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United Furniture Industries obtains plant in Verona, Miss.

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United Furniture Industries will be the new owner of the former Lane Furniture Industries plant in Verona, Miss. A federal bankruptcy judge approved the sale.

United offered $1.45 million for the 475,000-square-foot facility and 90 surrounding acres, outbidding McCormick Drive LLC.

Doug Hanby, United’s chief financial officer, told the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal that United will use the facility for manufacturing stationary furniture. United hopes to re-open the factory in the first quarter of 2015.

Lane Furniture was part of the former Furniture Brands International, which filed for bankruptcy protection in September 2013. The Verona property is one of 17 former manufacturing plants, warehouses, distribution centers and administrative buildings in Mississippi, North Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia affected by the bankruptcy.

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December 31, 2014 at 7:00 am

Scm Group announces ‘Technology Days – Doors and Windows’

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On Feb. 5-7, 2015, Scm Group (www.scmgroup.com/en/) will host a detailed workshop on manufacturing doors and windows in its corporate showroom in Rimini, Italy.  “Technology Days – Doors and Windows” will offer small, medium and large companies an important opportunity to interact with door and window specialists and closely evaluate all of Scm Group’s door and window manufacturing products.

The focus will be on the CNC machining centers of the Scm Accord range, designed for reliability and high productivity. During the three days in Rimini, the new Accord 25 FX machining center with 5-axis technology will be unveiled. There will also be demonstrations of Accord FX machining centers with an automatic table and Accord FX-M machining centers with a multi-function table. They have been designed to produce door and window frames, doors, stairs and solid wood elements with excellent precision and finish quality.

Participants will have opportunities to learn about the Xilog Maestro and Maestro WD software modules created specifically for doors and windows; calibrating/sanding machines, including the new Scm Sandya 900 and DMC System; and the new Sergiani GS6/100 press for the manufacturing of hollow core doors and the coating of doors and panels.

“It’s important to emphasize that our expertise isn’t just limited to the machines and technologies that we create, design and produce,” said Gianni Franchini, manager of the Scm Group housing business unit. “We’re dealing with the true ‘governance’ of the entire process; we talk to our customers to understand their production method, working with them to eliminate problems and enhance the details that increase their competitiveness. In over 40 years of experience in this sector, Scm Group has gained unique technological know-how based on numerous patents, thanks to our highly specialized engineers and technicians who understand the many door/window production methods inside out.”

For more information about “Technology Days – Doors and Windows,” visit www.scmgroup.com/it/tdays_housing.

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December 31, 2014 at 7:00 am

Retailers, students from around the globe attend A.R.E. Retail Design Collective

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More than 1,100 retailers, educators, students and industry suppliers from around the world came to the annual Association for Retail Environments’ Retail Design Collective, Dec. 3-5. Headquartered at the Metropolitan Pavilion in New York City’s Chelsea neighborhood, the three-day event unveiled the hottest trends in retail visual merchandising. Thirty-five of the world’s top visual suppliers showcased their latest eye-catching products and design trends for 2015.

Attendees began each day with educational presentations on a variety of topics: store design in the United Kingdom, trends in retail, and trending window displays.

Textures and versatility abounded in the showrooms. Technology highlights included Universal Display’s new system tying store window mannequins to phone purchases, Big Apple Visual’s temperature-sensing stools, and Mosaico Digitale’s resin mosaic tiles. Also new in 2014 was a free WindowsWear PRO Fashion Window Walking Tour for the first 50 registrants and a tour of Global Visual Group’s mannequin factory in Brooklyn.

“The creativity that goes into our feature showrooms at A.R.E.’s Retail Design Collective is truly amazing,” said Todd Dittman, the association’s executive director. “Our members are incredibly talented, and the Collective gives us the chance to showcase them to retailers during everyone’s favorite time to visit New York.”

This year’s Retail Design Collective coincided with the 18th Edition of the PAVE Gala. The high-energy event attracted 850 influential leaders in the retail industry and raised a record $300,000 to support retail design education. During the awards segment of the Gala, PAVE recognized the winners of the 20th Annual Student Design Competition, sponsored by REI, and presented its 2014 Rising Star Award to Sonja Haviland, senior designer, Bergmeyer Associates.

A.R.E. is the nonprofit trade association representing the retail environments industry, with 700-plus member companies including retail design firms and suppliers of store fixtures, visual merchandising products, materials, equipment and services. Visit RetailEnvironments.org for more information.

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December 31, 2014 at 7:00 am

Kaeser Compressors Inc. breaks ground on new building expansion

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Kaeser Compressors Inc. has broken ground on a new building expansion to its headquarters in Fredericksburg, Va. The expansion will add approximately 50,000 square feet, accommodating more inventory and facilitating improvements to the company’s growing packaging and shipping operations. Kaeser produces energy-efficient compressed air equipment, system design and accessories.

“As Kaeser grows, our commitment to providing superior customer service and delivering exceptional products will not change. Neither will our ties to the Spotsylvania community. These are all facets of what has helped make Kaeser successful,” said Frank Mueller, Kaeser’s president. “The additional square footage we are adding will give us more opportunities to continue being who we are.”

Attendees included representatives from building contractor Emerald Construction; architect McKinney & Co.; the Office of Economic Development and Tourism for Spotsylvania County; the company’s past president, Reiner Mueller; and Kaeser employees attended the event.

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December 30, 2014 at 7:00 am

Houzz Survey Finds Kitchens Outlast Most Marriages

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The 2014 U.S. Houzz Kitchen Remodeling Survey revealed trends among 3,571 homeowners who recently completed, are planning or are in the midst of a kitchen remodel. Twenty-five percent were remodeling kitchens that are more than 30 years old, and another 41 percent were updating kitchens from 16 to 30 years old. That’s two to four times longer than the median U.S. marriage (8 years according to the U.S. Census Bureau) and duration of car ownership (nearly 6 years according to Kelly Blue Book).

