August 22-25, 2018
International Woodworking Fair (IWF 2018)
Georgia World Congress Center
Atlanta, GA

October 1-3, 2018
WMMA Regional Networking Meeting
Loews Minneapolis Hotel
Minneapolis, MN

November 13, 2018
WMMA/ITR Webinar - Navigating the Crest: Forecasting for 2019

May 27-31, 2019
LIGNA 2019
Hannover Exhibition Grounds
Hannover, Germany
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NAM Monday Economic Report — August 6, 2018
U.S. job growth slowed more than expected last month. Payroll employment increased by 157,000 new jobs in July, while May and June's employment growth were revised up to a net gain of 59,000 jobs, rounding up the past three month's average to 224,000 jobs, about double the pace necessary to absorb growth in the working-age population. Read more ...


Woodworking Network
Super termites form enormous colonies in California
SAN DIEGO - Formosan subterranean termites, often nicknamed super-termites, have been found in a number of homes in and around San Diego.
"Super-termites" form massive colonies - numbering up to two million - and can cause extreme damage within time frames as short as six months. Traditional dry-wood termites typically take at least 10 years to do similar damage.
San Diego-based company Thrasher Termite and Pest Control says it's difficult to estimate how big the problem is. San Diego officials sent out letters to 60 homeowners with warnings.
"Unlike native subterranean termites, the termites we observed were extremely active, didn't flee when disturbed, and the soldiers went into attack mode," Thrasher Termite owner Garrett Thrasher told ABC 10 News. "They had hollowed out large areas of structural wood, always staying just beneath the exterior paint and unnoticed by the homeowner."
The Formosan subterranean termite has been transported worldwide from its native range in southern China to Formosa (Taiwan, where it gets its name) and Japan. In the 20th century, it became established in South Africa, Sri Lanka, Hawaii, and the continental United States. 
According to the University of California Agriculture and Natural Resources, the infestation, first discovered in 1992, was estimated to be about ten years old. This age corresponds to a time that a family living at the epicenter of the affected area brought wood and potted plants with them when they moved to San Diego from Hawaii. 

Posted: 08/14/2018

Bring your finishing questions—and problems—to IWF Finishing Symposium

ATLANTA -- It has been estimated that 25 percent of manufacturing cost is in finishing, but it can increase the value of the finished product by 50 percent or more.

The IWF Finishing Symposium will be held August 21, 2018 in the Georgia World Congress Center in downtown Atlanta, the day before IWF exhibits open on the show floor.

The full-day event will look at new technologies and best methods that finishers could use in their business. Newer finishes such as polyester, polyurethane and UV finishes will be discussed, along with water-borne and low-emission products.

For the first time, there will be a presentation describing digital printing and staining, an emerging technology more wood products manufacturers are considering.

What's new with waterborne coatings, and the many advantages of that finish, will be covered, as well as finishes that many shops have not yet adopted, such as polyester, two-component polyurethane and some UV products.

New technology in application equipment will be discussed, including light curtains, robots in finishing, and advanced controls and automation. Higher volume processes and flatline finishing systems will also be discussed.

Attendees will be able to ask each speaker questions about their presentation. At the end of the event, attendees can ask any speaker about a problem or issue they are having in their finishing operation.

Final and detailed descriptions of presentations are not yet available. Here are some general subjects that will be part of the program.

A strong lineup of speakers includes:

Phil Stevenson, President: AWFI
Jason Chiu, Quality Control Specialist and Extension Trainer: Centre for Advanced Wood Processing
David Jackson, Business Analyst: Gemini Industries
Les Smith, Market Development Manager Cabinetry: The Sherwin-Williams Company
Bob McKenna, West Region Manager: SAMES KREMLIN Inc.
Don Kuser, General Manager: North American Plywood Corporation (NAPC)
Massimo Di Russo - General Manager of Cefla North America

The IWF Finishing Symposium is sponsored by Fuji Spray, Gemini Industries and Milesi Wood Coatings.

Posted: 08/14/2018


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