Chairman of the Board’s Message: Send ‘Em to Camp! The WMIA-sponsored Wood Technology Industry Institute (WTII) Boot Camp, held at Pittsburg State University in Pittsburg, KS, is an overview of how a real shop runs, and it’s one of the most valuable benefits that WMIA offers its members. As the next session of the Boot Camp, to be held January 8-12, 2018, nears, WMIA Chairman of the Board Dave Rakauskas shares his thoughts on the value of the program for Association members and the industry.
Read more of Dave’s message.
Say Aloha to WIC 2018: Registration now open!! The annual Woodworking Industry Conference (WIC), held in partnership with WMMA, is always a tremendously valuable and enjoyable experience, providing countless opportunities for networking, business development, and education. WIC 2018 will be held May 1-4, 2018, at the Hyatt Regency Maui Resort & Spa in Maui, Hawaii, and registration is now open!! 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, 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!!
National Affairs Update: Administration, Lawmakers Said To Be Making Progress On Tax Reform Plan: Last week, Politico reported President Trump’s “top aides and congressional leaders have made significant strides in shaping a tax overhaul.” According to several sources, “there is broad consensus…on some of the best ways to pay for cutting both the individual and corporate tax rates.” At the same time, the White House, Treasury Department, and congressional leaders “also have yet to resolve major philosophical questions, like whether a tax bill should add to the deficit and whether any tax cuts should be permanent, among other questions.” Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said last Tuesday that tax legislation is “the president’s highest focus.” (Obviously, given the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, some priority has shifted to disaster relief.)
CNBC reported Daniel Clifton, head of policy research at Strategas Research Partners, “said he believes there has been progress made towards a tax plan, with more advances made on corporate taxes than on individual taxes.” The group working on the tax plan includes House and Senate leaders, “as well as Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and White House economic adviser Gary Cohn.” Clifton also “said it’s unlikely a tax plan would be presented before October because Congress needs to approve a budget and raise the U.S. debt ceiling before the end of September.
If you’d like to participate on WMIA’s National Affairs Task Force, or attend the legislative fly-in with WMMA in Washington, DC, February 27-March 1, 2018, please contact Task Force Chair Volker Schmitz at email@example.com.
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.
Jax Bailey, Prince George, BC, Canada: I was born and raised in Prince George, BC, which is a city heavily dependent on the Forest Industry. I am a registered apprentice with ITA and I am currently working towards my Red Seal Certification in Carpentry which includes earning hours on the job and 4 levels of schooling. I was able to complete my foundation (Level 1 training) during grade 12 as part of the CTC program and I successfully completed level 2 at the College of New Caledonia the fall of 2016. My grandfather had his trade in cabinet making and later become a home builder and he is the one who sparked my love of woodworking, quality, and craftsmanship. In the fall of 2017, I will continue my education at the University of Northern British Columbia to complete requirements towards earning my Bachelor of Education; where I am working towards becoming a shop and history teacher. I am grateful and honored for the support received from WMIA as I work towards furthering my education within the wood industry and I look forward to sharing my passion for woodworking with future students.
Andrea Berthold, Seattle, WA: Andrea Berthold is a carpentry student at Seattle Central College’s Wood Technology Center (WTC). Born and raised outside Chicago, Andrea moved to the Pacific Northwest 15 years ago and quickly fell in love with giant trees, water views, and the area’s many cute cabins and homes. After a long career in retail that includes currently owning and operating a shoe store, she is looking for a very different challenge. Her schooling is the foundation upon which she will build a second successful career where she can use the physical and mental skills she is currently refining at the WTC. Many thanks to the WMIA Educational Foundation for supporting Andrea’s education in the woodworking industry.
Amanda Bjornstrom, Bellevue, WA: Amanda Bjornstrom is a carpentry student at Seattle Central College’s Wood Technology Center. Her interest in building began early on in life, but she didn’t truly begin exploring it as a career option until after she realized that her previous college degree was not taking her anywhere where she wanted to be. Going back to school for carpentry has been one of the best decisions she has ever made and she is excited to be finally doing something that she loves. This is her second year receiving a scholarship from the WMIA Educational Foundation, and she is grateful for their continued support of her educational pursuits.
