WMIA News – Feb/Mar 2017

February/March 2017

Chairman of the Board’s Message: Educate Us about Education: In the coming year, WMIA will be focusing a great deal of attention on developing educational programs. But to ensure that the work the Association does provides as much value as possible to our members, we’re asking for your input as to which area we should focus more effort on. We’re conducting a brief survey of our members, and if you take the survey, you will be entered into a drawing to win a free registration to WIC 2018 in Hawaii!

Read more of Scott Mueller’s message.

President’s Message: Saddle ‘Em Up! For the past several years, WMIA has been proud to sponsor the Wood Technology Industry Institute’s (WTII) Boot Camp at Pittsburg State University. We’ve heard from a number of members that the Boot Camp is a tremendously useful program, and the discount is one of the more valuable member benefits WMIA offers. The sixth session of the WTII Boot Camp will be held May 15-19, 2017, so register your team now to be sure they’re included!

Read more of Larry Hoffer’s message.

WIC 2017 Registration and Hotel Rates Increase March 25, So Act Fast! Still on the fence about whether or not to attend WIC 2017, to be held at the Omni Rancho Las Palmas Resort & Spa in Rancho Mirage/Palm Springs, CA, April 25-28? Just haven’t gotten your act together yet? Keep in mind that the early-bird registration discount AND the special discounted rate at the Omni both end March 24! (Because of the Coachella music festival, which will be held the weekend prior to WIC, the hotel is sold out April 22 and 23, and is very limited other days, so room availability may not last through March 24!)

To register, visit http://woodworkingindustryconference.com/register/, or make your hotel reservations online. (You’ll need your member login and password to register; contact the WMIA office if you need that information.) We look forward to seeing you in Palm Springs in a little less than seven weeks!!

WIC Session to Offer Business Succession and Estate Planning Strategies: Typically, the more successful business owners become, they also become more vulnerable. At a session held during WIC 2017, led by estate planning and business succession experts Leon and Terrance Resnick, techniques will be discussed showing how to combat those vulnerabilities and assure that the successful business remains just that–successful! You’ll also learn needed tools and strategies in the areas of business succession and wealth preservation and eventual transition of assets (with special focus on your business).

In addition to the Resnicks’ 75-minute session, they will be providing 30-minute complimentary consultations at WIC for Thursday, April 27, and Friday, April 28.  Attendees will be able to sign up after the seminar. For those unable to meet with the Resnicks in Palm Springs, they have agreed to offer this also via telephone upon everyone’s return after the conference.

WMIA Welcomes New Members: WMIA would like to welcome four companies which recently joined the Association as members. We hope to see many of you at WIC 2017 in Palm Springs!

Dimar USA, Inc. is located in Hickory, NC. Founded in 1960, Dimar is one of the leading manufacturers of cutting tools for industry, construction, and the professional woodworker. Their products are sold to over 55 countries under the Dimar brand and also to leading OEM companies. For more information, visit their website at www.dimartooling.com.

Legacy Machinery, Inc. is a new Distributor member located in Flowery Branch, GA. They are a full-service provider of new and used machinery and related supplies for manufacturers of wood, composites, ferrous, and non-ferrous metals. Legacy Machinery strives to be your partner in production. For more information, visit their website at http://legacymachinery.com/.

Machinerie H. Fortier is a new Distributor member located in Daveluyville, QC, Canada. They sell both new and used woodworking machinery, and also import Holytek machinery, for sale in Canada only. For more information, visit their website at www.holytekcanada.com.

Maguire Machinery Group is a new Distributor member located in Aurora, OR. They have over 20 years of experience in the woodworking industry, both in solid wood and panel processing. Scanning and optimizing have been their strong suit, but they have solid experience in all phases. For more information, visit their website at www.magmacgroup.com/.

Member Profile: Machinery Sales Company, Inc.: Machinery Sales Company, Inc. first opened its doors for business in 1957. Since then they have provided superior quality equipment and machinery to their customers in the forest industries and secondary woodworking businesses around the globe without interruption. The company’s 50,000 square feet of covered storage and shop facilities, located on 11 acres in Portland, Oregon, contains the world’s largest and most complete inventory of used sawmill equipment, planing mills, cutting tools for sawmilling industries, lumber manufacturing, and secondary wood manufacturing equipment, both new and used.

Read more of this issue’s member profile.

SaveMember Spotlight: Kathy Monks, Machinery Sales Company, Inc.: Kathy Monks, sales manager for Machinery Sales Company, Inc., with her office in Port Townsend, Washington and the main office in Portland, Oregon, has a wood industry history unlike many. It dates back to her grandfather, who owned a saw mill in Arkansas. During the recession, he closed the mill down, bought a panel truck and moved his family to California. At the time, Monks’ father and mother were newlyweds of just five days. And the rest is history.

Read more of this spotlight article on Monks.

Wait, Was That Pascal Doucet on TV? WMIA Board member Pascal Doucet of Doucet Machineries, Inc., was recently featured on the popular television program Daily Planet on the Canadian Discovery Channel. Doucet took to the airwaves February 10 to present the world’s fastest in-motion crosscut saw, the Doucet DSS-400. The DSS practically doubles the throughput capacity of traditional crosscut saws—one saw is capable of cutting upwards of 150,000 lineal feet down to the floorboard level in an eight-hour shift. Emmy voters, take note! Check out Doucet’s TV appearance.

Virginia Tech – U.S. Forest Service Housing Reports: Virginia Tech, Virginia Cooperative Extension in conjunction with the U.S. Forest Service, produce 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. The last report issued is for December 2016, and the report is in two parts: Part 1: Main and Part 2: Economic Conditions.

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