A bi-monthly news publication for AWI Manufacturing & Supplier Members January 22, 2009
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AWI Cost of Doing Business Survey Launches February 1

This AWI resource can help turn bad times into good times and good times into better times. When times are uncertain, this is one of the best resources available from AWI for managing your business profitably.

Companies need to use all of their tools to keep profits coming in the door. The AWI Cost of Doing Business Survey is a financial tool you can use to your advantage. The survey opens February 1 and closes April 1, 2009. Watch for an AWI e-mail that links you to the 2009 survey.

Check out the January issue of the new AWI NewsBriefs. Take a careful look at the questions posed on page four. Do you have the answers? If you don’t, you should definitely participate in the 2009 AWI Cost of Doing Business Survey.

Only 2009 AWI Manufacturing Member survey participants will receive the full report from the survey results this year; non-participating Manufacturing Members will receive an Executive Summary.


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Are You LinkedIn with AWI?

The professional networking site LinkedIn is fast becoming a support group site for fine architectural woodworkers. Membership is FREE.

Click over and join us this week. Sign-up is easy and gives you access to a group of fellow woodworkers who post questions, get answers, and share insights and knowledge to help businesses address immediate issues. Members of the AWI LinkedIn site address near- and long-term issues affecting the business of architectural woodwork. Get LinkedIn !


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Next AWI AOE Honors Submission Period Closes February 15

You may be eligible for AWI "Award of Excellence" honors. Get noticed like the AWI Manufacturing Members whose fine architectural woodwork projects are featured in Design Solutions Magazine, AWI’s official quarterly journal.

Maximize opportunities for business. All AWI Manufacturing Members are eligible to participate in this quarterly AWI program. Visit awinet.org for submission forms and a 2009 AWI Media Planner – Rate Card 9. The deadline for submissions for the next quarterly (spring) AOE honors program is February 15, 2009. 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 fall AWI "Award of Excellence" quarterly competition. A former Chicago department store warehouse was redesigned into loft units. This loft apartment features Hickory in the wall paneling, ceiling planking, doors and cabinetry fabricated and installed by Bernhard Woodwork, Ltd. of Northbrook, an AWI Quality Certification Program participant. More views of this project can be seen on page 11 of the fall issue of Design Solutions here.

Photo Credit: Michael Moran Photography, Inc. of New York City.


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Learning Forum

AWI Plant Tour with a Twist: A Real-Time Demonstration

As interesting as plant tours can be, the next AWI Plant Tour on April 30, 2009 will have an added dimension, a real-time demonstration of a digital templating system that is applicable to each segment of the industry represented on the tour. A stop at Holzma U.S. will start participants on their journey following the mockup of a millwork project from concept, measurement and cutting to "finished product."

Prior to the tour, a pre-designed mockup of a mini architectural woodwork project will be presented to ETemplate Systems. Using their unique software, ETemplate will provide an onsite demonstration of how their marking system was used to capture a picture of the project digitally, providing full dimensional measurements for design and fabrication. The project will be manufactured prior to the tour, and put on display at Holzma. Additionally at Holzma, participants will observe the cutting of a portion of the product left unfinished for demonstration on their equipment. Holzma U.S in Gastonia, which is one of six locations in the U.S .owned by Stiles Machinery, is the headquarters for the Panel Saw products offered by Stiles and the Homag Group.

Afterwards, participants will move on to Surface Products, Inc. where they will experience the process of countertop fabrication at the firm’s Cornelius-based facilities. The company manufactures solid surface, granite, and quartz countertops for the healthcare, office building, restaurant and lodging markets. Finally, participants will visit the 44,000 square-foot facility of Carocraft Cabinets in Charlotte, a 30+ year-old commercial casework and millwork manufacturer and installer.

Plant Tour Coordinator Kristine Cox, President of the AWI Carolinas Chapter, will guide participants from site to site to experience the integration of the design, engineering and fabrication processes of architectural woodwork.

The Plant Tour & Real-Time Demonstration will take place on Thursday, April 30 from 12:00 – 5:00 pm during the AWI Spring Professional Development Seminars in Charlotte, NC. To learn more about the seminars and to register for this and all other sessions, visit awinet.org.


