A bi-monthly news publication for AWI Manufacturing & Supplier Members June 18, 2009

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AWI News

Welcome to 27 New Members

As a benefit of their membership in AWI, Web site addresses are provided for those members 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.

MANUFACTURING

Anton Cabinetry
Arlington, TX

Associated Construction Enterprises, Inc.
Phoenix, AZ

Bassett Builders, Inc.
Arden, NC
www.bassettbuildersinc.com

Carolina Cabinet Company, Inc.
Wilson, NC
www.carolinacabinet.net

Casework Solutions, LLC
El Paso, TX

Cherrywood Artworks, Inc.
Brooklyn, NY
www.uskaz.com

C.L.S. Custom Laminating Specialists, LLC
Green Bay, WI

Corners Mexico
Col. Guerrero, Mexico

Cumberland Manufacturing, Inc.
Nicholasville, KY
cumberlandmfg@aol.com 

Custom Designed Cabinetry
South Beloit, IL

Custom Wood Furniture, Inc.
Newton, NJ
www.customwoodfurnitureinc.com 

Environment, LTD
Houston, TX
www.environmentmillwork.com

George V. DeVito Master Carpenter, Inc.
Medford, NY
www.georgedevitomastercarpenter.com

Grupo Inmobiliario Solarix SA de CV
Mexico City, Mexico

Haworth, Inc.
Big Rapids, MI
www.haworth.com 

Mastercraft Woodworking Company, Inc.
Shoemakersville, PA

Precision Cabinets, Inc.
Smithtown, NY

Third Day Cabinetry, Inc.
Lubbock, TX
www.Thirddaycabinetry.com

Trimco
El Paso, TX

Westwood Mill & Cabinet, Inc.
Salt Lake City, UT

Wisconsin Built, Inc.
Deerfield, WI
www.wisconsin-built.com 

WoodSong Cabinet & Trim, LLC
Wichita, KS
www.woodsongcabinets.com

SUPPLIERS

Cooper Enterprises, Inc.

Shelby, OH
www.cooperenterprises.com

Invensure Insurance Broker, Inc.
Irvine, CA
www.invensure.net

McMillin Construction, Inc.
Eagle, CO
www.mcmillinconstruction.com

Siteline Interior Carpentry, Inc.
Posen, IL

SL Laser Systems
Charlotte, NC
www.sl-laser.com

 


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AWI Board Approves Trademark Policy, Terms for Use of AWI and QCP Logos

Effective immediately, AWI’s registered trademarks is restricted to authorized use. AWI members are advised of the terms of the use of the AWI and AWI Quality Certification Program (AWI QCP) logos.

Under AWI Trademarks and Copyright Protection (20.5) policy, AWI members are advised of the following:

 20.5.1.1 

 Use of the Architectural Woodwork Institute (AWI) logo and the AWI Quality Certification Program (QCP) logo is restricted and their use is privileged as provided by AWI and AWI Quality Certification Corporation policy guidelines, most current edition.

 20.5.1.2          

 AWI and QCP registered trademarks may not be modified in content, design, color or otherwise be modified from the original format, as established and approved by the AWI Board of Directors.            

 20.5.1.3          

 Un-authorized use and or modification is a violation of U.S. trademark protection under the provisions of USC 1125.

The policy was unanimously approved by the AWI Board of Directors at its meeting on June 11-12, 2009.


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Workforce

SkillsUSA Names National Training Site for WorldSkills International Competition

SkillsUSA has designated Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology as the national training site for preparing the national champion this fall for the WorldSkills International Competition in Calgary, Canada.

Stevens College Cabinetmaking & Wood Technology Instructor Rob Tobias (an AWI Affiliate Member) will be working with and coaching the national winner to prepare him/her for the WorldSkills Cabinetmaking Competition. This year, Kyle Wegman, a Stevens College student, placed first in the National SkillsUSA Cabinetmaking Competition and will represent the United States in the WorldSkills International Competition. 

