A bi-monthly news publication for AWI Manufacturing & Supplier Members February 4, 2010

Coming Soon...New Technical Column about Architectural Woodwork Standards

 Watch for the column in an upcoming issue of AWI e-briefs, AWI's online e-letter published twice monthly, and NewsBriefs, AWI's monthly print newsletter
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AWI News

2010 Corporate Sponsorships Continue to Grow

Another AWI member signed up recently for annual sponsorship. Welcome back to Biesse America whose 2010 support through Annual AWI Sponsorship will help to fund AWI activities all year long, along with the other 2010 sponsors listed in this edition of AWI e-briefs.

Click on the logos of all of the sponsors at right for access to their Web sites. Consider supporting them the next time a need arises for their products and services. Their annual sponsorships help to fund association programs and services that benefit all AWI members.

The list at right includes confirmed sponsors as of January 31, 2010.
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New AWI Members

AWI welcomed another 13 new members. Learn who they are and how to contact them.

MANUFACTURING
Clay Furniture Industries, Inc., Manchester, CT, www.clayfurniture.com 
Custom Fixture Company, Richmond, VA
D & N Cabinetry, Inc., Sebring, FL, www.dncabinetry.com
Market Contractors, Portland, OR, www.marketcontractors.com
Neeley Construction & Cabinet Company, Puyallup, WA
Ohline Corporation, Gardena, CA, www.ohline.com 
Pierce & Pierce Architectural Millwork and Moulding, Norcross, GA, www.piercemillwork.com 
Rodgers-Wade, Paris, TX, www.rodgerswade.com 
SSC Casework/Millwork, Mount Pleasant, TN, www.ssccasework.com 
Superior Millwork Company, Jacksonville, FL 

SUPPLIERS
Architectural Finishing Solution, Inc., Anaheim Hills, CA , www.afinishing.com
Carolina Kitchens of Charleston, Inc., Wando, SC, www.carolinakitchens.net 
JD James, Inc., Tallahassee, FL, www.jdjamescorp.com 

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.
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Business Tools

AWI Cost of Doing Business Survey Opens

During uncertain economic times, businesses that want to maintain a competitive edge and thrive will want to use the best management tools on the market for measuring and analyzing their costs of doing business. AWI Manufacturing Member participation in the Annual AWI Cost of Doing Business Survey (CODBS) is critical for making strategic decisions to maintain and grow your company’s profitability. How do you participate?

Click here to download the spreadsheet to participate. The survey period opened February 1, 2010 and will close on April 1, 2010. All participants are eligible for entry into a drawing for a $500 gift card. 

AWI members are reminded that only participating AWI Manufacturing Members will receive a complimentary copy of the full report. Non-participants will receive an Executive Summary only and the opportunity to purchase the report.

If there is any doubt about why you should participate, read the February issue of AWI NewsBriefs for comments by Marc Sanderson, President of Wilkie Sanderson. Learn how the company relies on the CODBS Report data for strategic decision-making to keep Wilkie Sanderson "best in class." NewsBriefs will reach your mailbox next week.
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AWI “Award of Excellence” Program: The Marketing Edge

What do AWI Manufacturing Members who earned an AWI "Award of Excellence" have in common? Exposure to thousands of potential customers in the design community! What can you do to earn an award? Start by submitting your application for the next AOE honors program, summer 2010.

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 (spring) AOE honors program is May 1, 2010. Benefits to AOE honorees include exposure in the online issue of the journal which is open for business 24/7, plus distribution to more than 25,000 industry professionals.


Photo Credit: Kit Pyne

Pictured is one of the award-winning AWI Manufacturing Member projects featured in the fall AWI "Award of Excellence" quarterly competition. The Worcester Justice Center in MA featured Makor exemplified by the curved jury benches shown here that illustrate the elegant figure of the wood. Fabrication throughout was done Ebenisterie Beaubois Ltee of Saint-Georges, Quebec, Canada. Other views of this project can be seen in the fall issue of Design Solutions. AWI Supplier Members whose services were used for the project were: Vaughn Woodwork Consultants and Dooge Veneer. 

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Learning Forum

Register Early for AWI Professional Development Seminars

AWI’s Spring Professional Development Seminars, April 29 through May 1, 2010, in Marina Del Rey, CA, are packed with content to help architectural woodworkers realize cost efficiencies, manage profit margins, and compete for business during challenging economic times. Gain knowledge, enhance skills, and put them to use to maintain your competitive edge against intruders seeking footholds into your markets.

