commerce and integrated processes.”
A dozen conference sessions are planned, forming a core
part of the appeal for Wood Pro Expo Charlotte. Other in-
dustry personalities keynoting the show include FDMC editor
Will Sampson; and Gene Wengert, aka “The Wood Dr.”
Lean expert Mike Roth will headline a morning session titled,
“Jump Starting Your Lean Journey.” Roth will discuss the 8 steps
of value stream leadership and share many lean manufacturing
success stories. The talk will be relevant to woodworking compa-
nies big or small, no matter where they are on their lean journey.
Will Sampson will also present the 2017 FDMC Pricing
Survey featuring his insights distilled from studying pricing in
the custom woodworking industry for more than two decades,
along with the results of the latest FDMC Pricing Survey.
Another highlight of WPE Charlotte’s educational offerings is a presentation by Greg Pilott on Workforce Strategies.
Pilotti, founder of Greg Pilotti Furniture Makers, tells how to
attract the next generation of employees, and hold onto them
once they are hired. Greg Pilotti has been running a successful custom furniture and casegood business in Parkesburg,
Pennsylvania, for his entire career. He’s 28.
Trained in his field through the commercial woodworking
program at Lancaster’s Thaddeus Stevens State College, Pilotti
is already a seasoned manager who has carefully charted a plan
for aggressively growing his business - accomplishments acknowledged in July when he received the 2017 Wood Industry
40 Under 40 Award in Las Vegas.
Charlotte Wood Pro Expo attendees will get a firsthand look at
commercial cabinet manufacturer, CABTEQ Solutions, if they
participate in the February 14 conference program. CABTEQ
Solutions is located in Rock Hill, S.C., where it offers design,
Also as part of the February 14
agenda, a visit to Blum in nearby
Stanley, North Carolina, is planned.
Tour attendees will learn about the
company’s award-winning appren-
ticeship program as well as Blum’s
$16 million expansion that includes
$7 million for equipment upgrades
for its fully automated warehouse as
well as $6 million for new manufacturing technology.
Another highlight of Wood
Pro Expo Charlotte will be a
reception that acknowledges the
Top 5 vote getters of the Young
competition. The winner of the
competition will be announced at
the Woodworking Network booth
on Feb. 15 at 4:00 p.m.
Woodworkers are also encouraged to bring their real live shop
production questions and challenges for the experts on hand.
Wood Pro Expo is the regional
show that brings education,
equipment, and supplies close to cabinetmakers and custom
woodworking businesses around the country. It includes a
strong educational program on best practices for shop pro-
duction, and as well as an expo oriented to equipment and
supplies geared to the small- and medium-size shops, including
CNC basics, employee recruitment, finishing, lean manufactur-
ing, business management, software, and shop safety.
Launched in 2014 in Baltimore, the show moved to Lan-
caster, Pennsylvania, last year, and returns to Lancaster in
October 2018. To learn more, go to www.woodproexpo.com ✚
WOOD PRO EXPO
Entrepreneur, Greg Pilotti
Sanding pro, Adam West
Georg Frey, WPE keynote.
Particpants will tour Blum, Inc. in Stanley, N.C.
Lean expert, Mike Roth.