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Finishing & sanding solutions for the '90s.

A new joint-industry study concludes that complying with the Clean Air Act will be costly for most wood finishers and prove cost prohibitive for hundreds of woodworking shops to continue operating.

By early summer, the Environmental Protection Agency is expected to submit a draft document identifying control technique guidelines for reducing volatile organic compound emissions for the wood products industry. Depending on how high the Environmental Protection Agency aims in setting VOC emissions reduction goals, the study sponsored by the American Furniture Manufacturers Assn., the Business and Institutional Furniture Manufacturers Assn., the Kitchen Cabinet Manufacturers Assn. and the National Paint & Coatings Assn., finds:

* The annual compliance cost for the wood furniture and cabinet industry will run between $53 million and $624 million.

* Between 930 and 2,015 woodworking plants will close.

* Between 5,797 and 62,774 jobs will be lost.

* Capital investment requirements will range from $309 million to $2.4 billion and will be an impediment to plant expansion and modernization.

Program to discuss quality and compliance issues

Against this backdrop, WOOD & WOOD PRODUCTS and Purdue University are presenting a second comprehensive seminar on wood finishing. The two-day seminar, followed by a third day of plant tours, is being conducted in cooperation with Michigan State University May 11-13 at the Amway Grand Hotel in Grand Rapids, Mich.

Central to the program is an update on the Clean Air Act, its potential impact on wood finishing operations and available options for reducing VOC emissions. More than 25 speakers will discuss everything from new developments in waterborne resin technology to performance testing of wood finishes to coating application options.

In addition, several of the presentations will focus on finish sanding techniques including edge sanding and widebelt sanding, as well as dust collection tips to meet the Occupational Safety & Health Administration's wood dust rule.

Plant tours and exhibits

The first afternoon of the program will feature tabletop displays manned by leading manufacturers and suppliers of finishing equipment and materials, sanding equipment, abrasives, dust collectors and other products related to wood finishing and sanding.

Day three will feature plant tours of Haworth Inc., one of the nation's largest contract furniture manufacturers. Included will be an inspection of Haworth's flatline finishing system. Seminar participants will also visit Sligh Furniture, which applies nitrocellulose lacquers with HVLP spray guns to its high-end residential furniture.

Last year's program, also held in Grand Rapids, attracted more than 250 woodworking professionals. Even if it were not for the compliance issues, this program would still be important for its emphasis on quality control and its well-rounded discussion of finishing and sanding development.

We at WOOD & WOOD PRODUCTS are proud to be a sponsor of this comprehensive and timely program. Our hats go off to Prof. Daniel Cassens for his painstaking efforts in orchestrating this outstanding finishing and sanding package.

A more complete outline of the program begins on page 82 of this issue. Registration is $350, which includes handout materials, a banquet and two luncheons. To register, phone (317) 494-2758.
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Title Annotation:wood finishing seminar within context of Clean Air Act
Author:Christianson, Rich
Publication:Wood & Wood Products
Article Type:Editorial
Date:Apr 1, 1992
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