Wood Products Manufacturers Association https://www.wpma.org Wood Products Manufacturers Association Wood Products Manufacturers Association Not Asking Detailed Questions Could Have A Major Affect on Your Business https://www.wpma.org/pages/news/entry/83 Mon, 03 Dec 2018 08:28:15 EST https://www.wpma.org/pages/news/entry/83 <p>A member in PA recently brought a potentially crucial situation to our attention that could affect their business as well as that of a large number of our members.&nbsp; Everyone realizes that being able to dispose of your wood waste (even at little or no profit) is critical to your business being able to operate.&nbsp; The problem occurred when a Department of Agriculture inspector visited a large woodworking facility and found that their solid wood waste contained less than 2% of MDF sawdust.&nbsp; The inspector immediately filed a cease and desist order and did not allow them to operate or sell their wood waste to a company that was distributing it for animal bedding.&nbsp; This action would have shut down a very large number of wood products manufacturing companies as they found companies they could pay to landfill their wood dust waste. </p> <p>After a great many phone calls to legislators and department heads the ruling was temporarily halted until everything could be sorted out.&nbsp; The woodworking companies were allowed to resume production. It was felt that this action was caused by an inspector that did not truly understand the industry, who benefited from the sawdust, and the regulations that were currently in place. </p> <p>Your fellow member asked us to pass along some advice that has been learned&nbsp;the hard way over the years.&nbsp; Anytime that an inspector such as OSHA, EPA, Department of Agriculture, etc. wants to write you up for a violation of any type you should ALWAYS ask for a written copy of the regulation you supposedly are in violation of.&nbsp; In a large number of cases, the inspector will not fully understand the regulation and you will be found to be in compliance.&nbsp; As he said, always document and have everything in writing.&nbsp; It could be the difference of you operating or operating without a major fine. </p> <p>Since 1929 the WPMA has always been focused on helping our members to compete in the global economy.&nbsp; We focus our energy on helping our members and providing solutions to their problems. </p> <p>For more information please contact Philip Bibeau, Executive Director at 978/874-5445.</p> What Can You Do To Attract Younger Workers and Improve Productivity https://www.wpma.org/pages/news/entry/82 Tue, 06 Nov 2018 07:15:16 EST https://www.wpma.org/pages/news/entry/82 <p>One of the most pressing problems for business owners today is the ability to recruit and retain quality employees.&nbsp; In a recent visit&nbsp; a variety of manufacturing facilities, it is amazing to learn how few companies value their current employees and refuse to rotate them to a different position during the day and to provide cross training as well. </p> <p>At a recent meeting a speaker on LEAN manufacturing hit the nail on the head when he said the key is to focus on your employees and you will increase output and profits.&nbsp; His proven philosophy is to focus on making things Easier for your employees.&nbsp; If you do that they will have more time to do their job Better.&nbsp; Once they are doing it better they will learn how to do things Faster.&nbsp; If they are doing things faster it will eventually mean that they are producing products Cheaper, which will improve your bottom line. </p> <p>The bottom line is that many of the millennial's&nbsp; that are applying for jobs are seeking employers who focus on them, and not the company.&nbsp; If you can make yourself a more appealing place to work you will have a chance at attracting some of the qualified employees required to make the products you are selling. </p> <p>Since 1929 the WPMA has been focusing on assisting our members to be able to compete in a global economy.&nbsp; Helping with the employee problem is one of the most important areas for us. </p> <p>For more information contact Philip Bibeau, Executive Director at 978/874-5445.</p> Why It Is Important To Turn Overstock And Surplus Items Into Cash Now https://www.wpma.org/pages/news/entry/81 Mon, 01 Oct 2018 14:25:37 EST https://www.wpma.org/pages/news/entry/81 <p>Now that summer is over and everyone is back to work this is the perfect time to help your business and your bottom line by turning surplus items into cash.</p> <p>Most companies have conducted an inventory and have come up with a variety of "treasures" that the owner asks "where in the world did that stuff come from?"</p> <p>From a safety point of view it is important to clean everything that could affect the plant heating system when it is turned on or could possibly be partially blocking an exit. It is amazing at how much can get piled on and around the heating system "just for a few days" and is still there months later.