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WMIA hands out awards at annual WIC conference

The Woodworking Machinery Industry Association honored three members with its Wooden Globe awards for achievements in innovation, technology and education at April’s Woodworking Industry Conference in Cancun, Mexico.

“We had a record number of nominations this year, which is demonstrative of the great work being done by our members’ customers, as well as in the education arena with those trying to get the next generation involved with this industry,” WMIA president Larry Hoffer says.

Decore-ative Specialties, a cabinet component supplier in Monrovia, Calif., won the innovator award for adding several production machines.

“Bacci designed a twin table, two-head machine, the Bacci Master/Pro CNC machining center, early in 2015,” Hoffer says. “Decore-ative Specialties has purchased four Master/Pros in total, with the last one being a triple table design, capable of producing 700 to 800 custom-sized, -shaped and -sanded cabinet doors and drawer fronts per eight-hour shift.”

Koetter Woodworking, an architectural millwork shop in Borden, Ind., was honored for its $7 million machinery investment since 2008.

The Woodworking Career Alliance, which has developed skills criteria for more than 50 tools and machines, won the educator award.

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This article originally appeared in the June 2016 issue.

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