Federal prosecutors say they have reached a deal with Gibson Guitar Corp. to drop the criminal case against the instrument manufacturer after it acknowledged its exotic wood imports violated U.S. environmental laws, the Associated Press reported.
Under the agreement, Gibson must pay a $300,000 penalty, forfeit claims to about $262,000 worth of wood seized by federal agents and contribute $50,000 to promote conservation of protected tree species. The agreement comes after 2011 raids at Gibson's Memphis, Tenn., and Nashville, Tenn., facilities by federal agents.
Republicans previously supported CEO Henry Juszkiewicz when he denounced the raids as overzealous federal regulation that threatened American jobs, according to AP.
Q: I have just received some glued-up oak panels that we will be using for tabletops. One of our people noticed that the ends of the panels have developed some cracks and more cracks are showing up every 10 minutes it seems. Most of the cracks are at the glue joint at the end of the panels. The supplier says that our shop is too dry (25 percent to 30 percent RH is what we measure now during the wintertime). My people just checked the MC of many panels, including some that have yet to be unstacked and unwrapped; they are getting some readings as high as 10 percent MC (after correcting for temperature), with a lot over 8 percent MC too. We need an outside person to give us an accurate evaluation.
Q: What is ring shake? How do we detect it in our oak lumber? Does this shake cause a bad odor or other manufacturing problems?
A variety of wood glues are used to assemble the 175 pieces in a six-string guitar. Matching the proper adhesive with the application is important for Taylor Guitars.
Think Light: Innovative Lightweight Panels was held recently in Kentwood, Mich., organized by Virginia Tech and sponsored by FDM, Stiles Machinery and others.
Wood-Mizer Products Inc. in February announced the release of Bio-Mizer, a biomass furnace that converts wood waste into renewable energy for businesses.
Nickell Moulding Co. shows that a switch to water-based finishes helps more than just the environment.
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