A bi-monthly news publication for AWI Manufacturing & Supplier Members September 4, 2008
Professional Development

Registration Extended to September 5 for AWI Fall Leadership Event

Don’t miss one of the most important AWI events of the year where leaders in the architectural woodwork industry come together for the 2008 Annual AWI Fall Leadership Event, October 1-4, 2008 in Providence, RI.

Check out the full program at awinet.org, and click here to register for the AWI Fall Leadership Event.  Accommodations are available at the Westin Providence hotel at a rate of $159 until September 6.  Accommodations are subject to room availability within the AWI room block.  AWI members MUST make their own hotel reservations.  Don’t delay!

Providence’s vibrant downtown is the site of the Westin Providence hotel with nearby shopping, dining and attractions.

Photo courtesy of Providence and Warwick Convention & Visitors Bureau
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AWI Supports WoodLINKS USA “Teacher In-Service 2008” Program

Supporters of WoodLINKS USA’s “Teacher In-Services 2008” Program enabled 45 teachers from the United States and Canada to attend a four-day program during the IWF 2008™, August 20-23, 2008 in Atlanta. 

This program is made possible with financial contributions and in-kind donations from supporters.  In addition to AWI, the Association of Woodworking & Furnishings Suppliers (AWFS) and the International Woodworking Machinery & Furniture Supply Fair USA®, also contributed to this program.

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Woodwork Career Alliance of North America Outlines Progress on Skill Standards

“Got Smarts?” was the question on the minds of Woodwork Career Alliance of North America (WCANA) officials during the IWF 2008™.  Find out more about progress made on development of Skill Standards. 

During two events on August 21 at IWF, WCANA leaders unveiled the Skill Standards framework that is nearing completion in Phase One of the Wood Manufacturing Skill Standards, Evaluations and Credentials Project.  Click here to view a PowerPoint presentation outlining the benefits of Skill Standards to the industry (plant owners, woodworkers, educators, and students), the rollout of the standards, credentialing costs, and the timeline for completion of the project by 2013.

WCANA is seeking experienced woodworkers to participate in the development of the skills manual. Volunteers are needed to help organize operational procedures, write standards, review materials, and much more. For more information about the Skill Standards, visit www.woodworkcareer.org. The PowerPoint Presentation also walks viewers through the simple process of helping to write the standards.
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Green Scene

Comments Due on September 7 on Proposed Evolution of Certified Wood Credits in LEED®

As reported in the August 21st issue of AWI e-briefs, the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) opened the First 30-day Public Comment Period on August 8th for proposed changes in how the LEED Green Building Rating System™ awards points for the use of certified wood. This issue of e-briefs contains additional information and resource materials for those who wish to comment by the due date of September 7, 2008.  

The focus of the proposed LEED credit language changes is on transparency, setting forth a clear set of metrics that any forest certification system must meet in order to be recognized within LEED. Currently, only wood products certified by the Forest Stewardship Council are eligible for LEED points. A copy of the USGBC Executive Summary is attached.

According to the Executive Summary, wood certification systems would be evaluated for eligibility to earn points towards LEED certification against a measurable benchmark that includes: governance, technical/standards substance, accreditation and auditing, and chain of custody and labeling.

AWI’s sister association, the American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA), has provided us with two documents that may assist you in navigating USGBC’s Web-based system, www.usgbc.org, and for gaining better understanding of some of the issues raised by AF&PA.

  • USGBC Web site Roadmap which provides detailed instructions for navigating the USGBC web-based commenting screens.
  • AF&PA Comment Template which provides bullet points to nine benchmarks identified by AF&PA as problematic.

USGBC reports that it has been studying this issue for two years with input from a widely diverse set of stakeholders, and with the support of internationally recognized experts from the Yale Program on Forest Policy and Governance and Life Cycle Assessment experts at Sylvatica. This research, which served as a foundation for USGBC’s proposed wood credit language changes, is available to the public at http://www.yale.edu/forestcertification/USGBCFinal.htm.

“The action starts a process that could end of the biggest complaints dealers have about LEED: That it doesn’t give points for wood certified by the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI), Canadian Standards Association (CSA) or similar groups” that are supported by the timber industry, according to Prosales Information Service.

