A bi-monthly news publication for AWI Manufacturing & Supplier Members October 1, 2009
Standards

Architectural Woodwork Standards Effective as of October 1, 2009

The new Architectural Woodwork Standards, which were developed and in August introduced by the Joint Standards Committee, became effective October 1, 2009. In addition, two AWS companion books are now available for purchase.

AWI members are reminded that 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.

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.

The companion books are available at the AWI member rate in the AWI Store.

  • AWS Installation Handbook, 1st Edition (2009)
    An installation companion to the Architectural Woodwork Standards (AWS).
    Price: $5.00
  • AWS Cabinet Fabrication Handbook, 1st Edition (2009)
    A cabinet fabrication companion to the Architectural Woodwork Standards (AWS).
    Price: $5.00

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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. 

Harrington College of Design
When: October 13-14, 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)


Minnesota Technical Schools
When: November 3, 2009
Presenter: Greg Bednar, AWI Director of Chapter Development
Where: Minneapolis, MN
Contact: Greg Bednar; gbednar@awinet.org 

AWI Minnesota Chapter
When: November 4, 2009
Presenter: Mike Bell of Kentucky Millwork
Questions: Contact Chapter Officers 

AWI Florida Chapter
When: November 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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Business Tools

Five QCP Projects Win AWI “Award of Excellence”

The AWI Design Solutions fall 2009 issue will showcase five AWI Quality Certification Program (AWI QCP) projects that were recently selected as winners of this prestigious national award.  Be on the look-out for Design Solutions Magazine in your mailbox during the second week of October.

Fall 2009 AWI "Award of Excellence" Honorees

AWI Member:   
Project:     

Ebenisterie Beaubois, Ltee.
Worcester Trial Court

Saint-Georges, Quebec, Canada 
Worcester, MA

AWI Member: 
Project: 

Nilolai Manufacturing, Inc.  
Oregon Convention Center 

New Westminister, BC, Canada
Portland, OR

AWI Member:
Project: 

Stephenson Millwork Company, Inc.    
Raleigh Convention Center  

Wilson, NC 
Raleigh, NC

AWI Member:
Project: 

TMI Systems Design Corporation
Mandan Middle School  

Dickinson, ND
Mandan, ND

AWI Member:
Project: 

Westmark Products, Inc. 
Skagit Valley Hospital            

Tacoma, WA 
Mount Vernon, WA

Congratulations to all of the honorees. Check out their magnificent projects in the online fall edition of Design Solutions soon, and watch for your print copy in the mail next week.


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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 Durham Performing Arts Center was built with a smooth, perfectly matched expanse of Anigre panels that grace the lobby walls and the curved balcony caps show here. Fabrication was done by Triangle Case Work, Inc. of Raleigh, NC. Other views of this project can be seen in the spring issue of Design Solutions.
Photo Credit: William Doherty
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AWI News

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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AWI Announces Winner of 2009 Membership Survey Drawing

And, the winner of a $500 American Express gift card is Lesley Jarbe, Owner, Rochester Custom Millwork LLC, Rochester, NY. Congratulations!

An all-time record of 211 completed surveys (a 17% return) were received from AWI Manufacturing Members. Thanks to all members for providing valuable feedback by completing the survey.

Survey results will be presented to the AWI Marketing Committee on October 10, 2009. Member responses will help guide the committee in formulating recommendations for consideration by the AWI Board of Directors about priorities AWI places on its products, programs and publications in the coming year.
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AWI Remittance Address Changes

Don’t let your membership dues remittances or other payments to AWI become delayed. A new remittance address is effective immediately.

Mail payments to:
   Architectural Woodwork Institute 
   Attn: Accounts Receivable 
   46179 Westlake Drive, Suite 120 
   Potomac Falls, VA 20165

The old remittance address in NC is no longer open. See attached for more details. Questions should be directed AWI Office Manager Angie Fuller at afuller@awinet.org.
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Remember to Vote for AWI Board of Directors Candidates

Official ballots for AWI Manufacturing Members to vote for nominees for the AWI Board of Directors were mailed on September 25. Cast your vote! Participate in your association!

Official ballots 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.
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Are You LinkedIn to AWI’s Growing Online Forum?

The AWI LinkedIn support and discussion forum has grown to over 350 members.

