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UPCOMING EVENTS

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

NAM Monday Economic Report – May 15, 2017
Retail sales picked up in April, rising 0.4 percent. We hope this is a sign that consumer spending will once again return to being a bright spot in the U.S. economy, lifting second quarter real GDP. 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
House committee votes to reauthorize Perkins technical education act

WASHINGTON -- The House Committee on Education and the Workforce unanimously approved Rep. Glenn Thompson’s Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act (H.R. 2353). The proposal, which would reauthorize the Perkins Career and Technical Education Act, is largely identical to legislation the House passed in September 2016 by a vote of 405 to 5, according to a report by Rich Christianson, WMMA legislative liaison.

Advances in technology and the growth of a global economy have dramatically changed the kinds of jobs that are available, making high-quality education and skills development vital to competing in today’s workplaces.

In recent years, Congress has enacted reforms to improve K-12 education and modernize the nation’s workforce development system. However, more must be done to help all Americans access the education they need to earn a lifetime of success.

Since 1984, the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act has provided federal support to state and local career and technical education, or CTE, programs. These programs offer students the knowledge, skills, and hands-on experience necessary to compete for jobs in a broad range of fields, such as health care and technology.

Because federal law has not been updated in more than a decade, it no longer reflects the realities and challenges facing students and workers. Current policies restrict the ability of state leaders to invest federal resources in efforts that prioritize economic growth and local needs. This occurs at a time when critical industries have vacant jobs but not enough qualified workers to fill them.

Building on recent reforms to K-12 education and the workforce development system, Reps. Glenn “GT” Thompson (R-Pa.) and Raja Krishnamoorthi (D-Ill.) introduced the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act . The bipartisan legislation will help more Americans, especially young Americans, enter the workforce with the knowledge and skills they need to compete for good-paying, in-demand jobs in industries critical to the nation’s economy.

Posted: 05/26/2017

Excessive lead paint forces massive Pier 1 chair recall
WASHINGTON - Pier 1 Imports, the Texas-based retailer of imported home furniture, is recalling 2,575 of its Temani wicker outdoor pieces sold in the U.S. and Canada due to a violation of federal lead paint standard.
 
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said the sets, which include a chair, settee and ottoman contain excessive amounts of lead, which can be harmful to children and adults.
 
About 2,500 of the units were sold in the U.S., and 75 were sold in Canada. No injuries or incidents have been reported related to the recalled items.
 
The Temani set, which sports a mahogany and pine fram clad, is ivory colored and made with rattan and wicker. Sold exclusively at Pier 1 from March 2014 to April 2017 for between $139 and $559, the set was made by PT Gimex Furniture Manufacturing Co. in Indonesia. The pieces were sold without cushions.
 
The chair measures 29 inches wide, 29.5 inches deep and 35.5 inches high, the settee measures 51.5 inches wide, 29.5 inches deep and 35.5 inches high, and the ottoman measures 27 inches wide, 18 inches deep and 16 inches high. The furniture has a Pier 1 Imports logo on the underside of each chair, settee and ottoman. The recall involves only the ivory-colored set.
 
Consumers have been advised to stop using the recalled furniture immediately and return it to any Pier 1 Imports for a full refund or merchandise credit.

Posted: 05/26/2017


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Posted: 05/28/2017


Woodworking Magazine for the Professional Woodworker | Woodshop News
WCA highlights workforce development at AWFS

The Woodwork Career Alliance of North America, celebrating its 10th anniversary as the champion of woodworking skill standards, will present a collection of workforce development tools and strategies at the AWFS fair.

Posted: 05/25/2017

Safety Speed set to debut screw pocket machine

Safety Speed Mfg., a provider of panel processing equipment, will present its new SPM301HD Screw Pocket Machine, at the AWFS fair.

Posted: 05/25/2017


ASSOCIATION NEWS

Current News:

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

Another Resource for Members of WMMA — Insurance. Click here to learn more about First Insurance Agency, Inc.

Hear what current WMMA members are saying about the valuable benefits and the many rewards of WMMA membership.

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.

The Cutting Edge, WMMA's monthly e-publication

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Press Releases

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

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

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Member News

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