A bi-monthly news publication for AWI Manufacturing & Supplier Members February 21, 2008
Association News

Connect With Your AWI Development Council Reps

As a member of AWI you have numerous lines of communication to the association’s leadership, and AWI’s Development Council (DC) is another outstanding avenue for raising issues of importance to your company.  AWI members on the DC come from a variety of businesses and geographic regions.  Its volunteer members meet semi-annually about industry issues and needs raised in the field by AWI members that impact the association’s strategic planning and services for members.

To connect with your DC members, consult your AWI Membership Resource Directory or contact Development Council Chair, Weldon Riley, Terrill Manufacturing Company at wriley@terrillmfg.com. The DC will meet on April 16, 2008 during the Executive Briefing Conference in Princeton, NJ, April 15-18, 2008.
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Welcome to New 2008 AWI Sponsor

Delmac Machinery Group (AWI Supplier Member since 1995) has joined the ranks of AWI Sponsors for 2008.  Thank you for your support as a Level 4 Sponsor.  AWI Manufacturing Members are encouraged to check out the company’s products and services by visiting Delmac at www.delmac.com  or by clicking on their logo at right.

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At Your Best

Members of two AWI Best Practices Groups have cultivated a close network of peers who are learning new techniques, new approaches to business challenges and new solutions to old challenges.  A third Best Practices Group held its inaugural meeting on February 15, and a fourth is in the formative stages.  Learn how you can become involved.

Why should you get involved in BP Group #4?  AWI President-Elect Whitney Coombs of Ivan C. Dutterer, Inc., a member of AWI Best Practices Group #1, asks, "How can you afford not to?”  “Where else can you get hands-on management assistance from industry pros,” he said.

Find out more about the merits of joining an AWI Best Practices Group in the February issue of AWI NewsBriefs, the association’s monthly print newsletter.  Members of AWI Best Practices Groups are non-competitive AWI Manufacturing Members.  To explore participation in the fourth BPG currently in development, contact AWI Executive Vice President Phil Duvic at pduvic@awinet.org.
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Industry News

Another AWI Chapter Embraces Woodwork Career Alliance Skill Standards Project

The AWI Iowa/Nebraska Chapter has joined five other AWI chapters in contributing to the Woodwork Career Alliance (WCA).  Its generous contribution of $500 in support of WCA’s Skill Standards development project brings the total of AWI chapter donations to $10,803.  

To learn more about the AWI Iowa/Nebraska Chapter, click here for a list of officers and other key contacts.  For a list of other WCA supporters and sponsors, click here

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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Industry News

Window & Door Market Set to Grow in China

Demand for windows and doors in China is projected to increase 11% annually from 2006 to 2011.  The growth to 195 billion yen in 2011 will outpace growth in most other parts of the world, according to a new study by The Fredonia Group.

Although wood has a substantial grip on the fenestration market – accounting for 85 percent of the total in 2006 – the study indicates its growth will be competing heavily with the metal and plastic window and door markets as residential construction continues to increase in China. 

The study also indicates that the nonresidential building market – particularly in office, commercial and institutional building segments – will create demand for windows and doors at approximately the same growth rate, 11.2% for the same period.

For sample pages and more details about the $4900 246-page report, “Windows & Doors in China: Industry Study with Forecasts for 2011 & 2016,” visit the Freedonia Web site.
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2007 Ends with Period of Rebound in Architecture Billings

The Architecture Billings Index (ABI) recorded another healthy score in December 2007.

As a leading economic indicator of construction activity, the ABI shows an approximate nine to twelve month lag time between architecture billings and construction spending. The American Institute of Architects (AIA) reported the December ABI rating was 55.4, up a fraction from the 55.3 mark in November (any score above 50 indicates an increase in billings), and inquiries for new projects was 58.1.

The stretch of 34 straight months with a positive score is the longest run in the history of the survey that began in 1995, eclipsing the positive scores that continued from April 1998 to December 2000.

Key December ABI highlights:

• Regional averages: Northeast (63.6), South (57.1), Midwest (51.5), West (51.3).
• Sector index breakdown: commercial / industrial (62.1), mixed practice (58.7), institutional (53.8), multi-family residential (46.2).
• Billings inquiries index: 58.1.

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Five Real Estate Trends Drive Market in Uncertain Economy, NAHB Says

A look at market developments that are driving construction for architects, civil engineers and developers provides positive prospects for 2008 and beyond, according to a building industry magazine.

The trends expected to produce the most industry growth in the future are: Green Building and Design, Assisted Living Centers, Hospital Expansions and Education Campus Additions, Mixed-Use Developments and Urban Revitalization, according to the winter 2008 issue of Land Development, a magazine published by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB).

