September 14-17, 2015
WMMA Board/Committee Meetings & DC Fly In
Arlington, VA
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April 12-15, 2016
Woodworking Industry Conference (WIC)
CasaMagna Marriott Cancun Resort
Cancun, Mexico


National Association of Manufacturers Monday Economic Report: August 24, 2015
The Dow Jones Industrial Average reached an all-time high at 18312.39 on May 19. Since peaking three months ago, the stock market has fallen nearly 10 percent, closing at 16549.75 on August 21, and is poised for more losses today. Read more ...

Manufacturers' Outlook Survey - Second Quarter 2015
The results indicate the manufacturing economy is growing, but at a much slower pace than the more robust levels experienced just a few months ago. The results also serve as an indicator of continued economic and political headwinds that manufacturers face. Find out more about the numbers and what they mean by visiting the survey's new landing page.


Woodworking Network
84 Lumber on Probation Following Katrina Contract Issues

84 Lumber, a buildings materials and services supplier, has agreed to a one-year probation in Louisiana following issues arising from its handling of federal contracts in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

Two minority contractors, who had received funds from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to rebuild two schools and a fire station in New Orleans post Katrina, claimed that their companies had been ruined by 84 Lumber's failure to complete the work for which they had been contracted and by excessively hiking up its bond rates.

According to the Post-Gazette, instead of revoking its license, the Lousiana State Licensing Board for Contractors will monitor the company's activities in the state during a one-year time period. Also, 84 Lumber will also disband its national program providing turnkey material/labor packages to contractors for the installation of framing, roofing, windows, doors, trim, insulation, drywall, and cabinets.

84 Lumber, based in Eighty Four, PA, operates more than 250 stores, plus component plants, door shops and kitchen and bath design centers in 30 states and employs more than 4,200.

Posted: 08/27/2015

Highland Pellets Places $30 Million Biofuels Plant Order

CHATTANOOGA, TN – Astec Industries Inc. said it has entered into an agreement to build, deliver and install the first production line of a new turnkey wood pellet production facility for Highland Pellets LLC. Astec (Nasdaq: ASTE) said the initial $30 million order could total $143 million  if additional equipment and services are ordered.

The first production line and related equipment for the planned multi-line wood pellet plant is scheduled for delivery no later than early 2016. Although the location of the Highland plant was not given, it is believed to be the pellet facility in Pine Bluff, AR, which will start commissioning 600,000 MT/year production in Q4 2016, according to Highland Pellets' website. Highland Pellets is also in negotiations for a second plant site in the Southeast, the website indicates.

In addition to manufacturing specialized equipment for biomass/wood processing, Astec also services the asphalt road building, aggregate processing, and oil, gas and water well drilling markets. A typical Astec wood pellet plant is shown below.

Posted: 08/26/2015


Woodworking Magazine for the Professional Woodworker | Woodshop News
CMA re-elects president and other officers

Matt Krig was re-elected president of the Cabinet Makers Association, which will return its full slate of officers through 2016.

Posted: 08/26/2015

Colt and Riss prepare to serve U.S. market

Colt Tools and Riss Tools, manufacturers of boring bits and other woodworking accessories, were established as a U.S. corporation in June and now offer several new and unique patented products.

Posted: 08/26/2015


Current News:

The Wood Machinery Manufacturers of America (WMMA) has announced the winner of its Ralph B. Baldwin Award, the association's highest honor. The award was presented to John Schultz, past president of the Association. Announcement of the award was made at the Woodworking Industry Conference (WIC), which took place at the Grand Hyatt San Antonio in San Antonio, Texas. Full information is available here.

IWF: And the Final Numbers Are...

The final numbers for IWF 2014 are in, and they're nothing short of phenomenal. The total at-show attendance (all days) was 23,463, which broke down as follows:
Attendance (General):
Verified: Advance-Registered: 7,422
Verified: On-site Registered (includes press, speakers, students): 6,915
Unspecified: 63
Total Verified Buyers: 14,400
Exhibiting Personnel: 9,063

Mark your calendar for the next IWF, August 24-27, 2016, and get ready for your own impressive numbers.

Hear what current WMMA members are saying about the valuable benefits and the many rewards of WMMA membership.

ANSI Update
A revision of the ANSI standard O1.1-1, entitled 01.1-1 (2015) Safety Requirements for Fixed Angle Jump Saws, has been published is available for purchase through the ANSI e-standard store. WMMA Members are entitled to receive one complimentary copy of the standard per company upon request. Click here if you are interested in receiving a copy of the standard.

The Cutting Edge, WMMA's monthly e-publication

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Press Releases

May 5, 2015
WMMA Offers Industry Resources at LIGNA

April 27, 2015
WMMA Announces New Board of Directors

April 23, 2015
WMMA Past President, John Schultz, Wins Baldwin Award

December 4, 2014
Registration Open for WIC 2015

October 24, 2014
WMMA Celebrates U.S. World Standards Day

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