Chairman of the Board’s Message: Looking Back and Looking Ahead: The past year was an exciting one for WMIA and our industry. The Association recruited 24 new members, convened a successful Woodworking Industry Conference (WIC) in Palm Springs with our partners at WMMA, worked with the IWF Management Committee to be able to offer exclusive Qualified Distributor Program benefits to Association members at IWF 2018, and the Education Foundation awarded $30,000 in scholarships, among other accomplishments. WMIA Chairman of the Board Dave Rakauskas shares some of the highlights of the past year, and looks ahead to the Association’s plans for 2018.
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Connect with Machinery Importers, Distributors, Manufacturers, Suppliers, and Educators at WIC 2018: We’re a little more than three months away from WIC 2018, to be held May 1-4, 2018, at the Hyatt Regency Maui Resort & Spa in Maui, Hawaii, and whether you’re looking to expand your distributor network, identify new machine lines to sell, or understand what is on the horizon in the industry, WIC provides the perfect forum, in a relaxed, non-competitive setting.
Registration is open, and we also suggest you make your hotel reservations soon—the special conference rate is good for three days prior and three days following the conference, as long as rooms are available! (Please note: Given the number of people planning to arrive at the hotel prior to WIC and/or stay after, we often have to add more rooms to our block. If you experience any difficulties booking a room, or if the hotel website says rooms aren’t available on a particular day from April 28-May 8, there are still rooms available. Please contact Larry Hoffer ASAP, and he’ll contact the hotel.)
Check out the conference website for information about the schedule, speakers, contact tables, and optional activities, including golf and volleyball tournaments, a tour to Maui Tropical Plantation, a Lahaina Shopping Shuttle trip for spouses, and the annual 5K Run/Walk. Plan to join us, and you’ll say “Mahalo” that you did!!
Demonstrate Your Commitment to the Wood Industry: Become a WIC Sponsor: While the features of WIC 2018 and the benefits of attending are listed above, we’re pleased to offer you the opportunity to demonstrate your company’s support of the wood industry by serving as a WIC sponsor. There are numerous opportunities available which will give your company terrific visibility leading up to and during the conference, and certain opportunities will even allow you to briefly address WIC attendees and share information on your company.
If you’re interested in raising your company’s visibility and conveying your support of the conference, the industry, and both WMIA and WMMA, please review the sponsorship opportunities flyer to see what is available, or contact Larry Hoffer at email@example.com or 571-279-8341 for more information.
WMIA Committee Members Wanted: Interested in getting more involved in the Association and its activities? WMIA’s Education and Member Services Committees are in need of new members.
The Education Committee, chaired by Chris Hofmann of Colonial Saw Company, Inc., is responsible for reviewing the applications for WMIA scholarships as well as nominations for the Educator of the Year Wooden Globe Award. Additionally, the Committee provides guidance on other educational activities and outreach. The Member Services Committee, chaired by John Henderson of John Henderson and Company, works with the WMIA Board and staff on strategies to recruit new members and retain existing members, and provides suggestions for new member benefits and programs, as well as how the Association can continue increasing membership value.
If you’re interested in serving on either of these committees, or want more information, contact Larry Hoffer at firstname.lastname@example.org or 571-279-8341.
Meet More Lucky Scholarship Winners: As reported in previous issues of WMIA News, WMIA’s Educational Foundation awarded scholarships to 23 students in 2017.We’ll continue introducing you to some of the winners in subsequent issues.
Jake Czaja, New England School of Architectural Woodworking, Cummington, MA: My childhood was spent growing up around Chicago and having my eyes glued to a television or computer screen. Not by coincidence did I start working on farms in my late teens into my early twenties. I still remember the first tree that I cut down on the farm. It got stuck on its way down in another tree’s canopy. To this day, I am still learning. I am currently enrolled at NESAW and I look forward to solving problems and working with the grain of the wood.
Steven Daniszewski, Morrisville State College, Rochester, NY: Steven Daniszewski was interested in tools and nature at a young age, learning from his brothers how to handle a hammer and helped build rudimentary objects and forts, or small toys for his sister. Family camping trips and his grandparents’ garden instilled a deep appreciation for nature, especially forests. He began to take a deeper interest in woodworking at the beginning of high school, and enrolled in a variety of AP, IB, and college-credit STEM courses throughout high school, helping shape his plans for the future. He is currently attending Morrisville State College for Wood Products Technology.
