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Member companies include firms, corporations, partnerships or individuals who import and distribute industrial woodworking machinery and ancillary equipment. Members offer equipment and technologies that often enable North American companies to produce products that compete profitably with imported ones.

DISTRIBUTOR MEMBERSHIP

Annual Dues: $350
Any firm, corporation, partnership or individual who sells industrial woodworking and sawmill machinery not of his own manufacture, direct to the user as a distributor, is for the purpose of the bylaws a woodworking machinery distributor. Machinery, as described herein, is defined as excluding tooling, supplies, hand tool and machines portable by hand. Any such woodworking machinery distributor, having been engaged in the distribution of woodworking machinery for at least one year prior to the submission of its application, is eligible for Active membership provided, however, if the applicant shall not meet this requirement but the principal or principals of the applicant shall have five consecutive years of employment in the industry, then the applicant shall be eligible for membership in the Association. For the purposes hereof, “principal” shall be a person having an ownership interest in the applicant entity and active in the day-to-day operations of the applicant.

IMPORTER MEMBERSHIP

Annual Dues: $600
Any firm, corporation, partnership or individual whose primary business is importing new industrial woodworking machinery and ancillary equipment, for the purpose of resale, for his or its own account, for the purpose of the bylaws, is a woodworking machinery importer. Any such woodworking machinery importer, having been engaged in the importation of woodworking machinery for at least one year prior to the submission of its application, is eligible for Active membership provided, however, that if the applicant shall not meet this requirement but the principal or principals of the applicant shall have five consecutive years of employment in the industry, then the applicant shall be eligible for membership in the Association. For the purposes hereof, “principal” shall be a person having an ownership interest in the applicant entity and active in the day-to-day operations of the applicants.

ASSOCIATE MEMBERSHIP

Annual Dues: $600
Any firm, corporation, partnership or individual whose activities and specialized services support the Association’s basic purposes, or who does not meet the criteria of Importer or Distributor membership, who has been in business for a period of one or more years and renders specialized services to the Association and/or its members and the industry they represent, and who meet the criteria established by the Board of Directors, may be proposed for Associate Membership. Any applicant who is not eligible for active membership because it does not meet the years in business requirement of Article lll, §1 or Article lll, §6 shall be eligible for Associate Membership. Associate membership shall include, but is not limited to, law and accounting firms, trade publications, banks, finance, data processing, and public relations/advertising companies, and management consultants. Associate members shall not be entitled to vote, except with respect to the election of an Associate Member representative on the WMIA Board of Directors. Further, no more than one Associate Member may be represented on the Association’s Board of Directors at any one time.

EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTIONS

Annual Dues: $200
Educational Institutions that have an accredited woodworking curriculum may also apply for Associate membership. Employees, consultants, or either individuals affiliated with educational institutions shall not be eligible for membership, but may be designated as the educational institution’s representative to WMIA.

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