There is significant cost required of Stevens College in the responsibilities associated with this program request. If you would like to assist the College by providing a portion of the needed $5,000 expense, your help would be appreciated.  Checks should be made payable to "Thaddeus Stevens Foundation" and in the memo note that your gift is for the "SkillsUSA Program."  Contributions can be sent to Thaddeus Stevens College, Attention: Allen Tate, 750 E. King Street, Lancaster, PA 17602-3198. 


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Safety Matters

AWI Safety Week Contest Winners Announced

Many AWI members responded to our Safety Savvy Contest, and several correctly answered the question about OSHA standards. But, there was only one winner. Find out who AND learn the top 10 safety standards for which the millwork industry was most frequently cited in 2008.

Top Winner
Our winner is Jason Jackson, Project Manager of Beams Custom Woodworking in Geigertown, PA. He was the first respondent with the correct answer to identify the number one cited standard and alert.

Honorable Mentions
These members also gave correct answers in our Safety Savvy Contest.:

Don Humphries, VP of Business Development, Onsite Woodwork Corporation, Austell, GA
Richard Ungerbuehler, Jr., Manufacturing and Technology, Federal Millwork Corporation, Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Chuck Sheets, Millshop Manager, Corna Kokosing, Westerville, OH
Michael Moscaritolo, Controller, Windsor Architectural Woodworking, Malden, MA

This is the correct list in order of citation for the millwork industry:
1. Woodworking machinery requirements.
2. Hazard Communication.
3. Respiratory Protection.
4. General requirements for all machines.
5. Wiring methods, components, and equipment for general use.
6. Mechanical power-transmission apparatus.
7. Powered industrial trucks.
8. The control of hazardous energy (lockout/tagout).
9. General requirements.
10. Spray finishing using flammable and combustible materials.

Check out the entire list at osha.gov.


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Business Tools

Find New Solutions to Business Challenges

Could successful noncompetitive peers help you reach troubling decisions about your business? Would hearing how other architectural woodworkers around the country 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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Quarterly AWI AOE Honors Submission Period Open Until August 1

Gain honors and get noticed in the quarterly AWI "Award of Excellence" program. Use an AOE Award to your competitive advantage. All Manufacturing Members are eligible to participate.

Get noticed among the outstanding projects of AWI Manufacturing Members who are featured in Design Solutions Magazine, AWI’s official quarterly journal. Maximize opportunities for business. Visit awinet.org for submission forms. The deadline for submissions for the next quarterly (fall) AOE honors program is August 1, 2009. Benefits to AOE honorees include exposure in the online issue of the journal which is open for business 24/7.


Pictured is one of the award-winning AWI Manufacturing Member projects featured in the winter AWI "Award of Excellence" quarterly competition. The offices of orthodontist Mark Dake, DDS in West Plains, MO received a makeover that included woodwork fabricated by Cohen Architectural Woodworking of St. James, MO. Pictured here is part of the reception area. Fabrication included reception area cabinets, the kitchen, bathrooms, lab cabinets and offices, using Mahogany, Mahogany veneer, high pressure decorate laminate and solid surface materials. More views of this project can be seen in the winter issue of Design Solutions.

Photo credit: Rachel Cohen, St. James, MO


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Your Mobile Office at the Job Site

How connected are you to your woodwork team and to the information you need on the job?

Is consolidation of your cell phone, laptop, PDA and other devices desirable or possible for your particular needs? Find out what ConstrucTech learned from a number of contractors and equipment and service providers. See the June 16th issue (subscription required).
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Learning Forum

Online AWI Convention Registration Opens: $100 Discount for First 25 AWI Convention Registrants!

Register early for the 57th AWI Annual Convention, October 7-10, held in "Old Town" Alexandria, Virginia and save in two ways. Find out how to save really BIG on registration fees.

The first 25 AWI Manufacturing Member delegates who register for the full-price convention package for the 2009 AWI Annual Convention will receive a $100 discount off the fee. Hurry, be among the first to register for the outstanding program of events. The Ultimate Knowledge and Networking Forum awaits you.

