A bi-monthly news publication for AWI Manufacturing & Supplier Members May 3, 2007
Association News

Cast Your Vote for AWI Directors – Return Ballots by May 23

All AWI Manufacturing Members in good standing are invited to participate in a process that shapes AWI’s future.  Members of the AWI Board of Directors are your representatives concerning programs, products and services that benefit AWI members. Therefore, your vote confidential for new members of the AWI Board of Directors is important.

This week, AWI is mailing to each AWI Manufacturing Member an official ballot for electing three representatives to the AWI Board of Directors for the term that begins October 1, 2007.  The AWI Nominating Committee has prepared a slate of seven (7) qualified candidates to fill three (3) seats on the board.  Click here, for Information and Qualification Statements for each candidate presented by the AWI Nominating Committee.

Cast your vote and return ballots to AWI legal counsel – postmarked no later than May 23, 2007.  All votes are held in strict confidence.  AWI staff, directors, volunteers and officers are not privy to any member’s official ballot.  
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AWI Development Council Elects Representatives

At their meeting on April 12 during the AWI Spring Leadership Conference, members of the AWI Development Council elected new representatives for the 2007-2008 fiscal year that begins October 1, 2007. 

For the list of new representatives, see the May issue of AWI NewsBriefs, coming your way mid-month.  Please connect with these members; they want to hear about issues of importance to you. 

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AWI Development Council Releases “Issue Reports”

During the AWI Spring Leadership Conference, April 11-14 in Minneapolis, task forces of the AWI Development Council presented their reports on Membership, Industry Issues and Member Communication.  Find out what they had to say.

To access the Minutes of the Meeting and the reports of the task forces, visit the password protected “Member Only Resources” section of the AWI web site at www.awinet.org
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About QCP

QCP Becomes Separate Business Unit; Spins Off as Non-profit Corporation

On April 15 in Minneapolis, the new AWI Quality Certification Corporation (QCC) held its first meeting as a separate business unit of AWI. The new non-profit corporation was established to independently administer and promote the Quality Certification Program (QCP), which was founded by AWI in 1996. 

The decision by AWI’s Board of Directors in 2006 to separate QCP and the association was in response to AWI members who in membership surveys have expressed strong affinity for AWI but not necessarily for QCP. This strategic business decision allows for a clear separation and identity between AWI Manufacturing Membership and QCP Manufacturing Participant status.

All previous QCP department staff members remain, ensuring uninterrupted high quality service and a seamless transition for all QCP participants, design professionals and owners who purchase AWI Quality Standards compliant woodwork.

The Quality Certification Program celebrated its 10th Anniversary in October 2006 during the 54th Annual AWI Convention.  The QCP ended fiscal year 2005-2006 with 447 participants, and recorded the highest number of projects labeled (410) in one year and double the number from 2001.

For details about the terms of QCC’s operation, and its lease and royalty agreements with AWI, see the May issue of AWI NewsBriefs, coming to you mailbox in mid-May.

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Quality Certification Corporation Elects Design Professional as President

On April 12, at the first meeting of the Quality Certification Corporation (QCC) Board of Directors, history was made.  The QCC Board of Directors elected an architect as its first president – William A. Munyan, AIA, CSI of Freeman White Architects, Inc. – marking the first time either AWI or the new corporation has been led by a design professional from among the “customer” segment of architectural woodworkers. 

The QCC is governed by an independent 10-member Board of Directors.