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Quicker Access to Online AWI Education Development Site

The AWI Education Committee announces the streamlining of access to the online development site relating to AWI lifelong learning events. See work in progress.

Beginning February 1, 2009, all members and the interested public can view and participate in the planning of AWI education events. Bookmark the new address, http://awiedu.wikispaces.com/, as your gateway to industry knowledge.

At AWIEDU you will find information on LEED® for woodworkers, Money Matters, the new Architectural Woodwork Standards, and much more. Stop by, visit often, and jump right in.


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CSI Webinar Series Provides Overview of Construction Specifications

The Construction Specifications Institute (CSI) has announced a new webinar education series in February that will provide an overview of construction specifications for construction professionals who must understand, but not write, specifications. Participants in "Fundamentals of Construction Specifications" will learn what specifications are, who uses them and how they contribute to successful projects.

"Fundamentals of Construction Specifications" will take place on Thursdays, between February 5 and February 26, from 1 p.m. to 2:30 pm EST. Each Web-based, interactive session will focus on a different topic:

  • February 5 – Concept and Philosophy will explain the purpose of specifications, how they work and their role in communicating construction information.
  • February 12 – Relevance, Awareness and Relationships will address the relevance and relationships of specifications, and how they contribute to project success.
  • February 19 – Contribution and Importance will discuss how specifications are used to clearly communicate project information and how they convert the design concept to construction language.
  • February 26 – Use and Value will cover who uses specifications, when they use them and the value specifications provide to the owner and project team.

The educational series is relevant to a wide-range of construction professionals – from emerging professionals and interns to experienced product representatives, facility managers, architects and owners – who need to understand the role of specifications in their own duties.

Ralph W. Liebing, RA, CSI, CPCA, CBO, will lead the four-part educational series. Mr. Liebing, senior architect – specifications with Hixson Architects/Engineers/Interiors, has more than 45 years of industry experience in both the public and private sectors. He is a published author, a certified professional code administrator and building official in Ohio, and has taught courses on topics ranging from architectural technology to construction regulations/documentation.

One fee covers the registration for all participants at a single site. Participants can register for an individual session, or save money and guarantee a seat by registering for the entire four-part program for one fee. To sign up for the webinar series, please visit the Education page of csinet.org/, or call Erica Smedley Cox at 800.689.2900 x4732.


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Green Scene

Hot Topic of the Month – It’s Green!

A new feature of NewsBriefs, AWI’s monthly print newsletter, is designed to elicit information – tips, suggestions, best practices – from AWI members about various issues that affect the business of woodworking. The first question in the "Hot Topic" series focuses on being green. Take a minute to answer our quick question.

To launch the Hot Topic feature, the January issue of AWI NewsBriefs posed the question...

What steps has your business taken to become a "green" company and has going "green" improved your bottom line?

Please click here to respond to this question.

Questions will appear in AWI NewsBriefs and e-briefs and answers will be reported in subsequent issues of AWI NewsBriefs as well as the AWI web site. We hope you’ll participate in this informal "survey" of members about hot topics.


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Industry News

Window & Door Study Forecasts Market Conditions for 2012 & 2017

U.S. demand for windows and doors will reach $40 billion in 2012, a slowdown from the 2002-2007 pace, the Freedonia Group reports. "Demand for windows is projected to advance 3.7% per year through 2012," according to Study #2406, "Windows & Doors to 2012."

The increase in the window market will be driven by a growing desire for energy efficiency. Wood windows and doors will capture the largest share of the overall window and door market, the forecasts indicate, but are more often seen as "high-end products that increase the values of the structures in which they are installed."

Demand for more costly products that enhance home security and energy efficiency will promote value gains in the key residential market. Plastic will be the fastest growing window and door material overall, while wood remains the largest.

This study analyzes the US window and door industry. It presents historical demand data for the years 1997, 2002 and 2007, and forecasts for 2012 and 2017 by material (e.g., wood, metal, plastic), type (e.g., flush doors, panel doors, patio and storm doors, double-hung windows, casement windows, prime windows, specialty and storm windows), market (e.g., residential, nonresidential, new construction, improvements and repairs) and region.  The study also considers market environment factors, details industry structure, evaluates company market share and profiles 38 major players.

To view sample pages, the table of contents, and to order the 461-page report for $4800 or individual pages at $30 each, visit freedoniagroup.com.


