Wood Pro Expo trade show space sold out in Lancaster

LANCASTER, Pa. - Show planners expect a crowded floor as they rearrange the plans to squeeze in two more booths from the waiting list for the Wood Pro Expo Lancaster woodworking show.

Show and conference registrations are both at record levels for the regional event. A month before opening, Wood Pro Expo Lancaster had sold all its exhibit space. Show planners set-up a waiting list, as additional regional wood industry suppliers hoped to squeeze into the October 19 - 20 expo in Pennsylvania.

"It's a spectacular kick-off for the Lancaster show," says Tim Fixmer, CEO of Woodworking Network, the producers of the show. "We worked through the floor plan and managed to make a little more exhibit space available."

The Wood Pro Expo will be held October 19 - 20 at the Lancaster Host Expo and Conference Center in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Show floor registration is $20. A woodworking educational series of eight sessions are scheduled, covering business management and wood fabrication topics, including finishing and lean management. Individual sessions cost $45, and a two-day package provides admission to three sessions for $75. 

"We stil have some room for attendees at the educational program," says Carroll Henning, marketing manager for Wood Pro Expo. "We have eight sessions over the two days covering everything from lean management to finishing to panel fabrication." All show registrants receive free admission to daily keynote sessions, kicking off October 19 with the opening keynote by FDMC magazine editor Will Sampson. 

The Wood Pro Expo exhibitor list now includes 45 companies, with additions posted online as planners found a way to expand the floor. 

Company/Booth No.
A & H Industries Inc. 133
A. Lewis Manufacturing 301
Bingaman & Son Lumber 123
C.H. Briggs 325
Cabinet Vision, Inc. 210
CCI Media
CCI, Cabinet Makers Association - CMA, Stevens 303
Charles G.G. Schmidt & Co, Inc. 324
DC Distributing 111
Ellert Equipment Corporation 313
EuroButt II 223
Felder Group USA 201
Fessenden Hall 211
Grapek Bates 115
Hermance Machine Company 206
Iron Bull 118
K P Walsh 327
Keystone Wood Specialties 101
Kreg Tools
Macoser, Inc. 306
Mozaik Software, Inc. 108
MT Tooling Co. 311
NRG Associates 225
Osborne Wood Products 205
O'Shea Lumber Co. 112
Panel/Wood Machinery, Inc. 323
Patrick Industries, Inc. 134
Plain Communities Business Exchange 309
QuickWood, LLC 122
Raptor Composite Fasteners 114
RT Machine Co. Inc. 217
RUF Briquetting Systems 124
Russell Plywood, Inc. 226
Seradex, Inc. 302
Specialty Paints & Coatings 130
Tilo Industries 107
Timesavers LLC 328
Weinig USA 326
Wurth Baer Supply Company 120
York Saw & Knife Co. 321 
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, the show moved this year for the first time to Lancaster, and will appear in multiple cities in 2018, including Wood Pro Expo Charlotte, North Carolina on February15-16, 2018
Exhibitors who would like to reserve space for the Charlotte Show or for 2018 Lancaster event should contact Mike Litwicki at [email protected].

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Bill wrote for WoodworkingNetwork.com, FDMC and Closets & Organized Storage magazines. 

Bill's background includes more than 10 years in print manufacturing management, followed by more than 30 years in business reporting on industrial manufacturing in the forest products industries, including printing and packaging at American Printer (Features Editor) and Graphic Arts Monthly (Editor in Chief) magazines; and in secondary wood manufacturing for WoodworkingNetwork.com.

Bill was deeply involved with the launches of the Woodworking Network Leadership Forum, and the 40 Under 40 Awards programs. He currently reports on technology and business trends and develops conference programs.

In addition to his work as a journalist, Bill supports efforts to expand and improve educational opportunities in the manufacturing sectors, including 10 years on the Print & Graphics Scholarship Foundation; six years with the U.S. WoodLinks; and currently on the Woodwork Career Alliance Education Committee. He is also supports the Greater West Town Training Partnership Woodworking Program, which has trained more than 950 adults for industrial wood manufacturing careers. 

Bill volunteers for Foinse Research Station, a biological field station staddling the border of Ireland and Northern Ireland, one of more than 200 members of the Organization of Biological Field Stations.