WMIA News: September/October 2018


September/October 2018

Chairman of the Board’s Message: More Value from Your Membership: WMIA’s Board and staff have always been committed to giving you more value from your membership. When Dave Rakauskas became the Association’s Chairman of the Board in April 2017, he mentioned that one of his top priorities was education for the industry with a focus on our members’ own people. A primary objective was seeing that WMIA provided more programs like our successful WTII Boot Camp for salespeople. Building on requests from members, WMIA recently launched with WTII a training program for service technicians, focused on electrical and mechatronics-related issues, as well as some safety and customer service tips. (See related article below.)

In his Chairman’s message, Dave discusses upcoming trainings for service technicians and salespeople, as well as other ways WMIA is working to enhance member engagement. Read more in Dave’s message.

First-Ever Training for Service Technicians is a Sold-Out Success! As Dave Rakauskas mentioned in his message above, WMIA and WTII’s first training for service technicians held earlier this month at Pittsburg State University sold out, with 17 participants representing nine WMIA-member companies. This 2-1/2-day session was taught by Pittsburg State mechatronics faculty, and covered the following topics:  Basic Electricity; Schematics: Circuit Devices and Symbols; Schematics: Understanding Schematics; Relays, Contractors, and Motor Starters; Circuit Protection; Troubleshooting 101; Electric Power; Induction Motors; Introduction to PLCs; HMI and SCADA Interfacing; DC, Servo, and Stepper Motors; Industrial Networks; Power Quality; and Variable Frequency Drives.

The next training for service technicians will be held January 3-5, 2019, at Pittsburg State University. The session will begin at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday and run through 12:00 p.m. on Saturday. The training will cost $1400 for WMIA members and $1750 for nonmembers. This cost includes two nights’ hotel stay (Friday and Saturday); daily transportation from the hotel to University; breakfast, lunches, and classroom snacks (all dinners excluded); resource book and laboratory supplies. For more information, or to register members of your team, visit http://wtii.net/home. The service technicians’ training is called “SpecialOps – Electrical Training.” (You can also register for the original Boot Camp for salespeople, which will be held January 7-11, 2019.)

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.

Machine Solutions Welcomes 70 Students to Manufacturing Day Event: Machine Solutions, LLC hosted a Manufacturing Day event October 5 at their Jasper (Indiana) Tech Center. Seventy local high school students attended the event showcasing automation, robotics, and CNC programming. At the event, each student programmed their name into a plaque which was later cut on a CNC machine for the students to take home as a souvenir. Given the large turnout, Machine Solutions hopes to hold this event annually. Machine Solutions also plans to continue their involvement with local schools in an effort to have more students consider manufacturing careers as a viable and rewarding option.

Congratulations to Rick Braun on a successful event aimed at the future workforce. A special thanks to Biesse America, Mereen-Johnson, OMGA, Pillar, and IN-Mac for their support in this event. (Look in the next issue of WMIA News for a story about WMIA’s next outreach event to schools on November 5, at Herrick & White in Cumberland, RI.)

Meet the Scholarship Winners: As reported in the last issue of WMIA News, the Association’s Educational Foundation awarded $28,000 in scholarships to 22 high school seniors and college students 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.

Mary Anderson, Seattle, WA
Seattle Central College Wood Technology Center
Mary Anderson studies Carpentry at the Wood Technology Center in Seattle, Washington. Currently, she is working on a Zero Energy Passive House that just passed its first blower door test. Thanks to the support of the WMIA Educational Foundation, Mary will be able to continue her education and pursue a career in the woodworking industry.

Kelson Claassen, Hesston, KS
Pittsburg State University

My name is Kelson Claassen and I am going into my Junior year at Pittsburg State University. I am majoring in Architectural Manufacturing Management and Technology and minoring in Business Administration. Outside of class, I am very active in our program. I am a student worker for the instructors in Architectural Manufacturing Management and Technology as well as being involved in SAW Club, our student ran organization for the program. I have been a Distinguished Member every year and was Treasurer this past year. I am Vice President of the organization this upcoming year. I also held an internship at Gator Millworks emphasizing on the drafting and engineering side of the industry.

Casey Clark, Seattle, WA
Seattle Central College Wood Technology Center

I am a student at Seattle Central College Wood Technology Center studying wooden boat building, repair & cabinetry. My goal is to build a career in antique vessel restoration and high-end cabinetry. I developed a passion for wood when I was a young child, whittling sticks with my grandpa and making pine derby box cars. In my spare time, I enjoy sailing and spending quality time with my wife Samantha and our three children. I am excited and energized by this scholarship award, and my family is deeply grateful for this incredible show of support for my work.

WCA Issues First Diamond Credential: During the International Woodworking Fair in Atlanta in late August, Patrick Molzahn, woodworking instructor at Madison College in Madison, WI, received the first Diamond credential ever issued, in a ceremony held at the Woodwork Career Alliance of North America’s (WCA) booth. Molzahn, a founding member of the WCA’s Board of Directors, said the experience of achieving the Diamond credential fulfilled a long-term goal. “I use the WCA credentialing system to evaluate and reward my students,” Molzahn said. “I have long felt the need to test the efficacy of our credentialing system by experiencing it from the candidate’s perspective.”

In addition to passing more than 125 skill evaluations on dozens of machines and tools, Molzahn completed projects for the three highest credentialing levels: Red, Gold, and ultimately Diamond. Molzahn described the Diamond project, recreating six replacement windows and an entry door for a National Historic Landmark, as “the hardest I have undertaken in my career.” Having successfully progressed through all stages of the WCA credentialing Passport program, Molzahn said he is confident that the WCA standards can be used effectively to measure a candidate’s woodworking abilities.

For more information on the WCA, visit http://woodworkcareer.org/.

Welcome, Master-Sand! Master-Sand, located in Toledo, OH, joined WMIA as an Associate member earlier this fall. We look forward to your involvement in WMIA activities!

Master-Sand was formed in 2006 to provide users and manufacturers of profile sanding machinery with a high quality alternative to costly brush sanding systems. Their team has over 200 combined years of experience in the industrial brush industry, as well as the hardwood dimension industry. They understand the ups and downs of all sizes of business, and are in a position to make their products work for all of their customers. Master-Sand is not a distributor. Raw materials for their products are sourced worldwide, but all manufacturing of sanding brushes and cores is done by their company in Toledo.

For more information, visit their website at http://www.master-sand.com/.

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.

WMIA Has Moved…But Not Too Far! Effective October 29, WMIA’s headquarters office has relocated, from Alexandria to Fairfax, VA. 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. (Look in the last issue of WMIA News for profiles of our two newest staff members.)

August 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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