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Business Tools

Could a Support Group Help You Find New Solutions to Business Challenges?

Could successful noncompetitive peers help you reach troubling decisions about your business? Would hearing how other architectural woodworkers handle the same daily challenges as you have help you to find fresh solutions?

Contact AWI Marketing Director Katie Allen at kallen@awinet.org if you are interested in exploring this opportunity. In the midst of a slump in construction, joining an AWI Best Practices Group could be one of the best investments you could make.


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Download Free ASA/FASA Podcast With Economic Survival Tips

Facing the challenges of today’s economy, construction subcontractors want to know what steps they can take to help their companies survive through and beyond the current recession.

The American Subcontractors Association (ASA) and the Foundation of the American Subcontractors Association (FASA) have made available to all subcontractors a special, free audio podcast to help them survive lean economic times. The podcast is available for listening on the ASA home page at www.asaonline.com.

Presented by Donald Gregory, Esq., of the Columbus, Ohio-based law firm of Kegler, Brown, Hill and Ritter, "10 Survival Tips for Subcontractors in Lean Times" is available for download in MP3 format to ASA members and non-members alike. In 15 minutes, Gregory offers pointers on cost-cutting, preserving lien rights, double-checking bids, holding current market share, and more.

Listening to the podcast does not require an iPod®. Subcontractors can download the MP3 file from the ASA Web site and listen to it on their computers with a headset or speakers, or listen on any MP3 player. The podcast is similar in format to the podcasts ASA and FASA offer through their Essentials of Contract Evaluation podcast series.


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Reed Construction Data Launches SmartLeads

A new online construction project lead service launched December 15, 2008, gives contractors greater flexibility and access to view thousands of construction leads.

Reed Construction Data, a leading provider of construction information, has announced the launch of SmartLeads, its first construction project lead service that gives users unlimited access to summary-level data on U.S. and Canadian construction projects and the ability to purchase "per project" package options at a low cost.

The initial launch of SmartLeads is available to the U.S. construction market through Reed’s new SmartProject News platform. Visitors to their Web site can register at no cost and immediately search thousands of construction projects by project name, type, stage, material, company or contact. Registrants then have the option to purchase packs of construction projects (SmartLeads), in increments of 10 or 25. Customers will have one year to "activate" the pack of 10 or 25 leads to access full details on the construction projects. In addition, customers may use SmartLeads to download available plans and specifications documents for previously activated projects.

SmartLeads allows users to save projects with quick access to later track, sort, refine and print. The company says that advanced search options and simple navigation throughout its Web site provides a user-friendly experience and allows visitors to quickly search Reed Construction Data’s vast database of construction projects. Visit www.reedconstructiondata.com for more information.


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Member News

Stiles Invites You to the LIGNA World Fair

AWI Manufacturing Members are invited to participate in an international tour in conjunction with the LIGNA World Fair for the Forestry and Wood Industries which will be held May 18-22, 2009 in Hanover, Germany. Sign up soon; registration closes on February 15.

This tour promises to uniquely blend education and culture for a remarkable experience that will most certainly impact your future business operations. The group will travel to Germany to see innovations and manufacturing processes at small- to medium-sized woodworking plants as well as machinery factories, and then also attend the 2009 LIGNA fair to see the latest developments unveiled.

What participants say about previous tours:

John Daiek of Daiek Woodworks in Sterling Heights, Michigan, "The tour was invaluable.  We were able to see equipment in full working order, doing exactly what we needed it to do as it specifically related to our manufacturing business."

Casey Peterson of New World Millworks in Castle Rock, Colorado stated, "Stiles combines a once in a lifetime cultural experience with valuable education in European manufacturing.  It’s an incredible opportunity."

Stiles Machinery and AWI are offering an all-inclusive tour package with airfare, ground transportation, accommodations, meals, translators, LIGNA registration fees, and much more for the low price of $2,995 per person. With all the business challenges and opportunities in the marketplace, experiences such as this tour help you stay ahead of the game.

Tentative LIGNA Tour Schedule

 Friday, May 15

 Depart US gateways

 Saturday, May 16

 Arrive Frankfurt, Germany

 Sunday, May 17  

 Acclimation & city tour

 Monday, May 18 & 
 Tuesday, May 19

 Tour woodwork manufacturing plants 
(A special attempt is being made to visit German shops similar to AWI.)

