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What You Should Know About WMIA
Who We Are
The Woodworking Machinery industry Association (WMIA) is a trade association representing importers and distributors of woodworking machinery and ancillary equipment in North America. Since 1977, WMIA has grown to be the recognized voice of importers and distributors and a vital communications link between suppliers and the many manufacturers of wood products in North America.
Member companies include firms, corporations, partnerships or individuals who import and distribute industrial woodworking machinery and ancillary equipment. Members offer equipment and technologies that often enable North American companies to produce products that compete profitably with imported ones.
Together with the Wood Machinery Manufacturers of America Association (WMMA), WMIA is a joint venture partner in the biennial International Woodworking Machinery & Furniture Supply Fair-USA (IWF). IWF is the largest woodworking machinery and supply show in North America and the second largest in the world. It is held in even-numbered years in Atlanta. As a co-sponsor of IWF, it is part of WMIA’s mission to keep members and their customers informed about the latest in the international and domestic marketplace.
Woodworking Industry Conference (WIC)
WMIA is a founder and co-sponsor, along with WMMA and the Association of Woodworking and Furnishings Suppliers (AWFS), of the Woodworking Industry Conference (WIC). This annual conference provides great networking opportunities for your company.
Internal Communications and Public Relations
WMIA’s news updates, newsletters, special bulletins, legislative alerts and other publications give you news and current information of vital interest to our industry. Special publications are widely distributed to the industry trade press to keep the public informed about issues of concern to WMIA members.
Industry Data for Members Only
WMIA members have the option to participate in benchmarking reports for sales data, compensation surveys and profit reports. This data is available to members who participate at no cost.
How You and Your Company Benefit from WMIA Membership
If you are an exhibitor at the IWF show, membership in WMIA will earn you a 20% discount off the exhibit booth cost.
Through educational seminars, publications, timely information about your industry and the annual meeting and exposition, WMIA helps you acquire and polish the skills you need to manage effectively. By offering opportunities for fellowship and participation, WMIA helps identify you as a partner in an important dynamic industry.
The skills you learn and the people you meet through WMIA will help enhance the management and operations of your firm. WMIA offers numerous opportunities for professional development and provides up-to-date information, which will increase your ability to manage and plan, thus increasing the operational effectiveness of your company – now and in the future.
Your membership in WMIA also entitles you to membership in the National Association of Wholesaler-Distributors (NAW) which offers group insurance plans and discounts on travel, long distance and overnight delivery.
Categories of Membership
Annual Dues: $600
Any firm, corporation, partnership or individual who sells industrial woodworking and sawmill machinery not of his own manufacture, direct to the user as a distributor, is for the purpose of the bylaws a woodworking machinery distributor. Machinery, as described herein, is defined as excluding tooling, supplies, hand tool and machines portable by hand. Any such woodworking machinery distributor, having been engaged in the distribution of woodworking machinery for at least three years prior to the submission of its application, is eligible for Active membership provided, however, if the applicant shall not meet this requirement but the principal or principals of the applicant shall have five consecutive years of employment in the industry, then the applicant shall be eligible for membership in the Association. For the purposes hereof, “principal” shall be a person having an ownership interest in the applicant entity and active in the day-to-day operations of the applicant.
Annual Dues: $600
Any firm, corporation, partnership or individual whose primary business is importing new industrial woodworking machinery and ancillary equipment, for the purpose of resale, for his or its own account, for the purpose of the bylaws, is a woodworking machinery importer. Any such woodworking machinery importer, having been engaged in the importation of woodworking machinery for at least three years prior to the submission of its application, is eligible for Active membership provided, however, that if the applicant shall not meet this requirement but the principal or principals of the applicant shall have five consecutive years of employment in the industry, then the applicant shall be eligible for membership in the Association. For the purposes hereof, “principal” shall be a person having an ownership interest in the applicant entity and active in the day-to-day operations of the applicants.
Annual Dues: $600
Any firm, corporation, partnership or individual whose primary activities and specialized services support the Association’s basic purposes and who has been in business for a period of three or more years and render specialized services to the Association and/or its members and the industry they represent, and who meet the criteria established by the Board of Directors may be proposed for Associate Membership. Any applicant who is not eligible for active membership because it does not meet the years in business requirement of Article lll, §1 or Article lll, §6 shall be eligible for Associate Membership. Associate membership shall include, but is not limited to, law and accounting firms, trade publications, banks, finance, data processing, and public relations/advertising companies, and management consultants. Associate membership shall not be entitled to vote, nor shall their representative by entitled to hold office.
Annual Dues: $100
Educational Institutions that have an accredited woodworking curriculum may also apply for Associate membership. Employees, consultants, or either individuals affiliated with educational institutions shall not be eligible for membership, but may be designated as the educational institution’s representative to WMIA.
How to Apply
Fill out this application and return the application, check and additional documents to:
27 Main St. Suite One
New Milford, CT 06776
Upon receipt and approval of an application as provided by the procedures stated in the bylaws the applicant may become a member of WMIA. It is understood that the application fee and the first year's dues shall accompany this application; both are refundable if the application is rejected.