A bi-monthly news publication for AWI Manufacturing & Supplier Members March 5, 2009

Important Call for Input: Casework Section 10 Needs Your Review & Comment NOW!

AWI Technical Committee Chair Randy Jensen sends a call to action to each AWI Casework Manufacturing Member to review the DRAFT Casework Section 10 and submit suggestions to the AWI Technical Committee members. Comments must be received by the close of business on Friday, March 6, 2009.

Please participate, review and submit your "Page 10" suggestions and input on this very important section of the new Architectural Woodwork Standards (AWS).

The Joint Standards Committee will meet Sunday and Monday, March 8-9, 2009, and the AWI Technical Committee volunteers want to bring YOUR AWI member comments and suggestions to this meeting. Now is the time of speak up!

Simply click here to download the DRAFT AWS Section 10 - Casework PDF file (about 2 MB) and the Special Casework Page 10 Suggestion Form, word.doc (about 35k).

You can fill in your comments on the Special Page 10 word document form and e-mail it directly to each member of the AWI Technical Committee.

Tell your AWI Technical Committee volunteers your thoughts on the new proposed casework standard. Don’t be late and participate today before you miss your opportunity for input in the standards development process.

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Learning Forum

AWI Seminars Speak Directly to Your Bottom Line

AWI’s core seminars on Project Management and Estimating are complimented by a presentation on the NEW Architectural Woodwork Standards during the AWI Professional Development Seminars, April 29 – May 2 in Charlotte, NC. Don’t delay; discounted registration ends March 20, one week before full registration closes on March 27.

Hundreds of architectural woodwork specialists have increased their knowledge and refined their skills at AWI’s Fundamentals and Advanced Project Management and Estimating courses. During the economic slump, fine-tuned skills and knowledge can set your business apart from increased competition by firms that could be low bidding for jobs. Market your company’s knowledgeable specialists, professionalism, quality, and high level skills when competing for new projects.

And, as you prepare for introduction of the NEW Architectural Woodwork Standards (AWS), learn the differences between Quality Standards Illustrated (QSI) and AWS at three sessions during the AWI Professional Development Seminars. You can market your firm’s adherence to industry standards to set your business apart from the competition.

Your investment in the education of your specialists as well as yourself will give you a good return during competitive times.

Visit awinet.org to register by March 27.

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Industry News

January Construction Slips 3%

The value of new construction starts fell 3% in January to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $410.9 billion, according to McGraw-Hill Construction, a division of The McGraw-Hill Companies.  The housing sector continued its extended slide, and it was joined by a further loss of momentum for nonresidential building. 

The January statistics lowered the Dodge Index to 87 (2000=100), down from December’s 90.  For the full year 2008, the Dodge Index averaged 116.  "The construction starts data showed a declining trend over the course of 2008, and this has continued through the first month of 2009," stated Robert A. Murray, vice president of economic affairs for McGraw-Hill Construction.  "January’s pattern was similar to what occurred during 2008 – more weakness for housing, combined with a mounting loss of momentum for commercial building.  At the same time, public works has been able to hold up relatively well, even with the erosion in state and local finances. 

For 2009, the pattern of construction activity will be affected by how quickly the three parts of the federal economic recovery plan have an impact.  The most immediate benefit will come from the $787 billion stimulus bill, given the spending boost that will be directed at infrastructure work.  This should enable the public works sector to shift from what would have been a decline for construction starts in 2009 to an increase.  The benefits coming from the housing bailout and the financial rescue packages are less certain and will require more time, which means that housing and commercial building are looking at another tough year in 2009."

For full details by construction sector, click here.

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All Building Project Sectors Suffering from Poor Economic Climate

On the heels of a modest uptick in December, the Architecture Billings Index (ABI) dropped to a historic low level in January, according to the American Institute of Architects (AIA).

As a leading economic indicator of construction activity, the ABI reflects the approximate nine to twelve month lag time between architecture billings and construction spending. AIA reported the January ABI rating was 33.3, down from the 34.1 mark in December (any score above 50 indicates an increase in billings). The inquiries for new projects score was 43.5.

