2018 One-Day Regional Plant Tour Event

The WCMA One-Day Regional Event held recently was a great success. Over 30 members, Technology Partners, and non-members participated in the event near Youngstown, Ohio. The event kicked off with an attendee dinner with speaker Brad Perkins, Executive Director with the Ohio Forestry Association. Brad talked about several issues, including the impact of the Forest Products industry in Ohio, using renewable and sustainable resources, and issues facing the industry today. Those in attendance appreciated hearing Brad’s thoughts on the future of the industry and how we can all work to strengthen the outlook.

Baird_Bros.jpgFriday morning, the group headed to Baird Brothers Hardwood in Canfield, OH. Baird Brothers manufactures high quality hardwood products, including mouldings, handrails, stair parts, T & G Flooring and paneling, S4S lumber, and many other products. They are able to mill custom profiles of any type, and also stock and prehang all types of species of interior doors, including solid hardwood doors manufactured at their facility.

Attendees were able to see an Eagle Talon 3000 cross cut saw; an Eagle material handling system; a WoodEye 4 cross cut scanner; an OSI SCP 24U Self-centering planer; and an Eagle sorting system amongst other equipment in action at Baird Brothers.

Sheoga.jpgThe next stop was at Sheoga Flooring. Established in 1982, Sheoga Flooring and Paneling is a proven leader in manufacturing consistent, quality solid and engineered hardwood flooring and paneling. Their recognition has been achieved, and is being retained today, by their entrusted team of local craftsmen engaged to produce the finest quality American-made flooring and paneling available. They produce high-quality flooring, precision milling, as well as providing courteous service.

At Sheoga, attendees were able to see the following equipment in action: Eagle Rip Saw Feeder (Ripmaster); Eagle Rip Saw; Eagle Trim Saw; WoodEye 5 Cross Cut Scanner; Eagle Material Handling system; Two Eagle Talon 3000 Cross Cut Saws, as well as an Eagle Sorting System. Attendees remarked on the cleanliness of the Sheoga plant, as well as the efficiencies in their manufacturing processes.

Lunch was served which was a delicious spread prepared by a local Amish catering company, and it was a great time to catch up with each other, network, and discuss ideas generated by touring the two facilities.

We couldn't have held this event without the help from our sponsors, Eagle Machinery & Supply, Inc., and OSI Machinerie. Thank you goes out to both companies for their support and help organizing such a successful event!

Overall, attendees appreciated taking just one-day out of the office to tour two manufacturing plants near them, or that had machinery that they wanted specifically to see in action. WCMA will continue to hold these regional events in the future, if you have a suggestion of a plant to tour in the future, please contact the WCMA office at wcma@wcma.com.