“We already know that kitchens are the biggest driver of discretionary spending in the remodeling market,” said Nino Sitchinava, principal economist at Houzz. “As the economy has improved, many homeowners who delayed spending on kitchen updates feel like they now have the means to remodel (37 percent). We should continue to see an uptick in discretionary spending on home improvements into 2015.”

Design style was the top driver for purchasing cabinets (52 percent), lighting fixtures (78 percent) and faucets (48 percent). Homeowners were sticking to the classics, with white cabinets (49 percent) in a strong lead over other finishes, such as medium wood (20 percent) and dark wood (13 percent). Gray continued to have a notable showing as a “new neutral” at 10 percent.

Styles were more varied than finishes. Although there continued to be a strong preference for Shaker (37 percent), other styles fared almost equally: raised-panel was the style choice for 22 percent of respondents, glass-front for 21 percent, flat-panel for 20 percent, and recessed panel for 15 percent.

Granite countertops were being added in 45 percent of respondents’ kitchens, followed by quartz in a close second and butcher block in a distant third.

Given the long-term relationship with kitchens, making the space compatible with family and lifestyle was key. Ease of storage (65 percent) and entertaining (46 percent) were top priorities, driving homeowners to remodel kitchens with organization features like a built-in pantry (44 percent), pull-out shelves (62 percent), deep cabinet organizers (38 percent) and built-in pet bowls (6 percent). An open-concept layout (52 percent), bar with seating (27 percent), and built-in wine storage (21 percent) made kitchens great places in which to spend time with family and friends. Other highlights included:

  • Kitchen remodels go big: When homeowners choose to undergo a kitchen remodel, the majority are going big with projects requiring substantial construction (68 percent).

  • Current spending exceeds planned budgets: Homeowners are also spending big on kitchens, and often more than they budget for their projects. More than half of homeowners budget $25,000 or less for their upcoming remodels (51 percent), yet in 2014, only 40 percent of homeowners spent less than $25,000 on remodels. Similarly, 36 percent of homeowners plan to spend between $25,000 and $75,000 on their new kitchens but 46 percent of projects fell in this range in the past year.

  • Neighborhood style: The most popular styles for new kitchens include traditional (23 percent), transitional (18 percent) and contemporary (16 percent). While just 11 percent of homeowners are choosing a farmhouse-style kitchen, this number more than doubles for those in rural neighborhoods (25 percent).

This is the second annual kitchen remodeling survey by Houzz (www.houzz.com), an online community of 20 million people interested in home remodeling and design. It was conducted online among U.S. Houzz users in November 2014. You can download the full U.S. Houzz Kitchen Trends Study at info.houzz.com/rs/houzz/images/HouzzKitchenStudy2014.pdf.

 

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December 30, 2014 at 7:00 am

Billings at residential architecture firms remain strong

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While the housing market recovery of the last few years has not resulted in a significant boom for neighborhood and community designers, residential architecture firms across the country continued to report strong business conditions, according to the American Institute of Architects Home Design Trends Survey for the third quarter of 2014. The quarterly survey is conducted with a panel of over 500 architecture firms that concentrate their practice in the residential sector.

The survey’s index was 60 for billings and 61 for inquiries for new projects (any score above 50 is positive). “While project inquiries and billings accelerated at a slower place in the third quarter, fewer than one in seven reporting firms reported a decline,” said Kermit Baker, AIA chief economist. “Since scores have remained at 60 and above stretching back to 2012, and inquiries have remained at healthy levels, billings should continue to grow.”

Survey respondents reported the biggest improvements in the additions/alterations sector and kitchen and bath remodeling sectors. They also reported improvements over Q3 2013 in the custom and luxury home market and in the move-up home market.

The following table shows the percentage of respondents who reported that a sector was “improving,” minus the percentage of respondents who reported that the sector was “weakening”:

Specific construction segments

2014

2013

Additions/alterations

62%

58%

Kitchen and bath remodeling

60%

58%

Custom/luxury home market

35%

30%

Move-up home market

30%

29%

First-time buyer/affordable home market

2%

10%

Townhouse/condo market

19%

12%

Second/vacation home

-5%

-18%

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December 29, 2014 at 7:00 am

Omnibus spending bill includes two important manufacturing bills

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The omnibus spending bill passed by the U.S. Senate on Saturday night included two bipartisan manufacturing bills to create a national manufacturing strategy and expand a national network of manufacturing innovation institutes.

The bipartisan American Manufacturing Competitiveness Act will require the development of a national manufacturing strategy that is revisited by the administration every four years. The goal is to ensure the international competitiveness of the traditional and high-tech manufacturers that currently employ nearly 12 million Americans. It was co-sponsored by Sen. Mark Kirk, R-Ill, and Sen. Chris Coons, D-Del.

The omnibus spending bill also included the Revitalize American Manufacturing and Innovation Act, which seeks to expand a national network of manufacturing innovation institutes. The hubs, modeled on the eight that the administration has announced thus far, will bring together businesses, universities, and local public officials to conduct research, job training, and manufacturing all under the same roof. The bill was co-sponsored by Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, and Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo.

“American manufacturing has the ability to provide good jobs and drive strong growth far into the future,” said Coons, a member of the Appropriations Committee and leader of the Senate Democrats’ Manufacturing Jobs for America campaign. “It’s time we catch up to our competitors around the globe and create the kind of national strategy and network of manufacturing innovation hubs that the most advanced economies have long boasted. The bipartisan manufacturing bills passed this weekend would take important steps to build a strong foundation for the 21st century manufacturing economy America’s workers and businesses deserve.”

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December 26, 2014 at 7:00 am

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