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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
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 ...
The MiLL was the honored to accept the 1st Student Achievement Award, presented by the Colorado Association of School Boards (CASB). The presentation of the award was during the CASB’s 74th annual convention held at The Broadmoor resort in Colorado Springs. The MiLL was one of only two programs in the state of Colorado to receive this award.
This award recognized The MiLL’s innovation in creating opportunities for students to excel in CTE pathways, as well as highlighting the collaboration between Peyton and Widefield school districts to make The MiLL possible.
This was a great opportunity to share with school boards across the state how the partnership developed and how it is working successfully.
Lead instructor John Stearns said, “Historically school boards work independently, our situation is unique and people are curious how The Mill works. I believe that founder Dean Mattson has created a good model for CTE programs across the country. We are excited to be the first recipient of this award, being one of the two schools selected in the state of Colorado is an honor.”
Four upper level students from the MiLL were invited to accept the award and run a booth at the convention. This gave the students an opportunity to showcase projects, as well as network with local schools and businesses.
“We had four students from The MiLL attend the event and I was really impressed with all of them,” Stearns said. “Tatiana Latorre, a second year cabinet manufacturing student, shows a great deal of leadership for women in this field. She took the lead in making connections with people on the convention floor; distributing flyers and business cards to everyone she came in contact with. I look for her to be a great leader in our program and I am confident she will be successful in the woods manufacturing industry.”
Latorre said, “I would go from booth to booth so excited to share information about a place that I love being a part of. During the presentation I was amazed by all of the people there, and I felt so proud being a part of The MiLL and accepting the award.”
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.
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