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

Comments Sought on Skills Standards – Let Your Voice Be Heard

On June 30, the Skills Standards Summit II Meeting was held at the AWI National Office where a DRAFT Conceptual Framework of a Skills Standards for the Secondary Wood Manufacturing Industry and a Strategic Plan of how the skills standard would be organized, operated, governed, and funded was developed.

All secondary forest products industry shareholders are asked to review the Draft Conceptual Framework and to provide inputs and feedback at the D.J. Case web site.

The open comment period ends on July 25, 2006. Time is of the essence to make your voice heard.

The USDA Forest Service awarded AWI with a Cooperative Agreement in December 2004 that will be used to assess the potential for development and implementation of National Wood Manufacturing Industry Skills Standards.  The Forest Service will evaluate the potential for a successful National Wood Manufacturing Industry Skills Standards program after reviewing AWI’s final assessment report.  The agency then will determine if an appropriate federal role exists to fund the actual development of such standards as well as initial efforts to organize, operate, and govern the program.
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AWI Members Tapped to Conduct Lean Manufacturing Workshop at IWF

All management and production personnel will want to attend “Lean Manufacturing: Continuing the Journey,” an insightful workshop scheduled on Friday, August 25, 2006 from 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm during IWF 2006® at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, GA.

The program will examine Lean Manufacturing employed by an existing operating company. Challenges to maintaining the momentum, improving efficiency, and using new tools and techniques will be addressed during the one and one-half hour program.  Small, medium and large manufacturing companies will be examined to identify best practices.

AWI Manufacturing Members Craig Johnson of Principle Fixture & Millwork and Erik Fetzer of Fetzers’ Inc. will present the seminar.

The workshop is scheduled to take place at the Zell Miller Conference Center, Building B, Level 3 at the Georgia World Conference Center.

Don’t miss this important event. Pre-registration for the Technical Conference Program is $30 per session. After July 21, $40 per session.  Visit the IWF web site for more details.   AWI is an IWF education partner.  
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AWILL Teams to Meet in October and November – Mark Your Calendar

Two AWILL education teams (Seminar Teams and Executive Management Team) will meet in the coming months to keep the momentum going for upgrading and expanding the association's life-long learning programs.

Members of AWI's Seminar Teams are gearing up for a their meeting, October 27-28, 2006 in Chicago.  Team members will meet at the Hilton Chicago O’Hare Airport, within walking distance to O’Hare Airport terminals.  Visit the AWI web site for details about the work in progress.  Plan to attend.

Members of the AWILL Executive Management Team will be meeting Wednesday and Thursday, November 8-9, 2006 at the AWI headquarters in Potomac Falls, VA.  Team members should visit the AWI web site for more information about the agenda. 

For details about both meetings, contact AWI Director of Meetings Kimberly Haynes at 434.975.0191 or at khaynes@awinet.org.
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Association News

Calling All Volunteers – AWI Needs You!

Do you have special talents you are willing to share?  Do you have years of experience from which AWI could benefit?  Are you interested in getting involved and making a difference in our association and industry?

If so, AWI invites you to volunteer for one of the committees, task forces and AWI events for the 2006-2007 year that begins Oct. 1, 2006.

Descriptions of the nearly 30 committees can be found on the AWI web site. Interested members can sign up online by answering a few questions.

Get involved.  Giving back to the industry returns you with handsome rewards. Work together on common goals for the good of the industry and make valuable contacts within the industry.  By widening your contacts you can also pick up new ideas and techniques to take back to your business.

The deadline for submissions is close of business, DST, Friday, July 28, 2006.
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Members Invited to AWI Receptions & Booth at IWF 2006®; Gifts, Good Will, Member Ribbons to Be Dispensed

AWI will be in Atlanta for the International Woodworking Machinery & Furniture Supply Fair - USA® (IWF 2006)) August 23-26, along with nearly 1400 exhibitors displaying their products and services in nearly 840,000 net square feet of exhibit space currently sold.

All AWI members are invited to attend the member receptions that will be in Room #A-411 on Thursday, August 24 and Friday, August 25 from 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm.  The reception room is conveniently located only a few steps away from AWI’s booth #A-429 in the Georgia World Congress Center.  Please pre-register for the reception so that AWI can plan for your attendance or contact Angie Fuller at afuller@awinet.org. It’s not too late!

Don’t forget to stop by AWI’s booth #A-429 to pick up your membership tote bag along with an “AWI Member” ribbon for you name badge.  To register for IWF, click here. See you there!
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Members Signing Up – AWI’s 2006 Celebration in New Orleans Is in Sight

AWI reminds members to sign up early for the revamped AWI 54th Annual Celebration, October 4-7, 2006 in New Orleans!  The first two registrations for the event are in!  AWI anticipates a healthy number of members to visit the renowned and vibrant “Comeback” City of the Year while attending the AWI gathering. 

Register soon for the Annual Celebration.  Make arrangements for accommodations at the Double Tree New Orleans and the Best Western St. Christopher at reasonable rates within the AWI room block (use code – AWI) while rooms are available.

For AWI Supplier Members and others interested in gaining added exposure at the AWI Annual Celebration, contact Cheryl Stratos at 703.212.7737 or at cstratos@ias-online.net.  Tabletop exhibit space and convention sponsorship opportunities are available.

The deadline for room reservations is September 1, 2006, and for Annual Celebration registration it is September 6, 2006. 

