A bi-monthly news publication for AWI Manufacturing & Supplier Members March 18, 2010
Learning Forum

Take Advantage of the AWI Spring Professional Development Early Bird Rates

Register by March 21 to take advantage of the rates currently in effect for AWI’s Spring Professional Development Seminars, April 29 through May 1, 2010, in Marina Del Rey, CA. The seminars are designed specifically for architectural woodworkers who want to enhance knowledge, improve skills, and supplement management expertise – all for boosting competitiveness during these challenging economic times.

Check the AWI Web site for information about the sessions. In addition, AWI NewsBriefs (NB), the association’s monthly print newsletter, contains practical information to put to use immediately in our series by seminar presenters on: Estimating, AutoCAD, Contracts, Project Management, LEAN Manufacturing and LEED®. 

Need more incentive? Check out the articles in the January, February and March issues of AWI NewsBriefs for a sampling of what you will learn at the Spring Professional Development Seminars. 

  • "Risk Transfer through Contract Language" (January NB, p4)
  • "Do Your Woodwork Projects Need to be Managed?" (January NB, p6)
  • "The Estimate: Excellent Road Map or Pathway to Disaster?" (February NB, p1)
  • "LEAN Manufacturing: Simple, Visual, Practical" (February NB, p4)
  • "LEED® Green Associate Accreditation to Validate Your Knowledge" (March NB, p1)
  • "AutoCAD for Woodworkers" (March NB, p4)
Registration closes on April 2, 2010. Hotel reservations should be made by April 6 to secure the AWI group rate at the Marina Del Rey Marriott hotel.

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    Business Tools

    AWI CODBS Closes April 1 – No Kidding!

    The recent economic turmoil is changing the way business does business. So, how do you cope? The 2010 Annual AWI Cost of Doing Business Survey (CODBS) provides some answers.

    The CODBS is a perfect resource for re-evaluating your strategic plan and measuring your costs against those of high profit as well as average businesses. AWI Manufacturers should participate, but time is running out.

    Click here to download the spreadsheet to participate.

    AWI members are reminded that only participating AWI Manufacturing Members will receive a complimentary copy of the full report. In addition, all participants are eligible for entry into a drawing for a $500 gift card. 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."
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    AWI “Award of Excellence” Program: Business Exposure Tool

    Do you have what it takes to earn an AWI "Award of Excellence"?

    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 edge 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 (summer) 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.

    Pictured is one of the award-winning AWI Manufacturing Member projects featured in the fall AWI "Award of Excellence" quarterly competition. TMI Systems Design Corporation of Dickinson, ND fabricated the woodwork for the Mandan Middle School in ND. Here in the computer research area and Media Center is consistent detail and solid Maple bull-nose edging around all counters and walls. Other views of this project can be seen in the fall issue of Design Solutions.  
    Photo Credit: Bob Karn, Mandan, ND
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    Contractors Say Scheduling Technology Important for Project Management

    Approximately 71% of contractors polled in a recent Constructech Magazine note the importance of scheduling technology for staying on track.

    According to Constructech, contractors are faced with a myriad of complexities on jobs today that challenge them to build and maintain a schedule. Visit www.constructech.com (free subscription).
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    AWI "Award of Excellence" Winners – Winter Design Solutions

    See the outstanding projects of the latest AOE honorees.

    Check out the four winning projects of AWI Manufacturing Members featured in the winter edition of Design Solutions now available online here

    Companies featured are: Art of Woodwork & Design Charleston, LLC; Kentucky Millwork; Architectural Woodwork Corporation; and Concepts in Millwork, Inc.
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    Administaff Introduces Strategies for Economic Recovery

    AWI Affinity Partner Administaff has introduced ten strategies to beat the odds and help businesses prosper.

    The Top 10 HR Strategies to Lead the Recovery are practical, targeted strategies that provide insight on how Administaff can help you:

    • Protect your business from government expansion (Strategy #10 – new for 2010) 
    • Focus intensely on profit-generating activities (Strategy #1) 
    • Upgrade your workforce (Strategy #3)

    Capitalize on a full list of powerful strategies to help you move ahead in 2010. Administaff offers the resources and support needed to make bold moves – and do so with confidence. Visit Administaff at www.administaff.com.

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      AWI News

      New AWI Members

      AWI welcomed another 20 new members. Learn who they are and how to contact them.