Every January the AIA research department uses a formula from the Department of Commerce that re-estimates ABI data based on seasonal factors resulting in a recalibration of recent figures.

"Now that the stimulus bill has passed and includes funding for construction projects, as well as for municipalities to raise bonds, business conditions could improve," said AIA Chief Economist Kermit Baker, PhD, Hon. AIA. "That said, until we can get a clearer sense of credit lines being made available by banks, it will be hard to gauge when a lot of projects that have been put on hold can get back online."

Key January ABI highlights:

  • Regional averages: West (38.3), Midwest (34.6), South (34.4), Northeast (29.8) 
  • Sector index breakdown: mixed practice (39.6), institutional (37.1), commercial / industrial (33.8), multi-family residential (29.5),
  • Project inquiries index: 43.5.

Meanwhile, AIA is publishing information for architects to weather the economic tsunami. "How Architects Can Land a Government Contract," published February 18 in Architectural Record (subscription required), discusses government contracts. Click here for some insights, including links to federal business opportunities, GSA’s online schedule, and other useful resources.

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Consumer Confidence, Builder Confidence, Housing Starts Not Rebounding – Yet

With economic momentum still sliding down, and despite unfathomable bailout and stimulus funding, the housing and multi-family housing markets are still not rebounding. In fact, the credit crunch is still limiting these construction sectors from recovering.

The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) reports that the downswing in housing starts and building permits has accelerated in recent months. NAHB calls the recent declines "stunning." "Total housing starts fell by 16.8% from December to January, the year-over-year decline came to 56.2% and the decline from the January 2007 peak now stands at 80%," NAHB’s Eye on the Economy reports (free subscription). Multi-family starts are in "rapid contraction phase," NAHB says.

On the positive side, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke reported to Congress that "there is a reasonable prospect that the current recession will end in 2009 and that 2010 will be a year of recovery." Recovery, however, depends on the success of actions taken by the Administration, Congress and the Federal Reserve, he emphasized.

NAHB says that its forecasts jive with Bernanke’s hope. To learn more about NAHB’s construction forecasts, visit www.nahb.org. The association has scheduled a Construction Forecast Conference & Webcast on April 23. For information, visit www.nahb.org/cfc.

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Smaller, Less Conventional Projects Offer Prospects

At a time when new projects are decreasing, at least one general contractor is seeing work as multi-family building owners and tenants downsize their space. Renovation and small projects are the result.

At least that is what general contractor Reed Construction tells GlobeSt.com...something for architectural woodworkers to think about during the recession.

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Construction Industry Strategy Survey

FMI Management Consulting is conducting its second Construction Industry Strategy Survey, a study directed at key executives of the industry's largest construction firms. It will provide detailed insight into the strategies utilized by leading companies to drive competitive advantage in times of industry expansion and contraction.

Specifically, the survey is designed to determine how construction firms are responding strategically to challenging times ahead and how they are actively assessing their internal situation, their external climate, their markets and their competitors. The survey ends early this month.

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Business Tools

Tough Economic Conditions – Good Reason to Participate in 2009 AWI Cost of Doing Business Survey

Participate in the 2009 AWI Cost of Doing Business Survey and you will access one of the best resources available for AWI Manufacturing Members to manage their business profitably anytime, but especially during these uncertain economic times.

"In this time of tough economic conditions, it’s not as much about getting the work out the door as it is about what you do to control expenses and maintain a positive cash flow.  One of the very best tools that AWI members have to help us do that is the Cost of Doing Business Survey.  If you don’t participate, you may be seriously limiting your ability to succeed and survive," AWI President Whitney Coombs of Ivan C. Dutterer, Inc. says.

Click here to download the survey input tool. Complete the form and e-mail it to AWI’s confidential survey administrator at awi@inverra.com.

To gain full benefit from the 2009 CODBS, submissions must be received by April 10, 2009.

Reminder: Only participants will receive a complimentary copy of the full survey results this year - a change from prior years.

