A bi-monthly news publication for AWI Manufacturing & Supplier Members March 8, 2007
Association News

2007 AWI Cost of Doing Business Survey Period Is Officially Open

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 participation provides.  If you haven’t participated in previous years, why not start this year?  The survey officially launched on March 5, 2007.

All AWI Manufacturing Members received an e-mail or fax on March 5 that included links to the official CODB survey Web site.  Follow that link or click here to submit your data using the streamlined data submission tool. All data is held in strict confidence by Inverra, a benchmarking and management consulting firm that has administered the program for AWI for seven years.  

The survey and final report is unique to architectural woodwork manufacturing business and is not available from any other source.  Among the benefits of participation, survey respondents will receive a tool pre-loaded with their financial data compared with industry averages that are tabulated from all submissions.  Find out how your company measures up to the most profitable architectural woodwork businesses around the country.

The survey period ends May 1, 2007.
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AWI Welcomes Level 2 Sponsor

A warm welcome and thanks go to ETemplate, our newest 2007 AWI Level 2 Sponsor.  To visit the company’s Web site, click here.

You can check out the products and services of all 2007 AWI Sponsors by clicking on their logos in the column at right.
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AWI Award of Excellence Program Invites Submissions for Summer Publication

In the past two weeks, AWI members received the winter issue of Design Solutions with the award-winning entries of AWI Manufacturing Members.  Find out how to get noticed and receive a prestigious AWI Award of Excellence.
 
There are still a few slots open for AWI Manufacturing Member projects to be published in the summer issue of Design Solutions.  Any project completed by an AWI member can be published in AWI’s Design Solutions journal and seen by over 25,000 architects and design professionals. 

Submissions are invited before May 15 to be considered for the summer issue. For more information contact Phil Duvic at pduvic@awinet.org or call 571.323.3621.  Application forms are attached.

The AWI Award of Excellence is an outstanding avenue for gaining corporate exposure for your firm’s expertise, creativity, and professionalism.  Recognition could lead to more business for your company when your outstanding projects are seen in AWI’s full-color quarterly journal of architectural woodwork, Design Solutions
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AWI Member Recruit-a-Member Campaign Competition Begins

Several of you responded to our e-mail asking you to be a part of the 2007 AWI membership recruitment campaign.  Now, let the competition begin!  There is still time to register.

Earn Cash Prizes: $100, $500, $1,000 and $2,000, plus a free pass to the 55th Annual AWI Convention, October 4-6, 2007 in Louisville, KY.
 
To get started, all you need to do is register as a recruiter.  Click here for a registration form and more details.
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Professional Development

How Does Your Business Grow? AWI Member Experts Offer Tips at AWI Spring Leadership Conference

Managing the growth of your business...from small...to medium...to large...is an art that several successful AWI members will share with attendees at the upcoming AWI Spring Leadership Conference, April 11-14, 2007 in Minneapolis, MN. Discover secrets for successful growth during an insightful panel discussion and tour the plants of two successful AWI Manufacturing Members.  Registration required.

“Grow Your Business” Panel

Hear Marc Sanderson of Wilkie Sanderson, Rick Siewert of Siewert Cabinet & Fixture, and Dennis Regan of Woodworking Solutions, Inc. share best practices that have contributed to the managed growth of their companies. Craig Johnson of Principle Fixture & Millwork will moderate the panel.

Power Lunch & “Personal Credo” Presentation 

Join AWI Director of Training & Member Services Greg Heuer for an exploration of personal leadership values. Attendees will take home a practical personal statement – a Credo – to use in leading their business. They will write a one-page memo to their business colleagues. The memo will keep the business going and growing while the leader takes a six-month vacation/sabbatical on a tropical island with no contact with the outside world. Come learn how!

The session is based on the book, The Leadership Challenge, by Jim Kouzes and Barry Posner. With over one million copies in print, The Leadership Challenge has been a selection of the Macmillan Executive Book Club and the Fortune Book Club.

AWI Chapter Leadership Forum

Rachet up your AWI chapter with added training for current and future chapter leaders. Learn the “nuts and bolts” of running a chapter, enhancing the value of your chapter, improving member involvement, and more. 

To sign up for the conference, register online at AWI’s Web site.  Registration for the AWI Spring Conference ends March 30, 2007.
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Winter CATE a Big Success in Texas

The second annual AWI Winter Career & Technology Education Week (CATE), February 21-24, was an overwhelming success! More than 120 AWI members attended the event, and the advanced Project Management and Estimating seminars sold out before the week began.

With the help of the Texas Chapter of AWI, nearly 50 people participated in the plant tours and more than 60 attended the Southfork Ranch event for the Software Shootout featuring gunslingers Microvellum, Planit Solutions and Pattern Systems International. Many thanks to all who helped organize this event and to those who attended.

If you are interested in attending AWI Project Management and Estimating seminars, but missed out this time around, mark your calendars for September 14-15, 2007 in Seattle, WA.

AWILL's Tony Perno leads attendees in calculating their "break even" points at "Fundamentals of Estimating" session.
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Industry News

New, Voluntary Residential Green Building Standard to Be Developed

The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) and the International Code Council (ICC) will develop and publish a green building standard for the home building industry. The new standard will be based on the NAHB Model Green Home Building Guidelines (2004.) The NAHB is looking for members to serve on the committee that will develop the new standards. For more information, visit the NAHB Web site, www.nahb.org.