The public comment period is open for 30 days from Friday, August 8, until 5:00 pm PST Sunday, September 7, 2008.  All interested stakeholders and members of the green building community are encouraged to participate. For more information, visit www.usgbc.org.

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AWI Announces Discount for The Dollars and Sense of Going Green Conference

As a cooperating association supporting the program, AWI is pleased to pass along a special discount off registration fees for this “green” conference, October 28-29, 2008 in Indianapolis, IN, organized by the Purdue University Department of Forestry and Natural Resources and Wood & Wood Products.

AWI Members registering for the conference will receive a $75 discount off the registration fee for the program.  To obtain the discount, registrants should go to www.greenwoodseminar.com and click on the “Registration” tab.  The registration page will ask “Cooperator Attendee” to “contact your association headquarters for the discount password. For AWI, type in AWIVIP. The early registration fees end October 6, 2008

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
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Association News

AWI & Administaff Offer New Business Solution Services; Webinar Explains More

A new human resource services program arranged by AWI with the national professional employer organization Administaff brings group buying power to AWI member small and medium size businesses.  Register for the Administaff webinar on September 24 to learn more. 

This new AWI Affinity Program gives access to Administaff Human Resource Services at a substantial savings.  This exclusive new membership benefit for AWI members provides a 25% discount on enrollment fees and the group buying power of Administaff’s 6,000+ clients. 

Administaff will be hosting monthly webinars about its services and the benefits of using them.  The first introductory program is scheduled for September 24 at 2:00 pm Eastern time.  Members may speak to the Administaff representative during this live program. Participation details follow:


 Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Starting time:

 2:00 pm, Eastern Daylight Time (GMT -04:00, New York)


15 Minute Presentation, followed by Q&A

To join: 

Go to https://administaff.webex.com and enter the meeting number below

Meeting number: 

 717 859 273

Meeting password:  



 Call-in toll-free number (US/Canada): 866.469.3239
 Call-in toll number(US/Canada):1.650.429.3300

Watch for news of the full range of Administaff services available to AWI Manufacturing & Supplier Members in the September issue of AWI NewsBriefs coming to your mailbox in mid-September.
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Seeking the Right Stuff: Calling for AWI “Award of Excellence” Submissions

Get noticed; get new opportunities for business.  Apply for AWI “Award of Excellence” honors.  All AWI Manufacturing Members are eligible to participate and have their winning architectural woodwork projects featured in Design Solutions Magazine, AWI’s official quarterly journal.

Visit awinet.org for submission forms. The deadline for submissions for the next quarterly AOE honors program is December 15, 2008. Benefits to AOE honorees include exposure in the online issue of the journal which is 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. A private residence in Virginia that rests on a 170-acre horse farm boasts beautiful custom woodwork throughout. Woodwork fabricated from Chestnut in the library and game room reflects the less formal nature of these rooms, while other millwork is fabricated from crotch Mahogany. The millwork was manufactured by Zepsa Architectural Woodwork of Charlotte, NC.

Photo Credit: Durston Saylor, New York City

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AWI Events at IWF 2008™ Energize Members & Prospective Members

AWI’s booth at IWF garnered interest in the association by approximately 90 architectural woodworkers, according to Greg Bednar, AWI Chapter Development Services.

The AWI booth formed the nucleus of three days of activity during which AWI hosted a Reception & Town Meeting and sponsored a seminar, “Marketing for Woodworkers.” The seminar on August 23 captivated an attentive audience for its professionalism and appeal to all business levels. We thank the following AWI Manufacturing Members for the great presentation: Marc Sanderson of Wilkie Sanderson, Sauk Rapids, MN; Whitney Coombs of Ivan C. Dutterer, Inc., Hanover, PA; and Ethan Adams of Adams Bros. Cabinetry, Inc., Punta Gorda, FL.  Job well done!

Watch for the September issue of AWI NewsBriefs for news of the “Town Hall Meeting” where members of the Joint Standards Committee introduced AWI members to the new Beta Draft of Architectural Woodwork Standards, 1st Edition.  NewsBriefs will arrive in your mailbox mid-month.
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AWI Awards Scholarships for Cabinetmaking & Millwork Students

AWI contributed $6,000 for scholarships for worthy cabinetmaking and millwork students in the “Ready to Assemble” furniture competition sponsored by WoodLINKS at IWF 2008™.

