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Virginia Tech Housing Report – March 2020

Virginia Tech – U.S. Forest Service has published its housing market commentaries for March 2020.  These commentaries contain in-depth data and comments on the U.S. housing market.

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WMIA News: April 2020

April 2020

WMIA is here for you

Coronavirus (COVID-19) poses challenges to us all. The staff at WMIA hope you, your family, friends, and co-workers are all safe and well. As we continue navigating this pandemic together, we want you to know that we are committed to continually providing our services to members. If there’s anything we can do for you, please do not hesitate to reach out.

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Seattle Central College’s Wasserman Named WMIA Educator of the Year

FAIRFAX, VA – The Woodworking Machinery Industry Association (WMIA) announced today that Jeffrey Wasserman, an instructor at Seattle Central College’s Wood Technology Center, will receive the 2020 Educator of the Year Wooden Globe Award.

The Educator of the Year Award is presented annually to an educational institution or company with a structured curriculum tailored to training individuals for careers in the woodworking industry. It is part of WMIA’s Wooden Globe Awards program, which recognizes how investing in new equipment and technology can impact a company’s productivity, efficiency, and profitability, as well as salutes the contributions of educators.

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#jtc27 Webinar on Webinars

The Joint Technology Committee presents a Webinar on Webinars. Accompanying materials can be found below. 

Virginia Tech Housing Report – February 2020

Virginia Tech – U.S. Forest Service has published its housing market commentaries for February 2020.  These commentaries contain in-depth data and comments on the U.S. housing market.

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Biesse Group Donates PPE Equipment

Virginia Tech Housing Report – January 2020

Virginia Tech – U.S. Forest Service has published its housing market commentaries for January 2020.  These commentaries contain in-depth data and comments on the U.S. housing market.

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In Memoriam: WMIA Legal Counsel Neil Kuenn

WMIA regretfully reports that the Association’s long-time legal counsel, Neil Kuenn, passed away on Thursday, February 13. Kuenn had announced his retirement last fall, and was inducted into the WMIA Hall of Honor shortly thereafter. The photo above is from the evening he was presented with this recognition by WMIA Chairman of the Board Jim Besonen and Vice-Chairman of the Board Pascal Doucet.

“Neil was a part of WMIA for decades, serving the Wood Machinery Importers Association [one of the current Association’s predecessors] and then the association which resulted from the merge of the Importers and Distributors’ Associations,” Besonen said. “He was instrumental in helping to make WMIA the association it is today. We are grateful for his years of advice and, of course, friendship, and he will be sorely missed. We extend our deepest sympathies to Neil’s wife, Karen, their family, and friends.”

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Virginia Tech Housing Report – December 2019

Virginia Tech – U.S. Forest Service has published its housing market commentaries for December 2019.  These commentaries contain in-depth data and comments on the U.S. housing market.

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Virginia Tech Housing Report – November 2019

Virginia Tech – U.S. Forest Service has published its housing market commentaries for November 2019.  These commentaries contain in-depth data and comments on the U.S. housing market.

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Biesse America participates in Operation Sandwich

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (December 10, 2019) – On most days of the year, the Urban Ministry Center serves 800 sandwiches to its homeless neighbors on the edge of Uptown Charlotte. When people who work at the Biesse Group Charlotte Campus realized that added up to almost 300,000 sandwiches a year, they signed on as sandwich-making elves to support the Center’s Operation Sandwich program.

Biesse supplied all the necessary ingredients, and employees assembled and began hand-making as many sandwiches as possible during their donated lunch hour on December 10th. When the last slice of the last loaf of bread was gone, the Biesse sandwich builders had succeeded in making over 450 sandwiches, neatly stacked and twist-tied inside delivery bags.

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Virginia Tech Housing Report – October 2019

Virginia Tech – U.S. Forest Service has published its housing market commentaries for October 2019.  These commentaries contain in-depth data and comments on the U.S. housing market.

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WMIA Legal Counsel Neil Kuenn Inducted into WMIA Hall of Honor

WMIA’s long-time legal counsel, Neil Kuenn of Keeley, Kuenn & Reid, will be retiring by late spring of 2020. At their fall meeting, the Association’s Board of Directors voted unanimously to induct Kuenn into WMIA’s Hall of Honor, reserved for those individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the Association and/or have had a profound effect on the woodworking machinery industry.

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Kesseböhmer Employee Helps Non-Profit, Kids Making It, Combat Industry Skilled Labor Shortage

Kids Making It (KMI), a Wilmington, NC non-profit teaching woodworking to at-risk youth, attributes much of its success to the essential volunteers who support their efforts. Morgan Chiarelly, the Events Manager for Kesseböhmer USA, has been assisting KMI with its crucial mission of combating the skilled labor shortage facing the Kitchen and Bath industry. Students have one-on-one guidance to secure entry-level positions on job sites, apprenticeships with area contractors, and or pathways for continuing education programs at Cape Fear Community College.

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Virginia Tech Housing Report – August 2019

Virginia Tech – U.S. Forest Service has published its housing market commentaries for August 2019.  These commentaries contain in-depth data and comments on the U.S. housing market.

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WMIA News: August/September 2019

August/September 2019

President and CEO’s Message: We’re Looking for a Few Good People: WMIA’s committees are hard at work overseeing Association programs and developing new member benefits. But to achieve greater success, we need you. In his latest message, WMIA President and CEO Larry Hoffer highlights the Association’s current active committees and discusses the work they are currently doing. Over the last several years, we’ve been committed to ensuring that participating in a committee isn’t overly time-consuming or labor-intensive. We know how busy you are; we want your ideas and enthusiasm but don’t expect you to take on major tasks.

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Virginia Tech Housing Report – July 2019

Virginia Tech – U.S. Forest Service has published its housing market commentaries for July 2019.  These commentaries contain in-depth data and comments on the U.S. housing market.

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WMIA/WMMA Joint Technology Committee 27-Minute Webinar on Digital Marketin

The WMIA/WMMA Joint Technology Committee presents #jtc27 – a series of short webinars covering technology that is affecting the Wood Machinery Industry.

The first webinar in this series will cover Digital Marketing, including content marketing, social media marketing, and email marketing as well as touching on SEO/SEM/PPC (search engine optimization/search engine marketing/pay-per-click). This will be a high-level presentation that features some new ideas and concepts for each of these subjects that you may want to bring into your business.

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President and CEO’s Message: July/August 2019

We’re looking for a few good people.

 

WMIA’s committees are hard at work
overseeing Association programs and
developing new member benefits. But
to achieve greater success, we need you.
We need more volunteers to move our
programs forward.If you’ve thought about 
joining a committee but you didn’t know where
there was the greatest need, if you were
involved years ago but are interested in
getting involved again, or if there are
members of your team that could be
valuable committee members,I encourage
you to let me know. 

Our committees include the Education Committee, chaired by Chris Hofmann of Colonial Saw. The Education Committee helps refine eligibility criteria and reviews all applications for Educational Foundation scholarships. They are beginning to work on open house programs around the country to help high school students understand the job opportunities that exist within the industry. The Committee also partners with the Wood Technology Industry Institute (WTII) to oversee the Wood Industry Boot Camp and the training for service technicians.

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Virginia Tech Housing Report – June 2019

Virginia Tech – U.S. Forest Service has published its housing market commentaries for June 2019.  These commentaries contain in-depth data and comments on the U.S. housing market.

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