Christopher Deady, New England School of Architectural Woodworking, South Hadley, MA: My education to date has been in public and parochial schools. I’m currently attending the New England School of Architectural Woodworking. I like ice hockey, softball, snowboarding, and rock climbing to name a few, and enjoy staying physically active. I’m a people person and do well interacting on an individual level as well as with large groups of people. I take pride in my work and pay close attention to detail with my goal being to someday operate my own woodworking business.
WMIA Welcomes New Members: WMIA would like to welcome three companies which recently joined the Association as members. We look forward to your involvement in the Association!
Hendrick Manufacturing Corporation, located in Salem, MA, recently joined WMIA as an Importer member. Hendrick has been in operation since 1952. For over 65 years, Hendrick has been working alongside innovative companies that are growing our nation’s economy and providing exceptional products to consumers. Since the company’s inception, Hendrick has prided itself on providing world-class, high-quality saws and routers that make production faster, safer, and more precise. For more information, visit their website at https://www.hendrickmanufacturing.com.
MachineryMax, Inc., located in Tracy, CA, recently joined WMIA as an Associate member. MachineryMax.com is the innovative web auction dedicated to expanding the options available buyers and sellers of machinery by providing a cost effective, seller-managed auction solution. In the past, consumers had limited options available to buy and sell machinery, but they’ve simplified the auction transaction by putting the control in your hands — no longer will you ask yourself if money was left on the table. For more information, visit their website at http://machinerymax.com.
Taurus Craco Machinery, Inc., located in Brampton, ON, Canada, recently joined WMIA as a Distributor member. Since its formation in 1994, Taurus Craco has built an experienced team of industrial machinery professionals who bring you the high level of competence you need when making your machinery buying decisions. They serve the woodworking, composites, and specialty metals sector in Central & Eastern Canada, and have recently expanded to offer stone machinery to the stone and granite industry. For more information, visit their website at http://www.tauruscraco.com.
National, State Legislators Visit Schmalz, Weinig: Over the last several months, both U.S. and state legislators have paid visits to WMIA members Schmalz Inc. and Weinig/Holz-Her. More than simply an opportunity to introduce them to machines, both companies took the opportunity to address and engage them on issues of concern to the industry with their visitors. In the fall, U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) visited Schmalz Inc., and participated in discussions on workforce development and manufacturing in North Carolina.
Legislators visited Weinig on three separate occasions between July 2017 and January 2018. In July, Weinig hosted U.S. Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) and NC House Rep. Rena Turner to discuss potential concerns specific to foreign companies importing manufacturing equipment into the U.S., as well as education and ideas to close the skills gap in manufacturing. In October, the company hosted several local legislators and education leaders at a meeting specifically called to discuss the skills gap in wood manufacturing and propose steps that could be taken locally to close that gap. Then, earlier this month, the company hosted North Carolina Lt. Governor Dan Forest. Weinig wanted to know of upcoming state legislation that could affect their business as a foreign manufacturer offering manufacturing solutions to North Carolina. They also discussed education with the Lt. Governor and what could be done to close the skills gap.
August Housing Report: Virginia Tech, Virginia Cooperative Extension, in conjunction with the U.S. Forest Service, produces a monthly housing report. These reports contain in-depth data and comments on the U.S. housing market and are intended to help gauge future business activity. You can view Part 1, the main report, and Part 2, the economic conditions.
Upcoming Dates on the Horizon:
- March 27-29, 2018: Cabinets & Closets Expo 2018, Pasadena, CA
- May 1-4, 2018: 2018 Woodworking Industry Conference (WIC), Maui, HI
- May 14-18, 2018: Wood Technology Industry Institute (WTII) Boot Camp, Pittsburg, KS
- August 22-25, 2018: International Woodworking Fair (IWF) 2018, Atlanta, GA
- April 2-5, 2019: 2019 Woodworking Industry Conference (WIC), Amelia Island, FL
- July 17-20, 2019: 2019 AWFS Fair, Las Vegas, NV
- May 4-8, 2020: 2020 Woodworking Industry Conference (WIC), Isle of Palms, SC
- 1.WMIA News – August 2017
- 2.Member Profile: Atlantic Machinery (October/November 2017)
- 3.Member Spotlight: Riccardo Azzoni, Atlantic Machinery (October/November 2017)
- 4.President’s Message: October/November 2017
- 5.WMIA News: October/November 2017
- 6.Chairman of the Board’s Message – January 2018
- 7.WMIA News: January 2018