A bi-monthly news publication for AWI Manufacturing & Supplier Members June 5, 2008
Association News

Submission Deadline Extended for Cost of Doing Business Survey

If your bottom line could be improved, what initial actions could you take to reduce your operating costs and increase your profit margins?  The answer lies in participating in the AWI 2008 Cost of Doing Business Survey.  The submission deadline has been extended to June 16; but don’t delay.

All AWI Manufacturing Members are eligible to participate in the survey. The 2008 CODBS has been significantly simplified for ease of reporting data. Survey participants will receive a CD-ROM with their company’s financial data pre-loaded for use immediately for comparing their firm’s profits, sales, profits, salaries, costs and more with regional and national industry averages. By comparing your numbers with industry averages, you can easily identify cost centers that should be targeted for improvement.  Click here for more details and instructions about data submission.  The 2008 CODB survey period will close on June 16, 2008. 
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Expanded Business Exposure Helps AWI Manufacturing Member AOE Honorees Get the Business

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! The deadline for submissions for the next quarterly AOE honors is August 15, 2008.

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 benefits to AOE honorees are now more extensive than ever since the debut of Design Solutions online. Click here to view the spring issue, now open for business 24/7. 

Pictured here is one of the award-winning AWI Manufacturing Member projects in the winter AWI “Award of Excellence” quarterly competition. The rich-looking, stile and rail crotch Mahogany paneling in the reception area of GSO Capital Partners, L.P. was fabricated by Island Architectural Woodwork, Inc. of Ronkonkoma, NY.

Photo Credit: Durston Saylor, New York, NY
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Safety Matters

AWI Safety Awareness Week, June 2-6, 2008, Features Contest

And there were four winners.  Find out the correct answers in the ranking of OSHA safety violations for millwork.  Congratulations go to the winners and those who received honorable mention in the Safety Savvy Contest on June 2. 

Workplace Safety is No Accident – Safety Pays! Woodworking machinery requirements were ranked as the number one OSHA safety violation and the following members responded first in their time zones.

East Coast – Winner: Brian Hislip, B & M Custom Cabinetry; Honorable Mention:  Michael Moscritolo, Windsor Architectural Woodworking
Central – Winner: Greg Lutz, Lutz Woodworks; Honorable Mention: Dan Keller, RCS Millwork, LC
Mountain and West Coast – no winners

Safety Savvy Game!
Following are the top ten OSHA standards in fiscal year 2007 ranked in order for which the millwork industry was most frequently cited.  How savvy were you in ranking the violations correctly?

1. Woodworking machinery requirements
2. The control of hazardous energy (lockout/tagout)
3. Respiratory protection
4. Wiring methods, components and equipment for general use
5. Hazard communications
6. Spray finishing using flammable and combustible materials
7. General requirements
8. Powered industrial trucks
9. General requirements for all machines
10. Abrasive wheel machinery
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AWI and CNA Announce the 2008 Annual Safety Awards Program

The submission period opened on June 2 for the AWI/CNA 2008 Safety Awards Program. Those AWI Manufacturing Members who had strong safety records in 2007 have an excellent chance at winning an award. 

Participate in this prestigious program and emphasize the importance of safety in your shop. In 2007, AWI and CNA honored 37 AWI Manufacturing Members.  But, you can’t win recognition, if you don’t enter the contest.  The safety awards will be presented during the AWI Fall Leadership Event in Providence, Rhode Island on October 1-4.

Submitting your data is easy and held in strict confidentiality.  The minimum eligibility requirements are listed on the AWI Safety Web site.   Deadline for submission is July 1.  Follow the online submission instructions to complete your entry in less than 10 minutes.
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Keep Those Safety Tips Coming – Win a Prize in the Quarterly Safety Tip Challenge

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 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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Professional Development

Mark Your Calendar for the 2008 Annual AWI Fall Leadership Event

AWI will head to Providence, Rhode Island for its Fall Leadership Event on October 1-4, 2008.  Plan to be there with your fellow AWI members and friends.  The program will include a LEED seminar, Chapter Leadership Training program, a culinary tour, yacht restoration tour, riverboat tour, and much more.  Keynote speaker Jack Lannom will set the theme of the event.

Jack is an internationally renowned speaker, author, and consultant who has been captivating and inspiring audiences for over 25 years. His philosophy is to put people first and profits will follow. His leadership presentation can help you create a passionate, purpose-driven, high performing workplace. 

Visit the AWI Web site at www.awinet.org to register.  Watch for the June issue of AWI NewsBriefs for more details about Jack and the great destination city that will host the AWI Fall Leadership Event. 
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Industry News

New Construction Increased 9% in April

Despite gloom and doom relating to the economy, a slump in the residential housing market, and dismal consumer confidence, new construction starts climbed 9% in April, according to an industry report.