 Wednesday, May 20

 Tour machinery manufacturing plants

 Thursday, May 21 & 
 Friday, May 22

 Attend the LIGNA fair

 Saturday, May 23

 Wrap-up / closing dinner

 Sunday, May 24 

 Return home 


Registration is limited to 30 and will close on February 15. Click here to register. Meanwhile, if you have any questions, please contact Lorraine Bush at 616.698.7500 or at lbush@stilesmachinery.com.
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Eggers Industries Appointment

Eggers Industries has named John Smrtnik to the position of Mideast Regional Sales Manager.

John will be responsible for developing customer relationships, sales opportunities, and architectural contacts in the states of Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, Tennessee, and West Virginia. He has an extensive background in the architectural door industry. Prior to accepting the RSM position with Eggers, John served as an independent sales representative for 15 years representing various industry manufacturers, including serving as an independent sales representative for Eggers Industries from 1994 until 2003.

For more information on Eggers Industries (AWI Manufacturing Member since 1958), visit www.eggersindustries.com or call 920.793.1351.


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Delmac Profit Solutions Seminar Set for March 5, 2009

Delmac’s "5 Axis Machining for the Stair and Door Industry Profit Solutions Seminar" is aimed at helping business owners reduce labor costs and waste and deliver a high-quality product on time.

This seminar will feature an industry veteran and business owner who will share his success story of implementing a Busellato Jet 5-axis machine driven by a top of the line CAD-CAM software designed specifically for the stair industry. Attendees will see stair and door components programmed on software technology and all machined on a Busellato 5-axis machine. There will be plenty of opportunity for one-on-one demonstration and discussion.

For a review of this seminar or any past seminars (Rapid Case, Lean Manufacturing), call Delmac Machinery Group at 336.854.1211 or e-mail gyarbrough@delmac.com. Delmac has been an AWI Supplier Member since 1995.


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About QCP

Deadline to Renew QCP Accreditation is Fast-Approaching

The absolute deadline for accredited firms to renew their AWI Quality Certification Program (QCP) participation is January 31, 2009. Renewing online is fast, easy and accessible 24/7.

Go to www.awiqcp.org and click on "Renew Your Certification." If you have already submitted your renewal, we thank you and look forward to working with you in the New Year! If you haven't sent in your renewal yet, please be sure to do so before the deadline – and don't forget to include the $300 late fee (as stated in the Policy manual.) Renewals postmarked after the January 31 deadline will be returned and companies wishing to continue their accreditation will be required to reapply to the program.


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Safety Matters

Revised Voluntary Protection Programs Expand Participants' Eligibility

The Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) is changing its Voluntary Protection Programs (VPP) to allow participation by companies with mobile workforces, including construction contractors.

VPP, the agency's recognition initiative for workplace safety and health excellence, will provide new options for construction contractors and other employers who may have employees at various locations. Other VPP changes for eligible organizations include a streamlined application process, outreach and mentoring, and on-site workplace evaluations. These changes are effective May 9, 2009. For more information, refer to the January 9 Federal Register.


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Final Rule Issued on Employers' Duty to Provide PPE and Train Employees

The final rule of the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) on Clarification of Employers' Duty to Provide Personal Protective Equipment and Train Each Employee became effective January 12, 2009.

The rule revises OSHA standards to clarify that, for employers to be in compliance, they must provide personal protective equipment (PPE) and hazards training for each employee covered by the standards. More information is available in the December 12 Federal Register.
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CNA to Host Safety Webinars on “Combustible Dust” on February 6 and 9

CNA, AWI’s safety insurance partner, and AWI invite members to participate in the first of a series of safety related webinars designed for and available at no cost to AWI members.  Sign up and learn.

The series is designed for shop employees.  Each session will be offered twice to accommodate schedules and work shifts. 

Combustible Dust
Learn tips for controlling fires and keep dust under control.
Broadcasting February 6, 2009, repeating February 9, 2009

Details coming soon. Save the date!


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Federal Scene

New Interest Rate Set for Late Payments on Federal Projects

Effective January 1, 2009, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Fiscal Service will use the interest rate of 5.625% to determine the penalty for late payments by federal agencies and upper-tier contractors on federal projects.  The rate remains in effect through June 30, 2009.

