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AWFS will open with training & investing seminars

Registration is open for the College of Woodworking at AWFS, which kicks off with presentations on building an in-house training program and investing in machinery on the show’s opening morning.

Bruce Spitz, owner of Classic Millwork and Products for 32 years, and Scott Nelson, president of the Woodwork Career Alliance, will present “Building a Training Program for Your Workers” at 9:30 a.m. (PST) on July 25.

This nuts-and-bolts session will show attendees how to get started and create a template for their business using the WCA Skill Standards as a reference manual.

Lois Snyder, CEO of Periwinklers, an architectural millwork company in Tarpon Springs, Fla., and Randy Niewind, owner of Randy’s Cabinets and Woodworks in Grand rapids, Minn., will present “Spend Money to Make Money”, also at 9:30 a.m. on July 25.

They will discuss how investing in machinery will positively impact your bottom line. The small shop owners have each taken the leap with $50-$250k machines and will share what they’ve learned, what they wish they had known, and what they’d do differently the next time. This presentation will cover the entire purchasing process from selection through setup by explaining the surprises that come with integrating machinery into your shop.

Register and view the complete agenda at