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Tap into Administaff Business Solutions

A 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.

This AWI Affinity Program gives access to Administaff Human Resource Services at 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. Visit www.administaff.com for more information.

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Free ASA/FASA Podcast Helps Subcontractors with Sales in Down Economy

In these uncertain times for the U.S. economy, many construction subcontractors are looking for new sources of business. The American Subcontractors Association and the Foundation of ASA are responding to that need by offering a free resource that helps subcontractors identify and cultivate business relationships that will result in new sales.

Visitors to the ASA Web site (www.asaonline.com) can get critical tips for building a solid sales strategy in the new ASA/FASA audio podcast, "Marketing and Selling in a Down Economy."

In the 20-minute on-demand radio program, ASA Corporate Liaison Richard Bright, president of Bright Concepts Inc. in Elkridge, MD, describes how subcontractors can re-vamp marketing and sales strategies, and close new sales, in a down economy. "In this marketplace right now, everything is extremely competitive," Bright explains in the podcast. "You’re going to have to know your true costs because you’re going to have to start negotiating. The goal here within your marketing plan is … to do more relationship selling than straightforward marketing." Bright describes a system for building a marketing plan and sales process based on the "seven Ps": product, people, place, price, promotion, process and pleasure. ASA members can also access a members-only handout that accompanies the podcast.

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

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Square Foot Costbook: Complement to AWI Cost Book?

Engineering News-Record has released an all-new 2009 edition of the ENR Square Foot Costbook.

The new book contains costs for dozens of actual building projects – from schools and libraries...to hotels, museums and office building, ENR says. Projects are broken down by CSI MasterFormat Division and presented in a cost-per-square-foot basis. The publication also includes data for all aspects of construction – from sitework and concrete, to doors and painting, according to ENR.

The book is published by Design & Construction Resources in cooperation with Engineering News-Record and distributed by BNi Building News. To learn more, call 1-800-334-7510. Ask about their 30-day free preview.

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AWI News

AWI Membership Survey Coming Next Week

AWI Manufacturing Members have an opportunity to rank and rate AWI products, programs and publications. Responses to this survey assist AWI’s Board of Directors in allocating resources and maintaining focus on members’ needs and interests. Watch for an AWI e-mail coming soon.

Speak out! The survey has been abbreviated to take less than 10 minutes of your time. All respondents will be eligible to receive a prize for sharing their views. AWI will offer three (3) $100 gift cards.

Tell us what you think! Help AWI’s leadership determine the best allocation of resources for products, programs and publications that serve all members.

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Is Your AWI Profile Current?

The Annual AWI Membership Resource Directory will soon go to print. Make sure your listing in the Directory – and its online counterpart – is up to date. Review and update your listing by March 15.

Go to www.awinet.org and review your listing in the "Find a Member" section. Update your listing in the "Members Only" password protected section. If you have questions, contact AWI Membership Manager Cassey Gibson at mailto:cgibson@awinet.org.

The print edition of the Directory is scheduled to be released in April. All AWI Manufacturing & Supplier Members will receive a hard copy.

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SCM Group Joins 2009 Sponsors

AWI is pleased to welcome SCM Group USA as a new AWI Level 4 Sponsor. The company joined the other group of prestigious sponsors for the first time this year.

Visit the company at www.scmgroup-usa.com or click on their logo in the right-hand column. Visit the Web site of SCM Group USA and all other AWI sponsors by clicking on their logos. Their sponsorships help AWI deliver services for all members throughout the year. These sponsors are supporting you by supporting AWI.

SCM Group has been an AWI Supplier Member since 1983.

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AWI Members Receive 10% on AWFS® Fair Seminars

AWI members will once again receive a 10% discount on the AWFS® Fair College of Woodworking Knowledge (CWWK) educational seminars, July 15-18 in Las Vegas, NV, offering 50 seminars, technical sessions and all-day workshops.

