A bi-monthly news publication for AWI Manufacturing & Supplier Members February 1, 2007
Professional Development

Count Down to CATE Week – Registration Closes February 15

Winter Career and Technology Education Week is right around the corner!  The event takes place February 21-24, 2007 in Dallas, TX at the Embassy Suites Hotel and promises to deliver BIG returns.

Registration for CATE 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.  To register for CATE online, click here
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Software Shootout Seats Are Limited

Seats for the Southfork Ranch event, hosted by the AWI Texas Chapter during CATE Week are selling out fast! The event, which takes place at the Southfork Ranch, internationally renowned as the filming location for the “Dallas” television series, includes complimentary transportation to and from the event, as well as dinner, cash bar, entertainment, ranch tour, tabletop displays and a software shootout with gunslingers from Microvellum, Planit Solutions and Pattern Systems.

Don’t miss the opportunity to visit with suppliers and sponsors who will share information about their product lines and services. Solidify your business relationships with existing suppliers and meet new providers to learn about other products and services that could meet your needs.  To find out who will be there, click here.

To RSVP for the Southfork event, please click here

 
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AWI Spring Leadership Conference Registration Opens

“Growing Your Business: From Small to Medium to Large” is the focus of AWI’s Spring Leadership Conference, April 11-14, 2007 in Minneapolis, MN.  This year’s program will deliver value-added sessions about the leadership qualities and business acumen that can lead your company down a path of managed growth. 

  • Hear panelists from three firms discuss the best practices that have helped them grow. 
  • Learn from the AWI Plant Tours PLUS program that will feature plant “walk throughs” plus insightful discussions about the elements of the successful operations. 
  • Ratchet up your AWI chapter with added training for current and future chapter leaders. 

Learn more about the program, the panelists, and the other participants with the AWI Spring Leadership Conference brochure included in your February AWI mail pack coming in mid-February.  Registration forms to sign up early are included in the envelope.  Online registration is coming soon on AWI’s web site.
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Safety Matters

Annual AWI/CNA Safety Awards Nominations Open Soon

This month, AWI and CNA, its insurance safety partner, will invite nominations for the 2007 Safety Awards Program.  AWI Manufacturing Members are eligible to participate and submit their data if no fatalities occurred in 2006.

The purpose of the award is to recognize AWI Manufacturing Members for their efforts to create a safe work environment for employees. Get recognized for safety, boost employee morale, increase awareness of safety on the job, and gain publicity as an honoree.
 
All AWI Manufacturing Members will receive an e-mail with self-nomination instructions soon..

Awards will be presented in four categories based on company size:

  • Less than 10,000 work hours in 2006 
  • 10,000 – 19,999 hours in 2006
  • 20,000 – 99,999 hours in 2006
  • 100,000+ hours in 2006

All honorees will be presented with attractive awards at the 55th Annual AWI Convention, Louisville, KY, October 4-7, 2007.
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Post OSHA 300A Log Starting February 1

The period for posting the Occupational Safety and Health Administration 300A "Summary of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses” in 2006 opened February 1 and continues through April 30, 2007.  Companies that have no work-related injuries or illnesses in 2006 still must post the form with zeroes on the total line.  Use the OSHA 300 form, “Log of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses” to track recordable incidents through the year.

Find out more and download the forms employers must post at worksites from the OSHA web site.
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Association News

AWI Welcomes 2007 Sponsor, Trakware

Corporate sponsors for 2007 are still signing up.  The most recent 2007 AWI Sponsor – Level 2 – is Trakware Systems, Inc.  Visit the company at www.trakware.com.

Thanks to Trakware and all the other 2007 Sponsors listed at right who support AWI members through their sponsorship. 
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Annual AWI Cost of Doing Business Survey Launches March 1

Many AWI Manufacturing Members know the value of participating in the Annual AWI Cost of Doing Business Survey (CODBS) for the added rewards and the comprehensive financial management tools it provides.  If you haven’t participated in previous years, why not start now? 

Double your benefits of participation. All AWI Manufacturing Members will receive an e-mail launching the survey on March 1.  The online CODBS will be managed by Inverra, a benchmarking and management consulting firm that has administered AWI’s CODB program for seven years.

