LANCASTER, PA -- With two days worth of classroom and on-the-show-floor educational sessions and approximately 12,000 sq. ft. of exhibit space, Wood Pro Expo justifies spending October 18 and 19 at Warehouse at the Nook in Manheim, PA. The facility itself merits an extended stay for family fun. But let's say you only have one day and want to spend it in total woodworking immersion. You'll likely want to spend most of your time on the show floor where more than 65 exhibitors are eager to show you what's new, what's hot, and provide you with solutions to increase your profitability and productivity. Show hours are 9-5 on Thursday, October 18 and 9-3 on Friday October 19.
Start your day with a free keynote address
On Thursday, October 18 at 8 a.m., FDMC editor Will Sampson takes you inside the results of the 2018 FDMC Pricing Survey for custom woodworking with his presentation title, "Solving the Pricing Puzzle 2018."
He'll help you answer the question, "Are you charging the right price for your work?"
If you can only make it Friday, October 19 be sure to get there by 8 a.m. to enjoy the free keynote by Dr. Gene Wengert, AKA the Wood Doctor. His presentation is titled, "The Wood Dr. is in."
Wengert's wide-ranging presentation will address the changes in the industry and their effects on the typical woodworker's business. "No doubt that many basics in our industry are changing, " said Wengert. "We'll look at changes in wood availability, wood prices, wood product market changes and more, and then what we can do to be ready- -to minimize the impact or even benefit from these changes. He'll also save some time to field questions from the audience on practical or technical challenges you encounter in lumber and panel - the Q+A's in FDMC magazine that have made him such a treasured woodworking industry resource.
Both keynote sessions are sponsored by CNC Factory. Breakfast is sponsored by KCD Software.
Classroom sessions devoted to best business practices are offered on both days of Wood Pro Expo Lancaster. Topics include:
- How to use PR effectively
- Path to Professionalism
- Practical ideas for increasing yield from lumber
- What’s in your spray booth?
- Your lean journey Part 1 and 2
View the Classroom Conference schedule to decide which sessions you'd like to attend.
Running Machinery Program
New this year for Wood Pro Expo Lancaster is an expanded conference schedule that includes the WPE Running Machine program. The program for the October 18-19 event is aimed at giving participants a comprehensive understanding of the machines and systems on display. On the show floor participants include:
- Grapek Bates -- Keeping safe with proper respiratory
- Ellert Equipment -- My spray gun system isn’t working, what do I do next?
- Wurth Group -- Big Machines or Small Machines, which one will work for you?
- Felder -- What is the best shop setup, Jointer-Planer or Jointer and Planer?
- RT Machine -- Lock Miter - Stronger Together, RT Machine demonstrates precision miter joints
View the Running Machinery Program Schedule.
About Wood Pro Expo
Wood Pro Expo is the regional show series that brings education, equipment, and supplies close to cabinetmakers and custom woodworking businesses around the country. It will include a strong educational program on best practices for shop production, and as well as an expo oriented to equipment and supplies geared to the small and medium size shops, including CNC basics, employee recruitment, finishing, lean manufacturing, business management, software, and shop safety.
Launched in 2014 in Baltimore, Wood Pro Expo was first held in Lancaster in October, 2017. It returns to Lancaster October 18-19, 2018 and Charlotte March 16-18, 2019.
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