WMIA News: November/December 2018


November/December 2018

President and CEO’s Message: New Eyes for the New Year? Many people greet the new year by making resolutions, returning from vacation, taking down holiday decorations, and cleaning and throwing away clutter. It’s so easy to get stuck in our comfort zone, taking the easier, more familiar path. But what if the most amazing thing you can do for yourself in the months to come is to look at everything with new eyes?

In his President and CEO’s message, Larry Hoffer discusses a recent discovery he made when accompanying a friend to LASIK vision correction surgery, which helped provide some perspective on the year ahead. This perspective, this concept of looking at things even just a bit differently, to perhaps find clarity where you’ve always been a little muddled, is one that WMIA’s Board and staff also employ, since we’re always searching for new ways to increase the value of your membership, to improve existing programs and benefits, and launch new ones. 2019 will be no exception to that rule. Read more in Larry’s message.

WMIA’s First CTE Open House is a Great Success! Congratulations to WMIA’s Education Committee and Chairman Chris Hofmann of Colonial Saw Co., Inc., for hosting a successful event last month for approximately 80 New England high school students. The open house, held at Herrick & White in Cumberland, RI, introduced students from five schools to the shop environment, industry vendors, and post-secondary woodworking schools, giving them a great cross-section of many available career opportunities in woodworking, millwork, furniture, and cabinetry, all in the span of about two hours per school. The open house was organized with the help of Skills for Rhode Island’s Future, an organization that provides high school students with paid summer work-based internships. The program connects education with the workplace, allowing students to learn about a job they may want to pursue.

In addition to Herrick & White and Skills for Rhode Island’s Future, WMIA wishes to thank the following companies for participating in the open house: Atlantic Machinery, Burns Tools Inc., Cabinetvision, Colonial Saw Co., Inc., HOLZ-HER, KCD Software, New England School of Architectural Woodworking, and Stiles Machinery, Inc. A future open house is planned for the spring of 2019 in Massachusetts; more details will follow.

For more information on the November event, visit https://www.woodworkingnetwork.com/news/woodworking-industry-news/event-connects-classroom-real-industry-experience.

Nominate a Deserving Customer for a WMIA Wooden Globe Award:Every year, WMIA honors excellence among woodworking companies by presenting the annual Wooden Globe Awards. WMIA members nominate their customers, and awards are presented in three categories: Innovator, Educator, and Commitment to Excellence Through Technology. The Wooden Globe Awards are a tremendous example to your customers and the trade press about the impact investing in new equipment and technology can have on their bottom line, and also demonstrates the effectiveness of education in the woodworking technology field.

Nominations for the 2019 cycle are due January 15, 2019. WMIA will cover the costs of travel to WIC 2019 and two nights’ hotel expenses for one award winner in each category and their significant other; WMIA will also cover the WIC registration fee and travel expenses for the nominators of the winning entries. You can review the awards criteria to see how WMIA’s Marketing Committee and Education Committee evaluate nominees, and when you’re ready to submit your nomination, download the entry form. Contact Larry Hoffer at lhoffer@wmia.org or 571-279-8341 for more information.

WIC 2019 Registration Now Open! For more than 30 years, WMIA and the Wood Machinery Manufacturers of America (WMMA) have jointly sponsored the Woodworking Industry Conference (WIC). WIC offers multiple chances for you to connect with woodworking machinery importers, distributors, manufacturers, suppliers, and educators. Whether you’re looking to expand your distributor network, identify new machine lines to sell, or understand what is on the horizon in the industry, WIC provides the perfect forum, in a relaxed, non-competitive setting.

The holidays may be approaching, and temperatures in your area may be heading downward, but you can combat that by registering for WIC 2019, which will be held April 2-5, 2019, at the Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort, in Amelia Island, Florida. It’s not too early to start thinking about all the conference has to offer, from business development opportunities like the always-popular contact tables and multiple chances to network, to activities like golf, pickleball, and volleyball tournaments, and the annual 5K Run/Walk, all on spectacular Amelia Island.

To make your hotel reservations, use the WIC 2019 online link to take advantage of the discounted $249/night rate. You may also call the hotel at 904-261-6161 and reference “Woodworking Industry Conference 2019” or “WIC2019.” (You also have options to upgrade your room to an oceanfront villa for a higher rate.) Reservations must be made no later than February 28, 2019, although the discounted rate is only available as long as rooms are!! To register, visit the WIC registration page. (You must have your user name and password to register; please contact us if you need that information.)

In Memoriam: David Cave, 3K Machinery Company: We recently learned of the death earlier this year of David Cave, president and owner of long-time WMIA Distributor member 3K Machinery Company in New Albany, IN. He passed away after a courageous, 18-month battle with cancer.

