The Architectural Woodwork Institute (AWI) has announced the 2016 winners of the Standard of Excellence awards. Each winner has been featured in the AWI official journal, Design Solutions Magazine and the awards will be presented during the 2016 AWI Annual Convention in Kansas City, Missouri on October 24.
The 2016 Overall Standard of Excellence winner is Stephenson Millwork Company, Inc. located in Wilson, North Carolina for the North Carolina State University Talley Student Union Center project.
This included a multi-story wooden trellis of NC State wolf mascot. University spokesperson Charlie Marshall explained the multi-story wooden trellis of the wolf "is a signature feature not only of the building, but also of the university. Extensive study between the architectural millwork company and the architect was required to develop and deploy this unique work of art. Product selection, finish, geometry, and fastening/anchoring details could not have been accomplished without Stephenson Millwork's leadership and collaboration." This project was featured in the summer 2016 issue of Design Solutions magazine.
Montbleau & Associates of San Diego, California won in the corporate category for their work on the Procopio, Cory, Hargreaves & Savitch LLP Law Offices featured in the spring 2015 Design Solutions.
The Standard of Excellence for the hospitality category was awarded to Allegheny Millwork for the Horseshoe Casino Caesars Entertainment in Baltimore, Maryland. AWI Supplier members Marwood, Inc. and Sieling and Jones contributed to this project featured in the winter 2015 issue of Design Solutions.
The winter 2016 issue of Design Solutions featured the winner in the residential category. Tech 2000 Woodworks, Inc. of Jeannette, Pennsylvania won for their work on the City View Apartments in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Accurate Custom Cabinets of Addison, Illinois won in the education category for their work on the College of DuPage Student Resource Center. This project was featured in the fall 2015 issue of Design Solutions Magazine.
The Standard of Excellence award for Public Facility was awarded to Keystone Millwork of Bryan, Texas for the work on the Austin Independent School District Performing Arts Center. This project was featured in the summer 2016 issue of Design Solutions.
Online issues of Design Solutions Magazine can be found on the AWI website, www.awinet.org.
The Architectural Woodwork Institute (AWI) is a nonprofit trade association founded in 1953. Today, AWI represents nearly 3000 members consisting of architectural woodworkers, suppliers, design professionals and students from around the world.
Integrated Guide Rail and other Performance Features Revolutionize Framing and Construction Applications
Festool USA and Festool Canada have just introduced the HK [corded] and HKC [18v cordless] Carpentry Saws with an integrated guide rail and features that Festool says will revolutionize carpentry, framing and other construction applications. The HK/HKC allows users to make exact and repeated cuts in dimensional lumber and sheet goods anywhere the material is located versus the status quo of taking the material to the tool or to the jobsite sawhorse set-up. The HK/HKC is equipped with plunge-cutting for cut-outs with easy depth control and release. The integrated pendulum cover with riving knife automatically retracts when combined with FSK and FS rails for a fast return to cover position. With the HK/HKC Carpentry Saws, users can make accurate and repeatable cuts with minimal equipment and in minimum time.
Leo Zirkler, Vice President of Marketing at Festool USA says, “With the HK/HKC, we’ve taken our industry-leading tracksaw and plunge-cut technology and applied it to build a completely new kind of carpentry saw.” Zirkler continues with “We have succeeded in building a carpentry saw with miter saw precision in the size of a sidewinder.”
The new carpentry saw is available in both corded [HK] and cordless [HKC] models. The HKC is part of Festool’s Power Select platform, and can be purchased with [HKC Set or HKC Plus] or without [HKC Basic] the charger and two 18v 5.2 Ah Li batteries. HK/HKC highlights include:
Versatility - Cross-cutting with ease or ripping materials to size, HK saws are adept at all
circular saw tasks while bringing a higher degree of efficiency, repeatability,
accuracy, and quality of cut unlike any other circular saw before.
Repeatability – When used with FSK Guide Rails with integrated angle stops, making accurate, repeated cuts is not only easy it is also fast thanks to the integrated retraction
Efficiency – Perform practically all jobsite cutting tasks with one tool. Making repeated cuts
is faster than other methods while also providing accuracy in one step.
