MONTEREY, CA – The 2010 Woodworking Industry Conference will serve up strategies and networking opportunities for executives to help them recover from a difficult 2009.

The WIC, which was cancelled this year, will be held April 21-24, 2010, at the Hyatt Regency Monterey. It is sponsored by the Association of Woodworking & Furnishings Suppliers, the Woodworking Machinery Industry Assn. and the Wood Machinery Manufacturers of America. The Wood Component Manufacturers Assn. will once again be a participating association. This year’s theme is “Forget yesterday, it’s a new tomorrow.”

The conference will feature a newly revamped one-day only Contact Table Program. WIC forums will be expanded to include a “Green User” Forum, two End User Forums, a Distributors Forum, a Manufacturers Forum and the Public Policy Forum and Economic Outlook.

“The WIC conference is the industry’s opportunity for a collaboration of leading industry associations to show a dedication and readiness to work together enthusiastically to bring the industry a truly enjoyable networking event,” said Joan Kemp, president of AWFS. “We’re putting an emphasis on education, networking and sharing business strategies to strengthen the industry.”

“This is an important event for us,” added David Rothwell, WMIA president. “WIC offers outstanding networking opportunities and allows us to meet with a number of peers and partners for the cost of just a single trip.”

“WMMA members can have measurable returns from attending WIC,” said Tom Onsrud, WMMA president. “All the sponsoring association partners work diligently to create an engaging program. WIC will address specific issues that affect company profitability as well as the future trends that will profoundly our businesses.”

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