On tap for 2019 are plant tours, conferences and more networking opportunities.
WCMA Networking: Conferences & plant tours
Each year, the WCMA conducts its flagship event, the Fall Conference & Plant Tour Event. The Fall Conference presents an excellent opportunity for WCMA members to network and have open discussion on common con-
cerns. Attendees also tour the production facilities of several dimension, compo-
nent, 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 WCMA is very excited to be partnering with the Wood Moulding & Mill-
work Producers Association (MMPA) for the 2019 Fall Conference, Tech Ed,
and Plant Tour Event. The two associations are joining forces to offer attend-
ees expanded educational opportunities, increased networking, personalized
meetings with suppliers, and unique plant tours. The event will be held Sept.
22-25, at the Astor Crowne Plaza in New Orleans, Louisiana. The event will give
attendees an excellent opportunity to learn how industry professionals stay up-
dated in areas such as woodworking machinery, equipment, tooling, supplies,
software and overall business solutions.
The 2019 Fall Conference, Tech Ed and Plant Tour Event will be open to
member companies of either association, as well as their industry suppliers.
Registration opens in May; visit WCMA.com for more information.
Networking with Tech Partners
This year, WCMA Tech Partners will have the opportunity to participate in Pro-
ductivity Information Exchange (PIE) sessions. These sessions match
customers with suppliers and allows for dedicated time to educate attendees on
their specific needs. Each Tech Partner is guaranteed two appointments with
manufacturing members when they register early. There will also be two recep-
tions which will connect leading providers of woodworking machinery, equip-
ment, supplies, software and other business solutions with WCMA members.
A listing of WCMA Technology Partners begins on page 10 of this Buyer’s
Guide. These companies are a great source for all your woodworking machin-
ery, tooling, software, and business solutions.
The WCMA Education 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 May. For more information about participating in this event, contact
the WCMA office at firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit WCMA.com today.
2020 Spring European Plant Tour
WCMA will be hosting its third European Plant Tour event in 2020. Attendees
who have participated in this event in the past report such positive takeaways
and were impressed by the quality of the plant tours.
Steve Gerber, with Gerber Wood Products, stated “I found the quality of the
plant tours to be excellent. They offered a diverse view into the European phi-
losophy of manufacturing by utilizing more automation and technology, replacing
aging equipment quickly, and utilizing a wide range of wood composite materials.
I saw levels of automation in action that I had often dreamt of but never believed
were being applied in real woodshop applications. I left my week in Germany
inspired and ready to apply aspects of what I learned in my own business.”
You will want to participate in 2020. Plans are still being finalized, so be sure
to visit WCMA.com for more information.
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