Currently, 17 U.S. states and 59 cities offer incentives for green buildings or require certification under the LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) initiative, according to www.planetark.org, a Web site dedicated to environmental news and information.

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Veneer Technologies Accepting Entries for Craftsman’s Challenge Design Competition

Veneer Technologies (AWI Supplier Member since 1997) is accepting entries for the company’s third annual Craftsman’s Challenge design competition honoring excellence in the use of wood veneer. A number of cash prizes ($5,000, $3,000, $2,000) will be awarded to the winners at the upcoming AWFS® Fair in Las Vegas, July 18-21, 2007.

Entry categories include architectural woodworking, cabinetry, store fixtures, and more.    All projects must have been produced within the past three years (January 2004 – June 2007).  For full details, eligibility requirements, and entry forms, visit www.veneertech.com.  Deadline for entry is June 8, 2007.

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Legislative News

Several States Eye Retainage and Indemnity Legislation

A number of states have introduced legislation affecting subcontractors on retainage and indemnity issues, which the American Subcontractors Association (ASA) is monitoring.  ASA reports what’s under consideration so far:

Arizona
(HB 2406) “would limit retainage to five percent and mandate that it be held in an interest-bearing escrow account.”

Colorado
(HB 1115) would among other things prohibit retainage.

(SB 87) would prevent “any party in a construction agreement from contractually indemnifying another for damage or injury caused by its own negligence.” Passed CO Senate

Mississippi
(HB 775) “would require subcontractor bid listing on state projects in excess of $100,000.”
 
(HB 859) “would allow the prevailing party to recover costs associated with settling disputes between contractors and subcontractors.”

Oklahoma
(HT 1296) “would weaken the state’s indemnity law by allowing intermediate-form contractual indemnity and broad-form indemnity through additional insured requirements.”

Contact ASA at www.asaonline.com for details and the status of legislation.
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In the Chapters

Lean Manufacturing Seminar Planned for Mid-Atlantic Region in Spring

Members of the Chesapeake & Potomac, Virginia and Central Pennsylvania Chapters of AWI are planning to host a seminar with AWI national on Lean Manufacturing on May 10 in Frederick, MD.  Be on the lookout for additional information from AWI in the coming weeks. Registration opens soon.
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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 Florida Chapter
When: March 16, 2007
Program: Plant Tour & "Contracts: Protection & Prevention Program"
Speaker: AWI Ambassador Scott Nelson
Where: Clearwater, FL
Register Online: www.awiflnet.org
Cost: $75 FL Chapter members; $125 Non-FL Chapter members
Contact: Ethan Adams, emadams@adamsbro.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

AWI New England Chapter
When: March 22, 2007
Program: Construction Management Round Table
Where: Royal Sonesta Hotel Boston, Cambridge, MA
Register Online: www.neawi.org
Cost: $35 NE Chapter members; Non- NE Chapter Members $90
More information: Tye Waller, (P) 617.444.8874, Tye.Waller@neawi.org
 
AWI Central PA Chapter
When: March 28, 2007
Program: Green Issues
Where: AIA/AWI Meeting, Lancaster, PA
More information: www.pennswoodworkers.com

AWI New Jersey Chapter
When: March 29-30, 2007
What: Mid-Atlantic Expo Exhibit Booth
Where: New Jersey Convention & Expo Center, Edison, NJ
More Information: www.midatlanticwoodexpo.com

AWI Central Pennsylvania, Chesapeake & Potomac and Virginia Chapters and AWI National
When:
May 10, 2007 – 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
What: “Fundamentals of a Lean Enterprise”
Presenter: Mike Rothmeier of Simple Solutions Consulting
Presentation Sponsor: Northway Industries of Middleburg, PA
Where: Frederick, MD
Contact: Teresa McCain, AWI National Director of Membership & Chapter Development, tmccain@awinet.org
More Information: AWI web site
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Safety Matters

QuickTips from OSHA – 300 Logs can Identify Areas for Safety & Health Improvement

Between February 1 and April 30 of each year, most employers must post a summary (OSHA 300A) of the total number of job-related injuries and illnesses that occurred the previous year. Your OSHA 300 logs offer insights about potential safety and health improvements.

This is an excellent time for employers to review their 300 logs and determine where injuries and illnesses are occurring and determine a strategy to reduce, and hopefully eliminate, these safety and health hazards. According to OSHA, record-keeping is a critical part of an employer's safety and health efforts for several reasons:

  • Keeping track of work-related injuries and illnesses can help you prevent them in the future. 
  • Using injury and illness data helps identify problem areas. The more you know, the more effectively you can identify and correct hazardous workplace conditions. 
  • Better administering company safety and health programs with accurate records. 
  • As employee awareness about injuries, illnesses, and hazards in the workplace improves, employees are more likely to follow safe work practices and report workplace hazards.

OSHA's Record-keeping Web page serves as a resource for more information on the benefits of effective record-keeping under the revised record-keeping rule.
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Next Issue of E-briefs

The next issue of AWI e-briefs will be published March 22, 2007. 
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