A bi-monthly news publication for AWI Manufacturing & Supplier Members December 7, 2006
Professional Development

Registration Opens for Winter AWILL Career and Technology Education Week

The program for the AWILL Career and Technology Education Week, Feb. 21-24, 2007 in Dallas,TX, includes seven hard-hitting courses for owners and managers to improve skills and expand knowledge about aspects of the architectural woodwork business.  The educational sessions address topics that can make or break your bottom line!

Core Courses

Fundamental and advanced courses on Project Management and Estimating are once again offered because of their direct impact on the bottom line.   “To compete in today’s fast-paced construction environment, an investment in the AWI Project Management Seminars offers a good return: implementation plans to improve the project management process, reduced risk and improved profitability,” says AWILL Project Management Team Chair Jeff Stück of Stück Wood Works, Inc.

The AWI Estimating Seminars are equally important for the long-term profitability of architectural woodworking businesses.  According to Estimating Seminar Team Chair Michael Bell of Kentucky Mill and Casework, “Every project, large and small begins with a take-off and cost estimate...both of which are pivotal to securing profits, which in turn is essential for every company’s health, well-being and longevity.”

Other Sessions/Registration

In addition to the core courses, AWI members will benefit from sessions on contracts, training, office ergonomics, risk transfer and health and safety programs.  Watch for the brochure coming early next week with your December AWI mail packet.  Or click here to access full details on the AWI web site. Check out the special offer for Texas residents.

In addition to the educational courses, AWI will offer several optional plant tours for an additional fee.  Registration closes Feb. 15, 2007 and seating is limited, so don’t delay!
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AWILL Executive Management Team Upgrades AWI Educational Offerings

At its meeting in November 2006, the AWILL Executive Management Team decided to bring new Life-long Learning Modules to AWI members for 2007-2008. If all goes as planned, you will want to send your employees to the following new seminars:  Plant Scheduling; Managing Your Money; Marketing; Project Engineering; Plant Manager/Supervisor; and/or Continuous Improvement.
Program abstracts, lesson plans, and locations will be compiled over the next few months. Read about related developments in upcoming editions of AWI NewsBriefs and AWI e-briefs.

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Member Input Sought For AWI Education Program & Planning at AWFS® 2007

Do you plan to attend the AWFS Fair, July 18-21, 2007?  How many company employees do you estimate will attend?  What AWI education programs would interest you?

Please take a one-minute online survey to help us plan for AWI member participation at AWFS.  The mini survey is aimed at determining interest and participation levels.  Your input is important for our planning purposes.  Click here to register your views.
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Association News

Keep Your AWI Membership Current, Avoid Interruption of Services

To maintain continuous AWI membership, benefits and services, please remember that membership dues renewal payments are due by Dec. 31, 2006. 

As a token of appreciation, all renewing AWI Manufacturing and Supplier Members will receive a certificate of membership in 2007 for display at their facility.  Also, make sure your membership dues payment is sent to AWI by Dec. 31, 2006 for guaranteed placement in the AWI Membership Resource Directory and the online AWI member directory, used by thousands of architects and other design professionals 24/7 – 365 days a year.

Should you have any questions about your membership renewal, please contact AWI Marketing & Membership Coordinator Angie Fuller by phone (571.323.3618) or by e-mail.
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Business Resources

What’s Your Business Worth? Tips for Determining the Value

Do you know the value of your business?  How do you calculate its worth for potential sale and other reasons?  This was the topic of discussion during a recent AWI Best Practice Group session of top architectural woodwork Manufacturing Members.

Best Practice Group participant and AWI Board of Directors member Whitney Coombs, partner in Ivan C. Dutterer, Inc., provided a useful formula for determining the value of your business.  Read more about his presentation and other business valuation information on the AWI web site.

A second AWI Best Practice Group has recently formed following the test sessions conducted this year.  For more information about the value of these executive-level groups and how you can get involved, contact AWI Director of Membership & Chapter Development Teresa McCain.
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About QCP

Quality Certification Program Renewal & Re-Testing Underway

The deadline for certified QCP firms to renew their annual participation in the program is Dec. 31, 2006.  Certification is good for 12 months and ends annually on Dec. 31, 2006.  Don’t delay; time is running out.  Payments postmarked after Dec. 31, 2006 are subject to a late fee of $300, and payments postmarked after Feb. 1, 2007 constitute voluntary withdrawal from the program, per the QCP Policy Manual. Renew your certification online.  On the top menu bar click on “Renew Certification.” It’s quick, easy and secure. 

All QCP participants are also required to undergo biennial re-testing to maintain certification. If your firm received a notice to retest, you must do so by Dec. 31, 2006. The open book test can also be accessed on the QCP web site.  Click on the “Take Test” option on the top menu bar.

Forgot your username and password?  Please call 1.800.449.8811 toll-free.  Questions about your certification should be directed to AWI Director of Certification Randy Estabrook.
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In the Chapters

AWI Great Lakes Chapter’s Outreach to Architects Grows

The AWI Great Lakes Chapter has made remarkable headway building business relationships with architects, and the chapter’s success can be traced to solid planning and use of AWI’s DesignPro Presentation modules.  Find out how they did it and how your chapter can too.

The chapter scheduled an AWI Power Presentation Workshop led by AWI’s Director of Member Services and Training Greg Heuer, who taught chapter members how to use the DesignPro Presentation modules and how to sharpen their presentation skills.  Armed with the tools and presentation skills, they developed a marketing plan to reach the design community that included: promoting the DesignPro programs on the chapter’s web site, mailing promotional postcards to local architects driving them to the chapter’s web site; exhibiting at a local trade show where they marketed chapter and program information to attendees; and emailing AIA chapter leaders about the programs. The latter technique elicited a good response and resulted in the scheduling of six presentations.

For more information and sample materials developed by the chapter, visit the “Chapter Resource” page of the “Members Only” section of the AWI web site .  You’ll find the Great Lakes Chapter marketing flyer, a Great Lakes Chapter presenters guide, and a sample of the chapter’s agreement document. 

For more details about chapter development, contact AWI Director of Membership & Chapter Development Teresa McCain by e-mail or call 571.323.3622.
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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:  December 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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Safety Matters

Workplace Injuries and Illnesses Decline in 2005

The rate of workplace injuries and illnesses in private industry requiring time away from work declined again last year, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).  A total of 1.2 million injuries and illnesses in private industry required recuperation away from work during 2005 – a 4% decrease from 2004.

To enhance the safety of your shop, check out AWI’s resources for Manufacturing Members.  The Safety Solutions Training CD-ROM is one of the excellent resources available on OSHA requirements, sample reporting forms, and more.  Visit the AWI store for details.
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Next Issue of E-briefs

The next issue of AWI e-briefs will be published January 4, 2007.  AWI e-briefs will not be published later this month due to the upcoming holiday season. 

We wish AWI members and friends in the architectural woodwork community warm wishes for a joyous holiday season and a prosperous and healthy New Year!

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Winter Career & Technology
Education Week
Feb. 21-24, 2007
Dallas, TX
Register Today!

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 Convention
(featuring Executive Learning Forum)
Oct. 4-6, 2007
Louisville, KY