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.
WMIA offers its members a diverse menu of benefits befitting the diverse needs of importers and distributors, including:
Woodworking Industry Conference (WIC)
This “One Industry Conference,” of which WMIA is a founder and co-sponsor, brings together members of WMIA, WMMA, and other allied wood industry associations. WIC offers business development, networking, education, and the discussion of industry-wide issues. WMIA members, their spouses, and family members receive discounted registration rates.
International Woodworking Fair (IWF)
WMIA is a co-owner of the biennial International Woodworking Fair (IWF), the largest woodworking machinery and supply show in North America, and the second largest in the world. IWF is held in even years in Atlanta, Georgia, and it is part of the Association’s mission to keep members and their customers informed about the latest advances in the international and domestic marketplace. WMIA members receive a 20 percent discount on exhibit booth space.
The costs of operating a business can be tremendously high, and oftentimes it’s difficult to find reliable vendors to provide the services you need. WMIA offers its members discounts on programs and services that can make a difference to your company’s bottom line, its marketing and communications efforts, even employee recruitment and retention. Current discount programs include:
- Health, dental, and vision insurance;
- Insurance (property and casualty, financial services and executive liability, and personal insurance);
- Credit card processing services;
- Website design, SEO, content marketing, online advertising, social media, and video marketing services; and
- Office supplies and equipment
WTII Boot Camp
WMIA sponsors the Wood Technology Industry Institute (WTII) Boot Camp, held twice each year at Pittsburg State University in Kansas. Boot Camp is a unique project-based program that provides an exposure level curriculum and a hands-on approach to several of the industry’s fundamental wood processing applications, and the machinery used in those manufacturing processes. Perfect for new members of your sales, marketing, or executive team! WMIA members can register participants at significantly discounted rates.
Outreach to Technicians
We hear from so many of our member companies that they are in need of technicians to assist customers and service machines. WMIA’s new outreach campaign is designed to raise awareness of the woodworking industry to students in technical programs in colleges and technical schools, as well as the Veterans’ Administration, targeting those leaving the military with the skills they need as technicians. WMIA members can have their job listings posted for free at www.wmia.org/tech-job-listings/.
Networking and Information Exchange
Whether at the Woodworking Industry Conference or an industry trade show, or virtually, WMIA provides multiple opportunities for its members to interact, share information, and discuss issues of concern to the industry. Specifically targeted online and in-person Distributor Forums will allow for collective problem solving and idea exchange.
Promotion of/Advocacy for the Industry
Through its marketing and awards programs, WMIA strives to emphasize the value that investing in new equipment and technology can have on your customers’ bottom line. The U.S. Technical Advisory Group (TAG) represents the interests of the woodworking machinery industry before the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) in the development of safety standards for woodworking machines, and the Association’s National Affairs Task Force helps keep members apprised of relevant legislative action, and advocates on the industry’s behalf on the local, state, and national level.
Through its monthly newsletter, social media feeds, redesigned website, and email updates. WMIA strives to keep you in the loop about pertinent Association, industry, and member news.
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.
Annual Dues: $300
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 one year 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 one year 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 activities and specialized services support the Association’s basic purposes, or who does not meet the criteria of Importer or Distributor membership, who has been in business for a period of one or more years and renders 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 members shall not be entitled to vote, except with respect to the election of an Associate Member representative on the WMIA Board of Directors. Further, no more than one Associate Member may be represented on the Association’s Board of Directors at any one time.
Annual Dues: $200
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.
Complete and return the membership application, along with your check and additional documents, to:
225 Reinekers Lane, Suite 410
Alexandria, VA 22314
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 first year’s dues shall accompany this application; both are refundable if the application is rejected.