Check the AWI Web site for information about the sessions. Watch your mailbox for delivery of the February issue of AWI NewsBriefs around February 15. You’ll find practical information to put to use immediately in our series by seminar presenters on:  

      "The Estimate: Excellent Road Map or Pathway to Disaster?" 
      By AWI Past President 2002-2003) Scott Nelson, Central Plains Millwork  

      "Simple, Visual, Practical" (on LEAN Manufacturing)  
      By Anthony Wood, Fetzer Architectural Woodwork 

The series of articles about the learning forums at the AWI Spring Professional Development Seminars will continue through March in AWI NewsBriefs, the association’s monthly print newsletter. The content in NewBriefs is a sampling of what you will learn at the AWI Spring Professional Development Seminars. Gain valuable tips and information on a wide variety of business topics on the program and in AWI NewsBriefs.
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LEAN Changing

By Anthony Wood, Fetzer Architectural Woodwork

LEAN isn't easy to do. If it was, every company would be actively engaged in the LEAN transformation. Why isn’t it easy? 

LEAN is change, and most of us would agree that change isn’t ever as easy as we would hope. In fact, change often requires activities that are undesirable, and sometimes these activities don't even make a lot of sense.  Change also requires a different mindset to be able to view things as they really are and to envision things as they can become.  

Going LEAN may be compared to what it is like to learn how to ride a unicycle. A unicycle may also be a great illustration of what LEAN is. At first glance, one may wonder how this is even possible and how one ever becomes proficient at it. To learn the skills to ride a unicycle proficiently, it takes time and requires a great deal of focus and persistence. Without these, one will fall straight on one's face.  

Here is a list of tips that are helpful in learning how to ride the LEAN Unicycle:

* Go, See, and Do. (There is a great deal of learning and success that can come from simply doing this.)
* Plan, Do, Check, and Act. (Take the time to prepare and develop a strategy.)
* Engage others and paint the vision. (Others will be the key in developing a Lean atmosphere.)
* Understand Continuous Improvement. (You are either progressing or digressing.)
* Keep in mind that failure is dependent on how you look at it.
* Don’t give up. (Patience, Persistence, and Time are required.) 

These are simple steps that can help one to implement LEAN.

LEARN MORE...Find out more details at the two-day "LEAN for Woodworkers," seminar, April 30 and May 1, during the AWI Spring Professional Development Seminars in Marina Del Rey, CA. To register, click here. And, watch for the February issue of AWI NewsBriefs in your mailbox next week. Anthony Wood writes about "LEAN Manufacturing: Simple, Visual, Practical" on pages 4-5.
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Dare, Dream, Discover at Executive Briefing Conference

Stiles Machinery and AWI challenge AWI members to "Dare to Discover" at the 8th Executive Briefing Conference (EBC) in Dallas, TX, February 28 to March 2, 2010. AWI members receive a discount on registration. 

A unique series of exclusive briefings designed for company decision makers, the 2010 EBC will provide information you can use today and tomorrow. The EBC will address pending regulations (i.e., dust, OSHA); social media and its impact on our industry; cost savings through sustainability; and automation and software developments. Case studies will offer keen insight into business challenges and best practices. The EBC will look at Custom Cupboards: RFID and software integration and JB Cutting: an EPP Downstream licensed facility. Finally, plant tours include visits to Continental Cabinets (automated rough mill processing line) and Shioleno Industries (high volume laminating press). 

On Sunday, February 28, an optional tour of the new Dallas Cowboy’s stadium is on the agenda along with networking opportunities and Art Turock’s opening keynote address. 

The registration fee includes shuttle service between the Omni hotel and the airport, hotel accommodations for Sunday and Monday night, keynote dinner and reception, all other meals, presentations, and plant tours. AWI members receive a $50 discount off the registration fee. Enter "AWI" in the promo code box when you register. 

The EBC will take place at the Omni Park West Hotel, located 10 minutes from Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport. 

For program details and online registration, visit www.stilesmachinery.com/ebc. See the attached flyer also.

         
                  
                                   
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Standards

AWS Errata Web Site

Architectural woodworkers are reminded to check the Errata Web site for the Architectural Woodwork Standards for updated information which is posted as data changes.

