INDUSTRY NEWS UPDATE


We hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving filled with time with friends and family. Read on below to check out what’s been happening in the cabinet industry:

EPA to Seek New Limits on Commercial Truck Pollution

EPA announced earlier this month that the Administration will seek new limits on pollution from commercial trucks. Officials at the agency say pollution rules for commercial vehicles are long overdue for an update after nearly 20 years.

“It’s definitely about time. The world has changed in a lot of ways over those 20 years. One thing we know is that these vehicles can be made cleaner, lower emitting," explained Bill Wehrum, assistant administrator of the EPA’s Office of Air and Radiation.

Read more from the Wall Street Journal (subscription required to access link.)


Deloitte Study Shows Worsening of Workforce Crisis

A report released earlier this month from the Manufacturing Institute and Deloitte shows that the widening manufacturing skills gap is expected to grow from about 488,000 jobs left open today to as many as 2.4 million manufacturing jobs unfilled through 2028. As a result, $454 billion in manufacturing GDP could be at risk in 2028.

Click here to read more from the report.



Legalization of Marijuana in Canada Sparks Conversation on Workplace Safety

Last month's legalization of marijuana in Canada has sparked a conversation about workplace safety. WorkSafeBC, an agency dedicated to preventing workplace death and injury in British Columbia launched a campaign to spread awareness about impairment in the workplace.

“Impairment in the workplace isn’t a new issue in B.C., but it’s become top of mind as cannabis becomes legal for recreational use,” said Tom Brocklehurst, director of prevention practices and quality for WorkSafeBC. “We’re reaching out to employers and workers to remind them that they share responsibility for managing impairment in the workplace.”

Click here to learn more about the campaign.

KBIS / Design & Construction Week 2019

Design & Construction Week ® (DCW), the sixth annual co-location of NKBA’s Kitchen & Bath Industry Show ® (KBIS) and NAHB’s International Builders' Show ® (IBS), is North America’s largest and most comprehensive trade show in the residential design, building and remodeling sector. The 2019 edition takes place Feb. 19-21 at the Las Vegas Convention Center and will draw more than 80,000 design and construction professionals, ready to shop, explore, learn and build business connections. KCMA members receive special discounts to explore the exhibit floors of both shows — a combined total of 2,100+ exhibits! Register for your DCW expo pass today.

KCMA will be at booth #SL4705 throughout the show - be sure to stop by and see us!



Which Paint Colors will Dominate 2019?

Paint manufacturers began releasing their colors of the year this past summer and some made predictions based on "society's longing for the restorative power of nature" while others have predicted an increased popularity of earthy tones. Consumer Reports spoke with seven paint brands to get predictions on which interior color they believe will be hottest in 2019. Click here to read the predictions for 2019!

Photo courtesy of Builderonline.com
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