A bi-monthly news publication for AWI Manufacturing
& Supplier Members
February 3, 2011

AWI Speakers Bureau Announces New Rules for 2011

The first edition of the AWI Speakers Bureau Procedure Manual is now available! Check it out for important policy changes for 2011. Also, see what’s new and access a Q&A webinar on February 15, 2011.

Click here to view the new procedures.

Click here to see what has changed.

SPEAKERS BUREAU PROCEDURE OVERVIEW WEBINAR
AWI Staff is here to help with the transition to the new procedures. You are invited to join the informal Q&A webinar.

WHEN: Online - February 15, 2011, 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm EST

COST: Free to Speakers Bureau Members & Users

HOW TO PARTICIPATE: Click here to register. Login information will be e-mailed to registered participants three (3) days prior to the event.

QUESTIONS? Contact AWI Education Assistant, Maggie Picard at mpicard@awinet.org

www.awispeaker.com
 

 


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AWI News

AWI Membership Resource Directory in the Works

Is your company information up to date? If not, your company profile published in the 2011 AWI Membership Resource Directory will be incorrect. Make changes to your profile on the AWI Web site no later than February 14.

Visit www.awinet.org and login to update your listing. If you have questions about your listing, contact AWI Membership Manager Cassey Gibson at cgibson@awinet.org. Don’t delay!

The membership directory and online listing of AWI Manufacturing and Supplier Members is a frequently-consulted resource by design professionals and other potential customers. Make sure your listing accurately reflects the current state of your business.
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AWI Supplier Member Survey: Your Input is Needed!

AWI is seeking Supplier Member input in order to improve your member benefits.

Please respond to the brief AWI Supplier Committee survey to review your participation in AWI programs, committees and chapters.

Click on this link – http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/DQXM9JN – to complete the survey before February 14, the deadline.  It only takes about five minutes.

If you have any questions, contact AWI Marketing Director, Katie Allen, kallen@awinet.org, 571.323.3611.
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AWI Learning Forum

Webinar: Protect Your Rights – Negotiate the Terms of Risky Contracts

AWI is hosting a one-hour webinar on February 16, 2011 for AWI Manufacturing Members to better understand and protect themselves from risks in contract language that often favors the General Contractor — and not the Woodworker. Limited participation — don't delay; sign up early!

AWI Webinar
"Negotiating Favorable Changes to Subcontracts"
February 16, 2011
2:00 – 3:00 pm (EST)

Presenter:
Michael P. Davis, Attorney-at-Law, Chamberlain, Hrdlicka, White, Williams & Martin

What’s It About?
This webinar will introduce woodworkers to the legal and practical reasons for negotiating more favorable language before signing a "boilerplate" Agreement. Participants will learn the art of negotiating more favorable terms. Mr. Davis will focus on some of the most significant contract provisions and language that leads to more profitable projects.

Goal, More Details
Learn about the most dangerous or risky language that subcontractors find in their contracts. Improve your ability to negotiate changes in problematic contracts. Identify and evaluate the most likely risks and potential liability which can result from one-sided contract provisions.

Architectural woodworkers need to be able to make educated decisions as to whether some jobs are worth taking. Are a bad contract, narrow profit margins, and "a perfect storm" of danger worth the risk? Understand the fine lines in and between the contract language and enhance your ability to conduct a cost benefit analysis to determine if the job is worth taking given potential risks. If the risks are worth it, savvy woodworkers will learn when to be wary and proceed with caution.

A contract with a General Contractor does not mean that you (the Woodworker) don’t have legal rights, and it doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t negotiate terms and conditions that put you and the GC on a level playing field. When a subcontractor proposes changes to subcontract language, it sends a message to the GC that you intend to be treated fairly and that you are a partner on the project with rights and privileges.

About the Presenter
Michael P. Davis maintains a construction law and employment practice and represents a wide variety of trade contractors, prime contractors, owners/developers and design professionals.  He has successfully represented a broad spectrum of specialty trade contractors and prime contractors in a variety of construction disputes involving construction defects, labor inefficiencies, UCC warranty issues, constructive accelerations, and increased scope of work.   Mr. Davis has achieved settlements, judgments and awards that have ranged in the millions of dollars.

