Volume 46, Issue 5 - June 2007

A World of Wood
Attend AWFS® and Get Educated

The Association of Woodworking & Furnishings Suppliers (AWFS®) is all about wood and wood-related products. Dealers and distributors of building products will be excited to learn that this year’s show has a lot to offer. 

In 2007, AWFS®Vegas will combine the largest exhibition of woodworking hardware and machinery, board and panel products, wood components, supplies, services and new technologies in North America, with networking opportunities and one of the finest professional educational conferences in the industry. For woodworking professionals from across the country and around the world, this is where it’s at.

Special events at this year’s show include:
AWFS® Fair Awards Dinner

6:30 p.m., Thursday, July 19
Celebrate AWFS® Fair’s 50th Anniversary at this Gala Event, hosted by Richard Karn, best known as Al Borland — Tim “The Toolman” Taylor’s sidekick on Home Improvement. This special ceremony will honor the winners of The Sequoia New Product Awards, The Fresh Wood Student Competition and the Wood 100 (Wood & Wood Products magazine’s award for the 100 fastest growing companies). This is open to all AWFS® Vegas participants and tickets can be purchased for $100 when registering online.

The Wood Industry Forum Primary Processing is the focus of an all-new symposium for businesses in the logging, roughmill and sawmill segments of the industry. This event is co-locating with the AWFS Fair in Las Vegas. The Wood Industry Forum offers a comprehensive conference program, and a suppliers’ showcase that features top-industry suppliers who offer products and services geared toward improving business efficiency and profitability. With the introduction of The Wood Industry Forum, AWFS®Vegas completes the supply chain and becomes a true “wood industry” event, with technology and resources for both primary and secondary processing.

For more on The Wood Industry Forum, visit www.woodindustryforum.com.

Educate Yourself

While you’ll want to take in at least one of the special events this year, be sure to attend the fair’s educational seminars, as there are a number of seminars that distributors and dealers will find interesting. Here are some you may want to attend:

Wednesday, July 18
Green Building - Get the Competitive Edge
9:30-11 a.m.
As green building becomes more popular, building professionals and homeowners are looking for woodworking and furnishing suppliers who manufacture and stock building products and materials that are healthy and resource-efficient. Learn more about this profitable niche and how to get the competitive edge through this overview of green building market trends, policy and opportunities. Find out about basic concepts, techniques and benefits being used, including indoor air quality and selecting resource-conserving materials. 

Friday, July 20
Lean: Continuous Improvement (CI)
9:30-11:30 a.m.
When focused, executed and deployed properly, CI serves both a tactical and strategic role. Learn the scope of CI, how to get started and its impact on profit and loss.

Lean Manufacturing Hands-On Production Simulation
8 a.m.-4 p.m.
This innovative, interactive simulation demonstrates the practical application of lean principles. Attendees participate as “competing companies” and work on a simulated manufacturing floor, building product during four business cycles. Between each cycle, teams will utilize the tools learned such as cellular manufacturing, Takt Time, Visual Controls, Kanban and more. Teams also evaluate net margin and monitor gross margin, lead-time, work-in-process and overhead.

Door and Window Trends and Opportunities
3:30-5 p.m.
This session offers insights on evaluating the business of fenestration (doors, windows and skylights) from an industry overview and a manufacturer. Attendees will learn about the trends governing the market and the threats, as well as advantages, to wood use. The role of wood products applications will be summarized in the context of its evolving competitiveness relative to new composite materials and polymers. The supply chain, including the role of the millwork distributor versus the big-box industry, and the best opportunities for wood products in this changing environment will be addressed. Attendees will also hear how wood can help you meet energy requirements and provide multiple unique options including species, profile accessories and finishes, as well as the features and benefits of wood, vinyl and aluminum products to determine what’s right for you.

Presenters are Val Brushaber, Hurd Windows & Doors, and Scott Shober, Ducker Worldwide. The moderator is Rich Walker, American Architectural Manufacturers Association. This seminar is co-sponsored by Shelter™ magazine’s sister publication, Door and Window Manufacturer magazine. 

Products Worth Seeing

Prehang It
Pagosa Springs, Colo.-based Dotul Inc. will be displaying its line of stile and rail door manufacturing and pre-hung door machinery.

Dotul designs, engineers and manufactures stile and rail presses, horizontal boring machines, glue spreaders, straight line rip saws, wide-belt sanders and more.

The company will also showcase its line of prehanging machinery which includes its Maverick and Nomad vertical pre-hung door machines. All Dotul pre-hung door machinery comes with a two-year limited warranty.4 www.dilco.net

Change it Quickly
Stiles Machinery Inc. in Grand Rapids, Mich., has a quick-change profile wrapping system that allows for profile changes within minutes.

Available exclusively from Stiles, Friz profile wrappers feature a modular design and a wide range of configurations to meet all manufacturing requirements. 

The Friz Optimat PUM series are standard machines, designed using modular construction with high-quality technology at a very attractive price, and capable of wrapping complex profiles with paper, foil, laminate or veneer. The PUM machines are designed to wrap profiles 10 to 450 millimeters wide with a feed speed of at least 40 meters/minute. Many options are available for customizing Friz profile wrappers to customers’ specific needs including varying combinations of aggregates and stations, automatic infeed/outfeed, profile changeover and material splicing.  www.stilesmachinery.com 

Ceiling and Wall Paneling Contact Style
With Contact Industries in Prineville, Ore., nothing goes to waste. In fact, 95 percent of the wood that enters this company’s manufacturing facility leaves as usable product. Among its latest veneer-wrapped wonders is natural wood-wrapped, tongue-and-groove paneling, offering one-piece installations for ceilings and walls.

Board lengths of up to 16 feet are clear, defect-free and consistent in color. Most surfaces will not require end-joints and a softwood core makes handling easy with no need for pre-drilling nail holes. www.contactind.com 

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