A bi-monthly news publication for AWI Manufacturing
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October 7, 2011
AWI News

AWI Announces Director Candidate Nominees

Who are the six nominees for the three seats available?

"The 2011 AWI Nominating Committee has selected the following Director candidate nominees for election to fill three (3) vacancies on the AWI Board of Directors for one, two-year term beginning on January 1, 2012 and ending on December 31, 2013," AWI Executive Vice President Phil Duvic announced.  Elections are coming up in November.

Candidate Nominees

Kent Gilchrist
Fremont Interiors
Manufacturing Member
(Incumbent Director, term expires 12/31/2011)

John Ianiri
Fairfield County Millwork
Manufacturing Member

John Leininger
Leininger Cabinet & Woodworking, Inc.
Manufacturing Member 

Greg Lutz
Lutz Woodworks, LLC
Manufacturing Member

Bruce Spitz
Classic Millwork & Products, Inc.
Manufacturing Member

Stephan Waltman
Stiles Machinery, Inc.
Supplier Member
(Incumbent Director, term expires 12/31/2011)

The period for members-at-large submissions of additional AWI Director Candidates nominations for the AWI Board of Directors ended midnight September 30, 2011.

"The AWI Director election ballot opens on November 1, 2011 and closes on November 15, 2011. Each AWI Manufacturing Member Company in good standing is entitled to one (1) vote," Mr. Duvic announced.

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Your Input Makes a Difference

The 2011 AWI Manufacturing Member Survey is closed now and reflects members’ views and preferences on AWI’s publications, programs and events.

Thank you to the 211 Manufacturing Members who participated in the survey. The 17% response rate is an excellent return for decision-making about members’ express needs and interests. What happens with the tabulated survey results? They will be presented to the AWI Marketing Committee and Development Council later this month.  The data will be incorporated into AWI’s future planning of programs, products and services. 

Congratulations to the winning participant in the drawing for a $300 gift certificate: Cody Moudy of Stevens Industries, Teutopolis, IL.
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Staff Changes: Hello, Goodbye!

AWI extends a warm welcome to several new staff members and bids a fond farewell to another staffer. Who are they?

Welcome to the following three new staff members who joined AWI’s ranks in recent months:

Communications Specialist Chelsea Vandenburgh is working with AWI Membership & Marketing department and is responsible for member communications and assisting with membership, marketing and event planning. Contact her at 571-323-3636 or at cvandenburgh@awinet.org.

Education Associate Lucy Wesson is providing program support for the AWI Education Department including events planning and the AWI Speakers Bureau. Contact her at 571-323-3610 or at lwesson@awinet.org.

Julie Kasuba, office manager, has been recruited to a full-time professional staff position responsible for building loyal relationships between AWI and its members by the consistent delivery of exceptional communications and customer service. She can be reached at 571-323-3618 and at jkasuba@awinet.org.

A sad farewell and a big thank you go to AWI’s Office Manager Angie Fuller for over six years of service to AWI.  She leaves AWI on October 31. Angie’s work proves once again that "dynamite does come in small packages."  Angie’s next job is "expected" at Thanksgiving.

We wish them all the best!
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New AWI Members Welcomed

Who are the new AWI members and how do you reach them?


Boykin Contracting, Inc., West Columbia, SC, www.boykincontractinginc1.vpweb.com
Cozzens Cabinets LLC, Cedar City, UT
Craftsmen United, Inc., Milwaukee, WI, www.craftsmenunited.com/
Emidio Woodworking & Sons, Inc., New Britain, CT
K International Woodworking, Norwood, MA, www.kwoodart.com
Mill Creek Associates, Inc., Antioch, TN, www.creekworks.com
Paramount Custom Cabinets, Inc., Albuquerque, NM
Rynone Manufacturing Corporation, Sayre, PA, www.rynone.com
Specialty Products 2000, Selma, AL
Trustile Doors LLC, Denver, CO, www.trustile.com


Marwood, Inc., Jeffersonville, IN, www.marwoodveneer.com
Stone Mill Hardware, Hamilton, MI, www.stonemillhardware.com

Use the online Directory of AWI Manufacturing and Supplier Members at www.awinet.org for contact information and access to the Web sites of these and other AWI members. The resource is open 24/7 for use in seeking manufacturers and suppliers of architectural woodwork.
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Business Tools

New Content Added to AWI e-Learning: Always On

The most recent additions to the AWI e-Learning Web site include two "Green Talk" webinars and a "QCP for Woodworkers Guide."

The first of the two "Green Talk" webinars (on June 22nd) was hosted by AWI Sustainability Resources Representative Rob Ziegelmeier; the second (on September 21st) was led by Sustainability Resources Committee member Kevin Mortensen. One participant wrote, "I found the webinar to be very informative! Cleared a lot of things up for us."

Members will find the "QCP for Woodworkers Guide" in the Woodwork Professional Room under the heading "Certification." This simple booklet is an introduction to the Certification process under the Quality Certification Program for shops, plants, and factories in the United States that choose to participate.

Learn on your own time, anytime...open 24/7. What else will you find inside? Lessons from CODBS, "Fundamentals of Estimating" course, archived "AWI Talk" sessions on the Architectural Woodwork Standards, sustainability, and the Quality Certification Program, and more. AWI members may enter the AWI e-Learning site through the "Members Only" portal on the AWI Web site.

Here’s what you need to do.

1. Go to www.awinet.org.

2. Login FIRST with your AWI member access codes.   

3. Once you are in the "Members Only" section, scroll down on the left menu column and click on "Educational Offerings" to find the "e-Learning" tab. Click on that tab.

4. You will come to a home page of the AWI e-Learning site. Click on "e-learning Portal" at the bottom of that page.

5. If you have not previously established an account, you must register the first time, creating a new account and password of your choice. It is a one-time effort. Registration is free and available exclusively to AWI members.

