A bi-monthly news publication for AWI Manufacturing & Supplier Members May 22, 2008
Association News

AWI CODBS Report – “I Would Not Do Business Without It”

Need convincing that the 2008 AWI Cost of Doing Business Survey is a unique financial tool for measuring your operating costs, compensation levels and benefits packages that will help you improve your company’s financial performance?  Discover why Dean Rummel of TMI Systems Design Corporation will not do business without the final CODB report.  Learn how Bruce Spitz of Classic Millwork and Products uses the report.

What does Dean Rummel of TMI Systems Design Corporation say about the final report he receives as a CODBS participant?  “I would not do business without it.”  For insight into how easy Dean thinks participation is, click here for a two-minute video.  He comments on the simplified reporting system incorporated into the 2008 CODBS and believes it will reduce time spent completing the survey to about 30 minutes for his company.  

Bruce Spitz of Classic Millwork and Products, Inc. says, “The AWI-specific personnel compensation benchmark information allows me to examine pay rates and measure our structure against them.”  He encourages smaller companies to take the time to participate. The data is held in strict confidence by Inverra, the survey company. 

Isn’t your bottom line, important enough to participate?  You will receive a CD-ROM with your company’s financial data pre-loaded for use immediately for comparing your firm’s profits, sales, profits, salaries, costs and more with regional and national industry averages. Click here for more details and instructions about data submission.  The 2008 CODB survey period closes on June 1, 2008.
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Design Solutions Online – New Benefit for AOE Honorees, Advertisers, AWI Members!

The gorgeous, glossy print edition of AWI Design Solutions, AWI’s official quarterly journal, is available for the first time online at www.awinet.org.  AWI Members can access quarterly issues 24/7 for use in showing off the capabilities of architectural woodworkers. Learn about the benefits.

The spring edition of Design Solutions is the first quarterly issue of AWI’s full color journal featured online using flash technology.  Check it out.  Benefits include:

  • Featured AOE honorees gain added exposure beyond the 25,000 architects and design professionals who receive the print publication.
  • AWI Manufacturing Members listed in each edition receive added exposure to additional online readers.
  • Readers can easily reach the Web sites of advertisers with a click of a mouse.
  • Readers can print out articles for show-and-tell about award-winning architectural woodwork projects.
  • While visiting potential customers, anyone can access the current edition of Design Solutions online to show off examples of fine architectural woodwork.

Features of Design Solutions Online include a “search” function for easy look-ups, a “zoom” function to examine woodwork features, archives of back issues that will start with the spring 2008 edition when the summer issue is published, and much more.  While most viewers have browsers that include “flash” technology, some members may have to load Adobe Flash Player technology to enter the online magazine.  Take a test drive.

Design Solutions will continue to be distributed in print format to most current recipients.  This new online edition is a supplement to the membership benefits offered to AWI members in good standing. Watch for the June issue of AWI NewsBriefs for full details about the print and online publication policy.

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Seeking Business Exposure? All AWI Manufacturing Members Eligible for AOE Honors

Become one of the many AWI “Award of Excellence” 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. Click here for details and submission forms. Any member of the project team may apply for an “Award of Excellence” as long as the woodworker is an AWI Manufacturing Member.  The deadline for submissions for the next quarterly AOE honors is August 15, 2008.  The benefits to AOE honorees just got bigger with the launching on Design Solutions Online. (See previous article.) 

Pictured here is one of the award-winning AWI Manufacturing Member projects in the winter AWI “Award of Excellence” quarterly competition – the Atlantic Cape Community College in NJ featuring a wavy main circulation desk of Maple woodwork fabricated by CBR Woodworking, LLC of Hainesport, NJ. Bent glass covers the entire footprint of the top of the desk.

Photo Credit: Matt Wargo, Philadelphia, PA
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2008 AWI Membership Resource Directory Coming Soon

The annual resource directory of AWI Manufacturing and Supplier Members, association leadership and staff is coming to your mailbox soon.