A new education track debuts at the show.  "Going Green" features seminars on critical environmental topics such as chain of custody, combining Lean and Green, understanding LEED® and more. Other highlights include a series of Lean Manufacturing topics, Positioning Your Company for a Future in Manufacturing, Implementing the CARB Rule, and many more.

Don’t miss these other AWFS show events:

  • The Green Desk – an Ask-the-Expert style, drop by counter where you can ask questions related to sustainable programs, green building certifications, achieving LEED credits and more. The desk will be hosted throughout the show by environmental organizations and trade associations with sustainable programs. 
  • The Free Industry Update! Session – this is a "town hall" meeting open to all attendees that will provide brief updates on the CARB legislation as well as the development of industry skill standards and the new Architectural Woodwork Standards.
  • The smartSHOP – An exhibit hall featured installation that will illustrate "Simplicity in Automation for the Small Shop" throughout the course of the show, led by industry expert, Gero Sassenberg and others.

Online registration for the CWWK seminars opens in early March. To take advantage of the discount when registering, members must fill in the association name and Code Number.  The Code Number for AWI is AW8285 

Don’t’ miss out on the chance to save while you learn at the 2009 AWFS®Fair! And take advantage of the lower gas prices, airfares and hotel rates!

To register online or for more information on the AWFS®Fair, go to www.awfsfair.org.
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LinkedIn Includes Fortune 500 Companies and AWI Members

Do you know that all of the Fortune 500 companies are represented on LinkedIn? Is your company taking advantage of this great networking site? Are you a member of the Architectural Woodwork Institute Group on LinkedIn?

The Challenge: How can I get the most out of LinkedIn? The 60 Second Solution: Follow these LinkedIn best practices to get the most out of your experience.

1. Build a complete profile. When you sign-up, don't skip any of the steps in creating your profile. Include your current position, past jobs, schools, clubs, fraternities, etc. Having a complete profile is key to enjoying all the ways that LinkedIn can connect you to others. Also, make sure you also include a professional-looking photo so friends and colleagues can easily identify you.

2. Grow your network. The power of LinkedIn is 100% dependent on the connections you make. Build your network! Use your connections to meet new people. Join groups. Connect with others in your industry or those who share similar interests. The bigger you build your network, the more you will be able to leverage your contacts when you need service providers, subject experts or business partners. A great network can also help you land new business opportunities and find passive candidates for jobs.

3. Leverage your expertise. Gain visibility for yourself and your organization by showcasing your expertise in a particular field or industry. Post articles, share links to content, and answer questions in your field to gain expert status with your network. If you're selected as having the best answer to a particular problem, it will show up in your profile.

4. Ask questions, find information. LinkedIn offers you a great opportunity to learn from other people in your field, by making connections with them and asking questions. For example, if you're in HR and having a particular issue, chances are someone else in that industry has gone through a similar situation and could possibly offer advice. You can contact an individual or post questions to your own network to find the answers.

To learn more about LinkedIn, click here.

David Nour. LinkedIn Best Practices: http://relationshipcurrency.com/linkedinbestpractices.html
Guy Kawaskaki. Ten Ways to Use LinkedIn: http://blog.linkedin.com/2007/07/25/ten-ways-to-use/
C. G. Lynch. LinkedIn Etiquette: Five Dos and Don'ts: http://www.cio.com
Greg Brown. Guide to Getting the Most Out of LinkedIn: http://Work.com
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Help Needed for Skills Standards: Images, Authors, Editors & Reviewers Sought

The Woodwork Career Alliance (WCA) is seeking machine images and authors/editors for its Skill Standards project. Plus, the Pilot Program Book of Skill Standards is available for viewing.

Help out the WCA anyway you can. Send images, volunteer as an author or editor, and/or review the book.

The Evaluation Document Team will meet in Charlotte, NC, March 19-20-21 to finalize the last part of the Pilot Program Book. The pilot book will be released to sponsors shortly. Meanwhile, you may download a 9 MB copy of the Pilot Standards here.

Contact AWI and WCA’s Greg Heuer at mailto:gheuer@umich.edu with questions or comments.

