A bi-monthly news publication for AWI Manufacturing
& Supplier Members
April 7, 2011

Deadlines Extended for Two AWI Services Critical for Your Business

Competing for, getting new business, and fulfilling project commitments as you go about "normal" business operations is not easy. Yet, professional development and the right business tools can help you compete, especially during economically challenging times. To assist members during these critical and busy times, AWI has extended two deadlines to enable broader participation. April 15 is the new deadline for: 1) participation in the Annual Cost of Doing Business Survey and 2) early bird registration for the Spring Professional Development Seminars & Leadership Conference. Get involved!

2011 AWI Cost of Doing Business Survey (CODBS)
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. Time is running out to elevate your business to high performance with the results of this highly regarded financial management tool – available only through AWI to participating members.

And, if you need assistance, AWI can help, non-competitive AWI members are available to consult with you about the survey. Plus, the February issue of AWI NewsBriefs features a "how to" resource that helps simplify participation. Push the "Easy" Button! Dave Nadolski, AWI Board of Directors member and Chair of the AWI Audit Committee, shares "Ten Steps to Participate in the CODBS." It’s easier than you think.

The survey results are one of the best AWI services you can receive to analyze and guide your business during the economic recovery. Taking your CODBS figures to the AWI Spring Professional Development Seminars & Leadership Conference in St. Louis, and working with them in the "Money Matters" seminar on May 12 will give you another return on your participation investment.

AWI Spring Professional Development Seminars & Leadership Conference
Check out the feast of AWI education opportunities May 11-14, 2011, in St. Louis, MO.

Best in Class!
AWI’s learning forums are the "best in class" when it comes to professional development and leadership education. AWI’s courses will help you advance your knowledge, increase your power, and improve your competitiveness. Being "best in class" can mean the difference between discovering new business opportunities and getting the next profitable job every time.

Lead the Way to...

  • Inspiring Your Team
  • Streamlining Operations
  • Growing with the "Green" Movement
  • Expanding Your Network
  • Cultivating Chapter Growth
  • Maximizing Profits
  • Beating the Competition

Take advantage of early bird registration rates which have been expanded through April 15, 2011. It’s not too late to learn new ways to enhance your skills and fine-tune your business operations to maximize opportunities during the economic recovery. Get a competitive edge! Click here for more information and to register today! Remember to login as an AWI Member for the special member rates.

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AWI Learning Forum

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. 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 www.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 continue through April 15, apply for most other sessions. Registration closes April 22, 2011. Don’t delay!

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Introduction to QCP: Maximizing Your Participation

What’s it take to participate in the AWI Quality Certification Program (AWI QCP)? How can you market QCP to justify and receive recognition of the added value certification offers to the project? Learn how – and more – at the QCP seminar on May 12, 2011.

During the AWI Spring Professional Development Seminars & Leadership Conference, May 11-14, this session will help attendees understand the timeline of application and acceptance into the program, and project certification. "We’ll show members the major ‘how to’ processes, including application, documentation, inspections and the open book test," Greg Lutz, seminar team leader and co-presenter with Mike Bell advised.

"We’ll walk attendees through the steps once they obtain certification so they understand how to register a project in a timely fashion, find out if a project is registered, and ensure their office practices enable the project’s success. In addition, we’ll explain what to expect if inspections are required, who the inspectors are, and how to market the AWI QCP to their advantage," Mr. Lutz said.

The upcoming seminar is aimed at both newcomers and existing AWI QCP participants. Don’t miss this opportunity to close gaps in information and clear up any confusion you may have about the QCP. The seminar is free for AWI members and AWI/QCP participants.

About the Presenters:

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. He is the lead team member and co-presenter of "Introduction to QCP..." seminar. Mr. Lutz is Vice President of Lutz Woodworks, Wylie, TX, an AWI Manufacturing Member since 2000.

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. 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.

Learn More...                 

