A bi-monthly news publication for AWI Manufacturing & Supplier Members August 20, 2009
Learning Forum

Regular AWI Convention Registration Ends August 27, 2009

Don’t miss out on the discounted registration fees for the 57th AWI Annual Convention, October 7-10, scheduled in "Old Town" Alexandria, VA, minutes away from our Nation’s Capital. Register by August 28, 2009 before late fees begin!

The program is filled with powerful learning forums aimed at giving architectural woodwork company owners and senior management the tools and information needed in these challenging economic times. For a full agenda and to register, click here.


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Product Fair Space for 57th AWI Annual Convention Sold Out!

AWI extends sincere thanks to the following Annual Sponsors, Convention Sponsors and Exhibitors for their support of the AWI Convention, October 7-10, in "Old Town" Alexandria, VA. Attendees will have ample opportunities to visit with representatives of these organizations during designed hours and events.

 Stiles Machinery, Inc.

Annual Sponsor

 CNA Commercial Insurance

Annual Sponsor

 M. Bohlke Veneer Corporation

Annual Sponsor

 Veneer Technologies, Inc.

Annual Sponsor

 ETemplate Systems

Annual Sponsor

 M.L. Campbell Company

Annual Sponsor

 Gemini Coatings, Inc.

Annual & Convention Sponsor

 Biesse America, Inc.

Annual Sponsor

 SCM GROUP USA, INC.

Annual Sponsor

 Delmac Machinery Group

Annual Sponsor 

 Sherwin-Williams Company

Annual & Convention Sponsor

 Alliance Millsoft

Convention Sponsor

 Brown Wood Products Company

Convention Sponsor

 Flexible Materials, Inc. 

Convention Sponsor

 IMA America Corporation

Convention Sponsor

 Northland Corporation

Convention Sponsor

 S. J. Morse Company

Convention Sponsor

 Waco Composites, Ltd.

Convention Sponsor

 Western Dovetail, Inc.

Convention Sponsor

 Woodworking Machinery Industry Association

Convention Sponsor

 AWI Central Pennsylvania Chapter

Convention Sponsor

 Columbia Forest Products, Inc.

Exhibitor 

 Custom Source Woodworking, Inc.

Exhibitor 

 Daiek Woodworks                      

Exhibitor 

 Eggers Industries 

Exhibitor

 Eurosoft, Inc. 

Exhibitor 

 Florida Cypress 

Exhibitor 

 G. R. Wood, Inc. / American Timbex, Inc. 

Exhibitor 

 Horizon Wood Products, Inc.    

Exhibitor 

 Lamin-Art    

Exhibitor 

 Lewis Lumber Products, Inc. 

Exhibitor 

 Navy Island Plywood 

Exhibitor 

 Pennsylvania Lumbermens Mutual Insurance Company 

Exhibitor 

 People Logic Software Corporation    

Exhibitor 

 Saunders Wood Specialties 

Exhibitor 

 SL Laser Systems 

Exhibitor 

 Software Design Technologies, Inc. 

Exhibitor 

 Superfici America, Inc. 

Exhibitor 

 Teragren Fine Bamboo Flooring, Panels & Veneer 

Exhibitor 

 Tesko Enterprises 

Exhibitor 

 VT Industries, Inc. 

Exhibitor 

 Weinig Group 

Exhibitor 

 White River Hardwoods-Woodworks, Inc.® 

Exhibitor 

 Whittelsey Architectural Wood Sales, Inc. 

Exhibitor 

So much of what AWI has accomplished has been made possible through the support of these organizations. 

For any exhibitor that would like to boost their visibility, we have a limited number of sponsorship opportunities still available.  Please contact Cheryl Stratos or Victoria Geis, 703.212.7737, if you are interested.
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AWI LEAN Manufacturing Survey Garners Outstanding Response

AWI thanks all 205 members who responded with overwhelming enthusiasm about our "Skinny on LEAN" survey.

The results will be published soon. AWI will contact members who offered to assist the AWI Education Committee in developing a new seminar on LEAN Manufacturing. Thanks to all 72 of you for your willingness to help.
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Business Tools

AWI Best Practice Groups Deliver: Hear What Participants Say & Join the Next Group

The AWI Best Practice Group 5 had a highly successful meeting at the end of June, judging from the positive feedback from some of the participants. Here what they are saying. Sign up for BP Group 6 now being formed.

