BWA Plant Tour Focus Group Examines Water Based Coatings Attracts 50 Members: Again!

The strength of the Bluewater Wood Alliance cluster is that it brings into action many inputs from our industry to help members innovate! Not only do manufacturing members get to visit other plant operations and learn from best practices and help brainstorm solutions to shared challenges, but the expertise of Associate Supplier members is also […]

BWA Plant Tour Focus Group Attracts Over 50: Largest Tour Group Yet!

The shop floor is where “rubber hits the road” when it comes to running your business. It is the place where BWA members feel most at home. Being on someone else’s shop floor opens your mind to new ideas, and helps you to envision solutions to your own problems. It also helps you to realize […]

BWA Finishes 2016 Hitting Milestone of 100 Member Companies!

Greetings everyone! This past year has been a very busy and productive one for the BWA and its members! Factories are busy! Members are engaging in BWA networking events, plant tour focus groups, projects, and training. New members are joining, and our industry is starting to get some momentum. This past week, our 100th member […]

BWA 22nd Quarterly Event Continues with CNC, Export, and Process Improvement!

The 22nd BWA event was held at the Walkerton Clean Water Centre in Walkerton, ON, and hosted over 40 BWA member companies. CNC, export and continuous improvement remain as strong themes for BWA members. Canada has a tremendous resource of Trade Commissioners that are stationed in markets all over the world, and based here in […]

BWA Plant Tour Host Art For Everyday Shares Challenges and Expertise!

Through-put challenges created by bottlenecks in production are common challenges for all manufacturers. Driving wasteful steps out of your process to decrease your lead times for product is a true way to lead your company towards profitability. These common challenges come to life at the BWA plant tours and all manufacturers participate in the brainstorming […]

Minister for MNRF Attends BWA 21st Quarterly Networking Event: a Big Hit with 90 Attendees!

When you take the true clustering model the BWA delivers by including stakeholders like Conestoga College’s Ontario Woodworking Centre, combined with manufacturing members sharing best practices as the key speakers, supply chain members adding expertise, and a networking venue to make industry connections to help grow your business, the magic happens! The event kicked off […]

BWA Finishing Training is Back by Popular Demand!

It is what the customer sees first. The look, the feel, the durability. Those that have finishing in their process know how important it is. Yet, it is also one of the jobs that can be hardest to fill. Its not a comfortable job most days with respirators and the repetitive motion, in addition to […]

BWA 20th Quarterly Networking Event: Digital Transformation, Export, and Ontario Wood, and Welcome New Members!

Industry 4.0 is here to stay! The wood industry is getting on board with events like this! BWA welcomes 5 new members! On June 22, 2016, the Bluewater Wood Alliance held its 20th quarterly networking event at the Walkerton Clean Water Centre with a capacity crowd. Front of the line up of topics was an […]

BWA Export Development Project to Dubai UAE Hits the Mark!

One big advantage of participating in a cluster like the BWA is that companies can collaborate together on mutually benefitting projects they would otherwise not have access. In this example, companies alone could not afford the costs of trade show booths in large and expanding markets, and would not be eligible themselves for funding available […]

BWA Plant Tour Focus Group Attracts 34 Companies Across Cluster Region!

Chatham, Thorold, St. Thomas, Barrie, Stratford, GTA, and all stops in between converge for valuable BWA plant tour learning event!   A true working cluster has the ability to attract members to its activities across its entire cluster region. Southwestern Ontario is a big geographic area. 34 BWA member member companies from all cross the […]