ATLANTA – Visitors were treated to a showcase of the latest woodworking technology as winners of the 2008 Challengers Distinguished Achievement Award were announced Wednesday. A total of 20 finalists were whittled down to the final seven winners and were announced at IWF 2008.

“Throughout manufacturing history, innovation is the key ingredient to continued success in our business,” said Charles R. (Tommy) Tomkins, IWF 2008 chairman and president of Cresent Fine Furniture Co. “IWF exhibitors are answering the call to provide solutions that address the industry’s manufacturing challenges.”

The 2008 Challenger winners are: DUX Area Inc.’s DUX Advanced Laminar Airflow Technology for spray guns; DV-Systems / Delle Vedove USA Inc.’s UV-X Finishing System; FS Tool Corp. / FS Cruing’s Aerotech System for dust free nesting extraction; Giben International’s Zero Active Drive Beam Saw; NAP GLADU’s Next G Series Diamond & Carbide Inserts Cutting Tool; Super Thin Saws’ UltraCem-Coated Blades; and WoodEye/Innovative Vision AB ‘s Automatic NHLA Grading of Hardwoods.

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