A bi-monthly news publication for AWI Manufacturing & Supplier Members September 2, 2010

Last Call – Early Bird Registration for 58th AWI Annual Convention

Sign up NOW and save! Early bird registration ends tomorrow, Friday, September 3. Hear business authorities and other specialists discuss management issues that impact your strategic planning and your bottom line. It’s a new competitive world out there. Learn how to adapt.

Complete information on how to register, including special rates at the convention hotel;The Westin Tabor Center;are on the AWI Web site at www.awinet.org, as well as options to register now and pay now or pay later.

AWI Hotel Accommodation Advisory
Due to the popularity of the Industry Plant Tours (102 registered to date), hotel rooms are not available at the Westin Tabor on Tuesday, October 26. However, AWI is currently arranging for alternative hotel options, so be assured we will accommodate all attendees. Rooms ARE available at;the Westin Tabor on Wednesday, October 27 through Friday, October 29.
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Learning Forum

Fifteen Teams – One Challenge – The AWI Playoffs

Are You Ready!
Fifteen Teams – One Challenge – The AWI Playoffs

Register today and be included in the AWI Playoffs Draft.

Team Captains want you to join the fight for the Inaugural AWI Trophy:

Heart of America Team - Captain: Daryl Markel, Wend-Wood, Inc., Wichita, KS
New England Team - Captain: Josh Browning, Genbrook Millwork, Inc., Greene, NY
Southeast Team - Captain: Jeff Elzemeyer, Pierce & Pierce Architectural Millwork, Norcross, GA
Midwest Team - Captain: Dano Pinkham, Brown Wood Products Co., Lincoln Wood, IL
Southwest Team - Captain: Matt Lundahl, Meyer and Lundahl, Phoenix, AZ
Presidential Team - Captain: Doug Carney, R & S Casework, Inc., Fargo, ND
Canadian Team - Captain: Vince Curci, Art for Everyday, Inc., Toronto, Canada
Colorado Team - Captain: Casey Peterson, New World Millworks, Castle Rock, CO
Ohio Valley Team - Captain: Greg Hublar, Flexible Materials, Inc., Jeffersonville, IN
Colorado Team 2 - Captain: Angela Stauffer, Timber Mountain Hardwoods, Aurora, CO
Washington Team - Captain: Mark Clemens, idX Corporation, Puyallup, WA
Carolinas Team - Captain: Kristine Cox, Rowland Woodworking, Inc., High Point, NC
Iowa/Nebraska Team - Captain: Larry Schmitz, Custom Woodworks, Ltd., Sioux City, IA
Texan Team - Captain: Craig Montgomery, Maverick Door & Millwork, Inc., Schertz, TX
Wisconsin Team - Captain: Jim Buege, Northern Capital Insurance, Delafield, WI

Register for the AWI Convention at www.awinet.org.
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Roücke Pressing Technologies, New World Millworks & General Casework Tours

Get an insider’s look at three unique plants! The 58th AWI Annual Convention, October 27-29, 2010, offers powerful learning opportunities including industry plant tours for discovering new ideas about plant layouts and operations.

1. Roücke Pressing Technologies, with 22 years producing high quality Surface solutions.
"Our growth has come from a philosophy of providing solid service to our customers and our ability to offer unique products and solutions."
Andy Wilzoch, Owner and President, Roücke Pressing Technologies

2. New World Millworks, utilizing 100,000 square feet to manufacture a wide variety of architectural woodwork.
"We give innovative people the opportunity to come up with a good program. The wilder it is the better. People respond to that. It makes life interesting. People rise to the occasion."
Eric Peterson, President, New World Millwork

3. General Casework, a paperless cabinetry plant practicing sustainable manufacturing.
"We are a unique facility, being a paperless shop using barcodes and practicing sustainable manufacturing. Utilizations of software and machine technology together have allowed us consistent short lead times, great quality and both competitively priced and profitable as we sell our cabinets to other cabinet shops."
Steven Johnson, President, General Casework

Don’t miss the opportunity to visit these diverse plants and learn how you might adapt some of their techniques to your operation. Space is limited, but some openings remain at press time.

Hotel Room Advisory:
Due to the popularity of the Industry Plant Tours (102 registered to date), hotel rooms are not available at the Westin Tabor on Tuesday, October 26. However, AWI is currently arranging for alternative hotel options, so be assured we will accommodate all attendees. Sign up today!

