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

2011 AWI CODB Survey Participants Eligible for Drawing, Webinar

This is THE year to participate in the Annual AWI Cost of Doing Business Survey. Guide your business through the recovery with solid facts and an action plan based on your position in the marketplace. All CODBS participants will be eligible for another (and final) drawing on March 15 for $250.

To participate in the CODBS, AWI Manufacturing Members should follow the links on the home page of the AWI Web site, www.awinet.org. Download the spreadsheet and get started.

Help Available
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.

Reap the Rewards
"Knowledge without action is useless," according to Marc Sanderson, President of Wilkie Sanderson. AWI will offer another insightful webinar like the one Mr. Sanderson conducted last year. Get a practical analysis of the results of the 2010 Cost of Doing Business Survey & Compensation Study Report. The complimentary webinar for CODBS participants will focus on how to employ a strategy for taking action from the numbers. Go to www.awinet.org and click on the link to "Download a sample of the 2010 CODBS webinar between participants and Marc Sanderson" for a taste of what you will learn.

In addition, all participants will receive a complimentary copy of the final report, plus a pre-loaded disc with your financial information compared against industry averages and high profit firms.

Act now! You can’t afford to let this opportunity pass.

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Business Tools

The Talk this Week on the 1,000-Participant Network!

What are the hot topics this week among AWI members connecting on the AWI LinkedIn network, now 1,000-participants strong? Jump into the discussions about discoloration of veneers, recruiting ethics, and more.

Active Discussions Underway

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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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? See the project of one of the AOE winners featured in winter edition of Design Solutions – Tumminaro Cabinet & Millwork.

Visit the AWI Web site for information and submission forms. They are now being accepted for the summer 2011 program. The deadline is May 1, 2011.

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.

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. Tumminaro Cabinet & Millwork of Sarasota, FL produced the gorgeous Maple U-shaped bar (shown here), which is the focus of the Neptune Lounge, part of the Sarasota Yacht Club’s new 23,000 square foot clubhouse. Views of other architectural woodwork features of this project manufactured by Tumminaro Cabinet & Millwork can be seen in the winter 2011 issue of Design Solutions.

Photo Credit: Angelo Tumminaro, Sarasota, FL

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AWI Learning Forum

“Pay if Paid Contract Language” Webinar, March 16

Make sure your contracts protect your rights to get paid...even if the General Contractor doesn’t. Learn how to make contract changes to assure you get paid in a timely fashion. Protect your rights. Reduce risk! Register today; space is limited.

AWI Webinar
"Pay if Paid Contract Language"
March 16, 2011
2:00 – 3:00 pm (EST)
Cost: Free for AWI members

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

What’s It About?
This "Pay if Paid" webinar will help participants understand the legal significance of contingent payment contract clauses. Learn the difference between pay if paid versus pay when paid contract provisions. Additionally, the program will explain the most practical ways to lessen or avoid the effects of contingent payment language.

Goal, More Details
Learn to recognize what "pay if paid" contract provisions sounds like. Gain an understanding of what impact contract language will have by distinguishing between if whether versus when you get paid provisions. Learn how to modify language you see in boilerplate contracts in order to convert "pay if paid" to "paid when paid" language. Negotiate the critical language – including minor, non-threatening changes – you need to protect yourself.

"Pay if paid" language in a contract means that the subcontractor does not get paid until the General Contractor gets paid by owner. This type of language can result in the owner withholding payment to the GC if the GC performs defective or non-conforming work, regardless of whether the subcontractor’s work is involved. Even if the woodworker performed the job according to specs, within budget and on time, the GC often doesn’t pay any subcontractor for the work performed In the event he does not receive payment. In many states, the GC does not have a legal obligation to pay subcontractors if such a situation occurs. "Pay if paid" contract language often prevents the subcontractor from either filing a lien or making a claim on a payment bond if a public project. Learn how to understand this critical contract language and successfully make contract changes that offer assurance you will get paid in a timely fashion.

