A bi-monthly news publication for AWI Manufacturing & Supplier Members August 16, 2007
Professional Development

New Session Added to Fall AWI Lifelong Learning Program – Register by Monday, August 20 for Free Admission!

On Friday September 14th from 7:00 -10:00 pm at the Renaissance Seattle Hotel motivational speaker, Colleen Kettenhofen will be presenting “How to Manage People...and Deal with Difficult Ones, Too!”

You will receive FREE admission to this riveting program if you register for this session by this Monday, August 20. This program is sponsored by AWI National and the AWI Washington Chapter.

Author and leadership expert Colleen Kettenhofen has presented over 1000 programs at conventions, breakout sessions, and seminars in 47 states and six countries. She is contributing author of The Masters of Success, as featured on the “Today Show,” along with best-selling authors Ken Blanchard, Jack Canfield, and John Christensen.

Ms. Kettenhofen has over 11 years experience as a motivational speaker. She emphasizes real-world examples, accountability and having an action plan for results. She will give you practical tips for immediate application.  Join her for a high-content, interactive evening you won’t forget.

This program supplements the AWI Fall Professional Development seminars, September 13, 14 and 15 at the Renaissance Seattle Hotel in WA.  For more information and registration go to www.awinet.org or contact Ilaria Fekeza at 571.323.3636 or ifekeza@awinet.org.
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Registration Open Only Through August 31 for AWI Fall Lifelong Learning Program

AWI members are reminded that the association’s Lifelong Learning seminars on Contracts and Fundamental and Advanced Estimating and Project Management, September 13-15, in Seattle, WA, are fast approaching. The deadline for registration is August 31, 2007. Don’t be left out; the sessions will not be held again until February 2008 in the Southeast.

Learn from AWI’s outstanding faculty of experienced architectural woodworkers who know the “ins and outs” of successful projects...and prosperous businesses. Learn also from your peers.  Good ideas come from everywhere.  You can immediately put to work the knowledge and techniques gained in these seminars.

For more information, contact Ilaria Fekeza at 571.323.3636 or click here.  To register now, click here. Remember – the registration deadline is August 31, 2007. 

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AWI Workshop at Build Boston Promotes Architectural Woodwork to the Design Community

The value of architectural woodwork will have a presence at Build Boston, November 13-15, 2007.  Promoted as the “largest regional convention and tradeshow for the design and construction industry, Build Boston will feature over 225 workshops in 18 tracks covering all aspects of the design and construction industry.  AWI’s “Wood and Its Correct Use in Interiors” (B62) on Wednesday, November 14 from 4:00 – 5:30 pm is one of them.

AWI member presenters gathered by AWI Ambassador Joe Sorrelli will explain how to correctly specify solid and veneered wood products for interiors.  They will also identify the proper quality control needed for woodwork to assure customer satisfaction. Attendees will learn how to deliver what the customer is paying for. 

Presenters are:
Joe Galluzzo, Anthony Galluzzo Corporation, Cambridge, MA
Greg Porfido, Mark Richey Woodworking and Design, Boston, MA
Walt Price, Wright Architectural Millwork, Arlington, VA
Joe Sorrelli, AWI Ambassador
Woody Vaughn, Vaughn Woodwork Consultants, Boston, MA.

Build Boston expects 15,000 building professionals from 40 states and 12 nations.  In addition to the workshops, over 350 exhibit booths will feature building technologies, products and services.  The event also includes building and design tours of major projects in Boston.

For more details, visit www.buildboston.com

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Association News

AWI Introduces Honorary Life Membership Category

The AWI Board of Directors has created an Honorary Life Membership, AWI President Ed Brewer of Louisville Lumber & Millwork announced. This new AWI membership category is designed for individuals who have contributed exemplary service to the association, its members, and AWI’s mission. 

Full details about the Honorary Life Membership, including membership benefits and the nomination process, will be reported in the September issue of AWI NewsBriefs.  The nomination process will take place annually through the AWI Nominating Committee. Forms will be available from the AWI office.

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AWI Convention Registration Fees Increase after August 31

AWI members who are interested in capturing the “Executive Experience” are reminded that the 55th AWI Annual Convention, October 3-6, 2007 in Louisville, KY is fast approaching, and registration fees are rising after August 31.

Click here for full details about the convention workshops, the AWI Product Fair, woodwork plant tours, and other convention events.  Registration is open online.
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AWI to Award Prizes for Membership Recruitment

If you’ve been recruiting members for AWI during the 2007 “Member Recruit-a-Member” campaign period, February 1 – August 31, 2007, you may be one of the prize winners. 

Lucky AWI member recruiters who meet the campaign criteria can win $100, $500, $1,000 in cash prizes.  The grand prize is $2,000 and a free pass to the upcoming AWI Annual Convention/Executive Conference, October 3-6, 2007 in Louisville, KY.

It may not be too late to register for the campaign if you have a prospective member ready to join AWI. You could win at least $100.  Click here for contest details.

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Industry News

Consumer Confidence Index Climbs to a Six-Year High

The Conference Board Consumer Confidence Index, which had dipped in June, rebounded in July and now stands at 112.6, up from 105.3 in June. "The rebound in Consumer Confidence has catapulted the index to its highest reading in nearly six years,” said Lynn Franco, Director of The Conference Board Consumer Research Center.

“An improvement in business conditions and the job market has lifted consumers' spirits in July. The Present Situation Index is also at a near six-year high (August 2001 144.5). Looking ahead, consumers are more upbeat about short-term economic prospects, mainly the result of a decline in the number of pessimists, not an increase in the number of optimists. This rebound in confidence suggests economic activity may gather a little momentum in the coming months."

