A bi-monthly news publication for AWI Manufacturing & Supplier Members September 16, 2010

IMPORTANT! – Certified Wood Credit News

Do you deal with the Certified Wood credit? The United States Green Building Council (USGBC) has incorporated an Addendum into the 2009 LEED® Reference Guide for Green Building Design and Construction. This Addendum is an effort to align itself with the Forest Stewardship Council Chain-of-Custody (CoC) standards.

The bottom line is that the end user must be FSC Chain-of-Custody certified in order to receive credit toward the MRc 7 point on LEED projects. It no longer matters whether you furnish and install OR furnish only; you must be FSC CoC certified to help achieve this point.

We will have a complete review of this new Addendum in an upcoming edition of AWI NewsBriefs. This is not the revised credit that has been in process for over two years but a revision to the existing credit. Follow the link below to the USGBC document and check out page 23 for further information regarding the Certified Wood credit: LEED® Reference Guide for Green Building Design and Construction, 2009 Edition, "Document Addenda" – www.usgbc.org/ShowFile.aspx?DocumentID=6392.  

Questions about this development may be directed to AWI Sustainability Representative Rob Ziegelmeier at rzig@aol.com.
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Green Scene

FSC Changes Group Chain-of-Custody System

Group Chain-of-Custody (CoC) eligibility requirements for the U.S. were approved on August 17 by Forest Stewardship Council International and announced on September 10th. "As a result, FSC Group CoC certificate programs are now available to any small business with annual forest product sales less than $5,000,000, regardless of the number of employees," according to FSC News and Views (free subscription).

The new CoC eligibility requirements include a transitional phase, FSC added. In addition, "Transitional membership in a group certificate is allowed until the threshold is exceeded for two consecutive years. At that time, the individual entity is no longer eligible to be part of the group certificate and shall pursue and transition to an independent certificate in order to continue in the FSC CoC program. New group members must fall under the threshold before joining or creating a Group CoC certificate," the FSC reported.

For full details, see the FSC article, "New Group CoC Eligibility for US," and the related links.

For other insights into the significance of the changes, see the Guest Blog by Wolfram Pinker in the September 7th issue of Woodworking Network Update (free subscription).
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Wood Ratings among Green Building Rating Systems

A study comparing how various green building rating systems rate wood offers insight into its merits, looks at life cycle analysis, and more. The Forestry Innovation Investment, which sponsored the article, also addresses the "under-recognized green potential of wood."

The article "Wood Rates: How Wood Products Stack Up in Green Building Systems" appeared in the September 2010 issue of Architectural Record: WebInsider (subscription required), published by McGraw-Hill Construction.

They studied BREEAM, the UK-based Building Establishment’s Environmental Assessment Method; Green Star, Australia’s green standard; Build Green™, a U.S. and Canadian voluntary program for residential construction; LEED® (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) green building rating system™ of the U.S. Green Building Council; CASBEE®, Japan’s green standard; Living Building Challenge, a program of the Cascadia Green Building Council in the U.S. and Canada; Green Globes™, operated in the U.S. by the Green Building Initiative; and the NAHB (National Association of Home Builders) Model Green Home Guidelines.


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Learning Forum

Time is Running Out to Register for AWI Convention

The clock is ticking and time is limited to register for the 58th AWI Annual Convention, October 27-29, 2010. Registration closes on September 29, 2010.

Refresh, Recharge, Reconnect in Denver, CO, where architectural woodworkers will gather to learn from a range of authorities about strategies for long-range planning and growth. The economy has shifted the paradigm and business models need to be adapted to the realities of an economic recovery.

Register at www.awinet.org no later than September 29, 2010.
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LEAN Manufacturing: A Solution during Lean Times

What does LEAN Manufacturing mean to you? Only the guys in the shop? "It’s a whole lot more, involving values, attitudes and measurement," John Wiley of Elipticon told AWI e-briefs.

"Practicing LEAN Manufacturing goes well beyond shop personnel," Wiley said. As one-half of a team who will present "LEAN Manufacturing: Tips Learned for Immediate Results," on October 28 during the 2010 AWI Convention, Wiley said that "analyzing and establishing company-wide systems and processes can provide immediate results."

