WalzCraft is now stocking six High Pressure Laminate (HPL) Colors / Finishes from Formica. All stocked colors / finishes are available on our contemporary slab style HPL Doors and Drawer Fronts, as well as custom pressed stock and laminate sheet stock. Custom options are also available with your pick of HPL from Formica, Wilsonart, Nevamar, or another manufacturer of your choice to be applied to WalzCraft products.
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
Three new hybrid models can be used either cordless or corded
Festool has just announced the introduction of three new, “hybrid” sander models, the delta-shaped DTSC 400, the 5” ETSC 125 and the rectangular RTSC 400. Each model provides the same functionality of its corded counterpart but with hybrid power options and can be used cordless or corded. The new sanders are balanced with a unique ergonomic battery for optimum performance and handling that provides up to 30 minutes of runtime at full power. Each sander has an idle engine speed from 6,000 - 10,000 RPM and includes Festool’s integrated Jetstream® dust extraction technology. Available October 2, 2017.
“These new sanders allow users to effortlessly transition from corded to cordless without compromising performance,” says Leo Zirkler, Vice President of Marketing at Festool. “We’re proud of the phenomenal ergonomics and balance, and that we’ve again brought to market a truly innovative power tool solution.”
The new Festool cordless sanders include:
• Hybrid power system provides corded or cordless operation without compromise
• Balanced design and formed, rubberized grip for superior comfort and control
• Power, dust extraction, fine sanding result, 30-minute runtime all combine for ultimate sanding performance
• Highly effective pad brake with intergrated carbide inserts for optimal pad control
• Protector guard protects pad and abutting surfaces from damage
For more information, please go to Festool USA or Festool Canada
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.
Blum, Inc., functional hardware manufacturer, reports a successful conclusion to the financial year. A revenue increase of 8% to 283.5 million dollars is reflective of Blum’s innovative product offerings, consistent investments, strong market presence and the commitment of its staff. The 2016/2017 financial year ended June 30, 2017. Business in the US remained strong and the developments in kitchen cabinet industry continued in an optimistic manner. A rise in housing starts was also reflective of the positive momentum that the company accomplished.
Celebrating 40 years in the United States
Headquartered in Austria, founder Julius Blum had the vision to start this venture in the United States. Over the course of 40 years, the people of Blum, Inc. have turned that vision into a reality, making the North Carolina-based subsidiary exceedingly successful. To this day, Blum is still driven by the familial spirit of its founders, which has enabled Blum to push new boundaries and pioneer new products. Blum, Inc. employs 410 employees and is widely recognized for its four-year apprentice program that partners with Central Piedmont Community College and pays students while they learn and work. “We have always believed in building long-lasting relationships with employees, customers and key suppliers. Many times, it is said that the customer comes first,” Blum, Inc. President and CEO Karl Rudisser said. “I believe that both the employee and customer are equal. I think if you have great employees, the natural consequence is they will take care of the customer.”
During the year, Blum announced a $15 million investment in Lincoln County, following a $4.4 million solar panel installation at the plant which began generating electricity last year. The company’s investment in its Lincoln County facility included equipment upgrades that improved the speed and efficiency of Blum’s fully automated warehouse, new machinery, equipment and tools used in manufacturing hinges and drawer runners along with building upgrades and plan to hire 15 to 20 workers at a variety of skill sets. “Anytime we invest back into our plant and operations, the benefits not only stimulate success for Blum, but also reach into the community in the form of good jobs and more spending in the local economy,” said Rudisser.
The Blum Group experienced a worldwide revenue increase of 8% to $2.052 billion during the 2016/2017 financial year. As of June 30, 2017, the Blum Group employed 7,140 employees, which includes 341 apprentices, 16 of whom work at Blum, Inc. Investments by the Blum Group totalled $174.62 million in financial year 2016/2017. Sales by the various business regions were: EU 48%, USA 16%, and other markets 36%.
Registration for Stiles Machinery Inc.’s Annual European Benchmarking Technology Tour has sold out in record time, proving the high value of this event to manufacturers nation-wide who depend on the latest trends and innovations to equip themselves for future success. Additionally, this further confirms that manufacturing professionals are investing in more technology and automation than ever before in an effort to maintain their competitive edge and meet increasing market demands.
As the manufacturing epicenter of the world, European operations continue to set the bar with innovative production solutions. The European Benchmarking Technology Tour, hosted by Stiles Machinery, provides attendees with a unique behind-the-scenes tour of some of the most innovative, efficient, and productive manufacturing facilities in all of Europe. Over the course of seven days, guests receive exclusive insights into the latest advancements in panel processing, batch-size one strategies, cutting-edge production technologies and industry 4.0 innovations for high-end store fixture, component, and kitchen cabinet manufacturers.
