A bi-monthly news publication for AWI Manufacturing & Supplier Members March 17, 2006
Association News

AWI Launches Newly Revamped & Updated Web Site

Check out www.awinet.org.  You’ll find many changes – more information  and more resources for maximizing the return on your AWI membership investment.

Stay connected to the AWI community through www.awinet.org.  Under “News & Announcements” you’ll gain access to AWI’s News Center where you can find the latest edition of AWI’s monthly newsletter, NewsBriefs, as well as news about AWI National, chapters, members and the industry.  Plus, calendars are updated for AWI meetings and events in addition to AWI chapter activities. The AWI seminar section has also been revamped to keep members better informed about AWI Lifelong Learning opportunities.  All the other standard features are still on the web site, but updated and improved.

Because the new web site allows AWI staff to more easily manage information postings, AWI is better positioned to post significant news about member companies, chapter events and industry news.  Send your announcements and news to AWI Director of Marketing and Communications Phil Duvic at pduvic@awinet.org.

Open 24/7 to serve your information needs, www.awinet.org is ready for frequent visits by all members.  
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Countdown to the AWI Plant Tours & Spring Leadership Conference

With AWI business and leadership learning opportunities only three weeks away, April 5-8, 2006, the AWI Plant Tours and Spring Leadership Conference on April 5-8, 2006 in Lansdowne, VA, is fast approaching.  Registration closes March 22, 2006, so don't delay to sign up.

Packed with a business program lineup of Plant Tours in VA and MD, and sessions on performance coaching, time management and emerging issues including ergonomics, risk transfer and wood dust, the upcoming conference promises AWI members a rewarding experience.  The conference is open to all sectors of AWI’s membership: members interested in business and leadership issues, chapter leaders, and AWI National leaders.

For full details about the conference, click here to download the brochure.  Attendees can also plan on a festive New Orleans Crawfish Boil featuring authentic fare that will kick off the countdown to the 54th Annual AWI Convention & Meeting in New Orleans, Oct. 4-7, 2006 in New Orleans, LA.

Registration for the AWI Plant Tours & Spring Leadership Conference is open until March 22, 2006.  To register, click here for a form.
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More Compelling Reasons to Participate in the AWI Cost of Doing Business Survey: Three in a Series of Four

Last week, an AWI News Flash e-mail on the Cost of Doing Business Survey gave AWI Manufacturing Members another important reason to participate in the 2006 CODBS that has been underway since February 1, 2006.  Want another reason?

Please forward this issue of e-briefs to your company’s president and lead accountant ASAP.  

The 2006 AWI Cost of Doing Business Survey is almost over.  Hurry, time is running out!

Some AWI members have already responded to the survey; others are still undecided.  Does either of the following scenarios sound familiar? 

  •  “But I’ve already submitted my data…" Great!  You have helped improve the validity of your regional and chapter results.  Thanks for your continued support of this important AWI member-only benefit.  Your special “participant” package will be mailed on or around 6/1/06.

    Reason 3 should be compelling enough to get you motivated: Gain access to over 60,000 financial, HR, and compensation benchmarks and receive four free tools not available anywhere else!  http://www.inverra.com/awi/2006survey/codbs_benefits.htm.

    To get started, download the submission form (it’s easy, follow this link) –

    Remember, submissions are due no later than April 1, 2006.
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  • Safety Matters

    Time’s Running Out for AWI/CNA Safety Award Application Submissions

    April 1, 2006 is the deadline to submit your AWI/CNA Safety Awards Program entry form.  Don’t miss out on this opportunity to be recognized for your safety achievements at the Third Annual Safety Awards Breakfast, Oct. 7, 2006 during the 54th AWI Annual Convention and Celebration in New Orleans, LA.

    Application is easy.  It will take only 10 minutes of your time to apply.  Go to http://www.inverra.com/awi/2006safety.htm and enter today.

    Show your shop personnel how safety practices can pay off.  Show your team their safety and good working conditions are important.  Get recognized for your company’s safe working environment.
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    New Web Page on OSHA Challenge Pilot Program

    OSHA recently unveiled a new web page on the Challenge Pilot program at http://www.osha.gov/dcsp/vpp/challenge.html under the agency's Voluntary Protection Programs (VPP).

    The page features fact sheets, current statistics, applications, listings of administrators and participants, photos, and more. OSHA Challenge helps companies take a more proactive approach to safety and health by providing an online roadmap that guides them through the steps needed to meet VPP requirements.  For details about the VPP, click here.
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    Industry News

    Stiles Executive Briefing Conference to Spotlight VOC Abatement, Energy Savings

    Stiles Machinery's EBC will feature John Zolan, Director of Business Development for Climate Technologies, a 30-year veteran in the power generating industry, and a leader in the initiative of reducing the expense of handling volatile organic compounds (VOCs), who will discuss new technology that converts fumes to electricity. The revolutionary Fumes-to-Fuel Technology is intended for companies with finishing lines who are confronted with VOC abatement issues. 

    Zolan’s presentation will cover: Reducing the Expense of Handling Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs), Converting Fumes to Electricity – Concentrated Vapors to Generate Electricity, and Payback Analysis.

    The 5th annual Executive Briefing Conference (EBC) hosted by Stiles will be held April 19-21, 2006 at The Inverness Hotel and Conference Center in Denver, CO. The EBC provides a kaleidoscope of ideas through a series of exclusive briefings designed specifically for corporate decision makers. The 2006 EBC will feature engaging speakers covering new ideas and concepts relevant to all businesses including:  continuous improvement, technology spotlight, business strategies, and more.

    The EBC is a valuable event for business owners and management personnel who need to guide their companies and employees in new directions to effectively profit from the current business environment.

    To view the complete EBC lineup of briefing presenters and topics, or to register for the conference, go to www.stilesmachinery.com/ebc, or contact Judy Cisler at 616.698.7500, ext. 1246.
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    AWI Member News

    Television Host Steve Thomas Joins Woodmesiter Master Builders Executive Team

    AWI Manufacturing Member Woodmeister Master Builders, a Massachusetts-based company providing fine residential construction, custom cabinetry and interiors, and lifestyle management services to the luxury residential market, announced that industry expert Steve Thomas, has joined the company as Vice President, Client Development. 

    Thomas became a household name to millions of television viewers as host of the Emmy Award winning PBS series This Old House (1989 to 2002) and as host and producer of the History Channel Series Save Our History (2002 to present).  Thomas is also a spokesperson for the Environmental Protection Agency’s Energy Star Program.
    In his new role, Thomas will develop partnerships with architects and interior designers who will join together to design and build custom luxury homes using the Woodmeister Master Builder process.  With his industry knowledge and expertise, Thomas will work side by side with architects and interior designers to identify, develop, and interpret ideas and visions for building custom Woodmeister homes. 
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    In the Chapters

    Chapter Events Ahead

    Check out the AWI chapters sponsoring important education programs in your area...the Great Lakes and Virginia.

    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

    AWI Virginia Chapter
    When:  April 5, 2006 with a 1:00 pm shotgun start
    What: Golf Tournament during the first day of the AWI Spring Leadership Conference.   
    Where:  Lansdowne Resort on the Robert Trent Jones II Course
    Contact:  Jim Hamilton, Jr. at 540.667.5294
    Registration: e-mail or fax to - jhamiltonjr@winchesterwoodworking.com; Fax: 540.667.1701 (Click here for more details.)
    Cost/Payment: $79 per person; make check payable to: Virginia Chapter, AWI
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    Next Issue of AWI e-briefs

    The next edition of AWI e-briefs will be published on April 6, 2006.
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