What some participants in BP Group 5 have to say:

"Best Practices opens up our operations to non-competing woodworkers/businessmen to discuss solutions to common issues allowing for a refinement of processes and procedures creating a positive impact to the bottom line. From my view it is one of the best things from AWI since the Quality Standards. I think we have a great group of guys participating with a wide variety of experiences that will help us all grow into better organizations.  I could not be happier with the decision to join the group."
Ken Betram, Herrick & White Ltd, Cumberland, RI

"We thoroughly enjoyed having everyone down to our facility.  It is such a great feeling to know we now have friends in the industry that we can confide in and share our experiences with."
David Stasiukaitis, Low Country Case & Millwork, Ladson, SC

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As you know, the opportunity to be with people who aren’t your competitors and who know your business is rare, and I appreciate your generosity in sharing experiences, and for letting me share mine."
Brian Hislip, B&M Custom Cabinetry, Blackwood, NJ

"The first meeting went great. Our company will start to put some of these ideas to work right away. I’m already looking forward to the next meeting."
Chuck Ross, C.A. Ross Company, Logansport, IN

Best Practice Groups are comprised of top management of non-competitive firms. To sign up for Group 6 now being formed, contact AWI Director of Marketing Katie Allen at kallen@awinet.org
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Submissions Invited for AWI Award of Excellence: AWI Manufacturing Members Eligible

Gain honors and get noticed in the quarterly AWI "Award of Excellence" program. Use an AOE Award to market your excellence and gain a competitive advantage during these challenging times when others are seeking entry into your markets. All Manufacturing Members are eligible to participate.

Gain exposure 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 (winter) AOE honors program is December 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 spring AWI "Award of Excellence" quarterly competition. Renovations at the Alice Tully Performance Hall in the Julliard School of Music included millwork fabricated by Fetzer Architectural Woodwork of Salt Lake City, UT. Selected sections of the walls exude a glow produced by a thin layer of wood veneer placed over the lighting. More views of this project can be seen in the spring issue of Design Solutions.

Photo Credit: Iwan Baan, The Netherlands


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For Many Small Businesses, Fall Filing Deadline Looms for Special Refund Claims 

Time is running out for many small businesses wishing to take advantage of the expanded business loss carryback option included in this year’s recovery law, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced. Eligible individuals have until October 15 to choose this expanded carryback option. Eligible calendar-year corporations have until September 15.

This carryback provision offers small businesses that lost money in 2008 an excellent way to quickly get some much needed cash if they were profitable in previous years. This option is only available for a limited time, so small businesses should consider it carefully and act before it’s too late.

Under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), enacted in February, many small businesses that had expenses exceeding their income for 2008 can choose to carry the resulting loss back for up to five years, instead of the usual two. This means that a business that had a net operating loss (NOL) in 2008 could carry that loss as far back as tax-year 2003, rather than the usual 2006. Not only could this mean a special tax refund, but the refund could be larger, because the loss is being spread over as many as five tax years, rather than just two.

This option may be particularly helpful to any eligible small business with a large loss in 2008. A small business that chooses this option can benefit by:

* Offsetting the loss against income earned in up to five prior tax years,
* Getting a refund of taxes paid up to five years ago,
* Using up part or all of the loss now, rather than waiting to claim it on future tax returns.

Under ARRA, eligible taxpayers can choose to carry back a NOL arising in a taxable year beginning or ending in 2008 for three, four or five years instead of two. The option is available for an eligible small business (ESB) that has no more than an average of $15 million in gross receipts over a three-year period ending with the tax year of the NOL. This choice may be made for only one tax year.

Most taxpayers still have time to choose this special carryback and get a refund. A calendar-year corporation that qualifies as an ESB must file a claim by September 15, 2009. For individuals, the deadline is October 15, 2009. This includes a sole proprietor that qualifies as an ESB, an individual partner in a partnership that qualifies as an ESB and a shareholder in an S corporation that qualifies as an ESB. Deadlines vary for fiscal-year taxpayers, depending upon when their fiscal year ends and whether they are making the choice for the tax year that ends or begins in 2008.

Individuals can accelerate a refund by filing Form 1045, Application for Tentative Refund. Similarly, corporations with NOLs may also accelerate a refund by using Form 1139, Corporation Application for Tentative Refund. Normally, refunds are issued within 45 days. These forms, along with answers to frequently-asked questions about this special carryback, and other details can be found on the IRS Web site, www.irs.gov.
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AWI News

Watch for News & Cast Your Vote for AWI Leadership Positions

During the months of June and July, the 2009 AWI Nominating Committee worked diligently to develop a slate of nominees for various positions. Official petitions became available on August 15, 2009 for additional director candidates submitted by AWI members.