"Introduction to QCP:
Maximizing Your Participation"
May 12, 2011
7:00 – 8:00 am

This course will cover the "how-to’s" in becoming certified, as well as implementing the AWI Quality Certification Program (AWI QCP) to assure project compliance and marketing your firm under the QCP banner. Woodworkers will learn all of the necessary steps in applying QCP to their work, improving the value-added worth of the job. 

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. This particular session is complimentary; however, early bird registration fees which continue through April 15, apply for most other sessions. Registration closes April 22, 2011. Don’t delay!


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Business Tools

The Talk this Week on the AWI LinkedIn Network

What are the hot topics this week among AWI members connecting on the AWI LinkedIn network, now 1,000 participants strong? Find out about this week’s lively discussions.

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 AOE Winners: Quality Sells Woodwork

Need a reason to stay in touch with your past and present customers? Tell them you earned an AWI "Award of Excellence" (AOE). See the project of one of the AOE winners – Cohen Architectural Woodworking – featured in winter edition of Design Solutions.

Pictured is one of the award-winning AWI Manufacturing Member projects featured in a recent AWI "Award of Excellence" quarterly competition. The Information Center (shown here) was created by Cohen Architectural Woodworking of St. James, MO for the St. John’s Health System, a 107,000 square-foot-clinic in Rolla MO. Other views of the architectural woodwork throughout this project can be seen in the winter 2011 issue of Design Solutions. Custom woodwork included care team stations with laminate and Cherry wall caps; reception desks, work counters, kiosks and consulting desk.

Photo Credit: Rachel Cohen, St. James, MO

Visit the AWI Web site for information and submission forms for the upcoming (summer 2011) AWI "Award of Excellence" (AOE) 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. Design Solutions showcases, quality, professionalism and creativity among architectural woodworkers.

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Did You Know...What the AWS Says About Closet and Utility Shelving?

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.

Closet and Utility Shelving

As you recall, the QSI had a separate section specific to closet and utility shelving, section 600. In the AWS, closet and utility shelving is now found in section 6 - Interior and Architectural Millwork and begins on page 135 and continues on page 144.

As seen in section the core materials for adjustable shelving ranges from MDF, UV filled particleboard or veneer core product (For Custom Grade) to MDF, thermoset overlay on particleboard or veneer core product. (For Premium Grade)

If the shelf system requires clothes rods or hooks the wall cleats, as seen in section, are required to be minimum 3/4" x 3 1/2". If no clothes rods or hooks are used, then the cleats can be minimum 3/4" x 1 1/2". By the way, note that per section, wood clothes rods must be a minimum 1 3/8" in diameter.

For loose wall to wall shelving the woodworker is required to ship shelf sections long for field fitting, cut to width and edged along with cleats furnished in lineal footage.

If the shelf length will exceed 36" the shelf must be made of 1" thick material (and be one of the materials noted in section and have a minimum 3/4" x 3 1 1/2" applied front drop cleat. Unlike cabinet shelving (see pages 277-280 in section 10), core materials for shelving are limited and at all conditions over 36" must be 1" thick.

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.

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

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Trade Shows / Industry Forums

AWFS®Fair Education Program Leads with Strong Business Management Track

The Association of Woodworking & Furnishings Suppliers® (AWFS) has announced the 2011 College of Woodworking Knowledge Business Management seminars at AWFS®Fair this summer. Scheduled over the four days of the show, July 20-23, 2011, are sessions designed to move businesses up, over and beyond the hurdles of a bad economy, global competition and the tenacity of day-to-day challenges. 

