A bi-monthly news publication for AWI Manufacturing & Supplier Members April 20, 2006
Professional Development

Stuck on You...AWILL Adds Adhesives Clinic to Summer Career & Technology Education Week

A packed AWILL program of practical workshops, clinics, labs and plant tours has been expanded with the addition of an Adhesives Clinic sponsored by Fessenden Hall, a Pennsylvania distributor.  The program will be presented on the morning of Wednesday, June 21 and will be repeated on Thursday, June 22, 2006. Topics will include PVA glues, Urea adhesives, and a special section on Contact adhesives. Watch for more news coming soon. 

Summer Career & Technology Education Week is planned for June 20-24, 2006 at Penn College of Technology in Williamsport, PA.  For full details about the 17 sessions conducted by AWI faculty and other authorities, visit http://homepage.mac.com/gheuer212/summer/.

For a revised registration form, click here.
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Revised Form to Register for Summer Career & Technology Education Week; Sign Up Early – Fees Increase after May 26

Check out the sessions you need to attend during the AWILL Summer Career & Technology Education Week, June 20-24, 2006 in Williamsport, PA.  Visit http://homepage.mac.com/gheuer212/summer/ for descriptions of the “shop” sessions scheduled during the week’s gathering of AWI members who want to improve their bottom line.  Map out the sessions you and your shop specialists will want to attend.  There are 700 seats available, but some sessions are limited to a small number of participants to allow for maximum interaction.


Please note that the registration form which was included with the program brochure in your April AWI mail pack has changed.  AWI apologizes if the change causes any confusion.  Please use the revised registration form attached to sign up for Summer Career & Technology Education Week. 

Take advantage of the Early Bird registration fees in effect until May26, and note the discounted fees for AWI members.
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Stiles Machinery & Dealer Partner to Hold Spring Machinery Expo

Stiles Machinery and its dealer partner, Panel/Wood Machinery, of Pennsauken, NJ, will host their Spring Machinery Expo May 3-5, 2006 at the Panel/Wood Facility.  This 3-day event will showcase equipment supplied by Stiles Machinery, Holzma U.S., Altendorf America, and Belfab.

Featured machines at the Expo will include the Weeke BHP 200 nested-based machining center, the Holzma HPP 380 high-speed, front-loading panel saw, and over 20 other machines that will be set up, under power, and available for demonstrations.

During the Expo, a veneering seminar will be conducted by Stiles Machinery veneering product manager, Marty Jones who will present solutions to reduce costs and increase profitability in veneering. 

For additional information or to register, contact either Ron Coe at Panel/Wood Machinery at .856. 317.9030, or Bill Pitt, VP, Holzma U.S., a Division of Stiles Machinery at 704.861.8239, bpitt@stilesmachinery.com.   Visit Stiles Machinery on the web at www.stilesmachinery.com.
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Business Resources

Put Your Business on the Global Map

Interested in joining the 50,000+ export successes worth billions of dollars enjoyed by small- and medium-sized U.S. companies? Wondering how to get started exploring new global business opportunities?  The U.S. Commercial Service of the Department of Commerce (DOC) helps you enter new markets faster and more profitably with its worldwide network located in more than 100 U.S. cities and 150 offices in 83 countries. 

Follow the Flag to the U.S. Commercial Service for

  • International Partner Matching that finds qualified international buyers, partners or agents for a company’s products or services.
  • World-Class Market Research, either off-the-shelf or tailored to a company’s specific requirements.
  • U.S. Pavilions at trade shows offer business matching and counseling and includes the International Buyer Program which brings the buyers to you.
  • Business Counseling is provided initially at no cost to help companies develop winning business strategies with guidance from International Trad Specialists.

Visit the DOC web site at www.export.gov/.  To view a promotional video, “Going Beyond Borders” go to www.globalspeak.com/html/export-gov/webcasts.asp.
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Industry News

Demand for Nonresidential Construction Projects Continues to Impact Overall Economy

The Architecture Billings Index (ABI), a leading economic indicator of nonresidential construction activity, was positive again in March, the American Institute of Architects (AIA) reported.  The ABI has been positive for 18 consecutive months and 27 out of the last 28 months.  The AIA reported the March ABI rating was 50.5 (any score above 50 indicates an increase), down from the 55.5 mark in February.
“While the index has leveled off a bit compared to previous scores, there are enough nonresidential projects slated to begin construction over the next several months that this month’s numbers should not be cause for concern,” said AIA Chief Economist Kermit Baker, PhD, Hon. AIA.  “In terms of the nonresidential construction market, the retail, education and health-care sectors have all increased at a double-digit rate in February compared to year-ago levels.”
This news comes on the heels of the Census Bureau reporting that housing starts in March were lower than forecasted and finished with the second slowest rate over the last twelve months, behind December.  Building permits, which are indicative of builder confidence, fell more than expected as well.
Key March ABI highlights

  • Regional 3-month moving average: Northeast (55.3), Midwest (55.2), South (54.1), West (49.3) 
  • Sector index breakdown: commercial / industrial (58.8), mixed (57.2), institutional (47.3) 
  • Billings inquiries index: 59.4, down from the 63.4 score from February.

About the AIA Architecture Billings Index

The Architecture Billings Index is derived from a monthly “Work-on-the-Boards” survey and produced by the AIA Economics & Market Research Group.  Based on a comparison of data compiled since the survey’s inception in 1995 with figures from the Department of Commerce on Construction Put in Place, the findings amount to a leading economic indicator that provides an approximately six month glimpse into the future of nonresidential construction activity.  The diffusion indexes contained in the full report are derived from a monthly survey sent to a panel of AIA member-owned firms.  Participants are asked whether their billings increased, decreased, or stayed the same in the month that just ended.  According to the proportion of respondents choosing each option, a score is generated, which represents an index value for each month.

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Safety Matters

Early Return to Work Benefits Employers – Find Out How

“Early Return to Work” programs have proven to be of great benefit to employers. 

The Maryland Department of Health and Hygiene has a web page that lists those benefits and includes links to added resources.  Visit http://www.dhmh.state.md.us/ohr/riskmgt/erwt.htm.
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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... Chicago, Wisconsin, New England, New Mexico, Carolinas, Texas, Florida, Northeast Ohio, and Ohio Valley.

Chicago Chapters of CSI, USGBC and AIA Chicago Environment KC
April 25, 2006
What: “LEED Projects: the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly” and Mini-Expo of Green Products
Where: Union League Club, Chicago, IL
More Information: www.Csichicago.org, (P) 847.382.1924

AWI Wisconsin Chapter
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
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 New Mexico Chapter
When: May 3, 2006
What: “Lean Manufacturing”
Presenter: Paul Fetzer, Fetzers, Inc.
Where: OGB Architectural Millwork, Albuquerque, NM
Contact: Shelly Harwood, sharwood@acie.com  or (P) 505.345.4331

AWI Carolinas Chapter
When: May 19, 2006
What: “More, Faster...and, Better”; Associate Member Table Top Display
Presenter: Ed Ligon, SCMEP
Where: Kingston Plantation Resort, Myrtle Beach, SC
Contact: (P) 843.497.1500

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

AWI Northeast Ohio Chapter
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
When: July 22, 2006, 8:00 AM
Format: Four Person, Best Ball Scramble
Where: Legendary Run Golf Course, Cincinnati, OH
More Information: http://awiohiovalley.org



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