A bi-monthly news publication for AWI Manufacturing & Supplier Members May 20, 2010

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Safety Matters

2010 AWI/CNA Safety Awards Program Submissions End on June 1

Don’t let this opportunity pass by to gain recognition for maintaining a safe shop. Boost the morale of your employees. AWI Manufacturing Members are eligible to participate in the 2010 AWI/CNA Safety Awards Program. Applications will be accepted until June 1, 2010.

How do you submit an application?

AWI e-mailed all AWI Manufacturing Members in good standing a link to the application. The submission period opened May 1, 2010 and will close June 1, 2010. You can submit your information here: http://www.inverra.com/AWI/2010safety.html 

What are the benefits?

  • Gain recognition.
  • Market safety as a core business value.
  • Build team spirit among your employees.
  • Negotiate business with added leverage.

    As in previous years, honors will be awarded for Best Safety Achievement, Zero Lost Time Accident Achievement, and Safety Improvement Recognition. Honorees will be recognized at the 58th AWI Annual Convention, October 27-30, 2010, in Denver, CO.

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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.

    "We know that keeping your business and employees safe can be a tough job. That’s why we created the CNA School of Risk Control Excellence (SORCE) Webinar series – a comprehensive schedule of Webinars that gives you the tools and resources you need to prevent accidents before they occur," CNA announced.

    The SORCE Webinars are listed below. You can register for any of these classes by clicking here.


    Managing the Latino Workforce
    May 21, 2:00 p.m. EDT
    According to Hector Escarcega, Bilingual Solutions International, effective intercultural communication creates a profitable workplace. Mr. Escarcega will discuss quality, production and safety, and provide valuable insight for closing the communication and cultural gap when training and communicating with your Spanish speaking workforce. Discussion around the use of customs and traditions in your workplace, along with legal pitfalls and social problems for cultural sensitivity will also be addressed.

    Motion is Money – Building your Business Economy
    May 27, 2:00 p.m. EDT
    This Webinar is designed to help you recognize how the aging workforce affects your business operations and how to understand how motion in the work environment affects productivity, efficiency, and bottom line profitability. 


    Managing Slips and Falls in Commercial Real Estate

    June 8, 2:00 p.m. EST
    Presenter: Dave Ludwin, CNA

    Emerging Issues in Commercial Real Estate
    June 28, 2:00 p.m. EST
    Presenter: David Ludwin, CNA

    To learn more about the School of Risk Control Excellence, contact your CNA Risk Control consultant, or call 866.262.0540.
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    Ask the Expert

    Answers to Risk Control Questions by CNA Insurance, AWI’s Insurance Safety Partner

    Question: I have just spent a tremendous amount of time and labor on a beautiful piece of furniture for one of my best customers. The finished product is now ready for delivery and installation at the customer’s office. But, what if the piece is destroyed by fire or vandalism while in transit?

    Answer: Damage to your goods can be a legitimate business concern, with damages potentially costing you thousands of dollars. CNA has the answer with an Installation Floater on the Inland Marine coverage part that not only protects your owned property, or property in your care, custody or control, during installation, but also while in transit to or from your storage location and the installation site.

    Contact Fay Kitchin, Program Manager at CNA (fay.kitchin@cna.com), to learn more about Inland Marine coverage, or visit the CNA Web site at www.cna.com.

     Please remember that only the relevant insurance policy can provide the actual terms, coverages, amounts, conditions and exclusions for an insured. All products and services may not be available in all states and may be subject to change without notice. Trademark Notice: CNA is a registered trademark of CNA Financial Corporation. Copyright Statement: Copyright © 2010 CNA. All rights reserved.

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    Spring OSHA Regulatory Agenda Includes Plan to Find and Fix Workplace Hazards

    The Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA's) spring 2010 Regulatory Agenda includes a new standard that would require each employer to implement safety prevention measures tailored to the actual hazards in that employer's workplace.

    Instead of waiting for an OSHA inspection or a workplace incident to address workplace hazards, the proposed Injury and Illness Prevention Program (I2P2) standard would require that employers develop a plan, with worker participation, to identify the hazards present in their worksites and address them before they cause an injury, illness, or death.

