A bi-monthly news publication for AWI Manufacturing & Supplier Members October 23, 2008
Association News

Vote for AWI Directors & Bylaws Amendments by October 31

Cast your vote! On October 13, AWI mailed ballots to Manufacturing Members for electing members of the Board of Directors and voting on proposed Bylaws Amendments.  Remember to return completed ballots postmarked by October 31, 2008 in the self-addressed envelope included in the packet.

The amendments to the AWI Bylaws are proposed by the Bylaws Committee to ensure a greater degree of document clarity that will improve the efficiency of association governance. 

The self-addressed return envelope is addressed to AWI’s legal counsel’s office, where the votes will be tallied. This balloting procedure will assure the confidentiality of your vote.
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Seeking the Right Stuff: Calling for AWI “Award of Excellence” Submissions

Get noticed; maximize 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.  (The fall issue is now posted for viewing on the AWI Web site. Click here for online access.)

Pictured here is one of the award-winning AWI Manufacturing Member projects featured in the summer AWI “Award of Excellence” quarterly competition. The Illinois State Capitol renovation included repair and fabrication of woodwork in the House and Senate chambers by Imperial Woodworking Company of Palatine, IL.

Photo Credit: Eric Hausman and Seth Gaines
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Welcome New AWI Members

AWI welcomes nine new members.  As a benefit of their membership in AWI, Web site addresses are provided for those that reported them on their membership application.  All AWI members may be accessed via the online AWI Member Directory at www.awinet.org or by calling the association’s headquarters offices at 571.323.3636.

New Manufacturing Members
Burr Fox Specialized Woodworking, Martinsville, VA, www.burrfox.net
Elipticon Wood Products, Little Chute, WI, www.elipticon.com
Jensen Millworks, Harahan, LA 
Northshore Millwork, LLC, Mandeville, LA, www.NorthShoreMillwork.com
Phoenix Millwork, Alvin, TX 

New Supplier Members
Bill Kraemer Veneers, New Albany, IN, www.billkraemerveneers.com
Rogupe/SaSa Moulding, Inc., El Paso, TX, www.rogupe.com
Russell Construction Company, Inc., Davenport, IA, www.russellco.com
Software Design Technologies, Inc., Cypress, TX, www.softwaredesign-tech.com
 
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Safety Matters

AWI and CNA Insurance Announce Safety Awareness Webinars

“Safety Pays!” says the AWI Insurance & Safety Committee.  CNA, AWI’s safety insurance partner, and AWI are pleased to announce a series of safety related webinars designed for and available at no cost to AWI members.  The series will launch on November 3 and 7, 2008

Each webinar will run from 1:30 – 2:30 pm EST.  Each session is designed for owners and safety directors as an introduction to the webinar series and addresses “Motion is Money...Controlling Back Injuries.”  It also provides a preview of the other three webinars that will be offered in 2009.  Participation details for each of these webinars in November follow.

Money is Motion...Controlling Back Injuries
Monday, November 3, 2008
1:30 - 2:30 pm EST

PARTICIPANT INSTRUCTIONS
AUDIO CONFERENCE ACCESS – DOMESTIC ACCESS 

 Step 1:

 Dial the Conference Access Number: (212) 401-6760 / (866) 551-3680

 Step 2: 

 Enter your Participant PIN Code followed by the # key: 9170408#

 Step 3:

 You will be placed on musical hold until the event begins

 Step 4: 

 To join the Web Conference click this link: 
https://www.anywhereconference.com/?Conference=130234401&PIN=9170408

 Step 5: 

 Enter your Name

 Step 6: 

 Click Go

OR JOIN THE WEB CONFERENCE MANUALLY

 Step 1: 

 To join the Web Conference log into: https://www.anywhereconference.com/

 Step 2: 

 Enter the Web Login Reference: 130234401

 Step 3: 

 Enter the PIN Code: 9170408

 Step 4: 

 Enter your Name

 Step 5:

 Click Go

If the PIN code is not dialed or is dialed incorrectly, you will be automatically transferred to the Customer Service department whose team will place you into the conference. The Customer Service team can be reached at any time during your conference call simply by pressing *0 on your telephone keypad.
CUSTOMER SERVICE
All speakers and participants can reach the Customer Service team during the conference call simply by pressing *0 on the telephone keypad.
 
