A bi-monthly news publication for AWI Manufacturing
& Supplier Members
February 17, 2011

Next Online AWI "Shop Talk" Session on February 23

If you missed the first enlightening session of "Randy Jensen’s Shop Talk," another one is scheduled for February 23. Get answers to your questions about the Architectural Woodwork Standards (AWS).

Learn about changes to the AWS, how the change process occurs, how you participate in the process, and more.

The session is set for February 23 at 2:00 pm (EST). To register for this event, go to www.awinet.orgMake sure to login first and then click on "Shop Talk AWS Online" under "Meetings and Events" at the bottom of the left menu.


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Standards

24/7 Access to New AWI / AWS Wiki Link

Stop in to visit the new AWI / AWS wiki anytime. It’s an online resource for AWI members to learn about changes in the Architectural Woodwork Standards (AWS) and latest developments within the Joint Standards Committee. Find out about "Page 10" submissions and more.

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 proposes changes to the AWS and how to participate in the process, watch for news in the March issue of AWI NewsBriefs. Look for an article by AWI Technical Committee Chair Randy Jensen of Leonard Peterson.

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 First “Shop Talk” Session Available Online

The January 20th inaugural online "Shop Talk" session allowed AWI members to learn more about the Architectural Woodwork Standards (AWS). 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 by clicking here.  If you have any issues viewing the session, contact Maggie Picard at mpicard@awinet.org.


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AWI Learning Forum

Contracts: The Profits Are in the Details

It’s about improving project risks and benefits. That’s what you’ll learn during this stimulating seminar on May 12 at the AWI Spring Professional Development Seminars in St. Louis.

"Attendees will discover better ways to weigh the risks and benefits of contracts and take away tools for improving them," seminar co-presenter Randy Jensen of Leonard Peterson told AWI e-briefs. "Negotiation is a valuable tool for securing a contract that protects your interests and your bottom line," Jensen said. Negotiating contracts can help build good relationships with General Contractors. Effective negotiation allows you to educate a General Contractor (GC) about aspects of the contract that will favorably affect the GC and you.

"We hope to educate attendees that they do have the power to negotiate. If the subcontractor acts professionally, he/she will be respected," added co-presenter Michael Davis, attorney with Chamberlain, Hrdlicka, White, Williams & Martin.

"In today’s economy, many subcontractors are fearful of losing a job; on the other hand, they should be more concerned about the terms of contracts. GCs are increasingly moving risks downstream. Risk is based on lack of credit worthiness. Because the nature of doing business has changed, credit worthiness is now an essential issue. For example, changes in scope are often documented by a change order. Now, subcontractors not only want an executed change order; they also are demanding reassurance that the money is available to cover the change order. "‘Do the owners have the money to pay for changes in the scope of the project' is a question subcontractors are asking," Davis noted.

"A woodworker has to look at the proposed contract and related documents and identify who the project owner is and where the money is coming from," Jensen said. "Boilerplate contracts do not usually identify sensitive financial information that reveals the owner’s credit worthiness. But, subcontractors need to have language in their contracts that gives them access to such information," Davis advised.

There are many potential land mines in the typical boilerplate contract, according to Jensen and Davis. One example is the use of a "pay if paid" clause, which precludes the subcontractor from relying on the GC’s credit worthiness, according to Davis. "In other words, if the GC does not get paid, they have no obligation to pay the subcontractor. The issue is compounded in the public sector when the owner of a project is a state or local government and it runs out of funds for the project. How do you get paid if your subcontract has a ‘pay if paid’ clause in it?" Davis said.

Dig through the contract language with these seminar co-presenters and find numerous opportunities to not only protect your business but boost its bottom line.

About the Authors:

Randy Jensen is a 30-year veteran of Leonard Peterson in Auburn, AL. He has served AWI in the following capacities: AWI Board of Directors, Quality Standards Board of Review, AWILL Executive Management Team and Press Division Bursar. He is currently Chair of the AWI Technical Committee and continues as an AWI Representative to the Joint Standards Committee, on which he works with AWI, AWMAC and WI, developers and publishers of the industry-wide Architectural Woodwork Standards released in August 2009.

Michael P. Davis, Attorney-at-Law, Chamberlain, Hrdlicka, White, Williams & Martin, maintains a construction law and employment practice and has successfully represented a broad spectrum of specialty trade contractors and prime contractors in a variety of construction disputes involving defective workmanship , 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.

Learn More...

