A bi-monthly news publication for AWI Manufacturing & Supplier Members November 16, 2006
Association News

It’s Renewal Time for Your AWI Membership – December 31 is Fast Approaching

By now you should have received your annual AWI membership dues renewal notices which were mailed Oct. 31, 2006 to all AWI Manufacturing and Supplier Members.  Please remember that payments are due by Dec. 31, 2006 to continue your AWI membership without interruption. Keep your AWI benefits coming!

One of the many benefits you’ll want to keep coming your way is inclusion in the annual AWI Membership Resource Directory and in the online AWI member directory used by thousands of architects and other design professionals 24/7 – 365 days a year.  AWI members who renew their membership by Dec. 31, 2006 are guaranteed placement in these resources.  Don’t delay; the 2007 Annual Member Update process is underway!

While these corporate listings are among the most visible benefits of your membership, AWI offers renewing members a variety of other publications, educational forums, and resources to help grow your business.

All renewing AWI Manufacturing and Supplier Members will also receive a certificate of membership in 2007 for display at their facility.

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Professional Development

Resource Materials Sought for AWILL Library – What’s on Your Side Table?

"I never had any training in business," Werner said, looking down at his hands. "I grew up next to my Dad at the workbench. You might say I'm 'self educated' when it comes to running my plant."

How do we learn to operate our businesses? Many of us read books, and not just about the architectural woodwork business. If you have a business book that you found particularly useful, educational or entertaining, would you please drop us a line and let us know about it? Be it just one book or dozens, send your list of book titles, authors and/or publishers to gheuer@awinet.org or FAX it to him at 434.361.2634.

The Library Division of the Architectural Woodwork Institute of Life-long Learning (AWILL) hopes to compile a reviewed list of useful resource materials that can help members operate more efficiently and profitably. 

While AWI does not endorse these source materials, the links that follow are examples of two resource libraries on the Internet. Your suggestions are welcome.

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Popular Project Management & Estimating Seminars Planned for Winter CATE – Save the Date!

Planning is well underway for the Winter Career and Technology Education (CATE) Week, Feb. 21-24, 2007 in Dallas, TX. 

Building on the first successful Winter CATE launched by the Architectural Woodwork Institute of Life-long Learning (AWILL) in 2006, the 2007 event will feature both the Fundamentals and Advanced courses of popular Project Management and Estimating seminars. A  thorough grasp of project management and estimating functions within all aspects of architectural woodwork business can help your projects be on time, within scope and on budget.  
Watch for more news about the Winter CATE as it becomes available! Details about other educational offerings that will help your managers enhance their skills to improve the bottom line will be reported in AWI e-briefs in the next 60 days.

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Industry News

Newly Revised Lockout/Tagout ANSI Standard Available

The American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) has published its newly revised American National Standards Institute (ANSI) lockout/tagout standard for construction and demolition.  The revised standard was released in September. 

The ANSI lockout/tagout standard for construction and demolition establishes the minimum requirements needed to control and prevent the release of energy sources that could cause injury or illness to workers.

Now available in print and electronic format, "Control of Energy Sources (Lockout/Tagout) for Construction and Demolition Operations" (A10.44-2006), may be purchased by nonmembers of ASSE for $53. Go to the "Publications and Standards" section of the ASSE web site under "Shop Online."

Compliance with the standard is voluntary; however, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) sometimes issues citations for failure to follow industry consensus standards under the "general duty" clause, which requires employers to keep workplaces "free from recognized hazards," according to the American Subcontractors Association.
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Regulatory Issues

IRS Provides Guidance on Per Diem Expense Reimbursements

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has issued guidance emphasizing the need for employers to track the amount of expense reimbursement allowances paid to employees on a per diem basis.  
Revenue Ruling 2006-56 tells employers that if they “routinely pay per diem allowances in excess of the federal per diem rates, but do not track the allowances and do not require the employees either to actually substantiate all the expenses or pay back the excess amounts, and do not include the excess amounts in the employee’s income and wages, then the entire amount of the expense allowances is subject to income tax and employment tax,” according to the IRS news release. 

IRS Revenue Ruling 2006-56 became effective immediately upon issuance on Nov. 9. However, the IRS recognizes that employers may need some time to adjust their systems so they can track excess allowances and account for them correctly. The IRS is issuing instructions to its agents not to apply the results under the revenue ruling for taxable periods ending on or before Dec. 31, 2006, in the absence of intentional noncompliance.

