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1.8 million hours of LED television use. Ben
Dipzinkski of Hocker North America (formerly
O2 Filtration), who nominated Crystal Cabinet
Works, emphasized the challenge involved in
keeping up with the company’s ever-changing
strides for more efficiency.
Accepting the award for Educator of the
Year was Greg Larson of the New England
School of Architectural Woodworking
in Easthampton, Massachusetts. Founded in
1992, the school began as a collaboration
between the Division of Continuing Education
at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst,
and a group of professional woodworkers.
Originally designed to offer adult beginning
and intermediate classes in woodworking, it
has expanded to include architectural woodworking career training. Greg and Margaret
Larson took over the school in 2012.
He described the program as offering a
“very real-world experience” to students, who
average 32 years of age and include both
young people starting out and older career
changers. The private school’s program even
includes building and installing kitchen cabinet
projects for the local community.
A full-time teacher in the architectural wood-
working program, Greg also sits on the board of
the AWI National Skills Standard Initiative. Marga-
ret manages the marketing, customer service,
and financial components of the business. Their
goals, according to the school’s website, are to
develop more industry partnerships and expand
the use of technology in the career training
program. A sister school, The Workbench, offers
night and weekend workshops.
Chris Hofmann of Colonial Saw, who
nominated Greg Larson, read testimonials
from students of the school who had gone
on to successful careers. Greg added said he
has received positive responses from industry
demanding quality employees and is able to
“place nearly everybody” who successfully
completes the program at NESAW.
Students at the New England school of Architectural Woodworking receive real-world experience in
wood products production and installation.
WMIA Wooden Globe winners and nominators, from left, Rick Braun, Machine Solutions, who nominated Todd Haas, Haas Cabinet, for
Commitment to Excellence Through Technology; Ben Dipzinski, Hocker North America, who nominated Jared Nierengarten and Greg Rask, Crystal Cabinet Works; and Greg Larson, New England School of Architectural Woodworking, who was nominated by WMIA Education Committee Chairman Chris
Hofmann, Colonial Saw. Erich Mazurek, Maze Machinery, right, is chairman of the WMIA Marketing Committee, which oversees the awards program.