How to Participate?
Register online at awinet.org. Log in as a member of AWI. The program is free to members.

About the Presenter: Michael P. Davis maintains a construction and employment law 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.

Please read cautionary AWI statement in the right-hand column. 

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Under the Surface of the Architectural Woodwork Standards

Having trouble finding specific woodwork criteria in the Architectural Woodwork Standards (AWS)? Not to worry; help is on the way at the Spring Professional Development Seminars & Leadership Conference, May 11-14. Learn how to decipher the format of the Standards and find what you need quickly and easily.

"Participants will gain a good working knowledge of where to find things in the AWS and how to navigate in what may still be an unfamiliar format," advised Mike Bell, AWS seminar team leader and co-presenter. "Many AWI members have said they are challenged to locate information in the new book; the format is different from what they are accustomed to in the AWI Quality Standards Illustrated," he added.

"If you understand the numbering system, it will solve the mystery of where to find information," Mr. Bell said. The goal of the seminar, Mr. Bell and co-presenter Greg Lutz advise, is to take the Standards from the shelf and move them to application in the shop. Attendees will also learn how to use two published reference books, Cabinet Fabrication Handbook and Installation Handbook, as guides to the Standards. They will come away from the seminar with knowledge and tools to make the AWS meaningful to woodwork shop personnel and how to put the handy reference guides to use. "The handbooks are also excellent resources for conducting ‘Shop Talks’ to put the information into practice," Mr. Bell said.

"In some organizations, different parts of the plant are operating off of different pages of information. The plant and the office are not speaking the same language," Mr. Lutz said. "Our goal is to give them the know-how and tools to bridge the gap so everyone is on the same page," he said.

Plan to participate to dig deeper under the surface of the Standards. The presenters will guide the way and allow time for open discussion. Get your questions answered. The session is free of charge, but be sure to sign up before April 22 when registration ends.

About the Presenters:

Mike Bell is the 2011 AWI Vice President and a member of the association’s Board of Directors. He is also a member of the Joint Standards Committee which authored the industry-wide Architectural Woodwork Standards. This year, he is the liaison of the AWI Technical Committee to the association’s board and is also a member of the AWI Speakers Bureau. In addition, Mr. Bell serves on the AWS Education Development and Presentation Teams. From 2001 to 2011 he was the President and co-owner of Kentucky Millwork in Louisville,KY. As of March 7, Mr. Bell is employed on the senior management team as Purchasing Manager of Allegheny Millwork of Lawrence, PA, an AWI Manufacturing Member since 1982.

Greg Lutz is former Chair of the AWI Marketing & Member Services Committee. Currently, he is a member of the AWI Speakers Bureau and serves on the AWS Education Development and Presentation Teams. Mr..Lutz is Vice President of Lutz Woodworks, Wylie, TX, an AWI Manufacturing Member since 2000.

Learn More...

"Under the Surface of the AWS: Using the New Standards"
May 13, 2011
7:00 – 8:00 am

This course will provide the keys to navigating, understanding and putting the new Architectural Woodwork Standards (AWS) to practical use in today’s woodworking business. Going beyond introduction and focusing on application, this will be a powerful "how-to" in moving the AWS from the shelf to the plant floor. In-depth knowledge of the AWS can position your firm as authoritative and professional when dealing with prospective clients.

To register for this event, go to awinet.org and login as a member. Click on "Spring 2011 Seminar" under Meetings and Events at the bottom of the left menu. This particular session is complimentary; however, early bird registration fees, which end April 1, apply for most other sessions. Registration closes April 22, 2011. Don’t delay!

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Award Winning Interiors

Check out AWI’s first online AIA delivery on March 24 for architects and engineers sponsored by WoodWorks. The online session will be conducted by AWI Speaker Bureau member, Jeff Ebel. Registration is free.


