International Woodworking Fair supports wood Manufacturing Industry Learning Lab
April 3, 2017 | 3:58 pm CDT
ATLANTA  – The International Woodworking Fair announced that on behalf of their owners and sponsors the Wood Machinery Manufacturers of America and the Woodworking Machinery Industry Association, the IWF has made a $25,000 donation to the Manufacturing Industry Learning Lab.
Based in Colorado, the MILL educates the next generation of manufacturing leaders and pioneers to apply science to life’s common purposes in transformative and world-changing ways.
“We are committed to investing in the future of our industry” commented IWF 2016 Chairman Tom Onsrud. “We fully support the Manufacturing Industry Learning Labs forward-looking manufacturing learning environment that leverages instructor expertise and state-of-the-art equipment.”
Co-owned and co-sponsored by WMMA and WMIA, the IWF is one of the top woodworking trade shows in the world for the furniture manufacturing, architectural woodwork, custom and general woodworking industries. In 2016, the IWF brought together over 27,000 industry professionals and 1,079 exhibitors in over 500,000 net square feet of exhibit space. The event is held in Atlanta, Georgia USA in even numbered years.
“We are so grateful for the support of IWF, WMMA and WMIA. They are an anchor to our continued development of future leaders for the industry,” says Dean Mattson Director of Peyton Woods Manufacturing and founder of the MILL.
The  Manufacturing Industry Learning Lab - The MILL is the Woods Industry’s premier program for developing a future work force via skilled training of wood processing and other materials.  For more information about the MiLL go online to or contact Dean Mattson at or Tim Kistler at
The lab was created to build and contribute to the continued development of a providing an opportunity to develop young professionals to make an impact in our industry. “We value the commitment Dean and his team have to the industry," says Onsrud. "They are an integral part of the industry’s success."
About the IWF- International Woodworking Fair 
The largest woodworking technology trade show in North America is held every other year at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, Georgia, and is ranked among the largest trade shows in the world. Recognized around the world as the pre-eminent event for introducing and selling manufacturing equipment, supplies and innovative new technology, IWF attracts visitors from every level of the industry and over 80 countries and all 50 states.  For more information about the International Woodworking Fair, visit, or call (404)693-8333.
About WMMA - The Wood Machinery Manufacturers of America(WMMA) is the national trade association for those who make machinery, cuttings tools and supplies for the woodworking industry. Visit
About WMIA - Since 1977, the Woodworking Machinery Industry Association (WMIA) has represented importers and distributors of woodworking machinery and ancillary equipment in North America. WMIA is the recognized voice of importers and distributors, and serves as a vital communications link between suppliers and manufacturers of wood products in North America.

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Bill wrote for, 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

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.