Participation
The webinar is free to AWI members, but space is limited. Register early by clicking here
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Lean for Woodworkers: The Race for Continuous Improvement

What do the following examples all have in common? The Model-T and a Ferrari, hand tools and a CNC, pad of paper and an iPad, an outhouse and standard plumbing, board drafting and CAD? You have probably already guessed it; each is a by-product of Continuous Improvement thinking.

Improving upon the first AWI Lean Seminar at the Spring Professional Development Seminars in 2010 the presenters have prepared an exciting two-day seminar/workshop for 2011 based on attendee and member feedback and suggestions. The race takes place May 13-14, 2011 in St. Louis.

DAY 1 – Daytona 500
(Values, Culture, Strategic Alignment, and Employee Involvement)

To be successful as a Lean manufacturer (Race Car Team) the culture within your organization must change. Change starts at the top (or bottom as we will soon find out). The CEO/President of your company must both lead and embrace change. Lean requires the full commitment of everyone and alignment in the company to well thought-out core values.

Just like a Race Car Team, the involvement of each team member is critical to the success of the organization. It is imperative that the driver(s) (CEO, President, Managers, and Leaders) create and sustain a culture of continuous improvement. Without a driver the race car doesn’t go very far.

Day 2 – Racing Tools the Lean Way
(Implementing the Right Tools to Drive Out Waste, Create Flow, and Create Sustainable Continuous Improvement)

Presenters will share a toolbox full of hints and tips for AWI Manufacturing Members. Yes, Lean does work in a custom, one-of-a-kind fabrication, finishing, and installation environment. Yes, Lean also works for members who produce a line of products or fit into a single niche market.

You will learn the meaning of, and how to implement the tools of Lean Manufacturing:

  • 5S
  • Value Stream Mapping
  • Total Productive Maintenance
  • SMED
  • LEAN Plant Layout
  • The Five Whys?

You will explore the cost/benefit proposition of becoming a Lean Manufacturer. Decide how you will implement Lean. Is it right for you? Are you ready to embrace it?

Perhaps the most important and essential part of this seminar/workshop will be the collaboration of practices among woodworking professionals. This is a great opportunity to gain insights and know-how in improving your organization!

Learn More...

"Lean for Woodworkers: The Race for Continuous Improvement"
(Two-Day Course)
8:00 am – 5:00 pm
May 13-14, 2011

Faculty:
Erik Fetzer, Fetzer Architectural Woodwork
John Wiley, Elipticon Wood Products
Eric Peterson, New World Millworks

More information and registration: awinet.org (Scroll down on the page.)  Register early and save!


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Business Tools

AWI Cost of Doing Business Survey Opened February 1

This is THE year to participate and guide your business through the recovery with solid facts and an action plan based on your position in the marketplace. Find out how to participate in the CODBS. Get help from AWI, if you are unsure how to complete the survey.

This week, on February 1, all AWI Manufacturing Members should have received an e-mail announcing the opening of the CODB Survey. Here are basic starter instructions and links to the CODBS Excel Input Tool.

Basic Instructions to Participate 

1. Download the CODBS Excel Input Tool - Please note there are different files for Windows and Mac users.

 - Windows Users:
Click Here to Download the CODBS Excel Spreadsheet for Windows

 - Mac Users: 
Click Here to Download the CODBS Excel Spreadsheet for Mac 

2. Follow the submission instructions. The instructions can be found inside the tool.

3. E-mail your completed survey to awi@inverra.com

4. You will receive a confirmation e-mail within 24 hours of your data submission.

If you find the CODBS daunting, help is available. Check out your mailbox around February 14th for the February issue of AWI NewsBriefs featuring a "how to" resource that helps simplify participation. Push the "Easy" Button! Dave Nadolski, Chair of the AWI Audit Committee, shares "Ten Steps to Participate in the CODBS." It’s easier than you think.


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The Talk this Week!

What are the hot topics this week among AWI members connecting on the AWI LinkedIn network? Topics and speakers for IWF 2012 Educational Conference, Agrofiber Core Material Manufacturers, more employment opportunities. Check them out.

Click into the forums anytime to find out what’s important among architectural woodworkers. The AWI LinkedIn home page is here. See what your peers are saying. If you’re not yet registered with LinkedIn, do it when you check out the current discussions. It’s free and it’s a useful networking tool among AWI members.
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Standards

24/7 Access to New AWS Wiki Link: Learn the Latest about Page 10 Submissions & More

AWI is pleased to announce a new Architectural Woodwork Standards (AWS) wiki, an online resource for AWI members to learn about changes in the AWS and latest developments within the Joint Standards Committee.