1) 2010 Officers
Candidates for President, President-elect, Vice President and Treasurer will be elected by incoming 2010 AWI Board of Directors at their January 2010 meeting.

2) Board of Directors
a) AWI Directors to fill three vacancies for terms (2010-2012) who will be elected by AWI Manufacturing Membership vote. Watch for AWI director ballots which will be mailed to each AWI Manufacturing Member during the week of September 21.

b) Official Petitions to propose additional director candidates are available to AWI members as of August 15, 2009 by clicking here or in the "Members Only" section of the AWI Web site, www.awinet.org. Nominee petitions must be signed by 1% of the AWI Manufacturing Membership (12 firms) and submitted to the AWI Executive Vice President Philip Duvic at the AWI national office by close of business on Monday, September 15, 2009. Questions? Contact pduvic@awinet.org or phone 571.323.3621.

3) Development Council
The Nominating Committee developed a slate of candidates to fill vacancies on the AWI Development Council for positions of:

      Two (2) Affiliate Member Representatives (2010-2012)
      Two (2) Supplier Member Representatives (2010-2012)
      Four (4) At-Large Representatives (2010-2012)

This slate of nominee candidates will be voted upon by the Development Council at their October 7, 2009 meeting at the fall AWI Convention. At that same meeting, the Development Council will also elect its 2010 Chair and Vice Chair.
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Invitation to AWI General Meeting of the Membership – Plan to Attend!

AWI President Whitney Coombs has called a general meeting of the AWI Membership for Thursday, October 8, 2009 at 8:00 am - 9:00 am where he will deliver a State of the Association Report and conduct business of the association at the Westin Alexandria Hotel, 400 Courthouse Square, Alexandria, VA  22314. 

Members are also encouraged to attend AWI’s 57th Annual Convention, October 7-10, 2009 at the Westin Hotel in Alexandria, VA. Visit www.awinet.org for program information and to register.
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Safety Matters

CNA Risk Control Hosts Safety Webinars on September 14 and 18: Join In

AWI’s insurance safety partner, CNA, will host a Webinar "Struck By/Against Solutions" for architectural woodworkers on September 14, and repeating September 18. The webinars are each scheduled as complimentary one-hour programs beginning at 2:00 PM EST. All AWI Manufacturing Members are invited.

Struck by/against incidents are among workplace exposures for woodworkers when operating equipment, working around pallets, unloading raw materials and working with rack storage units. Learn practical ways to maintain productivity while minimizing struck by/against incidents.

Both webinars will be presented by Shari Falkenburg, CNA Risk Control Consulting Director.

For participant access instructions for the webinars, click on the date of your choice:
September 14, 2009; September 18, 2009.
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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.

Duluth Timber Company Earns Forest Stewardship Council Certification for its Reclaimed Wood

In June, Duluth Timber Company was one of 12 Minnesota wood businesses to receive certification from the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC). This represents a significant step in validating such a deserving green product as 100 percent reclaimed wood and the 30-year-old business behind it.

As Duluth Timber continues "logging the industrial forest" (the company motto), they now have FSC Chain-of-Custody certification for wood they salvage and resell as timbers, lumber, flooring and millwork. All of Duluth Timber’s wood species are certified as FSC-Recycled 100% (SCS-COC-002432C). This includes their Douglas Fir, Southern Yellow Pine, Redwood, and Cypress. Materials are sold ‘as-is’ or re-sawn as timbers, lumber, solid flooring, and millwork. Duluth Timber’s engineered flooring is certified as FSC-Mixed, since its reclaimed surface is bonded to an FSC-Pure plywood base.

For more about Duluth Timber Company and FSC certification, visit www.duluthtimber.com, and www.fscus.org.
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Wood IS Green™ Campaign Launched

A grassroots campaign to promote wood as the best choice for environmentally sound building resources was launched July 15 by Kentucky Millwork principals, Teresa and Michael Bell, who were stimulated by their experiences at Greenbuild’07. "No one at the show was explaining WHY wood should be the material resource of choice," said Teresa Bell.