    OSHA will be holding a series of stakeholder meetings to get public input on the development of the I2P2 standard. The meetings will be held June 3 in East Brunswick, NJ, June 10 in Dallas, TX, and June 29 in Washington, DC. Those wishing to take part in these meetings can go online to submit a notice of intent to participate. Submission deadlines and options for sending notification by mail or fax can be found in the notice on the stakeholder meetings published in the Federal Register.
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    OSHA Will Require Safety Training Offered in a Language Workers Understand

    The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has issued an enforcement memorandum directed at protecting Latino and other non-English speaking workers from workplace hazards.

    It directs compliance officers to ensure they check and verify that workers are receiving OSHA required training in a language they understand. "This directive conforms with Secretary Solis' clear and urgent goal of reducing injuries and illnesses among Latino and other vulnerable workers," said Assistant Secretary Michaels.
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    New Enforcement Procedures Target Employers Who Ignore OSHA Standards

    To address "urgent safety and health problems facing Americans in the workplace," the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is implementing a new Severe Violator Enforcement Program and increasing civil penalty amounts. It will go into effect by June 1, 2010.

    Announced in an April 22 news release, the SVEP is intended to focus OSHA enforcement resources on employers who endanger workers by repeatedly demonstrating indifference to their responsibilities under the law. This supplemental enforcement tool includes increased OSHA inspections in these worksites, mandatory OSHA follow-up inspections, and inspections of other worksites of the same employer where similar hazards and deficiencies may be present.
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    Business Tools

    AWI “Award of Excellence” Can Open Door to Business

    Looking for potential new customers? Need a reason to stay in touch with your past and present customers. Tell them you earned an AWI "Award of Excellence." How do you start the process?

    Submit your application for the next "Award of Excellence" (AOE) honors program – fall 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 (fall) AOE honors program is August 1, 2010. Benefits to AOE honorees include exposure in the online issue of Design Solutions Magazine 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 a recent AWI "Award of Excellence" quarterly competition. Concepts in Millwork, Inc. of Colorado Springs, CO, fabricated and installed the architectural woodwork for Colorado’s Judicial Branch. Shown here is horizontal Oak paneling with aluminum reveals and accents. Combined with the horizontal grain of the desk, they give fluidity to the courtroom. Other views of this project can be seen in the winter issue of Design Solutions.

    Photo Credit: Fred Fuhrmeister, Boulder, CO
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    “Building New Sales without Selling”

    Want some practical tips about building sales?

    AWI Chief Learning Officer Greg Heuer recommends reading "Building New Sales Without Selling," which appeared in the May 19th edition of Woodworking Network (free subscription).

    Check it out via LinkedIn, and while you’re at it, sign up to network with other AWI members faced with the same challenges you face. Join this and other discussions.

    LinkedIn is a practical networking social tool that includes groups, including the Architectural Woodwork Institute. When you click on the link above, you can sign up as a member of LinkedIn free of charge.
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    2010 Constructech IT Playbook

    Find out about Constructech Magazine’s resource for information technology in the construction marketplace.

    Highlights of the 2010 Constructech IT Playbook include: insights into market trends, technology forecasts, and construction-specific tech usage; the Constructech 50; reader responses on topics including IT infrastructure spending, the implementation of new technologies, remote/mobile applications, etc.; custom research; and more.

    Click here to preorder a copy today and receive the pre-production savings of 50% off the standard rate, including shipping costs (post-production rate is $50.00 plus shipping per copy). Questions should be directed to the Constructech circulation department at 630.933.0844, ext. 248.
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    AWI News

    New AWI Members - Welcome!

    AWI is pleased to welcome 19 new members. Who are they and how do you contact them?

