A bi-monthly news publication for AWI Manufacturing & Supplier Members January 3, 2008
Association News

2008 Sponsor Lineup

AWI is pleased to welcome our 2008 Sponsors.  Check them out!

These AWI Supplier Members are supporting all AWI Manufacturing Members through their sponsorship commitments.  The 12 sponsors committed to date are returning supporters.  Thanks to all for their support that helps fund AWI’s products, programs, and publications that benefit all of our members. Click on their logos (at right) to visit their Web sites.
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Member Survey Launches This Month – Action Item for All Members

Tell us what you think!  AWI’s Board of Directors is seeking your input about the association’s products, publications, and programs.  Your input is needed for AWI’s leadership to allocate funds and resources according to the rankings and ratings provided by AWI Manufacturers who respond to the annual member survey.

The survey will launch on January 15.  Follow the link in the e-mail you’ll receive and cast your vote about AWI services that are important for your business.  Make sure you also respond to special questions about education programs that will help the AWI Education Department develop and enhance professional development courses that best meet your needs.  Please respond by February 15.

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AOE Honorees Show off Their Beautiful Design Projects; You Can Too!

If you haven’t submitted a project in the AWI “Award of Excellence” Program, 2008 is the time to start.  The program is 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!  Show off your outstanding project to architects and design professionals who may be searching for your kind of expertise and creativity. The next deadline for submissions 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, Genbrook Millwork, Inc. of Greene, NY, enjoyed excellent media exposure.  

Pictured here is one of the winning AWI Manufacturing Member projects in the quarterly AWI “Award of Excellence” competition – the Peter J. Cayan Library of the State University of New York Institute of Technology at Utica. Genbrook fabricated the Cherry handrail system, including newel posts, guard rails and balusters of the new stair design of the library.

Photo Credit: Greg Cobb
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Design Solutions Receives Printing Industry Award

AWI’s full color quarterly journal, Design Solutions, was recently honored with two “Awards of Excellence” by the Printing Industries of Virginia for excellence in printing and binding of its summer and winter 2007 issues. The panel of judges examines entries for skill of the printer, difficulty of the job, registration and lack of flaws.  Congratulations to the Design Solutions team, including the publication’s printer, United Litho.

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Professional Development

Full Program Finalized for AWI Winter Professional Development Sessions

For 2008, isn’t it time to elevate the importance of continuing education for your company’s most important asset, your personnel?  Registration is open for the 2008 AWI Winter Professional Development Program and full details are available on the association’s Web site

Six traditional and cutting-edge sessions are scheduled, January 27 through March 1 in Lake Buena Vista (Orlando), FL at the Royal Plaza Hotel. Both Fundamentals and Advanced courses for Project Management and Estimating are on the schedule, complemented by new offerings, “AutoCAD for Woodworkers” and “LEED® + Hardwoods: Nuts and Bolts.” Sessions are structured for newcomers and industry veterans in project management, estimating, and middle management. 

Be there to build a better bottom line!

1. For more details, click here.
2. To register, click here.
3.  To make hotel reservations at the special $169 rate, follow the link on the AWI Web site to contact the Royal Plaza Hotel directly.  The cut off date is February 8, 2008.
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Winter Professional Development Sponsorships Include Exposure AND Exhibit Space

It’s not too late to sign up as a sponsor of the 2008 AWI Winter Professional Development Seminars, which will be held February 27 – March 1, 2008 in Orlando, FL.  For AWI Supplier Members this is an opportunity to gain exposure to those who use and evaluate products on a daily basis.

The courses are geared towards AWI member and prospective member manufacturing firms, design professionals, facility managers, building owners, business owners, project managers, estimators, drafters and drafting supervisors.

The sponsorship fee of $1,000 offers the following benefits:

  • Company listing in training manual as a sponsor 
  • Tabletop space at Product Fair
  • Logo and link on seminars section of the AWI Web site and e-mail promotion
  • Sponsor supplied, one-page insert and/or give-away item at registration
  • One complimentary registration
  • Onsite signage.

Note that exhibit space is available to sponsors only.  The deadline for sponsorship registration is February 6 to assure inclusion in printed materials and signage. Contact Cheryl Stratos at 703.212.7737 or by e-mail at cstratos@ias-online.net.

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Green Scene

Preview AWI “Green” Podcasts; Watch for Official Launch

AWI members will soon have another resource for information about LEED®, the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Green Building Rating System™.  Certified Training Provider Margaret Fisher of Saunders Wood Specialties has completed 12 podcast episodes for architectural woodworkers to learn more about LEED.

Each podcast contains images, lists, URLs and guides for the listening public. Individual episodes run six to nine minutes each.  For a preview of the series, click here.  Watch for announcements about their official launching on the AWI Web site.   

LEED is the feature-oriented rating system that awards building points for satisfying specified green building criteria under the banner of the U.S. Green Building Council.
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Greensburg, Kansas Goes Green

The city of Greensburg, Kansas has passed a resolution to certify all city-owned buildings LEED® Platinum, making it the first city in the U.S. to pass such a resolution.  LEED Platinum is the highest rating a building can achieve under the USGBC's LEED Green Building Rating System. 
 
