Schaefer of Fessenden Hall Inc. Schaefer detailed
characteristics of different types of panel and laminate products and the effects of moisture content and
What’s in your spray booth? Bob Karmonick of
Russell Plywood provided examples of possible challenges in finishing, and suggested that the finishing
supplier should be working with the shop.
Also speaking was Matt Buell of Buell Wood Design, who uses template routing to make high quality
furniture and residential and commercial products.
Mike Littlejohn of Vero Software and Cabinet Vision
discussed practical advice for software users in a
question-and-answer session with FDMC editor Will
Greg Pilotti of Greg Pilotti Furniture described
hiring and retention strategies, and how he has dealt
with younger employees.
His relationship with Thaddeus Stevens College
has been a major factor in his career and in identifying potential new employees.
CNC tips and tricks were presented by Leland
Thomasset of Taghkanic Woodworking. Thomasset
provided hands-on practical information on solid
carbide stock router bits, workpiece holding, and
examples of unusual or difficult work that had been
made on his company’s Omnitech CNC router.
Lancaster County is home to many Amish woodworkers, but most are making traditional residential
furniture. Steve Riehl of Knot & Ore spoke about his
company’s startup as a manufacturer of contemporary solid wood furniture, incorporating live edges
and metal components.
Current plans are for a return of Wood Pro Expo
to Lancaster in October 2018. But interested exhibitors and potential attendees won’t have to wait that
long. Wood Pro Expo Carolinas is planned for the
Charlotte Convention Center in downtown Charlotte,
North Carolina, February 14 and 16, 2018. ❮
Wood Pro Expo
comes to Charlotte
The Woodworking Network is bringing its Wood
Pro Expo to Charlotte, North Carolina, to expand
the Wood Pro Expo regional series. Registration is
now open for the event, which will be held at the
Charlotte Convention Center February 14-16.
“Wood Pro Expo is a regional show for wood-
working businesses bringing suppliers and experts
together for a localized presentation of equipment
and supply solutions,” said Tim Fixmer, president/
CEO of the Woodworking Network, which owns
and operates the events. “In each city where
it takes place, it includes a strong educational
program on best practices for shop production, as
well as an expo oriented to equipment and supplies
geared to small and medium size shops, including
CNC basics, employee recruitment, finishing, lean
manufacturing, business management, software, and
Launched in 2014 in Baltimore, the show moved
in October 2017 to Lancaster, Pennsylvania, and
now expands to Charlotte on February 14-16,
2018. Wood Pro Expo will also return to Lancaster,
Pennsylvania, in October 2018.
A dozen conference sessions are planned, forming a core part of the appeal for Wood Pro Expo
Charlotte. Industry personalities keynoting the show
include FDMC editor Will Sampson; manufacturing
integration expert Georg Frey, head of Lignum Consulting; and Gene Wengert, aka “The Wood Dr.” A
morning session on February 14 will be devoted to
Registration for the Wood Pro Expo Charlotte
exhibition is $20 Early Bird Rate ($25 after), includ-
ing admission to keynote presentations on February
15 and February 16. Wood Pro Expo February 14
Full Conference Pass is $125 Early Bird Rate ($150
after); $175 for Full Conference Pass + Plant Tours
($200 after); and $75 for Plant Tours only.
For details go to www.woodproexpo.com.
WOOD PRO EXPO