About WMIA

Who We Are

Since 1978, the Woodworking Machinery Industry Association (WMIA) has represented importers and distributors of woodworking machinery and ancillary equipment in North America. WMIA is the recognized voice of importers and distributors, and serves as a vital communications link between suppliers and manufacturers of wood products in North America.

Members include companies which import and distribute industrial woodworking machinery, as well as suppliers, tooling companies, manufacturers, and those companies, educational institutions, and organizations supporting the industry. WMIA members offer equipment, technologies, and services which enable North American companies to compete profitably. The Association also helps to link equipment manufacturers with U.S. importers and distributors.

Our Mission

The mission of the Woodworking Machinery Industry Association (WMIA) is to establish a platform for its members to network and present the best global technology, services, and information to the North American marketplace.

What We Do

WMIA advocates both for the industry and its members in a number of ways, including:

  • International Woodworking Fair (IWF): Together with the Wood Machinery Manufacturers of America (WMMA), WMIA is a joint venture partner in the biennial International Woodworking Fair (IWF). IWF is the largest woodworking machinery and supply show in North America and the second largest in the world. It is held in even-numbered years in Atlanta. As a co-sponsor of IWF, it is part of WMIA’s mission to keep members and their customers informed about the latest in the international and domestic marketplace.
  • Woodworking Industry Conference (WIC): WMIA and WMMA co-sponsor the annual Woodworking Industry Conference, which brings together members of both associations along with members of other allied wood industry associations. WIC offers several days of business development, networking opportunities, education, and the discussion of industry-wide issues.
  • Ensuring the Future of the Industry: Through its Educational Foundation, WMIA provides scholarships to college and high school students to assist them with continuing their woodworking industry education, awarding nearly $450,000 to date. WMIA also recently launched an outreach campaign to help members identify and recruit technicians to assist customers and service machines.
  • Setting the Standards: WMIA has been working with the International Organization on Standardization (ISO) and the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), to harmonize international standards for woodworking machinery. As the administrator of the U.S. Technical Advisory Group, we have the ability to participate in and influence the development of standards at a global level and make sure that the needs of the U.S. marketplace are represented internationally.
  • Recognizing the Best: WMIA recognizes industry leaders with its Wooden Globe Award program, saluting the Innovator and the Educator of the  Year, as well as the strongest demonstration of a commitment to excellence through technology.

History of WMIA

WMIA was founded in 1978 by seven visionaries who wanted to make the North American woodworking industry more productive and globally competitive. The founding members of the WMIA were Edwin Bass (Holz Machinery Corp.), Richard Byrnes, Sr. (Richard T. Byrnes Co.), Alvin Corenblum (Woodworking Machinery Imports), Roger Criau (Danckaert Woodworking Machinery Co.), Edward Joel (Allwood Machinery, formally Amersaag), Peter Kleinschmidt (Stiles Machinery Co.), and Bert Lewyn (Lewyn Machinery).

In 1980, these leaders organized and launched the World Woodworking Expo, a trade show created to showcase its members and their imported woodworking machinery. In 1982, that show was consolidated into the International Woodworking Fair (IWF), now the premier woodworking industry event in North America. WMIA co-sponsors and co-owns IWF in conjunction with the Wood Machinery Manufacturers of America (WMMA).

Past Presidents


 

Richard Byrnes
1978-1982

 

Roger Criau
1982-1984




 

Robert Perez
1984-1986


 

Peter Kleinschmidt
1986-1988



Ingrid Volk
1988-1990


 

George Force
1990-1993


John Derda
1993-1995


 

Richard Bass
1995-1997




 

Riccardo Azzoni
1997-1999

 


 

Rand Robinson
1999-2001



 

Heinz Schmidt
2001-2003



 

Scott Twichell
2003-2005


Giordano Checchi
2005-2007


 

Tom Reisert
2007-2009


 

 

David Rothwell
2009-2011


John Benjamin Henderson
2011-2013


John Park
2013-2015

 

 


Scott Mueller
2015-2017

 


David Rakauskas
2017-2019

 


Jim Besonen
2019-2021