A bi-monthly news publication for AWI Manufacturing & Supplier Members December 20, 2007
Association News

Annual AWI Membership Dues Are Due December 31, 2007

December 31, 2007 is the deadline for renewal of your 2008 AWI membership dues, and its only 11 days away.  Make sure your renewal is in on time to assure seamless continuation of your AWI membership benefits.

To guarantee your spot in the 2008 Membership Resource Directory you must have your payment in on time.  You may renew online at www.awinet.org in the “Membership Management” section or make your checks payable to the Architectural Woodwork Institute and mail them to PO Box 752056, Charlotte, NC 28275-2056.

Renew your membership today.  Stay connected to the AWI community of over 3,000 members.

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How Do You Show Off Your Beautiful Design Project to 25,000 Design Professionals?

Through the AWI “Award of Excellence” Program; it’s open to all AWI Manufacturing Members. Become one of the many honorees whose architectural woodwork projects are featured in quarterly issues of Design Solutions, AWI’s official journal!

You can have your outstanding project showcased to architects and design professionals who may be searching for your kind of expertise and creativity. The final call for submissions for the winter AOE Program was December 15, 2007.  Gear up now to submit a project for the spring AOE Program. That deadline is February 15, 2008. Click here for details and submission forms. 

Like other auspicious honorees featured in the fall 2007 edition of Design Solutions, AWI Manufacturing Member, Brownco Construction Company LLC of Rowlett, TX, enjoyed the media exposure that inclusion in the journal brings.  

Pictured here is one of the winning AWI Manufacturing Member projects in the quarterly AWI “Award of Excellence” competition – the Peterbilt Training Center’s main training room which highlights the tiered seating and Cherry modesty panels on each of the desks fabricated by Brownco Construction Company LLC. 

Photo Credit: Charles Davis Smith, AIA
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About QCP

2008 Quality Certification Program Renewal Period Ends December 31, 2007

This is the last call for QCP renewal on December 31, 2007. Invoices were mailed on November 9 to all QCP participants and must be received or postmarked by Monday, December 31, 2007 to avoid the $300 late fee. 

Online renewal at www.awiqcp.org is easy.  Note that the QCC participant user name and password is different from the new one you use at the AWI Web site.  Alternatively, send your check to:

46179 Westlake Drive, Suite 120
Potomac Falls, VA  20165-5874  

Should you have any questions, please call the Quality Certification Corporation toll-free at 1.800.449.8811.
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Professional Development

Registration Opens for AWI Winter Professional Development Seminars

The AWI 2008 Winter Professional Development program is accepting registrations for the six sessions scheduled, January 27 through March 1 in Lake Buena Vista (Orlando), Florida at the Royal Plaza Hotel. In addition to the learning sessions on project management, estimating, AutoCAD, and LEED®, the program features a Plant Tour of Featherlite and an Exhibitor Product Showcase where you’ll meet with some of the best suppliers in the business.

There will be a whole lot of learning going on for project managers, estimators and middle management.  These sessions are designed for newcomers and industry veterans. 

Click here for more details. To register, click here. To participate in the Exhibitor Product Showcase, contact Ilaria Fekeza at ifekeza@awinet.org or call 571.323.3614.  Attendees should make their hotel reservations early to secure the special $169 rate.  The cut off date is February 8, 2008.  Follow the link on the AWI Web site to make hotel reservations.

For insight into programs under development, click here.
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Training Pays More Than It Costs

“An investment of 1% of a project’s labor budget in training could have double-digit returns in productivity, reduced absenteeism, and the need for rework,” according to a research study that examined construction craft training. 

The study, co-sponsored by the Construction Users Roundtable and the National Center for Construction Education and Research, cites case studies demonstrating the positive outcomes of training.  One saw “turnover cut drastically to 7% among untrained workers and 0.6% among trained ones.”

For more details, visit NCCER Web site.  The article is the lead story in their fall 2007 “Construction Education Newsline.”  The article also provides ordering information for those who wish to obtain the full study.
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Industry News

Woodwork Career Alliance Launches Writing Teams for Skills Standards – Get Involved!

Before there are skills standards for the wood industry, there must be writers. Knowledgeable AWI members are needed who have time, expertise, some writing skills, and understand the skills needed in the industry project overseen by the Woodwork Career Alliance (WCA).  AWI is seeking writers for the teams that are organized by type of machine involved in each skill. 

