A bi-monthly news publication for AWI Manufacturing & Supplier Members April 6, 2006
Professional Development

Register Early for Summer Career & Technology Education Week

When AWILL sets up shop, June 20-24, 2006 in Williamsport, PA, will you be there?  AWI’s hard-hitting Summer Career & Technology Education Week program is designed for shop specialists who want to improve their skills, for project managers who wish to increase delivery speed to clients, and for all AWI members who are interested in learning new techniques to improve the bottom line.

For full details, check out the attached program and registration form.  Visit http://homepage.mac.com/gheuer212/summer/
for new announcements and program details about the Summer Career & Technology Education Week.  And, check out your AWI April monthly mail pack for an informative brochure and registration form. 
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Kudos for Winter Career & Technology Education Week

Hear what satisfied customers said about the first Winter Career & Technology Education Week, Feb. 22-25, 2006. If the positive comments are any indication of the satisfaction of AWI members who attended the 11 programs, then you should sign up for the summer version of the semi-annual forum.  The program  will be devoted to shop training and skill building. 

To hear about why the Winter CATE was time well spent, visit http://homepage.mac.com/gheuer212/summer/  and click on "Others Say."
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VA Tech Hosts 6th Lean Manufacturing Workshop

Want to learn the latest in Lean Manufacturing technologies in wood products?  Co-sponsored by three wood-related organizations, this workshop will teach you how at the Wood Education and Resource Center in Princeton, WV on May 8-10, 2006.

Workshop activities and lessons will help you:

  • Identify target opportunity areas in your business for improvement
  • Provide a step-by-step guide for the implementation of “lean systems,” and
  • Direct your organization toward a philosophy of continuous improvement needed for today’s increasing competition.

The program will include a visit to a local wood products manufacturer that has successfully adopted the lean philosophy and improved their operations.

The workshop is co-sponsored by the Virginia Tech’s Sloan Foundation Forest Industries Center, the USDA Forest Service’s Wood Education and Resource Center, and the University of Minnesota Duluth’s National Resources Research Institute.

The workshop agenda and registration information is available at www.forestindustries.vt.edu.
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Industry News

Architects See Healthy Business Ahead

The AIA Architecture Billings Index (ABI) remained at 55.5 in February, unchanged from January, and is growing at a steady pace, says the American Institute of Architects (AIA).  “Regionally, only the West posted a decline” in February, but all other regions posted gains.  AIA reported that billings in the Midwest reached an eight-year high. The billings are an indicator of projects in the pipeline.  For details, visit http://www.aia.org/aiarchitect/thisweek06/0324/0324otb.cfm.
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Subcontractors See Positives From Commissioning

Delivering the best construction services possible is the goal of all professional construction subcontractors, and the American Subcontractors Association (ASA) has some ideas on how subcontractors can meet that goal on projects involving "commissioning." On March 12, 2006, ASA adopted a policy on commissioning that describes subcontractors' role in providing construction owners with the information they need to operate and maintain installed systems, appropriate warranty programs, and perspectives on how well system performance compares to expectations.

Commissioning is a process for ensuring that the owner's desire for a construction project is reflected in the ultimate performance of the completed building.

The main points of ASA's policy state that subcontractors should:

  • Ensure that appropriate training and documentation on proper operation and maintenance are delivered to the owner's personnel, whether or not they are contractually specified.
  • Consider creating incentives for proper operation and maintenance of their finished work, such as offering only limited warranties of their work unless extended inspection and maintenance programs are included in their contractual work scope.
  • Help manage the owner's performance expectations to ensure that they are realistic and not mismatched to the actual project specifications.

View ASA's policy online at www.asaonline.com.
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About QCP

New QCP Web Site Launched

A new Quality Certification Program web site is open for business at www.awiqcp.org.  Stop by for a visit.