    BKM Enterprises, Inc., dba BKM Woodworking, East Hartford, CT, www.bkm.com
    Buckeye Fixtures, Inc., Carnesville, GA, www.buckeyefixturesinc.com
    Cabinets of the Carolinas, Inc., Greer, SC
    Chandler's Plywood Products, Huntington, WV, www.chandlerkitchens.com
    Commercial Stainless, Bloomsburg, PA
    Contemporary Concepts, Inc., Texarkana, TX, www.ccimill.com
    Craft Woodwork, Inc., Wilson, NC
    Custom Millworks & Cabinetry, Inc., Howell, MI
    Custom Woodcrafts, Inc., Horn Lake, MS
    Fame Mfg/NM School Products, Albuquerque, NM, http://newmexicoschoolproducts.com
    HCW Incorporated, Bainbridge, GA , www.hcwinc.com
    LD Home Remodeling Contractors, Inc., Forest Hills, NY , www.ld-nyc.com
    SourceCut Industries, Inc., Osseo, WI, www.sourcecut.com
    Team Solutions, Inc., Cornelius, NC, www.teamsolutionscorp.com
    Thayer Street Associates, Inc., South Deerfield, MA, www.thayerstreetassociates.com
    Top Notch Cabinet Installation, Inc., Manvel, TX
    Vella Interiors, Inc., Long Island City, NY
    Windtree Manufacturing, Inc., Lincoln, NE

    DLI Incorporated, Lake Worth, FL, www.dliincorporated.com

    Use the online Directory of AWI Manufacturing and Supplier Members at www.awinet.org for contact information and access to the Web sites of these and other AWI members. The resource is open 24/7 for use in seeking manufacturers and suppliers of architectural woodwork. Web sites are listed for those new members whose membership applications listed the information.
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    AWI Honorary Life Membership Nominations Accepted until July 31

    AWI is currently inviting nominations for the high distinction of Honorary Life Member. Do you know someone who should be recognized?

    Honorary Life Members are individuals who have contributed exemplary service to the association, its’ members, and AWI’s Mission as deemed by his/her peers.

    For nomination procedures, qualifications for Honorary Life Member, and nomination forms, click here. The deadline for nominations is July 31, 2010.
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    Industry News

    More Jobs in Some Sectors, including Construction

    Employment rose by 290,000 in April, according to the latest figures from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics.

    Meanwhile, the unemployment rate edged up to 9.9%. But on a positive note, job gains occurred in manufacturing, professional and business services, health care, and leisure and hospitality. Federal government employment also rose, reflecting continued hiring of temporary workers for Census 2010.

    In April, construction employment edged up (14,000), following an increase of 26,000 in March. Over the month, nonresidential building and heavy construction added 9,000 jobs each.
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    Stimulus-Funded Projects Grow; Construction Jobs Increase

    Construction firms added 14,000 new jobs in April, the second consecutive month of employment gains for the industry, according to an analysis of new federal figures released today by the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC).

    After more than two years of dramatic job losses, the construction industry is once again adding jobs, thanks primarily to the increasing number of stimulus-funded projects now underway, AGC noted.

    "As today's report makes clear, the impacts of the stimulus are now being felt across a much broader section of the construction industry," said Ken Simonson, the association's chief economist. "The good news is the stimulus is for now turning the tide on construction employment; the bad news is the stimulus is temporary while the construction downturn will be protracted."

    Simonson said that the construction industry has added 40,000 new jobs since February. Those increases follow more than three years of employment declines that cost over 2 million construction workers their jobs. Even after the two months of job growth, the industry's unemployment rate was 21.8%, more than twice the national average and the highest April rate since the series began in 1976.

    The economist said the job growth appears driven by the stimulus, noting that construction firms are reporting a surge in projects funded by the Recovery Act. He added that the nonresidential construction sector, where most stimulus construction funds were targeted, added 24,600 jobs in April and 36,500 jobs in March. Heavy and civil engineering construction, which includes highway and many public works projects that benefited from the stimulus, alone added 9,000 new jobs last month, the fourth pickup in the past six months.
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    A Date to Remember for IWF Atlanta

    IWF Atlanta, August 25-28, 2010, is offering discounts for registration prior to July 23. Remember that date and act early to benefit.

