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Deadline Extended for Hardwood Checkoff Comments

Following a request by Hardwood Checkoff opponents, the woodworking industry now has until Sept. 7 to submit comments on the proposed program. The USDA said the 60-day extension will allow "additional time for industry stakeholders and others to review the supplemental notices and provide feedback" on the proposed Hardwood Lumber and Hardwood Plywood Promotion, Research and Information Order (79 FR 68298).


Hot Topics for Wood Components

The Wood Component Manufacturers Association works with industry groups for the betterment of the North American woodworking industry, while keeping members informed of relevant issues that impact their businesses. On the radar are:


WCMA Seasonal Events Offer Plant Tours and Networking

Conducted each year, the WCMA Fall Conference & Plant Tour Event provides an excellent opportunity for members to network and have open discussions on common concerns.
WCMA members also tour the production facilities of dimension, component, cabinet, furniture, millwork, and related woodworking companies. These plant tours offer a unique opportunity to observe innovative operations and discover new manufacturing techniques, exchange ideas and learn about alternative manufacturing methods. Everyone comes away with at least one good idea that can be implemented in their own plants.


WCMA Hosts Networking Events

For the 2016 Spring Annual Meeting we will be partnering with Stiles Machinery and Weinig to provide a European Plant Tour Event, a unique opportunity for members. Prior to the spring event, the annual Fall Conference and Plant Tour will take place in Sherbrooke, Quebec, September 20-22, 2015.


Component Makers See New Opportunities: WCMA

With the recovering construction, housing and remodeling markets, members of the Wood Component Manufacturers Association are ideally suited to take advantage of improving business conditions. Many dimension and component manufacturers have diversified their capabilities and are looking for new applications for their products.
The latest WCMA Benchmarking Survey indicates that responding members are projecting increased dimension and component sales, an increase in net income, increased expenditures on equipment and services, and an increase in plant capacity utilization.

Wood of the Month

Karelian Birch Has Fancy Figures

European birch is one of those woods that is very plain — except when it isn’t. Some of the distinctive patterns yielded include flame and curly figures. Another figure of note is Karelian birch, known also as Karelian burl and Masur birch.


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