Best practices for manufacturing wood components were shared by more than 100 North American woodworkers and industry suppliers during the an- nual Fall Conference & Plant Tour Event hosted by the Wood Component Manufacturers Assn. Held Aug. 21-23 in the Grand Rapids area, the vent included tours to seven local manufacturers. With employee recruitment and training a priority, the event also included a visit to the Michigan Career and Technical Center for an inside look at the
second largest, state-run rehabilitation center in
United States. Tabletop exhibits and presentations
by the “Wood Doctor” Gene Wengert, a contributor
to FDMC magazine, and Grand Valley State University professor Jaideep Motwani were also featured.
What follows are brief highlights from the companies on tour. For information on other WCMA
events, including the 2018 Spring Meeting or Fall
Conference & Plant Tour Event, visit WCMA.com.
❯ Founded in 1927, Davidson Plyforms specializes in curved and compression molded plywood
components. A sustainable manufacturer, the
Grand Rapids-based company is committed to investing in technology and the continuous improvement of its manufacturing capabilities, said Doug
Britton, director of sales.
Inside the 200,000-square-foot plant, Davidson
utilizes induction and radio frequency molding
techniques along with CNC machining, laser etching
and finishing capabilities for manufacturing a range
of products, including: chair components such as
backs, shells, seats and frames; cabinet and overhead
door fronts for locking and storage components;
compression mold recycled plastic components; and
metal Shift height-adjustable tables and kits.
To make the molded plywood components, plies
of veneer are run through a glue spreader then laid
up before being machined into shape. Press time is
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by Karen Koenig
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part of the WCMA Fall Conference & Plant Tour event.
Plant tours highlight best practices
for component manufacturers
Attendees check out Davidson Plyforms’ curved and compression moulded plywood operation.