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Member Benefits

WMIA offers its members a diverse menu of benefits befitting the diverse needs of importers and distributors, including:

Woodworking Industry Conference (WIC)

This “One Industry Conference,” of which WMIA is a co-sponsor with WMMA, brings together members of both associations as well as other allied wood industry associations. WIC offers business development, networking, education, and the discussion of industry-wide issues. WMIA members, their spouses, and family members receive discounted registration rates.

International Woodworking Fair (IWF)

WMIA members receive a 20 percent discount on exhibit booth space at IWF. WMIA is a co-owner of the biennial International Woodworking Fair (IWF), the largest woodworking machinery and supply show in North America, and the second largest in the world. IWF is held even years in Atlanta, Georgia, and it is part of the Association’s mission to keep members and their customers informed about the latest advances in the international and domestic marketplace. 

Qualified Distributor Program

Qualified distributor personnel are allowed access to the exhibit floor a day before the show opens and during all exhibitor hours on show days. A block of hotel rooms within the IWF housing block is reserved just for Qualified Distributors. Distributor members can register all of their company personnel for free and receive 5 free Guest Passes to invite top customers for free registration to the show.

Training for Service Technicians

WMIA and the Wood Technology Industry Institute (WTII) launched a training program for service technicians focused on electrical and mechatronics-related issues, as well as some safety and customer service tips. Taught by Pittsburg State University mechatronics faculty, the 2-1/2-day session covered the following topics: Basic Electricity; Schematics: Circuit Devices and Symbols; Schematics: Understanding Schematics; Relays, Contractors, and Motor Starters; Circuit Protection; Troubleshooting 101; Electric Power; Induction Motors; Introduction to PLCs; HMI and SCADA Interfacing; DC, Servo, and Stepper Motors; Industrial Networks; Power Quality; and Variable Frequency Drives. WMIA members can register participants at significantly discounted rates. Click here for more information.

WTII Boot Camp

WMIA sponsors the Wood Technology Industry Institute (WTII) Boot Camp, held twice each year at Pittsburg State University in Kansas. Boot Camp is a unique project-based program that provides an exposure level curriculum and a hands-on approach to several of the industry’s fundamental wood processing applications, and the machinery used in those manufacturing processes. Perfect for new members of your sales, marketing, or executive team! WMIA members can register participants at significantly discounted rates. Click here for more information.

Member Discounts

The costs of operating a business can be tremendously high, and oftentimes it’s difficult to find reliable vendors to provide the services you need. WMIA offers its members discounts on programs and services that can make a difference to your company’s bottom line, its marketing and communications efforts, and even employee recruitment and retention. Current discount programs include:
  • Health, dental, and vision insurance
  • Credit card processing services;
  • Website design, SEO, content marketing, online advertising, social media, and video marketing services;
  • Discounted freight services; and
  • Office supplies and equipment

Networking and Information Exchange

Through online and in-person events like WIC and IWF, WMIA provides multiple opportunities for its members to interact, share information, engage with fellow industry leaders, and discuss issues of concern to the industry. Specifically targeted online and in-person Distributor Forums will allow for collective problem solving and idea exchange.

Advocacy for the Industry

Through its marketing and awards programs, WMIA strives to emphasize the value that investing in new equipment and technology can have on your customers’ bottom line. The U.S. Technical Advisory Group (TAG) represents the interests of the woodworking machinery industry before the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) in the development of safety standards for woodworking machines, and the Association’s National Affairs Task Force helps keep members apprised of relevant legislative action, and advocates on the industry’s behalf on the local, state, and national level.

WMIA Communications

Through its quarterly newsletter, social media feeds, website, and email updates, WMIA strives to keep you in the loop about pertinent Association, industry, and member news.

Industry Data

WMIA members have the option to participate in benchmarking reports for sales data, compensation surveys, and profit reports. This data is available to members who participate at no cost.

