February 26-29, 2016
2016 Wood Industry Networking & Snowsports Trip
Little America Hotel
Salt Lake City, UT

April 12-15, 2016
Woodworking Industry Conference (WIC)
CasaMagna Marriott Cancun Resort
Cancun, Mexico

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: February 8, 2016
It is amazing how quickly the economic narrative changed on Friday morning with the release of new jobs numbers. There had been a steady drumbeat of bad news recently, particularly in light of global weaknesses and falling commodity prices. Read more ...

Global Manufacturing Economic Update - October 8, 2015
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) lowered its estimates for global growth for 2015, down from 3.3 percent in July to 3.1 percent in its latest World Economic Outlook release. - Read more ...


Congress Passes Tax Package

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

Woodworking Network
Lincoln Logs, returned to made in U.S.A. of real wood, turns 100
HATFIELD, Penn.  –  K’Nex Brands celebrates the 100th birthday of Lincoln Logs in 2016 with production of the iconic log building toy returned to the United States for the first time in nearly 60 years. The announcement was made at the Toy Industry Assocation annual fair that opened in New York's Javits Center today.
The toy Lincoln Logs have stirred controversy over the years, first when Hasbro shifted material from wood to plastic - roundly rejected by parents - then by moving production to China when a U.S. producer for the small wood parts could not be located. Last year K'Nex contracted with wooden golf-tee manufacturer Pride Manufacturing  Company, a 130-employee company in Burnham, Maine.
The logs had been produced in China for the  toy maker K'Nex Brands, which is famed for insourcing its other toy lines. Pride Manufacturing produces wood golf tees, and reached out to K'Nex after learning of its efforts to insource manufacture of Lincoln Logs. Originally made of redwood, the logs are now made of several species. Pride engineered equipment to produce the logs, and will output about 30 million annually. 
Randy Dicker, senior director of manufacturing at Pride’s Burnham facility, expected addition of the production of Lincoln Logs to create up to 10 new jobs. 
“We operate a sawmill, dry kilns and numerous styles of wood working machines that allow us a good mix of products for our company," Dicker said when production commenced. "As world leaders in golf tee and cigar tip manufacturing, we will bring that top quality craftsmanship we are known for to the Lincoln Logs brand. The addition of Lincoln Logs is an exciting opportunity for us, and we’re proud to be able to say that this iconic toy is made right here in Maine.”
Developed in 1916 by John Lloyd Wright, son of the famous American architect, Lincoln Logs is licensed by Hasbro, and produced and distributed by K'Nex Brands. Lincoln Logs is authentic piece of Americana, K'Nex says, and also helps children develop fine motor and problem solving skills.
For the anniversary edition, the made in the USA line, all with real wood logs, includes a 100th Anniversary Tin with 111 pieces; the Forge Mill Cabin with 51 pieces; Horseshoe Hill Station with 83 pieces; and a "girls" set, Country Meadow Cottage (it includes wood logs, as well as stickers and a pony.)

Posted: 02/13/2016

Homag gears up for expanded CNC router production in Michigan

Homag Machinery North America has opened a large new 100,000-square-foot production location in Kentwood, Michigan, and held a grand opening event to mark the occasion.

Homag Machinery North America, formerly Weeke North America, manufactures the Weeke Vantech line of CNC routers and the ABD series of CNC drilling and dowel machines in Michigan. The new expansion and company name are part of a strategy by Homag Group to invest in manufacturing demands for the local market.

Speaking at the event, Christian Vollmers, president of Stiles Machinery Inc., said that Weeke North America was established in 2009 as a joint venture between the Homag Group, Stiles Machinery Inc. and Weeke Maschinenbau, a subsidiary of the Homag Group.

The venture started in a nearby building during the recession, and the company made its first machine in 2010. The company has produced 730 machines in Michigan since then, and the goal is to make 280 machines in 2016.

Vollmers recognized the importance of manufacturing in Michigan. “It is a clear target of the Homag Group to make machines (specifically) for the local market,” he said at the event.

“The new operation will be a center of development of CNC nested-based manufacturing technology.”

Matthaeus Schmid, vice president, operations for Homag Machinery North America, pointed out advantages to local production, including daily fluctuations in the dollar and Euro, and savings in ocean freight.

“Manufacturing in dollars makes sense,” he said at the event. “And it does not make sense to ship heavy machines around the world.”

The focus at the new location is on quality, material flow, and balancing production. Assembly is divided into small steps. A Kanban “supermarket assembly” system is used to help manage the 100,000 parts in each machine. Plans for the future include 50 employees and more product types. “Plans are for growth, growth, growth,” Schmid said.

James Swanson, product specialist for Stiles Machinery, said that the venture was intended to make machinery for the North American market, and has delivered a quality machine at an attractive price point. Swanson said that most content is sourced domestically from a large network of suppliers (the heavy steel framework comes from a supplier in nearby Muskegon).

Swanson said that a machine could be made in as little as a week or two, and domestic production will achieve a 10 to 15 percent cost savings. About half the target market consists of smaller cabinets shops. Another 35 percent is higher volume, commercial shops, and 15 percent is from the large office furniture manufacturers.

Also at the event were Stephen Kepley, mayor of Kentwood, Harald Becker-Ehmck CTO of Homag Group, and Robert D. Grooters, a developer involved in many manufacturing projects in Grand Rapids and West Michigan such as the new Homag building. Grooters thanked Homag and Stiles for being an important part of the community.

The new Homag Machinery North America location has improvements that include twice the production capacity and a streamlined manufacturing flow that applies the latest technologies and workflow processes to achieve efficient optimization.

The new space also takes into account the growing local workforce and has large office space, a break room, showers and lockers for employees. “We are intentionally investing in local manufacturing talent and resources necessary for today’s North American manufacturing demands and the forecasted growth at Homag Machinery North America,” said Andreas Muehlbauer, executive vice president of operations for Stiles Machinery, before the opening.

“We are anticipating future growth based on the market demand that we are currently seeing and this new facility will allow us to offer local manufacturing according to the specific needs of the North American market.”

Stiles has been an exclusive distributor in the United States for almost 30 years and currently serves as the Homag Group’s sales and service extension for the United States. See

Posted: 02/11/2016

Homag makes major commitment to North American manufacturing
Company expands CNC router production in Michigan.

Posted: 02/11/2016

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Leitz invites customers to Germany

Leitz Tooling is hosting a weeklong technology tour on window and door manufacturing in Germany for its U.S. customers.

Posted: 02/10/2016

Festool offers ‘Power Select’ program

Festool0210Festool USA has a new “Power Select” campaign, offering customers a variety of purchasing options for the company’s cordless products.

Posted: 02/10/2016


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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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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

May 14, 2015
WMMA Announces Publication of Revised ANSI O1.1-1 Standard (2015) Safety Requirements for Fixed Angle Jump Saws

May 5, 2015
WMMA Offers Industry Resources at LIGNA

April 27, 2015
WMMA Announces New Board of Directors

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WMMA Past President, John Schultz, Wins Baldwin Award

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