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Stiles plans to give back on its 50th anniversary

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Stiles Machinery is celebrating its 50th anniversary with a new video contest, which seeks to answer the question, “What will your teacher do for a free woodworking machine?”

Students are encouraged to create a short video with their woodworking teacher, demonstrating whatever crazy and creative (but safe) stunt they are willing to do to for a free machinery upgrade. Participation is open to all secondary and post-secondary woodworking schools and educational institutions, according to the company.

“As we celebrate our anniversary this year and honor our past 50 years, we also look ahead to our next 50 and the next generation of our industry. Investing in the future of our industry has always been a mission of Stiles and, because of this, we’re looking to give some aspiring woodworking students the chance to win a new machine for their school’s shop,” Stiles marketing manager Chris Dolbow says.

Video submissions are due by May 31. A panel of judges will choose up to three winners depending on the number of submissions received. The grand prize includes the choice of an Ironwood FX750 spindle shaper, JT300 jointer, CUT18 cutoff saw or BR23 boring machine.

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Weeke N.A. expands

Stiles also announced the expansion of Weeke North America. A new 100,000-sq.-ft. facility will be built near Stiles headquarters in Grand Rapids, Mich., “to meet an overwhelming demand for products,” according to the company.

Weeke North America produces the Vantech line of nested-base CNC routers and ABD CNC drilling and dowel machines for customers in a variety of industries such as store fixtures, cabinets, closets, office furniture and architectural millwork. It was established more than five years ago as a joint venture between the Homag Group, Stiles and Weeke Maschinenbau.

Groundbreaking was scheduled to begin in April.

Hardware show

The past will be celebrated May 5-7 at the 70th annual National Hardware Show in Las Vegas with memorabilia collected from longtime exhibitors and attendees.

“As we celebrate 70 years of the National Hardware Show, we continue to look ahead to the future of the home improvement industry,” National Hardware Show vice president Richard Russo says. “However, we’d also like to take some time to look back and reflect on the memories of years past and see how far we’ve come and how much things have changed.”

The show started in New York City and had a long run in Chicago. Attendees are mostly buyers for home improvement retail channels and the product categories include building products, plumbing, electrical, tools and, of course, hardware. The show runs concurrently with the Lancaster Buying Show, which serves the paint sundry industry.


Formaldehyde-free guarantee

State Industries, a manufacturer of hardwood plywood and specialty panel products, offers a new Elemental label to assure customers that its products are made with 100 percent soy-based, formaldehyde-free resins.

States introduced Elemental in 2008, the first soy-bonded hardwood panels with no urea formaldehyde, according to the company.

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This article originally appeared in the May 2015 issue.

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