Visit http://awiedu.wiki.awinet.org/Architectural+WdWrk+Stds to access:

  • Log of AWS Page 10 submittals;
  • Page 10 suggestion forms; and
  • Meeting minutes of the Joint Standards Committee including reviews and decisions on page 10 submittals.

AWI developed this wiki in response to AWI member inquiries about the status of Page 10 submittals and interest in understanding the process by which the Joint Standards Committee makes decisions. For more details about how the AWI Technical Committee may influence changes within the AWS and how to participate in the process, watch for news in the March issue of AWI NewsBriefs.

The Joint Standards Committee includes representatives from AWI and the other two developers of the AWS, the Architectural Woodwork Manufacturers Association of Canada (AWMAC) and the Woodwork Institute (WI).
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Randy Jensen’s Shop Talk Session Now Available

The January 20th inaugural online Shop Talk session allowed AWI members to learn more about the Architectural Woodwork Standards and ask questions relating to changes submitted on the "Page 10" form. Now, members can access that session.

Please note that you will be asked to install Java from the Elluminate site before viewing the session.

Access the Shop Talk session here.

If you have any issues viewing the session, contact Maggie Picard at mpicard@awinet.org


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Did You Know about....What the AWS Says about Countertop Details?

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) supercede the QSI. Don’t assume the standards are the same. Learn about countertop details.

Countertop details.

When talking countertop construction we are all familiar with the basic construction of a laminate countertop. It has a deck covered with horizontal grade laminate. There is a core, which depending on application can be standard particleboard or in cases of sink locations, we all know that moisture resistant board is required. Of course backer is required at Premium Countertops at all locations. (See a previous article on backer specifics.)

In the newly published AWS, the details of countertop types have expanded. Starting on page 297 in section 11 of the AWS, at item 1.2.11.1, we are given design considerations for countertop construction. As we look at the following pages 298 through 301 we see details provided for many types of countertop constructions.

Pages 298 and 299 are dedicated almost entirely to laminate countertop construction. Section 1.2.11.1 details six (6) types of laminate countertops including three (3) types of post formed tops, one (1) fully formed top, one (1) no drip edge with coved splash and a wood edge with no splash.

Section 1.2.11.2 details three (3) options of splash details where the splash joins the wall. Two (2) of the details include scribe options while the third is the typical square edge splash.

Section 1.2.11.3 details three (3) options at where the splash meets the deck, including two (2) types of butt joints and a cove joint.

Section 1.2.11.4 details 12 types of front or leading edges that can be used. They include self edged details; waterfall details, wood edge details, miter fold and PVC edge details.

Section 1.2.11.5 details back and end splash construction details.

Section 1.2.11.6 details the use of tight joint fasteners at field joints.

Section 1.2.11.7 details three (3) types of solid lumber counter top choices.

Section 1.2.11.7 details three (3) types of veneer faced countertops.

Sections 1.2.11.9 through 1.2.11.11 details solid surface splash, deck and edge options.

Sections 1.2.11.12 through 1.2.11.14 details solid phenolic, epoxy resin and natural/manufactured stone countertop detail options at the splash, deck and edge.

There is a lot of detail available for countertop construction. To help the woodworker clarify those details in the shop drawings you will see that in Section 1 Submittals, pages 40 and 41, section 4.2.6.2.3 all of the above mentioned details are required on the shop drawings at a minimum 3" to 1'-0" scale.

Errata:
In a recent article about Standards, under "Species of Veneer," I erroneously stated "White Maple, that being maple without any sap-wood in it". Of course White Maple is all sap and no heart-wood. I want to thank Mike DiGiuro from Flexible Materials Inc. for pointing out that error. Look at page 390 for a definition of heart-wood and at page 399 for the definition of sap-wood.

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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Trade Shows / Forums

Intl. Scientific Conference on Hardwood Processing

Save the date for the 3rd International Scientific Conference on Hardwood Processing (ISCHP 2011) to be held in Blacksburg, VA, October 16-19, 2011.

