A bi-monthly news publication for AWI Manufacturing & Supplier Members September 17, 2009
Learning Forum

Make the Most of Your DC Experience

In addition to the powerful learning forums scheduled for the 57th AWI Annual Convention, October 7-10, in “Old Town” Alexandria, VA, make sure you schedule time for other experiences.  Plan to network with fellow woodworkers, meet suppliers at the Product Fair, and take time to explore the greater Washington, DC area. AWI’s ultimate knowledge and networking forum is minutes away from our Nation’s Capital. 

The AWI convention includes a wide variety of tours of historic attractions in “Old Town” Alexandria and Washington, DC.  If one of the organized tours is not your thing, create your own to suit your individual interests and schedule.  The AWI staff will help you.  For the full agenda, click here.
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Business Tools

Peers Counsel Each Other in AWI Best Practice Groups: Join the Next Group

Best Practice Groups 1 through 5 are operating as highly successful peer learning and mentoring forums.  Find out about the opportunities for business growth and efficient operations that are discussed during BPG meetings.

Best Practice Groups are comprised of top management of non-competitive firms, limited to 10 participants.  For more information and/or to sign up for Group 6 now being formed, contact AWI Director of Marketing Katie Allen at kallen@awinet.org.

AWI BPGs are worth the investment of time.  The information you gain from fellow non-competitive architectural woodworkers provides an excellent return on your investment.

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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.  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. The extensive Board Room renovation of the Retirement Systems of Alabama features woodwork by Fabrication Specialists, Inc. of Mobile, AL. The firm completed architectural columns, radius wood ceiling soffits, crown moulding, intricate door transition areas, seating area with end walls, soffits with hidden shade pockets, and more.  Other views of this project can be seen in the spring issue of Design Solutions.
Photo Credit: Rus Baxley, Montgomery, AL
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AWI News

Official Ballots for Board of Directors Elections Coming Next Week

Official ballots for AWI Manufacturing Members to vote for nominees for the AWI Board of Directors will be mailed during the week of September 21.

Official director ballots will include candidates nominated by the AWI Nominating Committee for three vacancies for terms (2010-2012), plus additional director candidates whose petitions were received and qualify them as candidates.

Cast your vote! Participate in your association!
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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. 

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AWI Manufacturing Member Survey Underway: Share Your Views!

The Architectural Woodwork Institute wants to ensure you are getting the most out of your membership. One way to do that is to "speak up" by responding to membership surveys. So, take advantage of the opportunity to do so. All respondents who complete the 2009 AWI Manufacturing Member Survey will be eligible to win a $500 American Express Gift Card. Good deal: a drawing of money for your views!

AWI has become the authoritative voice for the architectural woodwork industry by allowing our members a platform to gather general business as well as industry specific data and knowledge. It is the voice of the members that provide the roadmap for AWI’s success.

To help us better serve you and your specific needs, we are asking our members to complete a study on our offerings so we can continue to improve the value of your membership and the industry as a whole.

The survey will take approximately 15-20 minutes to complete.  Click here for access. The survey was launched via e-mail on September 2, 2009.

Your feedback is important to us!
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AWI Wikispaces Opens Doors to All Members: Collaborative Site Available Now

Join the AWI collaborative online site, now open 24/7, and check out work in progress on education, sustainability, and more.  You too can collaborate with other members and staff about issues and programs of special interest to you.  You will even be able to launch your OWN wiki page on the site.  Learn more.

Visit www.wiki.awinet.org/.  Sign in for an account if you do not already have one.  Enter your username and password if you are already registered at Wikispaces.net.  “Stay tuned as more information becomes available, including news about technical support, links to LinkedIn,” reports AWI Chief Staff Learning Officer Greg Heuer.
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Welcome New AWI 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.  AWI welcomes the following Manufacturing and Supplier Members to the AWI community.


