90th WPMA Annual Meeting - A SUCCESS...
October 16-17, 2019
Perry Lane Hotel
THE SPIRIT OF SAVANNAH!
Your Board of Directors, Michelle and I would like to thank everyone who took the time out of their busy schedule to join us in Savannah, Georgia for our 90th annual meeting. Our primary goal for the meeting was to help everyone network with potentially new and profitable customers. We truly hope that this objective was met in such a beautiful and friendly city.
Everyone is still talking about the job that David Harper did in his presentation and the ability to ask the panel of "real millennials" pointed and honest questions. This was extremely beneficial.
We are very happy that the weather cooperated on Wednesday evening, as our rooftop cocktail reception was beautiful and gave us an opportunity to see what Savannah is all about.
Our tours on Thursday were very informative and eye opening. We are happy to report that no one was run over by a truck in the port. We would also like to thank Laura Lee Bocade from Dirtt Environmental for opening up her facility and sharing how they have worked very hard to develop such as strong company culture for their employees. Lunch there with their employees was great.
We appreciate the job that Al Wright did to give us an educational tour of Gulfstream, especially with the circumstances that occurred with the company that week.
The weather was perfect for our "Mystery Night" event on Thursday evening. Everyone enjoyed our reception in Telfair Square, and we heard that the horse drawn carriage rides were educational and fun for everyone. It was nice to cap off the meeting with a nice dinner at historic Vic's on the River.
We hope that everyone left Savannah with a true flavor of what the city is all about.
We would like to thank everyone who sent pictures to include in the collage that appears in this newsletter. Let’s hope they will encourage members to attend that have not been to a meeting before.
We would like to thank Ed Spal of Centennial Woods, LLC for donating the money he won in the 50 / 50 raffle in order to help send additional at-risk youth to the Fishing Academy in memory of Al Bibeau. Ed’s generosity will allow the WPMA to send 7 children to camp. This is an increase of three children from what we are normally able to do.
Thank you again, Ed, for helping. Everyone appreciates your kind gesture.
Please plan your schedules to join us October 7-8, 2020 in Portland, Maine.
The results of the challenges and solutions also appear in the January newsletter. We hope the solutions have proven to be beneficial to you and your company.
2020 SLATE OF OFFICERS AND DIRECTORS
Please find the Slate of Officers and Directors who have graciously agreed to serve on the Board of Directors to help guide the WPMA.
A motion was made to approve the Slate by Simon Varney of Wells Wood Turning & Finishing and was seconded by Maggie Helck of Four Corners, LLC. The motion passed.
Thanks to all Officers and Directors for agreeing to serve and guide the WPMA.
Chris Moore, President Graf Brothers
Sandra Ann Bean, Vice President Champeau, J. M.
Terry Gross, Treasurer Brown Wood, Inc.
John Lentine, Assistant Treasurer Boyce Highlands, Inc.
Philip Bibeau, Executive Director WPMA
Bob Chase, Jr. Quabbin Timber, Inc.
Scott Ferland Maine Woods Company
John Mauro Stiles Machinery
George Melnyk, Jr. Premier Millwork & Lumber
Peter Puttmann Atlas Dowel & Wood Products Company
Mike Schulke Tigerton Lumber Company
Tom Slater Keiver-Willard Lumber Corporation
Simon Varney Wells Wood Turning & Finishing
Arie Vink Holland Bar Stool
THANKS TO AN OUTGOING BOARD MEMBER
You Board of Directors and Executive Director would like to thank Mike McNulty of Cambio Plywood for his input and years of dedicated service to the association. Mike has been a great supporter and we appreciate all he and his company has done for the members.
We look forward to Mike returning to the Board in 2021.
MEETING VOUCHER WINNERS
There are so many positive networking opportunities that occur during the association’s annual meeting that the Board of Directors has authorized the awarding of $250 towards a future meeting in order to encourage a company that did not attend to join us or to thank a company that was in attendance with the hope that they will return again.
The following companies won vouchers towards a future meeting:
Members Not in Attendance
Highland Millshop, Topeka, KS
Members in Attendance
PLM Insurance Company, Philadelphia, PA
Rockwood Door & Millwork, Millersburg, OH
S & W Cabinets, Chaffee, MO
ICE BREAKER WINNERS
First Place – Brenda Lillard, DL Machinery
Second Place – Erin Bryant, H. Arnold Wood Turning, Inc.
Third Place – Kraig Coxon, Pennwood Products, Inc.
RESULTS FROM WPMA MEMBER SURVEY
"RECRUITING AND RETAINING MILLENNIAL WORKERS"
Your Board of Directors would like to thank all members who contributed to the WPMA member survey on Recruiting and Retaining Younger Workers. These results were presented during the annual meeting in Savannah, Georgia, and members in attendance had a great opportunity to ask questions and share positive examples of things they have initiated in their business to be successful.
The top states that responses were received from in order of number were:
Massachusetts, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Indiana, Maine and New York.
The two top responses to annual revenue were:
$1-2 million and $10 million +
The two top responses to the question how many years have you personally worked in manufacturing were:
26+ years and 16-25 years
The responses to the question which of your company's roles are hardest to fill were:
Entry level shop help, machine operator, and sales professionals
The responses to the question how do younger workers learn of job opportunities at your company were:
Word of mouth, social media, and newspapers
The responses to the question where are you finding quality management candidates with experience were:
Internal promotions and hiring away from competitors
The two primary responses to the question how confident are you that developing in your younger, less experienced employees the skills and knowledge needed to address the challenges they'll face in the future were:
Less confident and confident
The responses to the question what are the top 3 skills your younger, less experienced employees must develop to address the challenges they will face in the future were:
1. Work ethic, self-management, punctuality, and motivation
2. Learning, problem-solving, product knowledge, and desire to learn
3. Interpersonal skills, communication, and teamwork
The responses to the question what are you specifically doing to retain younger workers were:
Training and development
The responses to the question what types of benefits included in your employment offer (other than salary) have been the most appreciated and effective by younger workers were:
Vacation time, time off, PTO
The responses to the question what types of benefits included in your employment offer (other than salary) have been most appreciated and effective by younger workers were:
a. Lunches / meals together
b. Serving the community
c. Wellness programs, gym membership
d. Classes, training, industry trips
e. Employee recognition luncheons, programs
f. Music piped in the mill
g. Investing in their future
h. Having a purpose higher than the work itself
i. Sense of feeling relevant
j. Culture, meaningful work, inclusion in decision making
k. Knowing how their work impacts the company, and how their company helps solve their customer’s
l. Recognition and upward mobility
m. Creating a company culture that promotes community and team recognition
n. Flexibility (flexible hours / work schedule)
We truly appreciate the work that David and Laura Lee did in putting together the panel of '"real millennials" which members had a chance to interact with and to ask some very pointed questions.