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Safety Matters

AWI Safety Awards Contest Opens April 2

What will you get from the AWI Annual Safety Awards Program?

Benefits! Value! Results!

Gain Recognition...
Market Safety...
Build Team Spirit...
Negotiate with Leverage

The AWI 2009 Safety Award Submission
Period Opens April 2.

Watch your e-mail for more information!


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Make Daylight Savings Time Daylight Safety Time

Setting our clocks an hour ahead may seem like a great early start to the spring, but it triggers a time of extra safety concerns in the form of groggy workers and dark morning hours.

Children on their way to school bus stops may assume that drivers can see them because their cars’ lights are on. But drivers aren’t usually used to having children out before daylight.  Parents need to be sure their children stay at least five feet from the road and walk against traffic. Workers who walk to train or bus stops face similar dangers and should take the same precautions.

The early morning darkness coupled with a groggy driver can be a setup for a life-changing tragedy. Encourage your workers to be alert for children and pedestrians as they drive to work.
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Green Scene

Leading Rating Tool Providers Sign MOU on Carbon Emissions

On March 3, a Memorandum of Understanding was signed between BREEAM, LEED®, Green Star and the UK Green Building Council in London, England at the EcoBuild ‘09 conference.  The MOU’s key objective is to map and develop common metrics to measure emissions of CO2 equivalents from new homes and buildings.

Building rating tools are a key component in the market for green building around the world, but there has been a growing demand for consistency and comparability between the tools, particularly with regards to the way they account for carbon emissions.

A working group formed of representatives from each of the rating tools will develop the metrics, and seek to align the tools and provide consistency in measurement and reporting. 

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Survey Finds Support for Sustainability Strong, LEED® Interest Weaker

The third Annual Allen Matkins/CTG/Green Building Insider "Green Building Survey" revealed some surprising results, including a 10% dip in perceived value for LEED®, Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design.

Over 900 green building professionals responded to the survey conducted in December 2008. Click here for the results, including the disparity between those who believe "green" is worth the time and effort vs. those who think LEED is worth the effort.

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Member News

Registration Closes Today for LIGNA World Fair Excursion

Today, March 5, is last day to register for the international tour announced by Stiles Machinery in conjunction with the LIGNA World Fair for the Forestry and Wood Industries, May 18-22, 2009 in Hanover, Germany.

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 can help you stay ahead of the game.

Click here for full details and to register. Meanwhile, if you have any questions, please contact Lorraine Bush at 616.698.7500 or at mailto:lbush@stilesmachinery.com.

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Federal Scene

Economic Stimulus Bill’s Impact on Construction

The $787 billion package, which earmarked $130 billion for construction, should begin to provide some relief for the construction industry; however, housing and commercial buildings will be more directly impacted by the Obama Administration and Congress through other means, reports Robert Murray of McGraw-Hill Construction Research and Analytics.

The good news within the Economic Stimulus package is the $5.6 billion to the General Services Administration for energy-efficiency upgrades for federal buildings. The Department of Defense will have about $4.2 billion for restoration and modernization of military facilities. Hospital construction for veterans will see $1.3 billion. Click here for more details reported by Murray (subscription required) .

By all accounts, funding for school renovation was a disappointment. Because the final law did not contain explicit language for school construction – as originally planned – local governments may use the funds ($39.5 billion total for states) for facility upgrades and infrastructure modernization, but are not compelled by law to do so.

Help may be on the way to bolster the housing market. On March 4, the Obama Administration announced a plan to reduce foreclosures and stabilize the housing market. Details are still sketchy; however, a Washington Post article, "U.S. Launches Wide-Ranging Plan to Steady Housing Market," gives some insight, as well as reaction to date. (subscription required)

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Help for Small Business in Economic Stimulus Bill

The Economic Recovery Bill offers some help for small businesses to survive the recession. Through authorization granted to the Small Business Administration, loans and temporary free access to loan-guarantee programs will provide much-needed relief for paying off existing loans and obtaining new ones.

