A bi-monthly news publication for AWI Manufacturing & Supplier Members November 5, 2009
AWI News

Your AWI Listing Promotes Your Business: Put Your Best Foot Forward

The AWI annual member update has begun. Make sure your business listing in the 2010 AWI Membership Resource Directory, the online AWI Member Directory, and Design Solutions Magazine, accurately presents your key business information to its best advantage. Outdated information could jeopardize consideration of your business by potential customers.

On November 2, all primary contacts of AWI Manufacturing and Supplier Members were notified via e-mail to update their company profile. (Primary Contacts are the only AWI contacts who have authorization to update the information.) Updates must be completed by November 30, 2009. Invoices for your 2010 membership will reflect the information in your profile.

Follow the directions provided:

1. Go to http://www.awinet.org.

2. Login using your personal username and password on the right hand side.

Your user name may be your e-mail address, if you do not recall your username, contact AWI at 571.323.3636
If you know your username, but cannot remember your password, please click "password reminder."

3. Once logged in:

* Verify that your dues category is correct. If incorrect, click the blue "change" button next to the field and update as necessary.
* Verify that the information is correct under each tab and update as necessary. Tabs: General info, Contact Info, Membership Info, Organizational Members. Click the blue "save" button under the tabs.

You do not have to click "save" if there are no changes to your profile.
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Don't Call Us . . . We'll Call You

Your AWI colleagues are working for you. You want to know when plans are being made, when decisions are being considered, don’t you? Use the "notify me" tab on any AWI Wiki page. Elect either the single page or Wiki-wide e-mails. When a change is made to a page that you are monitoring, you'll receive a brief e-mail. Read or delete, OR just go to the page to add your comments and suggestions. 

For Education, Sustainable Wood, Development Council and Forums, the AWI Wiki World is the place to be. Use the AWI Wiki Gateway to explore this new member service here: www.wiki.awinet.org/

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. 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 www.Wikispaces.net.  Sign in for an account if you do not already have one. 
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Reminder: 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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Are You LinkedIn to AWI’s Growing Online Forum?

It’s growing again. The AWI LinkedIn support and discussion forum has hit the 400 member mark.

The Woodworking Solutions forum on LinkedIn managed by AWI offers opportunities for savvy members to ask and answer questions.

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

AWI Chief Learning Officer Greg Heuer has challenged AWI members who are LinkedIn to be part of the "101 Club." Recruit just one colleague in the woodworking industry to join the AWI LinkedIn Forum. The goal is 500 by the end of the year.
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AWI Touts Architectural Woodwork at Wood Solutions Fair

AWI was represented at the Wood Solutions Fair Tradeshow sponsored by Woodworks for Non-Residential Construction last month in Chicago, IL. Design professionals including architects and engineers learned about architectural woodwork, the Architectural Woodwork Standards, and the AWI Quality Certification Program.

AWI Chapter Development Director Greg Bednar reported that the event drew about 500 attendees. All in all, he said, "it was a very good show with plenty of interest in the AWS."
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Learning Forum

Mark Your Calendar for AWI Spring Professional Development Seminars

The date is April 29 – May 1, 2010. The location is Los Angeles, CA. The venues are powerful professional development opportunities for gaining an edge on your competition while you learn operating efficiencies, explore new profit potential, and discover new trends that affect your business.

Be there and watch for information coming soon from AWI!
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Contingent from Poland Attends AWI Convention

They came from near and far,over 275 strong – the largest attendance at an AWI convention in history. But no AWI members traveled farther to participate in the 57th AWI Annual Convention, October 7-10, 2009 in Alexandria, VA, than several members from Poland. 

Pictured here with AWI members from Krakow, Poland is AWI Chapter Development Director Greg Bednar.  To his left is Antoni Jakubowski, the President of Adservco Group SP Z.O.O. and on his right is Bartek Kusmierczyk, his Director of Engineering. 

Adservco Group's services include architectural drafting, detailing and engineering of wood, metal, stone, and glass, 3D Modeling, visualizations, and renderings.   The company was formed in 1999 and joined AWI in 2002 as a Supplier Member.

