A bi-monthly news publication for AWI Manufacturing & Supplier Members July 2, 2009
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Nominations Open for AWI Honorary Life Membership

AWI is currently accepting nominations for the high distinction of Honorary Life Member. Submissions must be received by AWI by July 31 using a special form.

Honorary Life Members are individuals who have contributed exemplary service to the association, its members, and AWI’s Mission as deemed by his/her peers.

For information about the qualifications for Honorary Life Member, nomination eligibility, and benefits of the distinction as an Honorary Life Member, log in to www.awinet.org with your access codes and on the left-hand menu bar, click on "Honorary Life Member."

To complete the nomination form, click here.

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Learning Forum

Online AWI Convention Registration Open: $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 to you with the June issue of 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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See You at AWFS

Stop by the AWI booth #1651 at the AWFS®VEGAS, July 15-18, 2009. And, don’t miss the three AWI-sponsored workshops for information about LEED®, the Architectural Woodwork Standards, and Money Matters. Opportunities knock -- take advantage of them.  See you there!

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.awfs.org to register.
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CSI Hosts North Central Region Conference, July 30 – August 1, 2009

The Construction Specifications Institute (CSI) is bringing together 22 chapters representing nine states in the region for its annual North Central Region Conference.

Due to the current economy, the Kansas City Chapter, conference host, has elected to reduce the total registration fee to $100 for CSI participants ($40 for significant others). 

Visit the Kansas City Chapter’s Web page at www.kccsi.org to obtain program information. Registration information is attached.

For hotel accommodations at the Intercontinental Hotel in Kansas City, all 877-270-1390, or visit www.kansascityic.com.
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Virginia Tech Sponsors Wood Week 2009 and Annual Career Fair

The Department of Wood Science at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg will conduct Wood Week 2009 and a Career Fair, September 14-18, 2009. The Career Fair will take place on September 17.

Paul Winistorfer will be taking over the role of Dean for the College of Natural Resources at Virginia Tech in August and Professor Audrey Zink-Sharp has been appointed interim head of the Department of Wood Science. Contact Professor Zink-Sharp at 540-231-8820 for more details regarding the Career Fair.
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Workforce

Got the Picture? Images Needed for Skill Standards

The Woodwork Career Alliance (WCA) needs your help with images for its multi-year Skill Standards project. Images of a number of pieces of equipment are needed. Can you help locate them?

Specific images needed are:

Picture of a bandsaw doing a resaw with a power feed
Hinge bore and insert machine
Widebelt sander in action
Random orbital sander in action
Caseclamp in action
Picture of a Cold Press
Cold press in action
Biscuit joiner creating 90-degree butt corner
Biscuit joiner creating 90-degree intermediate corner

Images should be print quality, 300 DPI, high resolution, 3" x 3" in size, in jpeg format. Send them to WCA Secretary and AWI Chief Learning Officer Greg Heuer at gheuer@umich.edu. Visit the WCA at www.woodworkcareer.org.


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Business Tools

AWI Cost of Doing Business Survey Report Coming July 15

If you participated in the 2009 AWI CODB Survey, you will receive your full copy by July 15th.

AWI Manufacturing Members who did not participate will receive an executive summary. If you would like to purchase a full copy, visit www.awinet.org or contact AWI at 571.323.3636 to order a full report after July 15.

This year’s annual AWI Cost of Doing Business Survey and Compensation Study Report reflects the current economic trends within the industry and will be valuable for adjusting your business model as the industry returns to what will not be business as usual after the market turns around, according to economist Alan Beaulieu. For more insight about his forecast for the construction market, look for the July issue of AWI NewsBriefs mid-month. And, don’t miss the workshop he will deliver at the AWI Convention in October.

To use the results of the CODBS to evaluate your business operations, consult the May, June and July issues of AWI NewsBriefs for the series, "Putting the AWI COBDS Report to Work," authored by AWI Past President Scott Nelson, President of Central Plains Millwork.
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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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You Can’t Be Honored without a Submission

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. Mass Cabinets, Inc. of Methuen, MA, fabricated the lobby of 1000 Washington Street, a commercial building in Boston. Shown here is the elegant Makore paneling with brushed aluminum reveals. More views of this project can be seen in the winter issue of
Design Solutions.

Photo credit: Kevin Harkins, Londonderry, NH


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Battery Recycling for Electronics

Recycle your portable rechargeable batteries to conserve natural resources, to prevent rechargeable batteries from entering the solid waste stream, and ultimately, to preserve our environment.