Alliance Millwork & Manufacturing, LLC, Trotwood, OH, www.alliancemillwork.com

Cabinets Direct, Eagle Rock, VA

Cayman National Manufacturing & Installation, Inc., Deerfield Beach, FL , www.caymanmfg.com

CTB, Inc., Wyoming, MN, www.ctbcorp.com

Commercial Cabinetry of Georgia, LLC, Loganville, GA, www.commercialcabinetryofgeorgia.com

Distinctive Wood Works, Inc., Earlville, IA, www.distinctivewoodworksinc.com

Faubion Associates, Inc., Dallas, TX, www.faubionassoc.com

Fixture Concepts, Inc., Saint Peters, MO, www.fixtureconceptsinc.com

George J. Rothan Company, Peoria, IL, www.rothanman.com

Keanes Custom Cabinets, Deerfield Beach, FL, www.kccdesigns.com

Leland Woodworks, Inc., Leland, IA 

Memphis Plywood Corporation, Memphis, TN, www.memphisplywood.com

Montgomery Woodworks, Tuscaloosa, AL, www.montgomerywoodworks.com

Patzer Woodworking, Inc., Mitchell, SD, www.patzerwoodworking.com

Phoenix Wood Products Corporation, Niagara Falls, ON, Canada, www.phoenixwoodproducts.com

Richard E. Stephenson II Construction Management, Naples, FL, www.resii.com

Scheel & Sharp of PA, LLC, Norristown, PA, www.ss-pa.com

Staircrafters Plus, LLC, Manchester, NH, www.staircraftersplus.com

Stanly Fixtures Company, Inc., Norwood, NC 

Struckmeyer Company, Irving, TX  

Tate Ornamental. Inc., White House, TN, www.tateornamental.com

Venture, Inc., Fremont, NC, www.venturecabinets.com

Welbornhenson, Inc., Atlanta, GA, www.welbornhenson.com


Cornerstone Interior Woodworking, Inc., Garrett, IN

S.I., Inc., Murrieta, CA, www.sicorp.us

Williamson Builders, Inc., Plain City, OH, www.williamson-builders.com

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Safety Matters

CNA Risk Control Hosts Safety Webinar on September 18: Join In

AWI’s insurance safety partner, CNA, will repeat the webinar “Struck By/Against Solutions” for architectural woodworkers on September 18.  If you missed the program on September 14, here’s a chance to tap into this resource.  The upcoming webinar is a complimentary one-hour program that begins 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.

The webinar will be presented by Shari Falkenburg, CNA Risk Control Consulting Director.

For participant access instructions for the September 18 webinar, click here.
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H1N1 Flu Preparedness Guide for Small Businesses

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the Small Business Administration (SBA) and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention Influenza Division jointly announced a preparedness guide to assist small businesses in planning for the H1N1 flu.

Outbreaks of H1N1 flu are occurring across the country and will likely coincide with the return of seasonal flu this fall and winter. The preparedness guide offers small business employers tools and information to help them plan for and respond flexibly to varying levels of severity of an H1N1 outbreak—which may lead to increased absenteeism, and, if the outbreak becomes more severe, may include restricted service capabilities and supply chain disruptions. Additional preparations may be necessary if a more serious outbreak evolves during the fall and winter. 

The agencies encourage employers to put strategies in place now to protect their employees and their businesses in advance of the fall flu season. Included in the preparedness guide are tips on how to write a continuity of operations plan, steps for keeping employees healthy, frequently asked questions about the 2009 H1N1 flu and a list of additional resources that employers can access online.

For more information and to view the preparedness guide, visit. www.flu.gov.
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Green Scene

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

As a service to members AWI will publish information about members’ environmental sensitivity and energy saving practices as well as their various “green” certification credentials.  Send your information to AWI Director of Marketing Katie Allen at kallen@awinet.org.  Featured in this issue...Fetzer Architectural Woodwork.

Fetzer Architectural Woodwork has incorporated green practices into its facility and operations and has secured a FSC chain-of-custody certificate.  With Paul Fetzer leading the way in environmental matters, Fetzer Architectural Woodwork of West Valley City, UT, has been striving for sustainability for many years, the company reports.  One major milestone for the company has been the completion of its new offices and manufacturing facility in 2005.  Fetzer incorporated many sustainable features in the building, including:

* Windows and skylights to add day lighting and reduce the need for electric lighting
* High efficiency T5 fluorescent lights wherever necessary
* Occupancy sensors in infrequently used spaces
* Heat recovery from its air compressor systems
* Wood waste grinding and compaction for alternative fuel source use
* Two wind turbines on site for renewable energy generation
* Water use reduction through low flow fixtures in restrooms 
* Reduced heat island effect due to its high albedo roof membrane.

