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Renew Your Membership on October 11 Online!

We would like to take the opportunity to thank our members for their support. We value all contributions, and memberships make up the lifeblood of our organization. Your involvement is important and very much appreciated. Time flies and we are already rounding the corner on membership renewal season! Renew your membership starting on October 11, 2021. Keep an eye out for communication on how to renew your membership, as the application has been moved online this year. Please reach out to Olivia Mueting, [email protected], with any questions.

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2022 WMIA Scholarship Program Opening November 1

The 2022 scholarships are opening November 1, and this year, the applications are online! Every year, WMIA gives out scholarships to college students who want to study wood technology, machinery, and related fields. To date, the WMIA Education Foundation has awarded over $500,000 to 260 students. Please spread the news of the 2022 WMIA Scholarship Program with with students that you know who are studying, or interested in studying, woodworking in college.

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Wooden Globe Awards Nominations Opening November 1

Each year, WMIA recognizes extraordinary companies and institutions with the prestigious Wooden Globe Awards. These awards are presented for notable success and achievements, accomplished in part through the use of high technology machinery and software supplied by WMIA-member companies. WMIA members nominate their customers, and awards are presented in three categories: Innovation of the Year, Educator of the Year, and Commitment to Excellence Through Technology.

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Boot Camp is Back!

The Boot Camp Session is a comprehensive wood processing overview. A project based curriculum provides a hands-on, exposure level learning of many facets of wood processing knowledge, machinery and application for wood industry professionals of all experiences.

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2021 WMIA Scholarship Winners Announced

Earlier this year, WMIA’s Educational Foundation awarded a total of $26,000 in scholarships to help 24 college students continue their education in the woodworking industry. Click here to meet this year’s recipients.

2021 Wood Industry 40 Under 40 honorees

NORTH LIBERTY, Iowa – Honorees of the 2021 Wood Industry 40 Under 40 have been announced by Woodworking Network. This year marks the sixth annual awarding of the 40 Under 40, which celebrates the next generation of industry professionals who are making an impact on wood products manufacturing in North America.

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JTC 27 – I’m Getting Traffic, Now What?!

Are you getting the ROI you expect from your online marketing investments? How do you know for sure? This JTC Webinar will help you understand how to collect the data, take ownership, and the most important question, are we leveraging this data?

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WMIA Welcomes New Board Leadership and Association Management Company

Middleton, WI – The Woodworking Machinery Industry Association, the leading association representing importers and distributors of woodworking machinery and ancillary equipment in North America, held a successful Spring 2021 Board of Directors Meeting in Memphis, TN, May 5-7, 2021. Confirmed by the WMIA membership, newly elected Board Chairman, Pascal Doucet, Vice President of Sales at Doucet Machineries, led his first meeting of the Directors in partnership with the association’s new CEO, Donte Shannon, FASAE, CAE, and its new association management company, AMPED.

Doucet gave his opening remarks saying, “The last two years on the Executive Committee were challenging on multiple levels, and tough decisions had to be made. Thank you to Jim Besonen and the Executive Committee for holding down the fort during these unstable times. Now we are moving toward a more positive future, and I am feeling confident we will be able to meet again in person at the Spring 2022 Board Meeting during WIC.

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Virtual WIC Economic Outlook Presentation: Wednesday, April 21 at 2:00 p.m. ET

WMIA and WMMA are pleased to announce the return of Thomas Landstreet to present an Economic Outlook session virtually on Wednesday, April 21, 2021 at 2:00pm EST. Attendees of the 2018 Woodworking Industry Conference in Hawaii will remember his entertaining and insightful session. Registration is open to all members of WMIA and WMMA.

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C.R. Onsrud receives North Carolina export award

“C.R. Onsrud, manufacturer of CNC machinery, received the 2020 Governor’s Export Award, presented by Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina. C.R. Onsrud was among one of the Top Small Business Exporters recognized.

C.R. Onsrud specializes in three-, four- and five-axis CNC machining centers, CNC routers, CNC mills, and inverted routers.”

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Vice Chairman of the Board and Education Committee Member Presents Scholarship Award

Vice Chairman of the Board and Education Committee Member, Pascal Doucet, recently visited École Nationale du Meuble et de L’Ébénisterie and presented Aline Moreau with her WMIA scholarship award.

WMIA News: November 2020

November 2020

WMIA Board of Directors Candidates wanted

WMIA will be conducting its annual elections at the 2021 Woodworking Industry Conference (WIC) in Coronado, CA, April 20-23, 2021, at the Hotel Del Coronado.

