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.


Working from Home? Check out the Joint Technology Committee’s Latest Webinar!

The WMIA and WMMA Joint Technology Committee has created an informative webinar on… WEBINARS. Interested in learning how to choose which webinar software you and your company should use? Click here to access the JTC‘s webinar and related materials.


WMIA’s Wooden Globe Awards – Educator of the Year

The WMIA announced on April 24 that Jeffrey Wasserman, an instructor at Seattle Central College’s Wood Technology Center, will receive the 2020 Educator of the Year Wooden Globe Award.

Read the full press release here.


Welcome to Our New Members!


Biesse Group Donates PPE Equipment

The Biesse Group continues to provide tangible support for the local fight against COVID-19. Following a donation for the purchase of technology to help the most critical patients and a fundraising campaign, the manufacturing departments are also being recruited, specifically the unit that handles Additive Manufacturing.

Read the full press release here.


High School Students get CNC Experience Building Musical Instruments

Larry Farrell has done it all. He’s worked in transportation technology, video production, electronics, architecture and construction, mechanical and engineering with CAD-based design. If you ask him what he’s enjoyed most, though, he’ll answer without skipping a beat—being the Manufacturing Technology Instructor at Frank Scott Bunnell High School. His three classes, Introduction to Manufacturing Technology, Manufacturing Technology, and Advanced Manufacturing Technology, light a fire for creating things in students that may not have found their passion otherwise.”

To read more, visit Woodworking Network.


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.

Part 1: Mainhttps://www.woodproducts.sbio.vt.edu/housing-report/casa-2020-02a-february-main.pdf

Part 2: Economic conditionshttps://www.woodproducts.sbio.vt.edu/housing-report/casa-2020-02b-february-econ-cond.pdf

The housing report is a free service of Virginia Tech, Virginia Cooperative Extension, and the U.S. Forest Service.  The reports are intended to help you gauge future business activity.  All past housing reports are archived at: https://www.woodproducts.sbio.vt.edu/housing-report/.

To read past housing reports, click here.


Where Are They Now? Requests

To date, WMIA has awarded nearly $450,000 in financial support to students looking to continue their education in the wood industry. But once these scholarship recipients graduate, what happens to them? Do they stay in the industry or do they pursue another path? WMIA has recently begun profiling past scholarship recipients. We’re looking for more past recipients, so if you received a scholarship or know someone who has, please contact Jody Allen at jallen@wmia.org.

Learn more about some of our past recipients by visiting here.


Upcoming Events

August 25-28, 2020
International Woodworking Fair (IWF) 2020
Atlanta, GA

April 20-23, 2021
2021 Woodworking Industry Conference (WIC)
Coronado, CA