DELYRAY BEACH, FL - A Skype virtual plant tour visits Stanley Furniture's CFO and COO Micah Goldstein; Stuart Elfland, president, Metropolitan Cabinet Distributors, Norwood, MA;  Alex Ward of Northland Forest Products, Shakopee, MN; and Bonner Adams of Mackenzie Dow Furniture, a Huntington, WV custom residential furniture maker.

The virtual panel was moderated by me, Bill Esler (lower right in videos), editorial director of Woodworking Network on Thursday, May 5 at WIC 2012, the wood industry conference for wood manufacturing equipment producers, distributors and importers.

Each company spoke live through Skype from their own environment explaining their manufacturing process and answering questions. Northern Forest Products also toured live production areas of their highly automated plant.

WIC is open to executives and managers from within every area of the wood processing industry, including machinery builders, distributor networks and wood product processing organizations. Attendees are members and prospective members of the sponsoring and participating associations.

Sponsoring associations are the Association of Woodworking & Furnishings Suppliers (AWFS), the Woodworking Machinery Industry Association (WMIA), and the Wood Machinery Manufacturers of America (WMMA). The participating associations are the North American Building Material Distribution Association (NBMDA) and the Wood Component Manufacturers Association (WCMA).

Pascal Doucet, Doucet Machineries, and David Rakauskas, Colonial Saw, Dave Grulke, executive director of the Cabinet Makers Association, recorded and produced this video.

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