WoodTrac promotes green manufacturing initiatives
Archbold, Ohio-based WoodTrac Ceiling System by Sauder is promoting environmental standards, including recent energy conservation measures, mandating material recycling and air quality preservation. In addition to product production guidelines, the WoodTrac product features a unique “green” design that saves raw materials.
According to Sauder Woodworking, more than 90% of the WoodTrac Ceiling product and packaging is made from recycled material.
“Sauder Woodworking is always striving to create products that are not only of great quality but are environmentally responsible,” said Dan Sauder, VP engineering, “We are always looking for ways to reduce our carbon footprint, both through our products and through our manufacturing facilities.”
WoodTrac is made up of laminated medium density fiberboard (MDF), meaning it is made up of more than 90% pre-consumer recycled content. Unlike solid wood panels that only use around half of a tree, WoodTrac uses more than 95% of the actual tree product. This reduces massive amounts of lumber waste that typically goes unused, including bark and scrap materials. All wood panels used in Sauder production are “Environmentally Preferred Product” (EPP) by the Composite Panel Association.
The Sauder Woodworking Co. has also implemented its environmental sustainability efforts into its 230-acre, 4 million-sq.-ft. production facility located in Archbold, Ohio, reducing its carbon footprint by 10,000 metric tons over the next two years.
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Three days in October
Former Speaker Newt Gingrich reached the podium to a standing ovation. He assessed his audience for a moment. “This is a very intense, serious looking group,” he said.
The group in question consisted of the pro dealers and suppliers gathered for the 2008 ProDealer Industry Summit, the first-ever conference that resulted from the merger of the NLBMDA’s Industry Summit and Home Channel News’ ProDealer Conference. The organizers of the event did a great job predicting that the first three days of October would be an electrifying time in the nation’s capital.
And the group had every right to look serious and intense.
Here’s the picture of Monday Oct. 1, when most of the 240 or so attendees began filing into the Westfields Marriott in Chantilly, Va.:
• Congress was working overdrive on a contentious $700 billion financial bailout plan;
• Attendees were planning ahead to Tuesday’s highly anticipated Vice Presidential showdown; and
• Newt Gingrich, his “Platform for America” in hand, was walking around the hotel.
I felt like a witness to great events.
Even though we were just outside the beltway in Chantilly, Va., the political gravity was intense. Political junkies attending the conference — and there were many — were basking in the situation. And those who couldn’t care less — well, there weren’t any of those.
On Wednesday, during the middle of a panel discussion on “The Supply Chain Revolution,” the word came. The House passed the Paulson plan! Cheering erupted. And the show went back to business.
Based on the length of the line to take a picture with the “Speaker,” Gingrich’s address was a highlight of the event, largely because it promoted the spirit of American democracy.
There were other highlights and other spirits.
• Spirit of diversity: When outgoing NLBMD chairman Harold Baalmann of B&B LUmber introduced incoming chairman Paul Hybert of ProBuild, the company’s represented ran the spectrum from the biggest to the smallest. But the mutual respect expressed by both dealers was about equal.
• Spirit of togetherness: The hotel theater was packed, partisan and pro-Palin during the vice presidential debate. But more importantly, it was together.
• Spirit of humility: The Pro Dealer of the Year dinner recognized Keim Lumber as Independent Pro Dealer of the Year and Curtis Lumber as Multi-unit Pro Dealer of the Year. Both companies showed double digit growth on the 2008 HCN Top 350 Scoreboard. And both companies, when addressing the audience, pointed to all the employees back home for their success. The standing ovations were much deserved.
The industry is living the Chinese curse: “May you live in exciting times.” Events like the ProDealer Industry Summit could not solve the housing market’s woes or the credit crisis. But it served the industry by bringing competitors and partners together for mutual improvement.
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New yard tractor entering market
Balqon Corp., a developer of electric drive system technologies for commercial electric vehicles, has unveiled a battery-powered all-electric yard tractor that incorporates the company’s electric vehicle drive system.
The system encompasses complete power management, propulsion and power conversation systems, and includes drive trains and energy systems (i.e., batteries and a charging system). The new product also incorporates a European chassis developed by Mol Transport Solutions, a manufacturer of trucks, trailers and waste management systems in Europe. It features an ergonomic cabin design and air bag suspension.
In its announcement, Balqon Corp. said it believes that the operating costs of the European yard tractor will be 74% lower than the operating costs of its conventional diesel competitors, making the European yard tractor a cost-effective alternative in warehouse and marine port applications in Europe, especially in light of current average diesel fuel prices in Europe of approximately $7 per gallon.
"High fuel costs and environmental laws that are favorable to clean energy make Europe an attractive market for Balqon Corporation’s heavy-duty electric vehicles and drive systems," said Balwinder Samra, president and CEO of Balqon Corp.
"The product, which Balqon Corporation jointly developed with MOL Transportation Solutions, a strategic partner based in Europe, is the first in the zero emissions heavy-duty tractor market in Europe. It marks what we believe to be the beginning of a shift to zero emissions container movement vehicles in the continent."
The European yard tractor can tow loads over 30 tons with a range of more than 16 hours of operation on a single charge. The vehicle also demonstrates below 69 db in noise level and incorporates the latest idle-shut off technologies that increase energy conservation during vehicle idling. The new vehicle incorporates Balqon Corp.’s proprietary battery management system and charging systems that are compliant with current European safety standards.
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