"What you can’t measure, you can’t improve," Wiley said. "Measurement efforts are as critical in sales and administration as in the plant," he added. Enhancing development and training to make your company more valuable to the customer extends to every area of your operation.

He offered a few tips for members to consider in their strategic thinking about their overall operation. For instance, when you mention the Internet, most people think in narrow terms about their Web sites. So many things can be done on the Web. Elipticon uses e-communications to provide and update a price list weekly for a particular customer that relies on it for accurate and competitive pricing.

Another example involves tracking sales and price quotes. "Who’s giving you business off the quotes and who isn’t?" Wiley asked. "We track sales quotes and work on process daily. We can prepare a grid noting each customer and the quoted prices for the month. We’re using management tools to help our operation become LEAN," Wiley said.

It comes down to owner/management values which have to be visible and transparent. Wiley believes that employees need to know how to buy into those values or leave. "There is so much waste expended in attitudes. You can have more wasted energy in a plant because people aren’t moving in the same direction," he said.

What are three key components of a LEAN operation? Wiley listed values, attitudes and measurement. He emphasized that you can and must get on top of measuring your business. "But, you have to measure the process, not the people. A team needs to examine its own processes. And, as top management, you must realize all of the processes taking place throughout your operation," according to Wiley.

"Are you planning one, two, five, ten years out?" Wiley asked. He believes it will take 5-10 years to recover from the economic bust and that architectural woodworkers must plan accordingly. "Today is the best and worst of times. We’ve never had more assets and technologies, never had better techniques to improve our businesses, and we’ve never had more opportunities. Every person in your operation should be thinking and talking about opportunities."

Don’t miss this important session to trim waste and take away concepts for maximizing opportunities to build a more LEAN operation. Register at www.awinet.org.

Elipticon is a manufacturer of custom curved millwork, providing goods wholesale for lumberyards and window or door distributors. Based in Little Chute, WI, the company was founded 1993. Elipticon has been an AWI Manufacturing Member since 2008.

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Thursday, October 28, 2010, 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm
LEAN Manufacturing: Tips Learned for Immediate Results

John Wiley, Owner of Elipticon Wood Products, and Eric Peterson, Owner of New World Millworks, Inc., will share their experience and insights on LEAN Manufacturing. They believe that integrating LEAN principles into company systems and processes will provide immediate results and define expectations that are simple, visual, and practical. John and Eric will share practical tips for communicating information clearly to eliminate what is unnecessary and spotlight what is needed. Gain insights on: clarifying the current state of a process by looking at the visual controls; increasing safety; reducing waste; and enhancing the development and training of your employees. 

 
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LEAN Manufacturing: It’s Not Business as Usual

"As woodworkers we are inherently lean. We are always looking for the best way and lowest cost to do our work. The trick to really implementing LEAN is in finding a system in which we can consistently improve, make changes, and adhere to it without driving ourselves crazy with policy and procedures that people don’t understand," Eric Peterson of New World Millworks, Inc. told AWI e-briefs.

Peterson is one-half of a team who will present "LEAN Manufacturing: Tips Learned for Immediate Results" on October 28 during the 2010 AWI Convention in Denver.

He challenges woodworkers to consider a business culture, perhaps different from their own operations. "Imagine a company whose employees are initiating and driving change; where policy is created on the fly because employees say it works, not mandated from above as if supervisors always know best," he said. "Managers are still verifying that people are on track and following lean practices but more focused on the work itself and how to facilitate a smooth flow. Leadership is now about supplying resources to the system, providing encouragement and allowing LEAN to happen from within."

Peterson’s ideal scenario? "I would like three people to come to my office suggesting that scheduling and tracking estimated vs. actual hours the way we are doing it is ineffective.  That they believe time on the shop floor and the size of the work team is a better measure of schedule and cost. The point here is not that they are right or wrong, but they are thinking lean and have broken free of old ways, being innovative and acting as a team. This will build a better organization," he said. Peterson spoke about an environment in which people question what is going on and suggest changes, and management listens and encourages the team to implement the improvements.

