wmia wooden globe award

WMIA Wooden Globe Award winners throughout the years

The Woodworking Machinery Industry Association recognizes extraordinary wood manufacturing companies with the prestigious Wooden Globe Awards. The awards honor notable success and achievements in applying high technology machinery and software supplied by WMIA’s member companies. A separate award is reserved for the field of education, underscoring the importance wood machinery suppliers place on training, work skills, and development of our industry’s future leaders. The following is a listing of all WMIA Wooden Globe Award winners, from 1988-2017.

A New Woodworking Academy Headed to National Prominence

The Peyton, CO School District has taken the first step to creating a woodworking program that will become national in scale. That first step was the opening of a dedicated woodworking school in Peyton, CO on the site of a former middle school campus. Enrollment in the current academic year is expected to reach 60 students. For the 2016-2017 school year, 120 students are expected.The secondary-level educational program draws students from surrounding school systems to the program, formally called the Career Technology Education Facility. In addition to the woodworking program, courses in automotive technology are also offered. Tim Kistler is Superintendent of the overall program at the Peyton CTE.The Peyton School District Woods Manufacturing Program is headed by Dean Mattson, the WMIA Wooden Globe Educator of the Year winner. Mattson is also a member of the Woodworking Career Alliance, and a certified tester - so students completing the program at Peyton will have ready access to the WCA tools mastery credentialling process.EDUCATIONCall for a National Woodworking Academy What if the wood industry launched its own model of classroom education in a cutting edge training center? Award winning educator Dean Mattson challenges suppliers.  Mattson says the school has received commitments approaching $1 million in support from woodworking machinery and supplies companies in anticipation of a new national academy.  The Peyton School District expects to establish that national academy in January 2017.The board of directors of the school district has provide strong support and advocacy for the creation of the national woodworking academy, and the for the Woods Manufacturing Program that launched this year. This has garnered significant backing from industry suppliers, with more than two dozen listed as partners who have readily supported the program in kind, and financially. On Oct. 26 an appreciation dinner will be held followed by an open house Oct. 27 at which suppliers will be able to tell students about the importance of the school and its missions to the woodworking industry.

White Oak Shortage Crimps Jack Daniel's Profits

Whiskey distiller Brown-Forman said the rising cost of oak for its whiskey barrels has cut into profits. With one of the most advanced barrel making plants in the world, the company is still running into a shortage of oak barrels as Jack Daniel's bourbon production rises.