ATLANTA — IWF 2008, a woodworking technology trade show, will feature an expanded technical and business conference program, including a new symposium the day before the show opens and 16 sessions during the show designed to educate buyers with the latest information on technology, manufacturing and business techniques. Experts from a variety of industry segments will headline the program at the show, which takes place in Atlanta, GA, Wed. – Sat., Aug. 20-23.

The 2008 conference program includes an all-day symposium on the latest developments in wood finishing, and technical and business sessions such as the economic and logistical impacts of going green, how to create a winning factory, CNC processing, lean manufacturing, expanding into new market segments, improving the bottom line and recruiting and retaining quality employees. 

Wood & Wood Products and the University of British Columbia will partner in presenting an all day pre-show finishing symposium “Industrial Wood Finishing: From Green to Lean and In Between” on Tue., Aug. 19. The program will kick off with a presentation by Carl Smith, CEO of GREENGUARD Environmental Institute, a non-profit organization that oversees the GREENGUARD Certification Program establishing acceptable indoor air standards for indoor products, environments and buildings with the goal of improving public health and quality of life. The program also will include several case studies of wood product industry leaders that are balancing environmental regulatory compliance with quality, productivity and profitability goals, providing insight into the benefits and limitations of adopting new finishing systems and methodologies in manufacturing operations. Registration for the symposium is $350 on or before July 25 and $400 after that date, and includes a show badge and reception following the symposium. 

“Cutting edge technical and business sessions and the latest technology on the show floor combine to make IWF 2008 the best opportunity for woodworking industry leaders worldwide to get the information and products they need for business success,” said Charles R. Tomkins, IWF 2008 chairman and president of Cresent Fine Furniture Co., based in Gallatin, TN. “Buyers will have the ability to gain the knowledge they need to improve their business at the Finishing Symposium and the expanded Technical Conference Sessions.”

Registration for conference sessions is $35 on or before July 25 and $45 after that date.  Full information on the technical sessions and online registration is available at www.iwfatlanta.com.

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