ISCHP, the bi-annual, global conference on hardwoods will provide opportunities for managers, policymakers, and scientists to come together and discuss key issues related to hardwoods. The conference will also serve as a bridge between science, industry, and policymakers to shape paths into the future.

Conference Chair Urs Buehlmann, Associate Professor at Virginia Tech, invites participant contributions and commercial exhibits in the following areas:

Session 1: Forestry practices and hardwood quality
Session 2: Supply chain management
Session 3: Hardwood processing and optimization
Session 4: Markets, trade, and business insights
Session 5: Certification and sustainability
Session 6: Hardwood innovations of the future

Professor Buehlmann advised, "To underscore the multi-faceted nature of the conference, different types of contributions related to hardwoods will be accepted:"

  • Peer-reviewed papers with conference presentation.
  • Non-peer reviewed papers with conference presentation.
  • Conference presentations (without a paper).
  • Posters.

Peer and non-peer reviewed papers and abstracts (for presentations only and posters) will be published in PDF format and be available upon request, for an extra charge, as a bound copy.

More information?
Go to www.ischp2011.org/ and click on "Call for Abstracts" or e-mail Urs Buehlmann, conference chair, at ischp2011@gmail.com. And, stay tuned for more details in the coming months.
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Member News

Ninth Stiles Executive Briefing Conference

What is in store for you at the EBC? What will you see at the 3M Innovation Center? Who will be speaking at the conference?

The consistent theme of the EBC is to answer the questions "What’s Now, What’s New, and What’s Next?"  Providing strategic and practical information to help solve manufacturing challenges, the EBC is an opportunity to gain a broader perspective of the business landscape.

The ninth EBC will be April 10-12, 2011 at the 3M Innovation Center in St. Paul, MN. Here’s a lineup of the program. For additional information about each speaker and topic, click here.

OPENING KEYNOTE ADDRESS
"Next Generation Manufacturing," John Brandt, the MPI Group

CLOSING KEYNOTE ADDRESS
"The Recovery – How Long and How Fast? Alan Beaulieu, Institute for Trend Research

BRIEFINGS
"Innovation: A True Pioneer," Craig Hardy, Silver Street Manufacturing
"Radical Innovations in Quality Assurance," Federico Giudiceandrea, Microtec
"Leveraging Software Innovations to Drive Sales," Craig Yamauchi, 20-20 Technologies
"Innovative Approaches to Manufacturing Efficiency," Gary Wernlund, Stiles Machinery
"An Industry at the Cross Roads: It is Never too Late to Innovate," Michael Dunlap, Michael Dunlap & Associates

PANEL DISCUSSION
"Being an Innovative Employer of Choice," Duane Griffiths, Stiles Education (Moderator; Jeff Stone, Navy Island Plywood; Peter Menzel, The Wenger Corporation; Bob Bockheim, Nucraft)

INTERACTIVE SESSIONS
3M World of Innovation Center
Customer Abrasive Methods Center, 3M

BREAKOUT SESSIONS
"Innovations in Abrasive Materials and Sanding Technology"
"Global Observations of Innovation"

CASE STUDIES
"Diversification," (KML)
"Automation," (Eastern Millwork, Inc.)

Online registration for the EBC can be accessed via www.stilesmachinery.com/ebc. The conference rate includes hotel accommodations at the Sheraton St. Paul Woodbury for two nights, all meals, admission to the briefing sessions, as well as tours of 3M’s World of Innovation and their Center for Abrasive Materials (CAM).

Stiles Machinery has been an AWI Supplier Member since 1996. AWI is one of Stiles’ industry partners in this conference.
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Green Scene

Discount Offered for Dollars & Sense of Going Green Conference

Purdue University and Wood & Wood Products will host the 3rd Dollars & Sense of Going Green Conference on March 17-18, 2011 in Indianapolis, IN. This unique event will offer answers to questions on chain of custody certification, the Lacey Act, the new Federal Formaldehyde Rule, and more.

As was the case with the previous Green Conferences, this year's program will bring together wood products professionals, industry suppliers and trade association representatives for the common cause of learning what's new and discussing wood certification and other "green" issues that impact the North American woodworking industry. Presenters include representatives from the home offices of the major wood certification organizations, plus industry associations and wood product companies, who will share their experiences.

In addition to the conference, this year's program features a Networking Reception with tabletop exhibits on the evening of Thursday, March 17, and optional plant tours to Thiesing Veneer and G.R. Woods on Friday afternoon.