"Everyone talks about the lean tool box and things we can take home and apply as lean initiatives. We can go through those things and you can put some of them in place, mandating their existence. Where will this be in a year if the initiatives are left to take their own course? These lean tools are conceptual guides to a bigger picture, one where LEAN is how we all evolve together, a way of being, thinking, acting, working — in short our culture. If you really want change, train your people in lean concepts and give them a system in which to flourish. Your company will become a leaner organization than you could mandate with an army of managers," Peterson concluded.

Want more food for thought? Don’t miss this important seminar about building a more LEAN operation during the 58th Annual AWI Convention, October 27-29, 2010. Register at www.awinet.org.

New World Millworks, Inc. is a second-generation family-owned architectural woodwork manufacturer founded in 1991. Owner and President Eric Peterson oversees two 100,000 sq. ft. facilities and 80 employees. The company has plants in Colorado and California and is FSC chain-of-custody certified. New World Millworks produces woodwork for the hospitality, commercial, government and high-end residential markets. It has been an AWI Manufacturing Member since 1994.

Learn More...

Thursday, October 28, 2010, 3:30pm – 4:30pm
LEAN Manufacturing: Tips Learned for Immediate Results

Eric Peterson, Owner of New World Millworks, Inc. and John Wiley, Owner of Elipticon Wood Products, will share their experience and insights on LEAN Manufacturing. They believe that integrating LEAN principles into company systems and processes will provide immediate results and define expectations that are simple, visual, and practical. John and Eric will share practical tips for communicating information clearly to eliminate what is unnecessary and spotlight what is needed. Gain insights on: clarifying the current state of a process by looking at the visual controls; increasing safety; reducing waste; and enhancing the development and training of your employees.

 


 
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AWI eLearning BETA Testers Wanted

Your 24/7 learning center is just about to be launched. Your AWI staff is seeking "technology tolerant" BETA testers for three or four topics on the eLearning site. Help us out.

We'd like to have tests and reviews completed by Friday, October 1, so we can prepare the launch for the AWI 2010 Convention in Denver. E-mail Greg Heuer at gheuer@awinet.org, if you can give four hours between now and then to this important work. Ten to twelve evaluators will be chosen from those who volunteer.

Thanks for being there for AWI and the design community.
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AWI News

Manufacturing Members Invited to Participate in AWI Membership Study

Get the most out of your membership. To help AWI better serve you and your specific needs, we are asking members to complete a study on our offerings so we can continue to improve the value of your membership and the industry as a whole. Respond no later than Wednesday, September 22, 2010 for inclusion in a drawing for a $300 American Express gift card.

The study will take approximately 15-20 minutes to complete. Choice one of the following options to participate based on your available time constraints. 

OPTION 1: Complete the study online by going to this link: http://study.ventureallies.com
(The username and password will be available on the study home page.) 

OPTION 2: Schedule a phone interview to complete the study by replying to the separate e-mail sent to you.
(If we don’t hear from you, we will follow up with a phone call.)

Deadline: Regardless of the way you choose to take the study, we would appreciate having your completed study no later than Wednesday, September 22, 2010.

Participation Thank You: Because we value your input, if you participate in the study you will be included in a drawing to receive a $300 American Express gift card.

Study Details: During the study you will be asked to make trade-offs regarding some of the AWI offerings. In preparation for the study, we have created a list of the offerings with a definition for each one. We recommend you click the following link (AWI Membership Choices Sheet) and print the document to use as a quick reference while you take the study. 

Confidentiality: For your information, AWI is using Venture Allies, LLC to conduct the study and analyze what you tell us, so please feel free to be open and frank with your comments. All individual responses will be aggregated and summarized by Venture Allies for review by AWI, so your data will be confidential.

Questions: If you have any questions regarding the study, please call Shelly Bauerly Kopel or Jen Riedeman at Venture Allies at 320.203.7600. Thank you for your participation and valuable feedback.
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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.