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About QCP

QCP Revises Policies; Tightens Specifications Commitments

The Quality Certification Program (QCP) recently enacted new program policies designed to solidify architect commitment for the QCP specifications. The changes relate to specifications, labels/Certificates of Compliance and are outlined on the QCP web site.  The policy revisions became effective July 1, 2006.  Check them out.
Revised QCP Policy booklets will be mailed to all QCP participants this summer. To view a copy now, visit the QCP web site, www.awiqcp.org.
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Legislative News

Tennessee Law Sets Prompt Pay Deadlines

On June 20 Gov. Phil Bredesen (D) signed into law HB3068, an amendment immediately revising the Prompt Pay Act of 1991 to provide a deadline by which contractors, subcontractors, materialmen and furnishers must be paid for non-residential work, the American Subcontractors Association reported. “In contracts between a contractor and subcontractor, payment for work performed must be made within 30 days after the subcontractor timely submits its correct application for payment, and late payments are penalized with accrued interest,” according to ASA.

For more information about the new stipulations, contact ASA of Tennessee Government Relations Chair Robert Lee, Lee Masonry Inc., Nashville, TN, at rlee@leemasonry.com.
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Law Will Usher in New Era for Lien Rights of Pennsylvania Subcontractors

Pennsylvania's House Bill 1637, signed into law by Gov. Edward Rendell (D) on June 29, after more than a year of deliberations in the Pennsylvania Legislature, will create major positive changes for Pennsylvania subcontractors when the law takes effect on Jan. 1, 2007, the American Subcontractors Association reported.

“The law, which amends sections 201(14), 401 and 402 of the Mechanics' Lien Law of 1963, will take away the ability of a prime contractor on a non-residential project to waive a subcontractor's rights to exercise a lien claim against a property to ensure payment, unless the waiver is ‘given in consideration for payment for the work, services, materials or equipment provided and only to the extent that such payment is actually received, or unless the Contractor has posted a bond guaranteeing payment for labor and materials provided by subcontractors,’" the association said.

For more information, contact Robbi Cook at asacentralpa@aol.com or 717.541.8614.
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Oklahoma Anti-Indemnity Bill Signed into Law

On June 9 Oklahoma Gov. Brad Henry (D) signed anti-indemnity reform legislation (SB324) into law. “The law will prohibit ‘hold harmless’ terms and ‘additional insured’ requirements in construction contracts from providing indemnity to parties that negligently cause personal injury or damage,” ASA reported. The new law takes effect on Nov. 1, 2006.

For more information, contact ASA of Oklahoma Executive Director Francie Dix at fdix@asaok.com or 405.488.0464.

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Regulatory Issues

Watch Out for Bogus E-mails Claiming to Come from the IRS – It’s a Scam!

Following a recent increase in scam e-mails, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) reminded taxpayers to be on the lookout for bogus e-mails claiming to be from the tax agency.

The IRS saw an increase in complaints in recent weeks about these e-mails, which are designed to trick the recipients into disclosing personal and financial information that could be used to steal the recipients’ identity and financial assets. “The IRS does not send out unsolicited e-mails asking for personal information,” said IRS Commissioner Mark W. Everson. “Don’t be taken in by these criminals.”

The IRS has seen a recent increase in these scams, many originating outside the U.S. Since November, 99 different scams have been identified, with 20 of those coming in June – the most since 40 were identified in March during the height of the filing season.

The IRS has established an electronic mailbox for taxpayers to send information about suspicious e-mails they receive which claim to come from the IRS. Taxpayers should send the information to: phishing@irs.gov

More than 7,000 bogus emails have been forwarded to the IRS, with nearly 1,300 forwarded in June alone.

For information on preventing or handling the aftermath of identity theft, visit the Federal Trade Commission’s consumer (http://www.consumer.gov/idtheft/index.html) and OnGuardOnLine (http://onguardonline.gov/index.html) web sites. Click on "Topics" to find the identity theft and phishing areas on OnGuardOnLine. 

For information on identity theft prevention and victim assistance in relation to tax administration, visit the IRS Identity Theft web page on the IRS.gov web site.  Enter the term "identity theft" in the search box in the upper right hand corner.

For schemes other than phishing, please report the fraudulent misuse of the IRS name, logo, forms or other IRS property by calling the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration’s toll-free hotline at 1-800-366-4484.

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Safety Matters

OSHA Posters and Publications: Free for the Asking

Advertisements and threatening phone calls suggesting and demanding that OSHA workplace posters must be purchased from private companies is misleading employers. OSHA  reminds employers that official posters – such as the OSHA Workplace Poster – are available free for the asking. Posters, and most publications, are available at no cost to anyone who asks simply by visiting the publications page on the agency's web site, or by calling the publications office at 202.693.1888.
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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... Ohio Valley and Wisconsin.

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

AWI Wisconsin Chapter
August 1, 2006, 11:30 am til
What: 2006 Wood Industry Golf Outing
Format: Golf, dinner, prizes and camaraderie
Where: Broadlands Gold Club, North Prairie, WI
More Information: Portion of registration fees will be donated to new scholarship fund for Woodtechnics students at Fox Valley Technical Institute (See attached)
Contact: Jim Reiter, (P) 800.236.6324

AWI Great Lakes Chapter
When: September 20, 2006
What:  "Branding a Different You!" by Bill Danhof, Hanon-McHendry Marketing
Where: Holiday Inn, Grand Rapids, MI
More Information: www.AWIgreatlakes.org (See attached)
Contact: Pamel Howell, H J Oldenkamp, (P) 586.497.7522 

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Next uissue of AWI e-briefs

The next issue of AWI e-briefs will be published on August 3, 2006.
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