A bi-monthly news publication for AWI Manufacturing & Supplier Members September 7, 2006
Association News

Excitement is Building, Registration is Extended for AWI Annual Celebration

Good news!  Both the AWI Annual Celebration registration and hotel accommodation deadlines have been extended until Friday, September 22, 2006, so there is still time to sign up.  Bad news...time is limited to register for the 54th Annual Celebration, October 5-7, 2006 in New Orleans.  Only two weeks remain to register.

Don’t miss the outstanding lineup of education sessions planned including:

  • Disaster Avoidance – Tips and Tricks for Woodwork Project Success
  • Workplace Safety – Right People, Right Jobs, Right Protection
  • Fundamentals of Project Management
  • Fundamentals of Estimating
  • Cost of Doing Business
  • Contract Law

Check out the impressive list of presenters and other authorities explained on the convention brochure

The city dubbed “Comeback of the Year” by the New York Times is still infused with charm, Creole and other gourmet food, historic attractions, and lively entertainment.  Experience the revitalization of one of America’s premier destinations.  AWI has planned an informative and entertaining event that will bring manufacturers and suppliers together for business, education, networking, sports and just plain fun.

Don’t miss this revamped event.  Bring several of your shop personnel to take advantage of the Project Management and Estimating seminars offered for the first time at an AWI convention.  Click here to register.
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Watch the Mail for 2007 AWI Member Record Update – Your Corporate Identity is at Stake!

Check your AWI company profile.  Is it current?  Does it need updating? 

Watch the mail the week of September 10th for a form from AWI to double check and update your company profile data with current information about your company.  It’s not just another AWI form to complete – it’s about business opportunities.  You choose: either seize the opportunities or pass them by. The information will be used for AWI’s 2007 Membership Resource Directory.  Plus, it forms the basis of your on-line listing in the AWI Directory. 

Don’t miss out on these AWI membership benefits to market your company to potential customers.  Both the directory and the on-line resource are seen by thousands of architects and other design professionals throughout the year. 

Check your listing on-line.  See how others perceive your business profile.   

Manufacturing Members 
Supplier Members

If you have questions about the annual update, contact Angie Fuller at afuller@awinet.org.
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Professional Development

AWI Best Practices Groups Forming – Get in on the Next AWI Peer Group Program

Sharing successes and challenges with peers among top management has been demonstrated as a productive forum for improving your business.  New AWI Best Practices Groups are being formed now to build on the networking and education opportunities within AWI.  Best Practices Groups work to leverage the collective knowledge and experience of members in a deeper and more ongoing forum.

Explore the program and learn how you and your company can benefit from this cutting-edge education forum.  Groups are limited to a maximum of 10 noncompetitive peers who meet three times yearly.  Participants of each Best Practice Group drive the agenda for the one-day sessions.

For insights about the pilot program that prompted the AWI Board of Directors to authorize funding for administration of two more groups, see page 2 of the July issue of AWI NewsBriefs

To register, click here.  For more information, contact Teresa McCain at 571.323.3622 or at tmccain@awinet.org.
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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, Colorado, Carolinas, Great Lakes, New England, Empire State and Florida. Tap into your local AWI chapter for vital information that can help your business and make contacts with fellow AWI architectural woodworkers and suppliers.

AWI Wisconsin Chapter
When: September 8, 2006
What & Speakers: “Marketing Your Chapter to Potential Members” – AWI National Director of Marketing & Communications Phil Duvic: “Marketing Your Architectural Woodwork Company” – AWI National Board of Directors Members and Owner, Ivan C. Dutterer Inc.
Where: New Berlin, WI
More Information: www.awiwi.org
Contact: Dave Nadolski, (P) 414.342.0531, DNadolski@AJPietsch.com

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 Carolinas Chapter
When: September 15, 2006 – 9:30 am
What: “Enacting Law to Set Prompt Pay Deadlines” – Learn how the Carolinas can join TN in enacting law by which contractors, subcontractors, materialmen and furnishers must be paid for non-residential work.
Speaker: Representative from ASA
Where: Myrtle Beach, SC
More Information: (P) 843.497.1500

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

AWI New England Chapter
September 26, 2006
What: Keiver-Willard Plant Tour and Lunch
Where: Keiver-Willard, Newburyport, MA
Contact: Tye Waller, (P) 617.444.8774 or tyewaller@newawi.org

AWI Empire State Chapter
October 11, 2006
What: Insights into Contracts
Speaker: AWILL Ambassador Scott Nelson
Where: Syracuse, NY
Contact:  Josh Browning, josh@genbrookmillwork.com

AWI Florida Chapter
When:  November 3-5, 2006
What: “40th Anniversary AWI Florida Chapter Changeover”
Program: “Notions about Woodwork,” “Woodwork Solutions – Veneer Module,” CSI-AWI Tabletop Display, Plant Tour, “Human Resource Practices for Success” and more
Where: Key West, FL
More information: For full program information and to register, visit www.AWIflnet.org.

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Safety Matters

OSHA Revises Respiratory Protection Standards

New Assigned Protection Factors (APFs) for respiratory protection programs are being incorporated in OSHA's Respiratory Protection Standard. APFs are numbers that indicate the level of workplace respiratory protection that a respirator, or class of respirators, is expected to provide to employees when used as part of an effective respiratory protection program. The standard will now contain provisions necessary for a comprehensive respiratory protection program, including selection and use of respirators, training, medical evaluation, and fit testing. Details are in the August 24 issue of the Federal Register.
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Industry News

USGBC/Clinton Climate Initiative Address Global Climate Change through Green Building

The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Clinton Climate Initiative (CCI) to engage the largest cities in the world through the Large Cities Climate Leadership Group and provide them with the tools to become leaders in energy efficiency and green building strategies, which will result in the reduction of carbon emissions. 

CCI is focusing on three key deliverables:

  • improving green purchasing power;
  • mobilizing and deploying technical expertise; and 
  • implementing common measurement tools in the areas of buildings, power and water; and transportation. 

As a partner in the CCI's effort, USGBC will provide technical assistance and expertise in green building practices, engaging the World Green Building Council (WGBC), and mobilizing leading green building experts from around the globe with the goal of increasing the inventory of green buildings around the world. 

To learn more, click here.
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ASA, NASBP Partnering Agreement Focuses on Risk Management

Surety bonding is an integral part of risk management in the construction industry, and a partnering agreement between the American Subcontractors Association, Inc. (ASA), and the National Association of Surety Bond Producers (NASBP) highlights the importance of the professional relationships between surety bond producers and subcontractors in the risk management equation.

In the agreement adopted on July 28, 2006, ASA and NASBP set objectives to “improve the business environment for their respective members and for the construction industry at large through outreach, education, and advocacy efforts, particularly with a focus on risk management and equitable business practices.”

Colette Nelson, Executive Vice President of ASA, said: "Understanding the security provided by, and qualifications required for, surety bonding is critical for subcontractors, and this agreement will enhance education about these issues. Strengthening the flow of information between subcontractors and their contacts for surety bonding will benefit the whole construction industry.”

The two national organizations will work more closely with each other to expedite information flow, expand overall industry knowledge, and leverage available resources and networks to mutual benefit.  Already in the works between the organizations are plans for dissemination of articles, state legislative assistance efforts, and speaking opportunities. “These merely are first steps with much more that can be done between our organizations,” said Richard Foss, Executive Vice President of NASBP.  “Our leaderships will meet in the near future which, I am confident, will set the path for a very productive and mutually rewarding relationship for NASBP and ASA.”
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