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Bluewater Wood Alliance expands reach, influence | Woodworking Canada

Bluewater Wood Alliance Featured in Woodworking Canada!
November 24, 2017

The Bluewater Wood Alliance continues to grow its membership and its reach. What started out as just a handful of like-minded wood product manufacturers and suppliers…. click here to read article.

RFQ for Wooden Pen Boxes.

SMART Green Program

In the Fall 2016, CME in partnership with Government of Ontario launched a new $25 million SMART Green fund that will assist small- and medium-sized manufacturers reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) and improve their energy efficiency.

SMART Green Program Overview

The SMART Green Program is open to small- and medium-sized manufacturers throughout Ontario and provides assistance in the form of non-repayable grants of 50% of eligible costs up to $500,000. The program will improve the competitiveness of the Ontario manufacturing supply chain by not only delivering value to the SME-eligible manufacturers, but also by contributing to Ontario’s 2020 targets for GHG emissions reduction.

The purpose of this Program is to support investments in technology and process improvements by manufacturers which result in GHG emissions intensity reductions and/or avoidance through upgrades to process/production equipment, deliver energy efficiency, and lead to productivity improvements, which in turn lead to lower GHG emissions on per-production-unit basis; more specifically, where improvements will include new process and/or production equipment installation and associated costs to an existing facility.

For more information visit https://cmeweb.crm.eperformanceinc.com/smartgreen/


Feel free to contact Steve Smith to discuss this program further. 

Steve Smith, MBA
Senior Business Advisor
Ontario Investment Office

Ministry of Economic Development and Growth | Ministère du Développement économique et de la Croissance
Ministry of Research, Innovation and Science | Ministère de la Recherche, de l’Innovation et des Sciences

Suite 906, 30 Duke Street West, Kitchener, ON  N2H 3W5
Tel: (519) 571-6077
Cell: (519) 670-7808
Email: stephen.p.smith@ontario.ca

Web: www.ontario.ca/economy

Creative Mixer – Thornbury

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Toyota Plant Tour – October 26th

Spaces still available for the November 15th – 2 pm Toyota Plant Tour.
Book Now!

 

As you know, the Bluewater Wood Alliance has been facilitating export development for its members in collaboration with its government partners.

The High Point Market in High Point, NC is the largest furnishings trade show in North America: Click to visit site.
The next market is April 14-18, and a fall market Oct 14-18.

We are currently calling out to interested companies to participate in this project. Costs are subsidized to allow our members to access this important US marketplace.

If you are interested in more information please contact:

Mike Baker
BWA Executive Director

1-226-668-5455
manager@bluewaterwoodalliance.com

RFQ Seating & Cabinetry – Subcontract

A BWA Member is looking to subcontract out some of its production and is seeking potential vendors.

The type of work is:

  • Lounge seating parts made and assembled out of plywood
    – no finishing required
  • Healthcare cabinetry – melamine casegoods machined and assembled

Drawings to be provided later, to those who have interest, capability and capacity. Volume in dollars is $1.5 million per year. Timing is probably for the new year but is somewhat flexible.

Any interested inquiries should respond to:
Mike Baker, BWA Executive Director

manager@bluewaterwoodalliance.com

Mike Baker

BWA Has Another Hit Meeting Event at Conestoga College for 60 Companies!

Having the Ontario Centre for Wood Processing at Conestoga College host the BWA Quarterly Networking Event seems a perfect fit! They are the largest post secondary wood processing program in Ontario. We all know how important our workforce development is for our industry. When wood product manufacturers get together there for a day of learning and networking, the atmosphere just feels right!

Consultations with BWA members have indicted two big themes (among many others) that they have in common: they want to reduce their costs and waste, and increase their sales. Very simple you would think. But the implications run deep into how we manage our companies, our processes, and our people.

To approach the Lean Manufacturing theme to reduce costs and waste, it is necessary to look at the lean principles in the Toyota Production System that are a benchmark for all industries. Looking further, we need to apply them to the wood industry.

No better way to do that, than to engage a collaborative presentation by two experts in the field: Sepp Gmeiner of Lignum Consulting, and Brad Cairns of the Centre for Lean Learning. Although these two experts may compete with one another, they rose to the occasion to work together for the benefit of our members. This true to the cluster model the BWA adapted from Austria: collaboration for the betterment of the industry as a whole, despite competition!

Sepp provided a thorough introduction of lean principles and how they can be applied to wood production, with good visuals and examples people could understand. Brad Cairns followed up with examples of implementation of lean projects with videos and concrete examples and results of what can happen when employees become engaged and a part of the process. One big take-away was the use of video in real time of what is happening in your shop before and after a project. The two together were a “dynamic duo” and we look forward to working further with both Sepp and Brad as they help transform our businesses to the next level.

On the sales and marketing front, Andrew Wall of Sandler Training provided an informative and interactive session on how we manage the right approach to sales development and the people we have working for us. This is a very complex system that, similar to production, requires disciplined processes to be followed consistently in order to achieve results. Andrew provided many examples and take-aways for members as we re-evaluated our current practices and considered the opportunity of developing discipline behind our sales strategies.

These two themes: Lean Manufacturing and Sales and Marketing, will be the centerpiece of a new series of learning and training coming up in the new year provided by the BWA. Stay tuned for the events coming up in the calendar in 2018.

In addition, Sadoon Mohiuddin of Canmade  explained the new anti-tipping by-laws (F2057 and F3096) Government of Canada is implementing for the home furniture industry. He brought in a sample of Vokes Furniture for the demonstration that was well received.

Finally, a rich networking opportunity took place over breaks and following the event at Edelweiss Tavern in Kitchener!

Mark your calendars for the upcoming tours of Toyota Canada Oct 26 and Nov 15, but you must register to obtain a spot, and be a member of the BWA!

For more information on the BWA and events like this contact BWA Executive Director, Mike Baker at manager@bluewaterwoodalliance.com