February 3-6, 2017
WINS Ski Trip
Salt Lake City, Utah

February 15-16, 2017
Washington, DC
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April 25-28, 2017
Woodworking Industry Conference (WIC17)
Omni Rancho Las Palmas Resort
Rancho Mirage (Palm Springs), CA

May 22-26, 2017
LIGNA 2017
Hannover Exhibition Grounds
Hannover, Germany

June 20-21, 2017
Washington, DC
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July 19-22, 2017
Las Vegas Convention Center
Las Vegas, NV


Monday Economic Report: January 9, 2017
Economic data on manufacturing activity were mixed last week, but for those who are optimists, there were also signs that demand, output and hiring might accelerate moving forward. See more ...

Global Manufacturing Economic Update — Third Quarter
The third quarter NAM 2016 Manufacturers� Outlook Survey shows manufacturers continue to cope with policy headwinds. Read more ...


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Maine forest products industry receives federal grants

PASSADUMKEAG, Maine — Nearly $1 million in federal grants and access to the Department of Energy’s largest research center will help Maine’s $8.5 billion forest products industry determine its future as paper usage declines, the Economic Development Administration (EDA) announced Wednesday.

The $1 million in grants will aid mill site redevelopment, broadband access for mill communities, small business support and high school training programs, EDA officials said. The grants include $200,000 for redevelopment of a specific Bucksport mill site and $145,000 to the Maine International Trade Center to aid small businesses that export wood products.

Access to Oak Oak Ridge National Laboratory — the U.S. Department of Energy‘s largest research center — will help researchers at the University of Maine address the future of bio-based materials, including nano-cellular technology, biofuels and additive manufacturing, as part of a multi-pronged plan to guide and repair the state’s forest products industry.

Based in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, the lab has a staff of nearly 5,000 and an annual budget of $1.5 billion. Created in 1943 as part of the Manhattan Project, it’s home to the world’s largest supercomputers. 

According to the EDA, over the last several years, a number of Maine’s major paper mills have closed, and thousands of Americans living in rural communities have lost their jobs.

After Maine’s senators asked for federal help in March 2016, the EDA deployed an interagency Economic Development Assessment Team (EDAT) to eastern Maine in August.

An EDAT enables EDA to marshal the full range of federal resources on behalf of a region experiencing economic distress. This tailored response has been used to address incidents like the Deepwater Horizon oil spill and the collapse of New England’s fisheries.

After evaluating economic strategies, EDAT gave the green light for the grants and laboratory access.

Posted: 01/19/2017

2017 Top Shelf Closet Design contest deadline extended to January 27

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa - The deadline for the 2017 Top Shelf Closet Design Awards has been extended to January 27.

The Top Shelf Closet Design Awards are given annually to honor designers for their creative closet and home organization designs. 

Furniture designer Brian K. Ellison, BKE Design, Chicago, will be the host for the 2017 Top Shelf Closet Design Awards gala reception to be held April 12 during the 2017 Cabinets & Closets Conference & Expo. To attend the exclusive awards gala, click here to register.
BKE Design provides custom design of commercial and residential spaces, furniture, lighting and handcrafted wood items. Ellison was also a contestant on Spike TV’s reality furniture competition “Framework” in 2015.
The returning judges for the 2017 contest are Denise Butchko, Butchko & Co., Chicago, Illinois; Angelia York, St. Louis Co., Maplewood, Missouri; and Joyce Hardison, Closet Crafters, Ventura, California.
All award winners will be featured in Closets & Organized Storage magazine and celebrated at a gala awards reception during the 2017 Cabinets & Closets Conference & Expo, April 11- 13 in Schaumburg, Illinois (near Chicago). The Overall Winner (project receiving the highest score from the judges) will receive a $500 gift card.
All submissions (no more than three per category) will be accepted until January 27. Entry fee $45. Upload photos and videos of your best projects to win.


Garage: under 600 square feet; Garage: over 600 square feet
Home Office: under 150 square feet; Home Office: over 150 square feet
Closet: Closet: Laminate under 18 linear feet; Laminate over 18 linear feet; Closet: Wood under 18 linear feet; Closet: Wood over 18 linear feet; Closet: Reach in
Specialty: (craft, pantry, laundry, mudroom)
Wine Cellar Storage

Posted: 01/19/2017

CPA reports panel shipments end year slightly behind 2015
Particleboard shipments have held steady over the past four years.

Posted: 01/19/2017

American kitchen and bath market at $134 billion: NKBA
Americans remodel about 24 million kitchens or baths a year.

Posted: 01/17/2017

Woodworking Magazine for the Professional Woodworker | Woodshop News
Bosch debuts new battery system

bosch0118Bosch Power Tools recently introduced Core 18V, its new 18-volt battery system.

Posted: 01/18/2017

Plastics program returns at 2017 AWFS

Plastics and plastic fabrication will return as a focus of the 2017 AWFS fair, which is scheduled for July 22-25 in Las Vegas.

Posted: 01/18/2017


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WMMA Baldwin Award
WMMA members agree that the prestigious Baldwin Award is an honor of a lifetime. Named for Ralph B. Baldwin, longtime member, the award will be presented to an individual in the woodworking industry who has exemplified the kind of commitment which makes an association function at, or near, its peak potential and is a contributor to his company’s success and the community of which he/she is a part. Submit your nominations no later than March 11, 2017 for consideration. Click here for more information.

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The new ANSI standard O1.1-4 Safety Requirements for Shapers for the Woodworking Industry was published. WMMA members are entitled to receive one complimentary copy per company upon request. Email to request a copy. Copies can be purchased from the ANSI e-standard store.

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