Visit www.awinet.org for more information and to register. Check out the full program of events online AND in the AWI convention brochure mailed this week with your AWI NewsBriefs. Watch for tips monthly in AWI NewsBriefs where presenters at the AWI Convention share practical business tips to help you not only survive in these turbulent economic times but also surpass expectations.
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AWI Sponsors Dynamic Workshops at AWFS - Be There!

Plan to attend three AWI-sponsored workshops at AWFS®VEGAS for information about LEED®, the Architectural Woodwork Standards, and Money Matters. Be there! Make sure to stop by the AWI booth #1651.

Understanding LEED®
Wednesday, July 15, 9:30 – 11:30 am
Margaret Fisher, Saunders Wood Specialties
Sponsored by AWI

Introducing the New Architectural Woodwork Standards
Friday, July 17, 3:30 – 5:00 pm
Mike Bell, Kentucky Millwork, AWI
Rob Gustafson, Woodwork Institute
Jim Taylor, Seagull Enterprises, Ltd., AWMAC
Sponsored by AWI, WI, AWMAC

Money Matters: Finance for Non-Financial Managers
Saturday, July 18, 8:00 – 11:00 am
Scott Nelson, Central Plains Millwork
Bruce Spitz, Classic Millwork & Products, Inc.
Sponsored by AWI

AWI members receive a 10% discount on all AWFS education programs. The discount code (which is used for programs only, not general registration) is AW8285. Visit www.awfsfair.org to register.
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Green Scene

“Green” Certification – How “Green” Are You?

As AWI receives information about companies that have various "green" certification credentials, we will publish the information as a service to members. Send your information to AWI Director of Marketing Katie Allen at kallen@awinet.org.

Meyer and Lundahl Manufacturing Company is Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified and has completed over two dozen LEED® certified projects. The company also has a LEED AP credentialed staff person. The AWI Manufacturing Member (since 1961) can be reached at www.meyerandlundahl.com
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Green Building Revolution Foments Legal Risks

Numerous legal risks may arise from "green" construction, according to a report from the Harvard Law School Environmental Law & Policy Clinic. Liabilities may arise, if projects do not meet green standards requirements and fail to meet the claims made.

According to Green Building Update, "contractors and design professionals must carefully draft agreements to allocate these risks." Find out more, including recommendations for mitigating legal risks, in the 35-page paper.
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The Growing Definition of “Renewable Energy” and “Green”

Potential tax breaks are luring lobbyists and others to advocate legislative changes. Find out more about the pros and cons.

The New York Times carried a report, "With Billions at Stake, Trying to Expand the Meaning of ‘Renewable Energy’" on May 24 (subscription required).
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Top 10 Ways to Use Recovery Funds for Green Building

The U.S. Green Building Council has published a resource guide for state and local government agencies to tap into funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).

The USGBC promotes green communities, including schools, housing, public-sector buildings and more. Check out the list and other resources identified for current information on the allocation and distribution ARRA funds, including www.recovery.gov.
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Industry News

Manufacturing Ranked # 1 Industry for Economic Prosperity

Despite more than a year of bad news as the manufacturing sector continues to contract, a new annual index released on June 9 by Deloitte LLP and The Manufacturing Institute shows that Americans view manufacturing as the most important industry for a strong national economy.  There is a wide perception gap, however, between the public’s highly positive views of manufacturing’s contributions to America’s economic success and their negative views about pursuing a career in manufacturing.

The survey, "Public Viewpoint on Manufacturing," which assessed public perceptions and understanding of a wide range of issues related to manufacturing, shows that the majority of respondents (71%) view manufacturing as a national priority with 59% agreeing that the United States manufacturing industry effectively competes on a global scale.  These results fall in line with public perceptions that manufacturing plays a larger role in overall economic prosperity compared to the technology, energy, healthcare, retail, communications and financial services industries. 