  • "Think Like an Entrepreneur"will be a workshop based on the tenets of Michael Gerber’s, "The E-Myth Revisited."  The session leader will cover how business owners sometimes get in their own way when it comes to running a successful company. Targeted to smaller businesses, the 3-hour program teaches E-Myth’s powerful business development model, which is based on decades of hands-on experience coaching and training business owners.
  • The content of "Becoming the Next Generation Manufacturer" is based on a study of 2,500 U.S. manufacturers conducted by the Manufacturing Performance Institute for the American Small Manufacturers Coalition. The study provides a framework to drive manufacturing growth in the 21st century, based on world-class performance strategies. The session shares world-class best practices in areas of need identified in the study. 
  • The "Profitable Growth through Innovation" seminar is based on the successful Eureka! Ranch business course.  Taught by a certified Eureka! Profit Coach, the session is designed to help participants think smarter and more creatively about how to develop more profitable customers, markets, products and services through innovation techniques designed to help individuals accelerate their growth pipeline. 
  • "Arm Yourself with Financing Savvy" will reveal financial and tax information surrounding business loans – tips most attendees may not be aware of. This seminar is complemented by free, daily presentations on the show floor by the Small Business Administration and the Service Corps of Retired Executives (SCORE), on related topics of preparing financial and business plans, the latest in loan offerings and more.
  • Other business topics include "The Art of Bidding," which will offer attendees a comprehensive spreadsheet as a take-away and a "Hands-On Lean Manufacturing Simulation" workshop, which received a perfect score from attendees at the 2009 show. 
  • Additional topics offered are "Social Media Bootcamp for Woodworkers," "Strengthening your Workforce from Within," "Listening to your Customer," and a session entitled, "Think Creatively! Business Strategies for an Evolving Market," which speaks to various ways to diversify your business, from a panel of business leaders speaking from experience.

The 2011 College of Woodworking Knowledge (http://awfsfair.org/education/full-cwwk-program/) offers seminars in eight different tracks and involves over 50 industry experts prepared to further the knowledge level of attendees. Sessions range from 1 ½ hours to an all-day training workshop. The full education program is available at www.AWFSfair.org.
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Registration Opens, Abstracts Sought for Hardwood Conference

Registration is now open for the 3rd International Scientific Conference on Hardwood Processing (ISCHP2011) to be held in Blacksburg, Virginia, USA from October 16 to 18, 2011. Visit www.ischp2011.org/ for more information. Abstracts are still being accepted.

The Abstracts will be published in a separate proceedings document (with ISBN number). Submission deadlines began March 31, and according to the attached document, continue. See dates for 250-word limit for abstracts.

ISCHP is also inviting participant contributions and commercial exhibits for the conference in six 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

More information is available in the "Call for Abstracts" flyer (attached) or at www.ischp2011.org under "Call for Abstracts" or by e-mailing Urs Buehlmann, conference chair, ischp2011@gmail.com.

AWI is a cooperating Association with this group and event.
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Member News

Lange Bros. Fisher Speaks at Purdue Wood Conference on Carbon Sequestration

Margaret Fisher of Lange Bros. Woodwork Co., Inc. spoke at the 3rd Annual Dollars and Sense of Going Green wood industry conference.

"The wood industry has been engaged in the irrelevant fistfight over which forestry management certification is "best" for so long, people are exhibiting signs of label fatigue," Ms. Fisher said. "Purdue’s leaders wanted to bring a more relevant topic to the conference as it pertains to the whole scope of wood industry business models. This topic helps bring wood in the construction industry back into the discussion that frames the importance of America’s Forest Resources and its incredibly high value as an environmental building material. Carbon is wood’s great equalizer, the fact that 49% of a woods dry weight is sequestered carbon is a timely message and a marketing tool anyone can use," said Ms. Fisher, market development manager at Lange Bros. Woodwork Co., Inc. in Milwaukee, WI.

The event was hosted by Purdue University, Indiana. Industry Leaders from around the U.S. shared current status of North American Forest sustainability, forest management programs, wood use, import and export issues, the Lacey Act and Urban Forestry.