"Contracts: The Profits Are in the Details"
Thursday, May 12, 2011
8:00 am – 12:00 pm

Contract language can be unfathomable. If you don’t understand the hidden details, you could commit to an unprofitable project. Protect your rights, preserve your profits! Learn how to negotiate contract terms that protect your interests while satisfying those of Contractors and Owners. You need not fear losing a project over negotiations. Nail the details down up front to minimize disputes down the road. Learn from an attorney who has represented specialty trade contractors in a variety of disputes involving construction defects, warranty issues, increased scope of work, and labor inefficiencies. Take home sample language for use in negotiating your rights on the next project that is more profitable and less stressful.

Faculty:
Randy Jensen, Leonard Peterson & Company
Michael P. Davis (Attorney-at-Law), Chamberlain, Hrdlicka, White, Williams & Martin

Register early and save! Early Bird Rate: $250 AWI Member; $500 Non-Member. To register for this event, go to www.awinet.org and login as a member. Click on "Spring 2011 Seminar" under "Meetings and Events" at the bottom of the left menu. 


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Cash Flow: Managing the Process for Maximum Revenue

By Matt Lundahl, Meyer and Lundahl Manufacturing Company

Do your project managers understand how cash flow affects your business? In this economy the availability of cash is crucial. Do your project managers understand this and perform their jobs with the comprehension and know-how to manage your firm’s cash? AWI’s "Advanced Project Management" seminar offers guidance.

During the seminar we spend two entire teaching segments educating participants about the need for cash, cash flow, and the financial considerations and concerns of your business. Architectural woodworkers are so much different than just about every other subcontractor and participant in the construction industry. Woodworking is a very high capitol investment industry. Our project managers need to understand that a considerable amount of our day-to-day costs are "non variable" and they must be able to manage billings and cash flow to cover these costs each and every month.

Our seminar presentations also relate revenue issues to getting the work into the shop. Each day that we don’t make anything; we have nothing to bill for. A work day that is lost is money lost!

Speaking of billings, how do the tasks of Project Management relate to invoicing? Is your schedule of values in line with your outflow of cash? Are you getting paid in time for your up-front work like deposits for materials, shop drawings and mock ups? This is all part of the project manager’s tool box and he/she needs to understand this more and more in today’s economy!

Most of the failures in our industry come from RUNNING OUT OF CASH, not because we do not know how to build quality architectural woodwork. The concept and disciplines are crucial for our project managers to understand. We instill this need in them and provide them with the details so they can return to your business with this understanding and knowledge to improve your cash flow.

Are change orders a drain on your cash flow too? Should they be? Change orders are one of the most challenging, vulnerable and contentious issues with which we deal. Pricing and getting paid in a timely manner is paramount on change orders. Are you in control of this process, and are you getting paid adequately and on time for these changes to your work? What constitutes a change? Who and how do you recognize these changes; how and when do we ask and get paid for them? Not all changes are tangible and obvious, but if they cost our businesses money beyond the original scope, we need to take action and get paid for these changes.

At the "Advanced Project Management" Seminar on May 13-14...

  • Learn from experienced owners and project managers.
  • Gain tried and true methods of how they deal with these issues.
  • Have your project managers return to your business with this valuable knowledge and understanding of these somewhat forgotten, but crucial parts to the success of our businesses.

About the Author: Matt Lundahl is a regular presenter of AWI’s Fundamentals and Advanced Project Management courses and is currently a member of the AWI Board of Directors. Mr. Lundahl is Chief Operating Officer of Meyer and Lundahl, a 55,000 square foot architectural woodwork manufacturing facility in Phoenix, AZ. Founded in 1948, the firm has 100 employees today.

Learn More...

"Advanced Project Management"
(Two-Day Course)
May 13-14, 2011
8:00 am – 5:00 pm

A project manager’s work is never done. A great project manager guides the team and assures that tasks are completed on time, in budget, and with profit. Elevate your skills and techniques to manage your customers and your woodwork team to control the myriad of details and changes from project initiation to completion. Improve your skills at identifying risks and defining risk strategies, controlling the change management process, implementing a quality management plan, and closing the project. Improve the flow of the job from start to successful punch out with confidence and less stress.

Prerequisite: Completion of the "Fundamentals of Project Management" course or a minimum of three years of project management experience in a construction environment.