Visit http://www.aws-errata.com/ for errors and corrections to the Architectural Woodwork Standards (AWS) jointly produced and published by the three developers: AWI, the Woodwork Manufacturers Association of Canada (AWMAC) and the Woodwork Institute.


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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 & CSI Central PA Chapters
When: March 17, 2010
What: AWS & AWI Quality Certification Program
Presenter: Craig Elias, AWI Quality Certification Corporation Director
Where: Raddison Penn Harris, Camp Hill, PA
Information: Garry Astles, gastles@northwayind.com, 717.503.6295 (p)

The AWS is jointly produced by AWI, the Architectural Woodwork Manufacturers Association of Canada (AWMAC) and the Woodwork Institute.
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AWI Speakers Bureau Training: March 25-27, 2010, Ft. Lauderdale, FL

The AWI Speakers Bureau would like to equip AWI members with training and the resources needed to provide education to the design community. The release of the Architectural Woodwork Standards and AWI’s AIA-approved Design Pro Presentation series provides a great opportunity for AWI and our members to provide education and promote the use of architectural woodwork. 

AWI members are invited to participate in a training session on March 25-27 in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. You will learn about and practice with the AWI Design Pro series that are based on the Architectural Woodwork Standards.  You will come away with the tools you need to present a professional educational program to architects and designers in your region of the country. 

This training is free to members; trainees are required to attend all scheduled functions and are responsible for their travel and hotel costs.

There are a limited number of seats available for this training and attendees will be accepted on a on a first-come, first-serve basis. To ensure your participation, please respond promptly via e-mail to kallen@awinet.org or call 571.323.3611 with your commitment to attend.  Meeting information is as follows:

Date:   March 25 – 27, 2010
Time:  Thursday, March 25th, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm Dinner & Welcome 
             Friday, March 26th, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
             Saturday, March 27th, 8:00 am – 12:00 noon
Hotel: Hilton, Ft. Lauderdale Airport – Reservation information will be provided in your confirmation letter.
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Speakers Bureau: Resources Currently Available

Resources for presenting the Architectural Woodwork Standards (AWS) to architects and to architectural woodworkers are available from AWI. Members of the AWI Speakers Bureau are making presentations to specific architect firms as well as to AWI chapters and others. What are the programs based on the AWI Design Pro Presentations?

AIA-approved programs about the AWS:
1.       Winning Hand, Introduction to the AWS
2.       Winning Team, Introduction to the AWS
3.       AWS Introduction and Leveraging Your Specifications
4.       Leveraging Your Specifications
5.       Wall Surfacing
6.       Hardware is NOT that Hard
7.       Wood Industry and the AWS Standards
8.       Wood is the Solution: Exploring Sheet Products 

AWS programs for woodworkers who wish to learn more about the new AWS:
1.       Intro for Woodworkers
2.       What to Watch For
3.       AWI Marketing Tools
4.       Testing Your Knowledge 

Contact AWI Senior Director of Operations Teresa McCain at tmccain@awinet.org for more information.
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Workforce

Supporting SkillsUSA Competitions and the Workforce of Tomorrow

Regional SkillsUSA competitions will be held for the coveted honors regionally and for opportunities to qualify for the SkillsUSA national competitions this summer. Many AWI chapters are involved locally. Is your chapter? Is your company supporting the workforce of tomorrow by local or regional support? 

Alert AWI Chapter Development Director Greg Bednar at gbednar@awinet.org if your chapter is involved. Two AWI chapters– the Carolinas and Heart of America Chapters – have SkillsUSA competitions on their calendars in the coming months; others may have also. AWI National is an Official Sponsor of the national SkillsUSA Cabinetmaking Competition. 

The in-kind donations by AWI to the SkillsUSA National Leadership & Skills Conference have earned it the status of official sponsorship. As the organizer and developer of the national SkillsUSA Cabinetmaking Competition, AWI plays an impressive role in the entire contest process.
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Industry News

Trends in New Home Design: Bringing the Outdoors in with Wood

Winners of the "Best in American Living Awards" reveal several trends in new home design. One in particular – in custom design homes – brings the outdoors into the home with "locally available materials such as cypress, walnut and wormy chestnut to give the interior its honey-colored tones."

For information about the six trends, see the January 25th edition of Professional Builder (free subscription).
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CSI Ended Support of MasterFormat 95

The Construction Specifications Institute (CSI) ceased to license and support MasterFormat 95 as of December 31, 2009. CSI is now working with MasterFormat’s sponsors to help the industry complete transition to MasterFormat 2004.

