WMIA News: July 2020

July 2020

Breaking: 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 the new virtual trade show for the woodworking industry. IWF Connect will bring attendees and exhibitors together in a virtual market week featuring the global woodworking industry’s newest products, technologies and innovations in one easy-to-navigate online experience.

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.

Attendee registration opens September 1. Exhibitor invitations will be extended soon. For more information, go to http://iwfconnect.com.


Virginia Tech Housing Report – May 2020

Virginia Tech – U.S. Forest Service has published its housing market commentaries for May 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-2020-05a-may-main.pdf

Part 2: Economic conditionshttps://www.woodproducts.sbio.vt.edu/housing-report/casa-2020-05b-may-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.


That’s Neat!: 590-foot, 40-story timber tower coming to Sydney

“Australian software company Atlassian is building an ultra-sustainable ‘hybrid timber’ tower to serve as its new headquarters. Set to become the world’s ‘tallest commercial tower of its kind,’ the 590-foot, 40-story tower will accommodate 4,000 workers when construction finishes in 2025.”

To read the full article, visit Woodworking Network.


In case you missed it: WMIA Welcomes New Board Members

WMIA wishes to welcome three new Board members, whose three-year terms on the Board officially began in early May. These individuals are:

  • Victor Cortes, Altendorf Group America, Mooresville, NC
  • Jeff Maguire, Maguire Machinery Group LLC, Aurora, OR
  • Brett Reid, WEINIG/HOLZ-HER, Mooresville, NC

Rick Braun, Robotic Solutions LLC, was re-elected to a second three-year term.

The Association wishes to salute outgoing Board members Mark Craig and John Benjamin Henderson for their years of service. They will be recognized during WIC 2021.


In case you missed it: 2020 Wood Industry 40 Under 40 honorees

“Honorees of the 2020 Wood Industry 40 Under 40 have been announced by Woodworking Network. This year marks the fifth annual awarding of the 40 Under 40, which celebrates the next generation of industry professionals who are making an impact on wood products manufacturing in North America.

Those selected are considered by their peers to be innovators, achievers – and even disruptors – who demonstrate excellence in the categories of: productivity, profitability, social good, ingenuity, peer inspiration, product development, organizational leadership, or another area. More than 140 submissions were received and evaluated by a team of six Woodworking Network editors.”

Congratulations to WMIA Members Vanessa Navarro of Axalta Coatings Solutions, Kristen Riggs of Cefla North America, and Josh Shen of the CNC Factory.

To read the full article, visit Woodworking Network.


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

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

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

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