Rooms ARE available at the Westin Tabor on Wednesday, October 27 through Friday, October 29. Register for the AWI convention at www.awinet.org.
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AWI Uses New Technologies to Educate and Stimulate Industry Involvement

Learning opportunities abound for members to explore AWI resources, tap into vital business tools, offer insights about business to other AWI members, and build a network of business connections of peers and other specialists in the field. What resources are there?

Over 40 areas of collaboration exist, starting at www.awinet.org where a gateway exists to the AWI Wiki Central. Open the door to video, social media and other upcoming learning forums.

  • Check out the videos – such as the value of the AWI Cost of Doing Business Survey and Compensation Study Report.
  • Tap into LinkedIn – nearly 700 participants use this resource including AWI members of a Speakers Bureau Support Group, a Chapter Leaders Group, and a LEAN Manufacturing Support Group.
  • Go to the AWI Facebook page– and get connected.
  • Visit the AWI Speaker Bureauwww.awispeaker.org – to arrange for a speaker about the Architectural Woodwork Standards.

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Business Tools

AWI Award of Excellence Winners Leverage for Business

Need a reason to stay in touch with your past and present customers? Tell them you earned an AWI "Award of Excellence" (AOE). How do you start the easy application process? Featured this week – Fabrication Specialists, Inc.

Visit the AWI Web site for information about submissions. They are now being accepted for the winter 2010 program. The deadline is December 1st.

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 next deadline for submissions for the AOE honors program is December 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. Fabrication Specialists, Inc. of Mobile, AL provided the millwork throughout The Battle House Spa, formerly the site of Andrew Jackson’s military headquarters during the war of 1812. Pictured here are the Wenge Wood Surrounds in the reception area. Other views of this project can be seen in the summer issue of Design Solutions.

Photo Credit: Tad Denson, MyShotz Photography, Mobile, AL
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Stop! Robots at Work

"Kansas-based Custom Cupboards is the first cabinetmaker in the nation to use robotics in conjunction with bar coding and RFID technology in the production process," according to an industry e-publication.

Watch the robots assemble face frames featured in the August 9th edition of Woodworking Networking Update (free subscription).
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AWI News

2010 AWI Annual Membership Meeting – Plan to Attend!

AWI President Doug Carney of R & S Casework has announced the date and time for the 2010 AWI Annual Membership Meeting on October 28 in Denver, CO.

2010 AWI Annual Membership Meeting
October 28, 2010, 8:00 am
Westin Tabor Center
1672 Lawrence Street, Denver, CO 80202

All AWI members are encouraged and invited to attend the meeting during the 58th AWI Annual Convention, October 27-29, 2010. Visit www.awinet.org to register to attend the convention and for more details about all of the events and activities.
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2010 Company Contact Update: Response Requested on/before September 30, 2010

Keeping your contact information current helps assure that all AWI membership benefits and services to which you are entitled are coming your way.

All AWI Manufacturing and Supplier Members will receive a separate communication from AWI showing current information on file for e-mail, fax, and USPS delivered mail. Updates may be made directly in the "Members Only" section of www.awinet.org. Follow the directions in the separate e-mail "2010 Company Contact Update" for making changes.

Please update your AWI account information on or before September 30, 2010. If you have questions, please contact AWI Membership Manager Cassey Gibson at 571.323.3624 or at cgibson@awinet.org.
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AWI Hosted Members at Booth & Reception at IWF Atlanta!

The AWI booth at IWF Atlanta, August 25-28, 2010, was a hub of activity about the Architectural Woodwork Standards, the AWI/QCC Quality Certification Program, and memberhsip.

AWI officials (l to r) Membership Manager Cassey Gibson, Executive VP Phil Duvic, and AWI/QCC Quality Certification Program Inspector Joe Sorelli listened to visitors questions about the Architectural Woodwork Standards, Certification and other association resources.


Joe Sorrelli (center) explains the AWI/QCC Quality Certification Program.

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Plenty of Networking Going on, Tips Shared at AWI LinkedIn

What are members asking questions about, what woodwork challenges are they encountering? What other issues are being discussed? Join in, Learn, Share, Connect!

Current discussions on AWI LinkedIn relate to specific wood product projects, federal acquisition regulations, job positions available, PowerPoint presentations, and more. Click into the forums anytime to find out what’s important among architectural woodworkers. Click into the AWI LinkedIn home page here. You can also see the comments of others.

