufacturing capacities. All products are custom-manufactured on site by individual franchise locations. Investment levels range from $124,900 to $278,400, with an additional franchise fee that includes extensive training for running a Closets By Design.

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May 29, 2014 at 7:00 am

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