&nbsp;</p> <p>You want your employees to work in a safe environment so gather all of your new "treasures" in a safe place.&nbsp; Members are able to work with the staff at the WPMA to advertise these items for free in the monthly newsletter and the on-line for-sale section of the website.</p> <p>Not only will you have a nicer facility, but you can also possibly turn "dead inventory" into cash.&nbsp; You may also develop a long term customer that is looking for a new supplier.</p> <p>Since 1929 the WPMA has been working with manufacturers to be competitive in the global economy.</p> <p>For specific questions please call Philip Bibeau, Executive Director at 978/874-5445.</p> How Are Log Exports to Asia Affecting Your Business https://www.wpma.org/pages/news/entry/80 Tue, 04 Sep 2018 09:57:38 EST https://www.wpma.org/pages/news/entry/80 <p>Americans have always looked to export logs to help increase the bottom line for their company.&nbsp; In the past it was primarily a small number of high quality veneer logs that were exported.&nbsp; All that changed a few years ago when the Chinese government made it illegal to harvest logs within their boundaries. </p> <p>This ruling came at just about the same time that the domestic economy in China was skyrocketing.&nbsp; As a result, the sawmills located in Asia were forced to increase their purchase of logs in North America to help meet a growing demand.&nbsp; Up until recently Asian log buyers were paying a 30-40% premium for logs.&nbsp; This put the logs out of the price range for most mills to purchase the logs and produce lumber for consumption within the US.&nbsp; The result was a spike in price and spot shortages of the most popular items. </p> <p>Many suppliers were looking at short term profits over long term relationships.&nbsp; Until the Chinese government required that logs be fumigated or debarked, it seems like the flow would never end.&nbsp; Now that the new regulations are in place, there seems to be more lumber available to US manufacturers.&nbsp; Until the surplus in Asia stabilizes and buyers again approach the market, manufacturers will benefit from slightly lower prices and a more stable supply. </p> <p>Since 1929 the WPMA has been striving to help our members prosper in a global economy. </p> <p>For more information please contact Philip Bibeau at 978/874-5445</p> HOW YOU CAN BENEFIT FROM WALKING IWF SHOW IN ATLANTA, GA https://www.wpma.org/pages/news/entry/79 Thu, 16 Aug 2018 08:53:44 EST https://www.wpma.org/pages/news/entry/79 <p>The International Woodworking Fair (IWF) is held every two years in Atlanta, GA.&nbsp; It is the largest woodworking fair in North&nbsp; America.&nbsp; Companies from around the world will be exhibiting the latest products and technologies.&nbsp; The majority of the equipment will be fully operational.&nbsp; as someone once said, "if you can't find it at IWF, you don't need it."&nbsp; </p> <p>This four day show is scheduled August 22-25, 2018.&nbsp; You may say, why should I care, my business is good and I have orders.&nbsp; The overall answer is that your competition will be there to learn what customers (including your customers) are looking for and what they may be able to offer them to have them switch to become their customer.&nbsp; If someone is doing something more efficiently, for less money, and that meets a pressing need, it is better to find out before it is too late.&nbsp; Once you have lost a customer it is extremely difficult to win them back. </p> <p>People often say I can't afford to take a few days off from my business.&nbsp; The truth is that if you loose too much business you will have a lot of time to find out the cause. </p> <p>The other critical item that all business professionals are faced with, is the lack of time to accomplish all that you desire.&nbsp; As an example, say your company is interested in purchasing a new CNC router for your business.&nbsp; You have the ability to fly all over the country to visit different machinery suppliers and see the equipment in full operation.&nbsp; What do you do if you want to compare machine A with machine B?&nbsp; You must fly to another state to visit with a different machinery supplier.&nbsp; This can be extremely time consuming and take you away from your business much more than you would like. </p> <p>At IWF you can see all machines operating and do a full comparison in a number of days vs. a number of months.&nbsp; A wise owl once said "sonny, time is money."&nbsp;&nbsp; </p> <p>So my question to you, is how can you NOT afford to take a few days from your busy schedule once every two years to learn where your industry is headed?&nbsp; The answer, is you can't and need to walk the show in Atlanta this year. </p> <p>Since 1929 WPMA has been helping members compete in a global economy.&nbsp;&nbsp; </p> <p>For more information on how WPMA can help you and your company be more competitive please call Philip Bibeau, Executive Director at 978/874-5445.</p>