A bi-monthly news publication for AWI Manufacturing & Supplier Members February 2, 2006
Professional Development

AWI Traditional Seminars Selling Out: Last Chance to Register

Although five of the comprehensive classes scheduled during AWI’s Winter Career & Technology Education Week, Feb. 22-25 are “sold out,” there are still several sessions open for registration.  But don’t wait to register.  Time is slipping by and this is your last chance to register for these sessions.  The following classes can accommodate only six or fewer additional registrants:

  • Quality Certification Program Workshop
  • Fundamentals of Project Management
  • Contracts
  • Fundamentals of Estimating
  • Advanced Estimating

Software solutions offered by suppliers in the fields of project management and estimating complement the interactive sessions.  Demonstrations will be held in the evenings to offer attendees the best solutions to their everyday challenges. Don’t miss the Project Manager & Estimating Software Shoot-outs.

Register today by using the attached form.  Some sessions are repeated – check the schedule for space available.

AWI Winter Career & Technology Education sessions will be held at the Harris Conference Center in Charlotte, NC. The Center is minutes from Charlotte-Douglas airport.  Nearby hotels offer reasonably priced accommodations. Visit  http://homepage.mac.com/gheuer212/AWILL/FileSharing12.html or call AWI Director of Meetings Kimberly Haynes at 434.975.0191 for more information.

If you miss registering for AWI’s cornerstone Estimating & Project Management (Fundamentals & Advanced) programs, make plans to Attend AWI Summer 2006 Career & Technology Education Week, June 20-24, at Penn College of Technology in Williamsport, PA...a training and education week for the manufacturing plant team!

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Holzma/ Stiles Machinery Offer “Tricks of the Trade” Demo

A new opportunity for a demonstration and presentation by Holzma/Stiles Machinery is available to add even more value to the educational experiences of AWI members who attend AWI Career & Technology Education Week, Feb. 22-25.

"Tricks of the Trade" demo presentation showing unconventional added functions for Panel Saws, Optimizing Software, and Machine Layouts.
When:  Wednesday, Feb. 22 and Thursday, Feb. 23 after afternoon AWI Seminars which end at 3:00 pm

Where: Holzma US, Gastonia, NC, 20 minutes from AWI Winter Career and Technology Education in Charlotte, NC

Transportation:  Stiles/Holzma will provide transportation for those who pre-register for this tour.

Registration: Required for this free program so the hosts can plan for attendees.
Contact: Register by contacting Owen McGee at omcgee@stilesmachinery.com, Bill Pitt at bpitt@stilesmachiney.com,  Lee Allmond at lallmond@stilesmachinery.com or call 704.861.8239.

See also related AWI Carolinas Chapter program in “In the Chapters” section of this issue of AWI e-briefs.

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Association News

AWI Launched 2006 CODBS Feb. 1, 2006 – Participation Open

On Feb. 1, AWI launched its Annual Cost of Doing Business Survey (CODBS) which ultimately produces the association’s acclaimed CODBS and Compensation Study Report for Manufacturing Members.  Data is needed no later than April 1, 2006.

Visit http://www.inverra.com/awi/2006codbs.htm to download the instructions and submit your data.  Participating Manufacturing Members will receive complimentary tools otherwise not available, tripling the value of this CODBS financial management tool.  The tools include: a CD-ROM with a custom financial profile, a profit modeling tool, and an industry compensation calculator showing base and bonus amounts for 28 positions. 

AWI encourages all 1,000+ Manufacturing Members to participate this year.  The CODBS is considered by members to be  one of AWI’s “most important membership benefits.”  The final report should be released around June 1.
For more details about the value of participation, see the February issue of AWI NewsBriefs scheduled to arrive in your mailbox around Feb. 12. 

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Leadership Abilities Also Can Be Acquired – Save the Date for AWI Spring Leadership Conference

The upcoming 19th Annual AWI Spring Leadership Conference, April 5-8, 2006, is a program that you won’t want to miss.  The education programs will make a difference in assisting with coaching, mentoring and leadership in your business and chapter. 

The conference will feature plant tours in Maryland and Virginia, Leadership Training by Keynote Speaker and Workshop Leader Ed Penny.  A Chapter Leadership Training Program will be a key component of the conference.  AWI members will have ample time for meeting with fellow association members and national and chapter leaders.  Plan now to spend time with AWI’s governing leaders. 

Future chapter leaders should attend to plan for succession and learn tried and tested  governing practices to enable chapters to meet the changing needs of their members. 

The AWI Development Council and Board of Directors will each be meeting during the Conference.

For more information, contact Kimberly Haynes at 434.975.0191 or at khaynes@awinet.org.  The conference will be held in the Greater Washington, DC area.  Mark your calendar now and watch for more news in NewsBriefs and e-briefs.

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Safety Matters

Safety in the Spotlight for AWI/CNA Annual Safety Awards Program

All AWI Manufacturing Members who have a safe working environment and no incidents in 2005 have a great opportunity to be recognized n the 2006 AWI/CNA Safety Awards Program.

How do you participate?  Go to http://www.inverra.com/awi/2006safety.htm and follow the on-line submission instructions.  The forms will take less than 10 minutes to complete. The annual awards program is based on a company’s Incident Rate, which is the number of recordable cases from your OSHA 300 log times 2000,000 divided by the number of work hours in a calendar year. 

