WPE Lancaster opens Thursday; here’s the full schedule
October 8, 2021 | 6:34 pm CDT
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Wood Pro Expo Lancaster, a regional marketplace for woodworking professionals, packs a one-two punch of products and education.

MANHEIM, Lancaster County, Pa. – Wood Pro Expo Lancaster (WPE) begins its two-day run Thursday, Oct. 14, with a packed exhibit floor and a full slate of educational opportunities. 

Each day of the event kicks off with a free keynote presentation at 8 a.m. Verlon Miller, business advisor, of Gehman Accounting, will discuss how to make confident financial decisions to sustain and grow a business on Thursday. Friday’s free keynote by Will Sampson, editor of FDMC, will explore strategies and best practices for calculating more profitable prices.

The education component of WPE includes a pair of paid classroom sessions each day presented in partnership with the Cabinet Makers Association. Topics include how to successfully run a small woodworking shop, investing in machinery, understanding a profit and loss statement, and finishing trends. Read more about the sessions.

Education spills out on the show floor with the return of the popular Running Machine Program (RMP). Experts of four exhibiting companies will explain and answer questions on a variety of technology including nested-based CNC routing, edgebanding, CNC dovetailing, and more. Attendees are invited to attend any of the scheduled RMP sessions for free. Learn more.

New to this year’s show is the Classic Machine Pavilion. As the name suggests, the pavilion will showcase woodworking standards, including a straight-line ripsaw and pocket hole machine. Learn more. 

Wood Pro Expo Lancaster 2021

The main event of WPE is the tradeshow itself. In addition to woodworking machinery and software demonstrations, the show floor will feature displays of everything from cabinet hardware, wood components, and fastening systems through hardwood lumber, finishing equipment, and dust collection. The show will include a host of product introductions, including by some making their first showing at WPE. Check out the current floor plan and exhibitor list.

 

Thursday, October 14

 
8:00 am Free Keynote: Making Confident Financial Decisions by Verlon Miller, business advisor, Gehman Accounting Integrity A
9:45 am CNC Factory -- Running Machine Program Booth 504
10:00 am Classroom Session 1 -- Understanding Your Profit & Loss Statement by Ken Kumph, president, Premier Builders Integrity A
10:30 am Felder Group USA -- Running Machine Program Booth 501
11:00 am  Classroom Session 2-- Survival of the Fittest: An Honest Look at What it Takes to Successfully Run a Small Shop by Chris Valenti, CK Valenti Designs Integrity A
11:15 am NewCNC -- Running Machine Program Booth 502
Noon RT Machine -- Running Machine Program Booth 503
1:00 pm  CNC Factory -- Running Machine Program Booth 504
1:45 pm Felder Group USA -- Running Machine Program Booth 501
2:30 pm NewCNC -- Running Machine Program Booth 502
3:15 pm RT Machine -- Running Machine Program Booth 503
4:30 pm Attendee Appreciation Reception  Booth 138
 

Friday, October 15

 
8:00 am Free Keynote: Solving the Pricing Puzzle by Will Sampson, editorial director, FDMC Integrity A
9:15 am CNC Factory -- Running Machine Program Booth 504
10:00 am Classroom Session 3 -- Finishing Technology Update by Les Smith, development manager for low cure powder, PPG Integrity A
10:00 am Felder Group USA -- Running Machine Program Booth 501
10:45 am NewCNC -- Running Machine Program Booth 502
11:00 am Classroom Session 4 -- Taking the Leap: Investing in Machinery by Matt Wehner, co-owner, Cabinet Concepts by Design Integrity A
11:30 am RT Machine -- Running Machine Program Booth 503
12:15 pm Felder Group USA -- Running Machine Program Booth 501
12:45 pm NewCNC -- Running Machine Program Booth 502
1:15 pm RT Machine -- Running Machine Program Booth 503
1:45 pm CNC Factory -- Running Machine Program Booth 504


About Wood Pro Expo
Wood Pro Expo is a regional event for woodworking businesses that brings together suppliers and experts for a localized presentation of equipment and supply solutions. WPE includes a strong educational program on best practices for shop production including CNC basics, employee recruitment, finishing, lean manufacturing, business management, software, and shop safety. The expo features a wide variety of equipment and supplies geared to small and medium-size shops. The 2021 edition of Wood Pro Expo Lancaster takes place Oct. 14-15 at the Spooky Nook Sports Center/Warehouse at the Nook in Manheim (Lancaster County), Pa. For information visit woodproexpolancaster.com

For exhibitor information contact Lewis Goldman at lewis@woodproexpo.com or phone 800-969-2212. 

More upcoming Woodworking Network events
Wood Machinery & Supply Conference & Expo (WMS), Feb. 24-26, 2022, International Centre, Mississauga, Ontario.

Closets Conference & Expo co-located with Wood Pro Expo California, April 27-29, 2022, San Diego Convention Center, San Diego, Calif.

 

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Rich Christianson is the owner of Richson Media LLC, a Chicago-based communications firm focused on the industrial woodworking sector. Rich is the former long-time editorial director and associate publisher of Woodworking Network. During his nearly 35-year career, Rich has toured more than 250 woodworking operations throughout North America, Europe and Asia and has written extensively on woodworking technology, design and supply trends. He has also directed and promoted dozens of woodworking trade shows, conferences and seminars including the Cabinets & Closets Conference & Expo and the Woodworking Machinery & Supply Conference & Expo, Canada’s largest woodworking show.