Discount Extended for Woodworking Competitiveness Seminar

Posted by Karen Koenig | Posted: 02/12/2014 2:00PM


PRINCETON, WV - The discount deadline has been extended for Wood Industry Week: Improving Operations to Remain Competitive. The comprehensive three-day program on improving the competitiveness of woodworking operations — and keeping them profitable — is sponsored by the Wood Education Resource Center, USDA Forest Service, Virginia Tech and Woodworking Network.

Scott LeavengoodScott Leavengood Urs BuehlmannUrs Buehlmann Wood Industry Week: Improving Operations to Remain Competitive, will be held March 11-13 at the USDA Wood Education Resource Center, 301 Hardwood Lane, Princeton, WV. The workshop presenters are Scott Leavengood, director of the Oregon Wood Innovation Center at Oregon State University, and Urs Buehlmann, associate professor, Virginia Tech Department of Sustainable Biomaterials.


The program features seminar sessions along with hands-on exercises to teach manufacturing managers how to: analyze their operations, find weaknesses, develop and implement solutions, and continuously improve their operations to remain competitive. A short session about the nature of wood will be followed by in-depth material on statistical process control and plant optimization.

In addition, the three-day workshop offers guidance through the jungle of management buzzwords and discusses the fundamentals of Pareto Analysis, flowcharts, cause-and-effect diagrams, design of experiments (DOE), the Theory of Constraints (TOC), Lean Manufacturing, Six Sigma, and others.

The program is targeted to all wood products manufacturers, including those producing furniture, cabinetry, architectural woodwork, wood components, dimension stock and more. It is also applicable to those involved in wood industry organizations, as well as consultants, educators and research specialists. For additional information, contact Urs Buehlmann at or call (540) 231-9759.

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About the Author

Karen M. Koenig

Karen M. Koenig has more than 25 years of experience in the woodworking industry, including visits to wood products manufacturing facilities throughout North America, Europe and Asia. As Editor-in-Chief of Woodworking Network magazine (formerly Wood & Wood Products), Karen’s primary responsibilities include spearheading the writing, editing and coordinating of the editorial content of the publication, along with the Red Book resource guide and the Red Book online source and supply directory ( She is also a frequent contributor to other Woodworking Network online and print media. She can be reached at or Google+.

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