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2018 Wooden Globe Winners
Winners of the 2018 WMIA Wooden Globe awards
were announced in a special ceremony at the
Woodworking Industry Conference, held on May 3
Taking top honors for Manufacturing Excellence
through Technology was Dura Supreme, a
major cabinet manufacturer based in Howard Lake,
Minnesota. Nominated by Jim Besonen of Wood
Machinery Systems Inc., Dura Supreme invested
heavily in new equipment and technology despite
the recession and maintained profitability through
the crisis. Accepting the award was Perry Fails,
vice president of manufacturing, who said he was
convinced more than ever of the importance of
investing in automation and new technology.
Dura Supreme manufactures semi-custom and
custom, framed and frameless cabinetry, sold
through a nationwide network of dealers. The
company employs more than 400 people at its
220,000 square foot manufacturing facility.
The Innovator of the Year Wooden Globe went to
Lazy Lee USA, a closet and cabinet manufacturer
based in Cedar City, Utah. Nominated by Mary Lynn
Heath of Lockdowel Inc., Lazy Lee USA, developed
a rotating storage unit that can be shipped flat
packed to be assembled on site by two people
without screws or glue. The units, which are more
than 7 feet tall, use Lockdowel fasteners for quick
and secure assembly. They provide a solution for
corner storage in modern closet installations.
Lazy Lee CEO Brett Messer and Product Engineer
Logan Owens accepted the award. “We are
thrilled to be recognized as the most innovative
woodworking product of 2018,” Messer said. “I’m
proud of our team for taking the time to re-engineer
the spinning closets and pantries so that anyone,
anywhere in the U.S. can have the storage space
they need in a beautiful, rotating piece of furniture
they can be happy to display and happier to use.”
Educator of the Year honors went to Joe Davis,
the mill and cabinetmaking instructor at the Dale
Jackson Career Center for the Lewisville
Independent School District, in Lewisville, Texas.
Erich Mazurek of Maze Machinery LLC nominated
Davis, who has educated more than 1,200 students
so far in his career.
The program encompasses traditional furniture
techniques on to modern CNC manufacturing.
Davis’ students have the opportunity to take the
Woodwork Career Alliance national certification
tests, and many of those students have gone on
to successful careers in the woodworking industry.
Davis also encourages and supports students to
participate in SkillsUSA, various regional and
national cabinetmaking contests.
Davis holds a lifetime Texas Education Agency
Career and Technology Education Teacher
Certification. He is a three-time recipient of the
DJCC Teacher of the Year, as well as WoodLINKS
National Teacher of the Year and has also been
awarded the LISD Golden Apple. He has been on
the National Education Team for 18 years and
currently serves as chairman for the national
cabinetmaking contests for the student leadership
organization SkillsUSA. n
Perry Fails, vice president of manufacturing for Dura
Supreme, accepted the Wooden Globe for Manufacturing
Excellence through Technology. He is shown here with
nominator Jim Besonen of Wood Machinery Systems (right).
Lazy Lee USA CEO Brett Messer (left) and
Product Engineer Logan Owens accepted the
Wooden Globe Award for Innovator of the Year.
Mary Lynn Heath of Lockdowel nominated the
Educator of the Year honors went to Joe Davis, the mill and
cabinetmaking instructor at the Dale Jackson Career Center
in Lewisville, Texas. He was nominated by Erich Mazurek of
Maze Machinery (right).