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INDUSTRY NEWS UPDATE FEBRUARY 25, 2020

At KCMA, we’re committed to keeping you up-to-date with the latest relevant news in the cabinet manufacturing industry. Take a look at what’s been happening:

AKCA Commends Commerce Department on Final Antidumping and Countervailing Duty Determinations on Wooden Cabinets and Vanities from China

The American Kitchen Cabinet Alliance (AKCA) is commending the antidumping and countervailing duty final determinations issued by the U.S. Department of Commerce as an important conclusion by the agency to address unfairly traded Chinese imports of wooden cabinets and vanities. The total antidumping and countervailing duties mean that almost all Chinese manufacturers will now face a combined AD/CVD cash deposit rate of about 59%.

On March 6, 2019, the AKCA initiated one of the largest trade cases ever filed against Chinese imports at the International Trade Commission and the Department of Commerce – a case which challenges China’s unfair trade practices in the wooden cabinet and vanity production industry.

The AKCA is comprised of more than 50 member companies based across the United States. With today’s final determination, the AKCA looks forward to another final decision at the International Trade Commission, which is expected in late March.

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Click here to read a fact sheet from the Department of Commerce

Explaining EPA’s fees process for new TSCA risk evaluations

In late December, the EPA designated the next 20 substances to undergo TSCA risk evaluations. This prioritization action triggered a three and a half year timeframe in which the EPA must complete the TSCA risk evaluations of these substances. It also began the TSCA process for assigning responsibility for fees to help defray the cost of the risk evaluations.

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The National Association of Manufacturers and the Manufacturing Institute launch “Creators Wanted 2020”

Manufacturers in the United States need to fill 4.6 million jobs by 2028. More than half of those jobs could be left unfilled because of two issues: a skills gap and misperceptions about modern manufacturing. The National Association of Manufacturers, together with the Manufacturing Institute, is launching “Creators Wanted 2020”, an unprecedented national effort to build the modern workforce of tomorrow. This includes the “Creators Wanted Tour” starting in Spring 2020 and the “Making American Festival” taking place in September 2020.

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U.S. Home Sales up 10% in 2019: NAHB

Data from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the U.S. Census Bureau shows that 681,000 new homes were sold in 2019, a number 10.3% higher than in 2018. And, despite sales of newly-built, single-family homes declining 0.4% in December from November, the monthly rate was still 23% higher than December of 2018.

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