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Laser manufacturer gets product patent

Monday, 13 September 2010 00:00

Universal Laser Systems Inc., a manufacturer of CO2 lasers and laser systems, was awarded a U.S. patent for its pass-through option on the Industrial Laser Series line of laser engraving and cutting solutions.

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Report: Housing starts depend on jobs

Monday, 16 August 2010 00:00

Home sales and housing starts staged an uneven comeback starting in early 2009, according to the State of the Nation's Housing 2010 report released by the Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University. Improved affordability for first-time homebuyers and extraordinary government intervention helped spark a turnaround and drove all of the increase in existing home sales last year, but record foreclosures continued to pressure markets and millions of homeowners.

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Maine shop designs a new way forward

Written by Jennifer Hicks Monday, 16 August 2010 00:00

10_maine_01He calls it an overnight success story that took almost two decades. Doug Green, president of Green Design Furniture in Portland, Maine, announced in May that after 18 years of producing high-end custom furniture, he will now focus on developing new product and process designs for manufacturing and corporate clients. As a result, the company is currently winding down its manufacturing, catalog and retail operations.

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EPA delays lead-paint rule enforcement

Written by Jennifer Hicks Monday, 16 August 2010 00:00

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency delayed enforcement of its Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule (RRP Rule) to Oct. 1. The rule had become effective on April 22. This delay is a response to concerns raised by the Window and Door Manufacturers Association, its building industry coalition allies and several members of Congress, according to the trade group.

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‘An abundance of outstanding pieces’

Written by Jennifer Hicks Monday, 16 August 2010 00:00

16_abundance_01The Furniture Society held its annual conference in June at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, Mass. About 400 attendees gathered to discuss the theme, "Fusions: Minds & Hands Shaping Our Future," with three days of seminars, demonstrations and networking opportunities. Attendees included studio furniture makers, designers, collectors, educators and curators.

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