Additionally, Fetzer is constantly striving for waste reduction through its LEAN Manufacturing practices.  All employees are trained to look for ways to reduce waste and improve efficiency in the firm’s production.  Fetzer is working to reduce volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and hazardous air pollutants (HAPs) in its products and processes.  Significant reductions are being pursued in the finishing department. 

In October 2008, Fetzer received a FSC Chain of Custody Certificate through Scientific Certification Systems (SCS-COC-001898).  The company also has a LEED® Accredited Professional on staff dedicated entirely to helping customers achieve LEED certification for their buildings. Fetzer has since worked on many buildings which have obtained LEED certification.  Visit Fetzer at www.fetzerwood.com.  

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Hardwood Council Offers Podcast on Carbon-Neutral Hardwoods

Packing a powerful message for eco-minded architects, designers and builders, hungry for information and active in the green-building movement, is a 24-minute podcast offered by The Hardwood Council (HC) and available for download at www.hardwoodcouncil.com.

The podcast is a shortened version of a council-sponsored seminar presented to the specifying community at the June CONSTRUCT 2009 show in Indianapolis and is based upon The Hardwood Council’s latest American Institute of Architects approved Continuing Education Unit. 

Entitled “Smart Specification of American Hardwoods and their Future Role in Carbon-Neutral Buildings,” the presentation defines carbon neutrality, explores how American hardwoods naturally offset global warming, provides insight into the valuable role hardwoods play in carbon-neutral construction, and puts to rest concerns surrounding sustainability and responsible forest management.  Why is this important? 

It is estimated that over the next 25 years, carbon dioxide emissions in the building sector will grow faster than any other sector, with commercial buildings having the fastest emissions growth rate, the HC reports.  Responsible specifiers, heeding the urgent call for carbon neutral structures, can do their part.  Because hardwood is carbon neutral, incorporating more hardwood into their designs will make a significant difference in the structure’s carbon footprint.  And buildings that use less energy, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and provide affordable, comfortable and healthy spaces will be the result, the HC said.

Martha Carlson, timberland owner, conservationist and University of New Hampshire educator, presented the information.  The message is clear.  Hardwood is the quintessential “green” material.  It is carbon neutral and carbon neutral structures will indeed reduce our environmental footprint.  For specifiers desiring to play an active part in the green building movement, where and whenever possible, hardwood should be “the” material of choice, according to the HC. 

Founded in 1993, The Hardwood Council is a coalition of nine hardwood lumber and product associations, along with companies and individuals interested in promoting the use of North American hardwoods. To experience the Hardwood Council’s podcast, visit www.hardwoodcouncil.com.
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Industry News

Construction Employment Declines by 65,000 in August

Nonfarm payroll employment continued to decline in August (-216,000), and the unemployment rate rose to 9.7 percent, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported on September 4.  Although job losses continued in many of the major industry sectors in August, the declines have moderated in recent months, BLS said.  Construction employment continued to decline in line with the trend since May. 

In August, construction employment declined by 65,000. Monthly losses had averaged 117,000 over the six months ending in April. Employment in the construction industry has contracted by 1.4 million since the onset of the recession. Starting in early 2009, the larger share of monthly job losses shifted from the residential to the nonresidential and heavy construction components.

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Study Finds Sharp Differences over Benefits of Subcontractor Default Insurance

A study authored by Dennis Bausman, Ph.D., associate professor in the Construction Science and Management Department at Clemson University, reveals that construction subcontractors and prime contractors have sharply different views over the benefits of subcontractor default insurance.

