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IWPA World of Wood Annual Convention

Thank you to everyone who attended the 59th World of Wood Annual Convention in Las Vegas, Nevada. Make plans to join us again in Austin, Texas - April 6-8, 2016. View all presentations and photos here.


Composite Emissions, Risk and Opportunity April 24, 2015

Posted by Cindy Squires

Formaldehyde levels, laminate flooring, deconstructive testing, and CARB rules -- topics once reserved for discussions at composite wood industry events, are now being discussed by investor, national and local media outlets. The March ’60 Minutes’ segment focused on allegations that testing of samples of laminate flooring purchased from Lumber Liquidators had formaldehyde emissions that exceeded California’s Air Resources Board (CARB) limits. The story and the resulting discussions have alarmed and confused customers, and attracted the interests of plaintiff lawyers. This situation, while challenging, also presents an opportunity to educate both your customers and suppliers. Read more


Window Opens for Congressional Action on Trade January 12, 2015

Posted by Cindy Squires


Can you even remember a time when Congress seemed to work? Maybe when President Obama worked with Democratic majorities in Congress to push through Obamacare? Perhaps when President Clinton worked with Newt Gingrich to move towards a balanced budget? Following November’s elections we now have a situation we have not seen in Washington, D.C. since 2010, one party control of Congress. Personally, having worked on the Hill during the Bush I and Clinton administrations, I see the current situation where one party controls Congress and the other controls the White House as the most likely to avoid extremes on both sides and most conducive to bipartisan compromise. Read more


A New Sense of Optimism October 23, 2014

Posted by Cindy Squires


In today’s virtually instantaneous news cycle each day seemingly brings the release of a new economic indicator. One day the new GDP numbers signal strong growth, and the next day job growth numbers give new reason for worry. I am convinced that not even the PhDs can make sense of it all. But after spending the last several weeks meeting with IWPA members on the tradeshow floor at the International Woodworking Fair (IWF) in Atlanta and visiting member companies during a swing across North Carolina, I am getting a sense of renewed optimism across the imported wood industry. Read more

Efficiency as Strategy July 13, 2014
Posted By Cindy Squires

It is cheaper and often faster to share.  If we recognize this we can open up enormous opportunities for our businesses.  A recent bog post by Seth Godin got me thinking about how IWPA works to help its members share resources.  Seth Godin is a bestselling author who writes about marketing, the spread of ideas and managing customers and employees.  Seth noted, “since we can share resources, expanding to use all of something (a car, a boat, a vacation home) isn't just inefficient, it's wasteful.” Read more


Wood - The Ultimate Green Good May 13, 2014
Posted By Cindy Squires

A new round of negotiations has been launched by 14 World Trade Organization member countries to accelerate the trade of environmentally preferable technologies.  This effort builds on the 2013 initiative started by the Leaders of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) to explore opportunities in the WTO to reduce tariffs on a list of 54 “green goods” by the end of 2015.  This sounds like a great plan until you look deeper and find wood products were not included in the APEC agreed list of environmental goods where member countries will cut tariffs to five percent or less. Read more

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