The competition was open to students from all over the United States and Canada.  AWI’s William H. Winter Scholarship Award and the Southern Woodwork Association Scholarship Award provided $200 per student to cover food expenses and $1,000 to the Madison Area Technical College for the First Place entry.  Other cash prizes in the RTA Contest included $700 for Quinter High School and $500 for Harper Creek High School.  IWF contributed funding for accommodations and travel expenses.

In addition to designing and manufacturing a product which could be disassembled and legally checked in on a commercial aircraft without weight or volume penalties, the contest also required students to submit a complete marketing plan and sales strategy for their product.
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Industry News

Resources for Going Global

The U.S. Commercial Service's Commercial News USA is the official U.S. Department of Commerce showcase for American-made products and services. The organization provides resources for promoting your company in markets around the world.

This catalog is distributed in hard copy and electronically to overseas buyers, representatives, distributors, government sourcing and purchasing agencies, government officials and potential joint venture partners. Each issue reaches an estimated 400,000 readers worldwide in 176 countries. If you are interested in advertising your product or service, please contact your local Commercial Service trade specialist. Visit www.buyusa.gov/home/us.html to locate an office in your area.
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About QCP

QCP Participant Revocation on the Rise

The application process to the AWI Quality Certification Program (QCP) is rigorous and challenging.  However, reinstatement into the program after being revoked makes the initial application process seem cheap and easy.  Just ask the seven firms whose status has been revoked in the past two months. 

Actually, you can’t ask them, because we will not divulge identifiable information. 

  • We promise confidentiality and we mean it. 
  • We also promise the universal application of impartiality, and we mean it.
  • Failure to correct reported deficiencies without submitting a letter of acceptance from the owner or the architect is cause for revocation.  We mean it. 
  • Failure to show new samples every two years, and/or failure to perform at least one compliant project in the same time frame is cause for revocation.  We mean it. 
  • Failure to successfully complete the biennial inspection is cause for revocation.  We mean it. 
  • Failure to register and certify a project specified to be compliant with the AWI Quality Standards Illustrated and calling for labels and/or certificates is cause for revocation.  We mean it.

The efficacy of the QCP hinges upon its credibility.  We mean it.  

AWIQCC Program Director Craig Elias – celias@awinet.org, 571.323.3620 – welcomes your comments about QCP policies.  Visit www.awiqcp.org for details about QCP and to register as a participant.
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Member News

Microvellum Announces New Headquarters and New Alliance

On August 18, Microvellum, Inc. announced completion of its new headquarters in Central Point, Oregon.

The company’s new full service facility is situated in a newly built 10,000 square foot office building that will house a dedicated software training room, two multi-purpose meeting rooms, a fitness center, and a large area dedicated to providing top technical support assistance.  Microvellum’s toll free number remains the same 1.800.204.0913, but the local number of the new headquarters has changed to 541.664.1625 and fax number to 541.664.1670.

In other news, the company announced that Microvellum Australia and AutoKitchen have joined forces. This strategic partnership with AutoKitchen has enabled Microvellum Australia’s customers a complete range of products to choose from and enabled the product line driven companies to have a complete streamlined manufacturing process from design to product installation.

Microvellum, Inc. has been an AWI Supplier Member since 2004 and is a 2008 AWI Sponsor.  Visit the company at www.microvellum.com.

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Biesse Spotlights LEAN Manufacturing at IWF 2008™

In Atlanta, during the IWF 2008™, Biesse presented several sessions on LEAN Manufacturing as part of its One2One Seminar Area. 

Popular seminars included “Lean Meets Green: Strategies for Achieving Competitive Fitness,” and “Lean Manufacturing at Biesse,” which detailed the strategies Biesse has used globally to achieve a lean organization.  Biesse also conducted a seminar about the company’s case history of its growth in the industry.

