A bi-monthly news publication for AWI Manufacturing & Supplier Members January 4, 2007
Professional Development

CATE Week Features Core Courses, Other Practical Sessions for a Profitable Bottom Line

Because of their direct impact on the bottom line, fundamental and advanced courses on Project Management and Estimating will be offered by AWILL during Career & Technology Education (CATE) Week, February 21-24, 2007 in Dallas, TX.

In the Project Management course, learn the seven elements of all successful projects.  Discover how to employ them to reduce the risk of faulty work that can erode profits and diminish your reputation. In the acclaimed Estimating Seminars, refine the art of quantifying the scope of each project and improve your ability to accurately anticipate material and labor cost breakdowns.  

Other Sessions

The full lineup of executive management sessions during CATE Week includes courses on contracts, training, office ergonomics, risk transfer and health and safety programs.  The course material is designed to give AWI members the tools necessary to lead a successful and profitable business.

On February 21, AWI will offer several optional plant tours. The tours will showcase firms with advanced technology and project management procedures. Stiles’ Southcentral Regional Facility will host a light reception for attendees on the last stop of the tour. Check out the full list of educational sessions and faculty by clicking here.


To allow for maximum interaction among participants and faculty, seating is limited, so don’t delay – register today! Questions about registration should be directed to AWI Director of Administration Katie Allen at kallen@awinet.org.
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Count Down to CATE Week – February 21-24, 2007; Dates to Remember!

The January 20 deadline is fast approaching for AWI members to take advantage of the discounted AWI room rate for AWILL Career and Technology Education Week, February 21-24, 2007 in Dallas,TX.  Accommodations at the Embassy Suites Dallas Market Center hotel include a two-room suite at the rate of $139 per night, plus taxes.  However, room availability and pricing are subject to change after January 20.

To register for CATE online, click here.  Classes are filling up – don’t’ miss out on your choice of educational sessions which can make or break your bottom line!  CATE registration ends February 15, 2007.  As always, association members receive a discount on registration fees as a benefit of AWI membership. Daily registration fees: $240 AWI members; $420 nonmembers; $190 Texas residents. 

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Association News

Annual AWI Sponsors for 2007 – Support Grows

AWI offers sincere thanks to the nine sponsors who have signed up as annual supporters for 2007. 

Continuing AWI sponsors include: Stiles (Sustaining); Pollmeier and Veneer Tech (Major); Hafele and Microvellum (Level 2); ISEC (Level 3); and Sherwin-Williams (Level 4). 

AWI also welcomes two new annual sponsors: Gemini Coatings, Inc. and International Veneer Company, Inc. (Level 3).

Check out these sponsors’ web sites by clicking on the logos at right.  Consider these 2007 Sponsors for your supplies the next time a need arises for their services.  They are supporting you through their AWI Sponsorship.

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AWI Recruit-a-Member Campaign Launches – Register & Win

AWI will launch its 2007 AWI Member Recruit-a-Member Campaign on February 1, 2007.  All Manufacturing and Supplier Members and Chapter Members are invited to participate to help recruit as many new members as possible.

Recruit just one new member and win a $100 cash prize. The three people who recruit the most new members will receive additional cash prizes in the amounts of $500, $1,000 and $2,000, plus the Grand Prize winner receives one free pass to the AWI Convention, October 4-6, 2007, Louisville, KY.  Check out the attached flyer for details.
Get ready for a competitive 2007 AWI Recruit-a-Member Campaign!  Use the attached flyer to register as a recruiter.  AWI will send you recruitment tools and track the new members you sign up.  The campaign ends August 31, 2007.
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Definitive Reference Guide for Architectural Woodworkers & Suppliers

The closing period for inclusion in the comprehensive reference of all AWI Manufacturing & Supplier Members is January 31, 2007.  The virtual “Who’s Who” in the architectural woodwork industry, which contains nearly 1,300 listings, is a handy resource for architects and design professionals seeking subcontractors for millions of square feet of projects completed annually.  Three thousand copies of AWI’s Annual Membership Resource Directory will be distributed in March 2007.

Companion listings in the online AWI member directory will be updated as well for use by architects and other design professionals 24/7 – 365 days a year.

