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Manufacturing Q3 Update with Dr. Chad Moutray
July 21, 2016 at 3pm ET
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National Association of Manufacturers Monday Economic Report: July 25, 2016
Later this week, we will get our first read on real GDP growth for the second quarter, which is likely to be around 2.8 percent at the annual rate. Read 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

Congress Passes Tax Package

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Residential furniture orders up 2% in May

HIGH POINT, N.C. - Residential furniture orders took a positive turn in May, moving up 2 percent compared to the year prior, according to the latest Furniture Insights survey of residential furniture manufacturers and distributors from Smith Leonard. This follows three months of sales decline and bodes well for the industry as it enters into the summer and fall show seasons for new introductions.

"The   three  declines had been 1 percent in February, 2 percent  in  March  and  3  percent  in  April,  so the reversal was good news," said Ken Smith, managing partner. "The  reversal  was  definitely  not  across  the   board   as   only   about   half   of   the  participants    reported    increased    orders  over May of 2015. The good news was that, for  April,  some 69 percent of  the participants  reported  declining  orders, so the improvement to half was good."

Year-to-date orders were about even compared to 2015, although 61 percent did report lower orders year-to-date.

May shipments were down 1 percent compared to the same period in 2015, but up 6 percent from April, bringing year-to-date shipments even with those from a year ago. "The declines in April and May were likely the result of shipments in the earlier months exceeding orders so sooner or later that would have to catch up," Smith said. Backlogs  were  up 2 percent from April, but down 6 percent compared to May 2015, also the result of shipments year-to-date exceeding new orders.

"Inventories continue to inch down each month, moving them back to closer in line with current business," Smith added. Inventories were down 2 percent from April, although up 3 percent compared to May 2015.

"From what we heard from manufacturers and distributors, June furniture sales were not that great for some. July has been a bit of a mixed bag with some saying late July has been pretty decent," he said.

"We hope all of the industry can withstand the election and get back to good business soon."


Posted: 07/29/2016

Kitchen cabinet line relaunch drives 56 percent growth at Tru Cabinetry
ASHLAND, ALABAMA – In just under a year and a half, Ashland’s Tru Cabinetry says it has grown its business by a 53 percent, largely as a result of a product redesign. That sales gain has prompted the addition of a second shift, and 46 new jobs.
“Being able to add 46 great jobs to our community is something we’re excited about,” says company president Butch Reimer. 
Tru Cabinetry underwent a companywide overhaul that included the relaunch of its product catalog in February of 2015. 
“The substantial gains we have made in the market reflect the focus we have placed on refreshing our product line and delivering on the expectations our customers demand,” Reimer said. “Our team has shown extraordinary focus and determination over the last three years to become a highly-respected cabinetry provider.” 
Case clamp at Tru Cabinetry
Because of this progress, Tru Cabinetry is in the process of hiring and training 46 new employees to add capacity, including a second shift in its paint-finishing department. This increase in jobs – which include management positions, engineering specialists, maintenance, and finishers – will increase the company’s overall capacity by 20 percent. 

Modern Cabinetry Manufacturing

The growth, says Reimer, is due to a number of things. Tru Cabinetry was formerly called Tru-Wood Cabinet Company, but it was sold three years ago to United Cabinet Holdings as its second company in the portfolio. That’s when Reimer came on board and the company began its plan to rebrand and rebuild to become competitive in the semi-custom cabinet market. 
At that time, Reimer worked with the company’s existing workforce to streamline operations and develop more consistency and accuracy of machining operations. That, Reimer said, enabled Tru Cabinetry to drive down inventory and add flexibility to the product line by being able to build orders on demand for customers. 
Reimer, who has a background in the auto industry and years of experience with engineering and quality control, has been in the cabinet business for 10 years. Since he became president of Tru Cabinetry, he has implemented a number of different business strategies and manufacturing processes that he directly attributes to the company’s growth. 
One component that goes along with the newly-created second shift includes the addition of another  CNC machining center. It produces an extremely accurate product, and allows for flexibility in cabinet construction, Reimer says. 
“Our improved operational performance has allowed us to meet the level of consistency that our customers demand,” he said. “We are able to provide on-time, complete shipments, as well as a high-quality product, combined with design flexibility so you can really fit the budget and design needs of all your customers.”
The purposes of the modern manufacturing methods Reimer brought to Tru Cabinetry are to reduce material and manpower waste, maintain quality, and accelerate production, and they’ve been working. 
“We’ve developed more consistency and accuracy in our processes,” he said. “That improvement freed up capacity so we could absorb our initial wave of growth.”

