A bi-monthly news publication for AWI Manufacturing & Supplier Members May 4, 2006
In the Chapters

AWI Test Drives New Ambassador Program on “Contracts”

A good contract is worth its weight in gold. Contract language can protect your business or bury you in liability. How airtight are your contracts?

Find out more about the “do’s and don’ts” of contracts on May 18, 2006 when the AWI Chicago Chapter joins forces with the American Subcontractors Association of Illinois in delivering a provocative and insightful program on contracts.  Presenters will be AWILL Ambassador Joe Sorrelli and ASA national attorney Brian Cubbage. (See “Chapter Events Ahead” for more details.)

If this sounds like a program that can deliver solid value for your local members, contact Teresa McCain, AWI Director of Membership and Chapter Development, at (P) 571.323.3622, tmccain@awinet.org or Kimberly Haynes, AWI Director of Meetings, at (P) 434.975.0191, khaynes@awinet.org.

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AWILL Ambassador Programs Offer Bottom Line Value for AWI Members, Chapters

Three successful programs have recently featured AWILL Ambassadors and others are scheduled in the coming weeks. The programs are bringing specialized information to AWI chapters as well as AWI members-at-large that are not available through any other source. 

Here’s a sampling of the successful programs which are among a range of offerings available for your upcoming meetings:

Recently Held

QS 8001 Woodwork Quality Standards Lumber & Trims; QS 8004 Woodwork Quality Standards Cabinetry; QS 8008 Woodwork Quality Standards Doors
Host: Low Country Case & Millwork
Presenter: Ambassador Bruce Cody
Held: April 20, 2006
Topics: QS 000 Introduction; QS 8004 Cabinetry; QS 8006 Finishing; QS 8014 LEED
Host: CSI Nashville Chapter  
Presenter: Ambassador Joe Sorrelli
Held: April 27, 2006

Topic: Lean Manufacturing
Host: AWI New Mexico Chapter
Presenter: Ambassador Paul Fetzer
Held: May 3, 2006

Topic: Contracts
Host: Chicago Chapter AWI
Presenter: Ambassador Joseph Sorrelli
When: May 18, 2006
Topics: LEED and QCP
Host: AWI Texas Chapter
Presenters: Ambassador Robert Ziegelmeier; AWI Director of QCP Randy Estabrook
When: June 2, 2006

For details and scheduling information about the AWILL Ambassador Program, contact AWI Director of Meetings Kimberly Haynes at (P) 571.323.3624, khaynes@awinet.org.
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Chapter Events Ahead

What’s happening in local architectural woodwork communities?  Check out the informative AWI chapter programs sponsored in your area... Chicago, Colorado, Carolinas, Texas, Florida, Northeast Ohio, Great Lakes, and Ohio Valley.

American Subcontractors Association of Illinois and AWI Chicago Chapter
May 18, 2006 (9:00 am – 4:00 pm)
What: “Avoiding and Managing Construction Subcontract Risks”
Presenters: ASA National attorney Brian Cubbage and AWILL Ambassador Joe Sorrelli
Where: Diplomat West, Elmhurst, IL
More Information: Click here ; Register directly with ASA for the morning session of the day-long program.
Contact: Debby Heidler, (P) 630.325.3634, dheidlerawi@comcast.net

AWI Colorado Chapter
When: May 18, 2006
What: Boulder Beer Plant Tour
Presentation:  “Inspirational Leadership and the Future of AWI”
Contact: Tony Slavec, CO Chapter President, (P) 303.761.7673, preinteriors@wmconnect.com

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., 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
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 Great Lakes Chapter
When: June 23, 2006
What: "Lean Manufacturing Symposium – Learn for Profit”
Presenter: Brian Brashaw, Natural Resources Research Institute
Where: Traverse City, MI
Contact: Pamela Howell, (P) 586.497.7522

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: www.awiohiovalley.org

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Association News

Seeking Input for QSI Improvements – Comments, Suggestions?

The AWI Quality Standards Board of Review (QSBOR) is meeting on May 31, 2006 with an agenda focused on continuing improvements to AWI’s standard for architectural woodwork excellence, Quality Standards Illustrated.  The QSBOR agenda, driven by submissions of Page 10 “Suggestions for Improvement,” includes a number of maintenance items for the 8th edition of QSI and significant work on the 9th edition.

The QSBOR is working on a comparison of the 8th edition Quality Standards Illustrated (QSI) and the Woodwork Institute (California) Manual of Millwork. The 9th edition QSI will incorporate the best of both books, to become the true North American Standard for Architectural Woodwork.  The result of these efforts should eliminate any confusion between the two (essentially identical) standards.  The architectural woodwork community will also benefit from the higher degree of customer satisfaction with the end product which will strengthen the industry’s professional image.

Let us hear from you — coments, ideas are welcome. Download a QSI "Suggestion for Improvement Page 10 Submittal Form" PDF, print it out, write your suggestions on the form, and fax it to AWI at the number on the bottom of the form.

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AWI Web Site Changes – New Offerings, Events, News

The recently revamped AWI web site, www.awinet.org, is undergoing continuing enhancement to provide added value for AWI members as a “go to” resource.  Check out the latest additions to the site.

Visit the “Education Offerings” section – simplified to show 4 annual programs at a glance.
Click here.

Hurry – May 26, the early bird tuition fees for Summer CATE end.  
You’ll pay almost 55% more for tuition on May 27. Don’t wait – register today for tuition discounts and claim your seats before the program is sold out. 