Most also agreed that America’s manufacturing industries have a significant impact on their standard of living (81%) and on national security (68%). When asked what industry they would most want to have creating 1,000 jobs in their community, respondents listed manufacturing as their top choice, followed by technology, energy, healthcare, retailing, communications and financial institutions.

While Americans view manufacturing as the most important industry for a strong national economy, the Index shows that they are not pursuing careers in manufacturing.  Only 17% named manufacturing as among their top two industry choices to start a career, and only 30% of parents said they would encourage their children to pursue jobs in manufacturing. 

For more information about the survey results, click here. The Manufacturing Institute (www.nam.org/institute) is a non-partisan 501(c)(3) affiliate of the National Association of Manufacturers.
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Consumer Confidence Improves – Is the Worst Over?

The Conference Board Consumer Confidence Index™, which had improved considerably in April, posted another large gain in May. Consumers think the worst is over, according to the Conference Board.

The Index now stands at 54.9 (1985=100), up from 40.8 in April. The Present Situation Index increased to 28.9 from 25.5 last month. The Expectations Index rose to 72.3 from 51.0 in April.The Consumer Confidence Survey™ is based on a representative sample of 5,000 U.S. households. The monthly survey is conducted for The Conference Board by TNS. TNS is the world's largest custom research company. The cutoff date for May's preliminary results was May 19th.

"After two months of significant improvements, the Consumer Confidence Index is now at its highest level in eight months (Sept. 2008, 61.4), Lynn Franco, director of The Conference Board Consumer Research Center, said.

"Continued gains in the Present Situation Index indicate that current conditions have moderately improved, and growth in the second quarter is likely to be less negative than in the first. Looking ahead, consumers are considerably less pessimistic than they were earlier this year, and expectations are that business conditions, the labor market and incomes will improve in the coming months. While confidence is still weak by historical standards, as far as consumers are concerned, the worst is now behind us," she said.
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Housing Market Leading Recovery

A number of positive signs in the housing market point to better times ahead not only for the single-family residential market but also the commercial sector which follows the housing industry.

The National Association of Home Builders recently reported the following:

* The pace of economic contraction is slowing, and GDP growth is expected to turn positive in the second half of the year.
* Consumer sentiment has improved.
* Housing affordability continues to improve due to declines in house prices and mortgage interest rate.
* Consumer sentiments about buying conditions continue to strengthen.
* House price depreciation may be easing, stabilization is on the horizon.
* Home sales have bottomed out.

For details, see NAHB’s June 3 edition of Eye on the Economy (subscription required).
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Nonresidential Construction Shows Growth Signs

According to a recent survey, construction industry executives are more optimistic about long-term economic conditions. However, the balance of 2009 presents challenges.

FMI Corporation, reported that its Nonresidential Construction Index now stands at 45.0, compared with a reading of 35.6 for last quarter. It appears construction industry executives participating as panelists for the NRCI survey are getting over the shock of the rapid slowdown and are beginning to rethink their markets and strategies, FMI noted.

There are some signs of optimism in this quarter’s report, but most panelists expect the remainder of 2009 to be a continuing challenge to find new work and keep from making even deeper staff cuts. Unfortunately, the federal stimulus has yet to be very stimulating for nonresidential contractors. At this time, only 12% of industry executives participating in the survey have seen any effects of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.

Delays and cancellations continue to plague the nonresidential construction sector, with few signs that banks are ready to free up credit for private-sector owners. While we received several comments that panelists expect the downturn to get even worse before it gets better, a few expressed their concern that we might be in for a rapid rebound at some point, which will also cause problems scaling back up.

NRCI Second Quarter 2009 Highlights:

* Overall Economy: Panelists’ opinions of the overall economy improved considerably this quarter. Only 39.2% thought the economy had worsened since last quarter, compared with 79.6% in the first quarter of 2009. However, only 9.1% thought the economy was actually improving.

* Overall Economy Where Panelists Do Business: Panelists’ opinions of their local economies and markets improved in sync with the overall economy with 46.3 % agreeing it was the same as last quarter and 42% saying it was worse than last quarter.

