At its 22nd annual awards dinner, the
Woodworking Machinery Industry Association (WMIA) announced the winners of the 2009 Wooden Globes for
its Innovator, Educator and Commitment to Excellence through Technology Awards at the Woodstock Inn and
Resort in Woodstock, Vt.
The 2009 winners are: Innovator,
Anvil Motion (Brigham City, Utah);
Educator, Hennepin Technical College (Brooklyn Park, Minn.); and Commitment to Excellence in Technology,
Hoff Enterprises (Johnstown, Penn.)
“... Anvil Motion offers ... ‘smart
system’ cabinetry that includes recogni-
tion sensors that allow the opening and
closing of cabinet doors with the wave
of a hand, and drawers that open and
close with the touch of a finger. It com-
prises the most sophisticated biometric
technology to set the lighting, audio/
video equipment and room temperature
requirements of the specific individual
entering the kitchen,” said Michael Cas-
sell, WMIA member and Holz-Her North
American CNC production manager.
Nathan Deem of Anvil Motion accepted
the Innovator of the Year Award.
Jim Besonen, WMIA member
and Wood Machinery Systems’ CEO,
recounted his personal experience
with Hennepin Technical College in
presenting the Educator of the Year
Award, honoring educational programs that produce trained, motivated
and skilled employees for wood-product manufacturing companies,
particularly those integrating high
technology equipment. Keith Hanstad,
Anvil Motion, Hennepin, and Hoff honored by WMIA
WMIA award winners, from left: Keith
Hanstad, Hennepin Technical College;
Kurt Friedhoff, Hoff Enterprises; and
Nathan Deem, Anvil Motion.
a cabinetmaking instructor at the college, accepted the award.
Joe Wentzlof, WMIA member and
regional sales manager for Holz-Her,
presented the Commitment to Excellence through Technology Award,
recognizing companies that have
achieved consistent growth and profitability in their market segments. Kurt
Friedhoff accepted the award
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