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May 5, 2011

New AWI eLearning Web Portal Takes a Bow with Estimating Course

AWI eLearning...Always On, a new online resource, is a click away, 24/7. Check out "Fundamentals of Estimating," the first online course delivery from AWI among a host of education resources coming your way.

Sharpen your skills and augment your knowledge to improve efficiency and increase your bottom line. Check out study modules, PowerPoint presentations, webinars, podcasts, self-directed courses, and other professional development resources. Other new courses and education resources will roll out throughout 2011.

AWI members may enter through the "Members Only" portal, so be sure to login FIRST at www.awinet.org. Then, on the home page, on the left menu column look for "Educational Offerings" to find the "eLearning" tab. Click on that tab and enter a new world of learning opportunities.

Your suggestions and comments are welcome. Remember that the site is under continuous development and refinement while being Beta tested. Check out what is already operative and check back often for new offerings. AWI e-briefs will include announcements about the AWI eLearning...Always On site as new materials are posted.
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AWI Learning Forum

Register Early for “AWS Talk” on May 25; Participation Is Limited

Do you have questions about the Architectural Woodwork Standards (AWS)? Can you find what you are looking for in the Standards?  Get answers.

"AWS Talk"
May 25, 2011
2:00 pm EDT, Online
Presenter: Randy Jensen

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

About Randy Jensen
For those members who don’t know Mr. Jensen, he is a 30-year veteran of Leonard Peterson in Auburn, AL. He has served AWI in the following capacities: Quality Standards Board of Review, AWILL Executive Management Team and Press Division Bursar, and the AWI Board of Directors. 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, the Architectural Woodwork Manufacturers Association of Canada (AWMAC) and the Woodwork Institute (WI), developers and publishers of the industry-wide Architectural Woodwork Standards released in August 2009.
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AWI News

AWI to Release More Online Resources!

AWI will deliver more user-friendly online services for members in the early summer. What can you expect?

Access to a new world of resources, open 24/7 for your convenience. Here are the some of the features you can expect.

AWI Web site

  • Totally new fresh desig
  • Easier, more intuitive navigation
  • A "public face" for manufacturers and suppliers
  • New password protected gateway for exclusive member services
  • Integrated eLearning
  • Organized by member benefits/service type

Safety Solutions Web Portal

  • Member only access through new AWI Web site
  • OSHA compliance resources for both Federal and State
  • Forms, templates, resources
  • Safety PowerPoints, audio, training guides and handouts
  • Library of workplace safety topics
  • Safety Quick Links-Safety News – keep abreast of latest regulations

Stand by for new resources from AWI...helping you make the most of your membership.

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Business Tools

The Talk this Week on the AWI LinkedIn Network

Check out the hot topics this week among AWI members connecting on the AWI LinkedIn network.

What are AWI members talking about?

  • Architects specifying custom cabinetry details
  • Reuse of sawdust
  • "Dakota Burl" alternatives?
  • Wood design requiring selected routers
  • Employment opportunities

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 and now over 1100 participants strong.
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AWI Award of Excellence Winners; Quality Sells Woodwork

Tell your past and present customers that you earned an AWI "Award of Excellence" (AOE). See the project of one of the winners – Wend-Wood, Inc. – featured in the winter edition of Design Solutions.

Wend-Wood, Inc. of Wichita, KS, provided cabinets, countertops, and library and reception counters for the remodel of the administrative staff work stations for the Maize Elementary School in Kansas. The work stations are designed to be bright and fun. Plain sliced Red Oak was used as trim on the desks. Other views of the architectural woodwork throughout this project can be seen in the winter 2011 issue of Design Solutions.  Photo Credit: Chris Michel, Wichita, KS

Visit the AWI Web site for information and submission forms for the upcoming (fall 2011) AWI "Award of Excellence" (AOE) program. The deadline is August 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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Green Scene

NueMedia and AWI Form eMedia Partnership

AWI and NueMedia, LLC have established a formal eMedia agreement involving the Wood Group of NueMedia, LLC which includes WoodIQ.com and FinishingIQ.com that will now publish their Green Matters IQ Alert in cooperation with AWI.