There are enough AWI participating members checking LinkedIn now to make it worthwhile to ask and answer YOUR woodwork business questions on the forum.

Check out the forum, join (for FREE) today, and share with your woodworking colleagues. Go here to see more.
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Safety Matters

Final Revised Rule on Personal Protective Equipment

The Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) published a final rule on September 9, 2009 revising the personal protective equipment sections of its general industry, shipyard employment, longshoring and marine terminals standards concerning requirements for eye- and face-protective devices, and head and foot protection.

For details, see the September 9, 2009 Federal Register.
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Green Scene

Recognition of Certified Wood Products in LEED®: Second Public Comment Period

The second public comment period for the proposed revisions to the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) Forest Certification Benchmark ("the Benchmark") and related LEED credits is open until October 14, 2009, 5:00 PM PST.

USGBC reported that the Benchmark is a collection of criteria against which forest certification schemes will be evaluated when approved by USGBC membership to determine which schemes gain recognition in the LEED green building certification program.  "If a scheme is recognized, a LEED project would be able to use the scheme's supply of certified wood products to count towards the achievement of the relevant LEED Materials and Resources credits," the council said. 

The first public comment period attracted nearly 1,800 comments, USGBC reported.  "Guided by the public comment feedback, the Materials and Resources Technical Advisory Group (MR TAG) revised and the LEED Steering Committee approved for second public comment the posted version of the Benchmark and associated LEED credits," the council stated. 

"The revisions are intended to bring greater clarity to the previous version of the Benchmark," USGBC reported.  Additionally, a proposal for the Benchmark Conformance Assessment Process has been drafted and is posted for informational purposes only.  Public Comment on the Conformance Assessment Process is not being solicited at this time.

To view all of the public comments and responses on the credit revisions and on the Benchmark from the first comment period that relate to forest certification and certified products go to LEED Draft Ballot and Comments page here. For access to all of the relevant documents concerning wood products, scroll down and click on the "Expand" button for "Recognition of Certified Wood Products in LEED: Second Public Comment Period" under the gray bar "Rating System Drafts." 

Comments & Process
Any member of the public may comment on the proposed changes to the Benchmark (after creating a site user account on the USGBC Web site), USGBC noted.  The council said it will respond to all comments and post the comments and responses (without commenter names or organizations) on the USGBC Web site, www.usgbc.org.  "If significant, technical changes are made as a result of comments, an additional public comment period will be conducted on those changes.  The Benchmark and revised credits will be put to USGBC member ballot after all necessary public comment periods have been conducted," the council advised. 

USGBC is seeking comments on the revised Benchmark and additional changes to the credits.  All other posted documents are intended for background purposes only.  To submit comments, select the "Expand" button on the LEED Draft Ballot and Comments page here, then select the "Comment" button. The public comment period is open until October 14, 2009, 5:00 PM PST.
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Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) Comments on USGBC Release of Second Wood Credits Proposal

In a letter to its industry partners, the FSC "While we feel the Benchmark has been fundamentally improved since last year’s initial draft, it is still lacking key components of exemplary forest management."

If approved by a ballot of U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) members, this Benchmark will define exemplary forestry for the USGBC and will be the measure by which forest certification programs are judged for recognition in the LEED rating system.

"It is critical that we, as supporters, partners, and members of USGBC, make our voice heard to ensure that none of the defining qualities of exemplary forestry are diluted, made optional or overlooked," FSC’s appeal to the industry states. "We also feel that it is essential that the USGBC distinguish truly environmentally and socially-sound forestry from status-quo forestry in North America," FSC stated further.

Some of FSC’s more serious concerns quoted directly are:

  • "There are no prerequisites for the standards-setting organization to be a membership-based organization or for the (USGBC) Board of Directors to be elected by the membership. USGBC’s own governance structures are ignored and devalued by this omission and these structures are absolutely essential to a certification system’s integrity and credibility. 
  • There are no prerequisites addressing Indigenous Peoples rights—these issues are instead relegated to "distinguishing" credits. We find this omission a glaring affront to native peoples around the world and counter to USGBC’s guiding principle on social equity. It is well documented that even the legally-binding rights of Native Americans and First Nations peoples have been ignored by forest managers in North America.
  • USGBC states support for forest production that does not lead to the loss of natural forest habitat, but does not include conversion of natural forests to plantations in its requirement addressing loss of forest extent. Conversion of rich natural forests to impoverished plantations is of central concern.
  • There are no prerequisites requiring public consultations to determine and verify environmental and social values of forests."