    General Registration
    If you register before July 23, 2010, the cost is $20 per badge and the badge is good for all four days of the show. AWI members, however, receive a bigger discount an additional $5 discount off the price. Click here to take advantage of this offer.

    After the July 23, 2010 early registration deadline, the cost is $25 per badge.

    To assure you receive your housing preference for IWF Atlanta, use this association member link to arrange for accommodations. AWI members should use the special access codes (Login = IWF; password = AWI) to reserve housing (not IWF registration).

    Technical Conference Sessions
    The cost for attending the Technical Conference sessions at IWF 2010 is $45 for registrations made before July 23, 2010 and $55 for registrations made after the July 23, 2010 early registration deadline.  You must register for a show badge to attend any Technical Conference session. This registration fee is uniform for all attendees – no additional discounts are available.

    For attendees, IWF has scheduled 21 seminars in six tracks, including the AWI presentation of "LEED® - Green - Sustainable Woodwork" on Thursday, August 26, 1:00 - 2:30 pm.

    This program explores the relationships between the Leadership in Energy and Environment Design (LEED®) Green Building Rating System™ of the U.S. Green Building Council project specifications and the use of wood and wood products. It is intended for general-level design professionals, end-use customers, and woodworkers who are unfamiliar with the LEED® requirements. The concept of LEED® points or credits are related to AWI’s support of sustainable architecture and the use of wood, nature’s renewable resource.  Attendees take home an understanding of the benefits and drawbacks of using FSC-certified materials. The program reviews green lumber, panel products, veneers, and doors.

    Click here for Information on all the educational tracks.
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    Canadian Forest Industry & Environment Groups Sign World’s Largest Conservation Agreement

    Twenty-one member companies of the Forest Products Association of Canada (FPAC), and nine leading environmental organizations, unveiled an unprecedented agreement – the Canadian Boreal Forest Agreement – that applies to 72 million hectares of public forests licensed to FPAC members. When fully implemented, the agreement will conserve significant areas of Canada’s vast Boreal Forest.

    Under the Agreement FPAC members, who manage two-thirds of all certified forest land in Canada, commit to the highest environmental standards of forest management within an area twice the size of Germany. Conservation groups commit to global recognition and support for FPAC member efforts.   The Agreement calls for the suspension of new logging on nearly 29 million hectares of Boreal Forest to develop conservation plans for endangered caribou, while maintaining essential fiber supplies for uninterrupted mill operations.  "Do Not Buy" campaigns by Canopy, ForestEthics and Greenpeace will be suspended while the Agreement is being implemented.

    For details about explicit commitments, a list of forestry companies participating in the agreement and more, click here for the news release.
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    Green Scene

    New USDA Forest Service Listserv

    The USDA Forest Service recently created a new e-mail list (aka listserv) for those interested in receiving updates on the collaborative development of a new Forest Planning Rule. To sign up for the planning rule listserv, please visit www.fs.fed.us/news/pr-listserv-subscribe.html.

    More information about the planning rule is available at: http://fs.usda.gov/planningrule.
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    USGBC’s 2010 Federal Summit

    The U.S. Green Building Council’s (USGBC) seventh annual Federal Summit convened on May 18 in Washington, DC for a two-day exchange of ideas on how to best meet the goals of increased sustainability in existing buildings and communities in order to significantly impact the environment and economy.

    "Zero environmental footprint is this generation's moon shot. And so, it must be ours at the General Services Administration (GSA). A zero environmental footprint goal for GSA will galvanize the workforce and our partners such as USGBC and attract the best of the next generation's smart, idealistic and determined talent," said Administrator Martha N. Johnson, U.S. General Services Administration.

    Buildings in the United States are responsible for 39% of CO2 emissions, 40% of energy consumption, 13% water consumption and 15% of GDP per year, making green building a source of significant economic and environmental opportunity. Greater building efficiency can meet 85% of future U.S. demand for energy, and a national commitment to green building has the potential to generate 2.5 million American jobs, according to the U.S. Green Building Council.

