President’s Message: Here’s How You Can Help Us! If you’ve been thinking about how to get more involved in WMIA activities, or if you have staff you’d like to get involved in something that doesn’t involve travel to the Woodworking Industry Conference (WIC), why not join a WMIA committee? WMIA President Larry Hoffer outlines the opportunities available on the Association’s committees, and while many of them do meet during WIC, the majority of their work is accomplished online and/or via conference call.
Read more of Larry Hoffer’s message.
Join Us for a WMIA Member Happy Hour at AWFS! With more than 80 WMIA members exhibiting in Las Vegas, and many more attending the show, once again this year we’ll be hosting a happy hour for members in our booth, Wednesday, July 19, from 4:30-6:00 p.m.! Join us in Booth #10265 for hors d’oeuvres, beer, wine, and soft drinks, and greet your fellow WMIA members. (Feel free to bring along other members of your company, or if you won’t be in Las Vegas but your colleagues will, let them know about the reception.)
Additionally, we’ll have cold water available in our booth on Tuesday for those of you setting up your booths and participating in Dealer Day. We’ll also be serving coffee in the booth each morning of the show, from Wednesday-Saturday. Here’s wishing all of you a great show, and we hope to see you next week in Vegas!
WMIA Educational Foundation Awards Over $30,000 in Scholarships: To date, WMIA’s Educational Foundation has awarded nearly $380,000 in scholarships to those who want to study, and eventually pursue a career in, wood technology, machinery, and related fields. During this year’s Woodworking Industry Conference, the Foundation’s Board of Trustees selected 11 college students to receive a total of $16,500 in scholarships. The Foundation also continued its scholarship “pilot program” this year, in which it provided a fixed amount of scholarship funds to several schools, and the schools determined how many scholarships to award, and in what amounts. Three schools—Pittsburg State University, the New England School of Architectural Woodworking, and the École Nationale du Meuble et de L’Ébénisterie (ENME)—participated in the program, awarding a total of $15,000 in scholarships to 12 students.
For the second straight year, a record number of female students received scholarships this year. Eleven female students were selected as scholarship recipients; nine female students received scholarships in 2016. Read more at http://www.wmia.org/wmia-educational-foundation-awards-over-30000-in-scholarships/, and meet some of this year’s recipients in the article below.
Meet Some Lucky Winners: As reported above, WMIA’s Educational Foundation awarded scholarships to 23 students this year. In this and subsequent issues of WMIA News we’ll introduce you to some of the winners.
Bryce Ahlers, Lincoln, NE: Ahlers will be a freshman at Pittsburg State University in Pittsburg, Kansas for the 2017-2018 school year, pursuing a Bachelor’s of Science in Technology, and focusing on Wood Product Manufacturing. His love for woodworking really took off in his high school shop class and through his teacher he heard about Pittsburg State. During his four years of high school woodshop he has been a part of many projects, both as an individual and as a group. He has built wardrobes, gun cases, tables, beds, trophy cases, and even did an entire kitchen, but some of his favorite projects have been the guitars he has made. After all this experience in high school, a career in the wood industry made perfect sense. Ahlers says, “I cannot thank the Woodworking Machinery Industry Association enough for supporting me as I pursue my dreams.”
Chase Ankeny, Ferndale, MI: I remember as a child playing in the sawdust underneath my Grandpa’s table saw and still some times I get a whiff of something that brings me back to that place with its strange smells and strange tools scattered about. By the time I went to undergrad, 10 years in the past now, that world of working with the body and material was far away and I studied history and philosophy, intellectual, abstract things. I was missing something, though. I studied fine woodworking for nine months at the Krenov School and then took that same table saw and many of my Grandfather’s old tools to set up my own shop. Again, though, I was missing something. I knew how to make things, but I could not quite grasp the philosophical, abstract side of why or what makes an object culturally interesting, so I went back to school to try to understand how to tie these two sides of myself together. Now I’m starting my second year of grad school studying 3D design at Cranbrook Academy of Art, a place where the physical and the intellectual are constantly entangled.
