French flooring giant
Tarkett moves all Canadian
production to U.S.
Tarkett, a Paris-based flooring giant, will move all of its Canadian
production to the U.S. The goal is
to optimize operations and reduce
The flooring company runs
manufacturing plants in Ontario
and Nova Scotia - each of which
will shut down. The Ontario plant,
which produces flooring accessories, will integrate operations
with a plant in Chagrin Falls,
Ohio, and operations at the Nova
Scotia plant will integrate with a
plant in Dalton, Georgia.
This consolidation will reduce
Tarkett’s cost base in North Amer-
ica and generate the planned
cost synergies anticipated from
its recent Lexmark acquisition. As
most of the products manufactured
in Canada are shipped to the
U.S. market, this move will also
significantly improve logistics, the
company said in a release.
The affected employees - 70 in
Ontario and 240 in Nova Scotia -
will receive outplacement support
to find new opportunities. The closure process is set to be complete
by the end of the year.
UMaine gets world’s largest 3D printer,
begins major effort to print with wood
Three U.S. senators, the U.S. Department of Energy, and
the University of Maine have launched a major $20 million
initiative to advance 3D printing with wood.
U.S. Sens. Susan Collins, Lamar Alexander and Angus
King joined Daniel Simmons, assistant secretary for energy
efficiency and renewable energy at the U.S. Department of
Energy, as well as leaders from UMaine and the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL)
in Washington, D.C., May 2 to announce the launch of the
large-scale, bio-based additive manufacturing program.
The hope is to create a new market for Maine’s forest
The $20 million investment will go toward installing
the largest 3D printer in the world. Researchers will pump
a mix of super-fine sawdust, plant matter, and plastic
through the machine - making a variety of products such
as boat hull molds, shelters, building components, tooling
for composites and wind blades. Researchers will work
with the forest products industry to print large, structur-
ally demanding systems, such as boats.
The collaboration will provide all associated with
UMaine’s Advanced Structures and Composites Center
access to ORNL’s assets and expertise in advanced manufacturing. ORNL researchers, in turn, will gain access to
UMaine’s facilities and expertise in cellulose nano fiber
(CNF) and composites. R.D.