MFG Day 2019 Resources

Friday, Oct 4, 2019 – host or attend an event!



Watch the webinar:

Access the PowerPoint Presentation:

“How to Host a MFG Day Event” Webinar PPT Presentation (PDF)

Video: MFG Day 2017 @ Stiles Machinery

Video: MFG Day – Inspire the Next Generation of Manufacturers

Article: Get Involved in MFG Day 2018

Article: AWFS Member Companies Participate in 2017 MFG Day

Article: Let Your Company Shine on MFG Day!

Association of Woodworking & Furnishings Suppliers (AWFS)

We are a national trade association for the wood products manufacturing industry. We are supportive of and focused on industry education. On this page you will find information about resources we have developed, as well as some others available through the industry. We hope you find this information helpful and will share this information with your students, administrators, career counselors, and others!

Informational Resources (PDFs):

Other AWFS Resources for Industry -informational articles on internships, externships, guest speaking, and connecting with schools.

For more information on any of these resources, contact:

Tovi Spero, AWFS Education Director
(323) 215-0311

Industry Training Opportunities:

Woodwork Career Alliance (WCA)

The Woodwork Career Alliance is a not-for profit industry trade organization responsible for the development of the Woodwork Manufacturing Skill Standards. The standards focus on the set up, safety, proper use and processes of the most common tools and machines used in the industry. WCA’s Passport Certification Program assesses individuals on the various skills towards earning stamps for their Passport booklet. The skill standards, assessments and passport are appropriate for students as well as industry professionals. The Sawblade Certificate is especially geared to high school students. Teachers and industry representatives can be trained as skill evaluators to conduct assessments.

The MiLL (Manufacturing Industry Learning Labs)

National Training Center

  • Launched in August 2017
  • Over 100 high school students currently enrolled; capacity for 500 students per day in 47,000 sq ft facility
  • Offers training opportunities for high school, post secondary, industry, and veterans
  • Dual enrollment and articulation for high school students with local community college
  • 79 industry partners provided state of the art technology and equipment
  • Goal to start other MiLL facilities throughout the US – stay tuned!


Explore this website:

This is a resource web site developed by AWFS, consisting of education and training information for the wood manufacturing and related industries. Appropriate for educators, students, industry professionals and those seeking career and skill enhancement information, it contains a searchable database of schools, colleges, technical centers and companies that offer a wealth of education and skill enhancement programs – from short courses to graduate degrees, from hand-crafted to high tech. There are also listings of scholarships, awards and competitions; trade organizations and events; as well as job listing links and a blog.





AWFS Fair: July 17-20, 2019 in Las Vegas, NV

This is a “Top 100” biennial international trade show, with over 600 exhibitors (woodworking machinery and supply manufacturers) and 15,000 attendees (wood products manufacturers) in 300,000 sq ft of exhibit space. The AWFS Fair features the College of Woodworking Knowledge (CWWK) educational seminar program which includes sessions on Business Management, Small Shops 10 & Under, Software & Technology, Workforce Development, Cabinet & Millwork, and more.

Wood Industry Resource Collaborative

A coalition of 15 wood industry associations have gathered to address the skilled workforce gap and strengthen industry awareness. Stay tuned for projects and progress!

AWFS, WMMA, WMIA Support CTE and Perkins Funding

Career Technical Education (CTE) was the focus of the 2018 Wood Industry DC fly-in. We met with dozens of legislative offices to express our support for CTE programs and reauthorization of CTE’s primary federal funding source, the Perkins Act.

Society of Wood Manufacturing (SWM) Fosters Wood Industry-Education Partnerships in Southern California

SWM supports SkillsUSA CA regional and state events, MFG Day events, and other projects and activities to help school programs. Join today for free!

POSTER-2-E-format_FINAL-201x300“Meet the New Face of Manufacturing” Campaign poster and videos

“Meet the New Face of Manufacturing” is a marketing effort to acquaint and interest young people in careers in wood products manufacturing. We want to convey the reality of 21st century manufacturing – it is modern, high-tech, offers varied and challenging careers and is ready to welcome the next generational workforce. The campaign launched in Fall 2014 with a poster showcasing five “New Faces” of manufacturing and in September 2015, an updated poster image was unveiled with more “New Faces”, highlighting the variety of personalities and lifestyles available for those seeking careers in wood products manufacturing.

For a FREE copy of the “New Faces” poster, which contain a QR code linking to this page of resources, send a request to (include your name, mailing address, and quantity).  Please share this with career counselors, parents, school administrators, industry partners, or others who guide students in career choices.


Watch the “Meet the New Face of Manufacturing” Videos

…and learn about eleven outstanding young professionals in the wood products manufacturing industry!


Meet the New Faces of Manufacturing!

Spotlight: Adam K, furniture project manager

Spotlight: Thomas T, machinery sales representative

Spotlight: Jess B, product and furniture designer

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