WMIA Welcomes New Members: WMIA would like to welcome four companies which recently joined the Association as members. We look forward to your involvement in the Association!
Joulin, located in Hickory, NC, recently joined as a new Importer member. Since its formation 50 years ago, Joulin has dealt with wood stacking/destacking applications. Through the years, experience was gained in various vacuum techniques and technologies now unique to the industry. The design and development of solutions with larger, higher capacity gripping surfaces and lower vacuum levels allows Joulin to overcome many of the shortcomings of standard vacuum solutions. Joulin is the only company to offer everything from single grippers to complete turn-key gantry robots. For more information, visit Joulin’s website at http://www.joulinna.com/.
KLC Financial, Inc., a premier finance company founded in 1987, recently become an Associate member. Headquartered in Minneapolis-St. Paul, KLC leases and finances capital equipment and assets for businesses nationwide, across industries as diverse as healthcare, manufacturing, high tech, transportation, hospitality, construction, and more. Since the company’s inception, KLC has emerged as a market leader by providing leasing and financing solutions valued from $3,000 to over $3,000,000; solutions that enable companies of all kinds to acquire the equipment, software and other business assets they need to grow. As a truly independent financing company, KLC’s specialty is flexible, creative, custom solutions that support businesses that don’t easily fit the typical bank or finance company models. For more information, visit KLC’s website at http://klcfinancial.com/.
Viking Machinery Sales, located in Waupaca, WI, recently joined WMIA as a Distributor member. From the very beginning Viking Machinery has offered the latest in technology for the woodworking industry. Today we are able to offer representation of the most cutting edge manufacturers in the world. Founded in 1960 in Rockford, IL, the company served primarily the woodworking industry for new and used machinery, tooling and consultation services in Illinois, Iowa, Wisconsin, and Minnesota. In 1976 Michael Weinig was interested in setting up an agent network in the United States and chose Viking Machinery as one of the first agencies to promote and sell their line of moulders. Viking soon became one of Weinig’s top agencies and to this day is a certified Weinig Group Agency. For more information, visit Viking’s website at http://www.vikingmachinery.com/.
WI Media Inc., located in Caledon, Ontario, Canada, recently joined WMIA as an Associate member. WI Media publishes Wood Industry magazine, for the secondary wood products manufacturing and marketing industries in Canada, and also operates the online hub, http://www.woodindustry.ca. Wood Industry, whose tagline is, “the business side of woodworking,” is known both for covering industry news and providing cogent commentary on the industry at large. For more information, visit http://www.woodindustry.ca.
Member Profile: SNX Technologies: Most people wouldn’t consider opening a business during an economic downturn to be a prudent idea, especially amid one of the worst recessions in U.S. history. Then again, most people aren’t like Craig Sexton and his partner Mike Noelting. As lifelong machine tool professionals, they had seen their share of business swings over the years. The pair was confident that opportunities still existed–though different ones–as the Great Recession began to take hold in 2008. And that’s how SNX Technologies came to existence.
Read more of this issue’s member profile.
Member Spotlight: Mike Noelting/Craig Sexton, SNX Technologies: Mike Noelting and Craig Sexton each came into the woodworking machine tool industry from different paths, but in 2008, the pair left their high-level positions and opened the doors on their current business, SNX Technologies, in Sauk Rapids, Minnesota. The first four years in business at SNX selling used machinery during the Great Recession was not exactly what either of the two co-owners had expected, but they reinvented themselves as they went and made a prosperous business out of it. Today, their business is extremely busy selling new machinery and supplies to the markets they serve. But now, SNX Technologies’ future is bright. The co-owners have a 10-year plan in place to grow the product lines further for the markets they serve. Not bad for a start-up company challenged to succeed during a downturn economy,
Read more of this spotlight article on Noelting and Sexton.
Upcoming Dates on the Horizon:
- October 6, 2017: Manufacturing Day
- November 2-4, 2017: Woodworking Machinery & Supply Fair (WMS), Toronto, ON, Canada
- 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, Hawaii
- August 22-25, 2018: International Woodworking Fair (IWF) 2018, Atlanta, Georgia
- April 2-5, 2019: 2019 Woodworking Industry Conference (WIC), Amelia Island, Florida