A bi-monthly news publication for AWI Manufacturing & Supplier Members April 19, 2007
Association News

Final Call for Submissions – CODB Survey Period Closes May 1

If you want extra value from the 2007 AWI Cost of Doing Business Survey & Compensation Study Report, only 12 days remain to participate in the survey.  Submissions are due no later than May 1. 

All AWI Manufacturing Members who participate in the 2007 CODBS will receive a personal financial profile, profit modeling tool and AWI-specific compensation calculator covering 28 hourly and salaried jobs.  Don’t miss this opportunity to increase the value of the final report which all participants will receive after the data is tabulated.

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.
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M. Bohlke Veneer Corporation Signs On as 2007 AWI Major Sponsor

AWI thanks and welcomes another 2007 Sponsor to the line-up of corporate supporters for the year.  M. Bohlke Veneer Corporation is the newest AWI Major Sponsor.  Visit the company at www.mbohlkeveneer.com for full details about its products and services.  M. Bohlke Veneer Corporation has been a Supplier Member of AWI since 1988.

Check out all 2007 AWI Sponsors at their web sites by clicking on their logos on the right.  Their support helps to fund AWI programs and membership services enjoyed by all AWI members throughout the year.

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AWI Development Council to Evaluate Chapter-National Relationship

During the AWI Spring Leadership Conference, April 11-14 in Minneapolis, the AWI Development Council took a closer look at the relationship of AWI National to its chapters. 

At the end of the day, council members agreed to explore the merits of combining National and Chapter Membership under one dues structure.  Streamlining the annual dues structure may better serve the interests of chapter members. 

A council task force was created to explore the issues, evaluate workable dues structure formats, and report their findings to the full AWI Development Council on October 4, 2007 in Louisville, KY.
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Mark Your Calendar for AWI Events at AWFS® Fair; Use AWI Discount for Seminar Registration

While you’re in Las Vegas, July 18-21, 2007 for the AWFS, plan to attend the AWI Reception on Friday, July 20th at Harrah’s Las Vegas.  This is a great opportunity to network with other AWI members.  Seek potential new business partners and build relationships with existing suppliers and architectural woodworkers among the community of AWI members.

AWI will have a block of hotel rooms at Harrah’s Casino Hotel.  A special room rate of $89 for Tuesday July 17th through Thursday, July 19th and $149 for Friday, July 21 and Saturday, July 21 is reserved for AWI members attending AWFS. Please use the link provided to reserve your room.  AWI has a limited number of rooms; so please reserve early.

Don’t miss the seminar, “Scheduling the Custom Woodworking Shop,” presented by AWI members Jeff Stück, Stück Woodworks and Matt Lundahl, Meyer & Lundahl.  This seminar is a component of the AWFS College of Woodworking Knowledge® Cabinet/Millwork track.  Overall, 52 education programs are scheduled during AWFS Vegas. Visit www.awfsfair.org to register.

AWI members will benefit from a 10% discount on all AWFS seminars.  Use code number – AWI599 – when registering. 
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Member News

Tom Gleason Recognized for Volunteer Work in Nicaragua

AWI Manufacturing Member Tom Gleason of Gleason Woodwork Inc. in Chicago was named 2007 “Volunteer of the Year” by the Fabretto Children’s Foundation of Arlington, VA.  Gleason has been training carpenters in Nicaragua on basic woodworking techniques and business skills. 

The Fabretto Foundation owns and operates an 800-acre certified pine forest in Nicaragua where it focuses on programs that promote health, education, community, and job skills.  Find out more about Gleason’s volunteer work with the Foundation reported in the April edition of Woodshop News. (Reprinted and distributed with permission of Woodshop News).

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Bernhard Woodwork Donates 550 Plywood “Animals” for Church Project

Five hundred fifty wood animals were produced by AWI Manufacturing Member Bernhard Woodwork for the Holy Cross Catholic Church in Deerfield, IL.  The wood animals of all kinds donated by Bernhard Woodwork were given to parishioners who contributed to the Heifer International Project.  Contributors painted and decorated their animals and displayed them at “Ark Park” outside of the church. 

Nearly $55,000 was raised for donation to the Heifer International Project, which sends live animals “to help impoverished villages in far-flung corners of the world become self-sustaining,” according to a front-page story in the Metro section of the Chicago Tribune on April 6.  For more details, click here.
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AWI President Ed Brewer to Judge Veneer Tech’s 2007 Craftsman’s Challenge™ Competition

Veneer Technologies of Newport, NC has named AWI President Ed Brewer as a judge for the 2007 Craftsman’s ChallengeTM competition.  Brewer of Louisville Lumber and Millwork will be joined on the judging panel by Asa Christiana, editor of Fine Woodworking magazine and Paul Winistorfer, department head, Department of Wood Science and Forest Products, Virginia Tech.

