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Steelcase invests in wind energy with Apex

Steelcase Inc. has announced a 12-year power purchase agreement with Apex Clean Energy for 25 megawatts of wind power. This investment will make up nearly half of Steelcase’s renewable energy purchases and directly support the construction of a new clean energy facility set to begin operations in 2016.

Cutting & Grinding (Cutting Tools & Grinders)

Cutting MDF & plywood: a Shop Smarts Challenge

Can you use the same tooling to cut both plywood and MDF on a CNC saw? There’s no definitive answer, as indicated by the mixed responses to this woodworker query in the recent Shop Smarts challenge. More than 150 woodworkers gave their input on January’s Shop Smarts challenge, presented by Woodworking Network and sponsored by Saber Diamond Tools. In a randomly selected drawing, Sean Ferguson of Ferguson Custom Woodworking won a $100 Visa gift card for his response.

Almanac Market Data

Commercial furniture index remains strong

Business remains strong for the commercial furniture industry and its suppliers, according to the quarterly MADA / OFI Trends survey. The January 2016 overall survey index was 57.25, exceeding the October 2015 index, which was 56.05. Three index values in quarterly MADA/OFI survey reach record highs.

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