Through the first six months of 1998 the Southeastern states and the North Central region had experienced the largest shipments growth, while the Northeast had the slowest growth.
"The recent drops in interest rates have already been factored into the forecast model and are reflected in our projections," Reardon said.
While the goal is the same as the negotiations were for the wood finishing regulations, the agency's approach has changed. EPA has the final say on how the rule will be crafted.
BIFMA has been instrumental in promoting work on office furniture standards within the international community. In May, BIFMA representatives attended a meeting of the International Standards Organization Technical Committee 136 in Sweden and in November it hosted the first North American meeting of the ISO Technical Committee.
BIFMA also continued its work to level the playing field with the Federal Prison Industry. "We are also very pleased to have introduced legislation in the US House of Representatives, with 81 co-sponsors, that would have eliminated FPI's mandatory source status, and to have had this legislation seriously discussed," Reardon said.
"We also plan to make electronic versions of our standards available and to incorporate several new features into a 'members only' section of our Web site," he said.
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