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AWFS kicks off ‘New Faces of Manufacturing’ campaign

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A new AWFS campaign features hip young professionals in the manufacturing and wood industries.

AWFS is kicking off a marketing campaign to improve the image of jobs in manufacturing and attract more young people to the wood industry. They have created a poster featuring hip young professionals currently employed in wood-related careers.

The piece is intended to grab the attention of not only students and teachers but also career counselors, parents and others who are in a position to influence students’ career choices but who may not be well-informed about the wood products manufacturing industry. The poster’s QR code leads to a page with multiple useful resources on The poster is available for free by e-mailing a request to

“Counselors have so many students to see that they don’t have time to research all the potential career paths so we have made it easy for them to lead students to a wealth of information related to wood products manufacturing,” says Dan Hershberger, chair of the AWFS Education Committee, which came up with the concept. “We really want our message to reach parents as well. The outdated ideas that exist about manufacturing keep them from supporting a career in manufacturing for their kids. We want to change that.”

Initial supporters of the campaign include Blum, Casadei Busellato, Planit and WCA. “As one of the ‘New Faces,’ my company was pleased to support this endeavor,” says Thomas Tuck, who appears on the poster. Tuck made his presence known to the wood industry when he competed in the AWFS Fresh Wood student woodworking competition as a high school student in 2001. He then went on to major in Furniture Studies at Appalachian State University, intern with AWFS, and began his career as marketing coordinator for SCM Group. He currently is the product and distribution manager for Casadei Busellato. “Young people should be looking at the wood industry as a career choice. There is a lot of opportunity to grow professionally as many boomers are retiring from the industry,” he said.

“It is time for our industry to reach out to garner the attention of young people,” says Don Bigelow of Vero Software, a member of the AWFS Education Committee and a sponsor of the poster. “Our industry offers plenty of jobs that have the cutting edge technologies that interest the next generation, they just may not know to look to the industry – and companies like Planit – as potential career paths for CAD designers or CAD/CAM engineers.”

Other AWFS efforts aimed at closing the gap between industry and education are a series of guidelines AWFS developed to help companies reach out to students and schools on their own. The guidelines are designed to assist companies in setting up an internship program in their company; inviting a teacher into one’s company for a short course on industry practices that the teacher can then take back and incorporate into the curriculum; how to prepare and deliver a presentation in the classroom; and offering a school tour of your company. All the guidelines and forms were created in word documents so they can be customized to suit any business’ needs.

AWFS intends to create additional images and general interest stories in the ongoing campaign, as well as create a photo shoot at the 2015 AWFS Fair. Any company in the wood industry can submit photos for potential use in the campaign. Images of young professionals should match the spirit of the “New Faces” campaign. Photos can be submitted to


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August 29, 2014 at 7:00 am

Survey reports most homeowners would change everything about their kitchen cabinets

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Most homeowners would change everything about their current kitchen cabinets if they could, and would choose solid wood cabinet doors with a modern style, according to a survey by Scripps Networks (HGTV).

The Under One Roof survey, which covered 19,000 U.S. residents, included three questions on behalf of Timber Products Co., a manufacturer of hardwood plywood panels. In the survey, 29 percent said they disliked everything about their current kitchen units and would go for a total overhaul of the color, material, style and size.

Only 22 percent said they like their current cabinets and would not change a thing about them. Also, 13 percent said they would choose a new styles, while 11 percent would change colors and sizes.

The results of the survey were announced by Timber Products at the IWF exhibition. When given a choice between solid wood cabinet doors or doors with glass inserts, 60 percent of homeowners leaned toward solid wood. Twelve percent would us glass inserts and 25 percent indicated they would use a combinational of solid wood and glass.

Modern kitchen cabinets were the most popular (25 percent) for a new style, followed by contemporary (22 percent), Craftsman (18 percent), and Farmhouse (13 percent). Rustic, shabby, chic and eclectic all were desired by less than 10 percent.

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August 29, 2014 at 7:00 am

IWF Challengers Awards winners announced for 2014

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The IWF Challengers Awards winners were announced during the first day of IWF. Art Raymond spoke at a ceremony during the show and revealed that the following companies were winners. There were 61 entries, 34 semi-finalists, and 20 finalists. The winners for 2014 are:

Aiken Development LLC/Aiken Controls – nDepth 3D Sensor

Castle Inc. – Pocket Cutter/Screw Inserter

Graco Inc. – ProMix PD2K

Thermwood Corp. – Cut Center

Timesavers LLC – Automatic Opposed Self Centering Knife Planer

Weinig/Holz-Her U.S. -GluJet

Weinig/Holz-Her U.S. – Evolution Vertical Machining Center

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August 29, 2014 at 7:00 am

2014 Design Emphasis Awards announced

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The 2014 Design Emphasis Award student furniture design winners were announced at a dinner the night before the International Woodworking Fair opened.

The Best of Show was given to Benjamin Rosenburg of Haywood Community College for his Wave design.

Other winners were You Min Kim of Art Center College of Design (Commercial); Mark Manczyk, University of Kentucky (Accent table); Valerie Berlage, Haywood Community College (Design Creativity); and Sarah Mohr, University of Kentucky (Chair). Rosenburg also won the Casegoods Award.

