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There were a few encouraging economic reports released last week, with each suggesting that activity has picked up after struggling earlier in the year. Friday's job numbers were relatively strong for the second straight month. See more ...
Global Manufacturing Economic Update - June 2016
Global manufacturing activity stagnated in May, pulled lower by continued weaknesses in the emerging markets and by softer-than-desired economic growth in the United States. Read more ...
Manufacturing Day - October 7, 2016
MFG DAY addresses common misperceptions about manufacturing by giving manufacturers an opportunity to open their doors and show, in a coordinated effort, what manufacturing is — and what it isn't. By working together during and after MFG DAY, manufacturers will begin to address the skilled labor shortage they face, connect with future generations, take charge of the public image of manufacturing, and ensure the ongoing prosperity of the whole industry. Click here to learn more
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OAKLAND, Calif. - Employees at Golden State Lumber in Newark, Calif., designated Teamsters Local 853 as their bargaining representative by a 3-1 margin.
The 26-person unit which includes all drivers, load builders, yard men, saw operators, forklift operators, lumber handlers, lumber shippers and receivers chose Local 853 despite the meetings held by management in attempts to convince them otherwise.
"The employees at Golden State Lumber recognized that our great organization represents the needs of working people and that Local 853 has a history of aggressive representation," said Rodney Smith, organizer with Local 853.
Smith said Golden State Lumber operates organized, as well as unrepresented facilities in Northern California.
"The company did not charge any less for their products in an unrepresented yard, but put the additional profits in its pocket, rather than compensating those doing the work. The employees in Newark have been doing the same work as those in the unionized yards. They deserve the same compensation," Smith said.
"What sealed the deal for our guys was when customers came in to pick up lumber and said joining the union was the best choice for their future. I'm glad we voted for Local 853 and look forward to a better future as Teamsters," said Nick Guinea, a driver at Golden State Lumber.
"Local 853 has made organizing in construction and related industries a priority since the merger of the two small construction locals into Local 853 in the late 1990's. That merger has given us much more strength when it comes to organizing in that field," said Rome Aloise, International Vice President and Secretary-Treasurer of Local 853.
Negotiations are expected to begin in early September.
Founded in 1903, the International Brotherhood of Teamsters represents 1.4 million hardworking men and women throughout the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico.
ATLANTA -- The National Academy for Wood Education has a home. A location has been chosen in Colorado Springs. This was just announced at IWF.
The training center will be located near the Peyton Woods Manufacturing Program.
Dean Mattson, director of Woods Manufacturing for the Peyton School District, and Tim Kistler, superintendent of the Peyton School District, announced the location at IWF Thursday.
The training center will be in the district of Scott Campbell. He is superintendent of schools for Widefield School District 3 in Colorado Springs.
Campbell toured the Peyton program last fall and was impressed. Plans are still in the early stages, but Mattson said the target date for opening the training center is August 2017, the start of the school year.
Industry was a major part of the Peyton school's success, and the new school will need a lot of involvement from woodworking manufacturers and suppliers.
Last year, Mattson had brought his experience in business and education, and his own enthusiasm, to a new program to train high school students in manufacturing and other skills.
Peyton Woods Manufacturing Program came together quickly, with support from educators, students, and many industry representatives that not only contributed equipment and supplies, but also have matched Mattson’s enthusiasm.
What has resulted is not a typical educational effort, but a special program that is the result of close cooperation between educators and industry. It’s also a model for other schools around the country to follow.
In 2013, Mattson won the Woodworking Machinery Industry Association Wooden Globe Educator of the Year Award. When accepting the award, he challenged industry executives to help build a brand-new high tech training center to help them address a critical shortage in qualified employees.
The Peyton Woods Manufacturing Program started in a year ago, in August 2015, and started with about 40 students attending either a morning or afternoon session. The program provides entry level to advanced cabinet manufacturing, including wood manufacturing skills, math, problem solving and teamwork.
Mattson said the goal is turn out a student who is ready for secondary education or can move into the workforce. Students will work toward gaining a Woodwork Career Alliance passport, a national certification credential.
Kistler said that having a building available to house the training center was an important part of the formula. The Career Technical Center building has already had several roles, serving as an elementary, junior high and high school before a new high school was built in Peyton in 2004.
Close to 40 companies are exclusive partners or supporters, and are providing machines, materials and technology. Machines on the floor are identified with the sponsoring company’s name. Other company’s contributions (tooling, hardware, clamps, etc.) are in wall-mounted displays, and all companies are represented by banners hung on the walls.
One of the first to respond was Kreg Tools and Fasteners, which made a generous contribution of equipment. Stiles Machinery was also an early supporter, promising a wide range of equipment and support.
Other industry partners include TigerStop, Triton Power Tools, Timesavers, Ironwood, Bessey clamps, Nederman dust collection, FastCap, 3M sanding, adhesives and safety equipment, Columbia Forest Products, Cabinotch, Blum hardware and boring machines, Belfab, JLT clamping, Grex fasteners, QuickScrews, Veritas Lee Valley hand tools, Cabinet Vision software, Microjig and Leitz tooling.
Partner companies include Williams & Hussey Machine Co., Bosch power tools, Rikon power tools, Felder Group, SawStop, Barbo Machinery, Elder Construction, JDS Multi-Router, Drillnado dust collection, Conquest Industries and CTD saws.
Education partners include FDMC Magazine, WMIA, AWFS, Oregon State University, Woodwork Career Alliance, Custom Source Woodworking, and Vance publications.
Seven exhibitors won Challengers’ Awards, presented on opening day of the IWF 2016 in Atlanta.
Steve Rangoussis, formerly with Festool USA and Canada, is the new chief executive officer of Castle Inc.
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The new ANSI standard O1.1-4 Safety Requirements for Shapers for the Woodworking Industry was published. WMMA members are entitled to receive one complimentary copy per company upon request. Email Jennifer@wmma.org to request a copy. Copies can be purchased from the ANSI e-standard store.
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