Experience networking opportunities with the country’s premier stairbuilders and designers, in a unique learning experience at each stop.
There will be technical presentations and discussions on stairbuilding and handrail installation techniques tailored toward the market hosting the event and business seminars to help you manage your business.
The next stop on SMA's live learning experience maybe within a few hours drive or short flight. Everyone in the industry is invited to attend. Each workshop is a one day event hosted by a member shop we will tour. Breakfast and Lunch are included. Hotel and transportation when provided varies with each event. These events fill up fast. Take a look at the full schedule in to 2018 and make plans to attend.
We are now scheduling workshops from summer 2018 through 2019 . If you are interested in hosting a workshop let us know by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
The 2018 SMA Annual Conference in Santa Fe, New Mexico with a tour and media event at the Loretta Chapel, home of the Miraculous Staircase, built, some say, by St. Joseph himself.
Registration is now open for the May 12 workshop and tour of The Taney Corporation in Taneytown, MD just a few miles from Hotel Gettysburg in Gettysburg, PA.
NOMMA and AWI members may attend workshops at the SMA member discount. Ask your association office for the code.
Heirloom Stair and Iron in South Carolina was our first stop on the tour in June. They shared marketing and PR strategy and how they are building a team culture in addition to their artistry in metal.
King and Company Architectural Woodworking in New Hampshire was another team to be admired. Attendees saw demonstrations of turning, 3 and 5 axis CNC, vacuum bag laminating, and the pride they take in their work.
Gauge Design Group and NK Woodworking in Seattle were two unique companies feeding on the unique culture and market of the northwest. From leveraging creativity in their design process to pairing technology with hand crafting skills these companies gave attendees a new perspective.
United Rockland Stairs hosted 80 attendees at its shop in Suffern, NY. Live demonstrations of their process from design to finished product included every aspect of both production straight stairs and complex curved stairs.
Builders Stair Supply of the gateway city of St Louis hosted members of the National Wood Floor Association in addition to SMA members. Some really great tricks and techniques in addition to Chas Wiebe's patented drill bit and metal baluster cutoff tool were demonstrated.
Florida Stair Works and Carpentry of Fort Myers, Florida showed us how they focus on the high market with CADD CAM oriented manufacturing techniques. Special demos included their finishing department and specialized assembly hardware as used on a helical stairway.
Fitts Industries in Tuscaloosa, AL was the first factory tour held in conjunction with an SMA Annual Conference and an amazing glimpse of a company invested in Lean Manufacturing. The knowledge and expertise shared was remarkable and clearly pervasive throughout the plant. From drying hardwoods to finish sanded turnings, fittings and rails if you had a question it got an answer.
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In addition to our networking workshops, we offer a variety of educational materials to help professionals in the industry build upon their expertise. For example, our stair code books are specifically designed to break down complicated codes and regulations so that they are easier to understand and apply in the field. Our stair code visual interpretations booklet and our technical guides are designed by industry experts with clear descriptions and detailed graphics that can be used as vocational references. Through both our networking events and our research-based publications, we strive to raise industry standards by professionals with the educational support and networking opportunities that can help you succeed.