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July 19-22, 2017
Las Vegas Convention Center
Las Vegas, NV
August 21-23, 2017
Wood Component Manufacturers Association
2017 Fall Conference & Plant Tour
JW Marriott, Grand Rapids, MI
September 13-15, 2017
WMMA Regional Networking Meeting
DoubleTree by Hilton Charlotte
NAM Monday Economic Report July 24, 2017
In March, the Manufacturers' Outlook Survey from the NAM rose to an all-time high in the survey's 20-year history, with 93.3 percent of respondents positive about their own company outlook. Three months later, manufacturers remain very upbeat. 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 ...
Atlantic Millwork & Cabinetry benefitted from grants to help pay for installing solar panels, and your company can, too.
A grant from the Rural Energy for America Program covered 25 percent of the cost of a new solar energy system, and the company commissioned CNC Solar Company to install a 143 kW DC system on the south-facing upper roof of their warehouse in Lewes, Delaware.
Kathy Beisner, the acting director for USDA Rural Development in Maryland and Delaware, toured Atlantic Millwork & Cabinetry earlier, and said their mission is to help increase economic opportunity and improve the quality of life in rural America.
“One way we do that is through the Rural Energy for America Program that has helped roughly 55 rural small businesses and farmers in Delaware improve their bottom line by installing renewable energy systems and energy efficient equipment,” Beisner said. “Through Federal loan guarantees and grants the program helps cut carbon emissions, creates jobs and saves families hundreds of dollars on their utility bills each year.”
Small businesses across the United States are using USDA financing in innovative ways as a means to create more sustainable communities and the enhancement of economic competitiveness. Atlantic Millwork & Cabinetry distributes windows, doors, cabinetry, countertops, millwork products, decking and does installation. Customers include builders, contractors, architects, real-estate agents, and homeowners.
“Small businesses like Atlantic Millwork & Cabinetry are the backbone of America’s economy,” said U.S. Senator Tom Carper (D-Del.), who also visited the company. “Federal grant programs like this one from USDA Rural Development help our nation’s small businesses make investments that allow them to become more energy efficient and boost their bottom line at the same time.”
The 550-panel rooftop system has taken Atlantic Millwork & Cabinetry nearly off the grid and provides almost 90 percent of the electricity it takes to operate their offices and warehouse.
Atlantic Millwork & Cabinetry’s Director of Sales Marketing, Vincent McDowell said, the local contractor took four weeks to install the 550 panels. The installation required 30,000 square feet of space, and took six months to complete.
McDowell said that one minor challenge was finding the best location for the solar panels. Due to the number of solar panels being installed Atlantic Millwork & Cabinetry needed to make sure the roof could hold the weight without causing any structural damage.
Companies have to search for potential incentives, much like a college student needs to explore many possible source of scholarship money. McDowell said that companies should explore state and local grants.
For companies considering this, the first phone call should be to a contractor who could do the work. Next, they should contact their accountant, and then go to their bank for financing.
McDowell said the system builds up credits during the summer months when the solar panels are producing more energy than the company is using. Then during the fall and winter months they get credits from the power company for the additional energy produced in the summer. Typically, around late December they begin to pay for electricity again.
“Solar panels are a wise long term investment, especially if you take advantage of the available grant, federal, and state monies. In addition, solar panels help to reduce your environmental effects on the local ecosystem,” McDowell said.
Mark Woodruff, president of Atlantic Millwork & Cabinetry said, “The move made business sense, the savings in electricity, the funding from the USDA Rural development, and tax benefits made sense. When you take all those variables into account the system will pay for itself in six years. Not to mention it’s beneficial to the environment in our local community.”
Company co-owner Richard Reed said, “We had looked at doing the panel’s years ago, but now with the incentives it made sense to move forward with the project.”
For more information on Atlantic Millwork & Cabinetry see www.atlanticmillwork.com and for more information on the USDA Rural Development Grant visit https://www.rd.usda.gov/about-rd/initiatives/sustainable-rural-downtowns-case-studies.
Though Western Heritage Furniture's Tim McClellan gained fame for being disqualified on HGTV's "Ellen's Design Challenge," he won something: learning to use a CNC machine on the show, he ordered a Biesse Rover.
With that premise, Jerome is the perfect location to kickoff a series. Founded in 1876, the historic former copper mining town, which sits atop Cleopatra Hill, was once the fourth largest city in Arizona.
Georgia-Pacific Panel Products LLC recently announced that all UltraStock MDF products are now manufactured using 100 percent No-Added-Formaldehyde (NAF) resin. This includes every grade of UltraStock MDF panels, including UltraStock Select, Premium, Lite, MR, Moulding and Embossing.
The IMA Schelling Group USA and Barbaric announced a sales partnership at AWFS to bring customized and innovative material handling solutions to their customers, according to the companies.
Industry Leaders Converge on Capitol Hill For Day of Advocacy
Leaders from the Wood Machinery Manufacturers of America, Woodworking Machinery Industry Association and Association of Woodworking & Furnishing Suppliers converged on Capitol Hill on June 21 to advocate for the most important policy needs of the industry. First-time attendee Dan Christensen, Pillar Machine, and WMMA Public Policy Committee member, talked about his experiences in this short video.
WMMA Announces winner of 2017 Baldwin Award at WIC17
WMMA awarded the 2017 Baldwin Award to Past President Jamison Scott during WIC 2017 in Rancho Mirage, CA. Scott, who serves as executive vice president of Air Handling Systems, a third generation family-owned business in Woodbridge, Connecticut, has a long history of service to the Association and to the industry as a whole. Click here to read more
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May 12, 2017 2017
WMMA Past President, Jamison Scott, Wins Baldwin Award
May 4, 2017 2017
2017 Board of Directors Announced
January 30, 2017
Dan Bond Selected as the Next Executive Director of WMMA
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INTERNATIONAL WOODWORKING FAIR Double Digit Growth
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