For more information and help with converting, visit www.masterformat.com
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Architecture Billings Index Remains in Negative Territory

On the heels of a more than three point drop in November, the Architecture Billings Index (ABI) had a negligible increase of less than one point in December 2009, according to the American Institute of Architects (AIA). "Inability to get financing is the main roadblock to recovery," AIA reported.

AIA reported the December ABI rating was 43.4, up slightly from 42.8 in November. This score indicates a continued decline in demand for design services (any score above 50 indicates an increase in billings). The new projects inquiry score was 55.3, down more than three points.

"The main impediment to an economic turnaround for the design and construction industry remains frozen credit markets. We continue to hear that there are numerous viable projects out there awaiting financing," said AIA Chief Economist Kermit Baker, PhD, Hon. AIA. "And the longer this situation persists, the more dire the news for the architecture profession which is struggling at unprecedented proportions." 

Key December ABI highlights: 
* Regional averages: northeast (48.6), midwest (46.6), south (43.2), west (40.0);
* Sector index breakdown: multi-family residential (51.0), institutional (44.2), commercial / industrial (42.7), mixed practice (38.1);
* Project inquiries index: 55.3.  

The Architecture Billings Index is derived from a monthly "Work-on-the-Boards" survey and produced by the AIA Economics & Market Research Group. Based on a comparison of data compiled since the survey’s inception in 1995 with figures from the Department of Commerce on Construction Put in Place, the findings amount to a leading economic indicator that provides an approximately nine to twelve month glimpse into the future of nonresidential construction activity.
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Construction Spending Drops to Lowest Level in Six Years

Construction employment grew in only four out of 337 metropolitan areas in 2009 as spending on construction projects dropped by $100 billion in December to a six-year low of $903 billion, according to a new analysis by the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) of federal figures released on February 1. 

"The impact of the stimulus is clearly being overshadowed by the sweeping downturn in overall construction demand," said Ken Simonson, the association’s chief economist. "Without those public investments however, a bad employment situation will only get worse during 2010."

Simonson noted new Census Bureau figures released the same day show that private non-residential spending dropped 18% compared to December 2008. He added that only power construction increased from year-ago levels, by 14%. Developer-financed categories recorded especially large declines, including lodging (down 46%); retail, warehouse and farm (down 37%); and office (down 35%).

In contrast, publicly-funded construction increased by 1.0% between December 2008 and 2009, Simonson noted. He added that stimulus spending helped boost highway and street construction by 3.7%, making it the largest public category. Educational construction, however, dropped 4.0% during the year. Private residential construction dropped 11% for the year as multi-family construction tumbled, even thought spending on single family housing has increased for seven months in a row, AGC reported. 

Simonson said the declines in construction spending were leading to layoffs in almost every community in America. Of the four metropolitan areas with an increase in construction employment during the past 12 months, only two areas had gains of more than 100 jobs: Harrisburg-Carlisle, PA and Tulsa, OK. Two metro areas had gains of 100 jobs each in construction: Springfield, OH and Columbus, IN. 

View the latest construction spending figures, and view the latest metropolitan area construction employment.
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Green Scene

LEED® 2009 Checklists: Check Them Out

Those who track LEED® points for the rating system of the U.S. Green Building Council may find the Real Life LEED blog of interest as reported in the January 27th edition of Architectural Record Webinsider, published by American Institute of Architects.

The blogger reports there are new Excel checklists of value, particularly because they are "unlocked" for editing and tracking information.  AR subscribers will find links to each of the LEED checklists.

For direct acccess to the LEED pages of the USGBC Web site, click here.
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Federal Scene

Taxpayers in Nine States and the District of Columbia File with Different Centers this Year 

On January 29, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced that some taxpayers who file paper income tax returns will send them to different processing centers this year.

Taxpayers in Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont, Virginia and the District of Columbia will now send their tax returns to the IRS Kansas City Service Center in Kansas City, MO. Taxpayers in Indiana and Michigan will send their tax returns to the IRS Fresno Service Center, in Fresno, CA. Taxpayers in Alabama will send their tax returns to the IRS Austin Service Center in Austin, TX.

Taxpayers who use the envelope provided with the income tax instructions do not have to be concerned with the address change; their returns automatically will go to the correct center.