Money is Motion...Controlling Back Injuries
Friday, November 7, 2008
1:30 - 2:30 pm EST

 
PARTICIPANT INSTRUCTIONS
AUDIO CONFERENCE ACCESS – DOMESTIC ACCESS

 Step 1: 

 Dial the Conference Access Number: (212) 401-6760 / (866) 551-3680

 Step 2:

 Enter your Participant PIN Code followed by the # key: 9916726#

 Step 3:

 You will be placed on musical hold until the event begins

 Step 4: 

 To join the Web Conference click this link: 
https://www.anywhereconference.com/?Conference=130234403&PIN=9916726

 Step 5: 

 Enter your Name

 Step 6:

 Click Go

 
OR JOIN THE WEB CONFERENCE MANUALLY

Step 1: 

To join the Web Conference log into: https://www.anywhereconference.com/

Step 2: 

Enter the Web Login Reference: 130234403

Step 3:

Enter the PIN Code: 9916726

Step 4: 

Enter your Name

Step 5: 

Click Go

If the PIN code is not dialed or is dialed incorrectly, you will be automatically transferred to the Customer Service department whose team will place you into the conference. The Customer Service team can be reached at any time during your conference call simply by pressing *0 on your telephone keypad.
CUSTOMER SERVICE
All Speakers and Participants can reach the Customer Service team during the conference call simply by pressing *0 on the telephone keypad.

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Fourth 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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Industry News

Architecture Billings Index Falls More than Six Points

Following three consecutive months of signs of greater stability in design activity, the Architecture Billings Index (ABI) fell precipitously, dropping more than six points, according to the American Institute of Architects (AIA).

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 AIA reported the September ABI rating was 41.4, down sharply from the 47.6 mark in August (any score above 50 indicates an increase in billings). The inquiries for new projects score was 51.0. This is also the first time in 2008 that the institutional sector has fallen below the 50 mark.

“With all of the anxiety and uncertainty in the credit market, the conditions are likely to get worse before they get better,” said AIA Chief Economist Kermit Baker, PhD, Hon. AIA. “Many architects are reporting that clients are delaying or canceling projects as a result of problems with project financing.”

Key September ABI highlights:

• Regional averages: midwest (45.2), west (45.0), northeast (44.2), south (44.1).
• Sector index breakdown: mixed practice (45.9), institutional (45.6), commercial / industrial (42.1), multi-family residential (40.3).
• Project inquiries index: 51.0.

In the October 15th issue of Architectural Record (free subscription), AIA noted that "next year looks even more dismal” based on a July report from AIA’s Consensus Construction Forecast Panel.  Visit www.aia.org for more insights about construction activity.

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Professional Development

Skill Standards Survey Extended to November 5

Measurable woodworking skills help woodworkers improve and become more successful. Join other AWI members in helping us advance the Skill Standards initiative by taking a brief online survey. 

The Woodwork Career Alliance of North America thanks the nearly 75 members who have responded to the survey and offered excellent input about the Skill Standards initiative underway.  To accommodate additional respondents, the survey deadline has been extended to November 5.  Please take four minutes to have your say about the Skill Standards. Click here to take the survey or, if you are curious to know more before you do so, visit www.woodworkcareer.org.
 
For more than 20 years the industry has been “talking” about setting standards. The Woodwork Career Alliance of North America is actually developing Skill Standards using funds from a matching grant provided by the USDA Forest Service.
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Woodwork Standards Review Opportunity

What do you think?  Is the current BETA copy of the draft Architectural Woodwork Standards headed in the right direction? 

This is your opportunity for input – before the standards are published and impact your business.

