A bi-monthly news publication for AWI Manufacturing & Supplier Members February 7, 2008
Association News

Last Call, February 15, to Speak Out on AWI Member Survey

Speak up or you may miss the annual opportunity for Manufacturing Members to speak out about AWI’s products, publications, and programs.  Cast your vote about AWI services that are important for your business by logging into www.awinet.org as an AWI member.  Then click on the link to the Membership Survey. 

AWI also wants your input about the value of seminars for various levels of professionals in your business about issues affecting owners/executives, business managers, mid-level managers, production managers, and others on your team.  Your responses will influence the development of future AWI professional development courses. Last day to respond is February 15.

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Proudly Display Your AWI Membership

All AWI Manufacturing and Supplier Members who have renewed their membership for 2008 will receive updated membership certificate date strips.  When you receive them this month, affix them to your AWI membership plaque as evidence that you are associated with an internationally recognized organization of over 3100 members.

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Professional Development

AWI Winter Professional Development Program Registration Closes February 15

The AWI Winter Professional Development Seminar Program offers classic and cutting-edge courses for raising the level of quality, efficiency, productivity, and profitability of architectural woodwork operations.  Don’t miss the opportunity to enhance skills, expand knowledge and boost productivity and profitability, February 27 – March 1, 2008 in Orlando, FL. 

Details are available on AWI’s Web site. Classes are filling up fast at the Royal Plaza Hotel in Lake Buena Vista (Orlando), FL in the heart of Walt Disney World! 

1. For more details about the program, click here.
2. To register, click here.  Registration closes February 15, 2008.
3. Hotel accommodations for the Royal Plaza Hotel are sold out for night of February 27.  For other nearby accommodations, click here
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Registration Open for Southern Virginia Forest Products Initiative Conference

Mark your calendar for March 13, 2008 for the Southern Virginia Forest Products Initiative Conference.  The conference will be held at the Institute for Advanced Learning and Research in Danville, VA. This one day program is a result of nearly two years of collaboration moving toward advanced educational programs and creating educational pathways in partnership among many institutions. 

Visit the conference Web site at www.woodscience.vt.edu/svfpi for program information. Registration ($25) is now open for this important one-day event. The conference will include an optional tour of the new Swedwood Danville manufacturing plant.  The new Swedwood manufacturing facility is the first North American manufacturing facility for the parent company of IKEA.
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Management Skills Development Short Course Scheduled

The U.S. Forest Service Wood Education and Resource Center will host a two-day management skills short course on March 26 and 27, 2008, in Princeton, WVA.

Course instructors designed this program to develop the supervisory and management skills of hardwood industry managers. The goal of this course is to provide attendees with tools and skills to help them be better managers of their employees and themselves. Production supervisors, plant management, middle managers, and upper management seeking a refresher on key management issues will benefit from attending this training.

For course content information and to register, click here. The registration deadline is March 20, 2008.
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Industry News

Grassroots Support & Contributions for Woodwork Career Alliance Keep Growing

Two more AWI chapters, Colorado and Ohio Valley, have stepped up to the plate with contributions to the Woodwork Career Alliance (WCA).  Thanks go to the AWI Ohio Valley Chapter for their generous contribution of $2,502 (the largest to date from an AWI chapter) and to the AWI Colorado Chapter for their generous donation of $1,000, in support of the WCA’s Skill Standards development project.

Visit the AWI Ohio Valley Chapter, which is comprised of members in Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana, at www.awiohiovalley.org.  To visit the Colorado Chapter, visit www.awi-colorado.com. For a list of other WCA supporters and sponsors, click here. 

WCA Vice President Duane Griffiths of Stiles Machinery applauded all of the contributors, saving “the grassroots support is unprecedented in the industry.  Having so many AWI chapters step up and support (WCA’s) efforts speaks volumes.”

If you wish to make a donation to help WCA fulfill its requirements for the matching grant of $92,000 from the U.S.D.A. Forest Service for this project, contact AWI’s WCA liaison Greg Heuer at gheuer@awinet.org.
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WCA Writing Teams Advancing Projects; But Writers Are Still Wanted!

The Skill Standards development project of the Woodwork Career Alliance (WCA) needs operators of sanders to suggest some essential skills for portable power sanders, edge sanders, disk sanders, and spindle sanders. We also need writers for the sliding table saw and for multiple spindle boring machines.

Of course, anyone can put in their suggestions and comments on any of the machine groups currently being worked. Click here to learn more.

Meanwhile, WCA reports that three of its teams are making good progress on their assignments. The Hickory Group had a 50-minute web conference and live demonstration of Wiki work last Tuesday. Other groups interested in a session should contact Greg Heuer at gheuer@awinet.org for the outline.

If you are actively participating in the writing or review of the Skill Standards work in progress, please add your location to our worldwide map of support. Making YOUR mark on the map demonstrates the industry support to our Granting agencies.

Click here to go to the map page.  When you get there, press the “Add Yourself” button on the right-hand sidebar of the map to add your location.

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Large Museum & Library Projects in Planning Stages: Business Opportunities?

Projects around the country are in the planning stages which may present business opportunities for architectural woodworkers.  Learn more.

