Wood Pro Expo Lancaster opens to a bustling crowd
October 14, 2021 | 2:47 pm CDT
Day 1 at WPE Lancaster

WPE Lancaster 2021 opened to a strong crowd on Thursday, October 14. It will return in 2022 on October 13-14.

MANHEIM, PA -- Woodworkers from the Lancaster, PA region and beyond flocked to Wood Pro Expo Lancaster on Thursday, October 14 to attend the opening of the two-day event. "We were pleased with the long queue of attendees waiting to get into the show before the opening," said Lewis Goldman, WPE Lancaster managing partner.  "It's been two long years since the last event and the crowds here are a testament to the pent-up demand for a face-to-face event."  He said he expects a good turnout for Day 2 as well.

WPE Lancaster 2020 was canceled due to the pandemic. It will return in 2022 on October 13-14.


Thursday kicked off with a free keynote presentation at 8 a.m. by Verlon Miller, business advisor, of Gehman Accounting. He discussed how to make confident financial decisions to sustain and grow a business. 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.



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