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AWFS Announces 2021 Visionary Award Winners

Posted on 18 August 2021 by cradmin4

The Association of Woodworking & Furnishings Suppliers (AWFS®) announced the winning companies that have been awarded a Visionary New Product Award for product innovation and leadership in the woodworking industry.

Selected from 24 finalists, the 2021 award-winning companies and products are as follows:

Components
• Felder Group USA

Machinery Over $50,000
• LestaUSA

Machinery Under $50,000
• Felder Group USA

Materials
• Roseburg Forest Products

Software
• Nordfab Ducting

Power Tools
• Apollo Sprayers International

Tooling
• The Pinske Edge

General Category
• SAMES KREMLIN
• Nothtech Machine LLC

The Visionary Awards promote the development of innovation in woodworking machinery, supplies, services for the furniture, kitchen cabinets, architectural woodwork, store fixture, upholstery, specialty and general wood product industries. They are evaluated on innovation, quality, production, practicality, and how user-friendly they are.

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IWF 2022 Education Conference Calls for Proposals

Posted on 16 August 2021 by cradmin4

IWF is inviting proposals for presentations at the 2022 IWF Education Conference, which will be staged in conjunction with the International Woodworking Fair, running August 23-26, 2022 at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta. The mission of the IWF Education Conference is to provide woodworking industry professionals with learning and development opportunities relevant to business operation and management.

Presenters should select topics based on their area of expertise, and should offer practical applications that attendees can utilize in their businesses. Topics should be relevant in 2022 with the potential for future growth that will address attendees’ needs after the 2022 show. Those interested in delivering a presentation at the IWF 2022 Education Conference should submit a proposal of the topic(s) no later than November 5, 2021.

For the first time, IWF will host a series of sessions presented by contracted exhibitors of IWF 2022 within a brand-new Exhibitor EDU track. This new program will allow our exhibitors to present an education-based session on the benefits and uses of their products/services in a classroom setting off the show floor. This opportunity is open only to contracted IWF 2022 exhibitors.

IWF 2022 is on track to top 1,000 exhibiting companies and will reflect the true scope and scale of the global woodworking industry, featuring virtually all major manufacturers, emerging brands, and new-to-market producers and service providers. The large showcase will feature products and services in more than 540 categories.

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A Busy Year for the Countertop Industry

Posted on 29 August 2013 by cradmin

Chuck Sawyer photoGuest Blog by Chuck Sawyer of ISFA

This year has not only been busy and full of exciting changes for the International Surface Fabricators Association (ISFA) but also for the entire countertop industry. Partnerships and alliances are expanding within the industry and among closely associated industries, such as woodworking. Opportunities for general business education and countertop fabrication education have also never been greater or more successful than they are now and will be in the near future.

One of the ways that ISFA is helping countertop professionals to expand their knowledge and network with peers is by putting together Grass Roots Gatherings, hosted by industry supporters like Cosentino, Dixie Plywood and Oldcastle Surfaces. In addition, ISFA established a series of CEO Roundtable discussions in Cincinnati and Chicago, with upcoming events in Boston and Seattle. And with the popularity of the Roundtable events, we are planning a new version aimed at the new generation of business leaders in the countertop industry. This new event will be a conclave where the next generation of CEOs can learn about and share experiences on the topics necessary for leading successful businesses.

Organizations and businesses in the countertop industry are also expanding training opportunities. ISFA is hosting several training seminars, including hands-on training on stone and quartz fabrication and another on solid surface fabrication. A partnership between the Marble Institute of America (MIA) and Stone World is also providing a complete educational series that focuses on running a successful fabrication company. Additionally, ISFA will be providing some opportunities for learning at the 2014 StonExpo in Las Vegas by putting together several educational sessions that are being held at the show.

Another exciting event that will expand the reach of the countertop industry is a new partnership between ISFA and the International Woodworking Fair (IWF). In 2014, IWF will provide an expanded platform for the surfacing industry, which will include a full countertop educational track designed to reach the cabinet, woodworking and countertop industries. Additionally, a full-day Countertop Symposium will be held at IWF.