The Consumer Confidence Survey is based on a representative sample of 5,000 U.S. households. The monthly survey is conducted for The Conference Board by TNS, the world's largest custom research company.
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Global Plywood Market to Exceed 73 Million Cubic Meters by 2010; U.S. Big Part of Sales

The United States has been labeled the largest plywood market and is projected to account for sales of over 21 million cubic meters by 2009, according to a new report by Global Industry Analysts, Inc. 

Global sales are centered in the U.S., Asia-Pacific and Europe.  Emerging markets are countries in Eastern Europe.

For more details about the report, “Plywood: A Global Strategic Business Report,” click here.
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ANSI Board Approves Controversial Ergonomic Standard

On July 23, the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) Board of Standards Review (BSR) approved the controversial "Reduction of Musculoskeletal Problems in Construction" proposed standard.

The decision came two months after ANSI's Accredited Standards Committee (ASC) rejected a challenge to the standard filed by the American Subcontractors Association (ASA) and five other construction trade associations.

“Produced by ASC's A10.40 work group, the proposed standard would require significant changes and modifications in construction work practices and equipment. It is now pending before ANSI for final review, adoption and publication, which could happen as soon as mid-August,” ASA reported.

ASA and the Construction Industry Coalition have appealed the approval of the standard to prevent its adoption by ANSI.

 
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Boom in Non-residential Building Construction May Peak

While the building boom experienced in non-residential construction is continuing, signs point to it peaking, according to Reed Construction Data. 

Their forecast indicates that “construction spending is 17% higher year to date through May and the value of starts is up 22% year to date through June.”  Commercial building is enjoying a surge. For details in their forecast, click here.
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Watching the Economy

With all the disarray in financial markets, the Federal Reserve held onto its target interest rate at 5.25%.  According to numerous reports in the media monitored by the National Association of Manufacturers, there are downside risks to growth and they are increasing somewhat. 

Reports indicate that the Fed is not at the point of easing monetary policy.  You can read all about it in various sources:

Wall Street Journal (8/8, A1, lp, subscription required)
USA Today (8/8, 1B, Kirchhoff)
The Washington Post (8/8, D1 Henderson, Tse)
Financial Times (8/8, Callan, Authers, subscription required)
New York Times (8/8, A1, Peters and A18)
Los Angeles Times (8/8, Gosselin).

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Member News

Panel Source International Appoints New Central Region Market Manager

Panel Source International has appointed Stan Bush to the position of Market Manager-Central Region, effective August 13, 2007.  In this position, Stan will be responsible for all sales and marketing activities in the company’s Central Region, which includes Iowa, Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky, Missouri, Minnesota, and Wisconsin, along with the western sections of Michigan and Ohio.  Stan will be based in the company’s new Central Region Sales Office, currently being established in Wisconsin. He can be reached at bush.stan@panelsource.net  Visit Panel Source International (AWI Supplier Member since 2003) at www.panelsource.net
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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.  See what the AWI Ohio Valley and Washington Chapters are planning.

AWI Ohio Valley Chapter
When:
August 23-24, 2007
What: Train the Trainer Workshop – Deliver Presentations with Knowledge & Style
Presenters: AWI National Director of Training & Member Services Greg Heuer; Linda Heuer
Where: Adams Mark Hotel, Indianapolis, IN
More Information: Click here

AWI Washington Chapter
When:
November 8, 2007
What: Three Seminars:  1) QS 8005 Veneer Solution; 2) QS 8006 Finishing; 3) Woodworking Contributions to “Green” Building Projects
Presenters: Matt Gaglio, Mod Interiors; Frank Moceri, Madiera Woodworking, Inc.; Chuck Cady, Strata Design, Inc. – all chapter leaders
Were:  Midwest Expo, DeVos Place, Grand Rapids, MI
More Information:  Programs are targeted to architects, design professionals, contractors and woodworkers.  Click here for more details.

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Legislative News

Lacey Act Amendments Would Cover Wood Products

U.S. Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) has introduced legislation (S. 1930) to amend the Lacey Act to cover wood products. 

According to the International Wood Products Association’s (IWPA) analysis of the bill, it “requires importers to provide proof that no foreign law was violated during the harvest and transportation of their products, from the initial point of harvest through final import into the U.S., including unpaid taxes or other fees.  In addition, without an innocent owner protection, no amount of due diligence, including certification, provides a defense against U.S. government actions to seize your goods.”

IWPA says it is “firmly committed to stopping illegal logging but making importers responsible for overseas law enforcement is a high burden.”  They are engaged in discussions with Sen. Wyden’s staff, the bill’s proponents and coalition partners about resolution of the issues.

The “Combat Illegal Logging Act of 2007” was introduced on August 1 and referred to the Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry.  To view the text of the bill, click here.

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State Laws Show Public Policy Advances for Subcontractors

As the 2007 legislative session draws to a close for the vast majority of states, construction subcontractors in key states have much cause to celebrate following the enactment of several laws promising to improve the business environment in the construction industry.

Colorado – indemnity reform

Kansas – prompt payment law

Texas – anti-contingent payment bill

New Mexico – retainage; mechanic’s lien rights

Tennessee – retainage

Georgia – risk transfer / indemnity

Connecticut – mechanic’s lien

Kentucky – retainage

For summaries of the terms of each new law, visit asaonline, Web site of American Subcontractors Association.
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Next Issue of E-briefs

The next issue of AWI e-briefs will be published September 6, 2007. 
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