For taxpayers who file paper returns, the correct center addresses are on labels inside the tax packages they receive in the mail. Taxpayers who do not receive a package and need the service center address should refer to the back cover of the instructions to Form 1040, Form 1040A and Form 1040EZ, according to the IRS.
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White House to Crack Down on Contractors Who Avoid Tax Payments

The federal government pays more than half a trillion dollars a year to contractors, some of whom owe taxes estimated to exceed $5 billion. That may change, however, as the Obama Administration has called for improvements in the process that will recover the taxes owed.

Reports by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) state that federal contracts are awarded to tens of thousands of companies with serious tax delinquencies.  "Too often, federal contracting officials do not have the most basic information they need to make informed judgments about whether a company trying to win a federal contract is delinquent in paying its taxes," the President said in issuing a memorandum to close the tax gap.  The White House is calling for "recommendations on process improvements to ensure these contractors are not awarded new contracts, including a plan to make contractor certifications available in a government-wide database, as is already being done with other information on contractors."
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Safety Matters

OSHA Will Hold Informal Stakeholder Meetings on Combustible Dust Hazards

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has scheduled two informal stakeholder meetings February 17, at 9:00 am and 1:30 pm, at the Marriott Perimeter Center in AL to solicit comments and suggestions on combustible dust hazards in the workplace.

The agency will use comments from these meetings in developing a proposed standard for combustible dust. Since 1980, more than 130 workers have been killed and more than 780 injured in combustible dust explosions, according to OSHA. A February 7, 2008, explosion at an Imperial Sugar Company plant in Port Wentworth, GA, killed 14 people and resulted in OSHA issuing nearly $8.8 million in penalties. OSHA is holding the meeting in Atlanta to make it easy for victims' families and others with relevant information about this deadly incident to attend.

"Information gathered from these meetings will help OSHA move ahead on this urgently needed standard and prevent more deaths from combustible dust explosions," said Assistant Secretary of Labor for OSHA David Michaels. See the January 25th Federal Register notice for details.
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Reminder: Post OSHA 300A Log Starting February 1

Architectural woodworkers are reminded to post the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) 300A "Summary of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses" from February 1 to April 30 in order to comply with federal record-keeping requirements.

Companies that have no work-related injuries or illnesses in 2009 still must post the form with zeroes on the total line, according to the American Subcontractors Association (ASA). OSHA requires employers to display the form "in a common area wherever notices to employees are usually posted." Subcontractors should also verify that their companies are tracking recordable incidents on the OSHA 300 form, "Log of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses." Forms are available for downloading at www.osha.gov/pls/publications/pubindex.list#300, ASA said.
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Stakeholders Invited to "OSHA Listens" Public Meeting; Webcast Offered

The "OSHA Listens" public meeting will be February 10 in Washington and also broadcast via the World Wide Web. Assistant Secretary of Labor for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) David Michaels is holding the meeting to solicit comments and suggestions from OSHA stakeholders on key issues facing the agency.

"Public involvement in the government's activities is a priority for this Administration and is important to OSHA efforts to protect the safety and health of workers," said Michaels. For more information on the meeting, see the news release. Visit OSHA's Web site in the next week for details on the Webcast.
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Chapter News

2010 AWI Chapter D.R.I.V.E. Challenge Launched

.AWI chapters are off and running for the prestigious AWI "Distinguished Chapter 2010" designation and for the coveted "Chapter of the Year" Honors. Competition is strong, with the AWI West Texas Chapter coming in first with their basic annual report for 2010. A total of 15 chapters met the January 31st deadline for reports.

Along with AWI West Texas, the following AWI chapters filed their reports: Arizona, Carolinas, Chicago, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Great Lakes, Heart of America, Iowa / Nebraska, New England, Ohio Valley, Central PA, Texas and Washington. Good job!

Next big stop on the road is "Chapter in Good Standing" status for 2010. Good luck to all. Keep up the good work.

