The second bi-annual Long Island Woodworking Machinery and Supply Expo was held April 11-13 at the FMT Machinery warehouse in Bay Shore, N.Y. In addition to FMT Machinery, the event was supported by 10 other sponsors, including C.R. Onsrud, Martin Machinery, TimeSavers, Robert’s Plywood, Colorspec, Cabinet Vision, Alphacam, Simantec, Weinig Group and Woodshop News.
“I think this year’s event was a big success. We had representatives from about 50 different woodworking companies and cabinet shops, with a total of 68 [attendees]. These were serious buyers, since the minimum purchase was $25,000 for some of the CNC routers and molding machines,” says FMT Machinery’s George Yurcak.
Yurcak said his company used to exhibit at TSI shows, but when the producer went out of business in 2008, there was no longer a regional show offered. He got together with other manufacturers who decided as a group to hold their own trade show, making sure it was held in opposite years from the IWF in Atlanta, in order to boost attendance.
“During our first year in 2011, we had 40 companies exhibiting and we sold equipment. People were generally satisfied with what we had to offer and thought they were getting what they did at the Atlanta show, but with more one-on-one dialogue. We will keep holding this on the odd years in the future.”
Contact: FMT Machinery, 22 Corbin Ave., Bay Shore, NY 11706. Tel: 800-786-0086. www.fmtmachinery.com
This article originally appeared in the June 2013 issue.