Veneer Technologies Craftsman’s Challenge competition aims to reward excellence in the use of natural veneer and wood products through cash awards and other recognition for the entire supply chain in woodworking: end users, distributors, distributor sales representatives, and student designers.

Entry materials are available from Veneer Technologies at www.veneertech.com. Submissions will be accepted through June 8, 2007. Any amount of natural veneer used from any source will qualify for entry in the six competition categories.

Competition prizes include generous cash awards. Awards will be made during AWFS™ Las Vegas, July 18-21, 2007.

Veneer Technologies is located in Newport, NC, and specializes in natural face veneers, sheet veneer and edgebanding.

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In the Chapters

Recipient of AWI Wisconsin Chapter & AWI National Scholarships Escapes Tragedy at Virginia Tech

Friend of AWI Wisconsin Chapter, Dan Roethle, former WoodLINKS student at Hartford High School, is okay, according to Steve Finnessy at Boehm-Madisen Lumber.  Finnessy heard from the Virginia Tech Woodworking Program student since the tragedy there on April 16.  Roethle is safe and well.

Roethle was the recipient of matching scholarships of $500 received from the AWI Wisconsin Chapter and from AWI National.

AWI extends condolences to all those affected by the tragedy at Virginia Tech this week.

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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 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 West Texas Chapter
When: May 1, 2007 (11:30 am – 1:30 pm, including lunch)
What: Clinic and Forum on “Plywood vs. Particleboard” and Quality Certification Program
Where: Vista de Sol Conference Center, El Paso, TX
Cost: $60 until April 24, 2007; $100 on site (limited to first 60 registrants)
More Information: See attached
Contact: Bruce Spitz, (P) 915.833.9922

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

AWI Chicago Chapter
When: June 14, 2007 (11:15 am- tee off)
What: 2007 AWI Golf Outing and Dinner
Where: St. Andrews Golf Club, West Chicago, IL
Contact: Ned Thompson, (P) 773.522.3633, nedthomp@thompsonfinishing.com; Ed Schavitz, (P) 847.417.1626, cuied@yahoo.com
Registration & Sponsorship: AWI Chicago Web site
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Industry News

NAHB – Bank of America Study Reveals Life Expectancy of Home Components

What components of a home are expected to last a lifetime?  Which have a more limited life expectancy?  A new study conducted by the National Association of Home Builders for Bank of America Home Equity includes the average lifetime of cabinetry and storage, countertops, doors, moulding and millwork, and panels and windows, among other components.

Find out the results at the NAHB Web site.  A copy of the full study is available for downloading.
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Regulatory Issues

Colorado Governor Signs Sweeping Indemnity Reform Bill into Law

A new law in Colorado prevents contractual transfer of liability and closes the additional insured loophole.  S.B. 87 was signed into law on April 11 by Colorado Gov. Bill Ritter (D).  The American Subcontractors Association reported that years of advocacy by ASA of Colorado finally paid off.  

 
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Kansas and Kentucky Enact New Laws Affecting the Construction Industry

Measures relating to subcontractor protections including prompt pay requirements and retainage have been signed into law by the Governors of Kansas and Kentucky.  For details contact ASA Government Relations Department at 703.684.3450. 

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Legislative News

ASA Ranks Public Policy Gains/Losses in 2006

Oklahoma showed the greatest policy gain in 2006 but New Mexico still leads in having the nation’s most subcontractor-friendly policies for the third year in a row, according to the American Subcontractors Association (ASA).  The news came in ASA’s annual evaluation of state public policies that impact subcontractors. 

The "ASA Report: The Policy Environment in the States," now in its third year, scores each state in individual policy areas, and uses the scores to assign an overall grade and score to each state.

The overall picture presented by the report is of states whose policies consistently and dramatically fail to protect subcontractors. ASA is urging subcontractors to build upward to a better policy environment from their victories in 2006 and, where there were no victories, to re-kindle their advocacy efforts.

ASA calculated that, aside from New Mexico, every other state and the District of Columbia had a failing grade, or overall score of 60 points or less out of 100.

Overall state grades were calculated by scoring seven key public policy areas taking into account both laws and judicial decisions, and then combining the points for a final score and a final grade. ASA scored: 1) prompt payment protections; 2) treatment of pay-if-paid clauses; 3) mechanic's lien protections; 4) payment bond protections; 5) retainage limitations; 6) anti-indemnity protections, including limits on "additional insured" endorsements; and 7) anti-"bid shopping" measures.

"The ASA Report: The Policy Environment in the States" is available on ASA's Web site at www.asaonline.com.

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Next Issue of E-briefs

The next issue of AWI e-briefs will be published May 3, 2007. 

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