The Power Tool Institute says that batteries can be recycled by depositing them into battery collection boxes at Home Depot stores in the U.S. and Canada. Or to find a collection site near you, visit www.rbrc.org or call the consumer help line, 1-800-8-BATTERY.

Information about battery recycling is available from:

Power Tool Institute - www.powertoolinstitute.com
Portable Rechargeable Battery Association – www.prba.org
Rechargeable Battery Recycling Corporation – www.rbrc.org.

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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.

Ace Styline Architectural Millwork has received its Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) Chain of Custody Certificate "making it one of the very few millwork companies in the nation to have both the FSC Chain of Custody Certificate and the Architectural Woodwork Institute’s (AWI) Quality Certification Program Certificate. Possession of the FSC Chain of Custody Certificate now allows Ace Styline to participate in LEED® projects of the highest level and assure its clients that the wood on the project is from responsibly managed sources," the company reported.

Headquartered in Chicago, IL, Ace Styline is a national provider of architectural millwork for the hospitality, retail, medical, fitness and spa industries. In 2007, Ace Styline was one of the first major millwork and cabinetry companies to embrace the total use of environmentally friendly items, whenever possible, in the manufacturing process.

To learn more about Ace Styline visit www.acestyline.com. The company has been an AWI Manufacturing Member since 2001.
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Sustainable Retrofits Building Conference, October 20-21, 2009

A new Sustainable Retrofits Building Conference will address the costs, savings, finance, investment and informational needs for the industry. The Sustainable Building Series: Retrofits, will take place October 21-22 in San Francisco with four (4) pre-conference workshops on October 20.

You’ll discover over 20 educational sessions, 10 case studies, and much more. Some of the topics to be covered include:

* Understanding the available rewards that can be secured through green lending programs
* Taking advantage of cost savings available to energy retrofits
* Realize how you can enhance portfolio returns with investment in green retrofits
* Finding the best way to finance retrofits
* Turn an environmental and economic crisis into an opportunity
* And much more!

Presenters include representatives from several leading companies including: Cushman & Wakefield, Simon & Associates, Jones Lang LaSalle, Pacific Gas & Electric, New Resource Bank, Charles Pankow Builders, Building Wise and many more!

For more information, visit the Global Strategic Management Institute at www.gsmiweb.com/community
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Buildings Seeking LEED® to Provide Performance Data

As part of LEED v3, the latest version of the U.S. Green Building Council’s (USGBC) program for green building design, construction, operations and maintenance, buildings seeking LEED certification will begin submitting operational performance data on a recurring basis as a precondition to certification. 

USGBC will be able to use the performance information collected to inform future versions of LEED.

Projects can comply with the performance requirement in one of three ways:

1. The building is recertified on a two-year cycle using LEED for Existing Buildings: Operations & Maintenance.
2. The building provides energy and water usage data on an on-going basis annually.
3. The building owner signs a release that authorizes USGBC to access the building’s energy and water usage data directly from the building’s utility provider.

The requirement creates a data stream on LEED-certified building performance that can be used by owners and operators to optimize their building performance and promote the establishment of energy efficiency goals over the life of the building.

 

 


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Industry News

May Construction Climbs 7%

At a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $412.3 billion, new construction starts in May advanced 7% from the previous month, according to McGraw-Hill Construction, a division of The McGraw-Hill Companies.  May’s strengthening was led by a substantial increase for public works, which featured a major pipeline project as well as gains for highways, bridges, sewers, and water supply systems.  Meanwhile, housing stayed flat and nonresidential building resumed its downward trend after the brief upturn reported in April.

The May statistics lifted the Dodge Index to 87 (2000=100), compared to 82 for April.  The pace of new construction starts had fallen steadily from mid-2008 through February, but since then has shown slight if hesitant improvement.  However, the level of activity registered during March, April, and May remains weak by recent standards – up 4% from the average for January and February, yet still down 10% from last year’s fourth quarter.  "The pattern of construction starts over the past three months suggests that a bottom is being established," stated Robert A. Murray, vice president of economic affairs for McGraw-Hill Construction.  "Single family housing now seems to be leveling off after its lengthy correction, and public works is picking up speed, with more to come given the lift that’s just beginning to emerge from the federal stimulus funding.  This will be offset, however, by further weakness for nonresidential building, involving its commercial, manufacturing, and institutional segments."