Wood IS Green™ is a three-pronged campaign:

1. A Wood IS Green™ grassroots effort, which has a singular purpose putting that very phrase before as many eyes as possible.
2. The www.woodisgreen.com Web site, a clearinghouse for accurate and new information regarding wood as it pertains to the green building movement.
3. A Wood IS Green™ continuing education accredited module for architects and designers addressing this pertinent issue.

To participate in the campaign send an e-mail request to info@woodisgreen.com. Type "woodisgreen" in the subject line. Look for more details about the Wood IS Green™ campaign in an upcoming issue of AWI NewsBriefs.
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California Institutes State-Wide Green Building Code

Effective August 1, 1009, public buildings in California will be required to comply with a state-wide green building code, according to a report in Green Building Update.

Among the requirements are diversion of construction waste from landfills, and use of environmentally sensitive materials in construction and design that do not contaminate indoor air quality. For more details, visit Newsreview.com (subscription required).
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Industry News

Unemployment Continues to Decline

Nonfarm payroll employment continued to decline in July (-247,000), and the unemployment rate was little changed at 9.4%, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics report on August 7. The average monthly job loss for May through July (-331,000) was about half the average decline for November through April (-645,000). In July, job losses continued in many of the major industry sectors.

Employment in construction declined by 76,000 in July, about in line with the average for the past 3 months (-73,000). Employment had decreased by 117,000 a month on average from November to April.
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Home Builders Press the Public for Extended Tax Credit on Home Sales

A new program introduced by the National Association of Home Builders will appeal to home buyers to press Congress to extend and enhance the first-time home buyer tax credit. The effort – Revive Housing Now – is aimed at further stimulating housing to restore the economy.

Visit the new NAHB Web site at www.ReviveHousingNow.com.
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Standards

Additional Copies of the Architectural Woodwork Standards Are Available

The Architectural Woodwork Standards (AWS) are now available!  We hope that you have received your copy. If you would like to purchase additional copies, please go to the AWI Web site, www.awinet.org.  Make sure to login to get the member price of $12.50 each or $93.75 for a case of 10.

The new Architectural Woodwork Standards were developed and introduced by the Joint Standards Committee early this month. The Standards become effective October 1, 2009. At that point in time if contract documents state that a project be specified in accordance with The Quality Standards Illustrated or The Manual of Millwork, then the AWS takes precedence.

The Joint Standards Committee is comprised of representatives of AWI, the Architectural Woodwork Manufacturers Association of Canada and the Woodwork Institute. For more details about the AWS, see the lead article in the July issue of AWI NewsBriefs.
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Standards

Understanding & Marketing AWS: Upcoming Presentations

With the release of the Architectural Woodwork Standards (AWS), 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.

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

AWI Washington Chapter
When: September 16, 2009
Presenter: Greg Bednar, AWI Chapter Development Director
Information: Contact Chapter Officers

AWI Chicago Chapter / Hafele America
When: September 16, 2009
Presenter: Paul Kelly, Barsanti  Woodwork Corporation
Where: Hafele America Company Chicago Showroom, 154 W. Hubbard St., Chicago, IL 60654
Information: Sherry Kaye at 312.467.2225 x222

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

AWI Empire State Chapter / Hafele America
When: September 24, 2009
Presenter: AWI Past President Joe Sorrelli
Where: Hafele America Company New York Showroom, 25 East 26th St., New York, NY 10010
Information: John Risch at jrisch@hafeleamericas.com 

Chicago Regional Council of Carpenters
When: October 14-15, 2009
What: Training & Workshop Classes & Exhibits
AWI Exhibit: Promoting AWS Standards and Skill Standards
Where: Training Center in Elk Grove Village, IL
Information: Greg Bednar, AWI Chapter Development Director, gbednar@awinet.org 

AIA Chicago Chapter
When: October 15, 2009
AWI Chapter Development Director 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 Director of Chapter Development
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. 

The AWS is jointly produced by AWI, the Architectural Woodwork Manufacturers Association of Canada (AWMAC) and the Woodwork Institute.

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Workforce

SkillsUSA Offers Alumni Membership; Join the Team

Are you a VICA or SkillsUSA alumni? How about employees in your company? AWI is partnering with SkillsUSA to help them build and support the industry. Find out how to get involved.


SkillsUSA Alumni membership is free and it is open to anyone. Registered members get electronic newsletters, the online version of the magazine and other communications on a regular basis. Alumni membership is also open to your business partners, to your contest committees, judges or anyone else within your state organization. SkillsUSA says it does not sell its list or use it for any other purpose.