If you have questions about your chapter’s status, contact AWI Chapter Development Director Greg Bednar at gbednar@awinet.org
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Upcoming Chapter Events

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

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

AWI Iowa/Nebraska Chapter
When: February 5, 2010
What: Winter Social, Kansas City
Information: Contact Chapter Officers 

AWI Florida Chapter
When: February 11, 2010
What: Chapter Meeting and Program on Veneers
Presenter: Jeff Vaida
Where: Fort Myers, FL
Information: Contact Chapter Officers 

AWI Ohio Valley Chapter
When: February 12, 2010 (8:30 am -2:45 pm)
What: 1) Chapter Meeting
2) "High Performance Quoting, Presentation" and Koetter Woodworking Tour
3) "Biomass Fuel – Users of Sawdust" Presentation
Presenters: Jerry Koetter, Chuck Mathis, and Matt Smith, Koetter Woodworking
Where: Borden, IN
Information: Chapter President Greg Hublar, hublar@flexwood.com 

AWI Great Lakes Chapter
When: February 17, 2010
What: Chapter Meeting & Board of Directors Meeting
Where: JB Cutting
Information: Contact Chapter Officers 

AWI Carolinas Chapter
When: February 18, 2010
What: AWI Carolinas Chapter Wood Solutions Fair
Where: Charlotte, NC
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 

AWI Carolinas Chapter
When: February 26, 2010
What: Chapter Membership Meeting
Where: Inn on Biltmore Estate Asheville, NC
Questions: Kristine Cox, President, Carolinas Chapter, KCcox@awicarolinas.org; and www.awicarolinas.org  

AWI Texas Chapter
When: March 1, 2010
What: Chapter Meeting and "LEED® Certified Projects" Presentation
Presenter: Margaret Fisher
Where: Dallas, TX
Information: Contact Chapter Officers 

AWI Florida Chapter & CSI Night Tradeshow
When: March 3, 2010
What: Tradeshow
Where: Sarasota, FL
Information: Contact Chapter Officers 

AWI Florida Chapter
When: March 4, 2010
What: Plant Tour and Board of Directors Meeting
Where: Orlando, FL
Information: Contact Chapter Officers 

AWI Chicago Chapter
When: March 10, 2010
What: "LEED® & Sustainability"
Presenter: Margaret Fisher
Information: Contact Chapter Officers  

AWI Colorado Chapter 
When: March 11, 2010
What: Chapter Meeting, "NHLA Lumber Grading Yield & Selection" and Product Fair
Where: Trustile Door
Information: Contact Chapter Officers 

AWI Heart of America Chapter
When: March 18, 2010
What: Chapter Meeting hosted by; CCM Countertop & Cabinet Manufacturing
Where: Wichita, KS
Information: Contact Chapter Officers  

AWI New England Chapter
When: March 24, 2010
What: Chapter Meeting and Presentation by Bill Mahens of Archer Corporation; Freeley & Driscoll
Where: Boston, MA
Information: Contact Chapter Officers  

AWI Arizona Chapter
When: April 6, 2010
What: Chapter Meeting
Information: Contact Chapter Officers 

AWI Carolinas Chapter
When: April 13, 2010 
What: Involvement in SkillsUSA North Carolina Competition
Where: Greensboro, NC
Information: Contact Chapter Officers 

AWI Heart of America Chapter
When: April 15, 2010
What: Judging of SkillsUSA Competition by Chapter Members
Where: Wichita, KS
Information: Contact Chapter Officers 

AWI Carolinas Chapter
When: April 15, 2010
What: Involvement in SkillsUSA South Carolina Competition
Where: Greenville, NC
Information: Contact Chapter Officers 

AWI Ohio Valley Chapter
When: April 16, 2010
What: Chapter Meeting and "Sales and Marketing" Presentation
Where: Indianapolis, IN
Information: Contact Chapter Officers 

AWI Iowa/Nebraska Chapter
When: April 23, 2010
What: Chapter Meeting
Information: Contact Chapter Officers 

AWI Central Pennsylvania Chapter
When: May 20, 2010
What "Growing Your Own: Investing in Your Most Valuable Asset," including an update on the Woodwork Career Alliance of North America, National Skill Standards, and WoodLINKS USA.
Presenter: L. Duane Griffiths, Professor, Author, Manager of Educational Services, Stiles Machinery
Where: Wildwood Conference Center, Harrisburg, PA
Information: Program/Registration
Questions: Garry Astles, President, Central PA Chapter; gastles@northwayind.com 

All chapters are encouraged to plan their events early to allow for ample promotion of your activities in this section of AWI e-briefs as well as through other avenues. Also, if your chapter is involved in local and regional SkillsUSA competitions, advise AWI. Contact Greg Bednar, AWI Chapter Development Services at gbednar@awinet.org.
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Next Issue of E-briefs

The next issue of AWI e-briefs will be published February 18, 2010.


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