Faculty:
Matt Lundahl, Meyer and Lundahl Manufacturing Company
Greg Kasten, Mortensen Woodwork

Register early and save!  Early Bird Rate: $600 AWI Member; $1200 Non-Member. To register for this event, go to www.awinet.org and login as a member. Click on "Spring 2011 Seminar" under "Meetings and Events" at the bottom of the left menu. 


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AWI eLearning: Coming to Your Desktop

For some time, AWI members have expressed a desire for online / distance learning. And, AWI has listened. Planning and development of an interactive eLearning site has been underway to bring professional development to your desktop. What’s it all about?

AWI has adopted the open-source Learning Management System called MOODLE as the platform for delivering engaging and interactive knowledge and education about our industry.

Open 24/7 / Always On

When completed it will be filled with resources – courses, webinars, video clips – and more. It is a powerful system that will meet your professional development needs online, 24/7 at YOUR convenience. It's Always On. The site is being BETA tested.  The structure is in place and the administrative tools are being tweaked. Learning resources and courses are being developed and added daily. Stay tuned for more details next month.

 



AWI e-Learning:
Always On


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Business Tools

2011 AWI CODB 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. All Cost of Doing Business Survey (CODBS) participants will be eligible for drawings on March 1 and 15 for $250 each. Increase your chances of winning by submitting your data early.

For AWI Manufacturing Members, 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. Get assistance from AWI, if you are unsure how to complete the survey. Non-competitive AWI members are available to consult with you about the survey. And, the February issue of AWI NewsBriefs features 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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Winter 2011 Design Solutions Is Open Online

Whose work is featured in the winter edition of Design Solutions? Who are the members who have earned an "Award of Excellence?"

Angelo Tumminaro Cabinet and Millwork (FL)
Gaithersburg Cabinet and Millwork, Inc. (VA)
CBR Woodworking, LLC (NJ)
Cohen Architectural Woodworking (MO)
Wend-Wood, Inc. (KS)

Click here to see Design Solutions online, AWI's official quarterly journal.
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The Talk this Week!

What are the hot topics this week among AWI members connecting on the AWI LinkedIn network? Agrofiber Core Material Manufacturers and 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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Sponsor Spotlight

“Ability Will Never Catch up with the Demand for It”

By Art For Everyday, Level 4 AWI Sponsor

From this famous quote by Confucius, it can be assumed that the great Chinese thinker and social philosopher understood the true value of true talent and craftsmanship.

Born in 551 BC, Confucius’ teachings form the foundation of much of our current thoughts on education and society. Not only did his prominent philosophy emphasize personal and governmental morality,justice and sincerity, but he also released the importance of finding true beauty in nature. 

Though not a man in love with his own likeness, this appreciation would have lead even Confucius himself to be overwhelmed by this stunning, wood carving portrait. Commissioned for a private residence as a custom carving, Art For Everyday’s master carvers had to get under the skin of the eminent Chinese philosopher before they could carve it. After a little research, some reflection and a touch of Zen, the 28 inch diameter masterpiece could be started.

Both carver and client agreed that one of the most important aspects of the piece was the philosopher’s eyes. Once the wisdom and energy that represented Confucius was achieved through his gaze, the carving would take on another level of realism. Looking at the subtle detailing and use of light and shading around the carving’s face, our client and everyone at Art For Everyday was extremely happy with the result.

Created in Maple, the disk was designed to sit within the center of two paneled, pocket doors. Chinese symbols containing a private message adorn either side of the door, adding the uniqueness of the design. The disk is divided in two and as the doors close, the image of Confucius comes together to reveal the great thinker’s noble stare.

Custom pieces such as these add to Art For Everyday’s existing product lines of over 750 architectural woodcarvings manufactured at their Toronto, Canada production facilities. Known for custom carving capabilities and the ability to work with designers in custom applications, Art For Everyday can also produce custom sizes of standard items, including the new collection, to suit any project.

Art For Everyday is a leading producer of architectural woodcarvings and turnings for the high-end kitchen design industry, as well as interior design and architectural firms. Recognized for their original design, the company uses premium North American lumber to craft over 750 woodcarvings in 12 different categories, including corbels, mantels, appliqués, moldings, capitals, turnings and rosettes. Visit Art For Everyday at www.afe-inc.com.

Art For Everyday has been an AWI Suppler Member since 2006.


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AWI News

AWI New Members

AWI welcomes eight new members to its architectural woodwork community. Who are they?