      American Euro Design, Inc., Clearwater, FL
      Artisan Millworks, LLC, Cuming, GA, www.artisanmillworksllc.com 
      Commercial Fixtures, Inc., Roseville, MN, www.commercialfixtures.com 
      Compass Contracting Company, Ltd., Khaldiya Dist., Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, www.compasscontracting.com.sa
      Cypress Millwork, Inc., Houston, TX, www.cypressmillwork.com 
      Designer Woods, Inc., Omaha, NE 
      Dongguan Sundart Timber Products Company, Ltd., Hong Kong, China
      Hammerhead Custom, Inc., Stokesdale, NC, www.hammerheadcustom.com 
      Kentucky Caseworks, LLC, Somerset, KY, www.kycaseworks.com
      Nature Coast Millworks, LLC, Gainesville, FL
      NC Group, Inc., Houston, TX, www.NC-GROUPINC.com
      Osburn Cabinets & Design, Grand Junction, CO, www.osburncabinets.com
      Parts & Pieces, Inc., Gresham, OR
      Rivereast Custom Cabinets, Inc., Toledo, OH, www.rivereastcab.net
      Riverwoods Mill, Inc., St. George, UT, www.riverwoodsmill.com
      Specialty Wood Manufacturing, Kissimmee, FL
      True 32 Custom Cabinetry of Central Arkansas, Russellville, AR, www.true32cc-ca.com 


      Chemcraft, High Point, NC, www.chemcraft.com (a 2010 AWI Level 2 Sponsor)
      Forest Products Solutions, Portland, OR, www.forestproductssolutions.com
      Master Carpentry Corporation, Laurel, MD

      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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      Did You Know...about the AWS?

      By Shows Leary, AWI Quality Certification Program Inspector

      Familiarity with the AWI Architectural Woodwork Quality Standards Illustrated (QSI) can no longer be relied on in woodwork project specifications where the Architectural Woodwork Standards (AWS) introduced in August 2009 supercede the QSI. Don’t assume the standards are the same. Learn about backer requirements at countertops.

      As a service to architectural woodworkers, we will report about some of the differences between the QSI and AWS in each issue of AWI e-briefs to help members educate themselves about the changes.

      Backer Requirements at Countertops

      In the QSI the requirements for backer at premium grade countertops was defined as standard 0.5 mm (.020") phenolic backer. In the AWS the requirements for backer on premium grade countertops is found by first looking at page 78 where backer is defined in item as being produced without a decorative face and available as standard (slightly thinner than decorative, or regrind (reclaimed HPDL with the decorative sheet sanded off.)

      Now look at pages 97 and 98, item 4.2j. You can see that backer for premium grade has 2 options. Item 4.2j.6 requires thermoset resin-treated wood-fiber, brown colored, 3 ply construction, a minimum of .020". The second option as seen in item 4.2j.7 requires a minimum 0.020" (.051 mm) thick laminate, conforming to NEMA LD3 (latest edition).

      Next look at age 303, item 4.1.4 where backing sheet for premium and custom grade countertops is required to conform to the requirements established in section 4. (This was reviewed above.)

      (Side note: Looking at page 305, item fire rated counter tops are required to have a special backer sheet, a minimum of 0.028" (0.7 mm) high pressure phenolic class 1 fire-rated. This is true for premium or custom grade countertops.)

      As seen on page 309, item, backing sheet is required to cover the underside of all countertops, the backside of splashes and be the same for the entire project.

      Built up countertop members, (for example a 3/4" build up added to a 3/4" deck to achieve a 1 1/2" thick countertop), as seen on page 310, item, shall be of the acceptable core material with backing sheet applied, or for premium and custom grade the use of moisture resistant core or a color coded, water resistant sealer may be a substitute for backing sheet.(This applies to the build up only, not the countertop deck itself).

      About the author: Shows Leary has been an AWI Quality Certification Program (QCP) inspector since 1996. He has served as QCP's Regional Representative and as a member of the Quality Certification Corporation Board of Directors and Board of Appeals. He is an alternate member of the AWI Technical Committee. Contact Shows Leary at shows@showsleary.com.

      The Architectural Woodwork Institute (AWI) makes every effort to ensure that published information is accurate and current. Neither AWI, nor any content contributor, officer, or employee of AWI warrants the accuracy, reliability or timeliness of any information published in AWI NewsBriefs and/or AWI e-briefs, nor endorses any products, services or other information resources linked from AWI’s editorial content and shall not be held liable for any losses caused by reliance on the accuracy, reliability or timeliness of such information. Portions of the information may be incorrect or not current. Any person or entity that relies on any information obtained from this system does so at their own risk.
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      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 (WI).
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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 contractors about the differences between the AWI Quality Standards Illustrated and AWS. Watch for news of special presentations in your area.