For complete specifications of the HK/HKC, go to Festool USA or Festool Canada.
The HKC Cordless Carpentry Saw is part of Festool’s 18v Power Select platform, which features a variety of purchase options, as well as interchangeable batteries and chargers across its entire line of cordless power tools for construction, trim carpentry, woodworking and remodeling. Power select allows both new and existing customers to determine the delivery scope of Festool tools, providing them with a number of options and packages for batteries, chargers, and accessories. From “tool only” to a full set of two batteries, a charger and accessories, Power Select includes an entire 18v Li ion line of tools with an interchangeable platform.
About Festool USA
Founded in Germany in 1925, Festool is known for its innovative, precision-engineered power tool solutions. Based in Lebanon, IN, Festool USA offers a comprehensive lineup of power tools and system accessories, designed to boost productivity through efficiency and high performance. For more information, visit www.festoolusa.com or www.festoolcanada.com.
WalzCraft’s new 5-Piece Decorative Laminate Veneer (DLV) Doors and Drawer Fronts are manufactured using a premium grade of MDF, which is profiled to tight tolerances and then “wrapped” with a Decorative Laminate Veneer (DLV). They are constructed using Mitered Joinery and are available in three Stile & Rail Profile options, with your choice of a Flat Thermally Fused Laminate (TFL) Center Panel or Frame only opening.
DLV is available in 5 colors, which all match popular Prism (Flakeboard) colors and make it easy to source complementary materials. Matching DLV sheet stock and a variety of moldings are also available. Please contact our customer support team at CustomerSupport@WalzCraft.com or 1-800-237-1326 for more information.
WalzCraft manufactures custom cabinet doors, drawer fronts, dovetail drawer boxes, cabinet components and millwork for custom cabinetmakers and cabinet refacers throughout the United States and Canada. Founded in 1982, WalzCraft has built a reputation for producing a High-quality product, at a competitive price, with a short delivery cycle, while offering a vast array of options from its state-of-the-art manufacturing facility located at 2600 Hemstock Street in La Crosse, WI. http://walzcraft.com
Elias Woodwork excited to introduce Assemble On Site (AOS Elite) Cabinet Boxes. Our AOS Elite cabinet boxes include Face Frame and Frameless with 2 assembly options. Custom sized to 1/16”, they are designed to accommodate a new full kitchen or bath, remodel or refacing project. Elias Woodwork is fully equipped to manufacture all your kitchen cabinetry components including cabinet boxes, doors, drawers, sheet goods and accessories, shipped flat packed directly to your job site or shop within 4 weeks depending on door style.
What makes this so exciting is the NEW revolutionary Lock Dowel system that makes assembly of our frameless cabinets faster and easier than ever before. Anticipating high volume production, Elias Woodwork felt this system would be ideal for our line of frameless cabinets. We implemented advanced, leading edge machinery to accommodate the precision drilling and insertion needed for installing the Lock Dowel hardware. There is no need for additional drilling or measuring once you receive your cabinet parts. All you need to assemble a standard base cabinet in 5 minutes or less is a rubber mallet and wood glue making this one of the fastest assembly methods in the industry. The lock dowel parts are made with strong zinc aluminum that has over 100lbs of pull force once snapped together.
Some key feature for our Lock Dowel Frameless cabinet boxes include:
• Available in white furniture board or UV finished birch plywood.
• Carb 2 Compliant materials only.
• Edgebanded white or with various matching wood grains.
• Easy and fast assembly using only a rubber mallet and glue. No screws required.
• Available in 3/4” (19mm) thick sides, backs, bottoms, tops and shelves.
• Flat packed and shipped to job site or shop ready to assemble.
• Dovetail drawer boxes and doors with soft close hardware available.
• Manufactured in North America.
• 3 - 4 week lead time.
We realize that when it comes to cabinetry, there is never going to be a one-size-fits-all solution. This is why we also offer our Frameless Screw & Dowel assembly option available in 5/8" sides, top, bottom and backs with 3/4" shelves. For more traditional cabinetry, we offer Face Frame Assemble On Site cabinet boxes using a wood on wood locking joint. See our website for more information and specifications on all of our cabinet boxes.