Program details can be found at www.greenwoodseminar.com

As a Cooperative Association, AWI is pleased to extend registration savings to members who sign up by March 2, 2011. AWI members receive a $75 registration fee discount. AWI attendee registration fee is $375 vs. $450 regular price. To obtain the discount, registrants should go to www.greenwoodseminar.com.  From the "New Registration" tab, Select Cooperator Attendee and enter your discount ID Code. The discount ID Code for Architectural Woodwork Institute is:  AWI11GREEN.
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Safety Matters

OSHA Temporarily Withdraws Proposed Column for Reporting Work-Related Musculoskeletal Disorders

On January 25, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced that it has temporarily withdrawn from review by the Office of Management and Budget its proposal to restore a column for work-related musculoskeletal disorders on employer injury and illness logs.

OSHA has taken this action to seek greater input from small businesses on the impact of the proposal. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, MSDs accounted for 28% of all reported workplace injuries and illnesses requiring time away from work in 2009.

OSHA and the U.S. Small Business Administration's Office of Advocacy will jointly hold a meeting to engage and listen to small businesses about the agency's proposal. Visit www.osha.gov for more information.
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OSHA Withdraws Proposed Interpretation on Occupational Noise

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced on January 19 that it is withdrawing its proposed interpretation relating to work-related hearing loss. The agency will examine other approaches to this issue.

The "Interpretation of OSHA's Provisions for Feasible Administrative or Engineering Controls of Occupational Noise" would have clarified the term "feasible administrative or engineering controls" as used in OSHA's noise standard. The proposed interpretation was published in the Federal Register on October 19, 2010.

"Hearing loss caused by excessive noise levels remains a serious occupational health problem in this country," said OSHA Assistant Secretary David Michaels in a news release. "However, it is clear from the concerns raised about this proposal that addressing this problem requires much more public outreach and many more resources than we had originally anticipated. We are sensitive to the possible costs associated with improving worker protection and have decided to suspend work on this proposed modification while we study other approaches to abating workplace noise hazards."
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Chapter News

Who’s Making Changes on the Chapter Front?

Check out recent developments. AWI Chapters are on the move.

AWI Heart of America Chapter
Congratulations to the AWI Heart of America Chapter on the launching of a Web site. Visit them at www.heartofamericaawi.org.

AWI Oregon Chapter
The formative AWI Oregon Chapter garnered manufacturing, supplier and associate members at the group’s inaugural meeting in January. Instructors at the local high school woodworking program also attended the chapter’s organizational meeting. The AWI Board of Directors will have to officially vote on the chapter’s formation. Meanwhile, congratulations on progress made and best wishes for success.
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Chapter Program Developments & News

The AWI Arizona Chapter is driving full steam ahead with preparation for the local SkillsUSA competition. Volunteers and tooling are in place. But the chapter is seeking contributions of raw materials and hardware.

Contact either Carlos Castillo at ccastillo@jowat.com or Glenn Wirgau at g.wirgau@meyerandlundah.com if you can help the chapter out. The local SkillsUSA competition is slated for April 20, 2011.

The chapter’s competition committee has developed a challenging project for the competition. To see the specs for the miniature hope chest, click here

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What Chapters Are Celebrating Anniversaries?

Send congratulations to the chapter officers.

The following AWI chapters celebrated their anniversaries. Send your congratulations to each by visiting the AWI chapter listing page at awinet.org.

JANUARY ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATIONS

  • AWI Chesapeake & Potomac Chapter founded in 1989
  • AWI New Mexico Chapter founded in 1981
  • AWI Texas Chapter founded in 1972
  • AWI Virginia Chapter founded in 1966
  • AWI Louisiana / Mississippi Chapter founded in 1965

FEBRUARY ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION

  • AWI Carolinas Chapter founded in 1969

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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 Washington Chapter
When: February 9, 2011 (5:30 pm)
What: Chapter Meeting (Reception, Dinner, Presentation & Meeting)
Presentation: "Let the Veneer Do the Talking"
Presenter: Marty Jones, Stiles Machinery
Where: Galliano’s Cucina, Seatac, WA
Registration: (See attached - Scroll down on the page); janette.farr@idxseattle.com 