    The federal government, a longtime green building advocate, owns 221 LEED certified and 3,349 LEED registered projects, totaling over half a billion square feet. The GSA has also been active in the development of green leases to cover rental space used by federal employees in private sector buildings. Currently, 12 federal agencies use LEED, which is endorsed by the GSA.
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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 introduced in August 2009 supercede the QSI. Don’t assume the standards are the same. Learn about cabinet door hinges.

    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.

    Cabinet Door Hinges
    In the QSI, page 143 item 400A-T-10 and page 158. Item 400B-T-8, it was required that when 35 MM cup hinges are used that plastic insertion dowels to receive the screw of the hinge was required. Subsequently manufacturers devised a way to attach the hinges to the doors without the use of screws. However, this was non-compliant to the QSI. In the AWS, page 270, item, the door is opened for cup hinges that do not use screws for attachment to the door, commonly called cam cup hinges because the action of the cam applies force to keep the cup machined and tight into the door. Just make sure that if you use this type of hinge that it meets the Grade 1 or 2 requirements depending on the type of cabinet.

    In the AWS, looking at page 258, item, depending on the application type of the casework, the hinges need to meet either ANSI/BHMA grade 1 or 2 requirements. Also the hinges must be stamped with the manufacturers name or brand. ( Additionally, as seen in the Errata item, and this applies to all hardware items, hinges shall be installed "using all furnished fasteners or fastener provisions and when fastener provisions are countersunk, fasteners shall be countersunk."

    Looking at page 269, there is more detail regarding hinges. A chart is given in item that details how many hinges are to be used depending on the size of the door in question. Again, you must refer to the cabinet application type (page 258, item to determine if the hinges are Grade 1 or Grade 2.

    The AWS includes the use of what are commonly called 5 knuckle or wrap around, non concealed hinges. If you wish to use this type of hinge notice that on page 270, item for Premium Grade you must not only notch the cabinet door to receive the hinge, you must also paint the exposed door core to match the exposed edge banding. The use of these hinges in Custom and Economy Grade do not require the painting of the exposed cores but do require the notching of the door to receive the hinge.

    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 – Check for Latest Changes

    The AWI Technical Committee reminds members about Errata published – and changing continually – for the Architectural Woodwork Standards. See the latest changes.

    AWI members are reminded that the Errata List is a living document and should be checked frequently for changes in the AWS. Don’t be caught using outdated information on your next project that specifies the AWS.

    Many changes have been made since October 1, 2009 following publication of the First Edition of the AWS in August 2009. The Errata Web site is the ultimate source of information which is posted as AWS 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
    May 27, 2010
    What: AWS001 Training and Plant Tour
    Where: Genbrook Millwork, Greene, NY
    Information: Contact Chapter Officers

    AWI Virginia Chapter
    June 25, 2010
    What: AWS & Lunch
    Where: Hill City Chop House, Glenn Allen, VA
    Information: Bruce Cody, bcody@arcwoodva.com

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

    Wood Included in “Cash for Caulkers” Legislation

    Legislation known as the HomeStar bill (or Cash for Caulkers) would provide rebates for homeowners renovating their homes with better insulation, including energy-saving windows and doors. The bill would provide home owners with up to $8,000 in rebates for retrofitting existing homes to make them more energy-efficient.

    So far the bill has passed the House of Representatives. The measure was sent to the Senate where it is currently under consideration by the Energy and natural Resources Committee and where it has the backing of a Member of Congress who advocated the energy-saving properties of wood to the Department of Energy (DOE).

    The Hardwood Federation lobbied for the wood provisions in the bill. It credits Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) for initially pressing the DOE on shortcomings in the legislation saying "...the standards do not appear to take into account the lifecycle energy impacts of...wood products such as flooring, doors, windows, shutters (which) offer valuable insulating qualities in building projects and are derived from locally sourced, renewable U.S. timber," HF’s March newsletter reported.

    The Hardwood Federation is urging its members to contact members of the House committee to influence their favorable vote. Visit the HF Web site where on its Legislative Action Center HF members are sending letters to the House committee urging their passage of the bill that now provides eligibility for tax credits for hardwood products. For a list of committee members, click here. If you have questions, contact the Hardwood Federation by clicking here.

