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UPCOMING EVENTS

May 1-4, 2018
Woodworking Industry Conference (WIC18)
Hyatt Regency Maui - Maui, HI

August 22-25, 2018
International Woodworking Fair (IWF 2018)
Georgia World Congress Center
Atlanta, GA

October 1-3, 2018
WMMA Regional Networking Meeting
Loews Minneapolis Hotel
Minneapolis, MN

LATEST NEWS FROM NAM

NAM Monday Economic Report — February 5, 2018
It was the eighth consecutive month that the sales measure exceeded 60, which signifies robust growth in demand overall. Read more ...

Global Manufacturing Economic Update — Third Quarter
The third quarter NAM 2016 Manufacturers' Outlook Survey shows manufacturers continue to cope with policy headwinds. Read more ...

INDUSTRY NEWS

Woodworking Network
Court vacates Formaldehyde Rule extension date, seeks options

WASHINGTON - A ruling by U.S. District Court Judge Jeffrey White vacates the Formaldehyde Rule extension dates and puts in limbo manufacturers of composite panels and products, including cabinetry, furniture and retail fixtures. A temporary stay on the vacate order has been granted and parties have until 4 p.m. on March 9 to confer on an alternative compliance date, and submit either a joint proposed submission or simultaneous briefs.

In his Feb. 16 ruling on the case of the Sierra Club and A Community Voice-Louisiana v. Scott Pruitt in his official capacity as Administrator of the United States Environmental Protection Agency, Judge White vacated the rule that had extended the TSCA Title VI compliance date to Dec. 12, 2018, agreeing with the plaintiff that the "Delay Rule is beyond the scope of the EPA’s authority and is not in accordance with the Formaldehyde Act."

Filed Oct. 31, 2017, the lawsuit claimed EPA acted "arbitrarily, capriciously" and without authority when it granted panel producers a one-year extension for compliance to TSCA Title VI, also known as the Formaldehyde Emission Standards for Composite Wood Products. The original compliance date was Dec. 12, 2017.

In his opinion, the judge agreed with the plaintiffs that Congress intended for the emissions limits to go into effect 180 days after issuance of the TSCA Title VI regulations. The judge also rejected the EPA’s waiver argument that the plaintiffs failed to exhaust their administrative remedies by not commenting on the proposed extension to the compliance deadline, noting "the Court finds the record replete with comments from other stakeholders who objected to the further extension of the compliance deadlines."

Click here to read the ruling

The Composite Panel Association is among the industry groups which filed an amicus brief. The CPA said it has conveyed its concerns regarding to the timing of the compliance date to the Justice Department, and will continue to track the process closely.

Composite wood panels are used in a variety of applications including cabinetry, furniture and retail fixtures. Manufacturers that purchase or use composite panels such as particleboard, MDF and hardwood plywood in their products, are impacted by this ruling. Photo: MasterBrand Cabinets

 

Posted: 02/20/2018

Maine lawmakers could offer tax credits for logging businesses
AUGUSTA, Maine — Maine lawmakers may offer tax credits for logging and trucking businesses that hire U.S. residents.
 
The concept bill is sponsored by Democratic Senate Leader Troy Jackson, a fifth-generation logger whose family works in Maine's forest. It is set to be voted on Tuesday, February 20.
 
Trade group Professional Logging Contractors of Maine says it won't take a position on the bill until it sees details. But it says Maine has seen the closure of five pulp and paper mills over the past four years. They also say that Maine has lost 50 percent of its softwood pulp market - with over 5,000 jobs being lost from 2014 to 2016.

Posted: 02/20/2018


ASSOCIATION NEWS

Current News:

Industry Leaders Converge on Capitol Hill For Day of Advocacy
Leaders from the Wood Machinery Manufacturers of America, Woodworking Machinery Industry Association and Association of Woodworking & Furnishing Suppliers converged on Capitol Hill on June 21 to advocate for the most important policy needs of the industry. First-time attendee Dan Christensen, Pillar Machine, and WMMA Public Policy Committee member, talked about his experiences in this short video.

WMMA Announces winner of 2017 Baldwin Award at WIC17
WMMA awarded the 2017 Baldwin Award to Past President Jamison Scott during WIC 2017 in Rancho Mirage, CA. Scott, who serves as executive vice president of Air Handling Systems, a third generation family-owned business in Woodbridge, Connecticut, has a long history of service to the Association and to the industry as a whole. Click here to read more

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Press Releases

May 12, 2017 2017
WMMA Past President, Jamison Scott, Wins Baldwin Award

May 4, 2017 2017
2017 Board of Directors Announced

January 30, 2017
Dan Bond Selected as the Next Executive Director of WMMA

August 27, 2016
INTERNATIONAL WOODWORKING FAIR Double Digit Growth

August 12, 2016
WMMA Member TR Herzog Named Among Top 40 Under 40 Wood Industry Superstars

July 28, 2016
WMMA Announces First Regional Meeting

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