The big news, however, is that the 2014 IWF will include a new concept – the Countertop Pavilion, a dedicated section of the show floor designed specifically for members of the countertop industry. It will be a high-visibility opportunity for suppliers of machinery, materials, tooling and other products and services in our industry. For fabricators of decorative surfacing products it will be a great way to meet with suppliers, see machinery in action and be part of one of the nation’s largest trade shows.

IWF 2014 will be held at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta on August 20-23, 2014. You can check out the web site at: www.iwfatlanta.com.

With all of these opportunities, it makes good sense to take advantage of them. As our fabrication shops are emerging from the “Great Recession” and we become busier and busier, it is all too easy to lose sight of the educational opportunities that can help to make a fabrication shop more profitable. Like the person who didn’t have the time to take a class on time management, don’t neglect the opportunities to participate and grow with the wealth of training offered by our industry!

Chuck Sawyer is the Executive Director of the International Surface Fabricators Association (ISFA) and can be reached at [email protected].

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Artisan Group of Countertop Fabricators Inducts 2 New Board Members

Posted on 04 February 2013 by cradmin

Artisan Group, a network of stone fabricators in North America, inducted two new board members: Fadi Halabi, owner of Duracite in Fairfield, Calif., and Tom Rocks, owner of Rocksolid Stone Works in Cleveland, Ohio. Halabi and Rocks are taking the slots vacated by members, Mitch Hires, owner of Construction Resources in Atlanta, Ga., and Gus Blume, owner of Blume’s Solid Surfaces in Pittsburgh, Pa., after serving their two-year terms. Halabi and Rocks join Brad Pearce, owner of Front Range Stone in Denver, Colo., Layton Day, owner of Bangor Wholesale Laminates in Bangor, Maine, Kellie Akins, aales & marketing manager of Innovative Surfaces in Minneapolis, Minn., and Joe Hoffman, Jr., owner of Hoffman Fixtures Company in Tulsa and Oklahoma City, Okla., as well as Artisan Group executive director Chad Seiders to complete the board.

Halabi, originally from Jordan, attended San Francisco State and graduated from UC Berkeley. At the age of 23, after only a few years, Halabi became owner and President of Duracite. Halabi now has 24 years in the countertop fabrication business and has expanded Duracite to a network of nine locations throughout Northern California and Nevada. Duracite provides surfacing fabrication and installation to both commercial and residential clients, including design, manufacture and installation of granite, marble, soapstone, Heritage Wood, quartz and recycled products.

After studying business and accounting at Cleveland State University in 1979, Rocks began his entrepreneurial career with a small custom cabinet shop in Cleveland, Ohio that quickly grew into Wood Dimensions Inc. His vision to grow the business expanded with solid surface fabrication and a new corporate division called Solid Surfaces Plus was born. Rocks’ broad experience with solid surfaces grew into yet another company division for stone fabrication leading the company to form Rocksolid Stone Works. Rocksolid Stone Works and Solid Surfaces Plus now offer one of the largest selections of stone and solid surfacing in Northern Ohio.

The original woodwork shop, Wood Dimensions Inc., is also one of Northern Ohio’s premier fabricators of custom cabinetry, woodwork, millwork and casework for large-scale commercial projects and residential homes. The company’s three divisions have earned multiple awards for craftsmanship.

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Woodworking Associations Reach Agreement to Own International Woodworking Fair

Posted on 05 August 2012 by cradmin

The Woodworking Machinery Industry Association (WMIA), the Wood Machinery Manufacturers of America (WMMA) and the American Home Furnishings Alliance (AHFA) jointly entered into an agreement for the purchase of AHFA’s ownership interest in the International Woodworking Fair (IWF) by WMIA and WMMA. The transaction is expected to close late this year following IWF2012. Inaddition, WMIA and WMMA entered into a new partnership for the management and ownership of IWF.

 

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