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Rikon donates $16,000 in tools at AWFS

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“Rikon is always glad to do whatever we can to support the education of our future woodworkers,” said President Jack Bransfield.

As a sponsor of the Fresh Wood and Turning to the Future woodworking competitions, top student winners received tools from Rikon. Some examples include Zachery Lush, who won the Fresh Wood Best of Show award for his project “Gravity”,  received a Rikon 14” bandsaw, and Brittney Hoffmeier, who received first place for her impressive Maloof reproduction rocking chair, received Rikon mini lathe.

“We are grateful to have RIKON as a partner and strong support of woodworking education programs and students who are considering careers in our industry”, says AWFS Fair Executive Vice President Angelo Gangone, “their contributions have strengthened these schools and enriched these students’ woodworking experiences.”

A new, state-of-the-art woods manufacturing program run by instructor Dean Mattson at Peyton School District in Colorado also received $13,000 in Rikon tools, including a dust collector, nine lathes with accessories, a 14” professional bandsaw and a drill press.

www.rikontools.com

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October 27, 2015 at 7:00 am

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AWFS continues successful “Meet the New Face of Manufacturing” campaign

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AWFS has debuted the second poster in the “Meet the New Face of Manufacturing” campaign, a comprehensive marketing effort to acquaint and interest young people in careers in wood products manufacturing. In an attempt to dispel outdated myths about jobs in manufacturing and build the number of young, skilled workers who will consider wood products manufacturing for career choices, the poster is designed to portray 21st century manufacturing as modern, high-tech and with a variety of challenging careers available for young people today.

Initiated in Fall 2014, the New Faces campaign kicked off with a poster touting jobs in manufacturing. Over 1,600 copies were requested and distributed to teachers, principals, counselors, superintendents and state directors of Career Technical Education, as well as chambers of commerce and industry companies who are hanging the poster in their HR departments and taking them to local schools. Outcomes of the first phase of the campaign included an invitation to present a webinar about careers in manufacturing to New York state counselors and a quantity request from the California Department of Education for distribution at a conference event on manufacturing-related courses.

Poster two has been produced in a much larger volume, thanks to quantity requests from six industry associations who will share the poster with their members. Those associations include Architectural Woodwork Institute, Wood Machinery Manufacturers of America, North American Building Material Distribution Association, Wood Component Manufacturers Association, Wood Product Manufacturers Association and Woodwork Career Alliance.

The new edition features fourteen individuals who hold a variety of job titles, from design to sales, software engineering to furniture makers. A nod is given to the personal interests of each New Face to illustrate to students that successful careers can support contemporary and fun lifestyles.

Strategic sponsors mentioned on the poster acquaint teachers and students with the types of companies in the industry –Vero Software, Blum Inc., Casadei-Busellato, Stiles Machinery and Bessey Tools. There is also reference to the industry skill standards (Woodwork Career Alliance) and to SkillsUSA, the nation’s largest Career Technical Education Association, which trains students in woodworking and cabinetmaking among many other skilled trades.

A number of manufacturers have responded with enthusiasm to the New Faces effort and have been inspired to reach out to local schools.

“I love the idea of this campaign,” says People and Culture Specialist Brandi Yanulavich of Timberlane, a high quality exterior shutter manufacturer in Pennsylvania. “We are hoping to attract young people to work in our wood shop and introduce them to the growth potential they could have here. I am finding the resources AWFS has created and posted on their web site to be helpful in this effort.”

For a free copy of the “New Faces” poster, send a note to: nancy@awfs.org. Include your name, mailing address and the number of posters desired.

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October 5, 2015 at 7:00 am

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AWFS student winners receive newspaper coverage

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NewsOK, a news source in Oklahoma, has recently published an article pertaining to two student winners of the AWFS Fair Fresh Wood Competition, a woodworking contest open to all North American students.

Check out the story here.

Two recent graduates of Mustang High School in Oklahoma, Brittany Hoffmeier and Kayla Dean took first and second place in their respective categories. Hoffmeier, took first place in the seating category with her Sam Maloof rocking chair replica, and Kayla Dean placed second in the open division with a cradle.

Mike McGarry, woodworking instructor at the school, said it was the best Mustang students have done in the contest. Mustang has had five students make it to the competition since 2007, with honorable mention the highest recognition before this year.

