WMMA brings woodworking issues to Washington
Meeting in Washington: from left, Dan Bond, WMMA; Jamie Scott, Air Handling Systems; Chris Hacker, James L. Taylor Mfg; Representative Ann Kuster (D-N.H.), Steve Carter, Williams & Hussey Machine Co., Inc.; John Schultz, Super Thin Saws.

WASHINGTON -- While many people on the east coast were bracing from unusually high winds, the Wood Machinery Manufacturers of America annual legislative fly-in brought industry members to visit the offices of their U.S. representatives and senators.

More than 30 members of the WMMA, AWFS and WMIA met with federal agencies and Congressional offices to press for action on the most important industry priorities.

Each year, WMMA members are invited to Washington, D.C. to discuss with one another and their legislators the key issues to the woodworking industry, in what has become known as the Public Policy Fly-In. Over the years, other industry associations have joined WMMA members in this signature event. All these volunteer leaders have a common objective: securing a strong manufacturing base in the U.S.

This year, WMMA’s Dan Bond said that industry representatives found common ground across the industry and across the aisle to advocate for funding for continuing technical education. Other industry priorities included healthcare reform, regulatory reform and trade.

Interested in joining the next fly-in? Contact Dan Bond [email protected].

Pictured:  Fly-In Breakfast, featuring Speaker Ron Eidshaug, U.S. Chamber of Commerce.


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Karl D. Forth is online editor for CCI Media. He also writes news and feature stories in FDMC Magazine, in addition to newsletters and custom publishing projects. He is also involved in event organization, and compiles the annual FDM 300 list of industry leaders. He can be reached at [email protected].