Get LinkedIn and receive notices of new discussions. If you’re not yet registered with LinkedIn, do it when you check out the article. It’s free and it’s a useful networking tool among AWI members.
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Industry News

July Construction Rebounds 7%

The value of new construction starts in July advanced 7% to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $411.2 billion, according to McGraw-Hill Construction, a division of The McGraw-Hill Companies. Nonresidential building continued to see improvement after extremely depressed activity earlier in the year.

Nonbuilding construction also bounced back following its June slide. Both sectors in July were lifted by the start of several massive projects. Meanwhile, residential building lost momentum in July, as the housing recovery paused for an additional month. For the January-July period of 2010, total construction starts on an unadjusted basis came in at $238.0 billion, down 4% compared to a year ago, according to McGraw-Hill.

The July statistics produced a reading of 87 for the Dodge Index (2000=100), up from a revised 81 for June. "The pace of contracting over the past year has essentially stabilized at a low level, and July showed activity moving back up towards the middle of its recent range, following June’s weak performance," stated Robert A. Murray, vice president of economic affairs for McGraw-Hill Construction. "Nonresidential building seems to be leveling off after the substantial declines witnessed over the past year, and in a few cases projects that were deferred are now reaching groundbreaking. Still, given the negatives of tight bank lending, sluggish employment, and the diminished fiscal position of states and localities, a sustained recovery for nonresidential building remains several quarters away, at least. The housing sector right now is in the midst of a pause from the earlier improvement shown during the latter half of 2009 through the first quarter of 2010. In effect, the volume of total construction starts appears to be in the process of ‘turning the corner,’ after the steep decline reported in 2009, but the turn is assuming an extended U-shaped pattern," Murray said.

Nonresidential building in July increased 3% to $160.0 billion (annual rate), moving up for the third straight month after very weak activity in April. July’s pace for nonresidential building was still quite low by recent standards – down 4% from the monthly average for 2009, as well as down 33% from the monthly average for the peak year 2008. Most of the lift to July’s nonresidential total came from the office category, which soared 130% as the result of $1.3 billion World Trade Center project. Support for nonresidential building in July also came from a 3% gain for healthcare facilities, according to McGraw-Hill.

Most of the other nonresidential structure types showed flat-to-declining activity in July. On the commercial side, July reductions were registered by stores, down 6%; warehouses, down 13%; and hotels, down 38%. On the institutional side, the educational building category was able to hold steady in July. The public buildings category in July slipped 6%, while steeper declines were reported for transportation terminals, down 19%; and amusement-related work, down 52%. The manufacturing plant category in July retreated a moderate 7% after a substantial 57% increase in June.

Residential building in July dropped 3% to $112.9 billion (annual rate), settling back for the fourth month in a row. This sector had shown steady improvement from April 2009 through March 2010, but since then it has fallen 20%. Single family housing in July slipped 2%, a smaller decline than reported in the previous three months. Murray noted, "The recent loss of momentum for single family housing may be nearing its end. While homebuilding is still being adversely affected by the expiration of the homebuyer tax credits, combined with homebuyer uncertainty as the result of the fragile economy, very low mortgage rates should soon lead to a pickup in homebuyer demand."

During the first seven months of 2010, single family housing in dollar terms maintained a 19% lead over 2009, as the result of this behavior by major region – the South Atlantic, up 24%; the Northeast, up 23%; the Midwest, up 21%; the West, up 19%; and the South Central, up 13%. Multifamily housing in July dropped 8%, continuing to slip back after the improvement shown earlier in 2010., McGraw-Hill reported.

The 4% decline for total construction starts on an unadjusted basis during the first seven months of 2010 was due to a mixed performance by sector. Nonresidential building fell 14% year-to-date, as the result of this pattern by segment – commercial building, down 23%; manufacturing building, down 43%; and institutional building, down 8%. Residential building was the one major sector able to show year-to-date growth, rising 15%.& By geography, total construction starts during the first seven months of 2010 compared to last year were reported as follows – the Northeast, up 8%; the South Central, down 1%; the Midwest, down 5%; the South Atlantic, down 6%; and the West, down 13%.
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Green Scene

Full Conference Agenda for 2010 SFI Annual Convention

The Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) has released details about sessions and speakers at the 2010 SFI Annual Conference, September 21-23, 2010, in Vancouver, BC, Canada.

