Submitted by lfisher on Tue, 07/23/2019 - 16:46
INDUSTRY NEWS UPDATE JULY 23, 2019

Check out the latest news and insights from the cabinet industry from the Kitchen Cabinet Manufacturers Association.  

7 EXCITING NEW TRENDS IN KITCHEN DESIGN

From islands to sinks, more and more homeowners are opting for modern twists on classic kitchen staples with plenty of visual interest coupled with increased functionality. The National Association of Homebuilders spoke with a kitchen designer recently and reviewed the top design trends we’ll see in the coming year:

  • Cabinetry – less is more. The no upper cabinet trend has been gaining steam this year as the modern minimalist style takes shape
  • Mixing colors and different metallic finishes
  • Oversized islands are replacing breakfast nooks and other traditional dining arrangements

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TRADE COURT UPHOLDS HARDWOOD PLYWOOD DECISION

The U.S. Court of International Trade has sustained the USITC affirmative injury determination in its antidumping and countervailing duty investigations of imports of hardwood plywood from China. These imports depressed prices, substituted for domestic products, and injured the U.S. industry.

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CANADA PROPOSES REGULATION FOR COMPOSITE WOOD FORMALDEHYDE EMISSIONS
 
In late June the Canadian government published a proposed Formaldehyde Emissions for Composite Wood Products Regulations for public comment.
 
The objectives of the regulations are to reduce potential health risks by putting limits on allowable formaldehyde emissions from composite wood products and to better align with similar requirements in the U.S. to create a level playing field for Canadian, American and international businesses.

The Composite Panel Association will review the proposed regulation and provide an analysis in preparation for developing comments. We will keep you apprised as this regulation develops.
 
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Photo courtesy of Woodworking Network.

HIRING EX OFFENDERS

With the dramatic reduction in unemployment in recent years and resulting labor shortage - many employers are beginning to consider programs to hire ex-offenders to help fill open positions. In many cases employers who have hired ex-offenders have experienced positive results, and surveys have found that co-workers and customers hold positive attitudes in this regard. One poll showed that 78% of Americans feel comfortable interacting with workers with a nonviolent criminal record.

Check out this piece from IndustryWeek for tips on how to evaluate ex-offenders as potential employees.
 
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