Workshop

presented by:

Remaining Competitive in the Wood Components Production

April 20 & 21, 2009

To be held at the Wood Education and Resource Center, Princeton WV

For more information on this 2-day workshop contact:

Urs Buehlmann
540/231.9759
buehlmann@gmail.com

For other information on the USDA FS' Wood Education and Resource Center
http://www.na.fs.fed.us/werc/events.shtm
340/487.1510

For directions please visit:
http://www.na.fs.fed.us/werc/centerdd.shtml

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Why You Should Attend

  • To get an update on the economic situation and the status of the industry
  • To see a Lean component plant in operation and learn from the experts
  • To learn about certified components, customer expectations, global implications and the future of certification
  • To network and to benefit from two days of learning, discussing and observing with leading industry experts

Agenda

DAY 1
Morning 1 - BIG PICTURE

AM

  • 7:30 - 7:55
    Registration

  • 8:00 - 8:10
    Opening remarks & antitrust

    E. Cesa (USDA-FS)

  • 8:15 - 8:40
    U.S economy and housing

    A. Schuler (USDA-FS)

  • 8:45 - 9:10
    State of secondary wood industry

    A. Raymond (A.G. Raymond)

  • 9:15 - 9:25
    BREAK

  • 9:30 - 9:55
    Component industry

    S. Lawser (WCMA)

  • 10:30 - 11:15
    Discussion and questions

    Moderator: S. Ehle (Wood Digest)

    Panel:
    A. Schuler
    A. Raymond
    B. Luppold
    S. Lawser

  • 11:30 - 12:55
    Drive to Merillat, Atkins, VA & Industry Update

    Fred Lamb (Lamb Consulting)

Afternoon 1 - INDUSTRY VISIT

PM

  • 1:00 - 1:55
    Tour Merillat facility

    B. Thomas (Merillat)

  • 2:00 - 2:55
    Introduction to Merillat, Shingo Prize, and Lean

    B. Thomas (Merillat)

  • 3:00 - 4:30
    Drive to WERC, Princeton, WV

    E. Kline (VT) Lean Talk

Evening 1 - DINNER AND NETWORKING

DAY 2
Morning 2 - CERTIFICATION - THREAT AND OPPORTUNITY

AM

  • 8:00 - 8:25
    Certified lumber compnenents

    G. Barrett (Hardwood Review)

  • 8:30 - 8:55
    Customer expectations

    M. Fisher (Saunders Wood Specialties)

  • 9:00 - 9:25
    Export markets and certification

    M. Snow (AHEC)

  • 9:30 - 9:55
    BREAK

  • 10:00 - 10:25
    Future of certification

    D. Cumbo (HMR)

  • 10:30 - 11:30
    Discussion and questions

    Moderator: P. Winistorfer (VT)

    Panel:
    G. Barrett
    M. Fisher
    M. Snow
    D. Cumbo

  • 11:30 - 11:50
    Summary and close-up

    S. Milauskas (USDA-FS)

Lodging and Accomodations

Reserved Rooms

A block of rooms have been reserved at a special rate of $70.00+tax for the nights of April 19 & 20 at Sleep Inn and Suites, Princeton, WV.

Phone: 304/431.2800
Code: Wood Components