For the lineup of program sessions and to register, click here. The conference theme is "The Power of Partnerships." Early bird registration has been extended.
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Safety Matters

CNA School of Risk Control Webinars Feature Employment Practices in September

During September, AWI’s safety insurance partner, CNA, will focus on employment practices in its ongoing series of risk control Webinars. Check them out.

Physical Capability Testing—Matching the Worker to the Job
Date: September 10, 2:00 pm EST
Presenters: Rob Teistma, Business Development Manager, Cost Reduction Technology (CRT) and Brian Roberts, CNA

Top 10 Drug Testing Mistakes that Employers Make
Date: September 14, 2:00 pm EST
Presenters: Attorney Tommy Eden, III & Mary Hines, President, Substance Abuse Program Administrators Association

(SAPAA) Social Media: A New Employment Law Frontier
Date: September 20, 2:00 pm EST
Presenter: Laura Lapidus JD, CNA

The Effects of Obesity in the Workplace
Date: September 24, 2:00 pm EST
Presenters: Ted Borgstadt, CEO, Trestle Tree and Brian Roberts, CNA

Emerging Trends Involving Fraud
Date: September 30, 2:00 pm EST
Presenter: Tim Wolfe, CNA

To register for a CNA School of Risk Control Excellence Webinar, visit: www.cna.com/riskcontrol.
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Fatal Occupational Injuries Decline during 2009

Preliminary results from the Bureau of Labor Statistics' National Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries released August 19th show the lowest number of workplace fatalities since the CFOI program was first conducted in 1992. Workers in construction still incurred the most fatal injuries of any industry in the private sector in 2009 with the largest number in the specialty trade contractor subsector.

Last year's preliminary count of 4,340 workplace fatalities is down from the final count of 5,214 in 2008. Economic factors played a major role in this decrease. Total hours worked fell by 6% in 2009 following a 1% decline in 2008, and some industries that have historically accounted for a significant share of fatal work injuries, such as construction, experienced even larger declines in employment or hours worked.

While workers in construction incurred the most fatal injuries of any industry in the private sector in 2009, the number of fatalities in construction declined 16% in 2009 after a decline of 19% in 2008. With this decrease, private construction fatalities are down by more than a third since reaching a series high in 2006. Economic conditions may explain much of this decline with total hours worked having declined 17% in construction in 2009, after a decline of 10% the year before. Fatal injuries involving workers in the construction of buildings were down 27% from 2008, with most of the decrease occurring in nonresidential building construction (down 44% to 55 cases). Heavy and civil engineering construction was down 12%, and the subsector with the largest number of fatal work injuries, specialty trade contractors, had 16% fewer fatalities in 2009 than in 2008.

Comparing preliminary figures from 2009 and 2008 shows that workplace fatalities among wage and salary workers declined by about 18% from last year, while fatal injuries among self-employed workers, who are not covered by OSHA, remained about the same. According to the BLS, the overall fatality rate was 3.3 per 100,000 full-time equivalent workers. The fatality rate for Hispanic workers remained higher at 3.7 per 100,000 full-time equivalent workers in 2009.
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Review Commission Upholds OSHA's Multi-Employer Citation Policy

The Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission has upheld OSHA's multi-employer citation policy in a reversal of a decision the Commission made during the previous administration.

Under the policy, OSHA inspectors may cite employers on multi-employer worksites for violations that do not expose their own workers to occupational hazards.

For example, a general contractor who controls the worksite may be responsible for violations created by a subcontractor whose workers are exposed to safety or health hazards. In reaching its August 19th decision,* the Commission agreed with an earlier decision by the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals, which had rejected the Commission's previous contrary view that employers are only legally responsible for protecting the safety and health of their own workers. The case under consideration involved Summit Contractors Inc., a general contractor constructing an apartment complex in Lebanon, PA, in 2005. An OSHA compliance officer cited Summit for a safety violation after observing workers of a subcontractor using electrical equipment that lacked ground fault circuit interrupters and which had been brought onto the worksite by Summit.

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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 the four (4) parts of each section in the AWS.

In sections 1 through 12 of the AWS you will notice that each of these sections is divided into four (4) main areas of importance: General, Product, Execution and Compliance. However, all 4 areas of importance are not used in every section. Is there any significance to this breakdown and which sections are required for compliance matters?

