President and CEO’s Message: Getting to “WIRC” to Help the Industry’s Future: One of the five-year goals of WMIA’s strategic plan, which the Board of Directors approved during WIC 2018 earlier this year, is to partner with other industry associations to change the image of the industry to correct misconceptions and attract a new generation of employees. WMIA’s Educational Foundation has certainly done its part to help encourage high school and college students continue their woodworking education, awarding more than $400,000 in scholarships over the last 20 years, but greater work needs to be done if we’re going to be able to see an increase in the number of students that pursue woodworking, and manufacturing, careers.
In his message, WMIA President and CEO Larry Hoffer discusses WIRC, the Wood Industry Resource Collaborative, a partnership among a number of industry associations aimed primarily at perpetuating the long-term growth of the industry by sustaining an engaged workforce. Learn more in Larry’s message.
Join Us for a WMIA Member Happy Hour at IWF! We hope everyone is ready for what promises to be a tremendously vibrant and successful IWF show in Atlanta later this month!! As we’ve done at both previous IWF and AWFS shows, WMIA will once again be holding a Member Happy Hour Reception on Tuesday, August 21, from 4:30-6:00 p.m. This will be held just at the close of Dealer Day, perfect timing for you to grab a drink and some hors d’oeuvres and network with your fellow WMIA members before heading out to dinner with customers or staff. The reception will be held at the BC Connector Overlook, overlooking the connector between Halls B and C, where the show will take place.
We hope you’ll plan to join us for this always-popular opportunity for members to network with each other. Also, during the show, please be sure to visit us at Booth #BC26. We’ll be serving coffee on Wednesday morning as well! Please share this with other members of your team who will be at IWF.
WMIA Educational Foundation Awards $28K in Scholarships, Over $400,000 Awarded to Date: For a number of years, the Woodworking Machinery Industry Association’s (WMIA) Educational Foundation has awarded scholarships to those who want to study, and eventually pursue a career in, wood technology, machinery, and related fields. To date, the Foundation has provided over $400,000 to assist talented students with furthering their educational and career goals.
During this year’s Woodworking Industry Conference, the Foundation’s Board of Trustees selected 11 college students to receive a total of $15,000 in scholarships. The Foundation also continued its scholarship endowment program (SEP), providing 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 $13,000 in scholarships to 11 students. The Foundation’s total award in 2018 was $28,000.
Read more at http://www.wmia.org/wmia-educational-foundation-awards-nearly-30000-in-scholarships. Beginning with the next issue of WMIA News, we’ll begin featuring bios of this year’s winners.
Mr. Koetter Goes to Washington: Brandon Koetter, president of Northtech Machine, LLC, Borden, IN, represented WMIA’s National Affairs Task Force in Washington, DC, earlier this summer, as he participated in a legislative fly-in with WMMA and AWFS members. The three major issues discussed during the fly-in were healthcare reform (although not much legislatively is expected to happen before the midterm elections in November), relief from the steel tariffs, and closing the skills gap/career & technical education (CTE). (Note: the Perkins Act, which supports CTE, was reauthorized and signed by the president last week.)
“I was able to meet with Senator Young and Congressman Hollingsworth as well as Senator Donnelly’s aide, all from Indiana. I also tagged along with TR Herzog from Accu-Router to meet with Representative Desjarlais and Senator Alexander’s aides from Tennessee. I thought that we were well-received,” Koetter said, “but I think it was the wood tie that I wore that got me a little extra attention.”
Interested in participating on WMIA’s National Affairs Task Force? Please contact Task Force Chair Volker Schmitz at firstname.lastname@example.org.
C.R. Onsrud Honored at White House: Congratulations to WMIA member C.R. Onsrud, which joined President Trump, Vice President Pence, and members of the Administration for the Made in America Product Showcase at the White House on July 23, 2018. One business from each of the 50 states was chosen to display their made-in-America products. C.R. Onsrud was one of the companies President Trump hosted to celebrate and highlight each state’s effort and commitment to American-made goods and providing U.S. jobs.
“It was an honor to be invited to the White House to represent North Carolina and be recognized for our quality American-made machinery. Thank you to all our great employees, distributors, customers, vendors, and partners who help make C.R. Onsrud successful,” said C.R. Onsrud CEO Tom Onsrud. Among other invited companies were several Onsrud customers who manufacture U.S.-made products on Onsrud CNC machining centers. “It was exciting to look out on the South Lawn of the White House and see impressive products made on our equipment,” said Jeff Onsrud, director of business development.
Scarlett, Dingess Named to 40 Under 40: Congratulations to James Scarlett of Scarlett, Inc., and Jason Dingess of Quis Machinery, Inc., both of whom were named to the Wood Industry 40 Under 40, recently announced by Woodworking Network. Scarlett has been a member of WMIA’s Board of Directors and chairman of the Joint WMIA/WMMA Technology Committee since 2015, and Dingess has been a tremendously active Technology Committee member since 2015. This year marks the third 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. This year’s class represent all facets of the wood products industry, including: manufacturers, suppliers, and designers. They will be honored during the upcoming IWF show in Atlanta.
