President’s Message: Why WIC? The annual Woodworking Industry Conference (WIC) is rated as one of the most valuable benefits WMIA offers its members. While next year’s Hawaii location is certainly appealing, you may be wondering (or your boss may be wondering) if WIC is just one giant vacation. The fact is, that couldn’t be further from the truth. There’s honestly no better place to spend a few days networking and building connections with many of the industry’s importers, distributors, manufacturers, and suppliers, than WIC. WMIA President Larry Hoffer offers his thoughts on the value of WIC, and shares some highlights of WIC 2018 in Maui, Hawaii.
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Speaking of WIC…are you registered yet?? We’re a little less than six months away from WIC 2018, to be held May 1-4, 2018, at the Hyatt Regency Maui Resort & Spa in Maui, Hawaii. Registration is now 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!
Check out the conference website for information about the schedule, which is slightly revised from previous WICs (dinners will be held Tuesday-Thursday nights, and the conference will end with the WMIA and WMMA Board meetings before noon on Friday). You’ll also learn about optional events during the conference (including golf and volleyball tournaments, a tour to Maui Tropical Plantation, a Lahaina Shopping Shuttle trip for spouses, and the annual 5K Run/Walk), contact tables, and more. Plan to join us, and you’ll say “Mahalo” that you did!!
Recognize a Worthy Customer or Educator: 2018 Wooden Globe Award Nominations Open: Every year, the WMIA honors excellence among woodworking companies by presenting the annual Wooden Globe Awards. WMIA members nominate their customers, and awards are presented in three categories: Innovator, Educator, and Commitment to Excellence through Technology. The Wooden Globe Awards are a tremendous example to your customers and the trade press about the impact investing in new equipment and technology can have on their bottom line, and also demonstrates the effectiveness of education in the woodworking technology field.
Nominations for the 2018 cycle are due December 1, 2017. WMIA will cover the costs of travel to WIC 2018 and two nights’ hotel expenses for the award winner and their significant other; WMIA will also cover the WIC registration fee and travel expenses for the nominators of the winning entries. You can review the awards criteria to see how WMIA’s Marketing Committee evaluates nominees, and when you’re ready to submit your nomination, download the entry form. Contact Jeff Linder at firstname.lastname@example.org or 571-279-8342 for more information.
Distributor Members Gather in Chicago: In early October, 19 of WMIA’s Distributor members gathered in Chicago for a day-long, face-to-face Distributor Forum. (While Distributor members meet for a casual discussion during WIC, this was the first time a stand-alone meeting was held.) Members spent the day discussing issues of importance to distributors, as well as brainstorming with WMIA leadership and staff on how the Association can continue to increase member value for this segment of members.
Distributor members have requested that future forums include both educational and networking components. There will be a brief meeting of Distributor members in Hawaii on Wednesday, May 2, 2018, during WIC 2018, and another full-day meeting will be scheduled for early fall 2018, in a location which will enable a majority of members to fly in and out in one day. Information on both meetings will follow.
Meet More Lucky Scholarship Winners: As reported in last month’s issue of WMIA News, WMIA’s Educational Foundation awarded scholarships to 23 students this year.We’ll continue introducing you to some of the winners in subsequent issues.
Myriam Lefebvre, Sherbrooke, QC, Canada: Myriam Lefebvre grew up in Sherbrooke, QC. She completed a Diploma of College Studies in classical music—violin, an instrument she had played since she was 12 years old. She then began pursuing a certificate in Modern Languages and a certificate in Psychology at the University of Sherbrooke, but she didn’t feel this was the right path for her. With the help of a guidance counselor, she began exploring trades which might interest her, and involve fewer years of study. Cabinetmaking caught her interest, so on a whim, she applied to l’École Nationale du Meuble et d’Ébénisterie (ENME) in Victoriaville. Now, with the first two years of her training in furniture and cabinetmaking completed, she can say with happiness that she finally found the field that excites her, in which she can blossom to her full potential.
Pier-Anne Mercier-Tremblay, Montreal, QC, Canada: Pier-Anne Mercier-Tremblay graduated in 2011 from Concordia University in Montreal with a BFA in sculpture. She is currently studying woodworking at École Nationale du Meuble et de l’Ébénisterie (ENME) in Montreal. She is president of her school’s health and safety student committee and recipient of one of the 2017 Chapeau les Filles! prizes awarded by the government of Quebec for women in traditionally male dominated occupations. In the future, she hopes to be able to merge her knowledge of design and fine arts with the preciseness and technicality of woodworking. With the support of the WMIA Educational Foundation she looks forward to many rewarding years in the woodworking industry.