      AWI Empire State Chapter
      When: March 25, 2010 (5:00 pm)
      What: The AWS and Quality Assurance in Architectural Woodwork"
      Presenter: Craig Elias, Executive Vice President, AWI Quality Certification Corporation
      Where: Doubletree Hotel Syracuse, East Syracuse, NY
      Registration: By March 19, 2010
      Information: See attached
      Questions: Call 607.656.7563

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

      Third Draft of USGBC LEED® Wood Credit Continues to Evoke Controversy

      And so it continues. On March 14, the review period of the third draft of the U.S. Green Building Council forest certification benchmark closed with dissension in several quarters.

      News from the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) reveals its dissatisfaction with the third draft of the benchmark, which, it states, "takes several frustrating steps backward" from the stronger criteria released previously in the second draft. To view the FSC comments, click here.

      The Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) – a prime competitor of FSC – is also dissatisfied, according to an article, "LEED Wood Credit up or Review...Again" on March 9, 2010, in Architectural Record (AR). It reported that SFI feels the language in the most recent draft could still exclude it and other forest certifiers. Posted AR reader comments give architects’ insights into the benchmark.

      To review the full third draft of the USGBC Forest Certification Benchmark, visit the USGBC Web site. Stay tuned, it’s not over yet.
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      Do You Sell Saws?

      If you make or distribute Straight Line Rip or Gang Rip Saws for woodworking operations, you know more than anybody about them. Help us out.

      The Woodwork Career Alliance (WCA) needs an expert to write Skill Standards for operators. Your time commitment will be about one hour per week for four weeks. There are no meetings to attend, no travel away from home. E-mail your inquiry or interest to gheuer@woodworkcareer.org.


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      SkillsUSA Cabinetmaking Competitor Wins Silver Medal in WorldSkills Americas

      Way to go Team USA! The 2009 SkillsUSA Cabinetmaking Champion recently won a Silver Medal at the WorldSkills Americas competitions in Brazil.

      Chase Trayal of Meridian Community College, Meridian, MS, won the Cabinetmaking Championship medal. Participants from 12 countries competed in more than 20 trade areas. Twenty-eight countries sent trade experts to assist with the competitions. AWI Affiliate Member Rob Tobias of Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology represented the USA as one of five technical experts.

      For more details, visit the SkillsUSA blog.
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      Belen High School Shop Program an Inspiration

      AWI New Mexico Chapter members recently had an opportunity to influence the next generation of woodworkers at Belen High School (BHS) when they made a presentation on finishing. They were impressed with the creativity of instructor Brian Martinez and the enthusiasm of the students, and came away inspired about the future of the industry.

      Chapter members Kevin Griffin of Louis & Company, Gary Harwood of Albuquerque Cabinets, Inc. (ACIE), Tim Dingerson of ML Campbell, and Chapter VP Shelly Harwood of ACIE made the trip.

      Here’s what Shelly Hardwood wrote about the experience.

      "This presentation turned into so much more than what we had originally planned – in addition to discussing finishing, we were also able to talk with all of these kids about the industry, how to get their "feet" in the door of your shops, what you all are looking for in an employee, the creativity of what we do, and the many careers that can present themselves from a start in woodworking, such as project management, estimating, CNC operator, marketing, accounting, administration, sales, drafting, etc.

      I cannot even begin to tell you how exciting it was to see these kids, so full of enthusiasm about woodworking, full of new ideas and ready to take on the challenge of a career in our industry. We all discuss so often at our chapter meetings that there are no young people coming into the field, yet I now have proof that there are young people training to be the next generation of skilled woodworkers and through the program in Belen, I can tell you that they are being trained in depth both in precision and safety issues.

      I would also like to tell you how impressed we all were with Brian Martinez. Brian is one of those exceptional teachers and his caring for the welfare and the future of his students is very apparent. Brian is always looking for new opportunities to expand the program and has even been able to come to an agreement with the purchasing department at BHS so that the kids can actually help the school to be self sufficient – the students are actually building casework that is needed for the school! Their latest project was a teacher workroom. What a great idea! Brian has also gained accreditations on his own time for some programs to help the kids further their education."

