The Wood Component Manufacturers Association works with industry groups for the betterment of the North American woodworking industry, while keeping members informed of relevant issues that impact their businesses. On the radar are:
Conducted each year, the WCMA Fall Conference & Plant Tour Event provides an excellent opportunity for members to network and have open discussions on common concerns.
WCMA members also tour the production facilities of dimension, component, cabinet, furniture, millwork, and related woodworking companies. These plant tours offer a unique opportunity to observe innovative 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.
For the 2016 Spring Annual Meeting we will be partnering with Stiles Machinery and Weinig to provide a European Plant Tour Event, a unique opportunity for members. Prior to the spring event, the annual Fall Conference and Plant Tour will take place in Sherbrooke, Quebec, September 20-22, 2015.
With the recovering construction, housing and remodeling markets, members of the Wood Component Manufacturers Association are ideally suited to take advantage of improving business conditions. Many dimension and component manufacturers have diversified their capabilities and are looking for new applications for their products.
The latest WCMA Benchmarking Survey indicates that responding members are projecting increased dimension and component sales, an increase in net income, increased expenditures on equipment and services, and an increase in plant capacity utilization.
MADISON, WI - Semiconductor chips made almost entirely of wood have been developed by research teams at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the Madison-based U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Products Laboratory (FPL).
Wood products manufacturer Flame Grilling Products opened a 30,000 square foot manufacturing and distribution center in Waldoboro, ME. The 10-year-old firm, which makes wood grilling fuel, says it is planning to open a factory in Florida to convert Southern fruit and nut tree species into wood cooking products to serve the $100 million marketplace.
Dry wood rot is now a primary suspect in the fatal fall that killed six students when a Berkeley, CA dormitory balcony gave way. Constructed just eight years ago, the building balconies are supported by seven wood joists, which snapped suddenly.