Reed Construction has published a list of 20 of the largest museum and library projects that are either new construction or involve additions and/or alterations to existing structures.   Click here for details.  The publisher announced it will cover other types of commercial, educational, government and other projects on a rotating basis. 
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Green Scene

Majority of Subcontractors See Green Building as Significant Business Opportunity

What do subcontractors think of the evolving market for green construction? According to a random cross-section of over 500 members of the American Subcontractors Association (ASA), 65.7% of respondents polled believe that their companies would benefit from pursuing projects where sustainable building practices are incorporated — suggesting that most specialty trade contractors “see green in green building.”

Conducted in December 2007, ASA’s first-ever Green Building Survey asked participating specialty trade contractors a series of six multiple-choice questions.  Almost three-fourths (73.6%) of respondents reported that their individual companies have participated in projects seeking recognition through the U.S. Green Building Council’s (USGBC) Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design™ (LEED) system or the Green Building Initiative’s Green Globes system. Almost two-thirds of these respondents (44.7% of all respondents) indicated that they had “participated in several” green projects.

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State of Green Business 2008

GreenBiz.com has launched a new report, "State of Green Business 2008," researched and written by the publication’s editors.  “This is the first report to take stock of green business activities in the United States, and features the debut of the GreenBiz Index, a set of 20 indicators of green business progress that we will update annually,” Executive Editor Joel Makower said.  For example, it measures how efficiently companies are using resources, reducing toxics, purchasing green fleet vehicles and renewable power, and reporting social and environmental performance.

The report also features the 10 key green business trends of 2007 as well as dozens of "Editors' Picks," lists that GreenBiz editors have compiled of the best books, web sites, reports, business initiatives, and other resources of the past year.  To download this free 64-page report, click here.
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In the Chapters

Chapter News

AWI chapters are on the move.  Much is happening in a number of chapters around the country who are connecting with AWI National Chapter Liaisons Greg Bednar and Debby Heidler.  Learn more about progress being made, such as new web sites, successful programs, elections, and other chapter news.

New Web Sites
Two AWI chapters have launched new web sites.  Visit them and get involved in your local chapter if you are not already active or a member.  Visit AWI Minnesota Chapter at www.awimn.org.  Check out www.neawi.org to see the AWI New England Chapter’s new web site.

New Elected Leadership
Congratulations to Ron Simmons of Riverside Construction Services, new President of the AWI Ohio Valley Chapter on his installation on January 18. Ron took over the reigns from former chapter president Kent Gilchrist of Fremont Interiors, Inc.

Successful Meetings
Over 90 members of the AWI Chicago Chapter attended a highly successful first-ever Webinar presented by Timber Products Company and SierraPine on January 30.  It was a historic evening for the chapter.

On January 18, the monthly AWI Missouri - Illinois Chapter meeting was held at Keller Dental Labs to educate the chapter on Lean Manufacturing.  This is the chapter’s second Lean tour and was lead by Mitch Millstein of Supply Velocity, a consultant with chapter member AMSL.  The tour included an introduction to the company, which provides custom dental products throughout the country. They have a pay-for-performance system in place to increase the productivity rate and allow employees to determine their compensation level. 

Chapter Re-development
The AWI Memphis Chapter is reorganizing.  Plans are underway for its evolution into a new Mid South Chapter.  AWI members in the area who are interested in supporting the chapter should contact Tim Tyler of Diamond Millwork of Jonesboro, AK at tim.tyler@diamondmillwork.com.  Tim is spearheading the efforts.
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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 Carolinas, Wisconsin, Missouri-Illinois and Chicago Chapters are planning.

AWI Carolinas Chapter
When: February 22, 2008 (9:00 am)
What: Chapter Meeting, Lunch and Appalachian State University Furniture Design Program Presentation
Where: Broyhill Inn & Appalachian Conference Center (ASU), Boone, NC
Information: Click here for more details.
Questions: Kristine Cox at KMCRowland@aol.com or call 336.887.0700 x24

AWI Wisconsin Chapter
Co-Sponsor – CSI Milwaukee Chapter
When: March 11, 2008
What: “Be Lean, Green & Seen” Partnered Industry Event & Mini Trade Fair
Presenters: Margaret Fisher, Saunders Wood Specialties; Jay Hollingsworth, Woodmill Products; Karl Arps, PE; Rick Goodson; Tom Ziech, WI Manufacturing Extension Partnership; and Gregory M. Bednar, CSI, CDT, GMB Associates, LLC and AWI National – Chapter Development Services liaison.
Where: Southeastern Carpentry Training Center, Pewaukee, WI
Information: Click here for program details.
Registration: Click here for fees and registration form.
Questions: Greg Bednar at gbednar@awinet.org or call 414.659.2462

AWI Missouri-Illinois Chapter
When: March 19, 2008
What: LEED / Green Sustainable Program
Presenter: Margaret Fisher, Saunders Wood Specialties
Information: Call Karen Duree, AMSL, at 314.524.0602

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

 
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Member News

Veneer Technologies Announces Fourth Annual Craftsman’s Challenge Woodworking Competition

Veneer Technologies (AWI Manufacturing Member since 1997) is now accepting entries for the company’s design competition, Veneer Tech Craftsman’s Challenge Awards™. The competition aims to recognize achievement in the use of natural veneer through cash awards and other recognition to designers, craftsmen, distributors and distributors’ sales representatives.  Any amount of natural veneer from any source used in the end product will qualify entries. 

