Each year, the WCMA conducts its flagship event, the Fall Conference & Plant Tour Event. The Fall Conference presents an excellent opportunity for WCMA members and non-members to network and have open discussion on common concerns. Attendees also tour the production facilities of
several dimension, component, cabinet, furniture, millwork, and related woodworking companies. These plant tours provide attendees a unique opportunity
to observe innovative woodworking manufacturing operations and discover
new manufacturing techniques, exchange ideas, and learn about alternative
manufacturing methods. Everyone comes away with at least one good idea that
can be implemented in their own plants.
The 2018 WCMA Fall Conference & Plant Tour Event will be held Oct. 8-10
at the Hilton Garden Inn, in Wausau, Wisconsin. Tours of several outstanding woodworking operations are planned, including: Kolbe & Kolbe Millwork,
Menzner Lumber & Supply Co., Counter-Form, Weather Shield Window
Manufacturers, Wausau Homes, and Kretz Lumber Co. We will also be touring
the North Central Technical School.
In addition to the plant tours, we will have two dynamic speakers. Our
keynote speaker, Guy Bucey, will present on Monday evening, Oct. 8. Guy is
a 33-year old decorated Marine who served two deployments in Iraq. After
retiring from the military, he took up woodworking as a therapeutic hobby
and even entertained the idea of starting his own custom cabinetry business.
In the summer of 2011, he joined Inova, whose factory is located outside of
Albany, New York. The company designs and manufactures multifunctional,
space-saving furniture, specializing in modern day Murphy-Beds. He saw the
opportunity as a chance to learn the business side of carpentry and expand on
his woodworking prowess. However, he quickly filled a void the company had
in management. He was hired as an assembler, was promoted to team leader
in subassembly, then supervisor and now leads operations for the entire facil-
ity as the Director of Operations.
Guy’s presentation, titled “How to Motivate Today’s Workforce by Aligning and
Resetting Your Company and Its Culture” will focus on developing workforce-right
people in the right places to achieve a successful business. He will discuss eliminating the external excuses and focusing on how you, as the manager/owner, can
change and adapt to today’s hiring and employment needs.
Our next speaker, Brad Cairns with the Center for Lean Learning, will
address the group on Tuesday, Oct. 9. Brad’s talk, titled “Kick-Ass Lean”
embodies the essence of Lean: what it’s all about, how to get started and the
culture. He will share highlights from his manufacturing company, the challenges they faced, and how they overcame them. Brad presented at AWFS in
2017 and was voted best speaker at WMS.
Networking with Tech Partners
This year there will be two receptions and one sit down dinner, which will connect leading providers of woodworking machinery, equipment, supplies, software and other business solutions with WCMA members. WCMA members and
Technology Partners also will have opportunities to network and share solutions
to manufacturing challenges.
A listing of WCMA Technology Partners is on pages 12-17 of this Buyer’s
Guide. These companies are a great source for all your woodworking machinery, tooling, software, and business solutions.
The WCMA Educations and Programs Committee has been working hard
to ensure that there is something for everyone, so be sure to make plans
now to have Plant Managers and other key personnel in attendance. Program
details and registration for the WCMA Fall Conference & Plant Tour event will
be available in July. For more information about participating in this event,
contact the WCMA office at
firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit
2018 Spring European Plant Tour
The WCMA held its second European Plant Tour event in March 2018, and it
was a great success. Members and Tech Partners that participated in the tours
all had positive takeaways. The event was sponsored for three days by Stiles
Machinery, and two days by Pollmeier Inc.
WCMA President Steve Mashl, Valley Custom Door, stated “This was my
second trip with the WCMA group to Europe and it lived up to our expectations. We saw many highly automated factories engaging in panel and wood
processing, along with tours of the Homag factory and Pollmeier sawmills.
The combination of the plant tours, networking with other members, and just
taking the time to see how other businesses operate was amazing. This will
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The successful spring tour to Europe was sponsored by Stiles Machinery and Pollmeier Inc.