by William Sampson
Honoring the best in technology, innovation and education for 2017, this year’s WMIA Wooden Globe Awards were presented April 27 in ceremo- nies at the annual Woodworking Industry Confer- ence in Rancho Mirage, California. Winners were Haas Cabinet, Sellersburg, Indiana, for Commitment to Excellence Through Technology; Crystal Cabinet Works Inc., Princ- eton, Minnesota, for Innovator of the Year; and
Greg Larson, New England School of Architectural Woodworking, Easthampton, Massachusetts.
Each winner was introduced by the person who
had nominated him for the award.
Designed to honor an on-going commitment
and investment in new technology, the technology award was accepted by Todd Haas of Haas
Cabinet. He described the long-term commitment to technology at Haas that began with his
grandfather, who founded the company, and his
father, who continued the tradition. When Todd
Haas took over in 2000, he confessed to actually
abandoning some technology to adopt simplified
WMIA Wooden Globe Awards honor tops in technology, innovation,
and education at annual Woodworking Industry Conference.
Wooden Globe winners announced
WMIA Wooden Globe winners and nominators, from left, Rick Braun, Machine Solutions, who nominated Todd
Haas, Haas Cabinet, for Commitment to Excellence Through Technology; Ben Dipzinski, Hocker North America, who
nominated Jared Nierengarten and Greg Rask, Crystal Cabinet Works; and Greg Larson, New England School of
Architectural Millwork, who was nominated by Chris Hofmann, Colonial Saw. Erich Mazurek, Maze Machinery, right, is
chairman of the WMIA Marketing Committee, which oversees the awards program.