NWFA U.S. & Canadian Solid Wood Flooring Summit
Click the links below for the handouts from the Solid Wood Flooring Summit.
Wood flooring manufacturers and other industry professionals came to Nashville in early November of 2012 for the U.S. & Canadian Solid Wood Flooring Summit. NWFA kicked off the meeting with a hospitality suite on Tuesday, November 6th, followed by a full agenda of industry topics on Wednesday. The meeting ended after a special networking lunch.
ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSIONS INCLUDED:
Dana Lee Cole, the new executive director of the Hardwood Federation, provided an immediate analysis of what the presidential election results could mean for our businesses.
Santo Torcivia with Market Insights, provided the latest forecast from his 2013 U.S. FLOOReport, which was just completed.
Jack Shannon, Jr., J.T. Shannon Lumber Company and member of the Blue Ribbon Panel for creating a wood products industry Checkoff program, provided an update on what this "Got Milk" type of marketing support through the USDA could mean for wood flooring manufacturers.
Mike Italiano, Capital Marketing Group, provided an update on the Lacey Due Care Standard, a program he has championed to provide a clear way of meeting the Act's requirements. In addition, shared a proposed solution for getting LEED point credits outside of the FSC requirement through the SMaRT initiative, which now recognizes the NWFA Responsible Procurement Program as a means of meeting SMaRT requirements.
Additionally, NWFA provided a short update and had both leaders and staff available to answer questions regarding recent changes in manufacturer programs including efforts with the U.S. Department of Weights & Measures to clarify packaging standards, NWFA's new Accepted Product Seal Program, Product Support Center, milling standards, and work with the American Hardwood Promotion.
*Special thanks to all those who made this event such a great success and to all of our attendees this year!
If you have questions about this year's summit, please contact NWFA at 636-519-9663.