The Woodworking Machinery Industry Association announced the winners of its Wooden Globe Awards at the 2022 Woodworking Industry Conference, held May 3-6 in the Bahamas.
“WMIA is pleased to honor the best in the industry through these prestigious awards. The Wooden Globe Awards recognize the notable achievements of industry leaders, innovators, and advocates,” Pascal Doucet, chairman of the WMIA, tells Woodshop News.
Innovation of the Year
Crestwood Inc., a manufacturer of wood products, won for adding a Cefla iBotic finishing system at its facility in Salina, Kan.
“The iBotic allows Crestwood the opportunity to improve quality and finishing consistency while reducing coating material consumption when compared to the use of pre-existing traditional automatic reciprocating spray machines and manual spray booths. The iBotic gives total control of how the coating is applied which results in less rework, improved quality, and reduced waste,” according to the WMIA.
Commitment to Excellence through Technology
Brown-Forman Corp., a manufacturer of spirits, wines and barrels, was recognized for its investment in woodworking machinery technology.
“We believe our investments in technology to improve the quality of our barrels and the safety of our processes, while lowering costs, truly meets the spirit of the award,” Larry Combs, senior vice president at Brown-Forman, tells Woodshop News.
Educator of the Year
Marvin, a window and door manufacturer, was honored for its partnership with Northland Community and Technical College in Warroad, Minn., where a flexible mechatronics degree program has been established.
The ceremony also honored 2020 Wooden Globe recipients.
For more information, visit wmia.org.
This article was originally published in the July 2022 issue.