The Wood Component Manufacturers Association makes it easy for buyers to find WCMA members that can produce the wood component products they need, whether it be in solid or engineered wood materials. One call to the WCMA office or a visit to the Source Guide on our website — woodcomponents.org — can connect you with a WCMA Member company that can produce the exact product to your specifications.
WCMA Members can partner with you in your business and help you prepare for improving business conditions. They can enable you to adapt to changing markets and consumer preferences with their expertise in customizing the exact components you need for your wood products, from the simple to the fully-machined, tight-tolerance wood parts. And they’re available to you right next door – not around the world.
Located throughout the United States and Canada, WCMA member companies produce rough, semi and fully machined wood component products for the cabinet, furniture, building products, staircase, flooring, millwork, store fixture and related decorative wood product industries in a variety of hardwoods, softwoods, and engineered wood materials. By outsourcing these components, wood product manufacturers are able to gain a competitive edge and combat the rising costs of doing business.
Other resources include trade promotion, information on rules and specifications for dimension & components, research studies and plant tours.
WCMA Resources and Events
Trade Promotion: The WCMA supports its members through the use of WCMA advertisements placed in the annual directory and buyer’s guide issues of the major woodworking magazines. The WCMA also exhibits at several woodworking trade shows held throughout the world with displays highlighting the various products produced by its member companies. In addition to being available online, copies of the Wood Component Buyer’s Guide also are available at these shows to interested component buyers and users who visit the booth. A large number of sales leads are obtained at these trade shows and are passed on to all WCMA members for follow-up.
Wood Technology Expo: The WCMA conducts a Wood Technology Expo each year, designed to encourage more interaction between WCMA Technology Partners and Member companies. The Wood Technology Expo is held in conjunction with our Fall Conference & Plant Tour Event.
A complete listing and description of all WCMA Technology Partners can be found at WoodCompnents.org. These companies are a great source for your woodworking machinery, equipment, tooling, software and business solution needs.
WCMA Rulebook: The WCMA publishes the “Rules and Specifications for Dimension and Woodwork.” The Rulebook covers dimension and component grading rules, tolerances and claim procedures for domestic and export trade. It also serves as a guideline for buyers of dimension and component products when specifying their component products. It is also a valuable communications link between component buyers and suppliers.
Source Guide: Online and in print is a “WCMA Membership Directory & Source Guide.” This listing of WCMA member companies and their capabilities is a handy reference source for locating suppliers for dimension and component products. This section includes a listing of all WCMA member companies, a description of the products they produce, available species of wood, and machining capabilities. This makes it easy for dimension and component buyers to identify those companies who produce the products they need and provides them with contact information.
Online, the Source Guide is a searchable database, making it easy for dimension and component buyers to identify and contact those companies that produce the products they need.
WCMA Member Match™ Program: The WCMA’s Member Match™ Program was created to “match” component buyers’ needs with our members’ production capabilities. It is a computerized membership database retrieval system that provides prospective buyers with a list of all WCMA members who can produce the specific component products they need. This computer-generated list is immediately faxed or e-mailed to component buyers so they can contact manufacturers with their exact specifications. This service is free of charge to dimension and component buyers and is available by contacting the WCMA office directly or visiting our website at WoodComponents.org.
Steve Lawser, CAE, is the executive director of the Wood Component Manufacturers Association in Marietta, GA.
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