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

Joint Standards Committee Invites Review of Draft Architectural Woodwork Standards

The Joint Standards Committee (JSC) has made considerable progress creating DRAFT sections of the new publication that is entitled, Architectural Woodwork Standards, 1st Edition.  AWI Manufacturing Members are invited to take a look.

As announced in the September 2007 edition of AWI NewsBriefs, AWI and its sister associations, the Architectural Woodwork Manufacturers Association of Canada (AWMAC) and the Woodwork Institute (WI), embarked on a historic endeavor to develop a single architectural woodwork standard.  Creation of the Standards has been overseen by a Joint Standards Committee which is comprised representatives of the three partnering associations.

Visit the special JSC Web site, http://www.jscstandards.com/awi.html and review the draft standards sections work to date and where appropriate, write comments for JSC review and consideration. Be sure to use the login and special password (Login: standards; Password: awi) for AWI members only.
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Performance Panels a Bargain amid Soaring Material Prices

While the cost of industrial materials in the U.S. continues to climb, one material – wood – remains a smart investment for the savvy professional.  Discover how wood prices compare with other building materials reported by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). 

BLS reported that over the last four years, prices for plastic resins and materials are up 51%, fabricated steel is up 49%, aluminum is up 38%, and corrugated containers are up 24%. Wood products on the other hand have declined 6%.

“Performance Panels continue to be a great value, especially in industrial applications where end users face the dilemma of higher costs and in some cases product scarcity,” said Dennis Hardman, President of APA – The Engineered Wood Association. “The market for structural wood products benefits from a large domestic production and distribution network. Another important consideration that deserves greater weight in environmental debates,” Hardman said, “is the long-term effects of raw material extraction and manufacture.”
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Increase in Architecture Billings for June Belies Continuing Negative Conditions

On July 23, 2008, the American Institute of Architects (AIA) reported that the Architecture Billings Index (ABI) rebounded almost three points in June, after dropping two points the previous month. However, this is the fifth straight month that the index has remained below the 50 threshold, indicating that business levels at U.S architecture firms continue to deteriorate.

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. AIA reported that the June ABI rating was 46.1, up from the 43.4 mark in May (any score above 50 indicates an increase in billings). The inquiries for new projects score was 51.8.

“Very recently, the midwest has been showing the best regional conditions,” said AIA Chief Economist Kermit Baker, PhD, Hon. AIA. “But otherwise, these numbers are a continuation of weak conditions in the nonresidential construction sector. Given that inquiries for new project work have not seen much improvement, it’s likely we are several months away from a turnaround.”

For key June ABI highlights, visit aia.org.
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Survey of IWF Attendees Reveals Industry Optimism, Despite Challenging Economy

Recent feedback from attendees of the 2006 IWF revealed that 2008 business is excellent or good among 63% of survey respondents, while only 17% feel business will be excellent this year. Find out more about overall purchasing intentions and more in a study commissioned by the Wood Machinery Manufacturers of America (WMMA).

The study, Online Quantitative Research Study IWF 2008: Planned Attendance, Preferences and Overall Purchasing Intentions, was conducted for WMMA by Quail Run Business Solutions. The survey reveals that just under one-third of respondents are planning to invest more than $100,000 in their business in 2008, while 42% are planning to spend more than $50,000. Fifty percent or more of the respondents are planning capital expenditures in the areas of software (56%, solid wood machining (52%), and/or finishing (50%).

Of particular interest to architectural woodworkers discovering the value of Lean Manufacturing, the survey revealed that its principles are being implemented by 42% of respondents with another 23% contemplating its use.

For the 181-page study conducted in April, click here.  Go to pages 6-9 for an Executive Summary.

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Association News

Nominations Close August 11 for AWI Honorary Life Memberships

AWI is requesting nominations for the high distinction of Honorary Life Member. If you know of individuals who have contributed exemplary service to the association, its members, and AWI’s Mission, submit your nomination by August 11, 2008.

Click here for qualification information and the current list of Honorary Life Members.  Honorary Life Memberships will be awarded at the AWI Annual Fall Leadership Event in Providence, RI, October 1-4, 2008.
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Submissions for Quarterly AWI “Award of Excellence” Program Open until August 15

The quarterly AWI “Award of Excellence” Honors Program can open the door to potential new 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. Visit awinet.org for submission forms. Meanwhile, check out one of the spring AOE projects. The benefits to AOE honorees are now more extensive than ever since the debut of Design Solutions online. Click here to view the current issue online; it’s open for business 24/7. 

