A bi-monthly news publication for AWI Manufacturing & Supplier Members August 3, 2006
Association News

Visit AWI at IWF 2006®: Receptions & Booth Open to AWI Members

If you’re heading for the International Woodworking Machinery & Furniture Supply Fair - USA® (IWF 2006), August 23-26, in Atlanta, don’t forget to visit the AWI booth and stop in at the two AWI receptions for association members.  All AWI members are invited!

The member receptions 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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Only One Month to Register for AWI’s 2006 Celebration in New Orleans

AWI reminds members to sign up early for the revamped AWI 54th Annual Celebration, October 4-7, 2006 in New Orleans!  Based on early registrations, 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 while accommodations at the Double Tree New Orleans and the Best Western St. Christopher are still available at reasonable rates within the AWI room block.

DoubleTree New Orleans
300 Canal St.
New Orleans, LA  70130
Phone: (800) 222-TREE OR (800) 222-8733
Room Block Code: AWI
Rate: $159

Best Western St. Christopher
114 Magazine St.
New Orleans, LA  70130
(800) 645-9312
Room Block Code: AWI
Rate: $109

The deadline for room reservations is September 1, 2006, and for Annual Celebration registration it is September 6, 2006.  Visit the AWI web site to register quickly, conveniently and securely online.  Your information is protected with Verisign® security encryption.
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AWI Profiled in CWB Magazine - In the News

Did you see the attractive profile about AWI in the July issue of CWB Magazine?  It told the story of AWI’s services and programs and their value to AWI members. AWI hopes that the multi-page profile will capture the attention of nonmembers who want to explore membership in AWI.  We suggest that you pass along your copy to a prospective member.  Tell them what they are missing. 

The July issue of CWB was circulated to 50,000 subscribers of the magazine. 

AWI thanks association members who advertised in the Profile section.  Your support helped make the outstanding corporate exposure for AWI possible.

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Professional Development

New Program – AWI Launches Two Best Practices Groups

Interested in improving your business performance and profit potential?  What better way is there to gain new perspectives, fresh approaches and tried and tested best practices than through other successful businesses.  Discover them through an AWI Best Practice Group.

The new groups are based on a pilot group established in October 2005 of AWI member peers who networked in a structured group of eight to 10 manufacturing company owners of similar, but non-competitive businesses.

Using that model, AWI is inviting interested association members to form the next Best Practices Groups in which a set number of non-competitite senior executives share knowledge, experience and challenges in a more in-depth and ongoing format. 

To learn how others reacted to the pilot program, check out page 2 of the July issue of AWI NewsBriefs which is currently posted on the AWI web site . “Good ideas are transferable regardless of the size of the business.  It is interesting to blend ideas from entrepreneurs who began business at the bench with knowledge gained by other owners from the corporate world,” said Best Practices Task Force Chairman Whitney Coombs of Ivan C. Dutterer, Inc.  

For details and more information, contact AWI Director of Membership and Chapter Development Teresa McCain at 571.323.3622 or tmccain@awinet.org.
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Industry News

AIA, AGC, and CURT Form Collaborative Group to Transform Design and Construction Industry

In an effort to address and solve problems caused by industry fragmentation, lack of clear communications across professions, and old business models, The American Institute of Architects (AIA), the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC), and the Construction Users Roundtable (CURT) announced the formation of a new collaborative working group to spearhead design and construction industry transformation issues for the three organizations. 
“This undertaking represents an unprecedented level of collaboration between building owners, designers, and contractors,” said group leaders Norman Strong, FAIA, AIA Vice President, William Tibbitt, former CURT president, and Doug Pruitt, AGC Vice President Nominee.  “The formation of this group is an owner driven and fully cooperative response to the recent AIA/AGC Construction Industry Summit and a second three-party meeting at the AIA/AGC Joint Committee in Colorado Springs. Together we look forward to tackling the theoretical and strategic challenges to design and construction industry transformation by working across traditional stakeholder boundaries.”
Over the past two years, collaborative discussions between the AIA, AGC, and CURT, have resulted in three significant milestone publications and events, all focused on industry transformation.
1) The shared drafting of CURT white paper 1202 in August, 2004, titled “Collaboration, Integrated Information and the Project Life Cycle in Building Design, Construction and Operation.”  Details here.

2) The continued mutual effort resulting in CURT white paper 1003, “Optimizing the Construction Process: An Implementation Strategy”, written in 2005 and just published.  Details here.

3) The jointly hosted AIA/AGC Construction Industry Summit, held in Washington, D.C. on May 8th and 9th 2006.  Details here.

In a continued spirit of collaboration, this new group will build upon the platform of the white papers and the summit. Headed up jointly by equal representation from AIA, AGC, and CURT, the working group will address the need for new business models, insurance products and contracts as well as industry “primers” and “how-to’s”.
Group leaders will develop a formal action plan over the course of the summer for release during the CURT meeting in Detroit, September 11 - 13, 2006.
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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... Georgia (at IWF 2006®), Colorado and Great Lakes.

AWI Georgia Chapter
When: August 24, 2006 – 11:30 am – 1:00 pm
What: Insurance Program and luncheon
Where: Georgia World Congress Center, Building B, Level 3, Room B311
Speaker: Janis Allen, CNA Commercial Insurance and attendees from AWI’s Insurance and Safety/Loss Control Committee
More Information: Free for AWI Georgia Chapter members; others, $20
RSVP: By August 14 to Dan Cox, dcox@peachstatelumber.com, (P) 770.428.3622

AWI Colorado Chapter
When: September 14, 2006
What: Cost of Doing Business
Speaker: AWILL Ambassador Scott Nelson
More Information: Eric Peterson, epeterson@newworldmill.com

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: Pamela Howell, H J Oldenkamp, (P) 586.497.7522

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Safety Matters

“QuickTips” from OSHA QuickTakes

OSHA requires employers to make first-aid supplies readily available to its employees. The Medical Services and First-Aid standards (general industry and construction ), however, do not dictate what should be included in a first-aid kit. OSHA recommends employers follow American National Standard Institute Z308.1-1998, Minimum Requirements for Workplace First-Aid Kits. Here are some basic products that may help tackle many types of injuries encountered on the job.

  • Absorbent compress, 32 sq. in. [no side < 4"] (1); adhesive bandages, 1" x 3" (16)
  • Adhesive tape, 5 yd. (1); antiseptic, .5g application (10)
  • Burn treatment, .5g application (6); medical exam gloves (2 pair)
  • Sterile pads, 3" x 3" (4); triangular bandage, 40" x 40" x 56" (1)

Employers should routinely survey the needs of their workplace and supplement first-aid kits accordingly. OSHA has more resource information in its Medical and First-Aid Safety and Health Topics page to help employers prevent minor injuries from becoming major ones.
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Next Issue of AWI e-briefs

The next issue of AWI e-briefs will be published August 17, 2006

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