Our AOS Elite cabinet boxes allow you to create a custom kitchen without the added expenses of making your own or shipping fully assembled ones. This in turn provides an economical edge for quoting and estimating projects. Talk to a Customer Service Specialist today to find out more about how Elias Woodwork can meet your needs and help your company succeed.
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REHAU announces the launch of a new line of fully fabricated custom cabinet doors for modern kitchens and baths. This product line gives customers the option to choose between high-gloss, polymer glass, matte and natural textured woodgrain surfaces in more than 50 finishes and timeless colors. By offering fully fabricated doors, REHAU is making it easier for cabinet makers, regardless of their volume, to take advantage of the growing demand for modern components.
“We’re beginning to see a trend away from face frame cabinets to frameless slab doors, which look amazing with contemporary materials in modern interiors,” said Jesse Collins, senior marketing specialist with REHAU’s furniture solutions division. “High-gloss, glass and matte surfaces also work well when mixed with materials such as wood and brick to create an industrial or loft-style design.”
The new cabinet line features slab-front doors in an expanding range of surfaces that offer a manufacturing-friendly alternative to high-end lacquered and glass finishes. Headlining the cabinet door range are three collections – RAUVISIO brilliantTM mirror high-gloss, RAUVISIO crystalTM polymer back-painted glass and FENIX NTM® nanotech matt surfaces. New this fall is the RAUVISIO terraTM textured woodgrain surface and several more high-gloss and matte options.
The cabinet doors are all banded with REHAU LaserEdgeTM for a seamless, modern look. This allows cabinet makers large and small to offer the high quality and durability of REHAU surface materials without the need for costly upgrades and investment in specialized machinery. Use of REHAU LaserEdge banding allows for perfect color matching and will ensure that the quality of the cabinets will not decrease over time.
“REHAU offers a complete modern cabinet door solution, with control over the entire process to ensure high-quality at every stage,” said Dr. Thomas Troeger, vice president of REHAU’s furniture solutions division. “We produce seamless doors and ship within a week in quantities as small as one door, making modern accessible to any woodworking shop and extremely easy for designers to spec for any size project.”
In addition to finished doors, most of the modern surfaces are also available as pressed boards and matching REHAU LaserEdgeTM for customers who are equipped to finish their own boards.
To learn more about the REHAU custom cabinet door line, visit http://na.rehau.com/cabinetdoors.
For more information, contact: REHAU, 1501 Edwards Ferry Rd., N.E., Leesburg, Va., 20176. Phone: 1.800.247.9445. Fax: 1.800.627.3428. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. North American Web site: www.na.rehau.com.
REHAU delivers “Unlimited Polymer Solutions,” and is the premium worldwide brand for polymer-based innovations and systems in construction, automotive and industry. The company generates continuous growth through its expertise and innovative capabilities in materials development, systems design and surface technology. Approximately 20,000 employees at more than 170 locations around the world ensure success of the independent, privately held company.
The Alphacam and Cabinet Vision solutions, by Vero Software, achieved record-breaking sales at International Woodworking Fair (IWF) 2016, which took place in Atlanta, Georgia.
“I’ve personally attended IWF since 1998, and many Vero representatives who were also in attendance last week have attended an even greater number — but this show surpassed all of our expectations,” said Richard Chappell, Cabinet Vision General Manager. “This was truly a record-breaking show for us.”
IWF is a world-class trade show for furniture, architectural and general woodworking manufacturers that provides a platform for the latest in time-saving machinery, software, and more.
Vero Software was represented at IWF by staff and resellers from eight countries who delivered product demonstrations to IWF participants from 22 countries.
Vero partnered with parent company Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence at IWF to demonstrate how Hexagon ROMER portable measuring arms can be easily paired with Vero solutions for greater efficiency on the shop floor.
“Show attendees were given the opportunity to have a firsthand look at the combined strengths of Hexagon and Vero in action,” said Nick Spurrett, Regional Director-Americas for Vero Software. “Based upon what we heard from those who visited our booth, it’s clear that the benefit of implementing these kinds of combined solutions is an exciting prospect to woodworkers who seek new means of streamlining and improving their processes and overall efficiency.”