In 2021, the positions of Chairman of the Board, Vice-Chairman of the Board, and Secretary/Treasurer will be up for election. The open position of Chairman of the Board shall be filled by an Importer member; the position of Vice-Chairman of the Board shall be filled by a Distributor member; and the position of Secretary/Treasurer shall be filled by an Importer member. Additionally, there are three Board seats—one Importer, one Distributor, and one Associate—up for election, with the possibility of another Importer seat needing to be filled as well. The three seats up for election each carry three-year terms.

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WMIA News: October 2020

October 2020

Here’s a fun way you can support WMIA’s Scholarship Fund!

The WMIA Educational Foundation’s Annual Scholarship Fund has been adversely affected this year without the revenue from the 2020 IWF show in Atlanta.  We are asking you to consider donating an interesting, unique, and/or popular item to be sold in this auction to help raise funds for the 2021 scholarships.  We also encourage you to extend this offer to your customer base or network of contacts as well.

The WMIA Education Committee has awarded more than $480,000 in scholarships over the last 30 years to deserving students to help advance their career in the woodworking industry. This decades-long initiative continues to help reinforce the health of our industry.  Now this cause needs your help!

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WMIA News: September 2020

September 2020

North American Road Show Open House – Responses Requested

WMIA and WMMA, in partnership with IWF, are exploring the possibility of staging a North American Road Show Open House program in the fall of 2021. An important step in this exploration involves gaining your input on how the event could work for your business. Your answers to this brief survey will help guide next steps in developing the program—currently envisioned as follows:

  • During a designated week, Association members and non-members would open their facilities to customers and prospects for product demonstrations, promotions and sales. Participating members and nonmembers would be charged a fee. The week-long timing would allow for the scheduling of multiple open house events in a single community.
  • Companies with the larger space capacity would have the opportunity to offer smaller, non-competing companies—or companies without facilities—a “sublet” space option.
  • A national marketing campaign promoting the North American Road Show Open House would build industry exposure and drive traffic to local events. Designed and executed by IWF, the campaign would target attendees nationally and locally. Registrants would select and be directed to local events with IWF assistance.

We would appreciate your response to this brief survey. Please respond no later than October 5, 2020.

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Willy Volk, founder of European Woodworking Machinery Co., dies at 87

Willy Volk, who was one of the pioneers in importing industrial European woodworking machinery to the United States, died unexpectedly on July 16. He was 87.

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WMIA News: August 2020

August 2020

IWF announces 5-day virtual trade show

IWF has announced a new online event, IWF Connect, which will be Monday, October 26 to Friday, October 30. IWF Connect is a new way for the woodworking industry to do business. This online tradeshow event will bring our industry together for 5 streamlined days of buying, selling, and experiencing new products and trends. Find exactly what you need to advance your business, and interact with exhibitors at your convenience.

For attendees, complimentary IWF Connect registration affords: Direct exhibitor access through live chat and meetings; Live product demonstrations; Webinars; Exclusive show-only pricing, and a custom show experience organized through the My IWF Connect Show Planner.

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WMIA News: July 2020

July 2020

Breaking: IWF announces 5-day virtual trade show

IWF has announced a new online event, IWF Connect, which will be Monday, October 26 to Friday, October 30. IWF Connect is the new virtual trade show for the woodworking industry. IWF Connect will bring attendees and exhibitors together in a virtual market week featuring the global woodworking industry’s newest products, technologies and innovations in one easy-to-navigate online experience.

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WMIA News: June 2020

June 2020

WMIA Educational Foundation Awards Over $35,000 in Scholarships

For a number of years, the Woodworking Machinery Industry Association’s (WMIA) Educational Foundation has awarded scholarships to those who want to study, and eventually pursue a career in, wood technology, machinery, and related fields. To date, the Foundation has provided more than $480,000 to assist talented students with furthering their educational and career goals.

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2020 Wood Industry 40 Under 40 honorees

Honorees of the 2020 Wood Industry 40 Under 40 have been announced by Woodworking Network. This year marks the fifth annual awarding of the 40 Under 40, which celebrates the next generation of industry professionals who are making an impact on wood products manufacturing in North America.

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WMIA Educational Foundation Awards Over $35,000 in Scholarships

FAIRFAX, VA – For a number of years, the Woodworking Machinery Industry Association’s (WMIA) Educational Foundation has awarded scholarships to those who want to study, and eventually pursue a career in, wood technology, machinery, and related fields. To date, the Foundation has provided more than $480,000 to assist talented students with furthering their educational and career goals.

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