Pictured here is one of the award-winning AWI Manufacturing Member projects in the spring AWI “Award of Excellence” quarterly competition.  The seat of government for a Williamsburg style village in New Lenox, IL, has a classic appearance reflected in the architectural woodwork fabricated throughout the facility by AWI Manufacturing Member, Woodmill Products, Inc. of New Berlin, WI.  Here you see the lighting fixtures in the shape of pineapples that sit on the base of two elegant circular staircases. 

Photo Credit: Paul Schlismann
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Professional Development

Another Good Reason to Attend AWI Fall Leadership Event

An interactive Lean Manufacturing Workshop on Wednesday, October 1 will illustrate the potential benefits of a systematic approach to eliminating wastes and creating flow on the plant floor.  For architectural woodworkers seeking streamlined operations to realize cost efficiencies and improve profits, this session is a “must.” Learn more about the program in the August issue of AWI NewsBriefs on page 4, coming to your mailbox soon.

If the outstanding business sessions aren’t enough for you, plan to network with fellow AWI members about business conditions, challenges you share, and solutions that work. Check out the full program at awinet.org.   Click here to register for the AWI Fall Leadership Event.  Accommodations are available at the Westin Providence hotel.  Make your reservations online at awinet.org.  

Wentworth Hills Golf Club welcomes attendees to an 18-hole championship course that stimulates and inspires golfers throughout the course.   The AWI Golf Outing will take place on Wednesday, October 1, following the Lean Manufacturing Workshop hosted by the AWI New England Chapter.

Photo courtesy of Providence Warwick Visitors and Convention Bureau
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IWF 2008™

AWI Show Planner for IWF 2008™

Build AWI activities into your IWF schedule, August 20-23, 2008 at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta.  Print out this list of AWI events at IWF for your schedule during the show. 

August 20-23 (exhibit hours)
AWI Booth, #A429
Stop by to pick up your AWI bag and more information on upcoming news and events.

August 21 (3:00 – 3:30 pm)
Skill Standards Industry Conference, Room B306
Hear updates on the progression of the Skill Standards and the Woodwork Career Alliance.

August 21 (6:00 pm – 9:00 pm)
AWI Reception & “Town Hall” Meeting, Room A412A
Meet fellow AWI members and hear updates about how AWI members will be affected by the efforts of the Joint Standards Committee and Skill Standards.

August 23 (11:30 am – 1:00 pm)
AWI-sponsored seminar, “Marketing for Woodworkers”
An official IWF Technical Session, this seminar will unveil the benefits of strategic marketing and the tools to increase visibility in an increasingly competitive marketplace.  Panelists include: Mark Sanderson, Wilkie-Sanderson; Whitney Coombs, Ivan C. Dutterer, Inc.; and Ethan Adams, Adams Brothers Cabinetry, Inc. (Check the IWF Show Directory for location.)

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AWI Members Invited to WoodLINKS USA Recognition Reception at the IWF 2008

Every year, WoodLINKS USA hosts a brief reception to recognize and thank all of it’s supporters of nearly 80 WoodLINKS USA schools in 20 States. Mark your calendar to attend.

WoodLINKS Reception Details

Date: Wednesday, August 20, 2008
Time: 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Location: B-306
6:00 PM Welcome by WoodLINKS USA President, Dr. Paul Winistorfer
6:15 Introduction of WoodLINKS teachers and students
6: 30 Educator of the Year Award, Industry Supporter of the Year Award, Larry Hilchie Recognition Award Hilchie, Twichell, Yow Memorial Scholarship
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Woodwork Career Alliance Sponsors Support Skill Standards Presence at IWF

The Woodwork Career Alliance thanks the following sponsors that support its Skill Standards project.  Learn more about progress made and see samples of the Skill Standards drafted to date at the IWF. 

See the “AWI Show Planner for IWF 2008™” article above for details.

To become a sponsor of the Skill Standards project which is funded by matching grant from the USDA Forest Service, contact gheuer@awinet.org.

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IWF Buyer Bucks! 2008

IWF has announced that drawings will be conducted at IWF 2008™ totaling $105,000 in prizes.  Eligible IWF 2008 attendees may enter for a chance to win one of 42 prize vouchers which may be used toward the purchase of products from exhibitors at IWF 2008. 
IWF has contributed  $105,000 to be awarded in prize vouchers for winners selected in the drawings to use toward the purchase of products from contracted IWF 2008 exhibitors. There will be one $10,000 prize voucher, three $5,000 prize vouchers and ten $1,000 prize vouchers given away each day on Thursday, Friday and Saturday during IWF 2008. Prize vouchers will be awarded through random drawings to eligible companies attending IWF 2008. As an added incentive, IWF will be giving away $100 gas card prizes to the company representative listed on the entry form of each company which is selected to win a prize. There will also be a special prize drawing for a chance for those same company representatives to win a 4-inch flat screen television.

