A bi-monthly news publication for AWI Manufacturing & Supplier Members October 4, 2007
Industry News

Global Demand for Windows & Doors to Grow 5% Annually Through 2011

Sales of windows and doors are expected to rise to $150 billion in 2011 due to healthy global economic growth, rising per capita income, and ongoing industrialization efforts in developing parts of the world, according to a recent study by the Freedonia Group. 

The group recently published its forecasts for growth of the window and door market for residential as well as nonresidential application.  China, India, Mexico and Russia will experience the largest sales increases, with strong market growth expected in Malaysia, Indonesia, Ukraine and Iran.

AWI members can check out Freedonia’s projections and order copies of “Word Windows & Doors” at the Freedonia Group Web site.

 
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Hear about the Future of U.S. Trade – Export Council Conference Delivers Insights

With global business becoming more complex and overseas business opportunities growing, exporters need to better understand the future of U.S. trade. 

The 2007 National District Export Council Conference, entitled “The Great Debate – The Future of US Trade,” is scheduled to take place in Tampa, FL on November 7-9, 2007. Enhance your bottom line by learning best practices and concrete strategies. With U.S. exports expanding rapidly, beneficial exchange rates and new free trade agreements, the timing is right. Appointments with U.S. Department of Commerce Senior Commercial Officers are available to offer recommendations on how to export to countries in South America, Mexico and the Middle East.

Presentations will focus on “The Stakeholders of Trade, In the Trenches of Trade, The China Trade Card, and more.  For more information or to register, visit www.decconference.com.

District Export Councils (DECs) are organizations of leaders from the local business community, appointed by successive U.S. Secretaries of Commerce, whose knowledge of international business provides a source of professional advice for local firms.
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Navigator Tool for 2007 ConsensusDOCS Now Available

Understanding the 2007 ConsensusDOCS model contracts just got a whole lot easier for subcontractors. “New Directions: Navigating the Stage Set by the ConsensusDOCS Owner-Contractor Agreement,” the latest multimedia CD-ROM published by the Foundation of the American Subcontractors Association (FASA), provides subcontractors with key insights on how the highly anticipated ConsensusDOCS model owner-contractor agreement (2007) will impact them.

This multimedia recording of the first webinar in the American Subcontractors Association’s (ASA) 2007-08 “Subcontractor Bidding and Negotiating Advantage Series,” explains how the ConsensusDOCS owner-contractor agreement can set a stage of contractual rights, responsibilities and remedies that helps specialty trade contractors manage risk and succeed. In most cases, owner-contractor agreements are incorporated into subcontractor agreements and the rights and obligations of contractors described therein can “flow down” to subcontractors.

ConsensusDOCS is the new family of model contract documents based on best practices and proper risk allocation for the benefit of all members of the construction industry — and designed to increase efficiency in contract negotiations and project execution. ConsensusDOCS was developed by a collaboration of construction industry organizations.

The “New Directions: Navigating the Stage Set by the ConsensusDOCS Owner-Contractor Agreement” CD-ROM contains an audio-visual recording, a media player to install on your computer, and installation instructions. The cost is $65 for ASA members and $95 for nonmembers. To order this resource, visit www.contractorsknowledgenetwork.org or call toll-free 1.888.374.3133.

 
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Professional Development

The Woodwork Career Alliance Needs Your Help

Want to help advance the multi-year Skill Standards project?  Here’s how. 

The Woodwork Career Alliance of North America is now ready to begin writing the Skill Standards that will be developed to advance the “Wood Manufacturing Skill Standards, Evaluations & Credentials” initiative. The project is being funded by a $92,000 matching grant from the USDA Forest Service to meet the need for skilled woodworkers in an increasingly competitive global market. 

First, volunteers are needed to begin the task of writing and editing the Skill Standards.  If you have any expertise in this area and/or if you have ideas for the credentials needed for tomorrow’s woodworkers, contact Greg Heuer at gheuer@awinet.org.

Second, because the $92,000 grant must be matched dollar-for-dollar by the Woodwork Career Alliance, contributions are being sought to support this project.  To date, in addition to AWI, sponsors include: the Association of Woodworking & Furnishings Suppliers (AWFS), Wood Machinery Manufacturers of America (WMMA), WoodLINKS, and Woodworking Machinery Industry Association (WMIA).  Contact Greg Heuer at gheuer@awinet.org if you wish to make a financial contribution to this important initiative that will impact the future of the woodwork industry.