The commercial categories in May ran counter to their downward trend that’s been underway over the past year.  Store construction, which has seen a particularly steep drop after peaking in 2007, held steady in May.  Both warehouses and hotels showed gains from very weak April activity, with warehouses up 5% and hotels up 31%.  Office construction in May climbed 51%, lifted by the start of a $347 million office tower in New York, NY and a $99 million officer tower in Seattle WA.  The volume of office construction in May was still depressed relative to the past year, as it came in 35% below the monthly average for this category in 2008.

On an unadjusted basis, total construction during the January-May period of 2009 was reported at $154.2 billion, down 38% from the same period a year ago.  The year-to-date declines are likely to stay substantial through mid-year, but then become less severe during the second half of 2009 given the comparison to the sharp erosion in construction activity that took place in the second half of 2008.  By sector, nonbuilding construction for the first five months of 2009 showed a relatively small decline, retreating 14%.  The downturns for the other two sectors were considerable –residential building, down 49%; and nonresidential building, down 43%.  By region, total construction during the first five months of 2009 showed the largest reductions in the northeast, down 45%; and the south Atlantic, down 41%.  Not far behind were the west, down 39%; the south central, down 34%; and the midwest, down 29%.

For more information, visit McGraw Hill.
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CSI to End Support of MasterFormat™ 95 on December 31, 2009

The Construction Specifications Institute (CSI) announced that the organization will cease to license and support MasterFormat™ 95 as of December 31, 2009.

"Now that the new edition has been widely accepted by the industry, we felt it was time to complete the transition to MasterFormat™ 2004," said CSI Executive Director and CEO Walter Marlowe, P.E., CSI, CAE. "As a result, CSI and Construction Specifications Canada (CSC) will no longer support MasterFormat 95 after December 31, 2009."

MasterFormat has long been recognized as a standard in the construction industry to organize project manuals and detailed cost information, and to relate drawing notes to specifications. It aids project delivery by facilitating communication among architects, engineers, specifiers, contractors, suppliers and other consultants, which helps them meet building owners' requirements, timelines and budgets. By fostering fuller and more detailed construction specifications, MasterFormat is designed to reduce costly changes or delays in projects due to incomplete, misplaced or missing information.

Using two different versions of MasterFormat makes it difficult to correctly classify work results and communicate project information. The continued use of MasterFormat 95 and earlier versions also hinders industry standardization and works contrary to interoperability.

For more information on MasterFormat, please visit www.masterformat.com/. MasterFormat 2004 edition is available for purchase on the Web site. Access to real-time updates, a transition guide and a tool to convert MasterFormat 95 numbers to the latest version also are available.
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Stimulus Funding Projects

McGraw Hill Construction posts Stimulus Package updates in a special section on its Web site.

For access to the site (subscription required) visit construction.com. Visitors can view information by region and market sectors.
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Member News

Co-Owner of Inter Ocean Cabinet Company Passes Away

Eileen Farrell, wife of the late John Farrell, passed away at the age of 94 on June 28 in Burr Ridge, IL. The couple owned Inter Ocean Cabinet Company in Elmhurst, IL.

Mrs. Farrell had also been an editor for the American Dental Association, the editor of Journal Dental Abstracts of ADA and authored a book and numerous articles.

Inter Ocean Cabinet Company has been an AWI Manufacturing Member since 1980. The company was founded in 1897.
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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.

AWI New Jersey Chapter
When: September 10, 2009
Presenter: AWI Past President Joe Sorelli
Information: Contact Chapter Officers

AWI Chicago Chapter
When: September 21, 2009
Information: Contact Chapter Officers 

AWI Empire State Chapter
When: September 24, 2009
Information: Contact Chapter Officers

AIA Chicago Chapter
When: October 15, 2009
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)
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

Treasury Department Updates List of Approved Sureties for Federal Projects

The U. S. Department of the Treasury announced the removal of Lincoln General Insurance Company from its list of surety companies acceptable on federal bonds.

The removal became effective on June 30, 2009. The notice in the Federal Register on June 17, 2009 provides guidance to bond-approving officers to "secure new bonds with acceptable sureties in those instances where a significant amount of liability remains outstanding," according to the American Subcontractors Association (ASA).

Click here to see Treasury Department Circular 570 for a complete list of the department’s approved sureties.
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House Passage of Energy and Climate Legislation Creates New Opportunities for Green Building

The House of Representatives passed landmark energy and climate legislation on June 26 that includes several significant provisions to incentivize and accelerate the benefits of green building across the country.