* Panelists’ Construction Business: Last year, when the overall economy was declining, we noted that nonresidential contractors were doing pretty well in comparison. But as of the second quarter 2009, panelists participating in this survey largely agree their business is as slow as business in their overall markets.

* Cost of Materials: The reduction in materials costs may be near the bottom as only 58% of panelists report material costs as lower compared with 70% last quarter.

* Cost of Labor: Labor costs, despite slowdowns and layoffs, seem to show early signs of increasing; but only 11% report labor costs as higher than last quarter.

* Delays and Cancellations: Delays and cancellations continue to plague the industry, but they are no worse than reported last quarter. Still, with delays running at four times what panelists consider a normal rate and cancellations representing 10% of backlog, if banks continue to be afraid to make loans, owners will sit on the sidelines, and the recovery will be delayed.

* Effects of Stimulus Bill: With details of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 projects becoming known, nonresidential building contractors are realizing stimulus funds won’t bring an immediate cure for declining backlogs as 88% of panelists said they had not yet seen the effects of the stimulus bill. However, 23% expect the bill will increase their backlogs as much as 5% in the next year.

FMI, www.fmi.org, is the largest provider of management consulting and investment banking to the worldwide construction industry.


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Member News

Lou Dietz, AWI Past President Passes Away

AWI Past President (1969-1970) Lou Dietz of Haverford, Pennsylvania, passed away on June 10, 2009.

"Lou’s work for AWI spanned many decades as a volunteer leader, educator, author, and advocate," AWI Executive Vice President Phil Duvic said. "In the late 1960’s Lou appeared before legislators on Capitol Hill to explain how revisions to proposed labor laws might impact our nation’s largest group of employers, small business."  

In the 1970’s, Lou authored an AWI hardwood preparatory instruction program containing audio cassette tapes, transparency slides, flip charts and wood samples for use by AWI volunteers for deliveries to woodworkers and design professionals alike.

As an avid reader of Design Solutions Magazine since its debut in 1985, Lou frequently wrote to AWI and offered suggestions for improvement on ways the magazine might better present information to the design community.

In 1976, the AWI Board of Directors awarded AWI’s highest honor and named Louis B. Dietz the fourth recipient of the highest and most prestigious recognition, the Rinehimer Award.

Contributions in his memory may be made to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, 555 North Lane, Suite 5010, Conshohocken, PA 19428.
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Standards

Understanding & Marketing AWS: Upcoming Presentations

As the upcoming release of the Architectural Woodwork Standards (AWS) nears, members of the AWI Speakers Bureau, AWI chapters, staff and others will be making presentations to architectural woodworkers, architects, designers and the contractors about the differences between the AWI Quality Standards Illustrated and AWS. Watch for news of special presentations in your area. The AWS is jointly produced by AWI, the Architectural Woodwork Manufacturers Association of Canada (AWMAC) and the Woodwork Institute.

ALA Wisconsin
When: June 29, 2009
What: Lunch and Learn Program: Architectural Woodwork Standards Overview
Presenter: Gregory M. Bednar, AWI Chapter Development Liaison
Where: CJ & Associates, Inc., New Berlin, WI
Reservations: Due June 25, 2009. See attached for details and registration.
Questions: Douglas A. Gallus, FALA, dgallus@sbcglobal.net
ALA is the Association of Licensed Architects

AWI Virginia Chapter
When: June 30, 2009 (11:00 am – 2:00 pm)
What: Presentation on the New Architectural Woodwork Standards and Working Buffet Lunch
Presenter: AWI Past President Joe Sorelli
Where: Alexandria, VA
Information: Jim Hamilton, Jr., jhamiltonjr@winchesterwoodworking.com

Harrington College of Design
When: June 30, 2009
What: Presentation on the New Architectural Woodwork Standards
Presenter: Gregory M. Bednar, AWI Chapter Development Liaison

