Wood Pro Expo Charlotte at a glance
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 13, 2018 - CMA
Cabinet Makers Association Regional Get Together & Member
Site Visits - $55
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 14, 2018 - WOOD PRO EXPO
CONFERENCE & PLANT TOURS
WPE conference pass – Includes breakfast, keynote speaker,
two break out sessions, lunch, 2 plant tours, Feb 15 Young
Wood Pro reception and Feb. 15 & Feb. 16 Expo Hall admission -- $175.00 Early Bird Rate thru January 26.
8: 30 a.m. - 9: 30 a.m. – Conference Keynote: How Industry
4.0 Can Optimize Any Size Plant Georg Frey is a partner
with Lignum Consulting. He will discuss the internal preparation
needed - in every area, from workforce development to integration of technology, and what are the best sequence of steps
for advancing any sized woodworking business towards faster,
leaner and more flexible production.
9: 45 a.m. - Noon: Industry Break Out Sessions (select 2):
Jump Starting Your Lean Journey -- Mike Roth unpacks the
8 steps of Value stream Leadership and shares many Lean
Manufacturing success stories. His 2-part presentation will be
relevant to woodworking companies big or small, no matter
where they are on their lean journey. Mike is a Lean Six Sigma
Master Black Belt with a Lean Manufacturing Certification from
the University of Michigan. As CEO / President, Mike provides
strategic leadership and “on site” mentoring for the Go-Lean-Six deployment team and has worked with Harley-Davidson,
Johnson Controls, Mack Trucks, BAE Systems and Volvo.
2017 FDMC Pricing Survey: Will Sampson delivers 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.
Workforce Strategies: Greg Pilotti, founder of Greg Pilotti
Furniture Makers, tells how to attract the next generation of
employees, and hold onto them once they are hired.
How to Eliminate Waste and Improve Your Sanding Operation:
Adam West is a technician for Dixon Abrasives. In his blog
series, Adam covers sanding processes with wide-belt sanders.
Noon - 1: 15 p.m. CONFERENCE LUNCHEON
1: 15 p.m. Depart for Plant Tours
Visit Cabteq Solutions in Rock Hill, S.C., sponsored by Wurth;
followed by a tour of Blum Inc.’s hardware manufacturing plant
in Stanley, North Carolina
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 15, 2018 - Free Keynote
included with Expo Hall Admission!
8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. – Free Keynote Address: Seven Ways
You Can Improve Your Woodworking Business Will Sampson
A lifelong woodworker, Will Sampson has been an advocate for small-scale entrepreneurs and lean manufacturing since
the 1980s. As editor of FDMC magazine, he has more than
20 years experience covering the professional woodworking
industry. His popular “In the Shop” tool reviews and videos appears monthly in FMDC and at WoodworkingNetwork.com.
9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. - Expo Floor Open
4:00 p.m. - 5:00 pm Young Wood Pro Reception at the
Woodworking Network booth
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 16, 2018 -- Free Keynote included
with Expo Hall Admission!
8:00 - 9:00 a.m. – Free Keynote Address: - “The Wood Doctor Is In” with Dr. Gene Wengert. Wengert, FDMC magazine’s
“The Wood Doctor,” shares a view of the impact contemporary
demands on wood supply can have on your business, from his
extensive experience over 35 years. He is extension specialist
emeritus at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
9:00-4:00 p.m. - Expo Floor Open
Wood Pro Expo Charlotte will be held at the Charlotte
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