Subcontractor default insurance, or SDI, is a catastrophic insurance policy that provides coverage to a prime contractor for the direct and indirect costs of a subcontractor’s performance default. The only SDI product currently on the market is Subguard®, which is offered by Steadfast Insurance Company, a surplus lines carrier and subsidiary company of Zurich Insurance Company.

The report begins with a historical perspective on the surety industry and then examines the quantitative survey data gathered on subcontractor default insurance. Dr. Bausman surveyed more than 400 subcontractors, bond producers, general contractors, construction managers, and owners nationwide to:

• Define and identify the features of SDI, including policy coverage and exclusions.
• Identify the current use of SDI, including the number of contractors and approximate premium volume.
• Differentiate SDI from subcontract surety bonds.
• Identify the advantages and disadvantages of SDI as compared to subcontractor surety bonds.
• Identify the direct and indirect costs associated with SDI.
• Investigate the loss history associated with SDI.
• Identify the issues and impacts that the use of SDI has on owners, contractors, and subcontractors.
• Identify direct or indirect constraints on SDI in public vs. private construction markets.

The Foundation of the American Subcontractors Association (FASA) and the National Association of Surety Bond Producers (NASBP) jointly funded the study. A part of FASA’s Contractors’ Knowledge Quest Research series, the study is available free of charge at www.fasaonline.com.
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Copies of Architectural Woodwork Standards for Your Employees & Customers

Additional copies of the Architectural Woodwork Standards (AWS) are available for your employees and customers.  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.

Use the AWS as a tool to visit with current and prior customers. Introduce them to the AWS; use the tips about The Exceptional Presenter running in AWI NewsBriefs as a series that began in July.  Tim Koegel, author of The Exceptional Presenter, is giving AWI members great tips that will help your presentations capture – and hold – the attention of any audience, large or small.

The new Architectural Woodwork Standards were developed and introduced by the Joint Standards Committee early last 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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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 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 

Harrington College of Design
When: October 13, 2009
Presenter: AWI Director of Chapter Development Greg Bednar
Where: Chicago, IL 

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. 

AWI Texas Chapter
When: October 29-30, 2009
What: General Fall Meeting & AWS Preview
Where: Austin, TX
Contact: Christi Duncan; texasawi@earthlink.net; 972-333-6550 (P)

AWI Florida Chapter
When: November 13-14, 2009 (New Date)
What: Presentation for architects and AWI members
Presenter: Mike Bell of Kentucky Millwork
Where: Marriott Hotel, Orlando, FL
Questions: Chapter President/Treasurer Phyllis Thornberg, Lyndan, Inc.; (P) 813.977.6683, phyllis@lyndan.com

AWI Central PA Chapter
When: November 18, 2009 (5:30 – 7:30 pm)
Presenter: William F. Geyer, Assistant Professor, Construction & Design Technologies, PA College of Technology)
Where: HACC Wildwood Conference Center, Harrisburg, PA
Information & Registration: See attached

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

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Member News

Mohawk Finishing Products Receives AWFS® New Product Sequoia Award

Mohawk Finishing Products has been awarded the 2009 AWFS® New Product Sequoia Award – Green/Environmental: General Category for their line of GREENGUARD Certified Waterborne Finishing Products.  The award recognizes innovation for new-to-market products.  Entries were evaluated on quality, production impact, practicality, innovation and user-friendliness.  

Based in Hickory, North Carolina, Mohawk offers its top quality wood coatings and finishing products through distributors, online at www.mohawk-finishing.com.   Mohawk Finishing Products has been an AWI Supplier Member since 2006.
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Members Supporting Tomorrow’s Woodworkers!

As AWI receives information about members and AWI chapters that support the workforce of tomorrow, we will publish it here.  How is your firm involved?  Find out what Stiles Machinery has done.  Also, tell us what your organization has done. 

Steve Waltman, VP – Sales and Marketing for Stiles Machinery, reports...”Stiles was at the forefront in supporting tomorrow's woodworkers with various programs dedicated to the education and training of the workforce. 

Early on we supported WoodLINKS with our funding of $5,000 in 1998 and we continue to fund them through the proceeds of our annual EBC event.  We have already dedicated resources in support of our local school systems as we have seven offices around the country and sales people resident in approximately 20 states.  We have directly and indirectly supported schools through equipment donations and free tuition to woodworking instructors at any Stiles Education class. 