The forward-thinking solutions experienced throughout the weeklong event allow participants to benchmark their own operations against other global leaders, giving them a competitive advantage in the marketplace and equipping them with valuable knowledge and tools that will directly affect the overall success of their companies for years to come.
This year’s European Benchmarking Technology Tour is set for October 7-14, 2017, and includes stops at nine different plants located throughout Germany, Belgium, and the Netherlands. This unique opportunity offers a window into the future of the woodworking industry while traveling through some of the most historic and culturally rich sights in Europe.
For more information about Stiles’ European Benchmarking Technology Tour or to be the first to receive exclusive
information and registration details for the 2018 European Benchmarking Technology Tour, visit www.stilesmachinery.com/events.
Vero Software enjoyed a strong showing at AWFS Fair 2017, where the company drew visitors from 11 countries and demonstrated its CNC woodworking solutions in the booths of 30 machinery partners.
Hosted recently in Las Vegas, Nevada, AWFS 2017 marked the introduction of Vero’s new WorkPLAN family of manufacturing solutions. Also exhibited were the latest editions of the company’s Alphacam and Cabinet Vision solutions, as well as the Leica Disto S910, a laser distance-measuring tool by Leica Geosystems that will soon be linked with Cabinet Vision.
Leica Geosystems and Vero Software are subsidiaries of Hexagon AB, which has facilitated the development of seamless integration between products produced by the two companies. The direct link between the Leica S910 and Cabinet Vision will allow customers to use the Leica S910 to take room measurements that will be automatically imported into Cabinet Vision. Following import, Cabinet Vision will generate room layouts based on the data.
Also featured in the Vero booth was a ROMER arm manufactured by Vero parent company Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence. Performed by Hexagon staff, demonstrations of the arm and its interoperability with Vero solutions included the reverse engineering of a detailed wooden part. STL files generated from the scans were imported into Alphacam, which then generated accurate toolpath for manufacturing.
AWFS also proved an ideal location for Vero to present a fund-raising check to the Woodwork Career Alliance (WCA), an organization that benefits woodworking education. Vero collected $751 during a t-shirt fundraiser in support of the WCA.
WorkPLAN is a fully-scalable family of manufacturing software solutions, from project management to ERP, which enables custom manufacturers, project-based and make-to-order companies to automate and manage processes such as job costing, quotations, sales order processing, planning, quality, time, purchasing, and stock management.
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.
Cabinet Vision is the most widely used design-for-manufacturing software capable of custom cabinet and room design, photo realistic renderings, material optimization, bidding and costing, and cutlists and bill of materials. Combined with the powerful Cabinet Vision Screen-to-Machine™ (S2M) Center, it can automatically create machine-ready G-Code for CNC flat table routers, point-to-point machines, panel saws, drill and dowel machines, chop saws and other specialized CNC machinery.
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.
More than 50 prominent businesses and several hundred private citizens gathered at The Saint Paul RiverCentre in St. Paul, Minnesota, on Sunday, August 6, 2017, for the thirteenth annual Federated Challenge for Kids of Minnesota. Overwhelming generosity on the part of corporate sponsors and attendees generated more than $2.7 million during this charitable event. One hundred percent of the money raised will be donated to Minnesota’s three Big Brothers Big Sisters agencies to support operations and the Federated Challenge Scholarship Fund. The scholarship fund provides up to $5,000 per year to qualified Littles and high school-aged Bigs enrolled in a non-four-year program at a trade or technical school or community college that focuses on career-ready skills training.
The 2017 Federated Challenge, emceed by Dave Lee from WCCO Radio, featured a Mentor…Reveal the Magic-themed gala and auction with a high-energy keynote address from the University of Minnesota head football coach PJ Fleck. Performances included a Minnesota born and raised magician Justin Flom, along with, an inspiring performance by a children’s choir made up of Littles in the Big Brothers Big Sisters program. Wells Fargo along with its Minnesota CEO David Kvamme were honored during the evening for their longstanding support and commitment to youth mentoring. On Monday, August 7, Federated Challenge attendees reconvened for a round of golf at Interlachen Country Club in Edina, Minnesota.
“The Federated Challenge continues to raise funds for young people facing adversity throughout the state. The success of this event is made possible thanks to the leadership of our corporate sponsors, including The Minnesota Timberwolves and Lynx, Sit Investment Associates, Holborn, Rosen’s Diversified, Inc., Wells Fargo, Cigna, and Hartford Steam Boiler- Munich Re.” Federated Challenge Co-Chair Jeff Fetters said. “The state of Minnesota and countless young people have a brighter future because of their corporate citizenship. We are proud to join these respected organizations in support of youth mentoring through Big Brothers Big Sisters.”
The Federated Challenge was founded in 2004 as a two-day fund-raising event hosted by Federated Insurance, a commercial insurance company headquartered in Owatonna, Minnesota. Now in its thirteenth year, this event has raised more than $30 million for youth mentoring programs.
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