From left are Professor Dan Cassens of Purdue University, Margaret Fisher of Lange Bros. Woodwork Co., Inc, Mark Barford of National Hardwood Lumber Association (NHLA) and Michael Snow of the American Hardwood Export Council (AHEC).
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Roger Jacques Passes Away

Roger Jacques, president of Lambton Doors, passed away on March 17 after a long battle with cancer at the age of 65.

Services were held on Saturday, March 26 in la Guadeloupe, QC, Canada. Memorial contributions may be made to: La Fabrique de la Guadeloupe, 565, 13e Avenue Ouest, La Guadeloupe, Quebec, G0M 1G0 Canada.

Management and the Board of Directors of Lambton Doors offered assurance that prior to his passing, arrangements were made and have since been put into action to continue the normal activity of the company’s business. Lambton Doors has been an AWI Manufacturing Member since 1996.
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Veneer Technologies Names Judges Panel for 2011 Craftsman’s Challenge

AWI Member Keith Yow, of the AWI Carolinas Chapter and founder of the furniture and cabinetmaking program at Cedar Ridge High School, Hillsborough, NC, will serve as one of the three judges in the seventh annual Veneer Tech Craftsman’s Challenge™. The national design competition highlights achievement in the use of natural wood veneer products.

The 2011 Veneer Tech Craftsman’s Challenge rewards excellence in the use of veneer and wood products through cash awards and other recognition for the entire supply chain including craftsmen, distributors and distributor sales representatives, and also for student designers. The competition is co-sponsored this year by CabinetMaker+FDM.

Keith Yow’s professional career began at North Carolina State University's School of Design. He has been involved with Orange County, NC, schools since 1994 and is currently department chair for Cedar Ridge's Career Technical Education Program. Yow was named WoodLINKS USA teacher of the year in 2006. His students have successfully participated in many competitions including AWFS Student Design, IWF Design Emphasis, and SkillsUSA. His student Andrew Prioli won grand prize in the 2009 Veneer Tech Craftsman's Challenge.

Craftsman's Challenge entries are accepted through June 1, 2011. Competition categories include Cabinetry, Architectural Woodworking, Furniture, Specialty Products, Store Fixtures, and Student Design. Entry materials are available online through www.veneertech.com and from Veneer Technologies sales representatives and distributors.

A cash award of $3000 will be made to the creator of the grand prize winning entry. The distributor of the veneer for the grand prize winning entry will receive $2000, and the corresponding distributor salesman will receive $1000. Winners of each of the six categories receive $1000. Awards will be announced at AWFS® Las Vegas, July 20-23.

Veneer Technologies is located in Newport, NC, and specializes in natural face veneers, sheet veneer and edgebanding. The company also offers exotic hardwood lumber and reconstituted veneer products. The company has been an AWI Supplier Member since 1997.
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About QCP

AWI Expands “Talk” Sessions; Next Up “QCP Talk”

AWI’s online "QCP Talk" will be delivered by Joe Sorrelli, a Quality Certification Program (QCP) Representative and Past President of AWI. Register early to get answers to your QCP questions on April 27.

"QCP Talk"
April 27, 2011
2:00 pm (EDT)

Free of charge to AWI members. Details and registration are available by clicking here. Participation is limited to 45, so register early.

About Joe Sorrelli
He is a 50-year veteran of the architectural woodwork industry having worked his way up the ladder from apprentice to business owner. In 1994, he became a consulting business coach and advisor for many woodworking firms around the country. His extensive knowledge of industry standards and practices has been tapped for independent woodwork project inspections and as an expert witness in court cases.

Mr. Sorrelli’s involvement with the AWI Quality Certification Program (AWI QCP) began with its founding, serving as a QCP Inspector for several years, and making presentations about QCP to Architects, Designers and Woodworkers. His involvement with AWI dates back to 1979 and volunteer work on many committees, including Cost of Doing Business, Insurance and Education. He served as AWI President for 1993-1994 and since then has been a three-term Past President delegate to the AWI Board of Directors. Mr. Sorrelli began conducting Design Pro presentations for AWI in the 1980s, providing AIA-approved continuing education to Architects and Designers. As a member of the AWI Speakers Bureau, Mr. Sorrelli is well versed in the Architectural Woodwork Standards and the Quality Standards Illustrated and can speak on any section or subject.  