      Chapter plans call for using the visit as a springboard for a potential apprenticeship program for the students which they expect to research in a committee of three to four members. Ms. Harwood invited chapter members to consider other programs that its members can offer to the school about architectural woodworking and to share their expertise at Belin High School shop classes several times a year. The chapter plans to invite Brian Martinez to an upcoming meeting of the chapter.

      Ms. Harwood concluded her e-mail to members saying, "Yesterday was a very inspiring day and reminded all of us why we started out in this field and why we have stuck with it for all of these years. I am also so incredibly thankful and honored to have been a part of this event." Contact her at sharwood@acie.com.
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      Industry News

      Construction Employment Fell in February

      While unemployment held at 9.7% overall, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) announced that construction employment fell by 64,000 in February.

      The loss is in line with the average monthly job loss over the prior six months, BLS reported. Job losses were concentrated in nonresidential building (-10,000) and among nonresidential specialty trade contractors (-35,000). Since December 2007, employment in construction has fallen by 1.9 million, according to BLS.
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      Architecture Billings Index Drops Significantly

      Beginning its third year of negative conditions, the Architecture Billings Index (ABI) had a drop of almost three points in January, according to the American Institute of Architects (AIA). Tight credit markets and weak demand for new projects continue to be main challenges for the design and construction industry, AIA reported.

      AIA reported the January 2010 ABI rating was 42.5, down sharply from a revised reading of 45.4 in December 2009. 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 52.5, down more than seven points.

      "Projects are being delayed or cancelled because lending institutions are placing unusually stringent equity requirements on new developments. This is even happening to financially sound companies with strong credit ratings," said AIA Chief Economist Kermit Baker, PhD, Hon. AIA. "This serious situation is being compounded by a skittish bond market, decreased tax revenues for publicly financed projects and declining property values – all of which serve as deterrents for construction activity. Until these factors are resolved, the design and construction industry – which accounts for roughly 10% of GDP and is facing unemployment figures in excess of 20% – will continue to face deteriorating market conditions."

      Key January ABI highlights:

      • Regional averages: midwest (48.0), northeast (45.7), south (41.32), west (40.5);
      • Sector index breakdown: multi-family residential (50.1), commercial / industrial (44.9), institutional (43.1), mixed practice (40.3);
      • Project inquiries index: 52.5.

      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.
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      ASA Re-Launches www.asaonline.com

      The American Subcontractors Association (ASA) has re-launched its national Web site, offering construction subcontractors and suppliers easy-to-find online advocacy, contract and education resources.

      Check out the new and improved site, including a new online bookstore at www.asaonline.com.
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      Federal Scene

      OSHA Extends Comment Period on Change to Injury and Illness Data Collection

      The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is extending the comment period on the proposal to revise its Occupational Injury and Illness Recording and Reporting regulation to March 30.

      The extension is a result of weather-related federal government closures in February and to correct the comment period stated in the proposed rule.

      The proposal focuses on restoring a column on the OSHA Form 300 to better identify work-related musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs). The rule does not change existing requirements for when and under what circumstances employers must record MSDs on their injury and illness logs. Read the news release for more information. Click here for the proposed rule.
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      DHS Unveils Initiatives to Enhance E-Verify

      An agreement between the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) as well as outreach initiatives are expected to strengthen E-Verify, an employment eligibility verification system, for employers and employees.

      These initiatives include a new agreement that will: streamline the adjudication process in cases of E-Verify misuse and discrimination; an informational telephone hotline for employees to provide a more timely, effective and seamless customer experience for workers seeking E-Verify information; and new training videos focusing on E-Verify procedures and policies, employee rights and employer responsibilities in English and Spanish.

      For details, see the news release issued March 17, 2010.

      DHS reports that E-Verify is a free, easy-to-use Web-based system – operated in partnership by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and the Social Security Administration – that allows participating employers to electronically verify the employment eligibility of newly-hired employees. More than 192,000 participating employers at more than 705,000 worksites nationwide currently use E-Verify to electronically verify their workers’ employment eligibility. Since October 1, 2009, E-Verify has processed more than six million queries.

      For more information, visit www.dhs.gov/e-verify.
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      Safety Matters

      An Ounce of Prevention in Combustible Dust Fires & Explosions

      Since 1980, more than 130 workers have been killed and more than 780 injured in combustible dust explosions. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is reminding workers and employers about the hazards of combustible dust and ways to avoid those hazards with the agency’s resource materials.