"Award Winning Interiors – Architectural Woodworks Standards: Wall Surfacing"March 24, 2011
10:00 am PST | 11:00 am MST | 12:00 noon CDT | 1:00 pm EST
Register Online
Speaker: Jeff Ebel, Architectural Woodwork Institute

1 PDH or AIA/CES LU (HSW/SD) credit. The Wall Surfacing module focuses on the detailed Wall Surfacing section of AWI’s new Architectural Woodwork Standards. This module focuses on how to properly specify a woodwork project that has wood paneling. It emphasizes how to maintain budget and quality per specifications. It introduces the audience to our industries’ new Standards book that was introduced in the summer of 2009. We will discuss how to use the new guide from selection of veneers and cores, through fabrication and installation requirements; and finish with a punch list guide and reference.

The online seminars for architects and engineers featuring topical seminars related to wood design is hosted by WoodWorks, an initiative of the Wood Products Council. It is a cooperative venture of all the major wood associations in North America, as well as research organizations and government agencies. As a result, it provides one-stop access to the widest possible range of information on the use of wood in non-residential structures.

About the Presenter: Jeff Ebel is the founder and past president of Ebel Woodworking, Inc., an architectural woodworking company located in Scandinavia, WI. He has been in the woodworking and furniture industry for over 35 years. As a volunteer, Jeff is active in the Architectural Woodwork Institute currently serving as chair of the National Speakers Bureau Committee and as a member of the Chapter Development Committee assisting with leadership training. He recently completed a two year term as President of the Wisconsin Chapter of the AWI and served 3 years on the AWI National Development Council. He is a volunteer counselor for and Chapter Chair of the Central Wisconsin Chapter of SCORE, volunteers providing free counseling to small businesses. He is on the Board of Directors for Big Brothers/Big Sisters in Stevens Point, serves as an ambassador for the Portage County Business Council and the Wausau Area Chamber of Commerce, and is a member of the HR committee at the Merrill Chamber. His association with the many organizations provides myriad opportunities to utilize his skills as a presenter and leader. 
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AWI eLearning: Always On...Always Accessible

What’s so good about distance learning? Is it a good substitute for on-site learning forums?  Yes, in many cases. So, what’s going on with AWI’s eLearning site under development? 

The AWI eLearning site has been underway to bring professional development to your desktop in response to member requests for 24/7 access to learning forums that allow users to enhance their skills and knowledge any time of the day or night. It's coming to your desktop.

Always Accessible
The courses, webinars, video clips, and other knowledge resources in some cases will compliment learning via live forums; some will supplement knowledge gained in live programs; others will summarize or duplicate live sessions you may have missed.

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. The site is currently 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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Project Management Seminar Team Seeks Faculty Member

How are your Project Management knowledge and skills? Are you willing to share your expertise and join the AWI Project Management Team?

Matt Lundahl of Meyer and Lundahl advises there is an opening for one more member of the standing faculty of this AWI education delivery. Mr. Lundahl is Chair of the AWI Education Seminar Teams and AWI Education Committee liaison to the AWI Board of Directors.

Members who would like to teach Project Management to other members should contact Matt Lundahl at m.lundahl@meyerandlundahl.com.
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24/7 Access to New AWS Wiki Link

Stop in to visit the new AWI / AWS wiki anytime, an online resource about the AWS for AWI members. Learn about the change process for 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 arriving in your mailbox around March 11. 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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Did You Know...the Four Parts of Each Section in the AWS?

By Shows Leary, AWI Quality Certification Program Inspector

Familiarity with the AWI Architectural Woodwork Quality Standards Illustrated (QSI) can no longer be relied on in woodwork project specifications where the Architectural Woodwork Standards (AWS) introduced in August 2009 supercede the QSI. Don’t assume the standards are the same. Learn about the four parts of each section of the AWS.

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

Looking at the User's Guide on page 7 you will see a description of the four (4) categories.

General: Covers general information about that particular section, scope related items and information to be used in the absence of specifications.

Product: Covers required minimum material, machining and assembly requirements for each grade of work, Economy, Custom and Premium.

Execution: Covers minimum installation requirements for each grade of work, Economy, Custom and Premium.