The AWI Technical Committee has opened the comment period for member review until on/around November 4.  Click here to access the Wiki page set up for this purpose.  For a password to access the BETA document, contact Greg Heuer, gheuer@awinet.org.
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AWI Presentations for Design Professional Students

AWI’s guest lecturer service enabled the association to reach 40 design professional students on October 14-15 at Harrington College in Illinois. 

AWI Director of Chapter Development Services Greg Bednar engaged the interested students attending the college’s Materials & Sources Interior Design class in a presentation about architectural woodwork.

From the characteristics of wood, to cutting and slicing and veneer applications, the design students “sat up and took notice,” according to Renee Stuedmann of Harrington College. After a similar presentation in June, Ms. Stuedmann said, “It is great that the Architectural Woodwork Institute is attentive to education and able to provide guest lecturers such as yourself....Educating students is a perfect way to encourage them to spec wood when they are out of school.”  The school uses the AWI Quality Standards Illustrated as part of its curriculum. 

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CSI to Debut GreenFormat™ at Greenbuild International Conference and Expo

The Construction Specifications Institute (CSI) will introduce GreenFormat™, www.greenformat.com, at the U.S. Green Building Council's Greenbuild Conference and Expo, November18-20, in Boston. Demonstrations of the format will be conducted throughout the event in booth #352.

CSI will also offer an education session, "CSI GreenFormat: Review of the Construction Product Sustainability Reporting Guide Release Version." The session is open to all conference attendees on a first-come, first-serve basis and will take place Wednesday, November 19, at noon. CSI will also hold a post-conference education session, 2:00 – 6:00 pm, Friday, November 21. "Incorporating LEED® into Project Specifications" is for construction specifiers, designers and other team members who need to know how to integrate LEED requirements into specifications. The session will include directions for using GreenFormat in specifications.

Developed in collaboration with CSI member specifiers, product manufacturers, BuildingGreen, Inc. and the Charles Pankow Foundation, GreenFormat is a new web-based CSI format that provides a standardized framework for identifying the sustainable properties of building products. Designers, constructors and building managers will be able to use GreenFormat to find basic information about products to help meet 'green' requirements.

To find out more about GreenFormat, visit www.greenformat.com.
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About QCP

QCP Is Growing

The AWI Quality Certification Program (QCP) is experiencing strong growth.  Check out the number of new applications, project certifications, and registrations.

At the end of the third quarter, the number of new applicants for the year exceeded the total for 2007.  Project certification increased 22% against the same period last year, and the withdrawal of the certification requirement declined by 37%.  Moreover, we expect these numbers to grow.  Project registration remains strong.  All factors considered, the demand for certification is anticipated to strengthen.  Many applicants join because the design professionals are demanding project certification.  Project owners increasingly agree to the certification fee as an effective risk management tool.

The importance of risk management cannot be overstated in any industry or business.  We encourage all QCP participants to plan for the renewal period which is fast approaching.  QCP policies dictate that firms which choose not to maintain their certification must apply anew if they need to become certified again.  This means they must pay the application fee, submit the references, take the test, undergo the inspection process, and reenter the program under probationary status.  Despite their history, they enter the program as brand new applicants.  They must earn the self-labeling status all over again.

Don’t let this happen to your firm.  Nearly 10% of applicants in 2008 opted not to renew at the end of 2007.  Even more had resigned two, three or four years ago.  We urge you to plan for the renewal.  QCP will be mailing invoices at the end of October.
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In the Chapters

Chapter News

AWI chapters are on the move.  Find out about recent activities of the AWI Carolinas and New England Chapters.

The AWI Carolinas Chapter hosted the NC SkillsUSA Cabinetmaking Competition winner, Barrett Beale, and his instructor, Rick Rogers from Franklin High School in Franklin, NC, at the chapter’s meeting in September.  Chapter members were treated to a photo tour of Barrett’s projects from both the state and national competitions.  Barrett, a high school junior, placed 5th in the national competition.  In other news, the chapter will launch a newsletter next month.  Visit the chapter at www.awicarolinas.org.