They expressed interest in starting an AWI chapter in Poland!
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Business Tools

Submission Period Open for Winter AWI “Award of Excellence” Program

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. A private home in rural Pennsylvania features extraordinary woodwork throughout fabricated by Ivan C. Dutterer, Inc. of Hanover, PA. (The company was honored with a 2009 AWI "Standard of Excellence Award" for this project.) The great room shown here is magnificently clad in Honduras Mahogany paneling and ceiling. Other views of this project can be seen in the summer issue of
Design Solutions.

Photo Credit: Tom Crane, Bryn Mawr, PA

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Safety Matters

AWI – Motion is Money (Woodworkers Welcomed)

CNA will repeat its AWI webinar – "Motion is Money" on Friday, November 6 at 2:00 pm EST.

This 60 minute webinar explains how wasted/unnecessary motion can add to productivity and injury costs. Learn about the principles of ergonomics with concepts of Lean Manufacturing and human factors. The reduction of wasted motion saves $$ for employers.

Please note that the registration process has changed. You MUST visit the CNA Web site to register. You will get a confirmation e-mail immediately following your registration to this class and a reminder e-mail 3 days before the event.

Visit: www.cna.com/riskcontrol, go to the "SORCE" section, click on webinar schedule, go to the "Manufacturing" category to register.
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Combustible Dust Rulemaking Begins

The Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) is addressing the need for a Combustible Dust Standard.

OSHA published an Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on October 21 as an initial step in developing a standard to address the relevant hazards. See the October 21 Federal Register for more information.

Comments are due from interested parties by January 19, 2010. Refer to Docket No. OSHA-2009-0023; RIN 1218-AC41.
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OSHA Issues Proposed Rule to Adopt Globally Harmonized Hazard Communication System

The Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) published a proposed rule on September 30 to align the Hazard Communication Standard with provisions of the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals. OSHA says the harmonization of the standard will enhance worker comprehension through increased consistency in classification and labelling. Over 40 million workers in the chemical manufacturing and user industries are expected to benefit.

See the fact sheet and September 30 Federal Register notice for details. The comment closing date is December 29, 2009.

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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 are/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 Florida Chapter
When: November 14, 2009
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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Standards Presentations Are Well Received

Students are learning about the Architectural Woodwork Standards. A presentation by AWI’s Greg Bednar at Hennepin Technical College in Brooklyn Park, MN, attracted students from area schools. Hennepin teaches its curriculum directly from the Standards, Bednar reports.

The successful event covered sustainability, veneers and substrates, a new AWI program.

Hennepin’s two instructors, Jim May (left) and Keith Hanstad (center) speak with Rick Siewert (far right) of Siewert Cabinet & Fixture Manufacturing, Inc.

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Everyone Wants Popcorn

You know this, or a variation of it: "Everyone wants popcorn, but no one wants to plow, plant, weed, and harvest."

We have seen a surge of demand for presentations on the new Architectural Woodwork Standards. To fill demand, Greg Heuer, your Chief Learning Officer at AWI, has formed the New Mod Squad, people who will help create these learning programs.

Creative writers and presenters - Join the New Mod Squad! 

What’s it all about? Its mission is to leverage the wisdom and talent of the AWI community. How? By brainstorming ideas, writing content, and sharing compelling images; by creating visually interesting and mentally stimulating modules about the new AWS; and by helping speakers take the AWI message out to the construction industry.

Want to help? Visit the Wiki, sign-in, give 20 minutes a week back to your association and your profession. Click here to learn more or e-mail Greg Heuer at gheuer@awinet.org
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Green Scene

Second Annual Dollars & Sense of Going Green Conference

Organized by the Department of Forestry at Purdue University and Wood & Wood Products, the Dollars & Sense of Going Green Conference has attracted 17 prestigious organizations, including AWI, as supporters. The two-day education program is slated for November 19-20, 2009 at the Renaissance Schaumburg Hotel in north suburban Chicago.

