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August 24-27, 2016
International Woodworking Fair (IWF)
Georgia World Congress Center
September 26-28, 2016
WMMA Regional Meeting
Sheraton Charlotte Hotel
National Association of Manufacturers Monday Economic Report: June 20, 2016
There were numerous economic indicators out last week, but financial markets pivoted on news from the Federal Reserve and the prospects for a possible "Brexit" vote in the United Kingdom on June 23 for Britain to possibly leave the European Union. 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 ...
Congress Passes Tax Package Read more...
Construction Spending Remains Strong In July, Up 13.7% Over The Past Year. Read more...
OXFORD, Al. – Kronospan, a manufacturer of wood-based panel products, will invest $362 million to expand its operations in Calhoun County, Alabama, adding 160 jobs to its workforce.
Kronospan said the expansion consists of four separate projects:
· Two laminate flooring and decorative paper impregnation lines
· A particleboard and thermally infused laminate line
· An enlargement of the KronoChem resin plant
· Development of a furniture cluster
Once the expansion is complete, the company will have invested $650 million in Alabama and its workforce will number 270 people, according to the Calhoun County Economic Development Council. Kronospan has been operating in Calhoun County since 2008.
Laminate flooring and panel producer Kronospan has entered the U.S. flooring market, acquiring Clarion Boards Inc. and Clarion Laminates LLC.
Calhoun County says the expansion will make Kronospan the largest private capital investor in Oxford and one of the area’s largest employers.
“Kronospan is making a significant investment to expand its production center in Oxford, and we will work closely with the company to ensure that their project is successful,” said Greg Canfield, secretary of the Alabama Department of Commerce.
The Alabama Career Center will assist Kronospan as it recruits applicants for the jobs created by the expansion. Hiring for the expansions will be undertaken in phases.
Steven Waits, president of the Oxford City Council, said the manufacturer’s expansion will produce a substantial economic impact on the east Alabama city of 21,000 residents.
“Kronospan has continued to be a generous corporate citizen for our city, and we are looking forward to their continued presence in Oxford for generations to come,” Waits added.
Kronospan manufactures both MDF and HDF (high-density fiberboard) panel products and laminate flooring at its facility in Oxford.
A walnut platter extends to table length and promotes U.S. hardwood exports to Europe.
AHEC runs a worldwide program to promote the full range of American hardwoods in over 50 export markets, with its European efforts based in London. It also sponsored a major design initiative to promote U.S. hardwood usage, WishList. And it promotes projects made with U.S. hardwoods.
A report developed for the U.K. government shows that construction consumes 60 percent of or more of all sawn softwood used, depending on the level of construction activity.
The IWF 2016 education program features six tracks, including one on business management issues.
TigerStop will present an updated version of its touchscreen material automation solution, TigerTouch, at IWF 2016.
The Wood Machinery Manufacturers of America (WMMA) has announced the winner of its Ralph B. Baldwin Award, the association's highest honor. The award was presented to John Schultz, past president of the Association. Announcement of the award was made at the Woodworking Industry Conference (WIC), which took place at the Grand Hyatt San Antonio in San Antonio, Texas. Full information is available here.
Hear what current WMMA members are saying about the valuable benefits and the many rewards of WMMA membership.
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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