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.

The 2015 WCMA Fall Conference & Plant Tour Event will be held September 20-22 at the Grand Times Hotel in Sherbrooke, Quebec. Tours of several outstanding woodworking operations are planned, including: Roland Boulanger, Warwick; Boises La Fleur, Victoriaville; Meubles Cathedra, Victoriaville; Doucet Machinery, Daveluyville; Giguere & Morin, Saint-Felix-de-Kingsey, Nicobois, Nicolet; and Planchers De Bois, Wickham.

In addition, we will be visiting the Technical College in Victoriaville which has an excellent post-secondary program devoted to furniture and cabinet making, and provides a glimpse into how Quebec is managing its labor shortage. The WCMA Educations and Programs Committee has been working hard to ensure that there is something for everyone, so be sure to make plans now to have plant managers and other key personnel in attendance.

Also taking place, the Wood Technology Expo connects leading providers of woodworking machinery, supplies, software and other business solutions with WCMA members. The WCMA members and Technology Partners will have opportunities to network and share solutions to manufacturing challenges, including a sit-down dinner with roundtable discussions, as well as two receptions with tabletop exhibit displays. A listing of WCMA Technology Partners is on pages 12-13 of this Buyer’s Guide.

For information about participating in the WCMA Fall Conference & Plant Tour event, contact wcma@wcma.com, or visit WCMA.com.

Save the Date - European Plant Tour
The WCMA is excited to be partnering with Stiles Machinery and Weinig to host a European Plant Tour Event. The event will be held March 11-19, 2016, and provides an opportunity for members to observe leading-edge solutions to improve their quality and production methods. We will be visiting some of the most advanced woodworking machinery and manufacturing facilities, as well as the Nuremberg Woodworking Show. This tour will provide an unrivaled opportunity to gain an edge in discovering “what’s next” in the global woodworking industry. Throughout the week you will get an exclusive look into the most innovative office furniture, store fixtures and kitchen cabinet manufacturers.

This is an all-inclusive experience and will include travel by air and in country by bus, all meals, hotels (with the exception of the optional stay on Saturday night, March 19), and admission to the Nuremberg Show. More information will be sent to WCMA members as the schedule is finalized. Space is limited so mark your calendars now to be sure to attend this exciting event!

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