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.  Note that registration closes September 29, 2010.
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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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New AWI Members Welcomed

AWI is pleased to welcome 14 new members to the architectural woodwork community. Who are they and how do you contact them?

MANUFACTURING
Adada & Kabbani, Makkah, Saudi Arabia, www.ADADA-KABBANI.COM
CPB, Inc., DBA Trade Images, Buena, NJ, www.tradeimages.com 
Crestwood Wood Works Company, LLC, Al Khobar, Saudi Arabia, www.crestwood-kitchen.com 
CSI Millwork, Kerrville, TX, www.csimillwork.com
Distinctive Cabinet Design, Pease, MN, www.distinctivecabinet.com
Expression In Wood, Inc., La Verne, CA, www.expressioninwood.com
Janish Wood Products, Inc., Ham Lake, MN
Lifetime Design Corporation, Deer Park, NY, www.lifetimedesigncorp.com
Mapleleaf Cabinets, Inc., Salt Lake City, UT, www.mapleleafcabinets.com
Marquis Industries, Inc., Santa Rosa Beach, FL, www.marquiskitchens.com
National Franchise Resources, Tulsa, OK, www.nationalfranchiseresources.com
O'BOY Woodworking, DBA Finnryan Millwork, LLC, Yonkers, NY, www.finnryanmillwork.com
Saudi Binladin Group Production Center, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
Square One Studio, Kansas City, MO, www.sqonestudio.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.
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What Are They Talking about?

What are members asking questions about, what woodwork challenges are they encountering? What employment opportunities are available? Join in, Learn, Share, Connect!

Current discussions on AWI LinkedIn relate to specific wood product projects, job positions available, job search tools, specifying construction details, 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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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 – MADE, LLC.

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. MADE, LLC of Brooklyn, NY, fabricated the architectural woodwork throughout this 4,000 home with multi uses. The dining room buffet, doors and cabinets (shown here) make an elegant statement in Walnut. Other views of this project can be seen in the summer issue of Design Solutions.

Photo Credit: Eric Liagwel, New York, NY

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Nominations Sought for Southeast Wood Design Awards

If you have a building project or know of a practitioner deserving of a WoodWorks Wood Design Award, nominations are being sought for awards in the Southeast region.

WoodWorks is asking its partners and allies to get involved by nominating projects or passing the information along to design and building professionals.  Eight wood design awards will be presented to architects and engineers who demonstrate innovation and excellence in the design of wood buildings. To be eligible, designers, firms and/or projects must be based in North Carolina, South Carolina or Georgia. 

Click here for full details, including eligibility criteria, the nomination process, and the project categories, including many of interest to architectural woodworkers: Institutional, Commercial, and Multi-Family Wood Design, Interior Beauty of Wood, Green Building, and Traditional Use of Wood. Visit the award page for contact information, should you have questions.

Deadline: Nominations will be accepted from November 2, 2010 through January 7, 2011.  The awards will be presented at the Raleigh Wood Solutions Fair on February 15, 2011.

WoodWorks is an initiative of the Wood Products Council, which is a cooperative venture of all the major wood associations in North America, as well as research organizations and government agencies.

On September 8th, AWI exhibited at the Wood Solutions Fair - Chicago.  With nearly 800 registered attendees, AWI's booth staff was busy distributing Design Solutions Magazines and information on the Architectural Woodwork Standards. AWI will be presenting AIA-approved presentations on the Architectural Woodwork Standards during the Wood Solutions Fairs in Raleigh, NC and Atlanta, GA on September 15 and 17, 2011 respectively. 
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Will Consumers Pay More?

Yes, a Strativity Group study, revealed, if they get better customer service. In fact, "more than 70% of consumers said they are willing to spend an additional 10% or more if a company exceeded their expectations."

Find out about the top drivers contributing to the customer experience reported in Sales & Marketing Management Magazine (free subscription to Sales & Marketing Business Briefs).
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Industry News

Cabinet Demand Expected to Expand 7.4%

U.S. demand for cabinets is forecast to expand 7.4% annually to 2014, spurred by a rebound in housing completions from depressed 2009 levels, according to the Freedonia Group.

