June 7-8, 2016
WMMA Participation in NAM DC Fly-In*
Washington, DC
*For WMMA Public Policy Committee Members
(contact WMMA office for more information)

September 26-28, 2016
WMMA Regional Meeting*
Charlotte, NC
*Exact Schedule and Details TBA


National Association of Manufacturers Monday Economic Report: May 2, 2016
Overall, U.S. economic growth has been disappointing through the first three months of 2016, with real GDP up by just 0.5 percent, extending the sluggishness seen at the end of 2015. Read more ...

Global Manufacturing Economic Update - March 10, 2016
The latest NAM quarterly survey found that 56.6 percent of respondents were positive about their own company’s outlook, falling for the fourth straight quarter and down sharply from 91.2 percent in December 2014. Export expectations help to explain much of the deceleration in the economic outlook for the sector. Of those companies that anticipated increased exports over the next 12 months, 75.9 percent were positive in their outlook in this survey.


Congress Passes Tax Package

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

Woodworking Network
IWF reports flooring pavilion sold out, attendee registration up

ATLANTA, GA.  -- The International Woodworking Fair has announced the 2016 first edition of the National Wood Flooring Association Pavilion at IWF is sold out.

“The NWFA Wood Flooring Pavilion was a great new program for the 2016 Fair,” said Tom Onsrud, IWF 2016 chairman and president C.R. Onsrud Inc.

Earlier, IWF reported it is nearly sold out for exhibit space. Also attendee registration is up more than 25 percent compared to 2014.

More than 1,000 exhibitors have contracted for exhibit space occupying over 500,000 net square feet making IWF 2016 making IWF the largest event in the industry for the America’s marketplace. IWF will take place August 24-27, 2016 at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, Georgia.

The partnership with NWFA will also include a one-day Flooring Symposium which will be held August 23 and is sponsored by NWFA. FDMC and Woodworking Network are also planning full-day symposiums on August 23 on Closets, Finishing and Veneering.

The Fair will feature six Symposiums on August 23rd and an expanded educational session program which begins August 24th with over 59 educational sessions. For more information about the International Woodworking Fair, go to, or call 404-693-8333.

Posted: 05/06/2016

Monarch Custom Plywood triples press production

Monarch Custom Plywood has tripled its press cycle production with the addition of a double custom hardwood plywood panel press to its Vaughan, Ontario manufacturing facility.

“It’s a great step forward for Monarch,” said Ron Patterson, Monarch’s managing partner. “The addition of a new automated press line with its double panel press will significantly impact our production capabilities. Monarch will be able to supersede the growing demand for custom hardwood veneer plywood panels, not only for domestic markets, but for our export markets.”

The new Colombo R. double plywood panel press includes an automated feed station, pre-press station, and an output stacking station. The press will produce four foot wide custom hardwood plywood panels.

Monarch makes, sells, and distributes custom hardwood plywood panels. The company will exhibit IWF at booth 1841.

Posted: 05/05/2016

IWF expects 1,000 exhibitors, flooring pavilion sold out
Attendee registration reported 25 percent higher than last show.

Posted: 05/06/2016

Xylexpo boasts 430 exhibitors for 25th event later this month
Italian show is reporting increase in pre-registrations.

Posted: 05/05/2016

Woodworking Magazine for the Professional Woodworker | Woodshop News
Homag hits $1 billion mark in sales

Machinery manufacturer Homag Group Ag announced sales revenue surpassed $1 billion (1,039 million Euros) in the 2015 fiscal year.

Posted: 05/04/2016

Benz relocates U.S. headquarters

benz0504Tooling manufacturer Benz Inc. relocated and expanded its North American headquarters from Charlotte to Hickory, N.C.

Posted: 05/04/2016


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 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

September 23, 2015
WMMA Wraps Up Successful Legislative Fly-In

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