Ontario reopening progress bodes well for WMS
June 21, 2021 | 5:22 am CDT

Organizers are optimistic the Woodworking Machinery & Supply Conference & Expo, scheduled for November 4-6, will proceed as planned.

MISSISSAUGA -- Given the momentum of the reopening progress in Ontario, organizers are optimistic the Woodworking Machinery & Supply Conference & Expo, scheduled for November 4-6, will proceed as planned. "We're encouraged by the reopening steps that are happening now in Ontario and the rest of Canada," said Tim Fixmer, president and CEO of CCI Canada, Inc., which manages the event. "We have optimism that WMS will be very close to business as usual by our dates in early November," he said.

Fixmer pointed to another Woodworking Network event, the Closets Conference & Expo, held June 8-10 in West Palm Beach, FL as a positive indicator that face-to-face events are back.  "Our recently held Closets Conference & Expo and Wood Pro Expo Florida had near-record attendance with a superb level of buying activity, a testimony to the fact that the industry is hungry to get back to business and do so at face-to-face events."
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Fixmer said the WMS team has bi-weekly calls with staff from the International Centre making sure that the team is ready with information for exhibitors and attendees as soon as possible.

WMS 2019 attracted attendees from 9 Canadian provinces and 2 territories.  The 2019 edition featured 75,000 square feet of exhibit space and more than 175 exhibitors.

WMS Live 

Mike Baker, chief executive officer of the Wood Manufacturing Cluster of Ontario, said his organization is planning a full slate of programs for WMS Live, which is a stage on the show floor that provides ongoing education during show hours.  “Watch for the schedule,” said Baker. “We’ll be offering programming on subjects ranging from sales, health and safety, and leadership to purchasing and digital integration.

WMS also partners with the Canadian Kitchen Cabinet Association, the Architectural Woodwork Manufacturers of Canada,  the Wood Manufacturing Council, and the Canadian Woodworking Machinery Distributors Association. 

About CCI Canada

CCI Canada, Inc. is owned by CCI Media, a business-to-business media company focused exclusively on industrial wood products manufacturing markets in North America. CCI Media’s flagship publication, FDMC magazine, circulates monthly in print and digital formats. CCI Media also publishes the bi-monthly Closets & Organized Storage Magazine. Woodworking Network is the umbrella brand for the combined portfolio of wood manufacturing print, digital, and web products and industry events operated by CCI Media.   CCI Canada, Inc. also produces Salon Industriel du Bois Ouvré (SIBO), which will be held October 27-29, 2022  in Drummondville, Quebec.
In addition to WMS 2021 and SIBO 2022, CCI Media produces Wood Pro Expo California and the  Closets Conference & Expo, both of which will be co-located April 27-29, 2022 at the San Diego Convention Center.  
The company also produces Wood Pro Expo Lancaster, to be held October 14-15, 2021 at Warehouse at the Nook, Manheim, PA, and the Executive Briefing Conference, September 8-10 at The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs.

For WMS exhibit and sponsorship sales contact Rich Widick, rwidick@heiexpo.com, 630-929-7918

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Harry Urban is the publisher of  the Woodworking Network.  Urban has more than 30 years of experience in business-to-business publishing, trade shows and conferences. He has travelled extensively throughout North America and overseas visiting and reporting on major manufacturing facilities and trade shows.