Compliance: Covers observation and testing methods to verify that each product meets the standards.

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

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

Looking at the expanded view of stairs as seen on page 155 you will see a blow up view of a typical stair. This gives a view of options for stair details but does not require that all the pieces shown are required. Now, when you get into the Product section on page 157 that is where you find the exact requirements for the stair you are building. On page 164 you will find the Execution requirements for the installation of your stairs. And, finally on page 168 you will find the Compliance section so you can test your work and verify that it complies with the AWS requirements.

About the author: Shows Leary has been an AWI Quality Certification Program (QCP) inspector since 1996. He has served as QCP's Regional Representative and as a member of the Quality Certification Corporation Board of Directors and Board of Appeals. He is an alternate member of the AWI Technical Committee. Contact Shows Leary at Shows Leary Project Management, LLC, shows@showsleary.com.

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AWS Errata Web Site – Check for Latest Changes

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

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

Many changes have been made since October 1, 2009 following publication of the First Edition of the AWS in August 2009. The Errata Web site is the ultimate source of information which is posted as AWS data changes.

Visit http://www.aws-errata.com/ for errors and corrections to the Architectural Woodwork Standards (AWS) jointly produced and published by the three developers: AWI, the Architectural Woodwork Manufacturers Association of Canada (AWMAC) and the Woodwork Institute (WI).

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AWI News

Is Your AWI Membership Current?

You’re late, you’re late for a very important date. What is it? Your AWI membership renewal 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?

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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AWI Member Discount for Seminars at AWFS Fair

All members of AWI will once again be eligible to receive a 10% discount on any of the 46 AWFS® Fair College of Woodworking Knowledge (CWWK) educational seminars, July 20-23 in Las Vegas, NV. Registration opens this month.

Sessions range from one and one-half hour presentations and two-hour panels to three-and four-hour lecture/demos and an all-day Lean Manufacturing workshop. Seminars include the popular SMART programs (Special Machinery and Relevant Technology) that take place on the exhibit floor before the show opens in the morning. The SMARTs focus on technical information, new technology and machine processes.

Don’t miss these other show events:

  • A new education track debuts at the 2011 show. Shops Ten and Under features topics specific to shops with ten or less employees.
  • The Green Desk – Back in 2011, this is an Ask-the-Expert, drop by counter where you can ask questions related to sustainable programs, green building certifications, achieving LEED credits and more. The desk will be hosted throughout the show by environmental organizations and trade associations with sustainability programs.
  • The smartSHOP – An exhibit hall attraction demonstrating "Simplicity in Automation for the Small Shop," throughout the course of the show, led by industry expert, Gero Sassenberg and others.
  • The Furniture Society convenes its 2011 annual conference in conjunction with the AWFSFair. Stop by their booth to see member works and look for TFS-related activities.
  • Cabinet Makers Association hosts a networking event open to all attendees with time for meeting and chatting as well as some serious problem solving.
  • The Belt Sander Races are back and a great way to unwind at the end of a foot-weary trade show day!
  • The Fresh Wood student competition –always a crowd pleaser with lots of wood eye candy.

Online registration for the CWWK seminars opens in mid- to late-March. To take advantage of the discount when registering online, AWI members must fill in their association name and code.  The Code Number for AWI is AW4323.

Don’t’ miss out on the chance to save while you learn at the 2009 AWFS®Fair! Full seminar information will be available online in mid-to late March. To register online or for more information on the AWFS®Fair, go to www.AWFSfair.org.
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Construction News

Bid & Negotiate Better Contract Terms with New ASA Tool

Construction subcontractors are routinely asked to sign contracts with complicated and risky payment, retainage, claims, insurance and other terms. So where can subcontractors find tools to help them get equitable terms like those in the ASA-endorsed ConsensusDOCS 750 subcontract?