Rebranding a Kitchen Cabinet Company

Though the name of the company is new, Tru Cabinetry’s history goes back to 1990. And though Reimer has brought in new manufacturing and business processes, he said the company still uses the same great employees and quality standards that have been around for decades. 
However, Reimer knew it was time for Tru Cabinetry to move forward, so a big part of his work was to rebrand the business, which included a new logo and, most importantly, a new product catalog. 
The venture, Reimer said, was a “huge undertaking.” The company’s entire stain and paint lineup was rebuilt, and multiple new door styles were added to appeal to current design trends. 
“We focused on elements that would allow for more options and afforded us the opportunity to capture a lot of different styles, features, and also budgets,” Reimer says. “In doing so we added a lot of new products as well as added new sizes and designer elements to existing products.”
In order to ensure that all customers are able to come up with a design that uniquely reflects his or her taste, Tru Cabinetry’s new product catalog includes more than 40 on-trend door styles in maple, oak, or cherry wood, and more than 60 finish combinations. Twenty-six of the finish combinations are paint, which continues to grow in popularity, Reimer said. It is also why the company is adding its second shift in the paint-finishing department. 
“We’ve had a huge growth in total sales during the past 17 months,” said Reimer. “But we’ve also seen a tremendous growth in the mix of painted versus stained cabinets, and that is consistent with industry trends.”  
Not everything in the catalog is new, though. Reimer said they made sure to leave plenty of traditional elements in the reworked catalog. This allows the company to appeal to a broad range of markets. 
The other purpose of the new catalog, Reimer said, was to make it seamless and easy for designers to use. 
“We wanted to make our product one of the best cabinet lines in this category, and we feel that we’ve done that. Our customers have validated our efforts through their sales orders and quick acceptance of the catalog,” he said. “We certainly created a line that can serve a multitude of their needs.”

Taking Tru Cabinetry National

As Reimer looks to the future, he anticipates that Tru Cabinetry will continue to grow. He said there are geographical areas of the market that the company hasn’t yet tapped into, and his goal is to service the industry on a national level. 
“We’re focused on keeping up with capacity requirements but doing it in a manner that assures our customers that we’re going to continue to service them in a way they’ve come to expect,” he said. “We’re proud to provide exceptional service and on-time orders, and we know our customers have high expectations of our business.”
Another ongoing goal, he said, is to continue improving processes and carrying them out with high standards in mind. Reimer said a lot of time is spent on process control. 
“Once we change or improve a process, the goal is to maintain the standard over time and not backslide into that problem again,” he said. “So we’ve employed a lot of common – as well as unique – approaches to how we assure that happens in a manufacturing environment that is pretty heavily dependent on human capital.”
Above all, Reimer stressed his excitement about the company’s growth and the future impact it will have on the local economy.
“This is a huge economic boost to the area, both from a tax base standpoint as well as providing 46 new jobs,” he says Reimer said that applicants interested in applying for one of Tru Cabinetry’s new jobs can email a resume to  

Posted: 07/29/2016

Gray continues to grow
Dura Supreme reports strong demand for gray cabinets.

Posted: 07/28/2016

EPA finalizes formaldehyde rule
Final rule will restrict emissions from particleboard, MDF ad hardwood plywood.

Posted: 07/28/2016

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Leitz and Holz-Her team up

By combining machinery with expertise in tooling and engineering, Holz-Her and Leitz share a finalist entry in the IWF Challengers Award competition.

Posted: 07/27/2016

Busch will introduce new Mink MV claw vacuum pumps

Busch USA will present the new generation of Mink claw vacuum pumps at IWF, which offer lower energy consumption, a more compact design and quieter operation, according to the company.

Posted: 07/27/2016


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