Philadelphia, PA  – Encouraged by improved business conditions, industry executives attending the Woodworking Industry Conference (WIC) in April in Monterey, CA came together for the first time to discuss ways to encourage attendance at and enhance the experience of buyers of wood machinery and wood processing supplies at the International Woodworking Fair (IWF) on August 25-28, 2010 in Atlanta.

"IWF is the largest wood industry trade show in the western hemisphere," said Chris Hacker, vice president of Taylor Manufacturing  and JLT Clamps, of Poughkeepsie, NY, and chair of the IWF Task Force. The task force, consisting of member company representatives of the Wood Machinery Manufacturers of America (WMMA) and the Woodworking Machinery Industry Association (WMIA) met for the first time for this purpose at WIC 2010. "With more than 350,000 net square feet of floor space and more than 800 exhibitors — and growing — IWF is the essential show providing continued value for the wood processing industry. Nowhere else in North or South America can buyers see and evaluate more exhibitors in one place. These manufacturers and suppliers will be showing their advanced products and technology," said Hacker.

The task force discussed various techniques to showcase products in conjunction with efforts designed and implemented by IWF. For the first time, social networking will be used extensively throughout the IWF Web site. The task force discussed other new opportunities and has agreed to continue to meet and plan through the spring and summer.

WIC 2010 featured the theme "Forget Yesterday, It's a New Tomorrow" and was a venue for industry leaders to discuss strategies for success in the recovering economy.

WIC is sponsored annually by the Association of Woodworking & Furnishings Suppliers, the Woodworking Machinery Industry Association®  and the Wood Machinery Manufacturers of America® (WMMA®) with the attendance and cooperation of other leading associations. Contact the associations for more information.

About IWF — International Woodworking Machinery & Furniture Supply Fair-U.S.A.®
IWF 2010 will take place Wednesday — Saturday, August 25-28, 2010 at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, Georgia, and is owned and sponsored by American Home Furnishings Alliance (AHFA), Wood Machinery Manufacturers of America (WMMA), Woodworking Machinery Industry Association (WMIA).

Source: International Woodworking Fair, www.iwfatlanta.com

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