Chairman of the Board’s Message: Time to Say Thanks: At the upcoming Woodworking Industry Conference (WIC) in Palm Springs, CA next week, Scott Mueller’s term as Chairman of the Board of WMIA will come to an end. As he looks toward turning over the chairmanship to Dave Rakauskas, and assuming the position of Chairman Emeritus on WMIA’s Board of Directors, he looks back at the Association’s accomplishments and shares some closing thoughts, and thanks those with whom he has worked over the last two years.
Read more of Scott Mueller’s message.
Don’t Miss Out on the Next Session of Boot Camp! For the past several years, WMIA has been proud to sponsor the Wood Technology Industry Institute’s (WTII) Boot Camp at Pittsburg State University. We’ve heard from a number of members that the Boot Camp is a tremendously useful program, and the discount is one of the more valuable member benefits WMIA offers. The sixth session of the WTII Boot Camp will be held May 15-19, 2017, so register your team now to be sure they’re included! For more information, or to register, visit http://wtii.net/.
IWF Contributes $25K to the Manufacturing Industry Learning Lab: The International Woodworking Fair® (IWF) announced earlier this month that on behalf of their owners and sponsors the Wood Machinery Manufacturers of America (WMMA) and the Woodworking Machinery Industry Association (WMIA), IWF has made a $25,000 donation to the Manufacturing Industry Learning Lab (MILL). Based in Colorado, the MILL educates the next generation of manufacturing leaders and pioneers to apply science to life’s common purposes in transformative and world-changing ways.
WMIA Welcomes New Members: WMIA would like to welcome seven companies which recently joined the Association as members. We look forward to seeing many of you at WIC 2017 in Palm Springs!
Advantage Machinery Sales is a new Distributor member located in Maple Grove, MN. Advantage Machinery provides solutions for the woodworking, plastic, and composite industries. Their staff covers Minnesota, Iowa, North Dakota, South Dakota, NE Nebraska, and NW Wisconsin areas. For more information, visit their website at http://advantagemachineryonline.com/.
D.S. Brown Machinery, Inc. is a new Distributor member located in Winchester, VA. Formed in 1996, D.S. Brown Machinery is the local representative in the Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, Delaware, and Washington, DC areas for many well-known manufacturers including the Stiles family of machinery, as well as Striebig vertical panel saws, Conquest line boring machines, and TigerStop. For more information, visit their website at http://www.dsbrownmachinery.com/.
High Tech Industries is a new Distributor member located in Vero Beach, FL. For almost 30 years they have served the Florida woodworking industry with a focus on improving profitability by reducing labor costs and improving workflow from manufacture to assembly and shipping. High Tech can supply complete turnkey systems from design to sourcing and implementing the new process from raw material to finished product, and provide parts and service on any type of equipment. For more information, visit their website at https://hightech-industries.com/.
Lab Designs Laminate is a new Associate member located in Mt. Airy, NC. Lab Designs™ has taken the best patterns available worldwide and combined them with their own fresh new designs, colors, and textures to create the first high-end laminate collections without the high-end price. With over 400 patterns available, from abstract, wood, and solid color laminates, there’s plenty of looks to choose from. For more information, visit their website at http://www.labdesignlaminate.com/.
Laser Products Industries is a new Associate member located in Romeoville, IL. Laser Products Industries was founded in 1994. Since then, they have focused on designing, building, and supplying lasers to identify and gather job site job conditions. Once gathered, this information can be used to accurately fabricate finished products to match. While their industry focus began in the flooring and construction industries, it has shifted towards the countertop and millwork industries. For more information, visit their website at http://laserproductsus.com.
Machinio Corp. is a new Associate member located in Chicago, IL. Machinio is a global search engine for finding used machinery and equipment. Their comprehensive database contains more active machinery listings than any other website. Over 475,000 interested machinery buyers from 190 countries visit Machinio.com each month, making it the #1 online resource for finding machinery. (Be on the lookout after WIC for a new member benefit offering from Machinio.) For more information, visit their website at https://www.machinio.com/.
Willow Creek Tool Sales, Inc. is a new Distributor member located in Willow Creek, MT. They provide quality tools and machinery. For more information, visit their website at http://willowcreektool.com/.
Member Profile: Masengill Machinery Co., Inc.: “We are a machinery dealer,” stated Wayne Masengill, owner of Masengill Machinery Co., Inc. He is proud to say, “We’ve been in business since 1963 selling new and used equipment and we are one of the Southeast’s largest reconditioners and warehousers of used machinery.” The company is located in Morristown, Tennessee with a 50,000-square-foot warehouse and another warehouse nearby where additional machines and parts are stored.
Read more of this issue’s member profile.
Member Spotlight: Wayne Masengill, Masengill Machinery Co., Inc.: For Wayne Masengill, president/owner of Masengill Machinery Co., Inc., it all began in 1963 when Bill Masengill, Wayne’s father, worked for his father-in-law, Arlie Walters, who owned Walters Equipment Company. This opened the door for young Wayne to hang around and clean the shop when he was only 10. “I was just like most other SOBs, Son of Bosses, or in my case, Son of Bill,” laughed Masengill.
He doesn’t foresee a time when he stops working. He said, “I don’t see myself retiring, I just want to work on my own schedule.” Read more of this spotlight article on Masengill.
Upcoming Dates on the Horizon:
- May 15-19, 2017: WTII Boot Camp, Pittsburg, Kansas
- May 22-26, 2017: LIGNA 2017, Hannover, Germany
- July 19-22, 2017: AWFS Fair, Las Vegas, Nevada
- November 2-4, 2017: Woodworking Machinery & Supply Fair (WMS), Toronto, ON, Canada
- May 1-4, 2018: 2018 Woodworking Industry Conference (WIC), Maui, Hawaii
- August 22-25, 2018: International Woodworking Fair (IWF) 2018, Atlanta, Georgia
- April 2-5, 2019: 2019 Woodworking Industry Conference (WIC), Amelia Island, Florida