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August 28, 2014 at 7:00 am

Production optimization software provider Plataine granted U.S. patent

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Plataine Inc., a provider of production optimization software solutions for manufacturers of finished goods using composites materials, metal, fabric, textiles, foam and plywood, announced that it has been granted United States Patent # 8,798,779, titled “Multi-dimensional resource optimization in the manufacture of substantially two-dimensional elements.”

The new patented invention enables the efficient use of resources to fulfill customer orders, product design and resource data, and subject to specific business’ rules and objectives, such as consumption of units of raw material and utilization of production stations. For a given set of customer orders, multiple scenarios of production plans are automatically and optimally computed and recomputed until an optimized production plan is achieved. The production plan can be generated at a location remote from the manufacturing site, and it can then be sent automatically to the production stations.

“This patent award demonstrates our dedication to create and then protect the value of our sophisticated algorithms and technology, affirming Plataine’s leadership position in the creation of innovative solutions for manufacturers in the range of industries we operate in,” said Avner Ben-Bassat, president and CEO of Plataine. “Over the last 20 years, Plataine has continuously invested in innovation and we continue to innovate in the production, automation and optimization market, leveraging our highly experienced team of world-class engineers, as well as our customer base to identify the needs and challenges that they face.”

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August 27, 2014 at 7:00 am

Columbia Forest Products announces 2014 PureBond Quality Award winners

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Columbia Forest Products announced the winners of the third annual PureBond Quality Awards (PQA) competition. The PQA competition recognizes exceptional design and craftsmanship using formaldehyde-free PureBond decorative hardwood plywood that led to a quality finished product.

Fabricators competed for gift card prizes valued at up to $1,000 in each category. Eleven winning projects in four project categories – Residential Kitchen, Residential Bath, Residential Other and Commercial – were chosen by a team of expert judges.

The 2014 winners included nine PFN fabricators, as follows:

Residential Kitchen Category

• First Place: Ruffino Cabinetry
• Second Place: Fitucci Cabinets
• Third Place: Glenwood Kitchen, Ltd.

Residential Bath Category  

• First Place: Cole Wagner Cabinetry
• Second Place: Fitucci Cabinets
• Third Place: Ruffino Cabinetry

Residential Other Category

• First Place: Rivendell Woodworks, Inc.
• Second Place: Fairfield County Millwork
• Third Place: Wm. H. Fry Construction Co.

Commercial Category  

• First Place: Neil Kelly Cabinets
• Second Place: urbangreen furniture

The panel of judges assembled for the 2013 PureBond Quality Awards competition included

• William Sampson, editor of CabinetMaker+FDM Magazine, with a lengthy history in publishing, woodworking and business

• Eric Pfeiffer, an award-winning product designer and co-author of “Bent Ply: The Art of Plywood Furniture”

• Whitney Gainer and Ashley Turner, the two sisters behind the Shanty2Chic blog, which focuses on how to transform homes and living spaces on a budget via DIY projects and how-to tutorials

• Suzanne VanGilder, who is the editorial director for Surface & Panel magazine, a publication with the mission “uniting materials, technology and design”

You can view the winning entries at:

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August 27, 2014 at 7:00 am

Wood Pro Expo offers experts in person

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Jim Lewis will lead a panel titled “Real Life Lean 5S” at the Wood Pro Expo.

Popular CabinetMakerFDM columnists Gene Wengert , the Wood Doctor, and Jim Lewis, who writes on lean manufacturing, will be just a few of the experts live and in person at a new regional professional woodworking trade show this fall in the Mid-Atlantic region. Wood Pro Expo Baltimore will take place October 8-9, 2014, at the Maryland State Fairgrounds Exhibition Hall, located just north of downtown Baltimore.

Designed to be a great opportunity for woodworking executives and suppliers in the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast corridor to connect, especially those who don’t attend the industry’s major semi-annual trade shows, the event will feature a strong education component and other opportunities for face-to-face networking.

Talks on tap

Business skills, production efficiency, and technical information will all be in good supply as part of the education presentations, panels, and discussions available at Wood Pro Expo. A number of presentations that are part of the Cabinet Makers Association certification program will be available, including discussions about estimating, project management, web site development, automation and working with designers or architects.

Other talks will highlight key advice from industry experts. Jamison Scott of Air Handling will talk about issues related to combustible dust. A representative from KCD Software will talk about advances in kitchen design software. Jens Shulz of Leuco and Chad Sloan of Weinig will talk about tooling.


Gene Wengert, the Wood Doctor, will offer is wood technology prescriptions in person at the Wood Pro Expo.

Columnists in person

CabinetMakerFDM readers will have the opportunity to meet and learn from featured columnists of the magazine who will be on hand in person. Editor Will Sampson will talk about pricing for the custom shop. Lean columnist Jim Lewis will lead a panel discussion titled “Real Life Lean 5S,” featuring the true experiences of successful shop owners sharing their experiences with lean manufacturing transformations. And wood technology columnist Gene Wenger will offer his prescriptions in person, answering your wood technology questions.

Networking barbecue

Another unique event of this new trade is a networking barbecue slated for Wednesday, October 8, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. right on the show floor. Attendees and exhibitors will have a chance to talk face-to-face outside of individual exhibit booths but still within the surroundings of the show floor. The full exhibit hall will remain open until 8 p.m. that day.

For more information about the show or sign up as either an attendee or exhibitor, just go to

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August 26, 2014 at 7:00 am

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