Find out more by clicking here. Share your pride. Support and discover more about the workforce of tomorrow. Join the SkillsUSA Alumni.


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Member News

John William “Bill” Harris Passed Away on August 4

The owner of Wood-N-Profile, Inc. of Miami, FL (a Manufacturing Member of AWI since 1992) passed away at the age of 69. "A Celebration of Life" to honor him took place on August 15.

He served for six years in the U.S. Marine Corps in the 105th Howitzer Battalion. Upon returning to Miami, Bill went to work for Hardwoods, Inc., eventually becoming part-owner and Vice President of Sales. In 1988, he started his own business, Wood-N-Profile, Inc., also in Miami, and worked there until his death.

Bill was respected and admired in the lumber industry. He leaves behind many who were not only colleagues, but true friends. Bill was a true gentleman, with a warm soul and a great sense of humor. Memorial contributions may be made in his name to the Golden Retriever Foundation Zeke Fund, www.goldenretrieverfoundation.org.
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Federal Scene

DOL Proposes Rule to Require Federal Contractors to Notify Employees of Rights to Organize

"On August 3, 2009, the Department of Labor issued a notice of proposed rulemaking to require contractors and subcontractors at all tiers of federal projects to post notices informing their employees of their rights under the National Labor Relations Act," according to the American Subcontractors Association (ASA).

ASA reported that "the proposed rule would require contracting agencies and departments, contractors and subcontractors to include ‘an employee notice clause’ in their contracts requiring the display of posters detailing employees’ rights to ‘organize; form, join, or assist any union; bargain collectively through representatives of their own choice; act together for other mutual aid or protection; or choose not to engage in any of these protected concerted activities.’" The posters would also provide basic enforcement procedures and NLRB contact information. Violations of the rule could lead to contract suspension, termination or debarment.

The Department of Labor is seeking comments on its proposed statement of employee rights; how to determine which subcontractors with "subcontracts with relatively de minimis value in the overall scheme of government contracts" should be exempt from the posting requirement; and the paperwork burden created by the rule (including the burden of complaints filed against employers). The proposal implements Executive Order 13496, which President Obama issued on Jan. 30, 2009. Comments should be submitted by September 2, 2009, by visiting regulations.gov and searching for RIN 1215-AB70.
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ASA Calls for Larger, More Knowledgeable Workforce to Manage Federal Construction Contracts

To ensure that taxpayer dollars for construction are well-managed, federal agencies should increase the size, skills and knowledge of the federal workforce that is responsible for managing construction contracts, the American Subcontractors Association told the Office of Federal Procurement Policy (OFPP) in comments filed on July 17, 2009.

Responding to President Obama’s March 4, 2009, Memorandum on Government Contracting (Federal Register Document E9–4938), ASA said: "The Obama Administration and Congress must commit money to support the acquisition workforce. With adequate numbers, resources and education, the acquisition workforce can ensure that taxpayer dollars are well managed. Contracting officers will be more effective in their jobs. Communication will improve. Contracts and projects will be managed more effectively. Ultimately, the government will get what it needs at the best value."

OFPP is an office within the U.S. Office of Management and Budget (OMB) that plays a central role in shaping the policies and practices federal agencies use to acquire goods and services, including construction. This fall, OMB plans to offer new guidance to federal government agencies on "competition, contract types, acquisition workforce, and outsourcing," affecting thousands of construction contractors and subcontractors that work on federal projects.

ASA warned OFPP against following the precedent of previous procurement reforms, including the Federal Acquisition Streamlining Act of 1994 and the Federal Acquisition Reform Act of 1996, which reduced the federal acquisition workforce and resulted in "a loss of specialized knowledge about industries, laws and contract management procedures, as well as a breakdown in effective communication with contractors. Many construction firms have since lost confidence in federal procurement. Government and taxpayers ultimately suffer as the best specialty trade contractors avoid federal construction."

ASA called on OFPP to take specific steps to rejuvenate the federal acquisition workforce, including giving contracting officers and other appropriate acquisition personnel the training and authority they need to:

* Offer complete and accurate plans and specifications.
* Make project solicitations clear, complete and adequately detailed so contractors know enough about projects to select the right ones to bid.
* Effectively manage FAR subcontractor clause flow-down requirements.
* Require prime contractors to list the subcontractors and actual price of subcontracts on the prime contractors’ bid dates.
* Appreciate the unique laws, relationships and characteristics of the construction industry, including keeping up with construction-industry best practices with tools such as the ASA-endorsed ConsensusDOCS documents.