Discount Programs

WMIA offers its members discounts on programs and services that can make a difference to your company’s bottom line, its marketing and communications efforts, and even employee recruitment and retention. Current discount programs include:

Health Insurance

WMIA members can now get an unbiased, user-friendly approach to group/employer-based health insurance plans as a benefit of their membership. Whether you want to know if you qualify for a subsidy through an on-exchange plan or if you’re seeking a plan off the exchange through a direct carrier, you can receive a simple side-by-side comparison of the plans that best fit your needs and budget. A licensed agent can help you navigate the insurance landscape while offering to build a customizable insurance plan that is just right for you.

Enjoy these other great benefits:

  • National carriers in all 50 states
  • In-depth personalized consultations
  • Free tax subsidy eligibility
  • Special pricing for individual and group programs

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Dental and Vision Insurance

Don’t let rising health care costs prevent you from receiving the quality dental and vision care you need. Velapoint‘s Dental & Vision Plus Discount Plan makes it easy and affordable to take care of your health by providing you with significant discounts on dental exams, major dental work, eye exams, eyewear, LASIK surgery and more.
Regular screenings, completing treatment plans and stress reduction are just a few things you can do to improve your long-term health. Velapoint‘s discount plans ensure that you have access to affordable health care, so you no longer miss any check-ups or forgo filling prescriptions because of cost. Plus, our lifestyle discount plans can help you simplify your busy life — and reduce your overall stress.

Velapoint has some of the best health care and lifestyle discount plans in the industry. Key features include:

  • Discounts are available at the time of service (exclusive-additional 30%+ discounts for group members)
  • Unlimited plan usage, with no administrative forms or waiting
  • On most plans, membership can include family members
  • Existing medical conditions OK

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Website, Marketing, and SEO Services

To The Moon Media is a digital marketing and branding agency focused on the manufacturing, AEC, non-profit, and B2B industries. Their services include website design (they did WMIA’s website redesign), SEO, content marketing, online advertising, social media, and video marketing. Their clients have unique needs and goals, from employee recruitment to lead generation. They tailor plans to meet client budgets and deliver results.

Benefits to WMIA members:

  • Free website SEO audit (determines problems with website and uncovers fixes needed to approve search engine rankings).
  • Free 30-minute Digital Discovery Session and follow-up report with analysis (a $500 value)
  • 10% off of all regularly priced services to all WMIA members.

For FAQs or pricing information, visit To The Moon Media, or call To The Moon Media at 844-SEO-LOCAL.

Credit Card Processing Services

Service First Processing (SFP) is a leading provider of credit card and ACH/check processing services. They make accepting credit cards simple, efficient, and more profitable for your company. WMIA and SFP have put together a special “members-only program” that is designed to reduce your cost of credit card processing while improving your level of service and support.

This new member program can enhance your company’s profitability through three easy steps:

  • SFP will provide your company a savings proposal based on your business’ unique processing needs and their consultative analysis.
  • If you decide to try the WMIA/SFP program, you will be provided with the necessary equipment and training as well as a 60-Day Trial Period.
  • In addition to your initial cost reduction, twenty percent (20%) of the net processing revenue that SFP generates from your account will be rebated back to you on an annual basis.

We encourage you to look into what savings you can find through Service First Processing. Visit the dedicated WMIA webpage and fill out an information form, or call 855-632-9862 for more information.

Valuable Discounts with Office Depot and Office Max

WMIA members can obtain significant savings on office essentials at Office Depot. Members now save up to 80% off thousands of products from copy paper and printer ink to cleaning supplies, coffee, furniture, and more! With an easy-to-use website and over 2,000 retail locations, you can access these great savings online and in-stores.

Enjoy all of the following exclusive benefits:

  • Up to 80% off preferred products the “Best Value List”
  • 93,000 additional products discounted 5-15% below retail
  • Everyday low copy/print pricing: 2.5¢ B/W | 22¢ Color
  • Exclusive monthly specials
  • Coupon Central – additional online savings and coupons at your fingertips
  • Free next-day delivery on online orders of $50 or more

Click here for more information.