WMIA ANNOUNCES 2010 PARTNER OF THE YEAR AWARD
Monterey, California â The Distributor Division of the Woodworking Machinery Industry
Association (WMIA) announced the winner of its 2010 Partner of the Year Award during the
April 21-24 Woodworking Industry Conference at the Monterey Hyatt Regency Resort & Spa,
Monterey. This yearâs recipient is Safety Speed Cut Manufacturing Company, Inc.
Scott Mueller, a member of WMIAâs Marketing Committee and Vice President of
Edward B. Mueller Company, Inc., a WMIA distributor member company announced the award
recipient. The award was accepted by Brian Donahue, Safety Speed Cutâs President.
In announcing the award, Mueller said, âIn a difficult business climate such as we find
ourselves, partnership between manufacturers, importers and distributors is probably more
important than ever. Each brings something to the relationship that the other needs â
manufacturers and importers of course bring product and factory support. Distributors bring the
âfeet on the streetâ and in-depth customer knowledge that can many times make or break a
project, and at a much reduced cost to the manufacturer or importer. By working together, we
are able to offer a vastly superior buying and ownership experience to our customers. The
Partner of the Year Award is recognition of this fact.â
Since 1994, this award has been conferred by the WMIA Distributor members upon the
manufacturer or importer who best exemplifies the spirit of partnership in their dealings with
woodworking machinery distributors. The program emphasizes the principle of steadfast
cooperation and equal business stature between distributors and suppliers. This year marks the
th time this award has been bestowed.
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Safety Speed Cut was founded in 1958 by the Olson family in their Northeast,
Minneapolis home garage and is still run with that same family owned dedication. To date
Safety Speed Cut has developed over 15 different American made production model panel saws
and routers for use in wood, plastic, and industrial applications. In the last decade, by way of
acquisition, they began manufacturing and supplying American made wide belt sanders, and
fully automated air and glue pot edgebanders.
When accepting the award, Donahue said, âSafety Speed Cut has always been focused on
making our customer the top priority. Our success in the market place has only been enhanced
by our broad network of dealers. Through the years, dealers have helped us successfully
delivery to customers because of their marketing, demonstrations, and stock at their facility. The
addition of our sanders and edgebanders has given us the ability to offer our customer base
additional quality American made products, and our dealers have supported us in getting them to
market. Our goal has always been, and will be customer satisfaction. The receipt of this award
gives us the satisfaction that we have been accomplishing this to date.â
WMIA is a Maryland-based association of companies whose primary business is providing the North
American market with the latest woodworking technology, equipment, computer software and distribution service
channels available globally. The association maintains a website at
www.wmia.org. For more information, contact
WMIA Headquarters, 3313 Paper Mill Rd., Suite 202, Phoenix, MD 21131. Phone: 410/628-1970, Fax: 410/628-
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