For more details, visit the IRS web site for the news release or have your tax specialist peruse the rule itself.
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Vehicle & Fuel Price Hikes Drive IRS Mileage Deductions in 2007

The IRS has issued the 2007 optional standard mileage rates used to calculate the deductible costs of operating an automobile for business, charitable, medical or moving purposes.

Beginning Jan. 1, 2007, the standard mileage rates for the use of a car (including vans, pickups or panel trucks) will be:

  • 48.5 cents per mile for business miles driven 
  • 20 cents per mile driven for medical or moving purposes
  • 14 cents per mile driven in service to a charitable organization.

The new rate for business miles compares to a rate of 44.5 cents per mile for 2006.  The new rate for medical and moving purposes compares to 18 cents in 2006. The primary reasons for the increase were higher prices for vehicles and fuel during the year ending in October.

More details are available in the IRS Revenue Procedure 2006-49 by clicking here.
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Safety Matters

New OSHA QuickCard Focuses on Scaffolding

Employers and employees who use scaffolding in the workplace will benefit from a new OSHA resource Supported Scaffold QuickCard that features illustrations to accompany tips on inspecting scaffolds and scaffold parts. The card can be downloaded from OSHA's web site on the QuickCards page, or it can be ordered by calling OSHA's publications office at 202.693.1888.
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In the Chapters

AWI Georgia Chapter Ends 2006 with an Impressive List of Accomplishments

The fall meeting of the AWI Georgia Chapter on Nov. 10th ended a successful year of accomplishments with an insightful plant tour at Mortensen Woodwork. More than 40 chapter members were treated to an inside tour of the firm’s daily operations that included an overview of the 60,000 square-foot facility with two dedicated supply lines for casework assembly, state-of-the-art moulding equipment, and a custom plywood shop in house.

Chapter President John Lunday of Dixie Pacific Manufacturing Company, Inc. noted the chapter’s accomplishments in 2006:

  • Winter meeting at Georgia Tech with a tour of the Advanced Wood Products Laboratory
  • Partnership with Skills USA including a $1,000 scholarship for Josh Wainwright, winner of the Georgia competition
  • Spring meeting at the SCMI Group in Duluth, GA featuring demonstrations of their woodworking equipment
  • Summer meeting held in conjunction with the IWF at the World Congress Center in Atlanta, with members of the AWI National Insurance and Safety Loss/Control Committee in attendance
  • Fall plant tour of Mortensen Woodwork.

In 2007, the chapter will focus on architectural education with AIA and CSI along with another plant tour.

The AWI Georgia Chapter is an example of successful networking and education on the local level.  Has your chapter realized its goals for the year?  Tell us how so that other chapters can learn from your successful programming.  Ideas can come from large and small chapters alike. Send details to AWI Director of Membership and Chapter Development Teresa McCain at tmccain@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...Wisconsin. Tap into your local AWI chapter for vital information that can help your business grow and put you in touch with fellow AWI architectural woodworkers and suppliers.

AWI Wisconsin Chapter
When:  Dec. 13, 2006, 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Program: “Forest Certification & Green Building Program: Great Opportunities or Great Headaches!”
Where: Forest Products Lab, Madison, WI
Host: The Forest Products Society and Dovetails Partners
Cost: $25
Contacts: Scott Bowe, (P) 608.265.5849, sbowe@wise.edu or Dovetail 
Partners, (P) 612.333.4390, info@dovetailing.org

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Next Issue of E-briefs

The next issue of AWI e-briefs will be published Dec. 7, 2006.
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Winter Career & Technology
Education Week
Feb. 21-24, 2007
Dallas, TX
Save the Date!
(Location Changed from
Ft. Worth to Dallas)

AWI Spring Leadership Conference
April 11-14, 2007
Minneapolis, MN

Summer AWILL Sessions at AWFS
July 19-21, 2007
Las Vegas, NV

Fall AWILL Project Management &
Estimating Seminars
Sept. 14-15, 2007
Seattle, WA

AWI Annual Celebration
(Executive Learning Forum)
Oct. 4-6, 2007
Louisville, KY