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 23, 2016
After disappointing manufacturing activity in the first quarter of 2016, the sector rebounded somewhat in April. 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
Architectural Millwork Solutions hit by early morning blaze
SAN MARCOS, Calif.  — Architectural Millwork Solutions, a custom woodworking and millwork shop in San Marcos, California, sustained an estimated $500,000 in damages after an early morning fire May 24. 
Ricardo Alcantra told local media he does a large number of projects in high rise construction, and had a significant amount of work in progress in the plant.
At around  2:00 a.m. the fire broke out with response teams from San Marcos, as well as the neighboring Carlsbad and Vista Fire Departments. No injuries were reported. 
With six fire trucks responding, crews contained the fire within 22 minutes - slicing open the metal doors with saws to gain access.
The fire’s cause is currently under investigation by the San Marcos Fire Department but it is not considered suspicious. Initial damage to the structure’s contents has been estimated at $400,000 with structural damage of $100,000 for total loss of approximately $500,000.
The City of San Marcos is working on temporary relocation possibilities and recovery options for the woodworking firm.
Alcantra established Architectural Millwork Solutions in 2004 after 18 years working in the millwork field. His company operates a CNC router among other equipment. "We specialize in architectural woodwork design, manufacturing and installation of our own products as well as other company’s products for the greater San Diego area," Alcantra says. Here's how he describes his firm:
We are experienced in all aspects of custom commercial and high-end residential millwork and casework. We communicate and coordinate with owners, interior designers, architects, developers, general contractors and subcontractors (e.g. solid surfaces, natural stone, metal and glass) to meet our customer’s goals. We use state of the art equipment and quality materials at competitive prices. We work diligently to constantly maintain good lines of communication with our clients, and more importantly by returning pricing very quickly and accurately. We have an impeccable record on completing projects in a timely manner. We have a small showroom with different material samples to assist our clients.
Our in-house craftsmen have been trained and certified to design and manufacture custom woodwork in accordance with The Woodwork Institute of California as well as The American Woodwork Institute. We are a one stop source to general contractors. We can use green materials and follow LEED specs.


Posted: 05/28/2016

Biesse acquires Italian CNC machinery maker Uniteam

PESARO, Italy - Biesse S.p.A. announced it will acquire CNC equipment maker Uniteam S.p.A., giving the diversified machinery manufacturer entry into the wood construction market. Biesse, which specializes in systems for the woodworking/panel processing, glass, stone and composite material markets, said the acquisition will also help broaden the group's presence in the advanced materials and composites sectors.

Terms of the deal, announced May 19, include a cash investment of $2.35 million (euro $2.1 million)  upon signing, plus an earn-out payment up to an $560,000 (euro $500,000) based on achieving prescribed targets. The deal is for 100 percent of the Thiene (VI), Italy-based firm.

Founded in 1991, Uniteam specializes in the design and production of multi-axis work centers for the wood construction sector, interior woodworking including furniture, windows and stairs, and for advanced materials processing with special applications ranging from the automotive sector to the bio-medical, nautical and aerospace sectors.

According to information from Biesse Group, the company currently has approximately 3,300 employees in its main production sites in Pesaro, Alzate Brianza, Bangalore, Dongguan and associates/branch offices in Europe, North America, Latin America the Middle East, Asia and Australia. In North America, Biesse can be reached at (877) 824-3773 or visit

Posted: 05/26/2016

Cefla, Biesse, SCM Group, Griggio recognized at Xylexpo
Woodworking products recognized at the Xia-Xylexpo Innovation Awards in Italy.

Posted: 05/27/2016

Columbia Forest Products buys Ontario’s Nova Wood Lamination
Shares of Nova Wood Lamination in Kitchener, Ontario, purchased from its founding owners.

Posted: 05/27/2016

Woodworking Magazine for the Professional Woodworker | Woodshop News
Leitz introduces high-sheer replaceable tooling

Leitz Tooling will present the WhisperCut EdgeExpert pre-mill cutterhead system, featuring the industry's first high-shear, field-replaceable, diamond inserts.

Posted: 05/25/2016

Vitap announces new version of Point K2

Vitap S.p.A. and Atlantic Machinery Corp. introduce a new version of the Point K2, a compact CNC machine that is designed for custom manufacturers and also for flexible, high-production environments.

Posted: 05/25/2016


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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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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

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

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