News

Wood Industry Association

February 12, 2024

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Forest Hill, MD
Date: January 30, 2024
Contact: Fred Stringfellow, Chief Executive Officer
Phone: 443-640-1052
fred@woodindustry.org


A Harmonious Union: The Birth of the Wood Industry Association

In a monumental point for the woodworking community, the Woodworking Machinery Industry Association (WMIA) and the Wood Machinery Manufacturers of America (WMMA) have come together to create the Wood Industry Association (WIA), officially as of January 1, 2024.
With an impressive history spanning over a century, WMMA, established in 1899, dedicated itself to enhancing the productivity and profitability of U.S. woodworking machinery and woodworking tool manufacturers, along with the businesses that supported them. Meanwhile, since 1978, WMIA championed the cause of importers and distributors of woodworking machinery and ancillary equipment throughout North America. Both associations had been co-owners of the International Woodworking Fair® (IWF), a flagship event in the woodworking technology and design trade show calendar celebrated by enthusiasts worldwide. With this merger, WIA has now taken sole ownership of the renowned IWF show.
This momentous merger was a unanimous decision intended to create a unified voice for the wood machinery industry in North America. It brings forth a wealth of benefits for members, such as increased resources allocated to member programs, safety standards, and public policy advocacy. Furthermore, it opens up new horizons with expanded committee involvement and volunteer opportunities, all while streamlining operations to reduce redundancies and enhance efficiency.

The Wood Industry Association Board of Directors is as follows:
• Chair – James Scarlett, Scarlett, Inc.
• Chair-Elect – Joe Hammock, Friulmac
• Secretary Treasurer – Gordon Burdis, James L. Taylor Mfg./JLT Clamps/Cameron Automation
• Past Chair – Allen Eden, The Original Saw Company
• Director – Friederich Braetzkus, Jowat Corporation
• Director – Jason Dingess, Quis Machinery
• Director – Brian Donahue, Safety Speed Manufacturing Company
• Director – Pascal Doucet, Doucet Inc.

• Director – Alyson Onsrud-Strickland, C.R. Onsrud
• Director – Todd Phalen, Black Bros. Co.
• Director – Brett Reid, Weinig Holz-Her USA
• Director – Rob Williamson, Nederman LLC


In addition to the International Woodworking Fair®, held even years in Atlanta, Georgia, WIA also hosts two events per year: the Wood Industry Ski & Snow Sports Event (WINS) and the Wood Industry Conference (WIC).


2024 Events
WINS ‘24 February 21-23, 2024 Salt Lake City, UT
WIC ‘24 April 9-11, 2024 The Renaissance Vinoy St. Petersburg Resort & Golf Club St. Petersburg, FL
IWF ‘24 August 6-9, 2024 Georgia World Congress Center Atlanta, GA


Visit the Association’s website, www.woodindustry.org for more information about these events as well as membership opportunities.


About the Wood Industry Association (WIA)
The mission of the Wood Industry Association (WIA) is to improve management operations, marketing programs, sales techniques, merchandising and distribution functions of those engaged in the domestic or foreign manufacture of woodworking machinery and ancillary equipment and/or the sale of such equipment in North America.