For more information on rules, how to enter, and where and when the drawing will take place, go to www.iwfatlanta.com/IWFBuyerbuckspromo.
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Green Scene

The Dollars and Sense of Going Green Conference

Mark your calendar for October 28-29, 2008 in Indianapolis, IN, for an insightful conference on “green” issues organized by the Purdue University Department of Forestry and Natural Resources and Wood & Wood Products.

The conference will provide a unique public forum to help you learn about the impact green marketing of hardwood products is making at the international and national levels.  AWI is among the more than 15 key industry groups and government agencies supporting the program.  AWI Supplier Member Stiles Machinery is one of the sponsors.  Conference organizers note that this is one of the most significant North American congresses on certified wood issues held to date.

For a schedule of events, registration and travel information, click here.  Registration will open soon.
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Member News

Biesse Announces International “BiesseInside” Industry Event in Pesaro, Italy

Biesse has announced plans for BiesseInside, an international event to be held October 1-4, 2008 at the headquarters of parent company Biesse S.p.A. in Pesaro, Italy.

An annual event, BiesseInside is a showcase for the latest innovations in manufacturing technology and processes. The hub of activity will be Biesse S.p.A.’s 3,000-square meter Tech Center, first unveiled at last year’s BiesseInside, where 100 different demonstrations will be held on panel and solid wood processing machines. A total of 32 machines will be on exhibit. Attendees will also have the opportunity to participate in technical workshops presented by Biesse experts and be given guided tours of production facilities. Workshops include: Lean Manufacturing in the Supply Chain System, featuring Porsche Consulting; and BiesseVision, offering an overview of powerful software for managing each phase of the production cycle.

More information is available at www.biesse.com. Biesse America is a 2008 AWI Sponsor and a Supplier Member (since 1995).
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In the Chapters

Chapter News

AWI chapters are on the move.  Check out recent activities of a new chapter in development in the mid south. AWI members in Tennessee and Arkansas are invited.

On August 13th and 14th, Greg Bednar of AWI Chapter Development Services will be visiting what will soon be the new AWI Mid South Chapter.  Based in Jonesboro, AR, the chapter will extend beyond the old Memphis Chapter region.  Jim Martin and Tim Tyler of Nabholtz Custom Millwork have been instrumental in making a chapter in this region become a reality.  Shae Thrash with Plunkett Distributing, the local Wilsonart supplier, will assist with marketing the new chapter to design professionals in the area.   AWI members in the TN and AR region interested in joining the AWI Mid South Chapter should contact Jim Martin at Nabholtz Custom Millwork at 870.934.4882. 
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Chapter Events Ahead

What’s happening in local architectural woodwork communities?  See what the AWI Northeast Ohio, Chicago and Carolinas 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 Northeast Ohio Chapter
When: September 9, 2008
What: LEED Presentation
Presenter: Margaret Fisher of Saunders Wood Specialties
Mark Your Calendar!  Details to come.

AWI Chicago Chapter
(Joint event with architect and design associations)
When:  September 12-13, 2008
What: Chapter Meeting & Dinner and Visit with AWI National President Richard Ungerbuehler, Sr., plus a Day at the Races
Where: Arlington Park, Arlington Heights, IL
Mark Your Calendar!  Details to come.

AWI Carolinas Chapter
When: September 19, 2008
What: Chapter Meeting
Where: Kingston Plantation, Myrtle Beach, SC
Information: Kristine M. Cox, Chapter VP, at KMCRowland@aol.com
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Safety Matters

Combustible Dust Explosion Inspection Seminar Offered in Illinois

On August 14, the Illinois Safety Council (ISC) will offer a Combustible Dust Explosion Inspection Seminar in Naperville, IL. 

The seminar offers instructions on OSHA standards relating to combustible dust and best practices to protect employees against dust explosions. Click here for more information and a registration form. The ISC has an alliance with the OSHA area offices in Illinois.
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Third Quarter Submissions Invited for AWI Safety Tip Challenge

AWI is seeking safety tips from AWI Manufacturing Members, including employees of AWI member firms. Enter your tips in the Safety Tip Challenge and become eligible for a prize.  Encourage your employees to submit safety tips too!

Each winner receives a beautiful Starrett Model S909Z combination square valued at almost $300, compliments of the AWI Safety Committee and AWI’s 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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Next Issue of E-briefs

The next issue of AWI e-briefs will be published August 21, 2008. 
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IWF 2008™
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