August 24-27, 2016
International Woodworking Fair (IWF)
Georgia World Congress Center
Atlanta, GA

September 26-28, 2016
WMMA Regional Meeting
Sheraton Charlotte Hotel
Charlotte, NC


National Association of Manufacturers Monday Economic Report: June 27, 2016
The vote for the United Kingdom to leave the European Union — the so-called "Brexit" — dominated headlines on Friday. Read more ...

Global Manufacturing Economic Update - June 2016
Global manufacturing activity stagnated in May, pulled lower by continued weaknesses in the emerging markets and by softer-than-desired economic growth in the United States. Read more ...


Congress Passes Tax Package

Construction Spending Remains Strong In July, Up 13.7% Over The Past Year. Read more...

Woodworking Network
Walnut lumber grade challenge was most-viewed at Woodworking Network in 2016 so far
Most viewed in June 2016 at were stories about SawStop, wood panels joined on a sewing machine, and IKEA's earth-shaking recall of 29 million dressers. Also popular, unusual projects that also serve as practical demonstration of wood fabrication techniques.

1. Cradle inspired by Viking longships

2. Wood Hollow: 10,000 tree species from every point on earth

3. SawStop wins Supreme Court action in antitrust suit against Black & Decker

4. IKEA recalls 29 million dressers and chests after third child fatality

6.  Lumber Liquidators cuts formaldehyde deal with Consumer Products Safety Commission

7. NeoCon surprise: woodgrain powder coating uses sublimation technology

8. ShowplaceEVO frameless cabinets made by, aimed at, millennials

9. 12 ways to increase your woodshop's profits

10. Burning lumber as a finishing technique

11. Log shortage blamed for Weyerhaeuser plywood mill shut down

Most viewed in 2016 at in 2016 was Scott Wunder's challenge to the NHLA grading of walnut lumber. 

1. Why is walnut lumber graded lower than other hardwoods? - by Scott Wunder

2. Bosch launches new safety saw, defends against patent infringement charges - by Will Sampson

3. Burning Lumber as a finishing technique - by Bill Esler

4. 10 Steps to waking a wood wedding wing - by Bill Esler

5. Top 10 kitchen cabinetry design trends - by Karen Koenig

6. Plywood hammock conforms to your contours - by Bill Esler

7. Cherry on balsawood supercar took 10 years to build - by Bobby Dalheim

8. Parisot Space Up bed lifts for spacious storage - by Bobby Dalheim

9. 5 apps that woodworkers will really want to try - by Bill Esler

10. Inception inspired Wave City coffee table defies gravity - by Bobby Dalheim

11. SawStop patent trade case against Bosch wins procedural ruling - by Bill Esler 


Posted: 07/01/2016

Chinese plywood not a threat to U.S. mills, says International Court of Trade

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Court of International Trade has upheld an earlier ruling by the International Trade Commission that Chinese imports of hardwood plywood pose no threat to U.S. businesses. The ruling this week likely means no antidumping and countervailing duties will be assessed.

In order for duties to be assessed, both the ITC and Department of Commerce would have had to find that U.S. panel producers have been harmed by imports of hardwood plywood from China. The ITC's 5-0 ruling in 2013 that the imported product was significantly different from domestic-made hardwood plywood, and therefore did not harm U.S. panel manufacturers, contradicted its initial findings and also ran contrary to an earlier determination by the DOC.

Click here to view the court's ruling.

Typically thinner, imported hardwood and decorative plywood is used in a  variety of wood products including cabinetry, flooring and furniture.

The ITC's ruling in 2013 was The debate over imported hardwood and decorative plywood dates back to 2012, when the Coalition for Fair Trade of Hardwood Plywood filed an antidumping and countervailing duty petition amid claims that the imported panel was unfairly subsidized by the Chinese government and sold for less than fair market value in the United States. The American Alliance for Hardwood Plywood disputed the claim, arguing that fundamental differences in the Chinese and domestic panel products mean the imported product cannot cause any competitive harm to the domestic producers.

The CFTHP contested the ITC ruling and in 2014 filed papers to have the decision revisited in the U.S. Court of International Trade.

In issuing its judgment, the court sent the case back to the ITC  to address the Commerce Department’s final antidumping duty levels as well as the countervailing duty findings. "However, the court only ordered the ITC to provide further explanation on these issues and did not authorize the ITC to revisit its core finding that Chinese plywood had no impact on the domestic plywood industry," said a statement from the AAHP, which added the group "is confident that the ITC will conclude that the Commerce Department’s antidumping and countervailing duty findings are irrelevant and therefore cannot disturb the ITC’s 'no injury' finding."

Posted: 06/30/2016

Barnett Mfg. to reintroduce Ritter and Evans machinery lines at IWF
Brands are being built in Holland, Michigan.

Posted: 07/01/2016

Grand old flag is made of walnut, makore and sycamore
Journey helped creator rwalize what made America special.

Posted: 06/30/2016

Woodworking Magazine for the Professional Woodworker | Woodshop News
IVEC to present new dust collection line

IVEC Systems will debut its revolutionary new line of Intellivent dust collection equipment at IWF 2016.

Posted: 06/30/2016

Learn about furniture and upholstery issues at IWF 2016

The IWF 2016 education program features six tracks, including one on furniture and upholstery issues.

Posted: 06/30/2016


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.

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

ANSI Update

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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May 9, 2016
2016 Board of Directors Announced

May 2, 2016
Chris Hacker Becomes WMMA President

January 8, 2016
WMMA Announces Publication of ANSI O1.1-4 Standard (2015) Safety Requirements for Shapers for the Woodworking Industry

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