Note that the public comment period is open to all until October 14, 2009, 5:00 PM PST. (See preceding article.)

NOTE: The information presented in this article should not be construed as legal or other professional advice or to represent the opinion of AWI and presents this for informational purposes only to represent balanced reporting of differing views as a service to members and subscribers.  AWI does not accept any responsibility for the accuracy or completeness of this material from industry and other sources. 


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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. Featured this issue...Monarch Industries, Inc.

Monarch Industries, Inc., a Rhode Island architectural millwork and store fixture company, was approved by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) in June to become FSC Chain of Custody (COC) Certified.

Monarch manufactures and installs architectural millwork and store fixtures for leading developers, contractors, and retailers across the nation. Their clients include Starbucks, Panera Bread, and Macy’s along with many Rhode Island businesses such as the Capital Grill and Mills Tavern restaurants, the Westin Hotel and Dimeo Construction.

In conjunction with Monarch’s Continuous Improvement initiative (an improvement program Toyota is well known for, also known as LEAN), FSC COC Certification is another step the company has taken towards a greener, more sustainable environment.

Michael Friedman, President and CEO of Monarch Industries stated, "Although Monarch is a manufacturer, first and foremost, we are a service company. We are focused on meeting and exceeding the dynamic needs of our clientele and our environment. Along with our commitment to waste reduction through our Lean training and implementation, our green initiatives are reducing costs to our customers and our impact on our community and the environment. With the recognition of the FSC’s Chain of Custody Certification, Monarch can participate fully in our client’s environmental stewardship through LEED® building project certification."

Monarch Industries has been an AWI Manufacturing Member since 1989. Visit them at www.monarchinc.com

Send information about your "green" initiatives and certifications to AWI Director of Marketing Katie Allen at
kallen@awinet.org.
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Member News

Dates & Location Announced For Next Executive Briefing Conference

Stiles Machinery Inc. has announced that the Executive Briefing Conference (EBC) is now scheduled for February 28 through March 2, 2010 in Dallas, TX.

Stiles is offering the EBC under the auspices of Stiles Education, the internationally accredited educational branch of the organization. The new February date avoids event conflicts members of industry associations had with the initial fall 2009 date. Highlights of the 2010 event include two manufacturing plant tours, renowned keynote presenters, and briefing topics focusing on solutions for what’s now, what’s new, and what’s next. Program details and registration information will be distributed in the next few months.

New to the 2010 event is a special offer for EBC alumni who have participated in multiple conferences. Stiles will provide this group with additional opportunities to connect with the presenters as well as other unique benefits for their continued support. Personal invitations outlining this new program will be sent to qualifying alumni.

Stiles Education, in cooperation with industry partners and network supporters that include AWI, designs the EBC as a learning opportunity that also offers a dynamic group experience. The EBC is a not-for-profit educational event. Any profits will be donated to advance the efforts of WoodLINKS USA, an industry education partnership that certifies entry-level skilled workers so they can become the future leaders of the industry.

Visit Stiles at www.stilesmachinery.com. Stiles has been an AWI Supplier Member since 1996.
                    
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2010 NexGen Dates, Participants Announced

The NexGen Event, introduced as a joint organization effort in 2009 by Biesse and Stiles, has evolved in 2010 to include additional equipment manufacturers and distributors in the woodworking industry.

Biesse, Cefla Finishing Group, Costa & Grissom, Delmac Machinery Group, Holz-Her, Holzma U.S., C.R. Onsrud, Stiles Machinery, Superfici America, and Weinig America will participate in the 2010 NexGen Event, which will be held February 8-12, 2010 at their respective facilities in the Carolinas.

For more information, visit www.nexgenevent.com. The Web site provides details about the event, the participating companies, and related travel information. According to the Web site, for the event in 2009, "The companies agreed to hold concurrent open houses at their North Carolina facilities the week of June 8, 2009, and coined the phrase "coop-etition" to describe this unique cooperation as competitors. NexGen enables the participating companies to cost-effectively showcase their products within their own facilities."

For information, contact the NexGen committee at info@nexgenevent.com or 866.285.1958.


