A bi-monthly news publication for AWI Manufacturing & Supplier Members January 18, 2007
Professional Development

CATE Week Offers Plant Tours

AWILL is offering three insightful plant tours during Career & Technology Education (CATE) Week, February 21-24, 2007 in Dallas, TX.  Tours will showcase firms with advanced technology and project management procedures.

Plants visited on February 21 include Commercial Cabinet Solutions of Lewisville, TX, Lutz Woodworks of Wylie, TX, and Stiles South Central Regional Facility in Irving, TX.  After the tours, Stiles will host a light reception for all participants. 

The three-tour package is $38 per person.  To sign up for Winter CATE and the tours, visit the AWI web site.  Space is limited – don’t delay.
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Software Shootout at the Southfork Ranch during CATE Week

The AWI Texas Chapter will host a tour and dinner at the Southfork Ranch, internationally renowned as the filming location for the “Dallas” television series. The event is open to all CATE attendees and includes transportation to and from the Embassy Suites hotel, dinner, cash bar, entertainment, ranch tour, tabletop displays and a software shootout with gunslingers from Microvellum, Planit Solutions and Pattern Systems. Additional event sponsors and tabletop exhibitors include:

Stiles Machinery
Howard S. Twichell & Company
Rehau
Biesse America
Flexible Materials
ML Campbell
Schmalz Inc. Vacuum Lifting Systems
Alliance Millsoft
Vortex Tool
Plywood Company of Ft. Worth/Pionite
WilsonArt
Sleeper Sewell

Don't miss this opportunity to experience some true southern hospitality! To RSVP for the Southfork event, please click here.
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Count Down to CATE Week – February 21-24, 2007; Dates to Remember!

Saturday, January 20 is the deadline 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.  Room availability and pricing are subject to change after January 20.

To register for CATE online, click here.  Classes have been steadily filling up – don’t’ miss out on your choice of educational sessions which can make or break your bottom line! Be sure to register your managers for the fundamental and advanced courses of Project Management and Estimating that will enhance their knowledge and improve their skills.  CATE registration ends February 15, 2007.  As always, AWI members receive a discount on registration fees as a benefit of membership. Daily registration fees: $240 AWI members; $420 nonmembers; $190 Texas residents. 
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Trained Presenters Needed for Presentations to Design Professionals – Begin with AWI Power Presentation

AWI is seeking trained trainers to fulfill requests for presentations about architectural woodwork received throughout the year from architects and design professionals.  AWI Manufacturing Members and AWI Chapter leaders who have good presentation skills can use AWI’s Design Pro Presentation CD-ROM modules to host professional programs for potential customers. 

How do you get started?  Register for the “Train the Trainer: AWI Power Presentation” to improve your presentation skills. Plan to participate in the all-day, high-energy, hands-on program on February 23, 2007 during AWILL CATE Week (February 21-24 in Dallas, TX) to power up your skills for promoting your business, strengthening your AWI chapter, and addressing church and civic groups.  By combining professional training with AWI’s Design Pro Presentation CD-ROM that contains ready-made presentations, you can increase business opportunities as an individual or chapter presenter.

For more details and to register for the AWI Power Presentation, click here.  For information about AWI’s Design Pro Presentations, contact Angie Fuller at afuller@awinet.org.

Members of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) are eligible to earn AIA learning units for attending AWI’s Design Pro presentations.  However, for AIA members to receive such credits, completion of AIA Form B is required.  Visit the AWI web site for an updated form. Select "AWI_AIA FormB_2007.pdf" and download. To schedule a program presentation by an AWILL member, contact Greg Heuer at gheuer@awinet.org.

 
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Association News

AWI Welcomes Two More Sponsors for 2007

In addition to the sponsors featured at right, AWI members are invited to visit the web sites of the association’s two newest sponsors: Costa & Grissom Machinery Company, Inc., www.costagrissom.com (Level 2) and Biesse America, Inc., www.biesseamerica.com (Level 3).   