The demand will expand the market to $15.2 billion in 2014, Freedonia reported. The residential market will account for over 90% of the approximately $4.5 billion increase in overall cabinet demand through 2014.

For details, including ordering information and a table of contents, click here. The Freedonia study is currently for sale only as a full edition in print or Pdf format. However, it will be available for purchase by the page or chapter approximately 60 days from the publication date of August 2010.
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Construction Employment Rises Slightly in August

Employment changed little (-54,000) in August, and the unemployment rate was nearly unchanged at 9.6%, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported on September 3.

Private-sector payroll employment continued to trend up modestly (+67,000), according to the BLS.

Construction employment was up (+19,000) in August. This change partially reflected the return to payrolls of 10,000 workers who were on strike in July.
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Safety Matters

Upcoming CNA School of Risk Control Webinars

Check out the ongoing series of risk control Webinars in September and October, hosted by AWI’s safety insurance partner, CNA.

SEPTEMBER EMPLOYMENT PRACTICES FOCUS

(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

OCTOBER FIRE PREVENTION FOCUS

Life Safety for Home and Work
Date: October 5, 2:00 pm EST
Presenter: Tom Gray, CNA

NFPA 30 & Flammable Liquids: Is it a Law in Your State?
Date: October 7, 2:00 pm EST
Presenter: Tom Gray, CNA

Are Your Sprinklers Ready? (Inspection, Testing and Maintenance)
Date: October 19, 2:00 pm EST
Presenter: Ron Hein, CNA 

Registration
To register for a CNA School of Risk Control Excellence Webinar, visit www.cna.com/riskcontrol.
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OSHA Interim Rule Invites Comments on Whistleblower Procedures

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) published three interim final rules in the August 31 Federal Register to protect workers who voice safety, health and security concerns. The regulations, which establish procedures for handling worker retaliation complaints, allow filing by phone as well as in writing and filing in languages other than English.

The interim final rules also establish procedures and time frames for handling complaints under the whistleblower sections of the Implementing Recommendations of the 9/11 Commission Act of 2007 and the Consumer Product Safety Act of 2008. See the news release for information on new whistleblower protection fact sheets and how to submit comments on these rules by the November 1 deadline.

OSHA's Whistleblower Protection Program Web page at www.whistleblowers.gov provides information about worker rights and provisions under each of the whistleblower statutes and regulations OSHA enforces, program fact sheets and information on how to file a retaliation complaint with OSHA.
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Standards

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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Outreach to Design Professionals at WoodWorks Fair

AWI reached out to design professionals at the WoodWorks Solutions Fair on September 8 in Chicago. AWI’s Greg Bednar and Debby Heidler introduced the nearly 800 registrants to the Architectural Woodwork Standards (AWS) and the AWI/QCC Quality Certification Program.

"Exhibitors displayed structural wood products for the nonresidential construction market. AWI, of course, focused on interior wood products produced by architectural woodworkers," Bednar said.

Booth traffic was brisk, with Debby Heidler (shown here) talking to attendees about the value of woodwork for design projects. AWI’s supply of Affiliate Membership applications was depleted due to enthusiastic interest among design professionals.

 



The audience of architects, engineers and other design professionals were held captive in the oversized AWI "knowledge chair" while staff told them about the AWS.

 



AWI Manufacturing Member
Lange Brothers Woodwork Company, Inc. was present to recognize an architect with a woodwork award.


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Federal Scene

IRS Form Helps with Claiming New Health Care Tax Credit

On September 7, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) released a draft version of the form that small businesses and tax-exempt organizations will use to calculate the small business health care tax credit when they file income tax returns next year.

The IRS has posted a draft of Form 8941 on IRS.gov. Small businesses will use the form to calculate the credit. A small business will then include the amount of the credit as part of the general business credit on its income tax return.