In addition to Alphacam and Cabinet Vision, solutions featured by Vero at the event included Tractivity, a powerful ERP solution, and VORTEK Spaces, a 3D visualization platform. Vero Software is the exclusive reseller of Tractivity software and VORTEK Spaces for the U.S. woodworking market.
Part of the Vero Software Group, Alphacam is a leading CAM solution for wood, stone, composites and metal components from 2-axis through 5-axis NC programming applications. The emphasis behind the development of Alphacam is to provide our customers with productivity, reliability and flexibility.
About Cabinet Vision
Part of the Vero Software Group, Cabinet Vision is a unique solution for manufacturers in the woodworking industry. Its products help enable any furniture or cabinet manufacturer to fully automate and integrate its design through improved manufacturing processes and greater efficiency. In addition to producing significant time savings, Cabinet Vision eliminates costly mistakes and increases productivity.
Tractivity is a robust ERP software solution that helps organizations to streamline operations and reduce costs while providing essential management tools to support critical decision making.
About VORTEK Spaces
VORTEK Spaces is an easy-to-use, interactive and high-impact 3D visualization platform for designers and sales teams. Cabinet Vision jobs can be directly imported into VORTEK Spaces to create immersive sales presentations and renderings, while allowing the designer to change colors, materials and finishes on any surface in real time.
About Vero Software
Headquartered in England, Vero Software designs, develops, and supplies CAD/CAM/CAE software radically enhancing the efficiency of design and manufacturing processes, providing its customers with exceptional value through high productivity gains and significantly reducing time to market.
The company’s world-renowned brands include Alphacam, Cabinet Vision, Edgecam, Machining STRATEGIST, PEPS, Radan, SMIRT, Surfcam, WorkNC and VISI, along with the production control MRP system Javelin. Despite the diversity of application, these solutions have one thing in common: they all address the rising challenges of achieving manufacturing efficiencies and bring huge value to the operations in which they are deployed.
Vero has direct offices in the UK, Germany, Italy, France, Japan, USA, Brazil, Netherlands, China, South Korea, Spain and India supplying products to more than 45 countries through its wholly owned subsidiaries and reseller network.
Vero is part of Hexagon (Nordic exchange: HEXA B), a leading global provider of information technologies that drive quality and productivity across geospatial and industrial enterprise applications.
For more information, please visit www.verosoftware.com.
The 2016 Distribution Management University (DMU) will be held in conjunction with the NAFCD + NBMDA Annual Convention on Tuesday, November 1 from 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency Chicago in Chicago.
The 2016 DMU is a unique opportunity for general, sales, branch and operations managers to expand their industry knowledge and enhance leadership skills. The 2016 DMU is focused on the real world of the market level manager. Sessions are fast paced, interactive and fun, and provide real tools to grow profit and market share.
Sam Richter, internationally recognized expert on sales, marketing, and leadership, will lead the 2016 DMU. His award-winning experience includes building innovative technology, sales, and marketing programs for start-up companies and some of the world's most famous brands. Richter has been featured in thousands of television and radio programs, national and online publications, and he presents his customized Know More! keynote and training programs to audiences around the globe.
In this program, Richter will give attendees insights on how to build relationships and enhance your personal brand. Attendees will learn how to use information to make a big-time impression with prospects, deepen relationships with clients and differentiate themselves from the competition. They will also learn how their personal brand can make or break their business brand.
“After record DMU attendance in 2015, we are thrilled to offer the DMU again this year,” said Kevin Gammonley, executive vice president of NBMDA and NAFCD. “Sam Richter’s expertise on sales and marketing will provide DMU attendees with the tools they need to positively impact their companies.”
Enroll your managers in the 2016 DMU today to see immediate cost savings and productivity boosts to your business. Register by September 15 and save $100.
Learn more about the event and register for the 2016 DMU at www.distributorconvention.org/dmu
NBMDA is a trade association representing the leading wholesale distributors of wood panels, surfacing materials, cabinet hardware, finishes and related products. Membership is comprised of distributors and manufacturers that serve the independent building material, and kitchen and bath dealer as well as those that serve production companies involved in cabinetry, architectural woodwork, stock woodwork, store fixtures, solid surface fabricating, plastics fabricating, general and specialty woodworking industries. For more information, visit www.nbmda.org.
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