Vermont woodworker wins WMMA’s Baldwin Award

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John Schultz, a Vermont business owner, inventor and industry supporter, was recently honored with the Wood Machinery Manufacturers of America’s Ralph B. Baldwin Award at the annual Woodworking Industry Conference, which was held in April in San Antonio.

John Schultz

Schultz is president of Super Thin Saws in Waterbury, Vt., and the WMMA’s immediate past president. He graduated from MIT in 1971 and opened Schultz Tool Sharpening, which later became Super Thin Saws, specializing in thin kerf sawing. His company has been a WMMA member for about 25 years.

“Well it’s certainly humbling,” Schultz says. “It’s flattering, too. But it’s particularly humbling to get added to the list of [past recipients].

“WMMA is a wonderful organization for many reasons and different members would probably rate different benefits in a different order. For me, I think the greatest benefit is networking with other small companies that have faced similar issues.”

Schultz has been an active volunteer in the WMMA, serving on engineering standards, membership development and manufacturing committee, as well as the board of directors.

“We are honored to present John Schultz with this year’s Baldwin Award,” WMMA president Jamison Scott said in a statement.

“He has shown extraordinary commitment and dedication to our association and our industry over the years. I cannot think of an individual more deserving of this honor.”

This article originally appeared in the June 2015 issue.

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