Greensburg, devastated by a massive tornado on May 4, 2007, has focused its recovery on rebuilding as a model green community.  On December 17, 2007, the City Council adopted a resolution that all city buildings greater than 4,000 square feet will be certified LEED Platinum and be required to reduce energy use by 42% over current building code requirements.

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Industry News

November Construction Dipped 8%

New construction starts tumbled 8% in November to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $522.8 billion, reported McGraw-Hill Construction, a division of The McGraw-Hill Companies. 

The continuing slide for residential building was joined by a weak performance in November for nonresidential building, which was only partially offset by improved activity for public works.  Through the first eleven months of 2007, total construction on an unadjusted basis came in at $573.4 billion, down 10% from the same period a year ago.  If residential building is excluded, new construction starts for the January-November period of 2007 would be up 3% compared to 2006, McGraw-Hill said.

For more details about construction starts in November, click here.
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Woodwork Career Alliance Welcomes AWI Chapter Contributions

The Woodwork Career Alliance (WCA) just received a contribution from a third AWI chapter, helping it meet the terms of a $92,000 matching grant from the U.S.D.A. Forest Service for development of wood industry skill standards.  Contributions from the three AWI chapters now total $5,801. 

Thanks go to:
* AWI New England Chapter ($2,501 – highest chapter donation to date)
* AWI Texas Chapter ($2,500)
* AWI Arizona Chapter ($800)

Join in the friendly competition going on between chapters.  All donations at any level possible are welcome and important for assisting the WCA in fulfilling the terms of the matching grant.  The goal is within sight.  Contact Greg Heuer at gheuer@awinet.org to make a donation.
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IWPA “World of Wood 2008” Convention Explores Business & “Green” Trends

The International Wood Products Association’s (IWPA) convention this year is March 5-7, at the Loews Royal Pacific Resort at Universal Orlando ® in Orlando, FL. This year’s program is built around business projections for 2008 from the perspective of domestic manufacturers and distributors, what “going green” means for each industry, and what impact these factors will have on the specification and usage of imported wood products.

For convention information and registration, click here.  For hotel reservations, click here.
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In the Chapters

Chapter News

Is your AWI chapter in good standing?  Have you reported basic chapter information to AWI National for its records? 

If not, AWI is calling your chapter to action.  Please submit information including a current membership list, chapter officers, financial information, and more to either AWI Chapter liaison: Greg Bednar at GregoryMB@aol.com or Debby Heidler at dheidlerawi@comcast.net.  Find out how your chapter can benefit from “good standing” status.  For details about the specific information needed by AWI National, see the January issue of AWI NewsBriefs coming to you mailbox around January 15.

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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.  See what the AWI Texas, Ohio Valley, Empire State, Central Pennsylvania, Chicago, and Missouri-Illinois 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 was December 21, 2007.  Registration fees: free, Members; $250, Non-members.

AWI Ohio Valley Chapter
When: January 18, 2008
What: Business Meeting and Luncheon
Where: Columbus, IN
More Information:  Click here for meeting agenda, program and chapter plans, and registration, or 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 or call 607.656.7563.
Registration: $65, Chapter Members; $85 Non-Members.  Deadline for registration is January 4, 2008.

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
Registration: $30, Chapter/AWI Members; $50, Non-Chapter/Non-AWI Members.  Deadline for registration was December 19, 2007.
Questions: Garry Astles, Chapter President, gastles@northwayind.com

AWI Chicago Chapter
When: January 31, 2008
What: Webinar on “Green” issues
More Information: Call Ed Shavitz at 847.516.5737, ext. 14

AWI Missouri-Illinois Chapter
When: March 19, 2008
What: LEED® / Green Sustainable Program
Presenter: Margaret Fisher, Saunders Wood Specialties
More Information: Call Laurie Fromm, Classic Woodworking, Inc., at 314.544.0121

AWI Chicago Chapter
When: May 14, 2008
What: Plant Tour of Cain Millwork
Where: Rochelle, IL
More Information: Call Homer Lathrop or Don Lupa at 815.561.9700

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Member News

Select Veneer & Plywood Company Continues Intense Growth & Investment

AWI Supplier Member (since 2004) Select Veneer Company announced it will invest $1.7 million in the plywood manufacturing part of its business.   Located in Henry County, KY, the firm has produced over 1.5 million spliced faces. In 2007, the company acquired two different timberlands for sustainable harvesting.  Last year it also manufactured over 60,000 panels. Visit www.select-veneer.com for more details.

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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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Legislative News

Alternative Minimum Tax Patch Passed by House

On December 19, the U.S. House of Representatives voted 352-64 (yeas-nays) to approve legislation passed earlier by the Senate that would protect over 20 million taxpayers from an increased tax burden caused by the Alternative Minimum Tax (AMT).

According to the American Subcontractors Association (ASA), “the AMT was instituted in 1970 to assess taxes on wealthier taxpayers who, through itemized deductions, were paying virtually no taxes at all. It was never indexed for inflation, however, and each year affects more taxpayers. The current AMT imposes an average $2,000 tax increase on households that are required to pay it. Filers with incomes in the $70,000 to $200,000 range are expected to see the biggest benefits under the new ‘AMT patch.’”

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Next Issue of E-briefs

The next issue of AWI e-briefs will be published January 17, 2008.  Best wishes to all AWI members and e-briefs subscribers in 2008.

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