Welcome New Members! WMIA extends a warm welcome to several companies who have joined the Association over the last few months. We look forward to your involvement in WMIA activities!
Bradley Tools & Fasteners, located in Johnston, IA, recently joined WMIA as an Associate member. With over 30 years of experience in the industry, Bradley Tools & Fasteners offers its customers the most advanced tool and fastening equipment available. In 2016, the company purchased the parts inventory and some of the woodworking equipment from longtime WMIA member Wolfe Machinery Company, so Bradley has continued providing professional services to the woodworking industry. For more information, visit their website at http://teambtf.com.
Midland Equipment Finance, located in Clayton, MO, recently joined WMIA as an Associate member. They offer competitive pricing and unparalleled service, helping businesses achieve success with simplified financing options, competitive pricing, and fast processing. From its modest beginnings as a one-branch bank in Illinois, Midland has grown and diversified into a unique financial services company. Today, Midland serves consumer, business, and corporate clients with a full range of services. For more information, visit their website at https://www.midlandsb.com/equipment-financing.
Woodworking Solutions, Inc., located in Oklahoma City, OK, is a new Distributor member. The company specializes in products and services for the woodworking industry. Their products include new and used woodworking machinery; CNC tooling, saw blades, router bits, and shaper tooling; abrasives for wide belt sanders; machinery parts; and much more. For more information, visit their website at https://woodworking-solutions.com.
WMIA Welcomes New Staff: Two new individuals joined WMIA’s staff over the last month. Please be sure to stop by WMIA’s booth (#BC26) at IWF to meet them!
Jody Allen, WMIA’s new program manager, began work on July 9. He will be serving as the administrator of the U.S./ISO TAG (Technical Advisory Group), which provides U.S. input into woodworking machinery safety standards being proposed by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO). Among other things, he’ll be working with WMIA’s Education Committee and Educational Foundation Board of Trustees, and coordinating the Association’s social media efforts. Jody graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University with a degree in English. He has over three years of association experience, working most recently with the Casualty Actuarial Society in Arlington, VA. Additionally, Jody has several published white papers. In his free time, he enjoys watching films, writing, and walking around cities aimlessly. He can be reached at email@example.com. (Allen succeeds Jeff Linder, who left WMIA in late July to pursue a full-time position in standards development.)
Patricia Crisologo joined the staff as WMIA’s program coordinator on August 6. Patricia will be managing many of the processes crucial to WMIA’s operations, including membership renewal and recruitment, conference registration, and accounts payable/receivable, and will be coordinating the details of WMIA’s move to new office space in late September. (More details on that to follow.) She’ll also be working closely to support the work of several WMIA committees. Patricia graduated from George Mason University with a degree in Psychology. She has over 10 years of experience working in event management and administration. She enjoys going to the movies, concerts, and spending time with her two dogs, Midori and Jack. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. (She succeeds Heather Jolley, who left WMIA in June to spend more time with her family.)
WMIA Announces New Member Benefit—Discounted Freight Services through FreightCenter: FreightCenter’s expertise has been crafted from 20 years of experience with tens of thousands of satisfied customers. Their network of national and regional LTL and full truckload carriers offers standard and expedited service throughout the United States and Canada. WMIA members will receive: exclusive discounted rates for WMIA members, including for tradeshow shipments; personalized service from FreightCenter’s elite Platinum Group; and FreightCenter’s proprietary technology giving you online rating and tracking capabilities. Learn more about how FreightCenter makes shipping easy and affordable for WMIA members at https://www.freightcenter.com/partnerships/wmia. Contact FreightCenter’s Platinum Group via email at WMIA@freightcenter.com or phone at (844) 378-2777.
May 2018 Housing Report: Virginia Tech, Virginia Cooperative Extension, in conjunction with the U.S. Forest Service, produces a monthly housing report. These reports contain in-depth data and comments on the U.S. housing market and are intended to help gauge future business activity. You can view Part 1, the main report, and Part 2, the economic conditions. The reports are intended to help you gauge future business activity. All past housing reports are archived at http://woodproducts.sbio.vt.edu/housing-report/.
Upcoming Dates on the Horizon:
- August 22-25, 2018: International Woodworking Fair (IWF) 2018, Atlanta, GA
- October 18-19, 2018: Wood Pro Expo Lancaster, Lancaster, PA
- March 6-8, 2019: Wood Pro Expo Charlotte/Cabinets & Closets Conference and Expo, Charlotte, NC
- April 2-5, 2019: 2019 Woodworking Industry Conference (WIC), Amelia Island, FL
- July 17-20, 2019: 2019 AWFS Fair, Las Vegas, NV
- May 4-8, 2020: 2020 Woodworking Industry Conference (WIC), Isle of Palms, SC