MANUFACTURING
A & B Woodcraft, Inc., Decatur, GA, www.abwoodcraft.com
Aaron Carlson Corporation, Minneapolis, MN, www.aaroncarlson.com 
Capital Components & Millwork, Elkwood, VA
Commercial Display and Design, LLC, Norwich, NY, www.cddmillwork.com
Wood Designs, Ltd., Greeley, CO, www.wooddesignsltd.com
Wooden Valley Carpentry, Inc., Winthrop Harbor, IL, www.woodenvalleycarpentry.com
WoodMark, New Caney, TX

SUPPLIER
Dooge Veneers, Inc., Grand Rapids, MI, www.doogeveneers.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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Is Your AWI Membership Current?

Have you renewed your AWI membership for 2011? Don’t miss out on valuable business exposure, professional development programs, business tools to strengthen your company, and much more.

Remit payment at www.awinet.org or contact AWI Membership Manager Cassey Gibson, cgibson@awinet.org, to inquire about the status of your remittance. Keep your AWI membership current!
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Trade Shows / Forums

Having Troubles? Constant Interruptions? Inefficient Communications?

If that sounds familiar to you, check out the "Why Lean Administration?" workshop on March 29 and 30, 2011 in the Raleigh-Durham area to learn how to excel in managing and organizing your administrative tasks.

Sponsored by Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, VA, the workshop provides guidance on how to apply Lean management in the field of administration and how to create an efficient and transparent process. This two-day event includes a hands-on simulation to enhance your Lean administration experience. Find the workshop flyer attached. To register, visit the Lean/Virginia Tech Web site at www.vtlean.org/club/workshops/.

If you have any questions, contact Virginia Tech at info@vtlean.org or 540.443.6688. 

The "Why Lean Administration" workshop will take place at the Holiday Inn in Morrisville, NC, conveniently located adjacent to the Raleigh-Durham airport.
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Member News

Fairfield County Millwork Rebuilding Plant

AWI Manufacturing Member, Fairfield County Millwork suffered a devastating loss on February 2 when 12,000 square feet of their manufacturing space was destroyed due to a roof collapse. Fortunately, all the employees made it out of the building safely.

According to John Ianiri, President of Fairfield County Millwork, they are currently restoring much of the office and are resuming normal operations. They are committed to rebuilding their manufacturing space on a very aggressive schedule and expect to resume full capacity within 90 days.

Mr. Ianiri wrote, "I have received an incredible outpouring of support from our clients, vendors, competitors and all of my associates at AWI.  Through these resources, we will reach out to partner with other shops to assist in completing work in process and newly contracted work. I will personally guarantee that all our projects will be completed in a timely manner and that our clients will not be compromised by schedule delays or quality issues."

For more information on the news report about the collapse, click here.

Located in Bethany, CT, Fairfield County Millwork has been an AWI Manufacturing Member since 1995.


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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. Sign up by March 2, 2011 to register at the early bird AWI member rate.

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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About QCP

Risk-management and Sustainability: Additional Benefits of Certification Programs

By AWI Quality Certification Corporation Executive Vice President Craig Elias

The Architectural Woodwork Institute’s Quality Certification Corporation (AWI QCC) applauds "Certification Programs: Creating the right environment for quality and safety," published in the January 2011 issue of Construction Specifier.

The authors, Brian Miller, PE LEED AP, and Dean Frank, PE, did an excellent job of summarizing the integral role of certification programs throughout the entire construction process.

In particular, the authors’ assessment of certification programs as more than just a checklist, but rather a dynamic, pervasive system of knowledge, which aims to ensure safety and project quality while saving time and money is right on target. These benefits are also paramount to the AWI Quality Certification Program (QCP); however, there are some additional benefits to certification, such as risk-management and sustainability.

RISK MANAGEMENT

Managing risk and reducing liability are important aspects of many certification programs. For example, responsibility for top-notch architectural woodwork lies with a whole team of professionals: woodworkers, finishers and installers, to name a few. Testing, inspection and ultimately certification by an impartial, third-party certification body, such as the QCP, is the only way to ensure that all parties are on the same page and playing by the same rules.

Consider "board-certified" medical professionals. Like Q-accredited woodworking firms, board-certification ensures physicians and dentists meet specific, ongoing competency requirements; however, the same cannot be said for those who are not board-certified.