AWI New Jersey Chapter
When: September 10, 2009
What: Architectural Woodwork Standards Presentation for Design Professionals
Presenter: AWI Past President Joe Sorelli
Information: Contact Chapter Officers

AIA Chicago Chapter
When: October 15, 2009
What: The New Architectural Woodwork Standards
Greg Bednar will highlight the benefits of referencing this definitive reference source for quality architectural woodwork.  Experience a chapter-by-chapter review and learn how to best use this valuable tool.  Find what you need fast by learning time saving tips to ensure your woodwork projects look their best. This program is AIA accredited and does have CEU Credits available.
Presenter: Greg Bednar, AWI Chapter Development Liaison
Questions: gbednar@awinet.org

ALA / CSI Chicago Architectural Conference
When: October 20, 2009 (1:15 – 2:45 pm)
What: "The New North American Architectural Woodwork Standards (AWS)." 
Where: Drury Lane Conference Center, 100 Drury Lane, Oakbrook, IL. 60181
Questions: gbednar@awinet.org
ALA is the Association of Licensed Architects and CSI is the Construction Specification Institute.
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Federal Scene

Law Offers Special Tax Breaks for Small Business; Act Now and Save, IRS Says 

The Internal Revenue Service urges small businesses to act now and take advantage of tax-saving opportunities included in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Eligible businesses only have a few months to save on some of their taxes.

Enacted in February, the ARRA created, extended or expanded a variety of business tax deductions and credits. Because some of these changes—the bonus depreciation and increased section 179 deduction, for example—are only available this year, eligible businesses only have a few months to take action and save on their taxes. Here is a quick rundown of some of the key provisions.

Faster Write-Offs for Certain Capital Expenditures
Many small businesses that invest in new property and equipment will be able to write off most or all of these purchases on their 2009 returns. The new law extends through 2009 the special 50% depreciation allowance, also known as bonus depreciation, and increased limits on the section 179 deduction, named for the relevant section of the Internal Revenue Code. Normally, businesses recover these capital investments through annual depreciation deductions spread over several years. Both of these provisions encourage these investments by enabling businesses to write them off more quickly. The bonus depreciation provision generally enables businesses to deduct half the cost of qualifying property in the year it is placed in service.

The section 179 deduction enables small businesses to deduct up to $250,000 of the cost of machinery, equipment, vehicles, furniture and other qualifying property placed in service during 2009. Without the new law, the limit would have dropped to $133,000. The existing $25,000 limit still applies to sport utility vehicles. A special phase-out provision effectively targets the section 179 deduction to small businesses and generally eliminates it for most larger businesses.

Bonus depreciation and the section 179 deduction are claimed on Form 4562. Further details are in the instructions for this form.

Expanded Net Operating Loss Carryback

Many small businesses that had expenses exceeding their incomes for 2008 can choose to carry those losses back for up to five years, instead of the usual two. For small businesses that were profitable in the past but lost money in 2008, this could mean a special tax refund. The option is available for a small business that has no more than an average of $15 million in gross receipts over a three-year period.

This option is still available for most eligible taxpayers, but only for a limited time. A corporation that operates on a calendar-year basis, for example, must file a claim by September 15, 2009. For eligible individuals, the deadline is October 15, 2009.

Eligible individuals should file a claim using Form 1045, and corporations should use Form 1139. Details can be found in the instructions for each of these forms, and answers to frequently-asked questions are posted on www.IRS.gov.

Exclusion of Gain on the Sale of Certain Small Business Stock
The new law provides an extra incentive for individuals who invest in small businesses. Investors in qualified small business stock can exclude 75% of the gain upon sale of the stock. This increased exclusion applies only if the qualified small business stock is acquired after February 17, 2009 and before January 1, 2011, and held for more than five years. For previously-acquired stock, the exclusion rate remains at 50 percent in most cases.