Biesse America has been an AWI Supplier Member since 1995 and is a 2008 AWI Sponsor.  Visit them at www.biesseamerica.com.
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In the Chapters

Chapter Events Ahead

What’s happening in local architectural woodwork communities?  See what the AWI Northeast Ohio, Central Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Ohio Valley, Chicago, Carolinas, Florida, New Mexico, 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 Northeast Ohio Chapter
When: September 9, 2008 (11:30 am – 5:00 pm)
What: “LEED® Lunch & Learn Seminar” addressing versions and credits, materials, key project details and more
Presenter: Margaret Fisher of Saunders Wood Specialties
Where: Corporate College, Warrensville Heights, OH
Information: Click here for program details and registration.

AWI Central Pennsylvania & New Jersey Chapters
September 11, 2008 (1:00 – 4:00 pm program; 4:00 – 5:00 table top displays)
What: LEED® Education for the Woodworker II: Featuring FSC Regs and Products/Wood Coatings/Woodworking Adhesives
Presenters: Jason Shuey, Rainforest Alliance: Keith Atherhold, Lewis Lumber Products, Inc.; Dany Cote, Akzo Nobel; Bill Arscott, ITW TACC Int.
Where: Holiday Inn Conference Center, Allentown, PA
Information: Click here for program details, registration and directions.
Questions: Garry Astles, President AWI Central PA Chapter – gastles@northwayind.com

AWI Ohio Valley Chapter
When: September 12, 2008
What: Chapter Meeting; Associate Vendor Presentations; FBI Presentation about Identity Theft and Employee Background Checks; Lunch; Sporting Clay Shoot; Wine Tasting
Vendors: Aetna Plywood, J.J. Hilgefort Machinery, Roger Shaw & Associates/Microvellum
Presenter: Brett Johnson, Louisville Federal Bureau of Investigation
Where: Elk Creek Hunt Club, Owenton, KY
Information: Follow these links for program details, registration and special offer for business guests and directions.
Questions: Call 502.459.8710

AWI Chicago Chapter
(A Day at the Races for AWI, AIA, ALA and CSI Members)
When:  September 12-13, 2008 (11:30 am – 5:00 pm)
What: Chapter Meeting & Dinner with presentation on “Architectural Woodwork Standards, 1st Edition” by AWI National President Richard Ungerbuehler, Sr., plus a Day at the Races
Where: Arlington Park, Arlington Heights, IL
Information: Click here for information and registration.
Questions: Homer Lathrop - 224.805.7321, homerlathrop@sbcglobal.net

AWI Carolinas Chapter
When: September 19, 2008
What: Chapter Meeting & Program on SkillsUSA
Presenter: Rick Rogers, Franklin High School; Barrett Beale, SkillsUSA winner
Where: Kingston Plantation, Myrtle Beach, SC
Information: Kristine M. Cox, Chapter VP, at KMCRowland@aol.com

AWI Florida Chapter
When: September 19-22, 2008
What:  42nd Annual Changeover Meeting
Where: Cruise (details attached) from Miami, FL to the Bahamas (CocoCay and Nassau)
Information: Ethan Adams, Adams Bros. Cabinetry, Inc., 941.639.7188 ext. 403, EMAdams@adamsbro.com 

AWI New Mexico Chapter
When: October 14-15, 2008
What: LEED® Program
Presenter: Margaret Fisher of Saunders Wood Specialties
Save the Date! Details to come.

AWI Texas Chapter
When: October 16-17, 2008
Program: Fall Event – “Capital Expenditures” Program & Imperial Mill & Fixtures Plant Tour
Registration Fee:  $85
Information: Christi Duncan, 972.333.6550, christiduncan@earthlink.net

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Safety Matters

OSHA Publishes Proposed Rule on PPE and Training Standards

On August 19, a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) on personal protective equipment (PPE) and training standards issued by the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) appeared in the Federal Register.  Comments on the NPRM will be accepted until September 18.

The proposal clarifies that when an OSHA standard requires an employer to provide PPE or training to employees, the employer must do so for each employee subject to the requirement, and that each employee not protected may be considered a violation for penalty purposes. For more information on the proposal and details on how to submit comments, refer to the Federal Register notice. Comments may be submitted until September 18.

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Third Quarter Submissions Invited for AWI Safety Tip Challenge

Calling all AWI Manufacturing Members and their employers to submit safety tips! Enter your tips in the Safety Tip Challenge and become eligible for a prize. 

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 September 18, 2008. 

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