February 19-20, 2019
WMMA Public Policy Committee Meeting and DC Fly-in
Hilton Crystal City Hotel
Crystal City
Arlington, VA

April 2-5, 2019
Woodworking Industry Conference (WIC19)
Omni Amelia Island Plantation
Amelia Island, FL

May 27-31, 2019
LIGNA 2019
Hannover Exhibition Grounds
Hannover, Germany
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July 17-20, 2019
AWFS Vegas
Las Vegas Convention Center
Las Vegas, NV USA

September 30-October 2, 2019
WMMA Regional Networking Meeting
Hotel Commonwealth
Boston, MA


NAM Monday Economic Report — January 22, 2019
Manufacturing production rebounded strongly in December after some softness in the prior three months, jumping 1.1 percent for the month. Over the past 12 months, manufacturing production has risen 3.2 percent. More importantly, manufacturing capacity utilization soared from 75.8 percent in November to 76.5 percent in December, the best reading since November 2014. Read more ...

NAM Monday Economic Report — January 14, 2019
Signs increased that the Federal Reserve might pause or slow the pace of interest rate increases in 2019, particularly as the economy has softened somewhat. (For more on the current state of the economy, see my guest column in The Hill.) Read more ...


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Door manufacturer Steves & Son recognized in San Antonio

SAN ANTONIO – The San Antonio Business Journal has named Steves & Sons, Inc. CEO Edward G. Steves and president and COO Sam Bell Steves II to its 2019 Class of Legacy Leaders of San Antonio. The Steves brothers join four other San Antonio business and civic leaders in the 2019 class.

In her article announcing the honorees, Business Journal associate editor Tricia Schwennesen wrote, “These men and women were chosen based on their accomplishments and the lasting legacy of their work. Their efforts have helped shape San Antonio. They are leaders in manufacturing, city government, health care and business whose work has impacted tens of thousands of people who live and work in the Alamo City.”

Sam Bell Steves said, “For both Edward and me, this recognition is really about the incredible work and dedication of all the thousands of people who have worked at this company throughout the past 153 years.  With more than 1,100 associates today here in San Antonio, in Richmond, Virginia, and Lebanon, Tennessee, the legacy of this company really lies with their dedication to quality manufacturing and service for our customers.  They are all ‘Legacy Leaders’ and we will accept this honor on their behalf.”

Edward Steves said, “Sam and I have worked in this company virtually our entire lives, and we learned the business from the ground up, taught by our late parents, Marshall T. Steves Sr., and Allierose Patricia Galt Steves, who everyone knew as Patsy. It has been such a privilege for us to carry on the family’s stewardship of this company which has been a San Antonio icon for so many years while also growing into a national leader in door manufacturing. All of our energies are devoted to continuing that legacy.”

Steves & Sons door manufacturing was founded in 1866 by Edward Steves in San Antonio. Begun as primarily a lumber company, by the 1890s Steves & Sons supplied not only wood for homes and commercial buildings but also doors, windows and stair components. A millwork plant was established in 1904 and that led to generations of growth as the company turned its emphasis to door manufacturing. See

Posted: 02/15/2019

App State students win Mockett design contest

Mockett hosts an annual design competition, now in its 34th year, that gives designers an opportunity to see their product idea come to life.

The latest winning entries come from design students Hannah Eckersley and Michael Nelson, both currently enrolled in the industrial design program at Appalachian State University.

This is the third year in a row students from Appalachian State have submitted winning entries. There are no restrictions for entry and no professional credentials required, making this the perfect opportunity for students, freelance designers, and hobbyists to take a shot at winning a cash prize of $1,000 and royalties based on sales.

Eckersley’s design is an intriguing art deco inspired coat hook that takes an ordinary stamped triangle plate and layers it by bending out additional interior triangles that serve as multi-level hooks. Customers can hang a shirt or jacket on the bottom hook and an additional jacket, hat or scarf on the larger hook above.

Nelson’s design is a floor wire manager that runs under a desk against the back of the desk or against the wall or baseboard to shield and conceal wires safely out of harm’s way and doubles as a footrest. A unique take on ordinary wirestay channels that adds a caddy for power strips and allows additional cabling to run underneath.

Floor wire manager that runs under a desk against the back of the desk or against the wall or baseboard to shield and conceal wires.

Have an idea or a design you’d like to enter? Now accepting entries for the 2019 Annual Design Competition. Please visit for details.

Posted: 02/15/2019


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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.

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