The Contract Disputes Act of 1978 and the Prompt Payment Act of 1982 authorize the Secretary of the Treasury to set the rate used to calculate interest due to providers of goods and services to the federal government. The rate is updated every six months.

For more details, go to the Notice published in the Federal Register on December 30, 2008.
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Chapter News

Some Marketing Language for Learning Sessions Is Trademarked

Would you believe that you could be sued for naming your course a “Lunch ’N Learn”? Beware of using this type of marketing language to promote such informal learning sessions.  The term is trademarked.

An American Institute of Architects (AIA) Component was shocked to learn that under the U.S. Patent and Trademark Registration No. 2,204,048 the term “Lunch ’N Learn” was legally trademarked and that continued use without obtained appropriate approval – for an annual fee – would be a trademark infringement and subject to legal response. The trademark, “Lunch ’N Learn” was registered by EDS, Inc. on November 17, 1998 as #2204048. Checking with its legal counsel AIA found that this is not a joke. It appears that the company has focused in on AIA/CES Providers, several of whom have also been contacted.  Beware – follow proper procedure. 
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Upcoming Chapter Events

What’s happening in local architectural woodwork communities? Learn about the upcoming events sponsored by AWI Virginia, New England, Texas, Chicago, Missouri / Illinois, Florida, Ohio Valley and Carolinas Chapters.

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 Virginia Chapter
When:
January 29, 2009
Program:  “FSC: Materials and Certification” & Tabletop Display
Speakers:  Jason Shuey & Keith Atherholt
Where:  Westin Richmond, Richmond, VA
Information: Program flyer attached
Registration: Chapter/AWI Members, $35 per person; Non-AWI Members, $70 per person.  See registration form attached.
Information: Gary Astles, gastles@northwayind.com, 717.503.6295

AWI New England Chapter
When: February 4, 2009 (11:30 am – 4:00 pm)
Program: Chapter Board Meeting and Lunch, and Construction Management/GC Roundtable
Presenters: Gilbane Building Company, Consigli Construction Company, William Berry & Son and Columbia Construction Company
Information: Greg Porido (Mark Richey Woodworking); phone - 978.499.3800

AWI Texas Chapter
When: February 5-6, 2009
Program: Meetings and Program on “Bonds & Leins,” Plant Tour and Sporting Events
Where: Hyatt Place Ft. Worth Historic Stockyards, Ft. Worth, TX
Information: Program Flyer attached
Registration: $100 pp after January 13.  Registration details attached
Information: Christi Duncan, texasawi@earthlink.net, phone - 972.333.6550

AWI Chicago Chapter
When: February 11, 2009
Information: For key chapter contacts visit awinet.org

AWI Missouri / Illinois Chapter
When: February 12, 2009 (4:00 – 6:00 pm)
Program: Chapter Meeting & QSI Section Presentation by Good’s Millwork
Where: Duff’s Restaurant, St. Louis, MO
Information: Laurie Fromm, laurie@classicwoodworkinginc.com, phone – 314.544.0121

AWI Florida Chapter
When: February 20, 2009
Program: Winter Plant Tour and Board of Directors Meeting
Where: TBA
Information: Phone – 813.977.6683

AWI Ohio Valley Chapter
When:
February 22, 2009
Program: LEED®/Sustainability
Presenter: Margaret Fisher, LEED authority and Market Development Manager at Saunders Wood Specialties
Where: TBA
Information: For key chapter contacts visit awinet.org

AWI Carolinas Chapter
When: February 27, 2009 (all day)
What: 40th Anniversary AWI Carolinas Chapter Gala (including meeting, tour of Childress Vineyards, RCR Museum and Race Shop and dinner)
Where: Holiday Inn Express at the Vineyards, Lexington, NC
Registration:  $175 per person/$250 per couple; deadline January 28, 2009
Information: Kristine Cox, kcox@awicarolinas.org

AWI Chapters are encouraged to plan their events early to allow for ample promotion of your event in this section of e-briefs as well as through other avenues. Alert Greg Bednar, AWI Chapter Development Services, about your upcoming events via e-mail at gbednar@awinet.org.

 


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Next Issue of E-briefs

The next issue of AWI e-briefs will be published February 5, 2009.


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