The WCMA offers a range of opportunities to help members keep
pace with the fast-changing wood components industry.
WCMA What WCMA has to offer
The wood components market is changing at a rapid pace, with material options/products, as well as the fierce technology surge. The Wood
Component Manufacturers Association has an ac-
tive role in bringing people together to brainstorm, be
introduced to new technology and ideas, and expand
the influence of the industry moving forward.
Networking, international exposure, and growing
our future leaders is at the core of what we try to ac-
complish. I want to take this opportunity to share the
experiences and opportunities WCMA has to offer.
The WCMA helps bring us together to share expe-
riences and knowledge about the industry segments
in a non-competitive atmosphere. The association
works as a strong facilitator, gathering great wood-
working companies and pulling innovative visionar-
ies together to make the entire industry stronger
and more successful. And perhaps the number one
benefit of WCMA membership is the multitude of net-
working opportunities provided throughout the year,
including the European Plant Tour and the Fall
Conference & Plant Tour events.
The European Plant Tour event, held March 2018,
was an amazing opportunity. Members and Tech
Partners on the tour all had positive takeaways.
Sponsored by Stiles Machinery and Pollmeier Inc. the
event included visits to highly automated factories
engaged in panel and solid wood processing, plus
tours of the HOMAG factory and Pollmeier sawmills.
The combination of the plant tours, networking with
members, and seeing how other businesses operate
was truly an incredible experience.
It is evident that utilizing automation to meet cus-
tomer’s needs, production times, to work around an
unreliable workforce, and efficiently produce the qual-
ity products is the direction our industry is heading.
In the high-paced world of on-the-go customers,
short lead times, high-tech processes and a feeling
that “we are just maxed out,” the WCMA provides
relief to members. Outsourcing wood products and
sourcing items that generate overhead and consume
valuable time that could be better used elsewhere is
what the WCMA is all about. In order to do this, we
need to continue to grow our membership and edu-
cate the next generation of workers.
WCMA provides a platform for wood industry lead-
ers to consult, share ideas, and plan for the future. If
you are interested in locating a supplier or would like
information about the WCMA, visit WCMA.com or
contact Amy Snell, Executive Director, at 651-332-
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