“It was great,” McGarry said. “And the neatest thing about the whole thing is these are two girls who have grown up together and are very good friends. They were together the day the show called to tell them they made it into the show as finalists.”

http://newsok.com/article/5440933

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August 31, 2015 at 7:00 am

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Stiles holds 50th anniversary celebration at AWFS

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“We’re just getting started” was the rallying cry behind the 50th anniversary of Stiles Machinery Inc.

In honor of the anniversary, Stiles invited all show attendees to the Las Vegas Hofbräuhaus. Around 400 guests attended the event.

The company also reports a successful AWFS Fair.

At this year’s AWFS, Stiles Machinery displayed machinery in operation from all of their major product segments including Altendorf, Homag, Brandt airTec edgebanders, Holzma panel saws, Weeke boring equipment, and sanders, Makor finishing and Kentwood and Ironwood machinery for solid wood.

“This year’s show was terrific,” said Stiles Vice President of Marketing, Stephan Waltman. “We were practically overwhelmed with visitors from all over North America.”

“Our days at AWFS were packed with activity,” said Waltman. “In addition to the four SMART presentations, we moderated an instructional presentation with Wayde King and Brett Raymer from the hit show TANKED on Animal Planet. Thursday night we hosted 400 guests at the famous Las Vegas Hofbräuhaus restaurant in honor of our 50th anniversary celebration. AWFS 2015 was a big success and we look forward to AWFS 2017. We’ll be back with a significant presentation of machinery and our expert staff.”

www.stilesmachinery.com

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August 14, 2015 at 7:00 am

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CMA announces Wood Diamond winners at AWFS

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The Cabinet Makers Association (CMA) announced the winners of its 2015 Wood Diamond Awards contest last week at AWFS in Las Vegas.

First place winners were awarded a customized plaque declaring their excellence in their respective categories, while other winning entries received a certificate.

The winners represented 32 categories, for a total of 53 entries submitted by 15 companies in the U.S. and Canada. Project details and photos of each entry can be found here.

Here are the winners:

Architectural Millwork, Creative Solution, <$25K

  • First Place: Counterpoint Cabinetry (Wilmette, IL)

Architectural Millwork, Best Overall, >$25K

  • First Place: Keith Smith Builders (Greer, SC)

Bath, Design, <$25K

  • First Place: Symphony Kitchens (Toronto, Ontario)

Bath, Other, <$25K

  • First Place: Castleman Carpentry (Berryville, VA)

Bath, Best Overall, >$25K

  • First Place; Sofo Kitchens (Maple Ridge, British Columbia)
  • Second Place: Sofo Kitchens (Maple Ridge, British Columbia)
  • Honorable Mention: Keith Smith Builders (Greer, SC)

Bookcase, Face Frame, <$25K

  • First Place: Rockwell Diversified Woodworks (Sheridan, IN)

Bookcase, Other, <$25K

  • First Place: Castleman Carpentry (Berryville, VA)

Closet, Best Overall, >$25K

  • First Place: Sofo Kitchens (Maple Ridge, British Columbia)

Entertainment Center, European, <$25K

  • First Place: Symphony Kitchens (Toronto, Ontario)

Entertainment Center, Face Frame, <$25K

  • First Place: Dark Horse Woodworks (Atlanta, GA)

Furniture, Other, <$25K

  • First Place: The Artisan Shop (Loveland, CO)
  • Second Place: Scott Robeson Custom Woodworking (Lander, WY)

Kitchen, Creative Solution, <$25K

  • First Place: Wood Perfect Cabinets (Forney, TX)

Kitchen, Creative Solution, >$25K

  • First Place: Rivendell Woodworks (Concord, CA)
  • Second Place: Artisan Interiors (Three Bridges, NJ)

Kitchen, Design, <$25K

  • First Place: Symphony Kitchens (Toronto, Ontario)
  • Second Place: Symphony Kitchens (Toronto, Ontario)
  • Honorable Mention: Symphony Kitchens (Toronto, Ontario)

Kitchen, Design, >$25K

  • First Place: Wood Perfect Cabinets (Forney, TX)
  • Second Place: Artisan Interiors (Three Bridges, NJ)

