Amy Snell, CAE, WCMA Executive Director
Amy Snell, CAE, WCMA Executive Director

If you are a manufacturer of wood components or dimension, membership in the Wood Component Manufacturers Association is now more important than ever. The WCMA was founded in 1929 with the goal of establishing and maintaining specifications and commercial standards for the hardwood dimension manufacturing industry, and to aid in the development of the industry. As membership grew, the association committed to becoming a progressive, nationally-recognized association whose focus was on meeting the needs of its members. A list of current WCMA members can be found at WCMA.com.

WCMA membership involves many things, but first and foremost, it provides access to a wide range of industry experts. Your colleagues are often your best source for in-depth insight and ideas. WCMA gives you the opportunity to connect with industry professionals across the United States and Canada, and members share openly, freely, and with great enthusiasm. In addition, the association offers the following to its members:

Fall Conference & Plant Tour Event: Each year, the WCMA hosts a Fall Conference and Plant Tour Event. By touring dimension and component manufacturing facilities, members see the latest technology at work, witness working solutions to common problems, and exchange information with seasoned counterparts. Held in the fall each year, this event enables members to conduct their own field research as well as gather a host of money-making, money-saving ideas. Click here for more information.

Spring Annual Meeting: The WCMA has reintroduced the WCMA Spring Annual Meeting for members and Technology Partners. To learn more about the 2020 event, click here for information.

One-Day Plant Tour Regional Event: In 2018, the WCMA hosted its first One-Day Plant Tour Regional Event. This event focuses on a specific region and is short enough to be out of the office only one-day, yet still see advanced manufacturing plants. Our 2019 event will be in June, and will be in Lexington, Kentucky. Please see the WCMA website, WCMA.com for more information.

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Get New Business: Sales inquiries from component buyers are received by the WCMA office on a regular basis. The WCMA’s Member Match™ Program is a system that provides prospective buyers with a list of all WCMA members who can produce the specific component products they need. The service is free of charge to component buyers and WCMA members, and can be accessed on our website WCMA.com in the Source Guide area.

National and International Promotion: The WCMA recognizes the need for increased promotion and has increased its marketing efforts for WCMA members and the wood component industry as a whole. Exhibiting at trade shows throughout the world, participating in many specialized woodworking industry events and seminars, publishing the Wood Components Buyer’s Guide, advertising in major woodworking magazines, and maintaining a comprehensive website are some of the ways the WCMA is promoting its members and the wood component industry. The WCMA also receives a number of sales leads through our website and trade shows, and these leads are then passed on to members. 

Industry Support: Financial support is given to the Hardwood Federation which serves at the hardwood industry’s advocacy voice on Capitol Hill, as well as the American Hardwood Export Council (AHEC) which promotes American hardwoods globally.

Members’ Website: The newly designed WCMA website at WCMA.com features a simplified design, improved functionality and more content to keep members and visitors up-to-date on the latest news in the secondary wood manufacturing industry. The site is a resource where members can update their online profile, register for meetings, keep current on industry issues and initiatives, “chat” with other members, and more! It is a comprehensive and easy to navigate site that serves as a one-stop site for all the information you need on the industry including the WCMA Labor Relations Bulletin, Legislative News, Virginia Tech Housing Reports, and other important Industry News and Events.

Industry Standards: The WCMA establishes and maintains the “Rules and Specifications for Dimension and Woodwork.” A necessary addition to any plant, 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. The pocket-sized Rulebook is available for $10.00 per copy to non-members and is available free to members.

WCMA Mission Statement & Objectives: The Wood Component Manufacturers Association advances and promotes the interests of the North American wood products industry through interactive and innovative manufacturing solutions.

The objectives of the WCMA are as follows:

•          Promote a friendly exchange of ideas among those engaged in the dimension & component manufacturing business.

•          Develop and promote a general demand for the industry's products and services.

•          Collect and distribute useful economic and technical information concerning industry trends and developments.

•          Serve as a business referral clearinghouse by responding to inquiries from dimension & component buyers and passing this information on to its members.

•          Conduct seminars and meetings that will satisfy the educational needs of our members.

•          Establish and maintain standard rules and specifications for the dimension & components industry.

•          Cooperate with other wood product trade associations and appropriate government agencies to promote and protect the interests of the industry.

As a company in the wood components industry, one of the wisest investments you can make is membership in the WCMA. To take advantage of these many member benefits, please visit WCMA.com today and fill out the membership application. You can also contact the WCMA office with any questions at 651-332-6332, WCMA@WCMA.com.

Author: Amy Snell, CAE, is the Executive Director of the Wood Component Manufacturers Association. Contact WCMA at P.O. Box 662, Lindstrom, MN 55045. 651-332-6332; Fax: 651-400-3502. Email WCMA@WCMA.com or visit WCMA.com.

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