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October 2, 2015
Manufacturing Day 2015
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National Association of Manufacturers Monday Economic Report: September 28, 2015
The global manufacturing sector continued to show signs of struggle in data released last week, with a number of headwinds dampening demand and production. Read more ...
Manufacturers' Outlook Survey - Second Quarter 2015
The results indicate the manufacturing economy is growing, but at a much slower pace than the more robust levels experienced just a few months ago. The results also serve as an indicator of continued economic and political headwinds that manufacturers face. Find out more about the numbers and what they mean by visiting the survey's new landing page.
Manufacturing Day 2015
Manufacturing Day is a celebration of modern manufacturing meant to inspire the next generation of manufacturers. It occurs on October 2, 2015. The Manufacturing Institute provides videos on why Manufacturing Day matters, how it can help you, and how you can participate. Read more ...
Construction Spending Remains Strong In July, Up 13.7% Over The Past Year. Read more...
SEATTLE- Etsy is in the cross-hairs of online retail behemoth Amazon, which formally launched Handmade at Amazon, a retail site for hand crafted goods. Amazon, which has been inviting woodworkers and other crafters to join, says items sold there are to be factory-free, handcrafted goods, and are supplied from more than 60 countries.
Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN) says its Handmade at Amazon www.amazon.com/handmade store features "genuinely handmade items crafted and sold directly from artisans." This could be seen as a jab at Etsy's recent decision to allow its wood crafting and other retailers to hire factories. It also helps distinguish Amazon's crafted items from eBay and other online resellers.
Etsy is opening Etsy Manufacturing, a marketplace for its online sellers to find and connect directly with manufacturers. The move is a departure from its individual crafter-sales model.
Handmade at Amazon product categories include jewelry, home décor, artwork, stationery and party supplies, kitchen and dining, and furniture. Total offerings at today's launch include 80,000 handcrafted items - 9,000 from California, 2,700 from North Carolina, 12 from Albania, 3,700 from the U.K. - from 5,000 vendors.
In the Furniture category, there are 56 furnishings made of wood for sale (16 of them from Italy). Overall there are 166 furnishings priced above $200, including solid Yellow Pine wood table by Mark at Ekisma in Florida, retailing at $1,999.
“We have designed a custom shopping experience for customers looking for handmade items by bringing together many of the best artisans in the world, and they’re adding thousands of items daily,” said Peter Faricy, VP for Amazon Marketplace.
“Knowing an item has a unique story behind it creates a personal experience that customers have told us makes owning handmade items special."
Handmade at Amazon allows customers to shop by country, from more than 60 countries. International items cited by Amazon in the announcement include walnut cufflinks from Australia and handcrafted wooden lamps from Italy.
Similar to Etsy and Custommade.com, and different than the regular Amazon site, the Handmade at Amazon artisans have a profile page that describes how their products are made. Shop locally by finding artisans in all 50 states.
Amazon says more than 600 handmade items are Prime eligible with more being added each day. Every Handmade product page contains a location icon identifying where the artisan is based, along with a link to the artisan’s profile. From Amazon's main site, adding the word "handmade" to searches calls up the offersing at the Handmade by Amazon site. d
TOANO, VA — Lumber Liquidators will pay $10 million and plead guilty to Lacey Act violations as part of its settlement agreement with the U.S. Department of Justice.
The settlement with the Environment and Natural Resources Division of the Department of Justice (DOJ) stems from a 2013 inquiry that Lumber Liquidators (NYSE: LL) illegally imported lumber from Russia for the manufacture of its hardwood flooring. The flooring manufacturer's Toano, VA, headquarters and a retail outlet in Richmond, VA, were raided Sept. 26, 2013 by Immigration and Customs Enforcement and Homeland Security Investigations. The raid came soon after a 64-page report, "Liquidating the Forest," was released by the London-based Environmental Investigation Agency.
Lumber Liquidators said in a statement that it "fully cooperated with federal authorities and is continuing to make significant enhancements to its sourcing and compliance practices."
The company added that the Lacey Act settlement was unrelated to current California Air Resources Board (CARB) claims regarding high formaldehyde levels in Lumber Liquidators' Chinese-made laminate flooring.