ASA also called on federal agencies to reduce "contract bundling," the practice of incorporating work that could be separately bid into a larger contract rather than allowing the contractors to bid the work separately. "Contract bundling and unnecessarily large contracts limit the competitive process since so few firms can compete for these mega-contracts," ASA said.

 


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New Federal Legislation Would Help Taxpayers Get the Most for Their Federal Construction Dollars

As Congress oversees billions of dollars of construction funded by the federal stimulus package and prepares to appropriate billions more for fiscal year 2010, legislation introduced by Rep. Paul Kanjorski (D-PA) would help ensure that taxpayers get the most for their construction dollars.

"The Construction Quality Assurance Act of 2009 (HR 3492), introduced on July 31, 2009, would help promote open competition for construction contracts, assure quality construction, and increase national security by requiring contractors bidding on federal agencies’ construction projects to inform agencies of the major subcontractors they would use on projects, and the types of work that those subcontractors would perform," according to the American Subcontractors Association (ASA) which supports the bill.

ASA said that the Construction Quality Assurance Act would help preserve "the integrity of the competitive bid system for construction that benefits the federal government, the construction industry, and the economy of the United States as a whole." It would require firms that bid on federal agency solicitations for construction over $1 million to list "the name, location of the place of business, and nature of the work" of each subcontractor they plan to use for $100,000 or more of the work. The bill would not interfere with contractors’ ability to select the subcontractors on which they base their bids to federal agencies, or to submit bids for self-performing all or part of a project’s scope of work.

The listing of subcontractors required by H.R. 3492 would help eliminate business practices that deliver no value, or reduce the value delivered, to agencies’ construction projects, ASA said. One such practice is "bid shopping," which occurs when a contractor, after the award of a contract, requires subcontractors to perform their work at a lower price than was used to calculate the bid that won the award. "For too long the unethical practice of bid shopping penalized the hardworking specialty trade contractors throughout our construction industry, as well as diminished the quality of work performed for American taxpayers," said Kanjorski. Bid shopping results in a windfall of profit to the "bid shopper" while depriving taxpayers and the federal government of the full value of their construction dollars.

Under the Construction Quality Assurance Act, the penalty for replacing a listed subcontractor without the consent of a contracting officer would be an amount equal to the greater of: 10 percent of the amount of the subcontractor’s bid; the difference between the amount of the listed subcontractor’s bid and the replacement subcontractor’s bid; or the difference between the amount of the bid by a substituted subcontractor and the dollar value specified by the contractor for the work that the contractor had listed for its own performance. Contracting officers would have the authority to allow contractors to replace listed subcontractors with unlisted subcontractors for good cause, such as when a listed subcontractor could not perform its subcontract. Listed subcontractors would have the right to object to substitution requests within five working days.

To review the legislation, visit http://thomas.loc.gov and enter the bill number, H.R. 3492. For more information or to get involved in ASA’s grassroots team supporting this legislation, visit www.asaonline.com.
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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 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 Western Washington Chapter
When: September 16, 2009
What: Understanding and Marketing Architectural Woodwork Standards & Finishing Technology Presentation; Tour of Pacific Crest Cabinets
Presenters: Greg Bednar, AWI Chapter Development; Tony Varda, Stiles Machinery
Where: Pacific Crest Cabinets, Sumner, WA
Registration & Details: Click Here

AWI Ohio Valley Chapter
When: September 25, 2009 (7:30 am)
What: Continental Breakfast; Meeting on LEED/Green Projgram Opportunities & Presentation about Architectural Woodwork Standards and Skill Standards; Lunch; Sporting Clay Event; Wine Tasting
Where: Elk Creek Hunt Club, Owenton, KY
Information: Program; Response Form; Directions to Elk Creek Hunt Club 

AWI Chicago Chapter
When: November 11, 2009
What: Veneer Seminar for AIA Chicago Chapter
Where: Haffele Showroom in Chicago
Information: Contact Chapter Officers 

AWI Heart of America Chapter
When: November 20, 2009
What: LEED® & FSC
Presenter: Rob Ziegelmeier, AWI Sustainability Resources Representative
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 Director at gbednar@awinet.org.

 
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Next Issue of E-briefs

The next issue of AWI e-briefs will be published September 3, 2009.


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