The final version of Form 8941 and its instructions will be available later this year. The small business health care tax credit was included in the Affordable Care Act signed by President Obama in March and is effective this year. The credit is designed to encourage small employers to offer health insurance coverage for the first time or maintain coverage they already have.

In 2010, the credit is generally available to small employers that contribute an amount equivalent to at least half the cost of single coverage towards buying health insurance for their employees. The credit is specifically targeted to help small businesses that primarily employ moderate- and lower-income workers.

For tax years 2010 to 2013, the maximum credit is 35% of premiums paid by eligible small business employers. Beginning in 2014, the maximum tax credit will go up to 50% of premiums paid by eligible small business employers for two years.  The maximum credit goes to smaller employers –– those with 10 or fewer full-time equivalent (FTE) employees –– paying annual average wages of $25,000 or less.

The credit is completely phased out for employers that have 25 FTEs or more or that pay average wages of $50,000 per year or more. Because the eligibility rules are based in part on the number of FTEs, and not simply the number of employees, businesses that use part-time help may qualify even if they employ more than 25 individuals.

More information about the credit, including a step-by-step guide and answers to frequently asked questions, is available on the Affordable Care Act page on the IRS Web site.
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Changes to Flexible Spending Arrangements

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has issued guidance reflecting statutory changes regarding the use of certain tax-favored arrangements, such as flexible spending arrangements (FSAs), to pay for over-the-counter medicines and drugs.

The Affordable Care Act, enacted in March, established a new uniform standard that, effective January 1, 2011, applies to FSAs and health reimbursement arrangements. Under the new standard, the cost of an over-the-counter medicine or drug cannot be reimbursed from the account unless a prescription is obtained. The change does not affect insulin, even if purchased without a prescription, or other health care expenses such as medical devices, eye glasses, contact lenses, co-pays and deductibles.

The new standard applies only to purchases made on or after January 1, 2011, so claims for medicines or drugs purchased without a prescription in 2010 can still be reimbursed in 2011, if allowed by the employer’s plan.

A similar rule goes into effect on January 1, 2011 for Health Savings Accounts and Archer Medical Savings Accounts.

For details on current rules, see Publication 969, Health Savings Accounts and Other Tax-Favored Health Plans.

Updates on this and other health care reform provisions can be found on the Affordable Care Act page on IRS.gov. Notice 2010-59 and Revenue Ruling 2010-23, posted on September 3, further explains this change.
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ASA Calls for Bid Listing as Part of Transparency Rules for Federal Construction Projects

The American Subcontractors Association (ASA) has urged federal rulemakers, who are finalizing rules to increase transparency in federal contracting, to require bid listing.

"ASA believes that prime contractors should be required to list first tier subcontract information with their bids, rather than after the prime contractor is awarded the contract. This practice, known as bid listing, gives contracting officers the information they need to effectively oversee projects and be good stewards of taxpayer dollars from day one. With bid listing, agencies will be able to demand greater accountability before the contract is signed. Further, taxpayers will have access to more information that will allow them to demand greater fiscal discipline," ASA said in its comments submitted on September 7.

Under the interim rule that is currently in effect, contractors must submit first-tier subcontract information one month after contract award. "This interim rule only puts a deadline on bid shopping and bid peddling," ASA noted.

ASA continues to seek congressional support for federal legislation, H.R. 3492, which would mandate bid listing on federal construction projects valued at $1 million or more. For more information on bid listing and to ask your member of Congress to co-sponsor H.R. 3492, visit http://capwiz.com/asaonline/home/.
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Chapter News

Chapter Officer Changes

AWI congratulates the Texas and Wisconsin Chapters on the election of their new presidents.

Best wishes go to the following new chapter presidents:

AWI Texas Chapter
Craig Montgomery, Maverick Door and Millwork, Inc.

AWI Wisconsin Chapter
Scott Fletcher, Center Wisconsin Woodworking


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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: 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 here  

AWI Arizona Chapter
When: October 5, 2010 (11:30 am)
What: Chapter Meeting, including discussion of Skills Competition and Chapter flyer
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: Mike & Teresa Bell, Kentucky Millwork (Change) 
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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