Philip Duvic, AWI Executive Vice President said, "We envision this eMedia agreement will provide numerous benefits for AWI and its members. There is no secret to the fact that AWI supports and promotes sustainable business practices. By leveraging the superior ePublishing expertise of NueMedia’s Wood Group, we expect the Green Matters project will provide AWI with the means to communicate more efficiently and to a larger industry audience."

In addition to all AWI members, Green Matters will be distributed to the 31,000+ members of the WoodIQ.com and FinishingIQ.com communities. The first joint issue will be published in May with four issues to follow in 2011. The 2012 publishing schedule will be announced in Q4 of 2011.

The content of Green Matters is dedicated exclusively to issues that relate to sustainability and best practices that support "Green" applications for companies in the commercial woodworking industry. Blog articles linked to WoodIQ.com and FinishingIQ.com, news items specific to AWI and editorial contributions from AWI will be included as well. The exact blend of editorial will be determined on an issue by issue basis.

To inquire about sponsorship and advertising opportunities in Green Matters contact Jay Schneider at jay@woodIQ.com or 262.682.0550.

About NueMedia, LLC
NueMedia, LLC provides Digital Information Portals, [DIPs] that eliminate the need for existing static trade magazines. Through the use of information technology, the NueMedia model replaces these traditional physical assets [marketplace] used to disseminate information vital for decision making in a particular industry or business segment with highly personalized, dynamic, digitally based environments [marketspace], that unite buyers with sellers whenever and wherever they choose.
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Trade Shows / Industry Forums

Weekly “Make Your Move” Features Noted Economists Alan & Brian Beaulieu

For insights about business profitability, consider a new weekly live broadcast every Monday at 1:00 pm (Pacific Time) on the VoiceAmerica Business Channel radio network.

The goal of the program is to enhance business profitability. Alan & Brian Beaulieu will provide a dependable economic outlook from the business person’s perspective and provide for a discussion on actionable items based on that outlook. For instance, what should you do if inflation is coming? What are the long-term ramifications of budget deficits and what are the alternatives? Management steps and objectives, in the vernacular of business but in the context of economics, will be central to the show’s theme.

In addition, their guests will include respected authorities from different disciplines who will also enhance profitability while providing valuable information.

Alan Beaulieu, a respected economist with the Institute of Trend Research, has been a featured at two AWI Annual Conventions as well as in articles published in AWI NewsBriefs.

Learn more.
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2011 LIGNA: International Trade Show for Forestry and Wood Industries

AWI members are eligible for a complimentary Gold Pass to attend the show on May 30 through June 3, 2011 in Hannover, Germany.

Register FIRST at www.ligna.de/en/gold_package. Enter the AWI code – AWI20165. The Gold Pass gives access to free admission to LIGNA HANNOVER 2011 and admission to the VIP Lounge in the IC, first floor.

Full details about the show are available at www.ligna.de.
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AWI and WCA to Host Seminar at AWFS® Fair

"Using Industry Standards as Teaching Guides" will tie in the Architectural Woodwork Standards and the Woodwork Career Alliance Skill Standards on July 23 at the AWFS Fair in Las Vegas, NV.

AWI and the Woodwork Career Alliance (WCA) are sponsoring this session about integration of both the Architectural Woodwork Standards (AWS) and the WCA Skill Standards into a useful, practical package for teachers of woodworking, whether they are in schools or in plants. Gain an understanding of the WCA’s Skill Standards and how the process can produce WCA’s Woodwork Passport Credential.  Combining the individual credentialing process with an overview of the AWS Standards makes the goal of developing a properly trained workforce attainable.  This session is applicable to anyone who trains or instructs woodworking professionals to meet or exceed industry standards for advanced woodworking.

This panel will be moderated by Duane Griffiths of Stiles Machinery. Panelists include Scott Nelson, Central Plains Millwork, (WCA President); Greg Larson, New England School of Architectural Woodworking; Patrick Molzahn, Madison Area Technical Colleges; and Kent Gilchrist, Freemont Interiors, (AWI SkillsUSA Committee Chairman). Griffiths, Nelson, Larson and Molzahn are members of the WCA Board of Directors. Gilchrist is a member of the AWI Board of Directors.