The panel sessions will focus on best environmental practices to trends in green design and recycling manufacturing waste, according to the conference web site, www.greenwoodseminar.com. Check out the educational sessions, see the list of suppliers who will exhibit, and examine the list of event sponsors. For information and registration, visit www.greenwoodseminar.com. Cooperator (AWI) attendee registration fees are discounted, but increase after November 13, 2009.
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Greenbuild 2009 Offers Opportunities for Green Building Education and Credentialing Maintenance

Green building professionals seeking to earn or maintain the LEED AP or LEED Green Associate credentials will have many opportunities to do so November 11-13 at Greenbuild 2009, the Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI) announced.

GBCI administers the LEED Professional Credentials, including the exams and credentialing maintenance, both of which will be available at Greenbuild, the U.S. Green Building Council’s annual conference and expo being held this year in Phoenix, AZ.

The show offers attendees several types of career development activities, including opportunities to prepare for or take a LEED professional exam, and to attend educational sessions and events to earn credits toward maintaining LEED credentials and other industry certifications, GBCI reported.

Other industry credentials whose continuing education requirements can also be fulfilled while at the conference include AIA, APA, ASLA, BOMI, CoreNet Global, CSI, IFMA, and IIDA. To learn more about Greenbuild, visit www.greenbuildexpo.org.
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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.

Send your information to AWI Director of Marketing Katie Allen at kallen@awinet.org.

NOTE: The information presented in the "Green Scene" section of e-briefs should not be construed as legal or other professional advice or to represent the opinion of AWI and is presented 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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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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Industry News

September Construction Slides 7%

New construction starts in September fell 7% to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $399.1 billion, according to McGraw-Hill Construction, a division of The McGraw-Hill Companies.  While a number of sectors weakened, there were a number of growth areas.

McGraw-Hill reported that nonresidential building continued to weaken after its brief upturn in July, and residential building also settled back after recent gains.  Unfortunately, nonbuilding construction (comprised of public works and electric utilities) retreated after its August surge, maintaining the up-and-down pattern that’s been present for much of 2009.

"The September decline for construction starts is one more reminder that the very modest upward trend that seemed to take hold during the spring will be uneven and at times halting," stated Robert A. Murray vice president of economic affairs for McGraw-Hill Construction.  "More of this uneven performance can be expected in coming months, given the divergent behavior from construction’s main sectors.  On the plus side, the steep decline for single family housing has reached its end, and funding from the Stimulus Act is beginning to have a broader impact beyond highways and bridges, encompassing more government buildings and more environmental public works.  On the negative side, further employment declines and tight bank lending will drag down commercial building well into next year," Murray predicted.

In September nonresidential building dropped 7% to $150.0 billion (annual rate).  The major commercial categories showed more weakness in September, including stores, down 14%; hotels, down 19%; and offices, down 33%.

The institutional structure types had a mixed September.  The educational category dropped 6%, resuming its downward trend after a brief upturn in August.  Amusement-related projects in September fell 10%.

Residential building, at $127.2 billion (annual rate), eased back 1% in September.  The residential decline reflected diminished activity for multifamily housing, which fell 18% from the previous month, McGraw-Hill reported.

Growth Areas
While office construction remains at a very low volume, this year has seen groundbreaking for a number of substantial government service and military projects, as well as several large data centers.  Showing growth in September were healthcare facilities, rising 16% from a weak August. The public buildings category in September advanced 21%. The religious building category also posted growth in September, rising 7%, according to McGraw-Hill.
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Visited Yet? New Woodwork Career Alliance Web Site Has Fresh Look

Check out the work of the Woodwork Career Alliance (WCA) to advance the Skill Standards project. Visit the WCA at http://woodworkcareer.org at its new Web site.

The new and improved WCA Web site has enhanced navigation and easy-to-find drop-down tabs with newly organized content about: Skill Standards, Credentialing, Partners, Talk About It, and About Us/Contact. You can also tour the Skill Standards development progress. Check it and consider sponsorship and partnering with WCA for a strong, knowledgeable workforce for tomorrow.

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Harrington College of Design Gets Lesson on Woodwork Standards

Using the Architectural Woodwork Standards, Greg Bednar promoted the use of wood and architectural woodwork at the Harrington College of Design in Chicago, IL.

