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.

For exhibitors, the IWF Connect online exhibit hall delivers: Direct access to one of the woodworking industry’s largest audiences; A virtual booth brand showcase featuring images, videos, brochures, white papers, news releases and links; and a virtual New Product Gallery. Exhibitors will also have direct engagement with attendees via virtual business cards and email, qualified leads from booth visitors, a platform to stage live demonstrations, live Q&A sessions and to offer show specials, and social media and webinar options.

Registration for attendees opens September 1. Exhibitor invitations have been sent out by IWF. For more information, go to http://iwfconnect.com.


Virginia Tech Housing Report – June 2020

Virginia Tech – U.S. Forest Service has published its housing market commentaries for June 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-2020-06a-june-main.pdf

Part 2: Economic conditionshttps://www.woodproducts.sbio.vt.edu/housing-report/casa-2020-06b-june-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.


In case you missed it: #JTC27 Webinar: Raising Your Livestream Goals

Want to raise the bar for your livestream and webinar events? The WMIA and WMMA Joint Technology Committee has released a new webinar with tips and tricks for dialing in the details of your virtual events. Click here to access the webinar and related materials.


Where Are They Now? Requests

To date, WMIA has awarded over $480,000 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

October 26-30, 2020
IWF Connect
Virtual Event

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

July 20-23, 2021
2021 AWFS Fair
Las Vegas, NV

May 3-6, 2022
2022 Woodworking Industry Conference (WIC)
Paradise Island, Bahamas

August 23-26, 2022
2022 International Woodworking Fair
Atlanta, GA

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