Kitchen, European, <$25K

  • First Place: Wood Perfect Cabinets (Forney, TX)
  • Second Place: Dark Horse Woodworks (Atlanta, GA)
  • Honorable Mention: Symphony Kitchens (Toronto, Ontario)
  • Honorable Mention: Patzer Woodworking (Mitchell, SD)

Kitchen, European, >$25K

  • First Place: Sofo Kitchens (Maple Ridge, British Columbia)
  • Second Place: Rivendell Woodworks (Concord, CA)
  • Honorable Mention: Dark Horse Woodworks (Atlanta, GA)
  • Honorable Mention: Dark Horse Woodworks (Atlanta, GA)
  • Honorable Mention: Patzer Woodworking (Mitchell, SD)
  • Honorable Mention: The Artisan Shop (Loveland, CO)

Kitchen, Face Frame, <$25K

  • First Place: Castleman Carpentry (Berryville, VA)
  • Second Place: The Artisan Shop (Loveland, CO)
  • Honorable Mention: Scott Robeson Custom Woodworking (Lander, WY)

Kitchen, Face Frame, >$25K

  • First Place: Symphony Kitchens (Toronto , Ontario)
  • Second Place: Castleman Carpentry (Berryville, VA)
  • Honorable Mention: Premier Builders (Georgetown, MA)

Kitchen, Finish, >$25K

  • First Place: Symphony Kitchens (Toronto, Ontario)

Kitchen, Best Overall, >$25K

  • First Place: Symphony Kitchens (Toronto, Ontario)
  • Second Place: Castleman Carpentry (Berryville, VA)
  • Honorable Mention: Keith Smith Builders (Greer, SC)

Library, European, <$25K

  • First Place: Dark Horse Woodworks (Atlanta, GA)

Library, Best Overall, >$25K

  • First Place: Keith Smith Builders (Greer, SC)

Other, Other, <$25K

  • First Place: Scott Robeson Custom Woodworking (Lander, WY)

Residential Bar, Design, <$25K

  • First Place: Symphony Kitchens (Toronto, Ontario)

Residential Bar, European, <$25K

  • First Place: Patzer Woodworking (Mitchell, SD)

Residential Bar, Face Frame, <$25K

  • First Place: The Artisan Shop (Loveland, CO)

Residential Bar, Best Overall, >$25K

  • First Place: Keith Smith Builders (Greer,  SC)

Wine Storage, Face Frame, <$25K

  • First Place: The Artisan Shop (Loveland, CO)

Wine Storage, Best Overall, <$25K

  • First Place: Savante Wine Cellars (Denver , CO)

Wine Storage, Best Overall, >$25K

  • First Place: Savante Wine Cellars (Denver, CO)

Best Of, Best Overall

  • First Place: Keith Smith Builders (Greer, SC)

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August 4, 2015 at 7:00 am

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Binks showcases Trophy spray guns at AWFS

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Finishing technology producer Binks featured its Trophy series of manual and touchup spray guns at last week’s AWFS Fair in Las Vegas.

The company demonstrated its spray guns at booth #8841.

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August 4, 2015 at 7:00 am

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Great results for Cefla North America at AWFS

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Cefla North America has reported greater-than-expected results at the recent AWFS Fair in Las Vegas.

“We were pleased to see an increase of visitors, great interest in our entry level and complex automated solutions, and renewed enthusiasm from customers who visited our booth” said general manager Massimo Di Russo.

Success at the AWFS show is further evidence of an upward trend for the company – a trend also confirmed by the fact that Cefla North America has already exceeded its 2015 sales revenue goals. “Our dedication to increasing industry standards through superior engineered equipment and great performance value continues to invigorate our company,” said Di Russo. “We were intent on delivering some of our latest technologies at the AWFS Show to demonstrate our commitment to customers and distributors who need hands-on knowledge of innovative, cost-effective finishing solutions.”

Focused dedication to North American markets is also reflected in Cefla’s 25,000-square-foot manufacturing facility in Charlotte, N.C. where the company builds DV Systems machinery, a Cefla Finishing Group brand.

In addition to the success of its Finishing Group business unit in North America, Cefla Group’s overall 2014 consolidated financial statements showed the best revenues in the company’s history, with more than €415 million consolidated group revenues and a net worth of over €214 million.

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August 4, 2015 at 7:00 am

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