by Karl Forth
email@example.com WOOD PRO EXPO
The first Wood Pro Expo in Lancaster drew larger crowds of woodworkers to its new home during the two-day exhibition. A variety of equipment, supplies and services exhibitors met with local woodworkers and makers of cabinets, furniture and millwork at the Lan- caster Host exhibit hall east of Lancaster. “We sold out our Wood Pro Expo exhibit space at the Lancaster location this year, and we drew
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more attendees than the previous two events in
Baltimore,” said Tim Fixmer, CEO of CCI Media,
parent company of Woodworking Network and
FDMC Magazine. “We are planning on returning
to Lancaster with a second Wood Pro Expo event
in October 2018.”
Both exhibitors and attendees were reported
to be pleased with the event. “The exhibitors we
talked to were pleased with the result,” said Car-
roll Henning, CCI Media director of marketing
and events. “They said the Lancaster location was
the center of a lot of woodworking activity.
Will Sampson led off the event with a keynote
address describing seven ways woodworkers can
improve their businesses. Sampson discussed
the benefits of a business plan, and how price is
determined. Sampson suggested shops know their
real costs, find and know their market, and let suppliers help them.
On the second day of Wood Pro Expo, Lean
manufacturing was the keynote subject. Mike
Roth of Lean-Six-Sigma.com described value
stream management, the need to start with a commitment to lean and the expected benefits.
Quartersawn and sustainability
Also speaking was Criswell Davis of Frank Miller
Lumber, who showed examples of high-end
millwork jobs. He spoke about hardwood lumber
trends, sustainable forests and details of quartersawn lumber techniques.
Cold weather fabrication was discussed by Bob
First event in Pennsylvania sold out exhibit space, drew good crowd.
Return to Lancaster planned after
successful Wood Pro Expo
Wood Pro Expo in Lancaster drew crowds and will return next year. Meanwhile a new WPE is set for Charlotte.