Make certain your listing is current.  For guaranteed inclusion in these directories, please return your “2007 Annual Member Update” form to AWI by January 31, 2007.  Include changes, provide missing information, and confirm the accuracy of your listing for AWI’s records.  Questions about your listing should be directed to AWI Marketing & Membership Coordinator Angie Fuller at 571.323.3618 or at afuller@awinet.org.

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Legislative News

Tax Relief Legislation Passed by 109th Congress

It was touch and go on tax measures just before the 109th Congress adjourned at the end of 2006.  Both houses of Congress, however, passed legislation that extended several tax relief provisions which expired at the end of 2005 and added several new ones. The Tax Relief and Health Care Act of 2006 (HR 6111) was signed into law by President Bush on December 20, 2006.

According to the American Subcontractors Association (ASA), HR 6111 includes provisions that would:

  • modify and extend the Work Opportunity Tax Credit and Welfare-to-Work Tax Credit;
  • allow greater contributions to, and increase flexibility for rollovers into, health savings accounts; 
  • extend the deduction for energy-efficient commercial buildings by one year; and 
  • extend certain income tax credits and deductions.

For more information about the effects of the changes on your bottom line, consult your tax advisor.

ASA Membership

To gain timely access to ASA legislative, regulatory and judicial reports, consider the special ASA membership offer available to all AWI members.  Take advantage of this valuable AWI Member benefit and join ASA for only $250 per year. Consult the AWI Member Benefit Profile  sent to you with your December AWI mailing or contact ASA Manager of Customer Services Jeaneen Bodie at 703.684.3450, ext. 1325 or jbodie@asa-hq.com.

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In the Chapters

Power Training Session Planned for Chapter Leaders

AWI’s Spring Leadership Conference, April 11-12, 2007 in Minneapolis, MN, will attract many AWI chapters that use this forum as a key component of their leadership development and strategic planning.  Plan now to participate in the Chapter Leadership Training session on April 12, 2007.

AWI Chapters are vital to the association’s goal of promoting quality architectural woodwork and growing the architectural woodwork industry.  Chapters are a local force in the architectural woodwork community and for many AWI members chapters are the only “face” of the association.  

Attendees of the Chapter Leadership Training day, will: 

  • learn the “nuts and bolts’ of running a chapter, 
  • gain ideas on making your chapter more valuable to members, 
  • get tips on improving member involvement, and 
  • network with other chapter leaders from across the country. 

AWI Chapters – don’t JUST send your current officers.  Use this leadership training forum to encourage and train future leaders for your chapter! Watch for more news and registration information as it becomes available.  Save the date!
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Business Services

Catalog Promotes Contract Bidding and Negotiation Strategies for Subcontractors

Specialty trade contractors have new training options to help them overcome business obstacles such as slow progress payments, excessive back charges, and onerous subcontract agreements.

The American Subcontractors Association's (ASA) 2006-07 Distance-Learning Catalog (Late Fall Edition), available in PDF format at www.asaonline.com, describes three methods by which owners of specialty trade contracting firms, as well as executives, project managers, estimators, risk managers, and other employees, can learn critical management strategies while minimizing travel time and costs. ASA's catalog offers live web-based seminars and audio teleconferences, as well as recorded multimedia CD-ROMs – all designed specifically to meet the needs of today's competitive specialty trade contractors.

The resources in ASA's catalog also can be ordered directly online at www.asaonline.com and www.contractorsknowledgenetwork.org.

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Industry News

Employment Outlook Positive

The majority of executives and managers expect an increase in the overall number of employees in their organization over the next 12 months, based on the worldwide survey of 203 senior executives and managers conducted by NFI Research.

More than half (57%) of senior executives and managers say the overall number of employees in their organization will increase over the next 12 months. Fifty-one percent of executives and managers said the number of employees in their organization will increase somewhat, while 6% said it will increase significantly.  Almost half of executives and managers said that “business increase” will be the leading reason for the change in number of employees in their organization.

For more information, visit www.netfutureinstitute.com.

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Next Issue of E-briefs

The next issue of AWI e-briefs will be published January 18, 2007. 

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Founded in 1953, AWI is a nonprofit organization representing over 3,500 manufacturers, suppliers, and design professionals in the architectural woodwork industry.

AWI Mission:
The authoritative resource for excellence in architectural woodwork.

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