CNNMoney.com reported a breakdown of the assistance for small businesses that survived the purges of the Senate and the House/Senate Compromise Committee deliberations and made it into the law signed by President Obama on February 17. Click here for details (subscription required).

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Employee Free Choice Act Will Change Employment Landscape: Learn How

Congress is considering passage of a law which is likely to pass and has the potential to drastically change the employment landscape for years to come. The proposed new law is called the Employee Free Choice Act or EFCA and, if passed, will almost certainly be signed into law by President Obama. Therefore, it is imperative that all employers, both union and non-union, learn about the components of EFCA and how it will change the rules of the road in the near future.

To understand the impact of the coming changes, employers should know how the current rules function. For an explanation, click here. Attorney Michael Davis, presenter at the upcoming AWI Seminar, "Contracts: The Profits Are in the Details," has prepared an overview for AWI members to learn more about the issues.

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Help for Employers to Claim COBRA Medical Coverage Credit

On February 26, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) released new detailed information that will help employers claim credit for the COBRA medical premiums they pay for their former employees.

The IRS unveiled new information on this Web site, IRS.gov, which includes an extensive set of questions and answers for employers. In addition, the Web site contains a revised version of the quarterly payroll tax return that employers will use to claim credit for the COBRA medical premiums they pay for their former employees.

Form 941, Employer’s Quarterly Federal Tax Return, will also be sent to about two million employers in mid-March. The form is used to claim the new COBRA premium assistance payments credit, beginning with the first quarter of 2009.

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, which became law the week of February 16th, includes changes to the health benefit provisions of the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1985, commonly referred to as COBRA. The new law will affect former employees and their families, employers and others involved in providing COBRA coverage.

Under the new law, eligible former employees, enrolled in their employer’s health plan at the time they lost their jobs, are required to pay only 35% of the cost of COBRA coverage. Employers must treat the 35% payment by eligible former employees as full payment, but the employers are entitled to a credit for the other 65% of the COBRA cost on their payroll tax return.

Employers must maintain supporting documentation for the credit claimed. This includes:

  • Documentation of receipt of the employee’s 35% share of the premium.
  • In the case of insured plans: A copy of invoice or other supporting statement from the insurance carrier and proof of timely payment of the full premium to the insurance carrier.
  • Declaration of the former employee’s involuntary termination.

COBRA provides certain former employees, retirees, spouses, former spouses and dependent children the right to temporary continuation of health coverage at group rates. COBRA generally covers health plans maintained by private-sector employers with 20 or more full and part-time employees. It also covers employee organizations or federal, state or local governments. It does not apply to churches and certain religious organizations. The new COBRA subsidy provisions also apply to insurers required to offer continuation coverage under state law similar to the federal COBRA.

More information about COBRA payments and the new law is available at www.dol.gov.

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New Withholding Tables Now Available on IRS.gov

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) released new withholding tables on February 24 that will result in more take-home pay this spring for millions of American workers.

The new tables incorporate the new Making Work Pay credit, one of the key tax provisions included in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 that became law the week of February 16th.

The new withholding tables, along with other instructions related to the new tax law, will be incorporated in new Publication 15-T. This publication will be posted to this Web site soon and mailed to more than 9 million employers in mid-March. The IRS asks that employers start using these new tables as soon as possible but not later than April 1. Most workers will see a boost in their take-home pay soon thereafter.

Eligible workers will get the benefit of this change without any action on their part. This means that workers don’t need to fill out a new W-4 withholding form to get the Making Work Pay credit reflected in their take-home pay. A Form W-4 will not need to be submitted for the automatic withholding change. Individuals and couples with multiple jobs may want to submit revised Form W-4 forms to ensure enough withholding is held to cover the tax for the combined income. Publication 919 provides additional guidance for tax withholding.

Available for tax years 2009 and 2010, the Making Work Pay credit is 6.2% of a taxpayer’s earned income with a maximum credit of $800 for a married couple filing a joint return and $400 for other taxpayers, but it is phased out for higher income taxpayers. Most workers will qualify for the maximum credit. Because the credit is refundable (people can get it even if they owe no tax), most low-income workers will also qualify for the full credit.