In general, Stiles Machinery is very dedicated in supporting tomorrow's woodworkers and many of our executives have volunteered at some level in support of this task.”

So, how is your organization or AWI chapter supporting yomorrow’s woodworkers? AWI wants to know how your company is working with local schools, WoodLINKS, and/or SkillsUSA.  Let us know who you are.  Let us know how you work with future woodworkers, faculty and other trainers.  Let us know if you would like to tap into AWI’s Adopt-a-Shop program?  Contact AWI Director of Marketing Katie Allen at kallen@awinet.org.
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WCA Seeks More Volunteers for Skill Standards Project: That Means You!

Think about the ramifications to your business of the cost of an unskilled employee.  Then, think about the value of Skill Standards and a Credential.  Then, consider how you can help the Woodwork Career Alliance (WCA) speed up its already-impressive delivery on this project that will give you a way to measure and recognize the competency of woodworking professionals.  Do you have 10 minutes a day?

The WCA has written Skill Standards for OVER 30 different tools and machines. If you get involved now, you won't miss out – you will have an advantage over the competition.

“We have a team creating a Skill Credential for North American woodworkers, which needs to grow. Together, even small contributions make a big impact, yet the load is lighter for each person on the team,” WCA Secretary Greg Heuer says.  He asks for a small commitment from YOU – 10 minutes a day, less than an hour a week – helping to write and test the new Skill Standards, without leaving your desk!

“There are three legs to this stool: 1) Skill Standards; 2) Evaluations to show that the worker meets the Standards; and 3) Credentials to reward achievement.  As the woodworker climbs the Skill Standards ladder, productivity goes UP; safety is enhanced; mistakes and rework go DOWN; and profits start to flow from every project,” Heuer advises.  In addition, managers have a published set of criteria by which to communicate job needs, evaluate employee performance and set compensation levels,” Heuer says.

Everybody wins:
* employees get recognition for their Skills;
* employers get a way to hire and evaluate their workers; and
* consumers get better products made by qualified people, reducing the cost.

The WCA is building a strong team of business owners like YOU to guide WCA efforts and to ensure that what it does is valuable to your day-to-day operations.  Because YOUR time is at a premium and if you cannot contribute time, please consider making a financial contribution so that the work can continue.  Partner with the WCA to build credentialing programs that will help you put together a productive and profitable workforce.  

Ways you can help!  Contact Greg Heuer at gheuer@umich.edu.

* Tell him you will fund a small part of this BIG project.
* Or, tell him you are willing to TEST the Standards in your plant.
* Or, tell him you have some experience with tools and machines, and will help WRITE or EDIT the Standards.

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Federal Scene

It’s Mandatory: Federal Contractors Required to Use E-Verify Beginning September 8, 2009

Federal contractors and subcontractors are required to use the E-Verify system to verify their employees’ eligibility to work in the U.S. if their contract includes the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) E-Verify Clause.  Make sure you fulfill the requirements for federal projects required by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).

The requirement follows Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Janet Napolitano’s stated intent in July to strengthen employment eligibility verification by announcing the Administration’s support for the regulation that will award federal contracts only to employers who use E-Verify to check employee work authorization.

E-Verify, which compares information from the Employment Eligibility Verification Form (I-9) against federal government databases to verify workers’ employment eligibility, is a free web-based system operated by DHS in partnership with the Social Security Administration (SSA). The system facilitates compliance with federal immigration laws and helps to deter unauthorized individuals from attempting to work and also helps employers avoid employing unauthorized aliens.

The Federal Acquisition Rule, Case 2007-013, Employment Eligibility Verification extends use of the E-Verify system to covered federal contractors and subcontractors, including those who receive American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds.  Applicable federal contracts awarded and solicitations issued after September 8 will include a clause committing government contractors to use E-Verify. 

