Submitted by mmetz@kcma.org on Wed, 03/31/2021 - 16:11
Industry News Update March 24, 2021

The Kitchen Cabinet Manufacturers Association is committed to bringing you the most up-to-date information in the industry. Here’s a look at what’s happening:

SMALL BUSINESS LABOR SAFETY (OSHA/MSHA) ROUNDTABLE REPORT

Small Business Administration

The Small Business Labor Safety (OSHA/MSHA) Roundtable met on March 19th. The roundtable presentations included:

AS THE CYBER BREACHES PILE UP, IT'S TIME FOR MANUFACTURERS TO TAKE ACTION

Cyber

it is hard to keep up with all of the breaches, hacks or ransomware attacks hitting today’s organizations. And, when it does not seem to impact your business directly, it can, unfortunately, be far too easy to sweep it under the rug while saying, "Not my problem." That attitude could prove quite dangerous.

As security incidents intensify, it should rightfully serve as an opportunity for manufacturers to learn more about what happened, and what actions are necessary to stay out of harm's way. Read more.

VIETNAM'S WOOD EXPORTS SURGE TO $2.4 BILLION, A 51 PERCENT INCREASE

Shipping


Vietnam reports that it exported more than $2.4 billion worth of wood products in the first two months of 2021 - a 51 percent increase over the same period last year.
 
The country also pulled in $12.3 billion from exporting wood products in 2020, up nearly 16 percent from 2019.

Vietnam has benefitted greatly by the tariffs placed onto China, seeing a 180 percent surge in its trade surplus since the 2016 election of Donald Trump. Last April, Vietnam replaced China as America's top foreign supplier of veneer and plywood.

Vietnam is also spending more on importing wood products. The country has already spent $448 million on wood imports this year, up 35 percent over 2020. Read more.

DRIVE-SAFE ACT REINTRODUCED

TruckDriverShortage

The FRA-supported DRIVE-Safe Act was reintroduced this week in a bipartisan fashion in both the House and the Senate. The legislation addresses the growing shortage of professional truck drivers forecasted to reach 160,000 drivers by 2028 if not addressed.

Over the next decade, the trucking industry will need to hire 1.1 million new drivers. Current regulations prohibit drivers who are 18-20 years old from crossing state lines.

The DRIVE-Safe Act would allow young drivers who are certified CDL holders to participate in a rigorous apprenticeship program designed to help them master interstate driving while also promoting enhanced safety training for emerging members of the workforce. FRA will be working with the DRIVE-Safe Act Coalition to advance the legislation.

CONSTRUCTION SUMMER CAMP?
SEND YOUR KIDS!

Construction


With the building trades shrinking, builders are taking education into their own hands.

The construction industry in Oklahoma City, facing a chronic shortage of workers and entrepreneurs in the building trades, will to try to grow its own, starting with a "construction summer camp" for kids in 2022.

Jack Werner, owner of A to Z Inspections, has a Ph.D in finance, but knows college isn't for everyone - "Builders and general contractors have to do a better job of getting the word out to young people that a construction career can start with vocational-technical education and lead to a good life." Read more.