Though all eligible taxpayers will need to claim the credit when they file their 2009 income tax return next year, the benefit will generally be spread out over the paychecks they receive beginning this spring and continue until the end of the year.

Many higher-income taxpayers will see little or no change in their take-home pay. That’s because the Making Work Pay credit is phased out for a married couple filing a joint return whose modified adjusted gross income (AGI) is between $150,000 and $190,000 and other taxpayers whose modified AGI is between $75,000 and $95,000.

Taxpayers will not get a separate, special check mailed to them from the IRS like last year’s economic stimulus payment.

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Chapter News

Congratulations AWI Carolinas Chapter!

The AWI Carolinas Chapter celebrated its 40th Anniversary on February 27th and what a celebration it was! 

Jeff and Kristine Cox and their leadership team pulled out all the stops to make the chapter’s 40th anniversary a most enjoyable and memorable event.  Numerous historical chapter artifacts were on display and created quite a buzz.  One would hear conversations such as…"hey, that was my handwriting back then…" Everyone enjoyed numerous vendor displays and the new technologies highlighted by many suppliers.  The current economic climate was quite a topic of conversation.

After a well prepared business meeting, there was a tour and wine tasting at the Richard Childress Winery, followed by a tour of RCR Racing and the Racing Museum.  Dinner that night was held among barrels and barrels of wine within the candlelit winery.  A number of charter members were present, recognized, and honored including founding member, Marion Rowland. 

In addition to great architectural woodwork, one should associate Carolina with strong leadership, great camaraderie, wonderful southern style hospitality, and superb Lexington style bar-b-que.  "Carolina is home turf for NASCAR and they know how to  "D.R.I.V.E."  and celebrate chapters," AWI Chapter Liaison Greg Bednar says in reporting about the event.

"Thanks Carolina, for sharing the memories of your rich 40 year history… and for the remarkable achievements you are compiling to further your legacy for the next 40!"

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Upcoming Chapter Events

What’s happening in local architectural woodwork communities? Learn about the upcoming events sponsored by AWI Chicago, Texas, Central Pennsylvania, Great Lakes, and New Mexico 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 Chicago Chapter
When: March 11, 2009 (5:30 pm)
What: Dinner Meeting with Featured Speaker and Hafele Showroom Open House
Where: 154 W. Hubbard Street, Chicago, IL
Information: Homer Lathrop, Chicago Chapter President, homerlathrop@sbcglobal.com

AWI Texas Chapter

When: March 16-17, 2009
What: "LEED® & the NEW Architectural Woodwork Standards"
Presenter: Margaret Fisher, LEED authority and Market Development Manager at Saunders Wood Specialties
Where: AIA, Austin, TX
Registration: $125 per person after March 1
Information: Phone – 512.452.4332; www.aiaaustin.org

AWI Central Pennsylvania Chapter
When: March 18, 2009 (3:30 pm – 4:00 pm seminar on Standards)
What: Central PA Chapter – CSI, 34th Annual Exhibitor’s Show & Seminar on the NEW Architectural Woodwork Standards
Presenter: Joe Sorrelli (AWI President – 1993-1994)
Where: Radison Hotel, Camp Hill, PA
Registration: Free, but reservations are required by March 16, 2009
Information: Click here for details and to register
Questions: Garry Astles, Central PA Chapter President, phone - 717.503.6295

AWI Great Lakes Chapter
March 18, 2009 (3:00 pm)
What: "Meet and Greet Event" to view Dovetails, Inc. woodwork project
Where: Roosevelt’s restaurant, M-59 and Hayes
Information: Debra Behring at debhring@jbcutting.com

AWI New Mexico Chapter and Sherwin Williams
March 20, 2009
What: "Touch Up Solutions" Seminar
Where: Casework Technologies, Albuquerque, NM
Information: Click here for details
Questions: Shelly Hardwood at sharwood@acie.com

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 March 19, 2009.

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