Companies awarded a contract with the E-Verify clause on or after September 8 will be required to enroll in E-Verify within 30 days of the contract award date.  E-Verify must be used to confirm that all new hires, whether employed on a federal contract or not, and existing employees directly working on these contracts are legally authorized to work in the United States. DHS reports that approximately 97% of all queries are now automatically confirmed as work-authorized within 24 hours or less. 

More information on the program is available on the "E-Verify" Web site link (www.dhs.gov/e-verify).  E-Verify customer support is also available by calling toll free 888.464.4218.
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Formaldehyde Legislation Introduced in U.S. Senate

After nine months of development and coalition-building among industry and environmental groups, landmark legislation calling for a national standard on formaldehyde emissions from composite wood products was introduced in the U.S. Senate on September 11.

Co-sponsored by Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and Sen. Mike Crapo (R-ID), S. 1660, The Formaldehyde Standards for Composite Wood Products Act, establishes the first ever national standard for product emission ceilings. It also directs the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to implement regulations on testing, certification, record-keeping and enforcement to give American consumers the highest level of confidence in composite wood products purchased for their homes and offices.

The legislation is based on the regulation promulgated last year by the California Air Resources Board (CARB), and would add a new section to the federal Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) and require EPA to enact a national rule by 2011. Senators Klobuchar and Crapo sit on the Environment and Public Works Committee as well as the relevant subcommittee that oversees TSCA.  For current information about S. 1660 visit http://thomas.loc.gov and type in the bill number.

Last year after EPA was petitioned by the Sierra Club and others to develop a national regulation for formaldehyde emissions from composite wood, the agency published an Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking. EPA also took public comments at six forums around the country, including New Orleans, where formaldehyde emissions from FEMA-issued emergency trailers were the focus. “The Composite Panel Association (CPA) testified at all of these forums and argued forcefully for a national standard that included third party testing and certification to give assurance to both government and consumers,” said Tom Julia, CPA President.

CPA reports that the legislation does not copy the CARB rule but instead extracts its core components and writes them into TSCA, including the following:

• Applies to particleboard, medium density fiberboard (MDF) and hardwood plywood manufactured or sold in the U.S, as well as finished products containing them;
• Sets emission ceilings identical to the CARB rule;
• Requires EPA to establish implementing regulations based on California’s rule, including third party testing and certification of quality control measures in composite panel manufacturing facilities, and the ability to track and verify the use of compliant products through their distribution and use in finished products such as furniture, cabinets, flooring doors, etc.;
• Requires EPA to recognize and incentivize the use of ultra low emitting formaldehyde (ULEF) and no-added formaldehyde (NAF) adhesives in composite wood products; and
• Requires EPA to work with other federal agencies to provide for equally robust compliance verification of imported products as well as those manufactured in the U.S., and corresponding enforcement.

Other organizations supporting the legislation and participating in its development include the American Forest & Paper Association, Alliance for Healthy Homes, APA-The Engineered Wood Association, Business and Institutional Furniture Manufacturers Association, Hardwood Plywood & Veneer Association, National Center for Healthy Housing, National Environmental Health Association, and United Steelworkers Union.

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

AWI New England Chapter
When: September 23, 2009 (12:00 noon)
What: Sterling Surfaces Plant Tour & Demonstrations
Where: Sterling, MA
Information: Click here; pre-registration required
Questions: Tye Waller, tyewaller@msn.com

AWI Heart of America Chapter
When: September 24, 2009
What: Chapter Booth at AIA Kansas Architects Convention

AWI Minnesota Chapter
When: September 24, 2009
What: Financial Management Seminar & Sporting Clays
Contact: Peter Smith; psmith@rcsmith.com; 952.259.1001 (P)

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
Presenters: Mike Bell of Kentucky Millwork and Greg Heuer, AWI Chief Learning Officer
Where: Elk Creek Hunt Club, Owenton, KY
Information: Program; Response Form; Directions to Elk Creek Hunt Club
Questions: Tracy@louisvillelumber.com 

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 October 1, 2009.

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Founded in 1953, AWI is a nonprofit organization representing over 3,500 manufacturers, suppliers, and design professionals in the architectural woodwork industry.

AWI Mission:
The authoritative resource for excellence in architectural woodwork.

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