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)
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Cancun, Mexico


National Association of Manufacturers Monday Economic Report: August 3, 2015
The U.S. economy expanded at a 2.3 percent annualized pace in the second quarter, and revisions to the first quarter replaced the small contraction with 0.6 percent growth, putting the first half of the year roughly in line with expectations. - 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.


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UPS To Acquire Coyote Third Party Logistics and Shipping Firm

ATLANTA  - UPS (NYSE:UPS) will acquire Coyote Logistics, a Chicago-based truckload freight brokerage company, for $1.8 billion. “The brokered full-truckload freight segment is a high growth market and we expect it will continue to outpace other transportation segments,” said David Abney, UPS CEO.

Founded in 2006, Coyote reported annual revenue of $2.1 billion in 2014, brokering through 35,000 trucking firms. Closing is expected this month. “This high quality acquisition significantly increases UPS full-truckload scale," Abney said.  
Coyote arranges customers’ freight shipments on available trucking capacity contracted to members of its large carrier network.  Coyote has experienced very rapid revenue growth since inception and has built extensive relationships with a broad customer base.  The company enjoys strong market positions among food and beverage, and consumer goods customers, as well as paper and packaging, industrial and retail segments.  Following the acquisition and integration of Access America Transport to its network last year, Coyote added industry leading strength in flatbed serviced segments such as heavy equipment and construction.
During the peak holiday shipping season, UPS often supplements its fleet with contract transportation providers to meet customer demand.  Coyote has played a growing role in supporting UPS peak operations over the past few years and the company expects to leverage Coyote’s carrier network even further for this purpose in the future. 
UPS has also identified revenue growth and fleet efficiency synergy opportunities by hauling shipments arranged by Coyote using existing UPS backhaul capacity within its tractor/trailer fleet.
“Through the Coyote network, UPS will provide our combined customer base with an even more seamless supply chain solutions portfolio from multi-modal freight shipments to small-package delivery,” said Alan Gershenhorn, UPS executive vice president and chief commercial officer.
“We will now also have the technology to help our customers improve the utilization of their fleets as part of an extended network of carriers,” Gershenhorn said.  “We see opportunities for greater customer and UPS fleet asset utilization that will deepen our partnerships with customers.”
“In addition to the core profitability of Coyote, UPS is well positioned to realize a run-rate of $100 million to $150 million of annual operating synergies, from backhaul utilization, purchased transportation and cross-selling opportunities,” said Abney.
Coyote, which will operate as a subsidiary of UPS, uses a suite of proprietary information technologies that provides market-leading transportation management applications.  The company also offers several software applications that customers and transportation providers can easily integrate.

Posted: 08/04/2015

OSHA: Cabinetmaker Died from Wood Dust Exposure

BILLINGS, MT -  Acute, long-term exposure to wood dust led to the death of a 55-year-old finish sander at a Montana cabinet shop, OSHA says.

Following the January death of Tom Hegg, a 15-year employee at Oak Creations Inc., an OSHA inspection found 21 serious safety that exposed workers to respiratory hazards, fire, explosion, and amputation.

The citations were handed out July 27 by OSHA. The Columbus, MT-based cabinetmaker faces fines of $50,000.

Oak Creations was cited for insufficient housekeeping of combustible wood dust "on elevated surfaces and ledges from one-half inch in depth to approximately 2 inches in depth;" failing to evaluate respiratory hazards; multiple machine guard violations; inadequate guarding for shafts, belts and pulleys; multiple electrical violations; and failure to have developed a written hazard communication program.

OSHA also cited the cabinet company for failing to provide employees with information on respirators and for inadequate marking of fire exits.

Excessive inhalation of wood dust from certain species, including oak, mahogany, beech, walnut, birch, elm and ash, have been associated with nasal cancer in woodworkers. Set by OSHA, the permissible exposure limit for nuisance dust is 15 mg/m3, with a PEL for total dust of 5 mg/m3 over an 8 hour time weighted average. Stricter levels have been recommended by organizations such as NIOSH, which promotes 1 mg/m3 total dust. Wood dust has been classified as a known human carcinogen by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC).

"Oak Creations could have implemented simple, common-sense measures to provide a safe workplace for employees," Eric Brooks, OSHA's area director in Billings, said in a statement. "The best way to honor Mr. Hegg is to ensure that his colleagues have a safe place to work."

According to the Billings Gazette, Oak Creations' owner Brett Barker leased the company this spring to Pete DeNotaris, and the name changed to OC Cabinetry. DeNotaris told the Gazette that improvements are already underway to improve the working environment for employees at the plant.


Posted: 08/04/2015


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Posted: 08/04/2015

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Insurance is like the cops. No one wants them around until the moment they need them.

Posted: 08/03/2015


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.

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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.

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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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