Consider these 2007 Sponsors for your supplies the next time a need arises for their services.  They are supporting you through their AWI Sponsorship.  Visit the web sites of all 2007 Sponsors by clicking on their logos in the right-hand column.
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Definitive Reference Guide for Architectural Woodworkers & Suppliers

Only 13 days remain for inclusion in the association’s comprehensive reference of all AWI Manufacturing & Supplier Members.  January 31, 2007 is the closing date for the virtual “Who’s Who” in the architectural woodwork industry.  This definitive reference guide, which contains nearly 1,300 AWI Manufacturing and Supplier Member 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.  Both resources are avenues for potential new business.

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.  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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In the Chapters

AWI Chapters Invited to Participate in AWI Recruit-a-Member Campaign

AWI invites all chapters and all members of chapters to recruit new AWI members during the 2007 AWI Member Recruit-a-Member Campaign which begins February 1, 2007 and ends August 31, 2007. 

Supplier Members, in particular, can help the AWI community grow on the local and national levels by signing up new architectural woodwork manufacturers.
 
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. 
 
Use the attached flyer to register as a recruiter.  AWI will send you recruitment tools and track the new members you sign up. 

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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. 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 Chicago Chapter
When:
January 31, 2007
Program: OSHA Safety Compliance Seminar and New Fire Safety Regulations for Millwork Companies, plus dinner
Presenter: Bill Schmeltzer, Safety Director, Northern Illinois Building & Constructions Association
Where: Diplomat West, Elmhurst, IL
More information: Sarah Williams, swilliamson@back2design.com

AWI Great Lakes Chapter
When:  March 21, 2007
Program: “Contract Law Workshop” – 1:00 pm-5:00 pm; followed by cocktail hour and dinner
Presenter: Joe Sorrelli, Aljoe Woodwork Consultants
Where: Holiday Inn West, Lansing, MI
Contact: Pamela Howell, (P) 586.497.7522, phowell@oldenkamp.com
More Information: See attached
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Industry News

Architect Billings Bode Well for Construction Industry

Following a six point jump in November, the Architecture Billings Index (ABI) increased even more in December and finished 2006 with its highest score, according to the American Institute of Architects (AIA). The commercial/industrial sector recorded its highest reading in the history of the survey that originated in 1995, while scores in the institutional market also showed improvement.

With an approximate nine to twelve month lag time between architecture billings and construction spending, the ABI is a leading economic indicator of construction activity, and should translate into a high level of activity throughout 2007.  AIA reported that the December ABI rating was 59.5 up from 57.4 in November (any score above 50 indicates an increase in billings).

“Despite a sluggish economy, there is no sign of a slowdown in nonresidential construction activity in the foreseeable future,” said AIA Chief Economist Kermit Baker, PhD, Hon. AIA. “This is very positive news for the construction industry and those markets affected by it because 2006 ended on a strong rebound, after trending down for most of the first 10 months.”

In a separate announcement, AIA reported that billings at U.S. architecture firms increased 11% between 2002 and 2005 to reach $28.7 billion annually.  In 2005, the AIA survey found that the top five sectors served by architects in 2005 were: health care, office, education (K-12), multifamily residential, and education (college/university).  For more information about the total construction value of projects, click here.
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Regulatory Issues

IRS Introduces Modernized e-File for Partnership Returns

Effective January 8, 2007, partnership taxpayers can electronically file tax year 2006 Form 1065, U.S. Return of Partnership Income, and Form 1065-B, U.S. Return of Income for Electing Large Partnerships, using the Modernized e-File platform.

Since tax year 1986, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has offered electronic filing of Form 1065. The existing 1065 e-File platform uses a proprietary data transmission format. However, the Modernized e-File platform uses the Extensible Markup Language (XML) format, which is an industry-standard method of identifying, storing and transmitting data. Both e-File platforms offer improved speed and accuracy of tax return filing. But Modernized e-File offers additional benefits, including transactional processing instead of batch processing, allowance for binary file attachments, elimination of the duplicate filing of International returns and a federal/state partnership program.

Beginning in January 2008, Modernized e-File will be the only e-File platform available to e-File partnership returns. At that time, the IRS will also require e-File for all 1065-B returns.

Partnership taxpayers can access detailed information about the Form 1065 e-File process on the IRS web site.
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Next Issue of E-briefs

The next issue of AWI e-briefs will be published February 1, 2007.
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