      OSHA's Safety and Health Topics Web page on combustible dust discusses what current standards apply to help eliminate worker exposure and identifies other agency resources, such as Hazard Communication Guidance for Combustible Dusts and Hazard Alert: Combustible Dust Explosions fact sheet, on identifying and controlling the potential for explosions.

      OSHA is considering rulemaking to develop a combustible dust standard. On February 17, stakeholders participated in an informal meeting aimed at seeking information for the development of a protective and suitable standard. Comments from a similar meeting held in December 2009 are available on OSHA's Web site.
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      CNA Risk Control Webinars

      Tap into the resources of AWI Safety Partner CNA for complimentary Webinars on a variety of risk control topics. Here’s a list of upcoming events.

      March/April Construction Industry Focus

      Emerging Issues for Construction Businesses

      Date: March 25, 11:00 a.m. EST
      Presenters: Vice President, Safety & Education, Bradley Sant III, ARTBA and Gary Clevenger, CNA

      Does Your Safety Behavior Include Driving?
      Date: April 6, 2:00 p.m. EST
      Presenters: Gary Clevenger and Dennis Powell, CNA 

      SORCE on Demand — An Online Learning Tool for Construction Workers
      Date: April 20, 2:00 p.m. EST
      Presenters: Gary Clevenger and Joe Wallace, CNA

      Risk Transfer Solutions for Subcontractors
      Date: April 27, 2:00 p.m. EST
      Presenters: Attorney Michael Davis, Chamberlain Hrdlicka White Williams & Martin and Shari Falkenburg, CNA

      To register for a CNA School of Risk Control Excellence Webinar visit: www.cna.com/riskcontrol. Under SORCE, see the Webinar section.
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      Member News

      Architectural Wood Announces Executive Changes

      The Roanoke, Virginia-based company announced that Carol Oosterbeek has been named as Chief Executive Officer (CEO). She will oversee the administration and daily operation of the company. Formerly with Greenbrier Architectural Woodwork (WV), Ms. Oosterbeek was born and raised in South Africa.

      Tony Oosterbeek has also joined Architectural Wood as Director of Operations. He will oversee project management, production, and finishing. Mr. Oosterbeek was born and raised in Southland, New Zealand. He graduated with honors from Southland College (New Zealand).

      Bruce Cody has been promoted to Executive Vice President. He will oversee estimating and project development. Mr. Cody is a native of Roanoke and was formerly President (1999-2000) of AWI.

      Architectural Wood is a 25-year-old company that produces woodwork interiors for commercial construction projects. Previous projects have included the Hotel Roanoke and Conference Center, The Greenbrier Hotel, The Homestead, U.S. State Department, and the Pentagon. Other projects include the Smithsonian Institution, the Taubman Museum, and numerous federal courthouses.

      Architectural Wood is a two-time recipient of the prestigious "Standard of Excellence" Award from AWI. The company has been an AWI Manufacturing Member since 1988. Visit them at www.arcwoodva.com.
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      Veneer Technologies Names Judges Panel for 2010 Craftsman’s Challenge™

      AWI President-Elect Robert Stout, President of RLS Commercial Interiors in Wendell, NC, has been named one of the three distinguished judges of the 2010 Veneer Tech Craftsman’s Challenge™. Entries will be accepted through June 11, 2010.

      Robert Stout


      Other judges of the national design competition that highlights achievement in the use of natural veneer are: Robert Lang, executive editor of Popular Woodworking Magazine and AWI Affiliate Member Patrick Molzahn, cabinetmaking and millwork program director at Madison Area Technical College and vice-president of the WoodLINKS USA board of directors.

      The 2010 Veneer Tech Craftsman’s Challenge rewards excellence in the use of veneer and wood products through cash awards and other recognition for the entire supply chain including craftsmen, distributors and distributor sales representatives, and also for student designers. The competition is co-sponsored this year by CabinetMaker+FDM.
      Competition categories include Cabinetry, Architectural Woodworking, Furniture, Specialty Products, Store Fixtures, and Student Design. Entry materials are available from Veneer Technologies sales representatives, distributors, and through www.veneertech.com. Online entry is encouraged. 

      A cash award of $3000 will be made to the creator of the grand prize winning entry. The distributor of the veneer for the grand prize winning entry will receive $2000, and the corresponding distributor salesman will receive $1000. Winners of each of the six categories receive $1000 each. There is also an additional $1000 award to the grand prizewinner for early entry by March 31, 2010. Awards will be presented at IWF 2010, August 25-28, in Atlanta, GA.