SUSTAINABILITY

Sustainability is an inherent, but frequently overlooked benefit of certification programs. The thought of harvesting endangered wood species and depletion of irreplaceable resources is appalling. The construction industry should not tolerate the fabrication of natural resources into products that fail to endure or fulfill their intended function; otherwise, industry efforts toward sustainable harvesting will be for naught. Adherence to quality standards, such as those set forth in the Architectural Woodwork Standards and enforced by the QCP, help ensure architectural woodwork projects meet specifications and quality requirements that enhance functionality and durability, thus reducing the need for rework, and eliminating unnecessary waste of natural resources.

In closing, the AWI QCC also commends the authors on their assessment that the most effective certification programs are those that are part of a comprehensive quality system. The AWI QCC recognizes the value of a quality management system (QMS), and has in fact, recently implemented its own QMS, based upon internationally recognized ISO 9001:2008 standards. The QMS plays a critical role in QCC’s commitment to continual improvement of the QCP and pursuance of additional certification initiatives, such as Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) Chain of Custody certification going forward.

To view the article, "Certification Programs: Creating the right environment for quality and safety," click here. Visit the AWI / QCC Quality Certification Program at www.awiqcp.org.


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Chapter News

Chapter Program Developments & News

The AWI Western Washington Chapter welcomed AWI National’s participation at its meeting on February 9 that attracted about 50 members.

AWI Board of Directors member Steve Waltman, VP of Stiles Machinery, led off with an update and welcome from the board, the officers and the staff.

The chapter encouraged Reid Giving from Stiles Machinery, a founding member of the AWI Oregon Chapter, to pass on the Western Washington Chapter’s congratulations and best wishes.

Marty Jones, Product Manager at Stiles, presented a program, ‘Let the Veneer Do the Talking." He gave a generic overview of all things related to the use of veneer.  His program included: how veneer is made; how to specify veneer; identification of the various cuts and sequencing of veneer; and how veneer is manufactured through a medium sized shop.  The program ran past the allotted time due to a very engaged Q & A.

Former AWI board member, Dennis Milsten of Westmark Products, Inc., helped Waltman meet and greet many of the members.  Of the 50 in attendance about 25 to 30% were Supplier Members from the area. 
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What Chapters Are Celebrating Anniversaries?

Send congratulations to the chapter officers.

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

MARCH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATIONS

  • AWI Missouri / Illinois Chapter (2008)
  • AWI New Jersey Chapter (1965)

APRIL ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATIONS

  • AWI Chicago Chapter (1965)

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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 Oregon Chapter
When: February 23, 2011 (12:00 noon - 2:00 pm)
What: Chapter Organization Benefits & Luncheon Meeting
Where: Flight Deck Restaurant, Salem Airport Terminal Building
Registration: Amy Booher, Pilgrims Fine Woodworks, amy@pilgrimsfinewoodworks.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 11, 2011 (Date Change)
What: Program to be announced
Host: Dimensional Innovations
Where: Overland Park, KS
Information: www.heartofamericaawi.org 

AWI Oregon Chapter
When: March 16, 2011
Information: AWI Chapter Coordinator, gbednar@awinet.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 Dania Beach Florida
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 (12:00 – 3:30 pm) (Time Change)
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 

AWI Iowa / Nebraska Chapter
When: April 15, 2011
What: Chapter Meeting
Where: DMAC
Sponsor: Baer Supply / Tim Morrow
Information: Chapter President, Larry Schmitz, (p) 712.252.4357, larrys@customwoodworksltd.com  

AWI Heart of America Chapter
When: April 15, 2011
What State SkillsUSA Competition Judged by the Heart of America Chapter

AWI Wisconsin Chapter
When: April 19, 2011
What Board of Directors Meeting / Program
Where: Milwaukee, WI
Information: www.awiwi.org 

AWI Virginia Chapter
When: May 4, 2011
What: Plant Tour, Lunch & Chapter Meeting
Plant Tour: Gaithersburg Cabinetry, hosted by former Chapter President & current AWI Board member Steve Smith
Where: Warrenton, VA
Information: Bruce Cody, bcody@arcwoodva.com
; (p) 540.989.1040 

AWI Heart of America Chapter
When: May 19, 2011
What: Chapter Meeting, Program on AWS
Where: Wichita, KS
Host: Wend-Wood, Inc.
Information: Daryl Markel, Wend-Wood, Inc., (p) 316.264.1997 x201 

AWI New England Chapter
When: May 19, 2011
What: Chapter Meeting & "Roundtable on Best Practices," and "AWI Cost of Doing Business Survey"
Information: www.neawi.org

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