For more details about the project, visit the Woodwork Career Alliance Web site.
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Seattle Project Management Seminar Draws Applause

One of the satisfied customers who attended the AWI education program in Seattle, WA wrote to one of the seminar leaders, Jeff Stück, commenting on the practical value of the Project Management session.  Here’s what he had to say:

“I really enjoyed the class you gentlemen put on. I collected so much great information from that class. I have a new outlook on project management and have started to implement new procedures in my office. Monday, in our office staff meeting I shared my new P.M. techniques and a written implementation plan with my staff. We are currently in the process of revamping our project management SOP. Thank you for sharing your expertise with all of us in Seattle.” 

AWI Manufacturing Members are encouraged to attend future Project Management seminars and other practical sessions that help you manage your shop and other operations more efficiently and profitably.  Watch for news in upcoming issues of AWI e-briefs about AWI Professional Development Education Programs in February 20-23, 2008 in Jacksonville, FL.

 
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Association News

Seeking Corporate Exposure to Attract New Business?

All AWI Manufacturing Members are invited to explore the AWI “Award of Excellence” program as a unique window of opportunity for business exposure to potential customers.  Become one of the honorees!

The winning projects of AWI “Award of Excellence” honorees are seen by nearly 25,000 architect and design professional subscribers to Design Solutions.

Like other auspicious honorees featured in the summer 2007 edition of Design Solutions, AWI’s quarterly journal, AWI Manufacturing Member E. M. Pfaff & Son, Inc. of Horseheads, NY (featured below), enjoyed the media exposure that inclusion in the journal brings.  

Don’t miss the next deadline for submissions for the winter AWI “Award of Excellence” Program on December 1, 2007.  All AWI Manufacturing Members are eligible to apply.  You too can have your outstanding project showcased to architects and design professionals who may be searching for your kind of expertise and creativity.  Click here for details and submission forms.

Pictured here is one of the winning AWI Manufacturing Member projects in the quarterly AWI “Award of Excellence” competition – the New York School of Industrial Relations at Cornell University, Ithaca, NY. Sloping Maple paneled walls enclose the outer soffits and create inviting seating alcoves at the window recesses in the library which contains the most extensive collection of industrial and labor relations materials in North America. E. M. Pfaff & Son, Inc. provided the woodwork. Veneer was supplied by R. S. Bacon Veneer.

Photo Credit: Norman McGrath, New York, NY
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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 Wisconsin, Great Lakes and Central Pennsylvania Chapters are planning.

AWI Wisconsin Chapter
When: Thursday, October 11, 2007 (1:00 pm - program)
What:  “Investing in Tomorrow’s Woodworkers” on WI Youth Apprenticeship Program
Presenters: Robin Kroyer-Kubicek, Youth Apprenticeship Curriculum Specialist; Mike Grady, Business Development Manager, Generac Power Systems; and Tania Kilpatrick, Youth Apprenticeship Consortium Coordinator
Where: Fox Valley Technical College, Oshkosh, WI
More Information: Click here
Questions:  Jim Buege – 414.266.9991 (p); JimB@northerncapital-wi.com

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

AWI Central Pennsylvania Chapter
When:
Thursday, November 15, 2007 (all day)
What:  Lean Manufacturing Program (with PowerPoint presentations, discussion, and interaction on the implementation of Lean manufacturing with area woodworking companies); Tabletop exhibits featuring Supplier Members
Presenter: Mike Rothmeier, Simple Solutions
Where: Wildwood Conference Center, Harrisburg, PA
Registration:  $75 for members
More Information:  Click here for program & registration details.
Questions: For more details and to exhibit, contact Garry Astles at gastles@northwayind.com.

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Member News

Jessie Vaughn, Mother of AWI Member “Woody” Vaughn, Jr., Passes Away

On September 14 in Providence, RI, Jessie (Covington) Vaughn, wife of Norman L. Vaughn and mother of Norman L. “Woody” Vaughn, Jr., passed away at the age of 88.  She was a resident of Warwick, Rhode Island since 1949 and a registered nurse.  Funeral services for Mrs. Vaughn were held on September 18. Contributions in her memory may be made to INSIGHT Blind Rehabilitation, 43 Jefferson Boulevard, Warwick, RI 02888 or to Spring Green Memorial Church, 1350 Warwick Avenue, Warwick, RI 02888. Woody Vaughn can be reached at wood.expert@woody-vaughn.com

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Oops Department!

Federal Reserve Cuts Interest Rates

Interest rates were cut to 4.75%, not by 4.75%.  The editors apologize for the error in the September 21st issue of e-briefs that appeared in the article, “Federal Reserve Cuts Interest Rates by 4.75%.”  Of course, it should have said that the interest rates were cut by a one-half percentage point to 4.75%.  Sorry, but the news was not that monumental.
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Next Issue of E-briefs

The next issue of AWI e-briefs will be published October 18, 2007. 

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