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   Stairbuilders and Manufacturers Association National Workshop Road Tour

SMA Nationwide Stair Workshop Road Tour - Now Underway!

   

The SMA is excited to announce, we have put together a learning experience that will not soon be forgotten.
Over the next 22 months the SMA will embark on a national “Workshop Tour”   It will take us coast to coast with more than a dozen event filled stops. This tour will include stairbuilding shop tours, stair parts manufacturing facilities tours and education seminars.


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Next Stops


Registration is now open for the May 12 workshop and tour of the Taney Corporation in Gettysburg, PA.


Don't miss this opportunity to learn and network with your peers in the industry!


Special invitation! NOMMA and AWI members may attend workshops at the SMA member discount. Ask your association office for the code.


Look What You've Already Learned...Missed?

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.


Take advantage of these learning opportunities.  Join Us at Future workshops.

A Tour Across the Continent

There will be networking opportunities with the country’s premier stairbuilders and designers, as we share this “rarely seen before” learning experience together at each stop along the way.


There will be seminars on business administration, human resources, marketing, etc. and best of all technical presentations and discussions on stairbuilding and handrail installation techniques tailored toward the market hosting the event.


Built upon our successful model of one day events hosted by a member we are trying to bring the SMA's live learning experience within a few hours drive or short flight allowing everyone in the industry and our members to participate by attending or hosting an event.


The Schedule is filling fast.  If you are interested in hosting a workshop let us know by emailing sma@stairways.org and we will be happy to explain the program.

Coming Soon to an SMA Shop Near YOU!

 Guage Design - Aug. 19     NK Woodworking, WA - Aug. 19    United Rockland Stairs - Sept 30    Crown Heritage, NC - Oct. 26 Builders Stair Supply, MO - Nov. 11   Florida Stairworks, FL Feb. 17   FItts Industries, AL - Mar 31- Apr 2 2017 Annual Conference

    

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Tour Culminates at the Biggest Stair Industry Event Ever Held:

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.


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. 

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