August 22 – 25, 2018

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Updates from the 2017 Woodworking Industry Conference (WIC)

Updates from the 2017 Woodworking Industry Conference (WIC)

Chairman of the Board's Message: A New Chairman's Welcome:
At the recent Woodworking Industry Conference (WIC) in Palm Springs, CA, David Rakauskas of Colonial Saw Co., Inc. became WMIA's new Chairman of the Board. (See related story below.) As his two-year term begins, Dave shares some of his thoughts about how excited and honored he is to lead WMIA, and provides a snapshot of where the Association is, where he plans to focus his time and energy, and how he'd like to see the Association grow over the next two years and beyond.

Read more of Dave Rakauskas' message.

New Officers, Board Members Elected: As reported above, during WMIA's Annual Business Meeting at WIC,  David Rakauskas became the Association's new Chairman of the Board. Additionally, Jim Besonen, Wood Machinery Systems, Inc., was elected Vice-Chairman of the Board, and Pascal Doucet, Doucet Machineries, Inc., was elected Secretary/Treasurer. (Scott Mueller assumed the position of Chairman Emeritus.) Mark Craig, Anderson Group, was re-elected to the Board for a second three-year term, and several new Board members were elected: Rick Braun, Machine Solutions, LLC; Joe Hammock, Friulmac, Inc.; and Jason Howell, WEINIG.

Read more about it at http://www.wmia.org/rakauskas-becomes-wmia-chairman-of-the-board-association-elects-new-officers-board-members/.

WIC 2017: A Blast in the Desert! By all accounts, the 2017 Woodworking Industry Conference (WIC), held in late April in Palm Springs, CA, was a tremendous success. Nearly 250 people enjoyed four days of business development, networking, excellent educational sessions, and some terrific social events. 

Whether you want to relive the memories of WIC, or see what you missed, check out the conference Flickr page for all of the photos, at https://www.flickr.com/photos/wic2016/albums, or check out our YouTube channel, which includes interviews with a number of the keynote speakers, at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCJJ9A657x8rDf1ILqzBBxsQ.

And Mark Your Calendars for WIC 2018...It's not too early to start thinking about the 2018 Woodworking Industry Conference, which will be held May 1-4, 2018, at the Hyatt Regency Maui Resort & Spa in Maui, Hawaii. Hotel reservations and registration should be open in early July, and the special discounted room rate will be available for three days prior and three days after WIC.

Details will follow, but plan to join us for a spectacular WIC!!

2017 Wooden Globe Award Winners Salute Excellence: What do Crystal Cabinet Works, Haas Cabinet, and the New England School of Architectural Woodworking have in common? All three were honored with WMIA's Wooden Globe Awards during the 2017 Woodworking Industry Conference in Palm Springs, CA. These awards are presented for notable success and achievements, accomplished in part through the use of high technology machinery and software supplied by WMIA-member companies.

Crystal Cabinet Works, Inc., Princeton, MN, was named Innovator of the Year. (They were nominated by Ben Dipzinski of Hocker North America, formerly O2 Filtration.) Rick Braun of Machine Solutions, LLC, nominated this year's winner of the Commitment to Excellence through Technology Award, Haas Cabinet, Sellersburg, IN. Greg Larson and the New England School of Architectural Woodworking (NESAW), Easthampton, MA, won the Educator of the Year Award. (Chris Hofmann of Colonial Saw Co., Inc., and the new chairman of WMIA's Education Committee, nominated NESAW.) Read more about all of this year's winners at http://www.wmia.org/awards-2/awards-2016-copy/.

WMIA Welcomes New Members: WMIA would like to welcome five companies which recently joined the Association as members. We look forward to your involvement in the Association!

Kesseböhmer USA, Inc. is a new Associate member located in Wilmington, NC. A family-run business founded in 1954, Kesseböhmer produces special solutions for furniture fitting systems. The company is one of the leading kitchen furniture industry suppliers and distributes to over 60 countries worldwide. For more information, visit their website at http://www.cleverstorage.com/.

Lockdowel, Inc. is a new Associate member located in Fremont, CA. The founders of Lockdowel have one hand in engineering solutions for a variety of industries and the other in the ocean. The initial Lockdowel application was to attach fins to surfboards without the use of tools  and remove the fins in a snap for easy transportation, but in a few short years, they've gone from a boutique fastener inserted by hand to becoming the heart of fully-automated production facilities for the cabinet, closet, furniture, and architectural wood industry. For more information, visit their website at http://lockdowel.com/.

National Builders Hardware Co. (NBH) is a new Distributor member located in Portland, OR. NBH is proud to offer the best array of builders and decorative hardware, plumbing, tools, and woodworking machinery for professionals and their clients. Their product experts will provide you with efficient service and thoughtful advice on the best hardware, tools, or machinery for your woodworking projects. For more information, visit their website at http://www.nbhco.com/.

Pro Edge Technology, LLC is a new Importer member located in Ellenton, FL. As always the company's primary goal remains strong and steadfast: to provide you with a quality machine at an affordable price which will increase both your production and your profitability. From their compact model, PET I, to their largest stock production model, PET IV, they developed an edgebander that uses the same heavy-duty processing stations across the line. For more information, visit their website at http://www.proedgetechnology.com/index.html.

Riverside Tool Corp. is a new Associate member located in Elkhart, IN. Riverside Tool, as it is known today, was born out of a Chicago Avenue garage in Goshen, IN. After steady growth and relocation, the company faced its biggest challenge when its facility burnt to the ground in 2004. They were able to locate a new facility and begin limited production just two weeks after the total-loss fire. Today, the company has a 46,000-square-foot facility and is continually expanding product lines. For more information, visit their website at http://www.riversidetool.com/.

Maze Machinery Recognized by WEINIG/HOLZ-HER: Congratulations to WMIA Marketing Committee Chairman Erich Mazurek, as Maze Machinery, LLC, Corinth, TX, was recently recognized as the number one WEINIG/HOLZ-HER sales partner in the southeast region. Serving the Texas woodworking & non-ferrous industries since 2001, Maze Machinery is a distributor of the most recognized manufacturers of solid wood and panel processing machines. Mazurek thanked the regional & product managers from the WEINIG/HOLZ-HER Group, as well as Gary Coleman, Maze LLC sales, and the rest of the Maze team members in assisting customers in this proud achievement.

Share Your Company's News and Achievements with Your Fellow WMIA Members: Has your company recently won an award, celebrated a milestone, or do you have other great news to share? Email it to Larry Hoffer at lhoffer@wmia.org, and we'll share it in an upcoming issue of WMIA News!

Upcoming WMIA Dates on the Horizon:
  • July 19-22, 2017: AWFS Fair, Las Vegas, Nevada
  • November 2-4, 2017: Woodworking Machinery & Supply Fair (WMS), Toronto, ON, Canada
  • January 8-12. 2018: Wood Technology Industry Institute (WTII) Boot Camp, Pittsburg, KS
  • March 27-29, 2018: Cabinets & Closets Expo 2018, Pasadena, CA
  • May 1-4, 2018: 2018 Woodworking Industry Conference (WIC), Maui, Hawaii
  • August 22-25, 2018: International Woodworking Fair (IWF) 2018, Atlanta, Georgia
  • April 2-5, 2019: 2019 Woodworking Industry Conference (WIC), Amelia Island, Florida
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