    The National Association of Home Builders advocated passage of the bill because of its positive implications for the housing industry, including providing "a much-needed boost to the construction industry."

    To view the legislation, action to date, and current status, click here and type bill the bill number (H.R. 5019) in the box "Search Bill Summary and Status."
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    Hearing on Formaldehyde Legislation

    Last month hearings were held on the Formaldehyde Standards for Composite Wood Products Act (H.R. 4805) which would make the formaldehyde emission standard contained in the California Code of Regulations applicable to hardwood plywood, medium-density fiberboard, and particleboard sold supplied, offered for sale or manufactured in the U.S.

    The measure would be applicable whether such a material is in the form of an unfinished panel or incorporated into a finished good. Some materials and products, however, are exempt from the standard.

    Composite Panel Association (CPA), www.pbmdf.com, President Tom Julia testified at the hearing supporting the bill, according to an Inside Woodworking Network report (free subscription). The measure is also supported by the American Home Furnishings Alliance (AWFS) and The Sierra Club.

    To review the bill and its status, visit Thomas Locator. Type in the bill number – H.R. 4805 – to search for information. For information about the California Air Resources Board (CARB) and its regulations, visit www.pbmdf.com.
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    Biomass Crop Assistance Program Could Harm Wood Industry

    A regulation that is under consideration by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), "threatens the existence of many US-based wood products manufacturers and could shut down entire industries if implemented in its current form," according to the Association of Woodworking & Furnishings Suppliers (AWFS). Why?

    It has to do with the USDA’s Biomass Crop Assistance Program, and AWFS says the threat could materialize in 2010 with a $500 million subsidy. AWFS points to a Composite Panel Association (CPA) document that outlines What’s Wrong with BCAP, and more. Click here for access.
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    State Scene

    The New Immigration Law in Arizona

    The immigration bill recently signed into law in Arizona has generated a comment about the specific authority granted to law enforcement personnel. Perhaps the complexity of the bill is responsible for the varied reports in the press. Details follow.

    As stated in SB 1070 (Engrossed), Article 8. Enforcement of Immigration Laws, Section 11-1051. Cooperation and assistance in enforcement of immigration laws... Section E states:

    "A law enforcement officer, without a warrant, may arrest a person if the officer has probable cause to believe that the person has committed any public offense that makes the person removable from the United States."

    The 16-page bill contains full details. Read more by clicking here to access the legislation.

    According to officials in Arizona, the state has an estimated 450,000 illegal immigrants.

    As reported in the May 6th edition of AWI e-briefs, the legislation has sparked renewed interest in illegal immigration on the federal level. Former Arizona governor and Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano is leading the Obama administration's campaign to overhaul the nation’s immigration system.
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    Chapter News

    Two More AWI Chapters Achieve “Distinguished Chapter 2010”Status

    In the race for AWI "Chapter of the Year 2010" eleven chapters have pulled ahead of their colleagues. Who are they? Who are the latest chapters to gain this honor? Are other chapters still in the race?

    AWI congratulates the following all of the chapters who have earned "Distinguished Chapter 2010" status to date, including AWI Iowa/Nebraska and AWI New England for also gaining these honors:

    AWI Carolinas
    AWI Chicago
    AWI Florida
    AWI Georgia
    AWI Great Lakes
    AWI Iowa/Nebraska
    AWI New England
    AWI Ohio Valley
    AWI Central PA
    AWI Texas
    AWI Wisconsin

    The 2010 Chapters D.R.I.V.E. Value to Members Campaign continues with opportunities available to all AWI chapters who are in the race this year. The competition continues for not only "Distinguished Chapter 2010", but also best newsletter, best Web site, and ultimately "Chapter of the Year 2010." Go for it.

