Atlanta, GA—October is Woodworking Manufacturing Month, and nearing the halfway mark, it has already delivered on its promise.
Launched on October 1, Woodworking Manufacturing Month was initiated by wood industry technology and materials associations WMMA and WMIA, as a celebration of an often overlooked industrial sector that delivers thousands of products enabling essential industries to fuel the U.S. economy.
Wood products are everywhere: kitchen cabinets, bathroom vanities, furniture, windows, doors, flooring, stairs, moulding and millwork trim, and veneered panels. From the mundane—shipping crates, plywood forms for concrete foundations, thick oak beds in semi-trailers—to the sublime—moulded laminates, custom cabinetry, and collectible furnishes, bespoke veneers, and marquetry flooring—wood products permeate life.
The growth and advancement of the industry is enabled by manufacturers of technologies and materials that keep the product pipeline full. And all through October 2021, the U.S. woodworking industry is in the global spotlight, for it is here that many of those technologies and materials are developed, the raw materials sourced, and the creative applications of all those elements applied to fabrication of new products advances.
The fusion of innovation and technology continues to fuel business growth and career opportunities in more than 500 woodworking business segments, manufacturing thousands of essential products that supply fundamental industries such as home building and commercial construction, that form the backbone of the U.S. economy.
WMMA and WMIA, owners of the International Woodworking Fair, engaged IWF to produce Woodworking Manufacturing Month. Among participating partners are 3B SpA, AikenControls, Allmoxy, CR Onsrud, Inc. , Krautzberger North America, Lignomat USA LTD moisture measurement, Luxhammar thermal modification wood kilns, Motimac USA brush sanding, Nederman dust filtration, Newman Machinery, Nordfab Ducting, Original Saw Company, Peak Toolworks, Safety Speed Manufacturing, SCM Group, Stiles Machinery, Uniboard, and Weima.
Several companies are sponsoring events Woodworking Manufacturing Month, including SCM Group October 18-19; Weima America October 25-29; and CR Onsrud, Barbaric, and Microvellum October 26-27.
The vibrance and resilience of the wood manufacturing industry has been a beacon for other sectors through the COVID-19 pandemic, when thousands of woodworking businesses were quickly declared “essential businesses” under local and national government guidelines. Beyond the immediate requirements of construction and remodeling for medical centers, woodworking firms benefited in building out implementation of required safety shields and partitions for retailers, offices, and other manufacturing businesses. This kept woodworking factories humming as they produced and reconfigured cabinetry and casegoods to meet government directives.
Likewise, revised floor plans for home offices and studies demanded services from cabinet makers, closet shops, and home remodeling firms. New and existing home sales rose at a torrid pace, driving growth in windows, doors, flooring, and cabinetry, as well as furnishings, as consumers exercised a new-found freedom to relocate without concern for commutes.
To serve these trends, wood products manufacturers of cabinetry, furniture, casegoods, flooring, doors and windows have been expanding and investing with state-of-the-art factories and advanced technologies. Woodworking Manufacturing Month celebrates these contributions in partnership with leading manufacturers taking featured roles in this celebration, and who make the biannual International Woodworking Fair a centerpiece of woodworking industry innovation.