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AWI Members Invited to Delmac’s Next Profit Solutions Seminar – November 4 or 5, 2009

Delmac Machinery Group invites AWI members to attend its next Profit Solutions Seminar at its Greensboro facility November 4 or 5, 2009, where it will build traditional furniture engineered by Delmac and A.G. Raymond and Company using dowel construction and 21st Century machine technology.

The seminars feature three guest speakers who are experts in Lean Manufacturing and woodworking technology. Harry Watt and Phil Mitchell from NCSU Wood Products Extension are co-authors of "Strategies for the New American Furniture Industry." NC State University Wood Products Extension focuses on helping wood manufacturers retool and implement lean processes and advanced manufacturing techniques.

Terry Krauss, founder of Forward Motion Technologies, will also be a presenter. He served for over six years as a Business Extension Specialist for NC State University’s Industrial Extension Service, preceded by 20 years of experience in manufacturing engineering, plant engineering and production management.

These industry leaders will cover Lean Manufacturing in detail and review the key steps to becoming lean, equipment organization and product design to achieve a smooth work flow, increase production and reduce floor space. In addition, Delmac will also review the latest technology and manufacturing techniques in Case Goods and Furniture Manufacturing where it will build both a cabinet and night stand utilizing nested base machining and dowel construction.

"These educational seminars are designed to show how employing the latest in machinery technology coupled with process speed by smart and efficient factory flow can take dollars out of your process and add them to your bottom line!" Delmac said. Visit www.delmac.com for more information.


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Industry News

Demand for Countertops Could See Growth Spiral

U.S. demand for countertops is forecast to rise 2.4% annually to 760 million square feet in 2013, according to the Fredonia Group.

Products made from engineered and natural stone will grow the fastest while laminates remain the largest segment. The residential market will remain dominant based on a rebound in housing construction and continued consumer interest in high-value countertops.

The residential market will continue to drive countertop demand through 2013, reflecting the rebound in housing construction and continued consumer interest in installing high-value Countertops, according to Fredonia. The nonresidential market is forecast to contract through 2013, as decreases in nonresidential construction spending will limit overall countertops demand. Best prospects for growth in the nonresidential countertops market will be the institutional segment, as medical and educational facilities install countertops in patient rooms, classrooms and food service areas.

For a look at the Table of Contents and for price information, click here.
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August Construction Starts Rise 2%, But Nonresidential Building Dipped Slightly

At a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $429.8 billion, new construction starts in August advanced 2% from the previous month, according to McGraw-Hill Construction, a division of The McGraw-Hill Companies.  The rise occurred in the non-building markets, while both housing and nonresidential building in August settled back slightly from the improved levels that were reported in July.

"The volume of construction starts remains quite weak, but since March there’s been growing evidence that activity has at least leveled off, and may now be gradually trending upward," stated Robert A. Murray, vice president of economic affairs for McGraw-Hill Construction.  Single family housing apparently reached bottom in early 2009, and has now moved upward in six out of the past seven months.  For nonresidential building, the positive development is that the rate of descent has eased from the severe declines witnessed in late 2008 and early 2009.  At the same time, nonresidential building still faces considerable constraints, such as mounting vacancies, tight bank lending standards, and eroding state fiscal health."

Residential building, at $127.2 billion (annual rate), slipped 1% in August.  Multifamily housing retreated 13% from a July that had been aided by groundbreaking for two large multifamily projects valued each in excess of $100 million.  The August level for single family housing remained 11% below last year’s monthly average. 

Nonresidential building in August fell 3% to $163.6 billion (annual rate).  Much of the pullback occurred in the institutional sector, which had been boosted in July by groundbreaking for several large hospital and medical center projects.  Healthcare facilities construction in August plunged 59% after its strong July, returning to the weaker activity that’s been present for much of 2009.  Through the first eight months of 2009, the healthcare facilities category was down 31% from a year ago.  Other August declines for institutional building were – public buildings, down 20%; churches, down 24%; and amusement-related projects, down 35%.  Running counter in August was the educational building category, which climbed 9%. 

The commercial categories in August included a moderate decline for warehouses (down 7%), but also gains for hotels (up 1%) and stores (up 15%), both of which still continued to be very depressed in terms of their level of activity.  The office building category in August registered a surprising 63% gain, lifted by the start of four large projects. 