WMIA Welcomes New Members: WMIA would like to welcome five companies which recently joined the Association as members. We look forward to your involvement in the Association!
Centex Automation, located in Nacogdoches, TX, recently joined as a new Distributor member. The company was founded in 2007 with one simple mission: to provide expert, knowledgeable advice and solutions for our customers’ manufacturing needs, using new and used woodworking machinery, on a cost-competitive basis. Centex Automation is a company made up of professionals who have spent the majority of their working lives doing exactly what you do, and most of us have worked in multiple capacities throughout our years in these industries. For more information, visit their website at http://centexautomation.net/.
Machinery Associates, Inc., located in Hudson, NH, recently rejoined WMIA as a Distributor member. In 2009, Gary and Deborah Carney created their company’s new website. It was created with the intention of making a more efficient and easier place to buy and sell your machinery on the web. Gary, having spent time in his own cabinet shop, had experience with online shopping from the buyer’s perspective and knew what he wanted to do to make it a better experience. Their goal is to keep updating their systems, making things easier for the shop owners who hope to find a machine quickly, and quickly get back to work! For more information, visit https://www.machineryassociates.com/.
Panel/Wood Machinery, Inc., located in Cherry Hill, NJ, recently joined WMIA as a Distributor member. Celebrating their 26th year in business, since 1991, Panel/Wood Machinery has been committed to providing their customers with the values they founded the company on, and what are still their core principles to this day: providing state-of-the-art, high-quality woodworking machinery and systems; providing unsurpassed local technical support and customer service; and demonstrating an ongoing commitment to improve their customers’ productivity and profitability. For more information, visit Panel/Wood Machinery’s website at http://panelwood.com/index.html.
Preston Machinery, LLC, located in Allegan, MI, recently joined WMIA as a Distributor member. They specialize in dust collectors and air compressors, and provide services as diverse as material handling, engineering, and installation. They have built a strong foundation in the woodworking industry as a service/maintenance-based company, and pride themselves on their quality of work and reputation in the industry. And even though they’re located in the midwest, they provide service visits nationwide! For more information, visit their website at https://www.prestonmachineryllc.com/.
Vision Machinery, Inc., located in Sacramento, CA, recently joined WMIA as a Distributor member. They are an independent representative for an elite class of machinery, tooling and related equipment manufacturers, and they pride themselves on only representing the best manufacturers that lead their fields in quality, service, and innovation. They combined our knowledge and resources to successfully integrate their machinery solutions into many industries including aluminum, composites, glass, plastics, stone, and wood. For more information, visit their website at http://visionmachineryinc.com/.
Member Profile: Atlantic Machinery Corporation: In 1980, Riccardo Azzoni was approached by a friend who had invested in an Italian company that manufactured do-it-yourself woodworking machines. They were looking for an entry into the United States market. The company, Zinken Italiana, manufactured a five-in-one combination machine and was targeting the DIY market. Zinken invited Azzoni to the IWF show to help them introduce the line. During the show, Zinken and ACIMALL donated a machine to then-President Carter, an avid woodworker himself. The publicity was tremendous, and the inflow of leads followed suit. And thus started the journey toward the birth of Atlantic Machinery.
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Member Spotlight: Ricardo Azzoni, Atlantic Machinery Corporation: “I will continue to stay a WMIA member because I believe it is a fantastic organization. I have always loved that the Association came from nothing in the late 1970s and early 1980s with little money, to today, where it is a giant in the industry. Look at all of things that WMIA is doing, like Boot Camp and so much more. These are tremendous advancements and they continue through today and on into the future,” Azzoni said. “I have always told people that if they are a distributor, importer, or any type of representative to the industry they should belong to the WMIA because it is the source of knowledge like no other.”
Read more of this spotlight article on Azzoni.
August Housing Report: Virginia Tech, Virginia Cooperative Extension in conjunction with the U.S. Forest Service, produce 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:
- January 8-12. 2018: Wood Technology Industry Institute (WTII) Boot Camp, Pittsburg, KS
- March 27-29, 2018: Cabinets & Closets Expo 2018, Pasadena, CA
- May 1-4, 2018: 2018 Woodworking Industry Conference (WIC), Maui, HI
- 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
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