The American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009 includes several initiatives or provisions supported by or developed in consultation with U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), including:

• The Retrofit for Energy and Environmental Performance (REEP) program, which supports the creation of retrofitting initiatives throughout the country for residential and nonresidential buildings that may offer a variety of incentives, including credit enhancements, interest rate subsidies, and initial capital for public revolving loan funds.

• The GREEN (Green Resources for Energy Efficient Neighborhoods) Act (H.R. 2336), which provides incentives to lenders and financial institutions to provide lower interest loans and other benefits to consumers who build, buy or remodel their homes in ways that improve energy efficiency. The bill also increases energy efficiency standards for Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) owned and assisted housing.

• The Building Energy Performance Labeling Program, which directs the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to create model building energy performance labels for new construction, establishing a meaningful and consistent basis for evaluating the energy performance of residential and commercial buildings.

• EPA’s WaterSense program, which receives permanent authorization to designate products as water efficient, as well as funding for state incentive programs for use of water-efficient products.

• Extension of power purchasing authority for federal agencies, which allows the federal government to enter contracts for the purchase of renewable power for a period of up to 20 years. Green building is critical to the nation’s future economy, energy security, and environment – buildings account for 40% of U.S. energy consumption, 39% of CO2 emissions, and 13% of water consumption. Greater building efficiency can meet 85% of future U.S. demand for energy, and a national commitment to green building has the potential to generate 2.5 million American jobs.

To view USGBC’s summary of the American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009,click here.   
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U.S. Conference of Mayors and USGBC Urge Congress to Support Green Schools Legislation

The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM) have urged Congress to commit additional research funding to evaluating the environmental, economic and health benefits of green schools, and endorsed the recent passage of the 21st Century Green High-Performing Public Schools Facilities Act Passes. H.R. 2187 authorizes billions of dollars to support school repair, renovations and modernization projects in school districts nationwide.

At its 77th Annual Meeting in Providence last week, USCM adopted the "Make Green Schools a Reality" resolution, which supports building, repairing and making operations and maintenance improvements to schools throughout the U.S. by using tools like the LEED® green building rating system.
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Court Says GC’s Responsible for Safety on Multi-Employer Job Sites

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit recently ruled that OSHA’s general duty clause can be used to hold a general contractor liable for unsafe practices on a jobsite, according to the American Subcontractors Association (ASA).

In Solis v. Summit Contractors, Inc., the court found that compliance with OSHA regulations and rules are ultimately the responsibility of the "controlling employer," and that OSHA can issue citations to a general contractor on a multi-employer construction site when it does not "prevent or abate hazardous conditions."

ASA reported that the OSHA regulation states: "Each employer shall protect the employment and places of employment of each of his employees engaged in construction work by complying with the appropriate standards prescribed." The case involves a college dormitory project in Little Rock, Ark., in which Summit’s masonry subcontractor was working without personal fall protection and guard rails on scaffolding taller than 10 feet. OSHA discovered the violations and cited both the general contractor and the subcontractor under its Multi-Employer Citation Policy.
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Chapter News

Notable Activities

The AWI Wisconsin Chapter participated in the American Institute of Architects Convention in Madison, WI. Chapter members distributed 400 Seedling Colorado Blue Spruce trees at its booth and a reprint of the article, "Wood: The Alpha Material," authored by Margaret Fisher of Saunders Wood Specialties. In other news, the chapter also approved scholarships for area teaching facilities. For more news about the chapter, see the June issue of its newsletter.

The joint program of the AWI Chicago and AWI Wisconsin Chapters featured AWI Quality Certification Corporation Director Craig Elias who updated members about the merits of the AWI Quality Certification Program (AWI QCP). For more information about AWI QCP, visit www.awiqcp.org
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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 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
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Information: Ron Simmons, Chapter President, 502.459.8710

AWI New England Chapter
When: July 27, 2009
What: 17th Annual Summer Outing (Golf Tournament, Flat Water Fishing, Reception & Dinner)
Where: Wentworth by the Sea Country Club, Rye, NH and other locations
Information: See attached flyer for event details and registration 

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: $125
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 

AWI Chicago Chapter
When: September 9, 2009
What: Sustainability Program
Presenter: Margaret Fisher, Saunders Wood Specialties
Information: Contact Chapter Officers

AWI Carolinas Chapter
When: September 18, 2009
What: LEED® & FSC
Presenter: Rob Ziegelmeier, AWI Sustainability Resources Representative
Information: Contact Chapter Officers

AWI Ohio Valley Chapter
When: September 25, 2009
What Sporting Clay Event
Where: Elk Creek
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 16, 2009.


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