Students are shown here holding up wood species samples provided during the instruction. Bednar visits the class for a presentation annually.


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WCA Thanks Sponsors for Financial Support of Skill Standards

The list of supporters is growing to further the work of the Woodwork Career Alliance in developing Skill Standards and a credential program. The list of sponsors now includes the AWI Central Pennsylvania Chapter which recently donated $1,000 to WCA. Who are the other sponsors? How can you help?

Architectural Woodwork Institute
Association of Woodworking & Furnishings Suppliers
Woodworking Machinery Industry Association
Wood Machinery Manufacturers of America
U.S. Forest Service

Bronze Sponsors
Arizona Chapter
Chicago Chapter
Colorado Chapter
Fox Valley Technical College
Heart of America Chapter
Iowa-Nebraska Chapter
New England Chapter
Ohio Valley Chapter
Pennsylvania Woodworkers (Central Pennsylvania Chapter)
Texas Chapter

To get involved and to contribute to the Skill Standards development initiative, visit the WCA. Click here for more information. Thanks to all WCA partners and sponsors.
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WCA Seeks More Volunteers for Skill Standards Project: That Means You!

Think about the ramifications of the cost of an unskilled employee to your business. 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, and they are available for industry use now. 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

GSA Prompt Pay Rules Tightened in Re-write of Acquisition Manual

"In the process of re-writing its regulations to conform with government-wide standards, the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) eliminated exceptions to its prompt payment rules," according to the American Subcontractors Association (ASA).

"GSA issued a final rule on October 26 eliminating parts of the GSA Acquisition Manual that gave contracting officers the ability to extend, on a ‘case-by-case’ basis, progress payment deadlines for prime contractors beyond the 14 days mandated by law," ASA reported. As a result of the re-writing, interest penalties charged to GSA for late final payments to prime contractors start accruing seven days after completing work for which payment is not in dispute. The rule becomes effective November 25, 2009.
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Chapter News

Chapter Banners Introduced at 2009 AWI Convention

The Chapter Leadership Program session on October 7 was decked out with the banners of AWI chapters. The AWI 57th Annual Convention was a sold-out event, exceptional in many ways, and it featured a variety of new components.  The chapter banners will feature patches and/or award ribbons awarded annually recognizing various chapter achievements.

Thirteen AWI chapters earned the prestigious distinction as "AWI Distinguished Chapters" in the first year of the Distinguished Chapter program.  This is in spite of a tough year for a great many.  We know everyone has worked especially hard. Contact AWI Chapter Development Director Greg Bednar at gbednar@awinet.org if you have any questions.
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Upcoming Chapter Events

What’s happening in your local AWI chapters and architectural woodwork communities?

Check out the informative AWI chapter programs sponsored in your area. Tap into your local AWI chapter for vital information that can help your business grow and put you in touch with fellow AWI architectural woodworkers and suppliers.

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

AWI Carolinas Chapter
When: November 15, 2009 (9:00 am)
What: Cambria FabShop Tour
Where: Charlotte, NC
Information: Click here.
Questions: Kristine Cox, 336.887.0700 (P) 

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 20, 2009
What: LEED® & FSC
Presenter: Rob Ziegelmeier, AWI Sustainability Resources Representative
Information: Contact Chapter Officers  

AWI Heart of America Chapter
When: January 21, 2010 (NEW DATE – Postponed from November 20, 2009)
What: LEED® & FSC
Presenter: Rob Ziegelmeier, AWI Sustainability Resources Representative
Information: Contact Chapter Officers   

AWI New Jersey & Central Pennsylvania Chapters
When: February 25, 2010 (12:00 noon – 3:30 pm)
What "Strategies for Success in Our Changing Economy"
Presenter: Stephan W. Waltman, VP of Strategic Sales & Marketing, Stiles Machinery
Where: Radisson Hotel Valley Forge, King of Prussia, PA
Information: See attached
Questions: Garry Astles, President, Central PA Chapter; gastles@northwayind.com
; John Gehman, President, New Jersey Chapter, jgehman1@verizon.net   

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 November 19, 2009.

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