      Veneer Technologies is located in Newport, NC, and specializes in natural face veneers, sheet veneer and edgebanding. The company also offers exotic hardwood lumber, door skins and reconstituted veneer products.  Veneer Tech has been an AWI Supplier Member since 1997 and is a 2010 AWI Major Sponsor.
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      Chapter News

      Chapter Developments

      Another AWI chapter – AWI Arizona – is involved in the regional SkillsUSA competitions.

      The chapter reported that the following organizations have contributed time for judging and/or donations in support of the event on April 13: Copper State Specialties; European Techniques; Furniture Concepts; J.L.E. Manufacturing; K.D. Installations; Louis and Company; Meyer & Lundahl; Neoteric; Pennsylvania Lumberman's Mutual; Spellman Hardwoods; Stiles Machinery; Timber Woodworking Machinery, and Top Drawer Components. Good work!


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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 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 Western Washington Chapter
      When: March 24, 2010 (6:00 pm)
      What: Reception, dinner and Presentations
      Presenters: Kirby Thordarson, Sherwin-Williams – "Cover the Earth in Green"; Lisa Thompson, idX – "Sustainability Perspectives - Forest to Furniture"
      Where: Sherwin Williams, Seattle, WA
      Information: See attached.
      Questions: Janette Farr Chapter Executive Director, janette.farr@idxseattle.com; 253.904.5055 (p) 

      AWI Central PA and New Jersey Chapters
      When: March 25, 2010 (12:00 noon – 3:30 pm
      What" "Strategies for Success" Presentation and Supplier Tabletop Displays
      Presenter: Stephan W. Waltman, VP of Strategic Sales and Marketing, Stiles Machinery, Inc.
      Where: Radisson Hotel Valley Forge, King of Prussia, PA
      Information: See attached for program and registration. Register by March 19, 2010.
      Questions: Garry Astles, President, Central PA Chapter, gastles@northwayind.com
      ; John Gehman, President NJ Chapter, jgehman1@verizon.net  

      AWI New England Chapter
      When: March 31, 2010 (12:00 noon – 2:30 pm)
      What: "Strategies to Endure and Prosper in 2010" Presentation
      Presenter: Edward J. Callahan of Feeley & Driscoll P.C.
      Where: Offices of Freeley & Driscoll P.C., Boston, MA
      Information: See attached
      Questions: Tye Waller, Chapter Executive Direcotr, tye.waller@neawi.org
      , 617.444.8774 (p)

      AWI Arizona Chapter
      When: April 6, 2010 (11:30 am)
      What: Chapter Meeting, SkillsUSA Update, Veneer/Sanding Presentation, Roundtable Discussion on "Surviving in this Economy"
      Where: Louis and Company Tech Center, Phoenix, AZ
      Information: Carlos Castillo, Stiles Machinery, ccastillo@stilesmachinery.com
      , 310.418.6680 (p) 

      AWI New Jersey Chapter
      When: April 8, 2010
      What: Chapter Meeting
      Information: Contact Chapter Officers 

      AWI Georgia Chapter
      When: April 9, 2010
      What: Chapter Meeting
      Special Guest: AWI National Director Robert Stout
      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: Columbia, SC
      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 Chesapeake & Potomac Chapter
      When: May 4, 2010
      What: Chapter Meeting
      Information: Contact Chapter Officers

      AWI Chicago Chapter
      When: May 12, 2010
      What Chapter Meeting & Presentation on "Finishing Systems"
      Presenter: Joe Binder
      Special Guest: AWI National Director Steve Waltman
      Information: Contact Chapter Officers 

      AWI New England Chapter
      When: May 19, 2010
      What: Chapter Meeting & Associate Product Fair
      Where: Doubletree Hotel, Westborough, MA
      Information: Contact Chapter Officers 

      AWI Great Lakes Chapter
      When: May 19, 2010 (8:00 am)
      What: Board of Directors Conference Call 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 

      AWI Colorado Chapter
      When: May 20, 2010
      What: Chapter Meeting
      Information: Contact Chapter Officers 

      AWI Heart of America
      When: May 20, 2010
      What: Chapter Meeting
      Host: Salina Planing Mill, Salina, KS
      Information: Contact Chapter Officers 

      AWI Carolinas Chapter
      When: May 21, 2010
      What: Membership Meeting
      Where: Myrtle Beach, SC
      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 Services at gbednar@awinet.org.
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