Standards Update: Summer 2017: WMIA is the administrator of the U.S. Technical Advisory Group (TAG), which provides U.S. input into woodworking machinery safety standards being proposed by the International Organization on Standardization (ISO). TAG members also participate in working groups which develop the standards themselves. This new quarterly addition to WMIA News will provide you an update into current work and what’s on the horizon.
Read the latest update.
WMIA Welcomes A New Member: WMIA would like to welcome Premier Machinery, Inc., located in Fort Mill, SC, as a new Importer member. Premier was founded in 2002 by Jeff Green and Brad Keppel. With over 40 years combined experience in the industry these two gentlemen bring an educated and energetic approach to dealing with customers and manufacturers. Their goal was to be the importer of record for the premier Italian machine manufacturers, in order to bring the highest quality wood and metal working products to the American market. With a market presence firmly established, Premier Machinery continues to grow in size and technical expertise. For more information, visit Premier’s website at http://www.premiermach.com/.
Member Profile: Colonial Saw Co., Inc.: Colonial Saw Co., Inc. started in 1949 in Buffalo, New York, as a saw shop selling grinding machinery and sharpening blades. As the years passed, it just so happened that they were selling machines to a company in Needham Heights, Massachusetts called Boston Saw. The sales manager at Boston Saw, Manny Pacheco, had heard that the sole owner of Colonial Saw was finally looking to retire. Seeing an opportunity, Pacheco decided to acquire the company in 1960 and carry the business forward. And the rest is history.
Read more of this issue’s member profile.
Member Spotlight: David Rakauskas, Colonial Saw Co., Inc.: When asked what he has gained as a member of the WMIA, Rakauskas said that it is the personal friendships that he has developed over the years with other members. “In addition, coming from a small business, my membership has enabled me to bounce ideas off of the people that are doing the same things we are. We’re dealing with foreign currency, with worker’s compensation, with the banks, and we are all doing similar things where it is great to learn from each other and apply that knowledge to our businesses.”
The future for Rakauskas is bright. “My plan is to keep doing what I’ve been doing with the company. Our main focus is to do a great job with the few products we represent and maintain a controlled growth with our product lines. Our relationships with our suppliers is deep, long term, and solid.” Read more of this spotlight article on Rakauskas.
40 Under 40: The New Class: Woodworking Network recently named the second class of its “40 Under 40,” a program which honors individuals in the next generation of leaders who are making an impact on wood products manufacturing in North America. Originally launched during IWF 2016, this year’s winners will receive their awards in Las Vegas the evening before the AWFSFair officially begins.
Among those recognized this year are individuals representing seven WMIA-member companies:
- Chris Dolbow, Stiles Machinery
- Brian Koelling, Lockdowel, Inc.
- Brandon Koetter, Northtech Machine, LLC
- Jeff Onsrud, C.R. Onsrud, Inc.
- Jens Schulz, LEUCO Tool Corporation
- Thomas Tuck, C.R. Onsrud, Inc.
- Andy Turner, WEINIG
Upcoming Dates on the Horizon:
- July 19-22, 2017: AWFS Fair, Las Vegas, Nevada
- November 2-4, 2017: Woodworking Machinery & Supply Fair (WMS), Toronto, ON, Canada
- January 8-12. 2018: Wood Technology Industry Institute (WTII) Boot Camp, Pittsburg, KS
- March 27-29, 2018: Cabinets & Closets Expo 2018, Pasadena, CA
- May 1-4, 2018: 2018 Woodworking Industry Conference (WIC), Maui, Hawaii
- August 22-25, 2018: International Woodworking Fair (IWF) 2018, Atlanta, Georgia
- April 2-5, 2019: 2019 Woodworking Industry Conference (WIC), Amelia Island, Florida
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