President
William A. Munyan, AIA, CSI
Freeman White Architects, Inc.
Charlotte, NC
 
Doug Carney
R & S Casework, Inc.
Fargo, ND  
 
Craig Elias
Elias Studios
Pittsburgh, PA
 
David Kay
Clancy & Theys Construction Company
Raleigh, NC
 
Rick Kogler
Architectural Wood Products, Inc.
Baton Rouge, LA
 
Shows Leary
Shows Leary Project Management
Petersburg, NY
 
Gil Long
ISEC Inc.
Mesa, AZ
 
Mark Wonfor
Northern Custom Cabinetry, Inc.
Wixom, MI  

Philip Duvic *
Architectural Woodwork Institute
Potomac Falls, VA  
 
Patrick Nartker *
2006-2007 AWI Treasurer
Ted Bolle Millwork, Inc.
Springfield, OH

* ex officio 

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Regulatory Issues

Proposed Code of Ethics Requirements for Federally Funded Construction

The General Services Administration (GSA) has proposed to change the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) to require contractors and subcontractors awarded federally funded contracts with performance periods of 120 days or more to have written codes of ethics and business conduct within 30 days of the awards.

The American Subcontractors Association (ASA) recently recommended that “GSA's new requirements apply to all contracts with performance periods of 120 days or more, not just to those that exceed $5 million,” as GSA has proposed.  ASA advised the agency that “most work on construction projects is performed by subcontractors and that a $5 million threshold would have the effect of exempting much, if not most, federally funded construction from the proposed policies.”

ASA reports that the proposed regulations issued on February 16 “would promote compliance by requiring contractors and subcontractors to establish employee ethics and compliance training programs and internal control systems ‘proportionate to the size of the company and extent of its business with the Federal Government’ within 90 days of contract awards. Contracting agencies would be authorized to ‘provide for remedies if the contractor fails to comply with the clause.’ The FAR would also be amended to advise contractors and subcontractors performing work on contracts not exceeding $5 million and with performance periods of less than 120 days that they ‘should’ have ethics codes and compliance programs.”

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In the Chapters

AWI Wisconsin Chapter Reports Successful Plant and Forest Tour

Photo courtesy of John Halpin, Saunders Wood Specialties

On April 26, the AWI Wisconsin Chapter hosted an informative Mill and Forest Tour at Kretz Lumber Company, Inc. in Antigo, WI.  Kretz plant tour guides Jason Brettingen, Mike Peterson, Al Quinney and Todd Breitenfeldt took students and AWI members through the saw mill operations, lumber drying and dimension milling.  Forestry tour guides Al Koeppel, Jeff Barrett and Kris Wimme then led the tour through the Ray Kretz Industrial Forest, demonstrating the most current and up-to-date forestry practices.  Maintaining forest quality for today and tomorrow, Kretz employs twelve full-time foresters with a four-year or associate degree in forestry.

Jeff Ebel, President, AWI Wisconsin Chapter, said the tour was well attended and included representation from AWI Wisconsin Chapter Manufacturing and Supplier Members as well as students and staff from Antigo Senior High School, Hartford Union High School, and Fox Valley Technical College. 

Kretz Lumber Company hosts tours on request.  For more information on Kretz, visit their web site at www.kretzlumber.com.
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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 Central Pennsylvania, Chesapeake & Potomac and Virginia Chapters & AWI National
When:
May 10, 2007 (10:00 am – 3:00 pm)  SOLD OUT
What: “Fundamentals of a Lean Enterprise”
Speaker: Mike Rothmeier of Simple Solutions Consulting 
Presentation Sponsor: Northway Industries of Middleburg, PA
Where: Frederick, MD
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

USGBC Announces "Innovation in Design" Points

The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) has announced that projects seeking certification under the LEED® Green Building Rating System™ can now earn "Innovation in Design" points by using the Cradle to CradleSM program for certified building products, as well as products certified by other established systems.

Cradle to Cradle (C2C) assesses products on a number of criteria, such as the use of safe and healthy materials; design for material reuse and recycling; efficient use of energy and water throughout production; and instituting strategies for social responsibility. The Cradle to Cradle design paradigm was developed by William McDonough and Dr. Michael Braungart, and the certification program is administered by their firm, McDonough Braungart Design Chemistry (MBDC).

For more information about the USGBC LEED, visit www.usgbc.org.

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Next Issue of E-briefs

The next issue of AWI e-briefs will be published May 17, 2007.
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