From my countless late night phone calls with IWPA Members about any number of issues I can attest that there is nothing they dislike more than uncertainty. Challenging suppliers? Finicky customers? They can deal with those in their sleep. But uncertainty about what a new federal regulation will look like or how a new crop of politicians will view their businesses keeps them up at night.
In spite of continued economic growth and signs that the U.S. construction and manufacturing sectors remain strong, uncertainty seems to be at a new high as 2017 ushers in a new President and one party control of the White House and Congress. It is only natural that after eight years getting used to the economic and regulatory policies advanced by one presidential administration, the inauguration of a new president leads to questions about what businesses can expect going forward.
That’s where IWPA comes in. Throughout the year we serve as a clearinghouse for information and activity that advances the interests of our industry. But once a year we have the opportunity to bring together leaders from every segment of our global industry for our World of Wood Annual Convention, which this year will take place April 5-7 at the beautiful Hotel Nikko in San Francisco, California.
World of Wood is the only event where attendees can hear about the latest developments affecting our industry and meet with suppliers, purchasers, and service providers from all over the world who are looking to grow their presence in the North American market. Speakers and panels at this year’s Convention will cover topics such as the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s now final formaldehyde emission regulation, the new listing of rosewood species on CITES Appendix II that for the first time affects finished goods, and strategies companies from different segments of the wood products value chain are implementing to meet the requirements of the Lacey Act.
While we will dedicate several hours of the World of Wood Program to the EPA formaldehyde regulation, we would also encourage affected businesses to participate in a series of webinars EPA is administering for different segments of the industry February 21-23. As always, we stand ready to answer any questions Members have about compliance.
If you haven’t yet done so, take a moment to visit our World of Wood page at www.IWPAwood.org/WOW2017 to see the full program and register. If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to reach out to Jennica Sims by e-mail at Jennica@IWPAwood.org.
We can’t wait to see you in San Francisco!