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January 25-28, 2019
Wood Industry Networking & Snow Sports Event (WINS)
Little America Hotel
Salt Lake City, UT
February 19-20, 2019
WMMA Public Policy Committee Meeting and DC Fly-in
Hilton Crystal City Hotel
April 2-5, 2019
Woodworking Industry Conference (WIC19)
Omni Amelia Island Plantation
Amelia Island, FL
July 17-20, 2019
Las Vegas Convention Center
Las Vegas, NV USA
September 30-October 2, 2019
WMMA Regional Networking Meeting
NAM Monday Economic Report November 12
The Federal Reserve left interest rates unchanged, as expected, but the Federal Open Market Committee is widely anticipated to hike short-term rates at its December 18-19 meeting. The Federal Reserve not only noted slowing business investment, but it also continued to acknowledge overall strength in the U.S. economy, especially the tight labor market. Read more ...
NAM Monday Economic Report November 26
The latest data show housing market struggles persisting, with activity much weaker in the second half of 2018 than the rates earlier in the year. Affordability (e.g., higher mortgage rates, increased raw material costs) and workforce issues have taken a toll on demand, but weather has also played a role of late. Along those lines, Freddie Mac reported that the average interest rate for a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage was 4.94 percent on November 15, the highest mortgage rate since February 24, 2011. Read more ...
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- The Mill Academy is a CTE cabinet manufacturing training center designed for teachers and administrators. The three-day training session includes hands-on learning in the state of the art facility in Colorado Springs.
Participants will receive two years of curriculum, written by MiLL founder Dean Mattson, designed for any school that would like to develop a professional, industry-oriented program. Participants will also gain certification through the WCA (Woodwork Career Alliance), becoming WCA Evaluators.
Mattson created the academy with the purpose of sharing his knowledge in the classroom as well as industry. Dean has filled a void by creating a new curriculum that is up to date, industry driven, and aligns with WCA standards.
Erich Schneider, Reynolds High School in Gresham, Oregon, attended the MiLL Academy during the fall of 2018.
“The curriculum is something that has been missing from CTE Woods instruction for perhaps decades,” he said. “Every woodshop teacher that I know has either developed their own curriculum or adopted and adapted somebody else’s. While effective, this saps valuable time from a job that requires far more time than an average teaching job.
“The curriculum is organized, fluid, complete, well laid out, and student–tested. Seeing the curriculum in action with real classes is something that is often not included in training, or is simulated. Seeing real students work the projects made it real. I enjoyed the opportunity to produce some of the components found in the curriculum.”
Another benefit to attending the academy is the chance to build and develop relationships with industry partners and employers. Molly Turner, Woods Manufacturing Instructor Ignacio school district, attended the academy in the spring of 2018.
“The class helped me redefine my relationship with business and industry,” she said. “As a direct result of the training I received from Dean, I have started to build relationships with businesses both regionally and nationally. I’ve had over $10,000 in supplies donated to my program this year! The MiLL Academy was by far the most valuable professional development training I've been a part of in my six years as a CTE teacher.”
“Dean Mattson has used his experience as a business owner, cabinet maker, and teacher to build a system-wide approach to developing a successful CTE model,” Schneider said. “This is more than curriculum; he teaches how to develop a volunteer program, build industry partners, and step outside of the constraints of traditional education. All of this done on-site at The Mill, alongside real classes,” added.
MiLL lead instructor John Stearns has worked alongside Mattson to provide three days of invaluable information for Woods programs. Both John and Dean will be leading the upcoming training this February.
Participants will also be treated to information from various Industry guest speakers. Todd Sommerfeld, owner of Kreg Tools, spoke with the most recent academy participants.
Sommerfeld talked about why his company supports education, and he collaborated with teachers on how to communicate with businesses to build relationships between schools and industry.
At The Mill, they are looking forward to hearing from Randy Johnson with Next Wave Automation at the February Academy.
Stearns commented on how businesses can get involved.
“If you are a business owner, look around at your local high schools,” he said. “Do they have programs that will provide you with future employees? If not, get in touch with them and talk to them about our curriculum and training program. We can help train your teachers to educate the next generation of employees. Our curriculum is designed to have young men and women ready for the workforce at completion. Consider sending a local teacher to The MiLL Academy. Teachers leave here changed and encouraged with a clear direction for their program.”
For more information on the academy or to register see, www.themillco.org/academy
CHARLOTTE -- Martin Woodworking Machines Corp. has added Bi-Matic edgebanders to its product portfolio. With this product portfolio, Martin Woodworking intends to address the price- and quality-conscious woodworking professional.
Starting January 1, 2019, Martin Woodworking has become official general importer and service partner of the northern Italian manufacturer Bi-Matic. The engineering company, founded in 1979, is known for its machinery in Europe. The company has specialized in edgebanding technology since its foundation and in addition to simpler entry-level machines, Bi-Matic produces custom-tailored edgebanders for workshops and industry.
The engineering company from Cascina La Valle produces machines exclusively in its own factory in the province of Como, Italy.
In addition to Robland, Martin Woodworking also represents other European manufacturers such as Weber, Gannomat, Barth, Aigner and Al-Ko and the products of the German parent company Martin. See http://www.martin.info.
WMMA supports Cue Career, a website for young, developing talent. Cue Career aggregates the resources of industry associations for career exploration/navigation and workforce development. Students explore by watching video interviews with people who are early in their career (members of associations) and access workforce development opportunities such as internships, apprenticeships, mentorships, micro-credentials, and badges offered by associations. Click here to view WMMA's Cue Career page.
Industry Leaders Converge on Capitol Hill For Day of Advocacy
Leaders from the Wood Machinery Manufacturers of America, Woodworking Machinery Industry Association and Association of Woodworking & Furnishing Suppliers converged on Capitol Hill on June 21 to advocate for the most important policy needs of the industry. First-time attendee Dan Christensen, Pillar Machine, and WMMA Public Policy Committee member, talked about his experiences in this short video.
WMMA Announces Steve Carter as WMMA President
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