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MWPA Annual Meeting

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The  2015 Maine Wood Products Annual meeting, after being canceled due to Snowmaggedon, was finally held on February 17 at the Franco Center in Lewiston. The event featured tours of Central Maine Cabinetry & Annual MeetingMillwork and McIntosh & Co. Cabinetmakers where all attendees were very interested and wanted more time to tour! Our speakers from Competitive Energy Services, LLC, Efficiency Maine, Great Falls Insurance and Maine Community Health Options, informed and enlightened our members and guests on important and timely topics for all businesses. Steve Rohde of the Northern Forest Center brought us an update on the Regional Wood Products Consortium and available grant monies for wood products businesses. Keynote speaker was Scott Reiff of the Maine Department of Corrections, showing their new film ”No Idle Hands” highlighting the prison systems woodworking program and how it prepares and trains inmates in useable woodworking skills, to prepare them for productive lives post program. The meeting was well attended despite having been canceled.

 

We’d LOVE to see YOU there next year!

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Farewell to Board Members

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So long, Farewell, Live long and prosper…

All good things must come to an end and with the elections at the 2015 Maine Wood Products Association Annual meeting, we say goodbye to some board members.

Josh Chase has been with the MWPA for 8 years and served as both Vice President and Josh ChasePresident during his term. His leadership and attention to detail enabled the MWPA to weather some tough economic times and come back out in great shape. He was highly involved in the planning and execution of numerous annual meetings and was of great assistance to the entire organization.

 

Jeff Plourde served for 9 years and was invaluable as a member of the events committee. He provided assistance to Bob, working on the Big E as well as support for the numerous meetings held throughout his term. Jeff will now be able to focus on his long time position at TD Bank but we thank him for his generosity and his time with the MWPA.

 

Wes Sunderland a long time member and supporter of the MWPA resigned his BOD position as the Guild of Maine Woodworkers have decided to have their own association supporting the small at home woodworking enthusiast. Wes was with the MWPA for 6 years and also served on the Marketing Committee.

 

Tim Downing of Duratherm Windows resigned, 1 year short of his term. With the installation of several new large pieces of equipment at Duratherm, Tim felt he needed to spend the bulk of his attention on assimilating the new equipment into his current system. Tim served on our Political Governance Committee.

 

Bob McGregor, a long time board member, served in numerous positions including Executive Director for over 15 years. Bob truly knows the ins and outs of the association and the wood products industry in Maine as a whole and his input and guidance will be missed BUT Bob will still be working with the association on the Big E in Springfield, he does a great job supporting the MWPA and showcasing the State of Maine at the BIG E and his work is very much appreciated.

 

Each and every one of the Board of Directors and Members Thank you all and appreciate your service to the Maine Wood Products Association.