FDMC Best Pratices in Woodworking Technology and Business


Tightening the joint with new types of fasteners is on the radar for wood manufacturers. The new breed of hardware requiring unique machining of panel and solid wood is shaping up to be a top joinery story for IWF 2016 next month.

Clemens Heinrici is the new president and CEO of Hettich America, a furniture technology and hardware manufacturer. Since 2008 he has been the CEO of the Haewa Group (metalworking industry).

Blum announced that it has ended its 2014-2015 fiscal year with a 6 percent increase in sales. The company ended the year up $14.2 million with total sales of $245 million.

Amerock Hardware, a manufacturer of decorative home hardware, has introduced AmerockGo, a new dealer portal designed to provide improved account accessibility and a more streamlined product ordering process.

Hafele America Co., a global supplier of furniture and architectural hardware components, has launched its newly redesigned website, www.Hafele.com/US. As the most complete and up-to-date resource available for information on Hafele’s industry-leading product portfolio, the website makes finding LED lighting, sliding door hardware, cabinetry hardware and organizational systems easier..

NBMDA, the trade association representing wholesale distributors of specialty building materials, kitchen & bath products and woodworking materials in North America, has announced the following new members:

Doug Mockett & Co. Inc. is seeking the best, and most innovative ideas in furniture parts, components, accessories and hardware for its 30th annual design competition. To enter, all Mockett requires is a clear description of the idea.

Rockler Companies Inc., a retailer and manufacturer of woodworking and do-it-yourself equipment and supplies, has named Ron Hornbaker, a seasoned retail and operations executive, as its new CEO. "I am honored to join Rockler, a company rich in both heritage and reputation,” said Hornbaker.

NBMDA, the trade association representing wholesale distributors of specialty building materials, kitchen & bath products and woodworking materials in North America, has announced the gold level donors of the NBMDA Educational Development Program.

Amerock Hardware, a supplier of decorative hardware and functional hardware solutions for the home, has appointed Tracey Amadio to vice president of sales & marketing. In this position, Amadio is responsible for setting strategic direction and managing marketing and branding efforts.

Demand for home organization products in the U.S. is forecast to increase 3.5 percent per year through 2019 to $10.5 billion.  Growth will decelerate considerably from the pace of the 2009-2014 period, which saw a strong rebound in sales from a low 2009 base.

Glideware, inventor of the extendable cabinet organizer, has been awarded its first U.S. Patent – a pivotal step in the young company’s growth. The patent is for a U.S. made, extendable rail system that’s equipped with hooks for storage. The system glides out of a standard cabinet, giving fingertip access to stored items.

Organizers attributed the increased interest to intensified construction activity in the Sultanate over the past few years, with the construction industry almost doubling the contracts awarded — from an estimated $7 billion in 2013 to $12.6 billion in 2014.

Leitz Tooling has announced the appointment of Tom Fitzpatrick as its new chief financial officer for Leitz USA. Fitzpatrick has been in manufacturing for nearly 30 years in a variety of supervisory positions. His background includes inventory management, purchasing, scheduling, human resources, IT and all accounting functions.

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