The AWI New England Chapter hosted a dynamic workshop on Lean Manufacturing during the AWI Fall Leadership Event in Providence, RI.  Representatives of Rimes, a non-profit organization that provides complete manufacturing solutions to Rhode Island’s small and medium-size manufacturers, conducted the presentation. Chapters may wish to explore this resource for their Lean Manufacturing presentations.  Visit the company at www.rimes.org for details about the range of workshops they offer.

To get involved in an AWI chapter in your region, click here to access chapter contacts listed on the AWI Web site.
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Chapter Events Ahead

What’s happening in local architectural woodwork communities?  See what the AWI Carolinas Chapter is 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 Carolinas Chapter
When: November 14, 2008 (9:00 am – 3:30 pm)
What: Blum Presentation & Plant Tour, Lunch & Chapter Business Meeting
Where: Blum, Inc., Stanley, NC
Information: See attached
Questions:  Kristine Cox, KMCRowland@aol.com
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Member News

25th and 50th Anniversary AWI Members

Thanks go to AWI Manufacturing Members, Peerless Woodworking Corporation and Eggers Industries, for supporting AWI for 50 years.  Sixteen other AWI members are celebrating their 25-year anniversary membership in AWI.

Anderson Mill, Inc.
Classic Woodworking, Inc.
Columbus Cabinet Company, Inc.
Custom Woodworks, Ltd.
ENJO Architectural Millwork
Legere Group, Ltd.
Minot Sash and Door Company
Mohawk Flush Doors
Pearson Millwork, Inc.
Polyvision, a Steelcase Company
SCM Group USA, Inc.
Skagit Architectural Millwork
Specified Woodworking Corporation
Summit Hill
VT Industries
Whittelsey Wood Products

Thanks to all for your long-standing support!

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AWI Affiliate Member Named “Educator of the Year”

The Madison Area Technical College (MATC) Cabinetmaking & Millwork Program has been honored by the Woodwork Machinery Industry Association as “Educator of the Year.”

MATC Program Director Patrick Molzahn, who accepted the award, is an AWI Affiliate Member, a member of the Board of Directors of the Woodwork Career Alliance, and heads one of the Skill Standards writing teams. 

For more details about the award, click here.  For details about the MATC program and its involvement with AWI Manufacturing and Supplier Members, watch for the November issue of AWI NewsBriefs, the association’s monthly print newsletter that is scheduled to arrive in your mailbox around November 15.

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Häfele America Hosts “Rising From Ashes: Furniture from Lost Trees”

On October 20, members of the AWI Chicago Chapter along with architects and designers attended a presentation at the Hafele America Chicago Showroom about a dreaded beetle which is killing Ash trees in Chicago. The company is hosting the traveling exhibition of art-furniture made from Ash in its Chicago showroom until November 7, 2008.

The presentation addressed the significance of Ash trees and their wood, the Emerald Ash Borer beetle and how it affects Chicago, the use of Ash wood for furniture and other useful products, and LEED® as a vehicle for urban wood utilization.  For a look at the beautiful furniture and to check out upcoming locations of the traveling exhibition, visit www.risingfromashes.org.
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Microvellum Appoints New Director of ERP Software Systems

Microvellum, Inc. recently announced the appointment of Daniel Peel as Director of ERP Software Systems.

In his new position, Daniel will apply his customer relations skills and leadership experience as head of technical support for the past five years.  His primary task as Director will be to monitor implementation of the new MicroManager program, and to advance the whole functionality and benefits of using this production management system. 

Microvellum, an AWI Supplier Member since 2004, is a 2008 AWI sponsor.

 
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Biesse Postpones One2One Program Scheduled for October 23-24

Due to market conditions and economic realities, Biesse is postponing its Biesse One2One, originally scheduled for October 23-24, 2008 in Charlotte, NC.  

“We are postponing this event until a date that will be communicated when the economic landscape can be more clearly seen,” according to the company’s notice. Please contact the Biesse Marketing Department with any questions, 704.357.3131 x5001.

Biesse, an AWI Supplier Member since 1995, is a 2008 AWI sponsor.
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Next Issue of E-briefs

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

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