This “go-to” printed reference guide, which is a virtual “who’s who” of key companies and contacts in the architectural woodwork industry, includes profile information for over 1,300 companies. The AWI Membership Resource Directory is provided to all AWI Manufacturing and Supplier Members as a benefit of membership in AWI.

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About QCP

Quality Certification Corporation Appoints Craig Elias as Program Director

Craig Elias, formerly of Elias Studios of Pittsburgh, PA, has been appointed QCC Program Director.  He succeeds Randy Estabrook who directed the QCP for six years. 

A member of the QCC Board of Directors, Craig is well-acquainted with the Quality Certification Program and comes to QCC with experience in both for-profit and nonprofit organizations.  Watch for the June edition of AWI NewsBriefs and the 2nd Quarter edition of Quality Times for full details about his appointment.  Both publications will reach members in early June.
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Professional Development

AWI Speakers Bureau under Development: Qualified Presenters Sought

The AWI Education Committee is developing an AWI Speakers Bureau to help market the association and professional woodworking to the construction community, and enhance the sharing of business tips and techniques with AWI members.

A planning meeting will take place on June 14, 2008, chaired by AWI Past President Joe Sorrelli of Aljoe Woodwork Consultants. Members of the task force include Jeff Ebel of Ebel Woodworking, Inc. and John Leininger of Leininger Cabinet and Woodworking, Inc.  Any AWI member who is interested in becoming an AWI Qualified Presenter should contact Greg Heuer, Chief Learning Officer of AWI.
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Industry News

AWI to Have Strong Presence at IWF 2008™

Register and secure your accommodations early for IWF 2008, August 20-23, 2008 in Atlanta, GA.  Sign up using the AWI access portals on the association’s Web site and take advantage of the room block with special rates secured for AWI members.

To register for IWF show credentials, click here.

For hotel accommodations in the AWI room block at the Hyatt Regency Atlanta, click here.

Stop by the AWI booth, #A429, at the Georgia World Congress Center.  Plan to attend the AWI Reception for AWI members and prospective members on August 21, from 6:00 – 9:00 pm in Room A412A, also in the Georgia World Congress Center. And, watch for the June issue of AWI NewsBriefs for details about the AWI-hosted seminar, “Marketing for Advanced Wood Manufacturing Companies” on Saturday, August 22 at 11:30 am.  See you at IWF.

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Prevent the "Shocks" of BIM and Electronic Documentation

With each passing month, building information modeling (BIM) technology is being incorporated into construction project planning, execution and documentation more and more. Industry research even forecasts that BIM could become the norm and not the exception for commercial and industrial construction projects as early as 2009.

In anticipation of this trend, the Foundation of the American Subcontractors Association (FASA) produced “Shock Prevention: Mitigating the Contractual Risks of Building Information Modeling and Electronic Documents,” to help subcontractors understand the potential risks – and navigate the possible pitfalls – associated with BIM and other forms of electronic documentation and data exchange.

Available on multimedia CD-ROM through the ASA Contractors’ Knowledge Depot, “Shock Prevention” is $65 for ASA members and $95 for nonmembers. Visit www.contractorsknowledgenetwork.org or call toll-free 888.374.3133.
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Green Scene

USGBC Seeks Comments on Proposed Improvements to LEED®

The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) has opened the first public comment period on LEED 2009, the next evolution of the LEED green building certification system.

LEED 2009 represents a reorganization of the existing LEED rating systems for commercial buildings, combined with a series of major technical advancements focused on improving energy efficiency, reducing carbon emissions, and addressing other environmental and human health outcomes.

The evolution of LEED is based on technical, scientific and market-based advancements. LEED 2009, coupled with an expanded third-party certification program and significant enhancements to LEED Online, make up a multi-faceted initiative referred to as LEED Version 3.0. 

