Port of L.A. garners $9.9M grant

SAN PEDRO, Calif. — The U.S. Department of Transportation has awarded the Port of Los Angeles a $9.88 million Port Infrastructure Development Program grant, to help pay for improvements at interchange at Harbor Boulevard/Front Street and the Vincent Thomas Bridge in San Pedro.

“Support for this federal grant came from all levels of government,” said Port of Los Angeles Executive Director Gene Seroka. “We are grateful to the U.S. Department of Transportation, including its Maritime Administration, the members of Congress who represent the Port, and state and local leaders for recognizing the urgent need to modernize this critical junction of the National Highway Freight Network.”

The improvements to the NHFN include new and improved on-ramps and off-ramps, elimination of a congested weaving section on the existing eastbound off-ramp and improvements to the intersections on Harbor Boulevard/Front Street, including a new signal at the new westbound ramp terminus.

The Port of Los Angeles is designing the project — and will construct it — in collaboration with the California Department of Transportation, District 7.

The interchange directly serves two marine terminals that handle approximately 5% of all containerized goods to and from the U.S. It is an essential link in the larger infrastructure network of the L.A.-Long Beach trade gateway, which handles nearly 40% of all imports to the U.S. and 25% of all U.S. exports.

This project is also supported and funded by the Los Angeles Metropolitan Transportation Authority, via a request for funding through the South Bay Cities Council of Governments. LA Metro is providing $41.2 million, of which $37.4 million is for the construction phase.

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Ashley takes National Manufacturing Day events virtual

ARCADIA, Wis. — Ashley Furniture Inds. is again celebrating National Manufacturing Month this month, this year with an educational virtual tour for 2,000 middle school students.

The students — from Mississippi, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin — will tour Ashley’s advanced-manufacturing facilities in Wisconsin and see a variety of career opportunities available within the company from operating a machine to designing furniture.

Students will also learn about the importance of manufacturing and the economic benefits of the industry.

Manufacturing month kicks off annually with National Manufacturing Day, originated by the National Assn. of Manufacturers, on the first Friday of October.

“We are passionate about inspiring future creators by exposing them to the incredible career pathways that modern manufacturing offers,” said Todd Wanek, Ashley president and CEO. “Manufacturing is a rapidly advancing industry, and it needs our help to ensure the future jobs are not left unfilled.”

Participating schools in Mississippi include North Pontotoc Middle School and Ripley Middle School; in North Carolina, Davie County middle schools; and in Wisconsin, Arcadia, Arcadia Holy Family, Blair-Taylor, Cochrane-Fountain City, Eleva-Strum, Gale-Ettrick-Trempealeau, Independence, Independence SSPP, and Whitehall.

In Pennsylvania, Schuylkill Valley Middle School will partner with Ashley for its first year of Manufacturing Day tours.

Ashley has developed a number of partnerships with K-12 as well as post-secondary schools over the past five years. Combined efforts have included investing in STEM-based learning opportunities, scholarships, providing students with exposure to technical trades and career opportunities, instructor training and robotics programs.

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CB2 recalls 400 Trace bookcases

NORTHBROOK, Ill. – Retailer CB2 has recalled 400 of its Trace bookcase units due to a risk of collapse that can injure consumers.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said that the bookcase frame can collapse and potentially fall on consumers when the unit is fully loaded.

The company has received 11 reports of the bookcase collapsing, but no injuries have been reported.

The CPSC has advised consumers to immediately stop using the recalled bookcases and contact CB2 for instructions on how to receive either a refund or a free replacement unit.

The recall involves the Trace Brass Bookcase bearing SKU number 338-925 and the Trace Black Bookcase bearing SKU number 603-232. The units have a brushed oak veneer or black frame with two wire mesh doors and four shelves. Trace, CB2 and the SKU number are printed on a label on the back of each unit.

Made in Vietnam, the units were imported by CB2 of Northbrook, Ill., and sold at CB2 stores nationwide and online at www.CB2.com from June 2019 through July 2020 for the Brass bookcase and during July 2020 for the Black bookcase for about $1,400.

For more information, consumers can contact CB2 at (800) 451-8217 from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Central Time, Monday through Friday, and from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. CT, Saturday and Sunday. Or visit www.CB2.com and click on the recalls tab at the bottom of the page.

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Gail Doby Coaching duo debuts podcast series

Gail Doby, Erin Weir

Gail Doby, Erin Weir

DENVER — Interior design professionals Gail Doby and Erin Weir are taking the business of coaching to a new venue, launching season one of their “Creative Genius” podcast.

Doby and Weir are the design professionals behind Gail Doby Coaching & Consulting, through which they and their team coach designers to develop their businesses and their leadership skills.

Season One of the Creative Genius podcast debuted last week with 10 episodes featuring the duo sharing their rise to the top and engaging in sometimes deep, sometimes lighthearted conversation with a roster of design icons, noted authors and business disrupters.

According to Doby, the content of each podcast must be personal, transparent and enlightening. “We are sharing at least three key takeaways on each episode that listeners can immediately apply to their business or life,” she said. “We’re open about our journey of breakthroughs, problem solving, innovation and even hiccups in running and growing a business, and finding enjoyment in each other’s perspective along the way.”

For Weir, the opportunity to bring elite expertise to their audience illustrates how the road to success isn’t a singular path. “Often our most productive and evolutionary ideas happen outside of the traditional business setting,” she said. “Now, we have some of that innovative thinking right on the podcast. And, with the input of our guest experts, it is next-level good!”

Guests in season one include:

Creative Genius podcast can be found on Apple Podcast, Stitcher, Blubrry Directory, Google Podcast, Deezer or at the podcast tab on the Gail Doby Coaching & Consulting website.

Episodes for season two are in production and will debut in November.

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Sherwin-Williams introduces 2021 Colormix trends for industrial wood markets

CLEVELAND, Ohio — The Industrial Wood Coatings division of Sherwin-Williams, through its  Global Color & Design Center, has released its annual Colormix forecast.

The Rhythm of Color forecast — designed to inspire wood product developers and manufacturers for finishes and palettes that align with consumer preferences — includes 40 finishes in four collections: Sanctuary, Encounter, Continuum and Tapestry. The forecast reveals finishes that will be on-trend three to seven years from now.

“After thoroughly researching macro-level trends around the world, the themes in this year’s Colormix Trend Forecast embody modern societal dichotomies, like change and comfort, which derive from the pandemic and social discontent,” said Lauren West, global color and design director, Sherwin-Williams Industrial Wood Coatings Division.

The four collections are:

  • The Sanctuary collection brings nature inside through calming colors that nurture wellness and serenity, combining soft, matte neutrals with rich, well-worn textures and sunbaked tones.
  • The Encounter collection’s rich earthy finishes embrace heritage lux and global inspiration. The collection features levels of gloss and sheen balanced by dark, textured finishes, as well as rustic and tribal hues.
  • Finishes in the Continuum collection redefine tradition, fusing technology with nature, blending whites, charcoals and pops of color found in the natural environment.
  • Vivid hues in the Tapestry collection infuse playful color through layers of pattern and texture through maximalist metallics and jewel tone finishes.

Go online to download the Industrial Wood 2021 Colormix Forecast brochure.

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