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Green Scene

Obama Administration Joins Congress in Formally Recognizing Wood as Green

After months of work, the Hardwood Federation successfully achieved green recognition for wood from Congress through the passage of House and Senate resolutions (in 2009 and 2010, respectively).  Now, that work has paid off with endorsement of the merits of "wood as green" building material by the USDA Forest Service and the Obama Administration.

The Congressional resolutions specifically acknowledged that the American hardwood industry sustainably manages an environmentally preferable natural resource and that hardwoods should not be discriminated against in government procurement programs, according to the Hardwood Federation (HF). Following lengthy negotiations with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Obama Administration has also agreed on the merits of wood as a green building material.

On March 30, USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack announced his agency is embracing wood as a green building material and will immediately begin stating a preference for wood in all agency buildings.  "Wood has a vital role to play in meeting the growing demand for green building materials," Secretary Vilsack said in a statement.

Pointing to a recently completed U.S. Forest Service life cycle analysis that showed using wood yielded lower air emissions, including greenhouse gases, than other traditional building materials, Vilsack asked the USFS to suggest ways to enhance research and development projects on green building materials.

The Secretary also said his agency will immediately begin looking for demonstration projects highlighting wood use in non-residential structures. Visit USDA at www.usda.gov. To view the USDA announcement, click here.
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ForestEthics Continues to Peddle Pulp Fiction as SFI Grows

ForestEthics continues to peddle pulp fiction about the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI), repeating the same old inaccurate and misleading information," stated Kathy Abusow, President and CEO, SFI, Inc.

She wrote..."With several credible forest certification standards in the marketplace, there are many paths to the same goals.  While we respect businesses making choices, the real damage from ForestEthics' campaign is the uneven playing field that it creates for well-managed domestic forest practices and products. ForestEthics pushes organizations to buy FSC only, but the vast majority of FSC's supply is offshore.  Global trade in forest products is fine, but domestic products managed to high standards shouldn't be shut out due to misinformation campaigns and pressure tactics. That can hurt our forest communities and cost jobs."

SFI Provides the Following Background
"SFI is strong and growing – more and more companies accept and recognize SFI and many have inclusive policies, recognizing all credible standards. SFI is the largest single forest certification standard in the world and last year, we experienced record growth in chain of custody certificates and locations and label use approvals.

We will stand up for SFI's name, the integrity of our program, our audit requirements, and our board. We are proud of the SFI community's commitment and progress in responsible forestry, our growth and recognition in the marketplace, our on-the ground-work in conservation, and our tangible work in communities across North America. ForestEthics' malicious campaigns will not deter us from that focus," Ms. Abusow reported.

For more information, see SFI's "Setting the Record Straight" page.
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Chapter News

AWI Oregon Chapter Gets Official Recognition

AWI President Robert Stout recently welcomed a new chapter to the AWI community – the Oregon Chapter. The chapter became official on March 17, 2011 following approval of its charter by the AWI Board of Directors. The Oregon Chapter is the 26th AWI chapter.

Chapter officers were elected at the group’s first meeting on January 26, 2011 in Salem, OR. Congratulations to all and thanks for your commitment to making the chapter a success.

Chapter Officers are: President, Sean McConeghy, Market Contractors; Vice President, Jerry Stump, Architectural Millwork Manufacturing; and Secretary / Treasurer, Amy Booher, Pilgrims Fine Woodwork.

Chapter Committee Chairs are: Program, Dan Koonce, Salem Wood Products; and Membership, Jack Ragan of Delmac Machinery Group.

