Wooden Globe Awards: Excellence in
Technology, Innovation & Education
Meet the winners of this year’s prizes and find out more about this prestigious award.
Extraordinary wood manufacturing companies and educators in North America are recognized with the prestigious Wooden Globe Awards by
the Woodworking Machinery Industry Association.
The annual awards are given in three categories
according to the following criteria:
Commitment to Excellence Through
Technology: Nominees for this award represent
the value of continued investments in high
technology machinery — investments necessary
to compete successfully in today’s global market.
A criteria of the award is that a significant portion
of the machinery investments have been made
through WMIA member companies. The owner and
top management must be strong advocates of using
high-technology machinery to maximize profits and
maintain a competitive edge.
Innovator of the Year: Nominees for the
Innovator Award are honored for producing a
unique or innovative wood-based product, or for
using an innovative process to produce the product,
incorporating high technology machinery in the
Educator of the Year: This award goes to an
educational institution, teacher or company with a
structured curriculum tailored to training individuals
for careers in the woodworking industry. Criteria
for the award requires hands-on training on high
technology machinery supplied by one or more
WMIA member companies.
The WMIA Wooden Globe Award itself is a cherry
wood globe cut from a solid block. Since 2007,
Pittsburg State University has been WMIA’s source
for producing it. PSU’s involvement began in 2001
when it first won the Educator award.