60 Minutes tonight revisited its Lumber Liquidators report first broadcast in March, that the largest
As part of the settlement, Lumber Liquidators has agreed to plead guilty to violations of a Customs law and the Lacey Act, and pay a combined total of $10.0 million in fines, community service payments and forfeited proceeds. The payments include a $7.8 million fine, community service contributions of $880,825 and $350,000 to the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation and the Rhinoceros and Tiger Conservation fund, respectively, and a $969,175 forfeiture payment. (Click here to read the original press release.)
In its statement, the company said it also agreed to "four misdemeanor due care violations of the Lacey Act and a single felony charge for entry of goods by means of false statements. These violations, including the Class E felony, do not require the company to have acted with a deliberate or willful intent to violate the law, and the company did not stipulate that it acted with such a deliberate or willful intent."
Lumber Liquidators said it will also implement an Environmental Compliance Plan.
Chairman of the Board of Directors John M. Presley stated, "We are pleased to reach this agreement and resolve a legacy issue related to the Lacey Act. We will continue to focus on strengthening Lumber Liquidators across every area of the organization and executing on our value proposition to improve operational efficiencies and deliver value to our stakeholders."
Jill Witter, Chief Compliance and Legal Officer, added, "We have invested significant time and resources to strengthen our quality assurance procedures, from enhanced protocols designed to verify licensing, certification and regulatory compliance as well as product sample testing. We are also committed to strengthening our tools and training programs to encourage secure and anonymous reporting of any potential concerns," she said. "We will continue to improve our procedures on an on-going basis and look forward to working with our suppliers to set the highest standards for sourcing of wood products in our industry."
Originally passed in 1900, the Lacey Act prohibits the trafficking of wildlife, fish and plants deemed illegally obtained. Following the 2008 amendments, products made with wood, including musical instruments (declaration required effective 10-1-09), also fall under the Lacey Act. An amendment to revamp the Lacey Act and remove criminal penalties for all violations was introduced in Congress earlier this year.
Commenting on the news, the International Wood Products Association said it encourages all wood importers to review their compliance procedures. "Compliance continues to be a challenge for companies that remain committed to fulfilling their responsibilities under the Lacey Act and other laws regulating wood products. IWPA continues to support commonsense reforms to the Lacey Act that will help preserve the integrity of the Act and advance its policy objectives."
The group has developed a training course, "Seeing the Forest And the Trees: Wood Trade Compliance Training and Due Diligence Tools," to assist wood importers with information.
A panel of judges was selected for the 20th annual Fine Furnishings Show in Pawtucket, R.I., scheduled for Nov. 6-8 at the Pawtucket Armory Arts Center.
Premier EuroCase announced it is producing Reflekt high-gloss acrylic panels for UltraCraft Cabinetry, the largest manufacturer of full-access cabinetry in the United States.
The Wood Machinery Manufacturers of America (WMMA) has announced the winner of its Ralph B. Baldwin Award, the association's highest honor. The award was presented to John Schultz, past president of the Association. Announcement of the award was made at the Woodworking Industry Conference (WIC), which took place at the Grand Hyatt San Antonio in San Antonio, Texas. Full information is available here.
IWF: And the Final Numbers Are...
The final numbers for IWF 2014 are in, and they're nothing short of phenomenal. The total at-show attendance (all days) was 23,463, which broke down as follows:
Verified: Advance-Registered: 7,422
Verified: On-site Registered (includes press, speakers, students): 6,915
Total Verified Buyers: 14,400
Exhibiting Personnel: 9,063
Mark your calendar for the next IWF, August 24-27, 2016, and get ready for your own impressive numbers.
Hear what current WMMA members are saying about the valuable benefits and the many rewards of WMMA membership.
The ASCO1 has developed a new standard entitled O1.1-4 Safety Requirements for Shapers. On September 4th the public review period for the O1.1-4 standard was announced in ANSI Standards Action. If you are interested in reviewing a copy of the draft standard, contact Jennifer@wmma.org. Comments are due by November 3, 2015.
A revision of the ANSI standard O1.1-1, entitled 01.1-1 (2015) Safety Requirements for Fixed Angle Jump Saws, has been published is available for purchase through the ANSI e-standard store. WMMA Members are entitled to receive one complimentary copy of the standard per company upon request. Click here if you are interested in receiving a copy of the standard.
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