All respondents will receive confirmation of their submission as well as final status.  Winners will be selected in multiple categories and gain a variety of benefits including a comprehensive report, press kit and a national award presentation in New Orleans during the 54th AWI Annual Meeting and Convention, Oct. 5-7, 2006. 

You can’t win, if you don’t participate.  Get recognized for your company’s safety record.
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OSHA Reminds Employers to Post Injury/Illness Summaries Starting Feb. 1

Beginning Feb. 1, employers must post a summary of the total number of job-related injuries and illnesses that occurred in 2005. Details about requirements are available at http://www.osha.gov/pls/oshaweb/owadisp.show_document?p_table=NEWS_RELEASES&p_id=11765.

Employers are only required to post the Summary (OSHA Form 300A) – not the OSHA 300 Log – from Feb. 1 to April 30, 2006. Copies of the OSHA Forms 300, 300A and 301 are available on the OSHA Recordkeeping web page at http://www.osha.gov/recordkeeping/index.html.


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Industry News

Guideline Published to Improve Sequencing of Work

Working on poorly planned projects can not only make a subcontractor's work more difficult to perform, but also increase a subcontractor's liabilities.  For example, stacking of trades can create logistical problems and result in a situation where a subcontractor's employee damages property on the job site while operating equipment. Depending on the indemnity obligations in the subcontract agreement, a subcontractor could even be made liable for damage and accidents caused by others hurrying to complete work.

"Guidelines for a Successful Construction Project" is a comprehensive digital collection of guidelines and forms that provide contractors with critical insights on safety, cooperation, and coordination among different parties at all stages of construction. This document was jointly developed and produced by three leading construction trade associations - the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC), the American Subcontractors Association, Inc. (ASA), and the Associated Specialty Contractors (ASC)."

The resource will help contractors and subcontractors work more efficiently according to accurate and complete sequenced project schedules, preventing situations where poor planning causes miscommunication, accidents and delays, and claims.

Use the "Guideline on Sequenced Project Schedules" to identify problems, communicate your expectations, and clarify your responsibilities on "critical path" projects. To read the guideline, see item C3 under the table of contents page at www.constructionguidelines.org.  All guidelines are available at the same web site.

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Modest Growth Forecasted for Construction Starts in 2006

Despite the variables in the construction market in 2005, the industry rose to a record $636 billion nationwide in total starts, according to McGraw-Hill Construction’s economic forecasting unit. 

What’s expected in 2006?  It’s still unclear, but McGraw-Hill Construction estimates total starts will experience a modest 3% growth in 2006.  The company forecasts that growth will occur in the “hotel, office, school, health-care factory, and public works sectors, among others.” 
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In the Chapters

Chapter Events Ahead

Check out the AWI chapters sponsoring important education programs in your area...Texas, Great Lakes, Carolinas and New England.

AWI Texas Chapter
Feb. 8, 2006
Program: “Knowledge is the Key to Innovation...A Quality Standards Seminar for Architects;” plus LEED presentation and “Education Day” presenters
Where: Grapevine, TX
Contact: Vicki Lutz, 469.855.8677

AWI Great Lakes Chapter
When: Feb. 8-9, 2006
Program: CAM Expo (Visit chapter member displays of their work during this builder and architects expo.)
Where: Rock Financial Expo Center
Contact: Donna Baker at dbaker@daiekwoodwork.com

AWI Carolinas Chapter
When: Feb. 24, 2006
Program: Holzma Tour and “Tricks of the Trade” presentation on panel saws, mechanical handling, optimizing software. 
Where: Holzma, Gastonia, NC
Contact: Ken Leitch at kleitch@solidsurfaceproducts.com or call 704.896.8677 x16 for more information and to register.

AWI New England Chapter
When: March 1, 2006
Program:  “Cost Saving ‘Best Practices’ for Woodworkers”
Speaker: Edward F. Johnson, Jr., CPA
Where: Wyndham Hotel, Westborough, MA
Contact:  www.neawi.org – New England Chapter web site

AWI Great Lakes Chapter
When: March 22, 2006
Program: “Case Systems Lean Manufacturing” Plant Tour & Seminar – Part I
Where: Midland, TX
Contact: Pamela Howell at 586.497.7522
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Regulatory Issues

New Publication Explains Tax Law Changes Related to Recent Hurricanes

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has issued a new publication explaining changes to the tax law and relief provisions available to those affected by Hurricanes Katrina, Rita and Wilma.

Publication 4492, Information for Taxpayers Affected by Hurricanes Katrina, Rita, and Wilma, is available on IRS web site and paper copies will be available in early February.

This new publication will list the disaster areas for each hurricane and explain which areas are eligible for administrative relief from the IRS and which areas receive special tax breaks under recently enacted provisions of the tax law. The resource provides information for individuals about how to claim unreimbursed losses, among other topics.

The publication also highlights the changes businesses need to know about, such as a special depreciation allowance for qualified Gulf Opportunity Zone property, an increase in the amount affected businesses can expense instead of depreciating and new net operating loss (NOL) rules for losses in the GO Zone.
Publication 4492, like other IRS forms and publications, is available at http://www.IRS.gov/pub/irs-pdf/p4492.pdf.
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Next Issue or AWI e-briefs

The next edition of AWI e-briefs will be published on Feb. 16, 2006.
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AWILL Winter Career & Technology Education Week
Feb. 22-25, 2006
Charlotte, NC

AWI Spring Leadership Conference
Apr. 5-8, 2006
Greater Washington, DC Area

AWILL Summer Career & Technology Education Week
Jun. 20-24, 2006
Williamsport, PA