NEW AWI online registration for events and meetings.
Review the Summer Career and Technology Education Week (CATE) program and register online using Verisign 128 bit encrypted security.

AWI President Rick Kogler named one of 3-judge panel for Craftsman’s Challenge competition.
Click here for the story and other related links.

Check the AWI online cyber calendar to keep up with the latest list of upcoming AWI meetings and events.

Save time, money and help AWI by registering for the IWF at the AWI web site’s “Calendar of Events.”
Register online OR download the AWI IWF Registration Form PDF.  Don’t get left out of the AWI room block at the Hyatt Regency Atlanta. Only 100 rooms available – act fast before they’re all gone.

Looking for a back issue of e-briefs?
Be sure to visit our archives.

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Keeping Up with the Times? Get the Latest QSI, 8th Edition, Version 2.0

The AWI store has resources you need, including the NEW AWI Quality Standards Illustrated, 8th Edition, Version 2.0.  Purchase copies for your shop personnel, designers, and others through the AWI store online or by calling our Market Place toll free at 1.800.210.7893.

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Regulatory Issues

Are You Eligible for an Excise Tax Refund?

Find out if toll telephone service fees qualify for excise tax refunds.  Your company may be eligible. 

“In the near future, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is expected to consider whether to stop collecting the 3 percent excise tax on toll telephone service and may even consider refunding all or a portion of such taxes paid during the past three years if the charges for such services did not vary with respect to both time and distance, “according to a Client Alert published by Venable LLP. 

See attached Alert for more details.
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U.S. Census Bureau Seeks Manufacturers Comments on 2007 Economic Census

In an ongoing effort to improve Federal statistics for the manufacturing sector, the Census Bureau is requesting your comments on the 2007 Economic Census-Manufacturing questionnaires.

They propose to reduce the amount of product data collected and hope this reduced detail will:

  • streamline the process, 
  • make the data more relevant and 
  • allow them to issue reports sooner.

The comment section of the web site is set up to be industry specific for your convenience.

In addition, the Census Bureau is dropping questions on leased employment, but is adding a few questions to address critical issues facing the manufacturing sector. These include inquiries on employer's costs for fringe benefits such as pension plans and health insurance. The belief is that such data will provide a set of data for the manufacturing sector and be useful to the business community.

The comments period has been extended until May 31, 2006.  To make comments, go to http://www.census.gov/mcd/clearance/.

Contact Ken Hansen (kenneth.i.hansen@census.gov) or Mendel Gayle (mendel.d.gayle@census.gov) at the Census Bureau with questions.

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Professional Development

Early Bird Registration Fees Only Through May 26 for Summer Career and Technology Education Week

The Architectural Woodwork Institute of Lifelong Learning (AWILL) continues to build high-value programs for training every level of your office and plant personnel. Click on the “Education Offerings” button at the AWI web site, www.awinet.org, to learn more about Summer Career and Technology Education (CATE) Week, June 20-24, 2006 in Williamsport, PA.

Seventeen sessions are scheduled during CATE Week which will be held at the Pennsylvania College of Technology campus and at Hermance Machine.

Early bird tuition discounts will expire on Friday, May 26, 2006 at 5:00 pm Eastern Daylight Time.  To register, click here. Capacity is limited.

You know you need to learn to stay competitive. Sign up today and maximize your cash flow.
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Schools Selected for AWI Scholarships

The AWI Scholarship Committee, consisting of Duane Griffiths of Stiles Machinery and Bill Geyer of Pennsylvania College of Technology, has selected a high school that will join our present three post secondary schools that will receive awards of $750 each. The four schools will award the scholarships for the 2005-2006 school year to eligible student applicants based on their work ethic and experience.

AWI’s new scholarship process allows for selection of a high school that is eligible for application and potential award of a $750 scholarship for dispensation to eligible student(s).  Instructors at the schools make AWI student scholarship applications available and carry through with the application and selection process. 

This year’s High school selection is:

High School – Henry Sibley High School, Mendota Heights, MN

Post Secondary – Des Moines Area Community College, Des Moines, IA; Fox Valley Technical College, Oshkosh, WI; Pennsylvania College of Technology, Williamsport, PA
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Industry News

March Construction Starts Jump

Following a two-month period when construction starts were flat, March saw a rise of 2% in starts, McGraw-Hill Construction reported.  The company notes that total construction during the first quarter of 2006 “on an unadjusted basis came in at $149.6 billion,” an 8% jump compared with the same period one year ago.

For details about the growth in the nonresidential building market and more, see the monthly forecasts and trends.

(Registration -free- required for McGraw-Hill Construction online news.) 
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Safety Matters

Workplaces with High Injury and Illness Rates Notified by OSHA

Approximately 14,000 employers received a letter last month from OSHA alerting them that their injury and illness rates are above average, and that the agency can offer assistance to help fix safety and health hazards. The notifications were based on data reported by approximately 80,000 employers surveyed by OSHA last year (the survey collected injury and illness data from calendar year 2004).

OSHA Administrator Ed Foulke said the notification process is meant to raise awareness among employers and aid them in their efforts to "address the hazards and reduce occupational injuries and illnesses."  Learn more about the average number injuries and more at the OSHA web site.
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Next Issue of AWI e-briefs

The next edition of AWI ebriefs will be published on May 18, 2006.
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