    Contact Greg Bednar, AWI Chapter Services, at gbednar@awinet.org for more details and to keep your chapter in the race for top honors in 2010. Chapters will be recognized with honors during the 2010 AWI Convention, October 27-30, 2010 in Denver, CO.
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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 Carolinas Chapter
    When: May 21, 2010
    What: Membership Meeting
    Special Guest: AWI Past President Ed Brewer, Louisville Lumber & Millwork
    Where: Myrtle Beach, SC
    Information: Contact Chapter Officers  

    AWI Georgia Chapter
    When: May 26, 2010
    What: Woodworks Program Columbus – Wall Panels/Lev. Specs
    Where, Columbus, GA
    Information: Contact Chapter Officers 

    AWI Georgia Chapter
    When: May 27, 2010
    What: Woodworks Program Atlanta, Wall Panels/Lev. Specs
    Where: Atlanta, GA
    Information: Contact Chapter Officers  

    AWI New England Chapter
    When: June 3, 2010 (2:00 – 6:00 pm) – Repeated July 8th
    What: AutoCAD Training Seminar, Session One (The AutoCAD Interface and AutoCAD Settings)
    Presenter: Joe Fiorello, Author of CAD for Interiors Basics and CAD for Interiors beyond the Basics
    Where: Porter and Chester Institute, Canton, MW
    Registration: $50; tye.waller@neawi.org
    Questions: Jfiorello@fadstudios.com

    AWI Arizona Chapter
    When: June 8, 2010
    What: Lunch Meeting (Review of SkillsUSA Competition, AWI Leadership Meetings, AWI Spring Professional Development Seminars; Defining Future Chapter Goals; Roundtable about Business Challenges)
    Host: Ed (Shorty) Neilander, Luis and Company
    Information: Contact Chapter Officers 

    AWI Chicago Chapter
    When: June 10, 2010
    What: Golf Outing
    Where: St. Andrews Golf & Country Club
    Information & Questions: Click here 

    AWI New Jersey Chapter 
    When: June 10, 2010
    What: Chapter Meeting and "Closing the Deal" Presentation
    Special Guest: AWI National President Doug Carney, R & S Casework, Inc.
    Information: Contact Chapter Officers 

    AWI Wisconsin Chapter
    When: June 11, 2010
    What: Meeting and Tour of Milwaukee Tool
    Where: Milwaukee, WI
    Information: Contact Chapter Officers 

    AWI Georgia Chapter
    When: June 15, 2010
    What: Chapter Board of Directors Meeting
    Where: Insidesign
    Information: Contact Chapter Officers 

    AWI Great Lakes Chapter
    When: June 16, 2010
    What: Chapter Board of Directors Meeting
    Where: Daiek Woodworks
    Information: Contact Chapter Officers 

    AWI New England Chapter
    When: June 17, 2010 (2:00 – 6:00 pm) – Repeated July 22nd
    What: AutoCAD Training Seminar, Session Two (Creating and Inserting Blocks; Orthogonal Drawing; Creating a Millwork Detail; Layout Space & Plotting)
    Presenter: Joe Fiorello, Author of CAD for Interiors Basics and CAD for Interiors beyond the Basics
    Where: Porter and Chester Institute, Canton, MW
    Registration: $50; tye.waller@neawi.org 
    Questions: Jfiorello@fadstudios.com 

    AWI Texas Chapter 
    When: June 17-18, 2010
    What: General Meeting and Program – "Advertising & Marketing: How to Impact the Bottom Line"
    Where: Sheraton South Padre Island Beach Hotel & Condominiums, South Padre, TX
    Information: Details on chapter Web site 

    AWI Iowa-Nebraska Chapter
    When: June 18, 2010
    What: Meeting at DMAC
    Sponsor: Stiles Machinery
    Information: Contact Chapter Officers  

    AWI Empire State Chapter
    When: June 24, 2010
    What: Meeting
    Special Guest: AWI National Director Skip Heidler
    Information: Contact Chapter Officers 

    AWI New England Chapter
    When: June 24, 2010
    What: Product Fair & Vendor Expo 
    Where: The Newburyport Elks #909 Lodge, Newburyport, MA
    Information: Click here for a list of exhibitors, sponsorship information, and registration.
    Questions: kevin@keiver-willard.com
    ; tye.waller@neawi.org