Looking at the User's Guide on page 7 you will see a description of the 4 categories:

General: Covers general information about that particular section, scope related items and information to be used in the absence of specifications.
Product: Covers required minimum material, machining and assembly requirements for each grade of work, Economy, Custom and Premium.
Execution: Covers minimum installation requirements for each grade of work, Economy, Custom and Premium.
Compliance: Covers observation and testing methods to verify that each product meets the standards.

Do all 4 sections contain requirements or can they be considered suggestions? Looking at page 6, in the third paragraph you will see that the Introduction, Table of Contents, Suggestion Form (page 10), Appendixes and General portions of sections 1-12 are not a part of these Standards for compliance purposes.

As an example, look at page 154 of section 7, Stairwork and Rails. You can see that the topics covered include the three possible grades found within the section (Economy, Custom and Premium); Basic Considerations such as reference to other sections for the quality of materials used for Stairwork and rails; and definitions of exposed, semi exposed and concealed surfaces related to Stairwork and rails.

Looking at the expanded view of stairs as seen on page 155 you will see a blow up view of a typical stair. This gives a view of options for stair details but does not require that all the pieces shown are required.

When you get into the Product section on page 157 that is where you find the exact requirements for the stair you are building. On page 164 you will find the Execution requirements for the installation of your stairs. And finally on page 168 you will find the Compliance section so you can test your work and verify that it complies with the AWS requirements.

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.

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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 (AWS). 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 Architectural Woodwork Manufacturers Association of Canada (AWMAC) and the Woodwork Institute (WI).
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Federal Scene

Proposed IRS Regulations Expand Electronic Payment, Discontinue Paper Payment Next Year

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has issued proposed regulations to significantly increase the number of electronic transactions between taxpayers and the federal government.

The proposed regulations (REG 153340-09) would eliminate the rules for making federal tax deposits by paper coupon because the paper coupon system will no longer be maintained by the Treasury Department after December 31, 2010. The proposed regulations generally maintain existing rules for depositing federal taxes through the Electronic Federal Tax Payment System (EFTPS).

Deposits can be made online with a computer or by telephone. The EFTPS helps taxpayers schedule dates to make payments and EFTPS business users can schedule payments up to 120 days in advance of the desired payment date.

Information on EFTPS, including how to enroll, can be found at www.eftps.gov or by calling EFTPS Customer Service at 1.800.555.4477.

Some businesses paying a minimal amount of tax may make their payments with the related tax return, instead of using EFTPS. More details regarding taxes required to be deposited using EFTPS, dollar thresholds and other specific requirements are in the proposed regulations.

Additional Information:

  • Publication 4132, which explains the process of enrolling and paying via the Internet.
  • Publication 966, The Secure Way to Pay Your Federal Taxes for Businesses and Individuals.
  • Publication 4169, Tax Professional Guide to Electronic Federal Tax Payment System.
  • Publication 4320, EFTPS Toolkit, which contains PDF(s) and descriptions of EFTPS educational materials and their intended target audience, and is for use by tax professionals and financial institutions to assist in educating their clients on the benefits of EFTPS.
  • Publication 4275, Express Enrollment for New Businesses.
  • Electronic Payment Options Home Page.

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State Scene

New Lien and Bond Claims Guide Helps Construction Subcontractors Stake Their Claims

Construction subcontractors that regularly perform work in more than one state know how difficult it is to stay on top of various mechanic’s lien and payment bond filing requirements. The Foundation of the American Subcontractors Association’s (FASA) new edition of Lien and Bond Claims in the 50 States provides subcontractors with the most current information for filing claims — no matter where in the United States they do business.

Because of nuances in state laws, claims procedures and deadlines vary widely, FASA said. The updated 2010 edition provides subcontractors with: the latest lien claim requirements for each state; critical filing deadlines; legal requirements for executing bond claims; and exceptions to claims procedures.

This easy-to-use downloadable and searchable "pdf" file divides the various lien and bond requirements for each state and the District of Columbia by private and public work, putting the essentials of lien laws and bond requirements right at the reader’s fingertips. It describes whom to notify of claims, critical deadlines, and features an appendix with legal citations.