Estimated Tax Requirement Modified
Many individual small business taxpayers may be able to defer, until the end of the year, paying a larger part of their 2009 tax obligations. For 2009, eligible individuals can make quarterly estimated tax payments equal to 90 percent of their 2009 tax or 90 percent of their 2008 tax, whichever is less. Individuals qualify if they received more than half of their gross income from their small businesses in 2008 and meet other requirements. For details, see Publication 505.

COBRA Credit
Employers that provide the 65% COBRA premium subsidy under ARRA to eligible former employees who claim credit for this subsidy on their quarterly or annual employment tax returns. To help avoid imposing an unnecessary cash-flow burden, affected employers can reduce their employment tax deposits by the amount of the credit. For details, see Form 941. Answers to frequently-asked questions are posted on www.IRS.gov.

Other ARRA business provisions relate to discharges of certain business indebtedness, the holding period for S corporation built-in gains and acceleration of certain business credits for corporations. Also see Fact Sheet FS-2009-11.

Visit www.irs.gov for all publications and fact sheets.
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White House Again Delays Mandatory E-Verify for Federal Projects

The controversial electronic system mandating that employers verify eligibility of employees to work in the U.S. using E-Verify has been delayed again. The White House has postponed until June 30, 2009 the deadline for compliance with the E-Verify rule that will apply to government contractors and subcontractors.

The delay, published in the April 17th issue of the Federal Register, provides the Obama administration more time to review the rule.
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Chapter News

Upcoming Chapter Events

What’s happening in your local AWI chapters and architectural woodwork communities?  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 Texas Chapter
When: June 18-19, 2009
What: June 18 - Golf Outing and/or Skeet Shoot; June 19 "How to Grow a Business in Tough Economic Times" Roundtable (8:00 am – 11:30 am); plus Mexican Fiesta
Roundtable: Discussing buying habits, tracking customer satisfaction, instilling confidence in your employees in a soft market, and more. Find out why you should attend by clicking here.
Moderator: Steve Waltman, Stiles Machinery
Where: San Antonio River Walk and other venues
Registration: By June 5, 2009. Program, hotel and registration details attached.
Information: Christi Duncan; texasawi@earthlink.net

AWI Heart of America Chapter

When: July 16, 2009
What: Tour of CCM Countertop & Cabinet Mfg. Company
Where: Wichita, KS
Information: Contact Chapter Officers 

 AWI Ohio Valley Chapter
When: July 17, 2009 (tee time - 8:30 am)
What: Golf Outing
Where: Legendary Run, Cincinnati, OH
Registration: Details attached; RSVP form attached, send to tracy@louisvillelumber.com.
Information: Ron Simmons, Chapter President, 502.459.8710 

AWI Iowa/Nebraska Chapter
When: July 31, 2009
What: Sustainability Program
Presenter: Margaret Fisher, Saunders Wood Specialists
Information: Contact Chapter Officers
 
AWI Wisconsin Chapter
When: August 6, 2009 (8:30 am – 7:00 pm)
What: 2009 Wood Industry Golf Outing & Dinner
Where: Cold Water Canyon Golf Course, Wisconsin Dells, WI
Information: Click here for details about the golf outing, dinner fees, accommodations and registration.
Registration: $110 by June 26; $125 June 27
Proceeds: A portion of the proceeds will be donated to Wisconsin Wood Manufacturing Technology Student Scholarships.

AWI Heart of America Chapter
When: August 28, 2009
What: Tour of Technique Manufacturing / Pluswood Distributors
Information: Contact Chapter Officers
 

AWI Florida Chapter

When: August 28-29, 2009
What: August 28 – Golf; August 29 -Officer Changeover Meeting & Program on LEED®/FSC (Tentative)
Information: Contact Chapter Officers 

All chapters are encouraged to plan their events early to allow for ample promotion of your activities in this section of AWI e-briefs as well as through other avenues.  Also, if your chapter is involved in local and regional SkillsUSA competitions, advise AWI.  Contact Greg Bednar, AWI Chapter Development Services Liaison at gbednar@awinet.org.

 
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Next Issue of E-briefs

The next issue of AWI e-briefs will be published July 2, 2009.


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