The new site provides applicants and current participants with easy access to a variety of program resources, including the ability to apply for and renew certification, take the certification test, and register projects and order labels entirely online. Because the site is specific to the QCP program, users will find detailed information on program policies and procedures. Visitors can also search for currently certified firms and completed QCP projects.

The updated QCP web site may also be reached via www.awinet.org.  Click on “AWI Quality Certification.” Questions and comments about the QCP web site may be directed to kthorp@awinet.org.
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Legal Matters

Prompt Pay Relief Coming to Mississippi

”On March 9, Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour (R) signed two prompt payment reforms into law, shortening the time for payment by both public and private owners to prime contractors, effectively also shortening the time Mississippi subcontractors will have to wait for both progress payments and final payments,” the American Subcontractors Association (ASA) reported.

“Effective July 1, the time to make progress payments to prime contractors will be shortened from 60 days after payment is due under the contract, as under the current law, to 45 days for public work, and to 30 days for private work,” ASA Today reported.  “Also, the time for final payment to the prime contractor, which is measured under current law from either the date of substantial completion or the owner's use or occupancy of the project, will be shortened from 60 days to 45 days for public work and from 60 days to 30 days for private work.”  This all means that subcontractors and prime contractors will receive payment faster.  For more information, contact ASA of Mississippi Lobbyist John Sullivan at jms@msasa.com or call 601.352.9273.
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In the Chapters

Chapter Events Ahead

What’s happening in local architectural woodwork communities?  Check out the informative AWI chapter programs sponsored in your area...Wisconsin, New England, Texas, Florida, Northeast Ohio, and Ohio Valley.
AWI Wisconsin Chapter
When: April 25, 2006
What: Tour of MATC & “Safety on Operating Equipment”
Where: MATC Madison
More Information: E-mail John Halpin at jhalpin@saunderswood.com

AWI New England Chapter
When: April 26, 2006
What: CNC Manufacturing Solutions
Where: Wyndham Hotel, West Borough, MA
Contact: Tye Waller, tyewaller@msn.com or (P) 617.444.8774, www.neawi.org

AWI Texas Chapter
When: June 2, 2006
What: Presentations on LEED and AWI Quality Certification Program
Presenters: AWILL Ambassador Rob Ziegelmeier and AWI’s Randy Estabrook
Where: Houston, TX
Contact: David Pena of WoodArts Systems, Inc. at David@woodartsystems.com

AWI Florida Chapter
June 9 -10, 2006
What: Business Seminar, “Human Resource Practices for Success” & Forklift
Where: Punta Gorda, FL
More Information: www.awiflnet.org

AWI Northeast Ohio Chapter
When: June 22, 2006
What: 15th Annual Golf Scramble
Where: Fowler’s Mill Golf Course, Chesterland, OH
Contact: Frank Zorman, (P) 216.831.0303

AWI Ohio Valley Chapter
July 22, 2006, 8:00 AM
Format: Four Person, Best Ball Scramble
Where: Legendary Run Golf Course, Cincinnati, OH
More Information: www.awiohiovalley.org
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Safety Matters

Winning with an Early Return to Work Program

A Google search for “Early Return to Work” will bring up a large number of informative articles.

If you would like to read more about the benefits of ERTW, visit this link from the Montana Department of Labor:  http://dli.mt.gov/.  Also, read all about the win – win value of Early Return to Work in the April issue of AWI NewsBriefs coming your way around April 15.
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Member News

Condolences to...

AWI regrets to report the passing of immediate family members of several AWI members.  Heartfelt sympathy goes to the following:


  • AWI Past President Rick Ohlson (1981-1982) of Lakewood, WA on the passing of his wife Carolyn in February.
  • AWI Affiliate Member Bill Geyer of Penn College of Technology on the passing of his father on March 24.
  • John Leininger of Leininger Cabinet & Woodworking on the passing of his father on March 28.

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Next Issue of AWI e-briefs

The next edition of AWI e-briefs will be published on April 20, 2006.
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