A bi-monthly news publication for AWI Manufacturing & Supplier Members March 22, 2007
Professional Development

Registration for AWI Spring Leadership Conference Closes March 30

Insights into managing business growth – panel discussion...
Plant tours – Siewert Cabinet & Fixture and Wilkie Sanderson...
Personal credo presentation on business leadership principles...
Nuts and bolts of chapter management and growth...
Six Thinking Hats – inventing the future of your business...

Explore these issues, learn from successful leaders, discover secrets to success, and more at the upcoming AWI Spring Leadership Conference, April 11-14, 2007 in Minneapolis, MN. To sign up for the conference, register online at AWI’s Web siteRegistration for the AWI Spring Conference ends March 30, 2007.
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Basketballs, Golf Clubs and Business Success

Can you throw a basketball up in the air and catch it on the way down? Most of us can.

Can you throw five basketballs in the air at once, and catch ALL of them on the way down? Probably not.  Emotion, creativity, logic, hope, and information all crowd in on us. It is like juggling too many balls at once.

Would you play a full round of golf with just your 9-iron? Of course not. It is not possible to design a golf club that is best for driving and at the same time the best for putting.

That's why the "Six Hats" method of thinking is essential for business success. Members of the AWI Development Council will join current and future AWI chapter leaders in wearing all “Six Thinking Hats” as they invent the future of their businesses and AWI. Each "hat" represents a parallel line of thoughtful discussion. The goal is an effective plan, decision or solution.

Come to the AWI Spring Leadership Conference. Take the “Six Thinking Hats” philosophy home to your AWI chapter, company, church, social group, and family as you step up to leadership excellence.  Visit the AWI Web site to registerRegistration closes March 30, 2007.


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Have You Read e-Myth?

If you have read Michael Gerber’s E-Myth or E-Myth Revisited, please send AWI Director of Training and Member Services a quick e-mail at gheuer@awinet.org

Tell him what you think about it.  He is researching creation of an AWILL workshop for business owners using Gerber’s information as a model.

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Safety Matters

AWI/CNA Safety Award Program Closing Soon; Submissions Needed by April 1

AWI and its insurance safety partner, CNA, will recognize AWI Manufacturing Members again this year for their safe work environments. To qualify, simply submit your data at the safety Web site. Receive industry-wide recognition for a safe shop and boost the morale of your employees. All it takes is a few minutes, but the recognition lasts a lifetime.

Visit the safety Web site for eligibility criteria and submission details. To level the playing field, awards are presented in three categories, broken down by shop size. Awards will be presented at the 55th annual AWI convention in Louisville, KY, Oct. 4-6, 2007. Submissions must be received by April 1, 2007.
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OSHA Alerts 14,000 Employers about High Injury and Illness Rates

Approximately 14,000 employers recently received a letter from Assistant Secretary of Labor for OSHA Edwin G. Foulke, Jr. alerting them of their high injury and illness rates and encouraging them to use free OSHA resources to improve their safety and health performance. The notifications were based on data reported by approximately 80,000 employers surveyed by OSHA last year (the survey collected injury and illness data from calendar year 2005). Foulke said the notification process "is meant to raise awareness that injuries and illnesses are high at these facilities."
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Association News

Call to Action – Participate in CODBS, Strengthen This Unique Financial Management Tool

All AWI Manufacturing Members are encouraged to participate in the 2007 AWI Cost of Doing Business Survey which is open for participation until May 1, 2007. Your participation will strengthen the collective results not only on the national level but also on the regional level, where they will have even more value when comparing your company’s performance against industry averages.  

Submit your data using the streamlined submission tool at the survey Web site.  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.

All participants will receive a free CD-ROM with financial tools not available anywhere else.  Your company's data will be pre-loaded into various analytical tools.  Make sure you participate!
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AWI Welcomes New Level 4 Sponsor

A warm welcome and thanks go to AWI Supplier Member Delmac Machinery Group (DMG), our newest 2007 AWI Level 4 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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Correction: ETemplate Web Site

The correct Web link to Level 2 Sponsor ETemplate announced in the March 8th edition of AWI e-briefs is www.etemplatesystem.com

One of the web references for ETemplate was incorrect in the previous edition. Apologies to ETemplate for the error as well as to AWI members who visited another site.

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AWI Award of Excellence Program Invites Submissions for Summer Publication

A few slots are still open for AWI Manufacturing Member projects to be published in the summer issue of Design Solutions. Receive an Award of Excellence when your project is published in AWI’s Design Solutions journal and seen by over 25,000 architects and design professionals. The AWI Award of Excellence is an outstanding avenue for gaining corporate exposure for your firm’s expertise, creativity, and professionalism.

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.
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Industry News

AIA Introduces AIA Documents on Demand eShop

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) Documents on Demand eShop is a Web site that provides customers 24/7 access to the most popular AIA Contract Documents. The eShop allows customers to purchase individual documents and then print them immediately.

At the eShop, customers will be asked to provide limited project-specific information. They will then be able to print the documents and complete them as they would any paper document purchased from an AIA document distributor. The only tools needed are an Internet Browser (the AIA Web site supports Microsoft Internet Explorer and Mozilla Firefox) and a printer. Mac users may access the documents using a current version of Mozilla Firefox.

To purchase AIA Contract Documents from the Documents on Demand eShop, visit the AIA web site.
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Legislative News

Anti-Indemnity Reform Bill Awaits Governor’s Signature in Colorado

After consecutive vetoes in the prior two years by former Governor Bill Owens (R), potent anti-indemnity legislation spearheaded by ASA of Colorado is set to become law.  S.B. 87 is on its way to the desk of Governor Bill Ritter (D), who has pledged to sign the measure, according to the American Subcontractors Association (ASA).

The legislation, which had been approved by the Colorado Senate, was passed by the state’s House of Representatives on March 12.  ASA reports that “If signed, the law would prevent transfer of liability through contracts. ‘Any provision in a construction agreement that requires a person to indemnify, insure or defend in litigation another person against liability for damage arising out of death or bodily injury to persons or damage to property caused by the negligence or fault of the indemnitee or any third party under the control or supervision of the indemnitee is void as against public policy and unenforceable.’"

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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 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
Contact: www.midatlanticwoodexpo.com

AWI Wisconsin Chapter
When:
April 26, 2007
What: Plant & Forest Tour and Lunch
Tour: A tree to finished product tour of Kretz Lumber Company, Inc. – operating since 1929
Where: Kretz Lumber Company, Antigo, WI
Cost: $20 WI Chapter members; $40 non-WI Chapter members; lunch – no charge
Contact: Dave Nadolski, (P) 414.342.0531, dnadolski@ajpietsch.com
 
AWI Central Pennsylvania, Chesapeake & Potomac and Virginia Chapters & AWI National
When:
May 10, 2007 – 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
What: “Fundamentals of a Lean Enterprise”
Speaker: Mike Rothmeier of Simple Solutions Consulting (Biographic information)
Presentation Sponsor: Northway Industries of Middleburg, PA
Where: Frederick, MD
Cost: $60 Chapter members until April 20 ($80 thereafter); $95 non-chapter members
More Information: AWI Web site
Contact: Teresa McCain, AWI National Director of Membership & Chapter Development, tmccain@awinet.org
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Next Issue of E-briefs

The next issue of AWI e-briefs will be published April 5, 2007. 
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