Toccoa, Ga.-based Osborne Wood Products, a family-owned and -operated company, has established the Osborne Wood Trade Partner Program, which will offer businesses in the trade access to discounted prices on the company’s inventory of unfinished wood furniture components. Starting with a discount for all participants who enroll online at www.osbornewood.com/partners, the program comprises a tiered system whereby the level of discount increases commensurate with order size. When Trade Partners reach the spending threshold for a particular tier, the appropriate discount will be applied to all of their orders. Osborne Wood c.e.o. Leon Osborne notes the program was created to show clients how much the company appreciates their business, and “encourage current and future clients alike to … purchase more and save more.”
The Cabinet Makers Association (CMA) of Chicago, Ill., has announced the results of its annual election to the board of directors and the installment of its officers. The CMA members re‐elected James Fox of Fox Woodworking in Phoenixville, Penn., and Chris Dehmer of Dark Horse Woodworking in Atlanta, Ga., to serve another three‐year term. Brian Clancy of Clancy Woodworking in Sherman, Conn., was elected as a new board member to also serve for three years. The board has appointed the following officers effective July 1, 2019 to June 30, 2020: Chris Dehmer, president; James Fox, vice-president; Matt Wehner of Custom Cabinets by Design in Springfield, Mo., treasurer; and, Brian Clancy, secretary. Past president Leland Thomasset will serve as a member‐at‐large along with Ken Kumph of Premier Builders in Georgetown, Mass., and Monika Soos of Sofo Kitchens in Maple Ridge, B.C. Exiting the board is Matt Krig of Northland Woodworks in Blaine, Minn. The CMA expresses gratitude to Krig for his contributions for the betterment of the association during his six years on the board, which include serving as president for four years.
The CMA has also announced that Guy Bucey will be the opening keynote speaker at the organization’s 2020 national conference, which will be held March 4-6 in St. Charles, Ill. Bucey will share why you should “Stay in Your Lane” when it comes to being an effective leader. Bucey is the chief operating officer of Inova, a Guilderland Center, N.Y.-based manufacturer and innovator in the furniture industry. For more information and to register, visit www.cabinetmakers.org/2020.
Each year, employers are required to post a copy of OSHA Form 300A from Feb. 1 through April 30.
The summary must be displayed in a common area where notices to workers are usually posted. Businesses with 10 or fewer workers and those in certain low-hazard industries are exempt from OSHA recordkeeping and posting requirements.
Visit OSHA’s Recordkeeping Rule webpage for more information.
Arper, a maker of home and office furniture based in Monastier di Treviso, Italy, has opened a 100,200-square-foot manufacturing facility in High Point, N.C.
The announcement comes soon after the company opened its latest showroom in Los Angeles.
Claudio Feltrin, Arper board chairman and son of company founder, said the company sees incredible potential in the U.S. as one of the fastest-growing and most relevant markets for design in the world.
In an interview with Architectural Digest, Feltrin says High Point is the ideal base of manufacturing operations for the company, as the area’s workers boast exceptional craftsmanship skills and professional work ethics.
Feltrin also highlighted the logistical advantages of operations in High Point, including efficient positioning to receive Italian material deliveries, a central positioning to distribute to key domestic markets of New York and Los Angeles, and the quick shipping times customers have come to expect in the current e-commerce era.
Arper, founded in 1989, builds chairs, tables, and furnishings for community, work, and home environments. In addition to Los Angeles, the company has North American showrooms in Chicago and New York City.
Hackettstown, N.J.-based National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA), has signed an agreement to partner with the Living in Place Institute (LIPI) of Louisville, Colo., to offer design professionals working in the kitchen and bath space LIPI’s Certified Living in Place Professional (CLIPP) Certification Program endorsed exclusively by the NKBA.
Industry studies reveal that the two most common rooms in which accidents occur are the kitchen and the bathroom.
The CLIPP certification program was developed specifically to make “all homes accessible, comfortable and safe.”
LIPI advocates inter-professional teaming with aligned individuals and associations/groups in all facets of home/human interaction. LIPI encourages all CLIPP professionals — and those desiring CLIPP certification — to align with the NKBA to design and build “safe, beautiful and functional kitchen and bath spaces.”
LIPI co-founders and managing partners, Erik Listou and Louie Delaware said in a joint statement that the alliance is a win-win for current and future NKBA members who can leverage their NKBA membership to earn a Certified Kitchen & Bath Designer (CKBD) designation, as well as a CLIPP certification — all from one source.