The rise in constructions starts was supported by a jump in nonbuilding construction, such as public works; however, nonresidential construction rose 5%, according to McGraw Hill Construction.  The rise is due to healthcare as well as social and recreational building. Some other areas of nonresidential building experienced moderate declines.  Details are available from McGraw Hill Construction (subscription required).
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Member News

Biesse Appoints New Product Area Manager

Biesse America recently appointed solid wood expert Bob Barone to the position of North American Product Area Manager for Solid Wood.  He comes to Biesse with 25 years of experience in solid wood processing, and extensive expertise in related production and automation technologies.

The appointment comes as part of an ambitious plan for business development and diversification, which Biesse launched earlier this year. The plan calls for placing product specialists at the head of business development efforts within key areas. Solid wood, with all of its associated millwork applications such as windows, doors and stairs, is one area that Biesse has identified as ripe for development.

 
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Legislative News

New Kansas Law Will Ensure Subcontractors Aren’t Faulted for Others’ Job-Site Mistakes

Starting Jan. 2, 2009, the Kansas construction industry will benefit from the elimination of a legal loophole used by some firms to skirt responsibility for paying for injuries and property damage caused by their own negligence on job sites.

On May 9, 2008, Governor Kathleen Sebelius (D) signed S.B. 379, which closes “the additional insured loophole,” an arrangement used to force subcontractors and their insurers to take responsibility for job-site accidents and damage caused by other firms’ negligence. ASA-Greater Kansas City (ASA-GKC), a chartered chapter of the American Subcontractors Association (ASA), influenced passage of the law by educating legislators about the loophole.

The law prohibits provisions in construction contracts that require a party “to provide liability coverage to another party, as an additional insured, for such other party’s own negligence or intentional acts or omissions.”  The new law limits the types of claims that subcontractors and their insurers must respond to on behalf of prime contractors.
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Employers in Arizona Get a Small Break in New Law Targeting Undocumented Workers

The sting of Arizona’s new employer sanctions law may be slightly lessened by a new law stipulating that employers in the state will not be required to re-verify the work authorization status of all existing employees through a federal database.  Find out how the new law affects employers operating in Arizona. 

On May 1, Arizona Governor Janet Napolitano (D) signed a new measure (H.B. 2745) that amends the highly publicized law that took effect earlier this year which revokes or suspends the licenses of Arizona businesses that knowingly employ undocumented workers, by clarifying that it only applies to workers hired on or after January 1, 2008, according to the American Subcontractors Association (ASA).  “The new law also mandates stronger penalties for employers that pay in cash and do not withhold taxes; requires businesses that contract with state or local governments to use E-Verify; and adds a ‘good faith’ defense for businesses found to be in substantial compliance with the law. The new law repeals a requirement that anonymous complaints be investigated,” ASA reported.
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In the Chapters

Chapter News

AWI chapters are on the move.  Check out recent activities of the AWI Heart of America Chapter.  Learn more about progress being made, such as new Web sites, successful programs, elections, and other chapter news. 

AWI President’s Visit

On May 15, AWI President Richard Ungerbuehler, Sr. (standing), visited the Heart of America Chapter.  The event was coordinated by Steve Dunning of Saline Planning Mill, the event’s sponsor.  AWI Officers and Board of Directors members go on road trips periodically to meet with AWI chapter members and update them about AWI National programs, issues on which the association is working, and new programs in which to tap.
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Chapter Events Ahead

What’s happening in local architectural woodwork communities?  See what the AWI New Jersey, Wisconsin, and Texas 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 New Jersey Chapter
When:
June 19, 2008
What: Chapter Meeting and Installation Presentation
Speaker: Joe Sorrelli, Aljoe Woodwork Consultants
Where: Ramada Inn, Somerset, NJ
Information:  Greg Geyman at jgehman1@verizon.net or call 908.996.7866

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

AWI Texas Chapter
When: June 20, 2008
What: “Summer Family June Event” featuring a dinner, general meeting with election of new Board of Directors members, Program on “AWI Adopt-a-Shop,” Plant Tour of Lutz Woodworks, and Golf and Skeet Shooting
Program Presenter: Teresa McCain, AWI Senior Director of Operations
Where: Hilton Bella Harbor, Rockwall, TX
Registration: $100 per person
Information: Details attached.  Call Vickie Lutz at 972.429.5521 about hotel accommodations.

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Next Issue of E-briefs

The next issue of AWI e-briefs will be published June 19, 2008. 

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