For more details, consult the February edition of AWI NewsBriefs which will arrive in your mailbox around mid-month. Find out what additional benefits you’ll receive as a participant.

 
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About QCP

QCP Renewal Period Closed

The deadline for submitting Quality Certification Program (QCP) participation renewals ended today, February 1. To date, about 95% of QCP firms renewed their participation for 2007. New participant certificates will be mailed to all firms that renewed over the next couple of weeks. Firms that did not meet the renewal deadline will be required to reapply to the program if they want to continue their certification. According to the QCP Policy Manual, “annual renewal fees and late fees must be postmarked January 31. Failure to meet this deadline constitutes voluntary withdrawal from the program.”
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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. 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 Minnesota Chapter
When: February 6, 2007
Program Sponsored: Biomass Energy Technologies and Implications for Minnesota and the Great Lakes Region Conference
Learn about small systems and how you may be able to direct your residues to several large biomass users in MN. A regulatory roadmap will be provided to help attendees understand regulatory considerations for disposal and energy use.
Where: Best Western Kelly Inn, St. Cloud, MN.
Registration: Reduced registration of only $40 per person for AWI members
More Information: Bob Seavey, Dept. of Bioproducts and Biosystems Engineering, University of MN, bseavey@umn.edu

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

Prestigious AWFS® Sequoia New Product Awards Seek Industry Leaders for Judging Panel

The Association of Woodworking & Furnishings Suppliers® (AWFS®) is seeking woodworking industry executives with extensive industry background and knowledge to serve as judges for the highly acclaimed Sequoia New Product Awards presented at the biennial AWFS®Fair in Las Vegas, July 18-21, 2007. Potential judges must be representative of Fair attendees and have a major purchasing influence within their organizations. 

The voting panel will review more than 100 new products submitted by exhibitor companies for the coveted Sequoia Awards and will be given complimentary registration and “preferred” access to exhibits prior to show opening. The judging panel will be recognized and winners of the Sequoia will receive their awards at an industry gala event at the Las Vegas Hilton on July 19th at 6:30 pm.

For more information, or to apply as a 2007 Sequoia New Products judge, please contact Angelo Gangone, AWFS Vice President of Trade Shows, at 800.946.2937 or angelo@awfs.org

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Effective Project Management Budgeting...What They Are Saying

Budgeting more money for projects is the least likely single change in organizations that would have the most positive impact on managing project budgets effectively, according to results of a poll published by the Project Management Institute.  The results were:

  • 45% - Give project managers more discretionary power to reallocate budget funds.
  • 29% - Involve senior leadership/major stakeholders more closely with day-to-day project management work.
  • 23% - Upgrade software tools used to manage financial aspects of projects.
  • 3% - Budget more money for projects.

Source: January 2007 issue of PM Network

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Regulatory Issues

No Change in Interest Rates for First Quarter of 2007

The Internal Revenue Service announced there will be no change in the interest rates for the calendar quarter beginning January 1, 2007.  The interest rates are as follows:  
  
•  eight (8) percent for overpayments [seven (7) percent in the case of a corporation];
•  eight (8) percent for underpayments;
•  ten (10) percent for large corporate underpayments; and
•  five and one-half (5.5) percent for the portion of a corporate overpayment exceeding $10,000.

Under the Internal Revenue Code, the rate of interest is determined on a quarterly basis.  For taxpayers other than corporations, the overpayment and underpayment rate is the federal short-term rate plus 3 percentage points. 

Rev. Rule 2006-63, announcing the rates of interest, appeared in Internal Revenue Bulletin No. 2006-52, dated December 26, 2006.  For more details, click here.
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IRS Gives Taxpayers a Filing Break

Taxpayers across the nation will have until Tuesday, April 17, 2007, to file their 2006 returns and pay any taxes due, the Internal Revenue Service announced.  Taxpayers will have extra time to file and pay because April 15 falls on a Sunday in 2007, and the following day, Monday, April 16, is Emancipation Day, a legal holiday in the District of Columbia.

For more details about the extension and the forms affected, click here.
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Next Issue of E-briefs

The next issue of AWI e-briefs will be published February 15, 2007. 

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