Click here for more information.
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Safety Matters

OSHA Combustible Dust Hazards Forum

To explore methods for preventing dust explosions, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) will host a Combustible Dust Expert Forum on May 13, 2011 in Washington, DC.

The event will take place at the U.S. Department of Labor. OSHA will gather experts' views on possible regulatory options for addressing combustible dust hazards.

The agency reports that since 1980, nearly 150 workers have been killed and more than 850 injured in combustible dust explosions.

OSHA advises that discussions will include identifying regulatory options that can minimize the costs to small- and medium-sized businesses of reducing or preventing combustible dust hazards, while protecting workers from these hazards. Representatives from various industries, academia, research groups, insurance-underwriter organizations, labor, and government will comprise expert representation.

OSHA's earlier efforts to address combustible dust hazards included a National Emphasis Program in 2007 that targeted inspection efforts on facilities that create or handle combustible dusts. Results from these inspections indicated that facilities had unusually high numbers of general duty clause violations, indicating a strong need for a combustible dust standard. This effort was followed by publication of an Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking in 2009, from which the agency received more than 100 comments. Additionally, OSHA held six stakeholders meetings and conducted a Web chat on combustible dust to expand the opportunity for public and stakeholder participation. The agency recognizes the importance of considering options for addressing combustible dust hazards, particularly as they may affect small facilities, in preparation for convening a Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act panel.

OSHA says that combustible dusts include fine particles, fibers, chips, chunks or flakes that, under certain conditions, can cause a fire or explosion when suspended in air. Types of dusts include metal (for example, aluminum and magnesium), wood, plastic, rubber, coal, flour, sugar and paper, among others. Visit OSHA's Safety and Health Topics page on Combustible Dust to learn more about this dangerous hazard.

The forum will be held at 9:00 am at the Department of Labor, 200 Constitution Avenue, NW, Washington, DC. There will be limited space available for non-participating observers, so OSHA asks that only one representative from interested organizations register as an observer. To register as a non-participating observer, contact Bill Hamilton at 202.693.2077 by May 6, 2011. A summary of the forum will be available soon after the meeting on OSHA's Combustible Dust Web page.

General inquiries should be directed to Mat Chibbaro, Office of Safety Systems, at 202.693.2382.

Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, employers are responsible for providing safe and healthful workplaces for their employees. OSHA's role is to assure these conditions for America's working men and women by setting and enforcing standards, and providing training, education and assistance. For more information, visit www.osha.gov.
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Federal Scene

President Obama Signs 1099 Repeal into Law

President Obama has signed into law legislation to repeal new Form 1099 reporting requirements deemed overly burdensome by businesses of all sizes.

The legislation (H.R. 4) repeals a provision in the new healthcare law that would have required all businesses and tax-exempt organizations to issue a Form 1099 for payments for goods and services totaling $600 or more annually. The 1099 repeal bill passed the House in early March and was approved by a wide margin in the Senate on April 5.

"Small business owners are the engine of our economy and because Democrats and Republicans worked together, we can ensure they spend their time and resources creating jobs and growing their business, not filling out more paperwork," Obama said at the signing.

The $22 billion cost of the repeal is paid for by requiring people making 400% of the federal poverty limit to repay health insurance exchange subsidies if their income increases over the course of a year.
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Chapter News

Central PA Chapter Hosts Successful Forum

Good program; good job.