David’s son Brian has taken over the operations of 3K Machinery Company, and he can be reached at brian@3Kmachinery.com. We wish to express our sincerest condolences to the Cave family and everyone at 3K Machinery.

Hit the Slopes with WINS 2019! January will see the return of the popular WINS (Woodworking Industry Networking & Snowsports) event, to be held January 25-28, 2019, at the Little America Hotel in Salt Lake City, UT. This year’s event will focus on networking even more than ever, so between the opportunities to ski, snowboard, and even snowmobile (new this year), there will be lots of opportunities for formal and informal networking with your industry colleagues.

Registration is $75 for WMIA members through January 4, and you can bring a spouse or guest for an additional $25. (Registration increases as of January 5.) Make your reservations at Little America before the prices increase, and to register for WINS, visit the WINS registration page.

Need more information? Want to become a sponsor? Contact John Schultz, James Scarlett, Gordon Burdis, or Scott Burton.

Meet the Scholarship Winners: The Association’s Educational Foundation awarded $28,000 in scholarships to 22 high school seniors and college students earlier this year, so they can further their woodworking education. To date, the Foundation has provided over $400,000 to assist talented students with furthering their educational and career goals. In this and subsequent issues of the newsletter, we’ll introduce you to the winners.

Roger Cortes, Longueuil, QC, Canada
École Nationale du Meuble et de L’Ébénisterie (ENME)

Roger was working at the Montreal Harbor for more than 8 years when health issues forced him to change careers. Following this decision, he found a new job on a cabinet assembly line and as a sales rep for a moulding company. These new opportunities led the way for Roger to register at ENME in 2017 and start a three-year program in woodworking. Roger is also helping teachers with lab preparation at the ENME. His career goal is to start his own business in custom furniture-making.

Gage Davis, Dorchester, TX
Pittsburg State University

Ever since I was a child, I have always enjoyed working with wood, from participating in the local pinewood derby and helping build Eagle projects, to helping rebuild houses during mission trips. Woodworking is just something I cannot seem to get enough time in the day to enjoy doing. After attending the AWFS show in Las Vegas and seeing what the industry has to offer, I discovered that a career in woodworking is possible and is what I hope to achieve. I am looking forward to learning new skills that will turn a lifelong hobby into a great career that will never get old.

Sarah Fortin-Pelletier, La Salle, QC, Canada
École Nationale du Meuble et de L’Ébénisterie (ENME)

Following a technical diploma in architecture and one-year certificate in Administration, Sarah changed her field of studies to woodworking at ENME after she participated in a “Student for a Day” event organized by the school. On that day, she took a class in woodworking and began planning to use her skills she developed through the years to eventually operate her own architectural woodworking business. Combined with school, she is also working as a business assistant for a roofing supplies company.

Check Your Mailbox for Your 2019 Membership Renewal! Renewal notices were mailed to all WMIA members within the first week of December. If you renew your membership dues before January 31, 2019, you are entitled to the discount outlined on your invoice; renewals received after that date will have to pay the full dues amount. Please keep in mind that your membership dues must remain current in both 2019 and 2020, in order to be eligible for the discounted member rate on your booth space and any additional returning exhibitor promotional allowance, as well as Qualified Distributor program benefits.

We greatly appreciate your continued support of WMIA. Should you have any questions about your dues renewal, or if you didn’t receive your invoice, please contact Patricia Crisologo at pcrisologo@wmia.org.

Welcome, Midwest Automation! Midwest Automation LLC, located in Minneapolis, MN, joined WMIA as an Importer member last month. We look forward to your involvement in WMIA activities!

For over 60 years, Midwest Automation has manufactured industrial machinery for the woodworking, composite panel, and metalworking industries using U.S. labor, and locally available components whenever possible. They entered the woodworking markets in the 1960s with the introduction of machines used for laminating and fabricating postformed kitchen countertops, and since that time, the product line has expanded to include a wide variety of flat and 3D panel laminating machines using continuous roller presses and hydraulic platen presses for water base, liquid and hot melt polyurethane (PUR) adhesives, as well as specialized panel saws, wide belt sanders, and combination planer/sanders.

For more information, visit their website at http://midwestautomation.com/.

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Don’t Forget Our New Address! WMIA relocated its headquarters office in late October, from Alexandria to Fairfax, VA. If you haven’t already, please update your records to the following:

3025 Hamaker Court, Suite 460
Fairfax, VA 22031

Phone: 571-279-8340
Fax: 571-279-8343


All staff email addresses remain the same. Larry Hoffer, president and CEO, can be reached at lhoffer@wmia.org; Jody Allen, program manager, can be reached at jallen@wmia.org; and Patricia Crisologo, program coordinator, can be reached at pcrisologo@wmia.org.

October 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/.

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