For more details about the new AWI chapter, check your mailbox around April 14 for the April issue of NewsBriefs, AWI’s monthly print newsletter.
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AWI Texas Chapter Sponsors SkillsUSA State Cabinetmaking Contest

The Texas SkillsUSA state cabinetmaking skills contest took place Friday April 1 in Corpus Christi, TX. This was the 14th year that the AWI Texas Chapter (TAWI) has sponsored and conducted the state cabinetmaking contest.

"Project judging took place on March 31 and there was no shortage of quality woodwork by high school students from around the state," Jim Kollaja, the chapter's Technical Chairman reported. Judges for the skills contest this year were Mark Middleton and Russell Wilson from Louis and Company and Tom Klar from Roddis Lumber. Ten contestants from around the state participated in the project, a night stand with door and drawer. Competition was very tight with four returning students from the previous year’s competition.

The chapter distributed gift bags to all contestants. Each contestant received $200 in gift cards and approximately $200 in various tools. TAWI awarded an all expense paid trip to SkillsUSA Nationals in Kansas City for the first place winner and a $1500 college scholarship for First Place, $1000 for Second Place, and $500 for Third Place.

Left to right: Stanislav Karmalyuk (Third Place), Dale Jackson Career Center; Franciso Gonzalez (First Place) Hillsboro High School; Mario Romero (Second Place), Robstown High School; Jim Kollaja Technical Chairman.


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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.  To reach any of the chapter officers for more information, visit the AWI Web site chapter page here.

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 Oregon Chapter
When: April 20, 2011 (12:00 noon)
What: Chapter Meeting & Overview of Architectural Woodwork Standards
Presenter: Chapter President Sean McConeghy, Market Contractors
Where: Flight Deck Restaurant Banquet Room, Salem Airport Terminal Building
Information: See attached for program details and membership list.
Reservations: Amy@pilgrimsfinewoodworks.com
 by 4/18/11

AWI Virginia Chapter
When: May 4, 2011 (11:00 am)
What: Plant Tour, Lunch & Chapter Meeting
Plant Tour: Gaithersburg Cabinetry
Program: "What's Happening with AWI National"
Host & Presenter: Former Chapter President & current AWI Board of Directors 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
Special Guest: Mike Bell, AWI National Director
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"
Presenters: Feeley & Driscoll, P.C.
Information: www.neawi.org    

AWI Arizona Chapter
When: June 7, 2011
What: Chapter Meeting
Information: Carlos Castillo, ccastillo@jowat.com

AWI Chicago Chapter
When: June 9, 2011
What: Gold Outing
Where: St. Andrews Golf Course, West Chicago, ILAWI Iowa / Nebraska
When: June 17, 2011
What: Chapter Meeting
Sponsor: Jaeckle Distributors / Scott Neubauer
Where: DMAC

AWI Wisconsin Chapter
When: June 21, 2011
What: Board of Directors Meeting

AWI Heart of America Chapter
When: July 21, 2011
What: Chapter Meeting

AWI New England
When: July 25, 2011
What: Chapter Meeting on FSC & Annual Golf Outing

AWI Arizona Chapter
When: August 2, 2011 (5:00 – 8:30 pm)
What: Chapter Meeting
Information: Carlos Castillo, ccastillo@jowat.com 

AWI New England
When: August 12, 2011
What: Chapter Meeting & Annual Fishing Outing

AWI Wisconsin Chapter
When: August 16, 2011
What: Board of Directors Meeting & Program
Where: Milwaukee, WI

AWI Central PA Chapter
When: September 1, 2011 (1:00 – 3:00 pm)
What: Lunch, Presentation, Tabletop Exhibit
Program: "Business Relationships in an Electronic Age" Program
Presenter: Herb Meldahl, Meldahl Consulting Services
Where: C. Ted Lick Wildwood Conference Center, Harrisburg, PA
Information/Registration: See attached
Contact: Garry Astles, gastles@northwayind.com; (p) 717.503.6295

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