Prior to joining AMT, Mr. Woods held a number of executive positions at several machine tool companies, including President and CEO of Liberty Precision Industries, and President of Parlec Incorporated. He also held key management positions at Alliance Tool Corporation and its parent company, Cross & Trecker.
Mr. Woods was AMT’s chairman of the Board of Directors in 2005-2006 and served on its Board of Directors from 2000-2008. He was also active in the National Tooling & Machining Association and in 1994 was named Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year for Manufacturing Turnarounds for the Upstate New York area.
Mr. Woods currently sits on boards for the Reshoring Initiative; the MTConnect Institute; the National Center for Defense Manufacturing and Machining (NCDMM); the National Association of Manufacturers’ Council of Manufacturing Associations; and the National Council for Advanced Manufacturing (NACFAM).
AMT – The Association For Manufacturing Technology (founded in 1902 as the National Machine Tool Builders’ Association) supports and promotes the U.S. manufacturing technology industry. The association provides U.S. builders of manufacturing systems with the latest information on technical developments, trade and marketing opportunities, and economic issues. It also gathers and disseminates information about world markets, promotes its members’ products in those markets, and acts as a representative on manufacturing technology matters to governments and trade organizations throughout the world.
Involvement with NNMI
Mr. Woods currently sits on the board of the National Center for Defense Manufacturing and Machining (NCDMM), which has oversight of America Makes (the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute). Mr. Woods’ leadership has also allowed AMT to become a founding member of the Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute in Chicago, in addition to involvement in the initial proposals for the Lightweight and Modern Metals Manufacturing Innovation Institute in Detroit. AMT and its members will continue in supporting and directing the institutes’ initiatives.
Tenure at AMT – MTInsight, MTConnect, Manufacturing Mandate, Global Services
In his time at AMT, Mr. Woods has overseen the development of MTInsight, a customized manufacturing business intelligence platform that utilizes immense data resources and distills the information into an interactive and user-friendly format to allow for strategic decision making and business planning. Additionally, under his leadership as both Chairman and President of AMT, Mr. Woods has led the effort in developing MTConnect, the industry-wide interoperability standard that has grown in usage and implementation across a wide scope of manufacturing operations.
Mr. Woods has spearheaded the Manufacturing Mandate initiative on behalf of the Association to bring attention to the need to incentivize innovation and R&D in new products and manufacturing technologies, improve global competitiveness, and build a better educated and trained “Smartforce.”
Under Mr. Woods’ direction, AMT has also expanded its Global Services portfolio, opening Technical Centers in India (Chennai) and Brazil (Sao Paulo), adding to the existing locations in Mexico (Monterrey) and China (Shanghai). Staffed by in-country experts and offering such services as proxy hiring, service staff, and office and showroom space, Technical Centers act as a launch point for AMT members who wish to enter global markets or expand their presence within them.