On April 6, the AWI Central PA Chapter held an event including a presentation on "Six Strategies in the New Economy" delivered by AWI Director Steve Waltman of Stiles Machinery. AWI Sr. Director of Operations Teresa McCain was also on hand. Kudos to Chapter President Garry Astles of Northway Industries on organizing the program.
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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 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 (3:00 - 5:30 pm)
What: "Strategies for Prosper in 2011" followed by cocktails
Presenters: Feeley & Driscoll, P.C. (CPAs and Business Consultants)
Where: Feeley & Driscoll Conference Center, Boston, MA; and Porters Bar & Grill
Registration & Information: Tye Waller, tye.waller@neawi.org, (p) 617.858.1616
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, IL 

AWI Oregon Chapter
When: June 13, 2011
What: Chapter Meeting
Special Guest: Greg Heuer, AWI Chief Learning Officer
Where: Salem, OR

AWI 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 Center PA Chapter
When: July 14, 2011 (8:30-9:30 am Registration; 10:00 am Shotgun Start; 3:00 pm Dinner/Awards)
What: Chapter Golf Outing, Dinner & Awards
Where: Four Seasons Golf Course, Landisville, PA
Registration/Information: See attached  AWI Heart of America Chapter
When: July 21, 2011
What: Chapter Meeting

AWI New England Chapter
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 Oregon Chapter
When: August 5, 2011
What: Chapter Meeting & Golf Outing AWI New England Chapter
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 Oregon Chapter
When: August 17, 2011
What: Chapter Meeting and BBQ Lunch
Host: States Industries 

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

AWI Wisconsin Chapter 
When: September 8, 2011
What Annual Golf Outing

AWI Virginia Chapter
When: September 14, 2011
What: Chapter Meeting
Where: Greensboro, NC
Host: Stiles Machinery

AWI Wisconsin Chapter
When: September 14, 2011
What: Annual Golf Outing & Chapter Meeting
Where: The Bog-Saukville, Madison, WI

AWI Heart of America Chapter
When: September 16, 2011
What: Golf Outing & Meeting
Host: Salina Planing Mill

AWI Iowa / Nebraska Chapter
When: September 16, 2011
What Chapter Meeting
Where: DMAC
Sponsor: Hafele America / Shawn Svoboda

AWI Arizona Chapter
When: October 4, 2011 (5:00 – 8:30 pm)
What: Chapter Meeting

AWI Florida Chapter
When: October 7-9, 2011
What: Chapter Meeting and Changeover Program of Officers and Board of Directors Meeting
Where: South Seas Island Resort, Captiva Island, FL

AWI Wisconsin Chapter
When: October 18, 2011
What: Chapter Board of Directors Meeting
Where: Milwaukee, WI

AWI Oregon Chapter
When: October 19, 2011 (12:00 noon)
What: Chapter Meeting

AWI Central PA Chapter
When: November 3, 2011
What: "LEED® & FSC Certification" Programs (1:00 – 3:00 pm); Lunch (12:30 – 1:30 pm); Tabletop Exhibits
Speakers: Garry A. Astles, Northway Industries; Keith Atherholt, Lewis Lumber Products
Where: C. Ted Lick Wildwood Conference Center, Harrisburg, PA
Registration: $35 (Chapter / AWI Members); $70 (Nonmembers); $10 (Students)
Information: See Attached

AWI Virginia Chapter
When: November 9, 2011
What: Chapter Meeting & Plant Tour in Ashland
Host: Rex Lumber
Where: Richmond, VA

AWI Heart of America
When: November 17, 2011
What: Chapter Meeting
Host: Woodwork Manufacturing & Supply

AWI Iowa / Nebraska
When: November 18, 2011
What: Chapter Meeting
Where: DMAC
Sponsor: Blum/Kevin Voit

AWI Arizona Chapter
When: December 6, 2011 (5:00 – 8:30 pm)
What: Chapter Meeting

AWI Oregon Chapter
When: December 9, 2011 (5:00 pm)
What: End of the Year Meeting / Celebration

All chapters are encouraged to plan their events early to allow for ample promotion of your activities in this section of AWI e-briefs as well as through other avenues. Contact Greg Bednar, AWI Chapter Development Services at gbednar@awinet.org.

Members are encouraged to check chapter event listings in the most recent issue of AWI e-briefs, as well as with chapter officers and chapter Web sites for program changes. As plans become finalized, dates and presentations may change for chapter programs previously listed. This issue of AWI e-briefs contains the most current information available to AWI National.
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Next Issue of E-briefs

The next issue of AWI e-briefs will be published May 19, 2011.

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