Cash awards start at $2000 and reach $5000 for the grand prize-winning entry. All winners and honorable mentions will receive significant publicity.

Entries will be accepted through June 7, 2008.  Entry materials are available from Veneer Technology sales representatives, distributors, and through www.veneertech.com. Online entry is encouraged for submissions of digital photography and forms. Entrants may submit up to a total of three entries.
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New Planit Ready Partnership Formed

Planit Solutions and ETemplate Systems have announced a seamless integration between their respective products. This integration allows users of both systems to perform detailed as-built jobsite measurements using ETemplate Photo, and bring this data directly into Cabnetware and Cabinet Vision as an accurate layout for the design process. Planit Solutions has been an AWI Supplier Member since 1997 and ETemplate Systems has been an AWI Supplier Member since 2006.
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Robert Lewcock Retires from Zimmerman Architectural Studios

On January 24, 2008, Zimmerman Architectural Studios, in Milwaukee, WI, celebrated the lifelong achievements of principal Robert Lewcock, who after 41 years of service, announced his retirement.  A “who’s who” of prominent Wisconsin design professionals were present at a gala event to celebrate Bob’s lifelong contributions.  Bob announced his retirement as simply a turn of the page, as he will continue to stay on part time with Zimmerman Architectural Studios as a consultant, as well as teach at the Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design. 

Bob has been a staunch advocate of using the AWI Quality Standards Illustrated in his work as well as in teachings.  Greg Bednar of AWI National Chapter Services, on behalf of the local AWI Wisconsin Chapter, presented Bob with the prestigious Robert L. Saletra award for lifelong service to the architectural woodwork community and to AWI. 
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Safety Matters

Safety Tip from 4th Quarter Challenge; 1st Quarter Safety Tip Challenge Open for Submissions

Congratulations to our first Safety Tip Challenge winner.  The AWI Insurance and Safety Committee is proud to announce that Ken Hanson of Mount Wachusett Community College in Gardner, MA submitted the best Safety Tip for the last quarter of 2007. He will receive a new Starrett Model S909Z Precision Measuring Tool Set for his winning safety tip.
 
Safety Tip
Ken's tip was for the category of “Machinery Safety.” His tip recommends that companies should institute a policy in their business operations to paint machine guards the color "OSHA Yellow." This helps bring greater visibility and recognition of potential hazards to dangerous areas on a piece of equipment.
 
The OSHA Web site states that under 29 CFR 1910.144 there are specific color-coding requirements for a variety of items such as safety cans, emergency stop buttons, or portable containers of flammable liquids to name a few. The standard does not specify what machines or portions of machines need to be color-coded. But the standard does specify that yellow is to be used to identify physical hazards such as striking against, stumbling, falling, and "caught in-between." The idea behind color-coding is to make the employee aware of potential hazardous conditions in the work area. If there is a portion of a machine that creates a particular hazard and color-coding will enhance employee safety, then that part or hazard shall be color coded in compliance with 29 CFR 1910.144.

1st Quarter Safety Challenge
Click here to enter the Safety Tip Challenge for the first quarter of 2008.

AWI Manufacturing Members are encouraged to post in their shops the “Safety Tip Challenge” flyer enclosed with the January and February issues of AWI NewsBriefs.  Invite employees to participate; they could win a prize, and tips submitted could help you maximize safety on the job AND limit your insurance costs.  Safety pays!

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Reminder to Employers: Post Injury/Illness Summaries Beginning February 1

Beginning February 1, employers must post a summary of the total number of job-related injuries and illnesses that occurred last year. Employers are only required to post the Summary (OSHA Form 300A) – not the OSHA 300 Log – from February 1 to April 30, 2008.

Copies of OSHA Forms 300, 300A and 301 are available on the OSHA Recordkeeping Web page.

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About QCP

Do You Measure Up?

The Quality Certification Corporation (QCC) is seeking a few good industry professionals to serve as QCP Representatives who are links to program participants as well as to the design and construction community.  Qualification criteria are fairly high for just the right candidates who will have a rewarding experience.  Find out more.  

Criteria and qualifications:

  • Minimum of 15 years architectural woodwork industry experience, preferably in a management position
  • Thorough knowledge of the Architectural Woodwork Quality Standards Illustrated (QSI)
  • No current affiliation with an active woodwork manufacturing, finishing or installation company
    * Computer & internet proficient 
  • Ability to score 130 out of 150 correct answers on the QCP test (QSI open book test)
  • Flexible schedule and ability to travel 
  • Ability to act as industry representative 
  • Ability to promote QCP to the design & construction community

For more information for QCP Representative positions, contact QCC Director Randy Estabrook at 571.323.3620 or by e-mail at restabrook@awinet.org.
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Next Issue of E-briefs

The next issue of AWI e-briefs will be published February 21, 2008. 

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