On an unadjusted basis, total construction during the January-August period of 2009 was $274.8 billion, down 33% from the same period a year ago.  The year-to-date declines have become smaller in recent months, and this trend should continue as the comparison is made against the steep slide in activity that took place during the fall of 2008.

For more details, including regional statistics, see the McGraw Hill press release here


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Signs Point to Continued Struggles for Construction Industry, According to AIA Index

Another stall in the recovery for the construction industry occurred as the Architecture Billings Index (ABI) dropped to its lowest level since June, the American Institute of Architects (AIA) reported.

As a leading economic indicator of construction activity, the ABI reflects the approximate nine to twelve month lag time between architecture billings and construction spending. The AIA reported the August ABI rating was 41.7, down slightly from 43.1 in July. This score indicates a decline in demand for design services (any score above 50 indicates an increase in billings). The new projects inquiry score was 55.2.

"While there have been occasional signs of optimism over the last few months, the overwhelming majority of architects are reporting that banks are extremely reluctant to provide financing for projects, and that new equity requirements and conservative appraisals are making it even more difficult for developers to get loans," said AIA Chief Economist Kermit Baker, PhD, Hon. AIA. "Until the anxiety within the financial community eases, these conditions are likely to continue."  

Key August ABI highlights:

  • Regional averages: northeast (45.2), south (44.1), midwest (43.0), west (37.5); 
  • Sector index breakdown: commercial / industrial (45.6), multi-family residential (43.4), mixed practice (41.4), institutional (37.5); 
  • Project inquiries index: 55.2.

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Workforce

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?  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.  Contact them at their new web site. http://woodworkcareer.org.

The WCA Board of Directors has selected the next set of tools and machines, and they are inviting volunteers with experience on these tools to be interviewed for their preferred "standards" for the industry, according to Greg Heuer, Secretary of the WCA. Check out the list of the working tools at http://skillstandards.wikispaces.com/Tool_Groups.

There are a number of ways you can help advance the Skill Standards project. 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

Will School Construction Get a Boost from Federal Funds?

The U.S. House of Representatives recently passed legislation for federal loans for college students and provide $2.02 billion annually for FY 2010 and 2011 for K-12 public schools that would be designed for their modernization, renovation or repair. Another $2.5 billion for FY 2011 would be available to colleges for either new construction or modernization of community colleges, according to industry sources.

The funds are linked to "green" design and construction requirements. The measure incorporates "Buy American" provisions as well.

No telling if the Senate will approve the bill.


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House of Representatives Passes Resolution Recognizing Hardwoods

House Resolution 81, recognizing the importance and sustainability of the hardwoods industry, was passed on September 15 with no dissenting votes.

The resolution had 52 co-sponsors. "During consideration, several members of Congress including Brad Ellsworth (IN-8), Geoff Davis (KY-4), Travis Childers (MS-1), Glenn Thompson (PA-5), and Tom Perriello (VA-5) took the opportunity to talk about the importance of U.S. hardwoods for small businesses and communities, as well as to emphasize the sustainable nature of the industry," the Hardwood Federation reported. "Two of the many companies active in supporting the Hardwood Federation, Northland Corporation and Columbia Forest Products, were specifically mentioned on the House floor as examples of the good work the American hardwood industry is doing," HF said.
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Chapter News

Notable Happenings

The AWI Great Lakes Chapter has just introduced a new Web site, http://awigreatlakes.org/. Check it out!

The site is good looking and prominently promotes its members products and services not only in its Membership Directory but also on its home page which features the work of a different member each quarter. Good promotion.


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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 Georgia Chapter
When: October 2, 2009 (7:00 am start)
What: Fall Golf Tournament & Chapter Business Meeting
Where: Lake Spivey Gold Club, Jonesboro, GA
Information: Bruce Robb; 404.892.6666 (P), barobb@yahoo.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 New England Chapter
When: November 18-20, 2009
What: Participation at "Build Boston"; "Understand & Specifying Wood Veneers & Factory Finishing" Presentation (November 20, 2009)
Where: Boston, MA
Information: Contact Chapter Officers 

AWI Heart of America Chapter
When: November 19, 2009
What: Tour of Woodwork Mfg. & Supply
Where: Hutchinson, KS
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 15, 2009.


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