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Blum celebrates 40 years

Blum Inc., a manufacturer of cabinetry hardware items such as soft-close hinges, custom drawer slides, and advanced lift systems, is celebrating 40 years in the United States this year.

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The company marked the occasion by inviting all employees to a special event held on April 29 at Carrigan Farms in Moorseville, N.C.

“We have always believed in building long-lasting relationships with employees, customers and key suppliers. Many times it is said that the customer comes first,” Blum CEO Karl Rudisser said in a statement. “I believe that both the employee and customer are equal. I think if you have great employees, the natural consequence is they will take care of the customer.”

Blum Inc., founded by Julius Blum in Austria, was established in 1977 in Hickory, N.C., in a small rented warehouse and products were imported from Austria. Shortly thereafter, the company moved to its current home in Stanley, N.C., where the manufacturing of products in the United States began. Today, Blum operates in a 450,000-sq.-ft. building on 75 acres and has more than 400 employees.

“We are continuously innovating new products and services and working to improve the quality of existing ones,” Rudisser said. “Because of this, we can look back on many years of continued growth.”

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Blum CEO Karl Rudisser at the celebration.

Finalists named for AWFS Visionary New Product Awards

The finalists for the AWFS fair’s 2017 Visionary New Product Award were announced. The awards recognize creativity and innovation and are evaluated on quality, production impact, practicality, innovation and ease of use.

The winners were selected at the fair, held after deadline.

The finalists, in their respective categories, are:


Mozaik CNC Operator — Mozaik Software.

Virtual Vision 3D — Next Wave Automation

Osync Machine Analytics v2.0 — C.R. Onsrud


LT-2D3D-C Laser Templator — Laser Products Ind.


RiverRax — Techniks /Riverside Tool Corp.

Leitz BrillianceCut Circular Saw Blade — Leitz Tooling Systems

CNC Laser Height Control — CNC Factory


Senseon Secure Access — Accuride Int.

Biesse bPad — Biesse

Rev-A-Shelf LLC/Tresco Lighting Snap Panel Lighting — Rev-A-Shelf LLC

Machinery Under $50,000

8” Spindle Option for M652R Multi-Moulder and Router Mikron

Machinery Over $50,000

Durr Ready2Spray Paint Robot — Enhancement Technologies

Vitap Point K2 TOP CNC Work Center — Vitap Costruzioni Meccaniche S.p.A.

Master.Pro Triple Tables — Bacci America

Power Tools

Apollo True HVLP Precision-6 Turbo Paint Spray System — Apollo Sprayers International Inc.

Composite Fastening Systems — Senco

Shaper Origin — Shaper Tools Inc.


Salice Air Hinge — Salice America

3135EC Eclipse Easy-Close Undermount Slide — Accuride Int.

3160EC Eclipse Easy-Close Undermount Slide — Accuride Int.

Snap On Drawer Slides — Lockdowel

Raw Material

Osync Machine Analytics v2.0 — C.R. Onsrud

Lean Robot Cell — SCM


Universal Dust-Free Router Hood — Oneida Air Systems

TP-CHJ Concealed Hinge Jig — True Position Tools

TP-PLJ Puck Light Jig — True Position Tools

TP-2312 Long Handle Extensions — True Position Tools

Miter Fold Dado Set — Rockler Woodworking and Hardware 

AKF with Rombex Technology — Uneeda

Apex — Timber Products Co.

Industry 4.0

Komo Machine Monitoring — Komo Machine

X Line New Air Nozzle System — Krautzberger GmbH

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