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UPCOMING EVENTS

April 25-28, 2017
Woodworking Industry Conference (WIC17)
Omni Rancho Las Palmas Resort
Rancho Mirage (Palm Springs), CA

May 22-26, 2017
LIGNA 2017
Hannover Exhibition Grounds
Hannover, Germany

June 20-21, 2017
WMMA/NAM DC Fly-In
Washington, DC
Contact diane@wmma.org for information

July 19-22, 2017
AWFS Fair
Las Vegas Convention Center
Las Vegas, NV

September 13-15, 2017
WMMA Regional Networking Meeting
DoubleTree by Hilton Charlotte
Charlotte, NC

LATEST NEWS FROM NAM

Monday Economic Report: March 20, 2017
The U.S. economy appears to be turning a corner as many indicators released last week hit multiyear highs. See more ...

Global Manufacturing Economic Update — Third Quarter
The third quarter NAM 2016 Manufacturers� Outlook Survey shows manufacturers continue to cope with policy headwinds. Read more ...

INDUSTRY NEWS

Woodworking Network
U.S. producers seek new duties against Chinese plywood

RESTON, Va. -- The Coalition for Fair Trade of Hardwood Plywood has filed "critical circumstances" petitions with the Department of Commerce to stop recent shipments of Chinese hardwood plywood imports into the U.S., according to the Hardwood Plywood and Veneer Association.

HPVA said that the shipments are being made in an attempt to enter the market before antidumping and countervailing duty orders are imposed.

If the coalition's actions are successful, antidumping and countervailing duties will be imposed 90 days earlier, subjecting Chinese hardwood plywood imports to duties of up to 100 percent or more.

Commerce's preliminary determinations in the countervailing duty case and antidumping case are due no later than April 17 and June 16, respectively. If critical circumstances are found, Chinese hardwood plywood imported as early as January 17 will be subject to countervailing duties, and Chinese hardwood plywood imported as early as March 16 will be subject to antidumping duties. See http://www.hpva.org/, and https://hardwoodplywoodfairtrade.com/.

Posted: 03/24/2017

Cancer-causing furniture flame-retardants found in women’s bodies

FREMONT, Calif. – Researchers from the Cancer Prevention Institute of California (CPIC) have detected an increase in the levels of two flame retardant additives called Polybrominated Diphenyl Ethers (PBDEs) in the blood of California women collected over a four-year period, beginning approximately five years after these compounds were banned in California in 2006.

PBDEs were mainly used to treat polyurethane foam cushioning in furniture and carpet padding. It has been suggested that PBDEs may cause cancer and other adverse health effects.

This suggests that the banning of the PBDEs may not be enough to protect people from exposure.

“While earlier research indicated that the banning of these chemicals was successful at reducing human exposures, the results from our study suggest that we should be careful not to declare victory too soon,” says Susan Hurley, leader of the CPIC study.

As one of the largest studies on this topic to date, the analysis included 1,253 women between the ages of 40-94 who were participating in the California Teachers Study, an-ongoing statewide study of female professional public school employees initiated in 1995 primarily to study breast cancer. Participants in the current study were restricted to those without breast cancer.

The results of this study stand in contrast to earlier studies that indicated some initial declines in body burden levels shortly after the compounds were banned. Earlier studies, however, primarily focused on much younger women. Thus, it is possible that the lack of declines in the current study reflect differences in how older women metabolize and eliminate these chemicals from their bodies. An alternative explanation is that the way people are being exposed may have recently shifted.

As the first study to show increases in PBDEs in blood since the U.S. ban, the authors note the value of biomonitoring in better understanding how people are currently being exposed. “If replicated by other studies, our findings underscore the need to evaluate additional regulatory efforts to safely manage the disposal of PBDE-laden products to mitigate human exposures” adds Susan Hurley.

“Like PCBs, DDTs and other chemicals that do not break down easily, we will have PBDEs in our bodies for decades” said Myrto Petreas, one of the co-authors of the study. According to Meredith Williams (not involved in the study) “PBDEs are classic examples of chemicals that were used before we had a full understanding of the harm they could cause. Our Safer Consumer Products Program intends to promote safer chemicals as substitutes for hazardous ingredients in consumer products.”

Posted: 03/24/2017


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Posted: 03/24/2017


Woodworking Magazine for the Professional Woodworker | Woodshop News
TigerStop opens new office in Mexico

Citing growth in sales and the potential for expanding into foreign markets, TigerStop opened a new office in Mexico City and hired Gregorio Aspeitia as the national sales manager for Mexico.

Posted: 03/22/2017

Schmidt & Co. adds tooling for flooring manufacturers

schmidt0322Charles G. G. Schmidt & Co. announced the capability to offer tooling to flooring manufacturers using HSK Power Lock machines.

Posted: 03/22/2017


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WMMA Baldwin Award
WMMA members agree that the prestigious Baldwin Award is an honor of a lifetime. Named for Ralph B. Baldwin, longtime member, the award will be presented to an individual in the woodworking industry who has exemplified the kind of commitment which makes an association function at, or near, its peak potential and is a contributor to his company’s success and the community of which he/she is a part. Submit your nominations no later than March 11, 2017 for consideration. Click here for more information.

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ANSI Update

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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Press Releases

January 30, 2017
Dan Bond Selected as the Next Executive Director of WMMA

August 27, 2016
INTERNATIONAL WOODWORKING FAIR Double Digit Growth

August 12, 2016
WMMA Member TR Herzog Named Among Top 40 Under 40 Wood Industry Superstars

July 28, 2016
WMMA Announces First Regional Meeting

May 9, 2016
2016 Board of Directors Announced

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