ABOUT WMMA

History

For over 100 years, the Wood Machinery Manufacturers of America has worked to increase the productivity and profitability of U.S. woodworking machinery and woodworking tools manufacturers and the businesses that support them. Over that time, WMMA® has dedicated itself to the advancement of the U.S. woodworking industry and wood industry, with wood education training, wood industry research, support of woodworking shows, and diverse member programs and services.

The first meeting of the Association was on December 6, 1899.

The minutes from the March 4, 1920 Board meeting of the Woodworking Machinery Manufacturers Association (now WMMA) reveal that the more things change, the more they stay the same.

At the 1920 meeting, the 21 year old association and its members grappled with many of the same issues that WMMA and its members deal with today:

  • Membership growth and retention
  • Selecting the right location and developing a strong program for the annual meeting
  • Prudent investment of association funds
  • A fair and equitable dues rate for members

The "Round Robin on Labor Situation" detailed in the minutes reveals that almost 80 years ago, member companies faced many of the same challenges that members deal with today (although the labor rates have changed somewhat!)

WMMA observed its 100th anniversary in 1999 with year-long activities culminating in a centennial celebration in Hawaii.