by Harry Urban
Wood Pro Expo Charlotte draws a star-
studded conference program
Event features machinery, supplies, materials and full schedule
of educational sessions and plant tours.
Wood Pro Expo Char- lotte, set for February 14-16, will feature an expo hall packed with
woodworking machinery, supplies and
materials and a host of educational
sessions and plant tours to satisfy any
woodworker’s need for better management ideas and to learn what’s new.
The event kicks off February 14 with a
keynote address by Georg Frey, president
of Lignum Consulting, speaking on
“How Industry 4.0 Can Optimize Any
Size Plant.” Frey will explain how woodworkers can take advantage of new technology and improve their productivity,
regardless of the size of their companies.
Other industry personalities keynot-
ing 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.” Will Samp-
Pricing Survey featuring analysis and re-
sults of the latest FDMC Pricing Survey.
Greg Pilott on Workforce Strategies, will
tell how to attract the next generation of
employees and hold onto them.
Charlotte is also home to Piedmont
College, offering programs tailored to
woodworking and to general manufacturing. The school has also developed an
award-winning Apprenticeship 2000 program with area manufacturers, including
hardware maker Blum, Inc.
A visit to Blum in nearby Stanley,
North Carolina, is planned February 14.
Attendees will learn about the company’s
award-winning apprenticeship program
as well as Blum’s $16 million expansion
that includes $7 million for equipment
in its fully automated warehouse and $6
million for new technology.
An additional tour of a nearby woodworking plant is also planned.
Several complimentary educational
offerings are planned including a session
February 15 at 1 p.m. titled, “Is your
Spray Operation Profitable?,” presented
by M.L Campbell
Woodworkers are also encouraged
to bring their real live shop production
questions and challenges for the experts
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 production, 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 manufacturing, business
management, software, and shop safety.
Launched in 2014 in Baltimore, the
show moved to Lancaster, Pennsylvania
last year, and returns to Lancaster in
October 2018. To learn more, go to www.