Visit www.usgbc.org for full details about specific proposed technical changes to the rating system.  The site contains background documents that accompany the public comment forms.  The public comment period will be open for 30 days, from May 19 through June 22, 2008, at 5:00 pm Pacific Time.
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AIA Studies Three Green Building Rating Systems

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) has released a study of three green building rating systems (Green Globes, SBTool 07, and LEED® NC 2.2) and assesses their effectiveness in supporting the goals of the AIA sustainability position statement.

The purpose of the survey and feedback information is to offer analysis to both industry and the public as an opportunity to learn how three unique, creative and evolving green building rating systems resonate in various dimensions with the goals of the AIA position statement on sustainability and its goal to achieve carbon neutrality in buildings by 2030.

For the full report, “Quantifying Sustainability,” visit the AIW Web site. 
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Safety Matters

AWI Safety Awareness Week, June 2-6, 2008, Celebration is Coming

Workplace Safety is No Accident – Safety Pays!  Watch for daily e-mails from AWI June 2-6, 2008 to celebrate AWI Safety Awareness Week.  Win a prize in the Safety Savvy Contest on Monday, June 2.

Daily e-mails will link you to the AWI Web site for information covering a different safety theme and resource information each day beginning June 2.  “Plan to make ‘Safety Pay’ during AWI Safety Awareness Week, June 2-6, 2008.  Join the daily festivities and plan now to call attention to safety each day that week to invigorate your safety program,” said Teresa Bell, Chair of the AWI Insurance and Safety Committee.
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Enter the Safety Tip Challenge; Win a Prize for Best Job Safety Tip

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!

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

Click here to enter the Safety Tip Challenge.

Post the attached “Safety Tip Challenge” flyer in your shop.  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. The flyer details how the Safety Tips Challenge works.  Safety pays!
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Member News

Biesse Canada to Hold “One2One” Woodworking Event in Toronto

Biesse Canada, manufacturer of machinery and systems for the woodworking industry, will hold a two-day “One2One” event at its Toronto, ON facility June 11-12, 2008. 

The free educational events, which Biesse holds throughout the year both in Toronto and at the Charlotte, North Carolina headquarters of Biesse America, offer an opportunity to get up to speed on the latest developments in the industry with a variety of workshops and presentations. A wide variety of seminars are scheduled for the upcoming Toronto event, addressing both the business and technology aspects of the industry. The event also will include live machine demonstrations. A complete schedule of 2008 One2One events is available at www.biessecanada.com and www.biesseamerica.com.
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Regulatory Issues

Labor Department Unveils New elaws® Advisor

Employers stand to benefit from a new elaws® Advisor debuted by the U.S. Department of Labor earlier this month.

The “FirstStep Recordkeeping, Reporting and Notices elaws®Advisor” helps employers determine what record-keeping, reporting and notice requirements apply to them under major laws administered by the department, including the Occupational Safety and Health Act.

It has been integrated with the revised and expanded FirstStep Poster and FirstStep Employment Law Overview Advisors. All three Advisors help employers identify the federal employment laws relevant to them and explain how to comply with the requirements. This new suite of elaws® Advisors is available at www.dol.gov/elaws/firststep.
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In the Chapters

Chapter Events Ahead

What’s happening in local architectural woodwork communities?  See what the AWI Chicago and Wisconsin Chapters are planning.

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.

AWI Chicago Chapter
When:
June 5, 2008 (Tee-off at 11:15 am)
What: Golf Outing
Where: St. Andrews Golf Club, West Chicago, IL
Registration: Discounted registration ends May 16, 2008.  Details attached. Click here for a registration form.
Sponsorships: Click here for details.
Information: Ned Thompson at nedthomp@thompsonfinishing.com or call 773.522.3633; Ed Schavitz at cuied@yahoo.com or call 847.417.1626;  Visit www.awichicago.org.

AWI Wisconsin Chapter
When: August 7, 2008
What: Golf Outing
Where: Kettle Moraine Golf Club, Dousman, WI
Registration:  Click here for fee information
Information: Jim Reiter at 800.236.6324; visit awiwi.org
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Next Issue of E-briefs

The next issue of AWI e-briefs will be published June 5, 2008.
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