    AWI Heart of America Chapter
    When: June 24, 2010
    What: Judging of SkillsUSA Competition
    Where: Wichita, KS
    Information: Contact Chapter Officers 

    AWI Missouri/Illinois Chapter
    When: June 24, 2010
    What: Meeting
    Special Guest: AWI Past President Ed Brewer, Louisville Lumber & Millwork
    Where: St. Louis, MO
    Information: Contact Chapter Officers 

    AWI Virginia Chapter
    When: June 25, 2010 (corrected time: 11:00 am – 3:00 pm)
    What: Chapter Reorganization Meet & Greet and Meeting (program about AWS; discussion about chapter direction)
    Special Guest: AWI National President-Elect Robert Stout, RLS Commercial Interiors, Inc.
    Where: Hill City Chop House, Glen Allen, VA
    Information and RSVP: AWI National Past President Bruce Cody, bcody@arcwoodva.com 

    AWI Florida Chapter
    When: June 26, 2010 (7:30 am – 5:00 pm)
    What: Dual Track Program: 1) "Software for Woodworkers: Vendor Showcase"; and 2) "Software for Woodworkers: AutoCAD for Woodworkers"
    Presenters: Paul Hansen, E-Template System; Russ Rucks, Roger Shaw & Associates (Microvellum); Mark Stearns, Taskklock, Inc.; Norman Fink, Trakware Systems, Inc.; and Christopher McVey, Resource Engineering, Inc.
    Where: Renaissance Plantation Hotel, Plantation, FL
    Information: See attached flyer for details and registration fees and deadlines 
    Questions: Chapter President/Treasurer Phyllis Thornberg, 813.977.6683 (p); phyllis@lyndan.com 

    AWI New England Chapter
    When: July 8, 2010 (2:00 – 6:00 pm)
    What: AutoCAD Training, Session One (The AutoCAD Interface and AutoCAD Settings)
    Presenter: Joe Fiorello, Author of CAD for Interiors Basics and CAD for Interiors beyond the Basics
    Where: Porter and Chester Institute, Canton, MW
    Registration: $50; tye.waller@neawi.org
    Questions: Jfiorello@fadstudios.com 

    AWI Heart of America Chapter
    When: July 15, 2010
    What: Chapter Meeting
    Hosted by: Technique Manufacturing
    Where: Hutchinson, KS
    Information: Contact Chapter Officers 

    AWI Ohio Valley Chapter
    When: July 16, 2010
    What: Golf Outing
    Information: Contact Chapter Officers 

    AWI New England Chapter
    When: July 22, 2010 (2:00 – 6:00 pm)
    What: AutoCAD Training, Session Two (Creating and Inserting Blocks; Orthogonal Drawing; Creating a Millwork Detail; Layout Space & Plotting)
    Presenter: Joe Fiorello, Author of CAD for Interiors Basics and CAD for Interiors beyond the Basics
    Where: Porter and Chester Institute, Canton, MW
    Registration: $50; tye.waller@neawi.org
    Questions: Jfiorello@fadstudios.com

    AWI Georgia Chapter
    When: July 23, 2010
    What: Chapter Meeting with Sherwin-Williams & LEED® Finishes
    Special Guest: AWI National President-Elect Robert Stout, RLS Commercial Interiors, Inc.
    Information: Contact Chapter Officers 

    AWI Iowa-Nebraska Chapter
    When: July 23, 2010
    What: Chapter Meeting & Summer Social
    Where: Honey Creek / Sailing Social
    Special Guest: AWI National President Doug Carney, R&S Casework, Inc.
    Information: Contact Chapter Officers 

    AWI New England Chapter
    When: July 26, 2010
    What: Annual Golf & Fishing Event
    Where: Wentworth by the Sea & Fishing, Newburyport, MA
    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. Contact Greg Bednar, AWI Chapter Development Services at gbednar@awinet.org

    Members are encouraged to check chapter event listings in the most recent issue of AWI e-briefs, as well as with chapter officers and chapter Web sites for program changes. As plans become finalized, dates and presentations may change for chapter programs previously listed. This issue of AWI e-briefs contains the most current information available to AWI National.

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