These are the real estate sectors that are doing well because of environmental sensitivity, aging baby boomers, recession-proof resources that fund institutional projects, lower risk projects and pedestrian-focused urban areas.

For more insight into the trends, click here.

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New England Nonresidential Building Market Expects Growth

While residential construction startups remain in a slump, New England expects to see gains in 2008 in the nonresidential market.  Two industry sources predict a growth rate of between 5 – 5.9%.

Where’s the growth?  Increases are projected in the educational building, office construction and commercial building markets.  For some encouraging news about the New England construction market, see Reed Construction by clicking here.
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Green Scene

Many Cities Find Itís Not Easy Being Green

Kermit the frog said it first, but more and more cities are finding that becoming green is not easy either. A slew of challenges that include budget limitations, legal restrictions, and behavioral issues are some of the factors that slow the “green” movement in many communities.

For more insight into the challenges that communities face as they strive to reduce their carbon footprints, visit the The New York Times Web site.  An article on February 7, “In Many Communities, It’s Not easy Going Green,” lays it out in black and white.

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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 Carolinas, Wisconsin, Heart of America, Missouri-Illinois, New England 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 Heart of America Chapter
When: March 13, 2008
Where: Technique Manufacturing, Hutchinson, KS
Questions: Jay Allen, Chapter President, at jay@allenmillworkco.com

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

AWI New England Chapter
When: March 26, 2008 (11:30 am – 3:15 pm)
What: “Hardwood + LEED® = Sustainability Success” Program, Networking Reception & Associate Displays, and Table Top Exhibitors Presentation
Presenter: Margaret Fisher, Saunders Wood Specialties
Registration: $35 per person; pre-registration required
Information: Click here

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

Happy 50th Anniversary to Star Moulding & Trim

Star Moulding & Trim celebrated its 50th anniversary January 1, 2008.  David F. O’Keeffe purchased Star Moulding & Trim in 1958.  The business was located in the heart of Chicago until 1974 when Dave expanded to a larger state-of-the-art facility in Bedford Park, IL.  On February 12, an employee luncheon was held announcing the appointment of David J. (D.J.) O’Keeffe to president from vice president.  D.J. O’Keeffe (Dave’s son) has been in management at Star for the past 16 years.  David F. O’Keeffe moves to Chairman of the Board.  Star Moulding & Trim has been an AWI Supplier Member since 1960.

 

David J. (D.J.) O’Keeffe (left) succeeds his father, David F. O’Keeffe, as new President of Star Moulding & Trim, as the senior O’Keeffe becomes Chairman of the Board. 

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One Wood Ė One Thousand Possibilities Design Contest

Pollmeier Massivholz GmbH & Co. KG has launched the International Beech Design Award campaign to illustrate the scores of diverse uses and design options for this versatile wood.


Anyone who designs or manufactures products made of Beech wood is eligible and encouraged to submit their project. Entries can be registered online or you can submit a written description and photo by mail.  Accepted projects will be posted on the Pollmeier Web site for visitors to view and evaluate. The contest will run through October 30, 2008 and prizes will be awarded at the end of the contest period.  For more details on the contest, how to enter or just browse some of the fabulous early entries, visit www.european-beech.com.

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Safety Matters

Safety Tip Challenge: Prizes Offered for Best Job Safety Tips†

Seeking safety tips from AWI Manufacturing Members, including employees of AWI member firms...enter your tips in the Safety Tip Challenge.  Encourage your employees to submit safety tips – get them involved!

How it works:  Each quarter, the AWI Safety Committee reviews and selects 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.

Prizes:  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.

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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OSHA Consultation Program Helps Employers Improve Safety & Health Management Systems

Safety on the job requires constant vigilance, and many safety and health programs from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) can help employers protect employees in the workplace.

OSHA's On-Site Consultation Program provides employers with information on potential hazards at their worksites and ways to improve their occupational safety and health management systems. Some consultation program participants can qualify for a one-year exemption from routine OSHA inspections.  Here are some of the benefits:

* It is free. 
* No citations are issued, nor are penalties imposed. 
* It is confidential. Your name, your organization's name, and any information you provide about your workplace will not be routinely reported to OSHA inspectors.
* It is primarily targeted to smaller businesses.
    
Employers can receive professional advice and assistance on preventing workplace hazards, and benefit from on-site training from an OSHA consultant. For information on how this resource can help your business, visit OSHA's On-Site Consultation Program Web page.
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Next Issue of E-briefs

The next issue of AWI e-briefs will be published March 6, 2008.
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