Lien and Bond Claims in the 50 States is $42 for members of the American Subcontractors Association and $50 for nonmembers. Order this reference online through FASA’s Contractors’ Knowledge Depot at www.contractorsknowledgenetwork.org, or call toll-free 1.888.374.3133.
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Chapter News

Upcoming Chapter Events

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

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

AWI Chicago Chapter
When: September 8, 2010
What: Chapter Meeting
Information: Contact Chapter Officers

AWI Georgia Chapter
When: September 10, 2010
What: Golf Outing
Where: Marietta City Club, Marietta, GA
Information: Contact Chapter Officers

AWI Virginia Chapter
When: September 10, 2010
What: Chapter Meeting & Election of New Officers
Where: Richmond, VA
Information: Contact Bruce Cody, bcody@arcwoodva.com 

AWI National Meeting with Potential Oregon Chapter
When: September 15, 2010
What: Meeting with Prospective Oregon Chapter Members
Program: Overview Presentation about AWS by Greg Bednar
Information: Contact Greg Bednar, gbednar@awinet.org 

AWI New England Chapter
When: September 15, 2010 (11:30 am - 3:45 pm)
What: Reception & Lunch and Plant Tours
Where: Plant Tour 1 – Wright Architectural Millwork, Northampton, MA; Plant Tour II – Amherst Woodworking & Supply Company, Northampton, MA
Special Guest: AWI Board of Directors member Matt Lundahl
Information: Click here 

AWI Great Lakes Chapter
When: September 15, 2010 (8:00 – 10:00 am)
What: Chapter Board Meeting Conference Call
Information: Contact Chapter OfficersAWI Washington Chapter
When: September 15, 2010 (5:30 – 9:00 pm)
What "Composite Panel Products Presentation
Where: The Old Spaghetti Factory, Seattle, WA
Information: See attached
Questions: Janette Farr, Chapter Executive Director, 253.904.5055 (p) 

AWI Heart of America Chapter
When: September 16, 2010
What: Annual Golf Outing Hosted by Liberty Hardwoods
Information: Contact Chapter Officers 

AWI Carolinas Chapter
When: September 17, 2010
What: Fall Chapter Membership Meeting & Installation of Officers
Where: Baywatch Resort and Conference Center, Myrtle Beach, SC
Information: Click here 

AWI Iowa-Nebraska Chapter
When: September 17, 2010
What: Chapter Meeting at DMAC
Information: Contact Chapter Officers 

AWI Ohio Valley Chapter
When: September 24, 2010 (Date changed from September 17th)
What: Business Meeting Meeting, Lunch, Sporting Clay Shoot, Wine Tasting
Program: "Workable Internet Marketing Strategies for Industrial Companies"
Presenter: Erin Sparks, Site Strategics
Where: Elk Creek Hunt Club, Owenton, KY (See attached directions)
Registration & Information: Program & Events; Registration
Questions: Contact Chapter Officers 

AWI Minnesota Chapter
When: September 24 2010
What Horse & Hunt / Sporting Clays / Gun Shoot
Special Guest: AWI President Doug Carney
Information: Contact Chapter Officers 

AWI Texas Chapter
When: September 30 – October 1, 2010
What: General Meeting & Octoberfest
Events: Golf/Sporting Clay, Dinner at Fredericksburg Brewing Company
Program: "Health Care Reform Legislation"
Presenter: Shannon Hansen, Sleeper Sewell Insurance Services
Where: Hampton Inn and Suites, Fredericksburg, TX
Information: Click hereAWI Arizona Chapter
When: October 5, 2010
What: Chapter Meeting
Information: Contact Chapter Officers 

AWI New Mexico Chapter
When: October 6, 2010 (rescheduled from September 1st)
What: Chapter Meeting
Information: Contact Chapter Officers 

AWI Florida Chapter
When: October 8-10, 2010
What: Change-over Meeting
Presentation by: Steve Waltman, Stiles Machinery
Where: South Seas Island Resort, Captiva Island, FL
Information: Contact Chapter Officers 

AWI Georgia Chapter
When: October 19, 2010
What: Chapter Board of Directors Meeting
Where: InsiDesign
Information: Contact Chapter Officers 

AWI Great Lakes Chapter
When: October 20, 2010 (12:00 noon – 2:00 pm)
What: Chapter Board of Directors Meeting Conference Call
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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Next Issue of E-briefs

The next issue of AWI e-briefs will be published September 16, 2010.
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