Get involved. Details are available by clicking here.  The machines under consideration, the style sheet and writing guidelines are on the site.  Choose a tool that interests you.  There are sawing, shaping, smoothing, boring, finishing tools, and a lot more. Get started by advising Greg Heuer what you’d like to work on.  He’ll get you set up on the site.

Not sure if you should get involved?  Contact Greg at gheuer@awinet.org.

In other news, the WCA thanks the AWI Arizona and Texas Chapters for their generous contributions for the skills standards development project.  Their contributions are helping AWI meet the challenge of matching a $92,000 grant from the USDA Forest Service announced in July.  Only $7,500 remains to be collected. Contact Greg at gheuer@awinet.org if you can make a tax deductible contribution by December 31, 2007.
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Letter to Editor Presents Complex Products Manufacturing as Competitive Edge

“While Illinois (and perhaps other states) has lost thousands of manufacturing jobs to overseas competitors, in many cases the jobs lost have been low-skilled and low-paying,” according to a letter to the editor of the Chicago Tribune from the Executive Director of the Chicago Manufacturing Renaissance Council.

The author pointed out that “we do have a competitive advantage in the production of complex products.”  Dan Swinney, the group’s Executive Director, said that “the production of complex products could be the engine to fuel our economy.”  He noted that we must “develop a world-class education system that prepares our youth for careers in high-skilled manufacturing.”

See the Chicago Tribune Web site for the full text.
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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 Texas, Ohio Valley, Empire State and Central Pennsylvania Chapters are planning.

AWI Texas Chapter
When: January 11, 2008 (8:00 am – 5:00 pm)
What: Three presentations: 1) New Texas Contingent Payment Law; 2) Contracts – Protection & Prevention; 3) Improving Your Profitability Using AWI Resources
Presenters: Thomas J. Walthall, Jr., The Gardner Law Firm; Joe Sorrelli, Aljoe Woodwork Consultants; Scott Nelson, Central Plains Millwork, Inc.
Where: San Antonio, TX
More Information: Click here for program and registration details.
Registration & Hotel Accommodations: Deadline for registration and reservations is December 21, 2007.  Registration fees: free, Members; $250, Non-members.

AWI Ohio Valley Chapter
January 18, 2008
What: Business Meeting and Luncheon
Where: Columbus, IN
More Information:  Click here for meeting agenda, program and chapter plans, and registration.  
Questions: Call 502.459.8710

AWI Empire State Chapter
When: January 24, 2008
What: Hardwood +LEED® = Sustainability Success
Presenter: Margaret Fisher, Saunders Wood Specialties
Where: Syracuse, NY
More Information: Click here for program information and registration details.
Registration: $65, Chapter Members; $85 Non-Members.  Deadline for registration is January 4, 2008
Questions: Call 607.656.7563   

AWI Central Pennsylvania Chapter
When: January 31, 2008 (2:00 – 4:00 pm)
What: Installation Clinic – Presentation & Open Forum
Presenter: Brian Ebersole, Bersole Brothers Construction
Where: Wildwood Conference Center, Harrisburg, PA
More Information: Click here for program information, registration, directions, and other details.
Registration: $30, Chapter/AWI Members; $50, Non-Chapter/Non-AWI Members.  Deadline for registration is December 19, 2007.
Questions: Garry Astles, Chapter President, gastles@northwayind.com

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Member News

Dooge Veneers Celebrates 30-Year Involvement in Global Economy

Almost 30 years before the term “global economy” was coined, a Grand Rapids-based business, Dooge Veneers, was practicing it.  The AWI Supplier Member (since 1995) is celebrating its 30th anniversary with a donation to establish forests for the national resource needs of future generations. Dooge’s commemorative gift will be spread over five years and directed to two organizations devoted to the long-term sustainability of forests: the Hardwood Forestry Fund and the Tropical Forestry Foundation. The firm is certified by the Forest Stewardship Council.  Dooge Veneers distributes more than 20 million square feet of veneer annually.  Visit them at www.doogeveneers.com.