AWI Ohio Valley Chapter
When: February 11, 2011 (8:00 am)
What: Presentation and Chapter Meeting
Presentation: "Money Matters - Surviving Tough Times"|
Presenter: Scott Nelson, Central Plains Millwork, Inc., AWI Past President
Where: Holiday Inn Conference Center, Columbus, IN (phone: 812.372.1541)
Cost: $35 Chapter Members, $60 Non-Members
Information: Chapter President Greg Hubblar, (p) 502.817.2830

AWI Wisconsin Chapter
When: February 15-16, 2011
What: Board of Directors Meeting
Where: Milwaukee, WI
Information: www.awiwi.org 

AWI Oregon Chapter
When: February 23, 2011
What: Chapter & Luncheon Meeting
Information: Greg Bedner, gbedner@awinet.org; Sean McConeghy, SeanM@marketcontractors.com 

AWI Chesapeake and Potomac Chapter
When: March 10, 2011 (1:00 - 4:00 pm)
What: "LEED® and FSC Certification" Presentation and Lunch
Presenters: Garry Astles, Northway Industries, on "LEED for New Construction" and Keith Atherholt, Lewis Lumber Products, Inc., on "FSC Certification"
Where: Carroll County Community College, Westminster, MD
Registration: (See attached) $35 Chapter/AWI Member, Non-AWI non-member, $70; $200 Tabletops available
Information: Mark Moeller, mmoeller@msmoeller.com; (p) 410.875.6455 x102

AWI New England Chapter
When: March 10-11, 2011
What: Chapter Meeting and Program on Motivating People
Information: www.neawi.org 

AWI Heart of America
When: March 17, 2011
What: Program to be announced
Host: Dimensional Innovations
Where: Overland Park, KS
Information: www.heartofamericaawi.org 

AWI Florida Chapter 
When: April 1, 2011(morning – plant tour; afternoon – presentation)
What: Plant Tour of Baron Manufacturing, Architectural Panel Products and Hollywood Woodwork
Presentations: "AWI National Developments" by AWI Past President Yves DesMarais and "AWI Quality Certification Program Policy Changes" by Ashley Goodin, AWI QCP Compliance Auditor
Where: Plant facilities and Holliday Inn (off Sheridan)
Hotel Information: $109 Group rate per night; click here for reservations.
Information: Chapter President/Treasurer Phyllis M. Thornberg – phyllis@lyndan.com; (p) 813.977.6683


AWI Central Pennsylvania Chapter
When: April 6, 2011 (12:30 – 3:30 pm)
What: Presentation and Lunch
Presentation: "Best Practices for the New Economy"
Presenter: Steve Waltman, Stiles Machinery and Teresa McCain, AWI
Where: Wildwood Conference Center, Harrisburg, PA
Registration: (See attached) $35 per person, $100 Tabletops available 

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 February 17, 2011.


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AWI SPONSORS
Click on the sponsors below to visit their web sites! Get better acquainted with these AWI Supplier Members and generous supporters of AWI.
SUSTAINING SPONSOR
Stiles Machinery, Inc.
www.stilesmachinery.com
MAJOR SPONSORS
CNA Commercial Insurance
www.cna.com

M. Bohlke Veneer
Corporation

www.mbveneer.com
LEVEL 2 SPONSORS
Chemcraft ®
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Gemini Coatings, Inc.
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M.L. Campbell Company
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LEVEL 3 SPONSOR
Valspar
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LEVEL 4 SPONSORS
Adservco Group
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Art For Everyday, Inc.
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ETemplate Systems
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Flexible Materials, Inc.
www.flexwood.com

IMA / Schelling
American Alliance

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Pollmeier, Inc
www.pollmeier.com

SCM Group North America
www.scmgroup-usa.com

Sherwin-Williams Company
www.sherwin-williams.com

SL Laser Systems
www.sl-laser.com

Star Moulding & Trim Company
www.starmoulding.com

States Industries, Inc.
www.statesind.com

Waco Composites, Ltd
www.armorcore.com
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May 11-14, 2011
AWI Spring Professional
Development Seminars &
Leadership Conference
Sheraton St. Louis City Center
St. Louis, MO
www.awinet.org

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AWI and members want to know about your company’s personnel changes, business expansion, awards, education programs, "green" business practices and certifications, and more. Send news and press releases to AWI Marketing Director
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