New EPA rules for wood panel and laminate formaldehyde gas emission rankled the entire spectrum of secondary wood manufacturing players. Related reports topped the news this week.

Gathered under the Federal Wood Industries Coalition (FWIC) are panel processors, cabinet and furniture makers, wood component, millwork and flooring manufacturers - all concerned about how the EPA rule reaches beyond the reasonable standards already set by California - the CARB (California Air Resources Board rules). One issue "No-added-Urea-Formaldehyde" panel (NAUF) may not perform as well.

The Kitchen Cabinet Manufacturers Association (KCMA) says cabinetmakers, who veneer on a kitchen-by-kitchen basis, would be subject to the same regulation as six plywood manufacturers  produce 80% of the hundreds of millions or billions of square feet of commodity products each year.

"Under CARB rules, fabricators are required to use certified composite wood, maintain usage records and label their products as compliant," says KCMA in a statement issued by Dick Titus, executive director. KCMA advocates that veneering done by downstream fabricators should not be treatedlike the big guys.

Here are this week's most viewed wood industry reports:

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Wood Groups Protest EPA Formaldehyde Rule
By Karen Koenig  
Federal formaldehyde emissions regulations proposed by the EPA are being criticized by a number of wood industry groups for their inclusion of laminated products and the ban on adhesives containing urea formaldehyde.
Chemists Fume on EPA Composite Wood Formaldehyde Rule
By Bill Esler  

EPA composite panel formaldehyde emissions rules are arbitrary, and contrary to the intent of Federal law, says the American Chemistry Council's Formaldehyde Panel.
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Shutdown Sawed Into Wood Industry
By Bill Esler 

The Federal shutdown is taking a toll on secondary wood manufacturing and primary lumber and timber businesses, affecting lumber exports, SBA business loans, and activities at Commerce Department, USDA, EPA, and OSHA.
JET Powermatic Saws Buyout by NAP Gladu Owner Tenex Capital
By Bill Esler 
NAP Gladu woodworking tool owner Tenex Capital Management, a private equity firm, will acquire JET Powermatic and Wilton Tools.
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Furniture Brands Chapter 11 Judge Cuts  Bonuses 
By Bill Esler 

Furniture Brands International bankruptcy judge okayed millions in executive bonuses, overruling a trustee, but capped it at $3.5 million.
8,000 lbs. Pine: Guinness Record Picnic Table
By Bill Esler

A 320-foot long pine wood picnic table set the Guinness World Record. Built to honor the Hellman's Mayonnaise centennial, it is longer than a football field and weighs more than 8,000 lbs., and beat Safeway's 2011 record.
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Barn Door Hardware Re-Imagined
By Bill Esler  
Barn door hardware maker Krown Lab, Portland, OR, says it has re-imagined sliding barn door hardware.
Sustainable Wood Products Manufacturing on Tour
By Karen Koenig
Sustainable manufacturing by wood components and dimension manufacturers was featured on tours, part of the Wood Component Manufacturers Association's Fall Conference.
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Video: Woodworking Robot Live at WMS 2013 & Wood Tech Summit
By Rich Christianson 
A woodworking robot, with the special ability to help oversee the production of approximately 1,200 cabinets per week without human lifting, will star at the 2013 Woodworking Machinery & Supply Expo (WMS 2013) and at the Wood Tech Summit Leadership Conference.
Miller Wood Expands Component Capabilities
By Karen Koenig 

Miller Wood Designs combines “old world quality” with new technology to produce parts for cabinetry, furniture and stairs. Founded in 1993, the Sugarcreek, OH-based firm has 55-60 employees.

 

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