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Häfele Sponsors Solar Decathlon of “Green” House Design

Häfele (AWI Supplier Member since 1979) was a sponsor of the 2008 Solar Decathlon, exhibited in Washington, DC, October 12-20, on the National Mall.  The Decathlon is a competition between collegiate students to design, develop, build and test a “green” solar powered/efficient house.  Among the 20 colleges from around the globe that participated, Häfele sponsored 10 universities. The students used Häfele hardware to provide separation between rooms, closet doors, easy operating shower doors and rattle-proof exterior shutters.  Visit them at www.hafele.com/us.

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Microvellum Receives Top ISV Award

In November, Microvellum announced it had received the top ISV (Independent Software Vendor) award from Autodesk for the third consecutive quarter in 2007. Microvellum is an AutoCAD independent reseller with manufacturing and design software for the wood working industry. Microvellum and Autodesk plan to work more closely on world class software solutions for a worldwide audience. Microvellum has been an AWI Supplier Member since 1996.  Visit the company at www.microvellum.com.
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Biesse Appoints Two New North American Managers

Yesterday, Biesse, (AWI Supplier Member since 1995) announced that Fabio Cardarelli had been appointed as North America Service and Parts Manager, one of the members of the newly restructured North America Service Management Team.  The team is focused on optimizing service levels.  Biesse also appointed Jacqueline Liger to the position of North American Marketing Manager.  Prior to her recent appointment, Liger served Biesse’s Wood Division as Marketing Manager since early 2006.  Visit the company at www.biesseamerica.com.

In a separate announcement, Biesse announced the overhaul of its Tooling and Accessories Department which serves customers in the U.S. and Canada.
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Safety Matters

Safety Tip Challenge: Prizes Offered for Best Job Safety Tips

Seeking safety tips from AWI Manufacturing Members...each quarter, the AWI Safety Committee will review and select the best submittals to date.

Each submittal remains in the competition for the entire year, so all entries have an equal opportunity for review each quarter. (Quarterly winners are excluded from future consideration). The AWI Safety Committee reviews and judges all entries and selects the winners; all judging decisions are final.

Each winner receives a beautiful Starrett Model S909Z combination square valued at almost $300, compliments of the AWI Safety Committee and our partner in risk management, CNA Insurance.

Click here to enter the Safety Tip Challenge.
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Regulatory Issues

Economic Census Forms Due February 12, 2008

It’s the Law!  If yours is among the millions of businesses that received an Economic Census form this month – fill it out. Send it in.  America needs your numbers. The deadline for returning a completed form is February 12, 2008.

The economic census is conducted every five years and “...affects every American who runs a business, saves for retirement or takes out a mortgage on a home,” said Steve Landefeld, director of the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis.

If you need help with the form, contact the Census Bureau’s business help site.
The Economic Census provides statistics that businesses may use to assess and grow their operations.  See the “Industry Snapshots for more than 1,000 industries.  Do a search for “architectural woodwork” for information about our industry.

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Legislative News

House Sends Energy Bill to President for Signing

On December 18, the House passed H.R. 6, the “Energy Independence and Security Act,” by a vote of 314 to 100. The bill had been modified in the Senate and the House-passed measure was sent to the President the following day for signature.

Some of the more notable provisions supported by the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) include:

*         A provision to raise corporate average fuel economy standards for cars and light trucks – including SUVs – to an average of 35 miles per gallon by 2020, about  a 40% increase.
*        A mandate to produce 36 billion gallons annually of ethanol and other biofuels by 2022, a massive increase over current production.
*        Multiple major conservation measures – including the phase-out of incandescent lightbulbs over the next four to six years, and stronger appliance and federal building efficiency standards.
Other sections of the bill of interest to the design-build industry include training programs for "green jobs" in the renewable energy and energy efficiency sector.

For a more detailed description of provisions in the bill affecting manufacturers, visit the NAM Web site.  For the full text of H.R. 6, click here.
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Seasons Greetings and Thanks!

AWI, its Officers, Board of Directors and staff extend warm wishes to all AWI members for a very healthy and happy holiday season.  We’ll be back in the New Year serving as your bimonthly resource of news and information about AWI and issues that impact the architectural woodwork industry.

Your membership is important to us.  We thank you for your support in 2007 and look forward to continuing to bring you quality products, programs and publications in 2008.  Special thanks are extended to all AWI 2007 Sponsors, whose support helped fund your association services this past year.

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Next Issue of E-briefs

The next issue of AWI e-briefs will be published January 3, 2008.
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