The American Subcontractors Association (ASA) offers subcontractors three solutions:

  • The ASA Addendum to Subcontract (2011)
  • The ASA Short-Form Addendum to Subcontract (2011)
  • The ASA Subcontractor Bid Proposal (2011)

ASA last revised these documents in 2008

Subcontractors can use the language in the ASA Addendum to Subcontract (2011) to suggest terms or modify proposed subcontract agreements. In more limited negotiations, subcontractors can use the ASA Short-Form Addendum to Subcontract (2011) to address four key areas of subcontracts: hold harmless; insurance; payment terms; and changes and claims. The ASA Subcontractor Bid Proposal (2011) takes advantage of the new and improved 2011 ConsensusDOCS, enabling subcontractors to condition their bids on use of the ConsensusDOCS 750 Agreement Between Contractor and Subcontractor. When accepted by prime contractors, bids conditioned using the ASA bid proposal document create a binding subcontract based on the terms of the ConsensusDOCS 750. Instructions for bid conditioning are included.

ASA members may access ASA’s updated forms on the "Contracts & Project Management" page of the ASA Web site at www.asaonline.com. Nonmembers may download a sample of the ASA Short-Form Addendum to Subcontract (2011) from the ASA Web site.

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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. For additional information about the program, speakers and topics, click here.

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 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. Registration is discounted for AWI members; sign up at the reduced rate until March 11.

AWI members receive a $75 discount. Enter the code – AWI11GREEN – when registering at www.GreenWoodSeminar.com.

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.

To view program details and to register go to www.greenwoodseminar.com.
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WoodLINKS Appoints AWI’s Kent Gilchrist to Its Board

WoodLINKS USA (WL USA) announced two new board members, Kent Gilchrist and Bill Esler.

AWI Manufacturing Member, Kent Gilchrist is President of Fremont Interiors, Inc. Mr. Gilchrist is a past President of the AWI Ohio Valley Chapter. He is currently a member of the Board of Directors of both AWI and the Woodwork Career Alliance, is active in the AWI Speakers Bureau and the AWI Chapter Development Committee, and currently chairs the AWI SkillsUSA Committee. Mr. Gilchrist will solidify and further develop WL USA’s relationship with SkillsUSA and the North American Woodwork Career Alliance.

Bill Esler is an editor for Custom Woodworking Business Magazine and coordinates all content for Wood & Wood Products, CLOSETS, Woodworkingnetwork.com and Closetsmagazine.com, along with related newsletters. He will head up WL USA’s new marketing plan for 2011 and assist in preparing press releases for the wood industry and its associations.

Watch for other news about WoodLINKS in the March issue of AWI NewsBriefs, the monthly print newsletter of AWI. Copies should arrive in your mailbox around March 11. Visit WoodLINKS at www.woodlinksusa.org.
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Safety Matters

OSHA Enforcement Guidance on Personal Protective Equipment

A new directive went into effect February 10, 2011 that provides Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) enforcement personnel with instructions for determining whether employers have complied with the agency's personal protective equipment standards.

These PPE standards require employers to provide – at no cost to workers – protective equipment, such as goggles and face shields to prevent eye injuries; earplugs and earmuffs to prevent hearing loss; and respirators to protect workers from exposure to air contaminants.

The new Enforcement Guidance for Personal Protective Equipment in General Industry clarifies what type of PPE employers must provide at no cost to workers and when employers are required to pay for PPE. The directive also provides guidance that allows employers to use PPE that complies with current consensus standards, and updates PPE enforcement policies based on court and review commission decisions. See the news release for more information.
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Chapter News

What Chapters Are Celebrating Anniversaries?

Send congratulations to the chapter officers.

The following AWI chapters will celebrate their anniversaries soon. Visit the AWI chapter listing page at awinet.org and send your congratulations to each chapter.


  • AWI Chicago Chapter (1965)


  • AWI Great Lakes Chapter (1971)

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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 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 Great Lakes Chapter
When: April 20, 2011
What: General Membership Meeting (Plant Tour, Networking, Dinner and more)
Information & Sponsorships: Contact Tyler Cerny at 231.557.2982.

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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