6. If you haven’t visited the site previously, we recommend that you take the tutorials at the top of the inside home page.

For first-time users, it takes a bit of time to get set up, but it is a one-time effort. Thereafter, you can enter easily and quickly to find what you need. If you have difficulties registering or accessing the site, please contact AWI Chief Learning Officer Greg Heuer at gheuer@awinet.org for assistance.


AWI e-Learning: Always On

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Lessons from the CODB Survey

Did you know that...the 2011 Cost of Doing Business Survey indicated that as a percentage of total assets, High Profit companies*, increased cash and lowered debt during fiscal year 2010?

By participating in the CODB Survey, you will be able to use Balance Sheet benchmarks to see exactly where you stand in these categories and other financial ratios versus other companies and use this to make important business decisions.

Plan to participate in the 2012 Cost of Doing Business Survey to take your business to the next level.

* as defined by the top quartile of CODB participants

You can also learn more on the AWI e-Learning site. Visit AWI e-Learning to discover what high profit firms are doing differently than average profit firms. 

1. Go to www.awinet.org.

2. Login FIRST with your AWI member access codes.

3. Once you are in the "Members Only" section, scroll down on the left menu column and click on "Educational Offerings" to find the "e-Learning" tab. Click on that tab.

4. You will come to a home page of the AWI eLearning site. Click on "e-learning Portal" at the bottom of that page.

5. If you have not previously established an account, you must register the first time, creating a new account and password of your choice. It is a one-time effort. Registration is free and available exclusively to AWI members.

6. If you haven’t visited the site previously, we recommend that you take the tutorials at the top of the inside home page.

7. To locate the CODBS webinar, click on the "Woodwork Professional" portal. It will open a page with various grouped offerings under sections.

8. Click on the words "Business Management" and scroll down to the bottom and click on "Cost of Doing Business Webinar Archives." Click on the title "7 July CODB Webinar" to start the program.

9. Allow your computer to Download the necessary software – Java Web and Elluminate Live! – to unleash the full capabilities of the e-Learning system.

10. Follow the prompts to hear the webinar and view the charts and graphs referenced throughout the presentation.

For first-time users, it takes a bit of time to get set up, but it is a one-time effort. Thereafter, you can enter easily and quickly to find what you need. If you have difficulties registering or accessing the site, please contact AWI Chief Learning Officer Greg Heuer at gheuer@awinet.org for assistance.

AWI e-Learning: Always On

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Coalition Agrees on a Solution that Addresses Certificates of Insurance Form Change

ConsensusDOCS® has published contract guidance addressing a new critical insurance issue that impacts construction contracts. Make sure you are not in breach of your contracts.

ACORD, the licensing company for insurance forms, has amended their certificate of insurance form requirements. Construction contracts typically require at least 30-days advanced notice of insurance cancellation. The change in the certificate of insurance form no longer purports to give 30-days advanced notice of insurance policy cancellation and altering the form may run afoul of state law. Consequently, a contractual notice requirement may not be commercially available and place contractors and subcontractors in violation of their contracts on a national basis.

Model contractual guidance language is now available for free in the ConsensusDOCS Guidebook at www.consensusdocs.org/guidebook. ConsensusDOCS also offered a webinar on October 4, 2011 that addressed this issue. The webinar file can be found at www.consensusdocs.org/webinars.

"The ACORD form change impacting certificates of insurance came out of nowhere and potentially puts contractors, subcontractors, design-builder, and construction managers in breach of their contracts on day 1. The coalition-crafted solution is yet another example how ConsensusDOCS are the only standard contract documents that are updated for today’s design and construction industry," said Brian Perlberg, Executive Director for ConsensusDOCS.

ConsensusDOCS was able to draw upon its unique coalition of designers, owners, contractors, subcontractors and sureties (DOCS) to quickly form an expert working group to this national issue and develop a best practice and fair solution vetted by 35 construction organizations. The Guidebook language reflects what is commercially available in today’s construction insurance market, while ensuring that owners receive timely and independent notice. The ConsensusDOCS guidance language seeks efficiencies by allowing electronic insurance notice, as well as a designation of the party in the best position to give appropriate notice (e.g., insurance company or broker). In addition to the insurance company or broker, a party must now also provide prompt insurance cancellation notice to the certificate holder, as that individual may be in the best position to do so.

The ACORD form change impacts all standard contract documents, including the ConsensusDOCS 200 and the AIA A201®, and most manuscripted construction contracts that contractually require insurance policies provide a 30-day advanced notice of cancelation. The ConsensusDOCS notice of cancelation solution references where such language should be inserted into ConsensusDOCS contracts (ConsensusDOCS 200, section 10.2.4). However, the ConsensusDOCS proposed solution applies equally to other contracts that are now out-of-date due to the ACORD change. The FREE ConsensusDOCS Guidebook is being updated to respond to today’s changing construction marketplace in a timely fashion, and this issue was deemed too pressing to wait until the next revision cycle.

AWI is a member of the ConsensusDOCS coalition of 35 organizations.

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What's the Talk This Week?

Check out the hot topics this week among AWI members connecting on the AWI LinkedIn network, now over 1,600 participants strong. 

Here are some of the current topics being discussed:

  • Wood Grain T-moulding
  • Employment Opportunities
  • Free Woodwork Estimating Resource
  • Hardwood, Plywood & Veneer Seminar in Calgary
  • Collection Agencies
  • Seats Available for Skill Standards Evaluator Training Oct. 11 and Oct. 21
  • And more.

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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    Gain Honors, Get Recognition, Gain Customers

    Looking for business exposure and opportunities to promote wood as a beautiful, sustainable component of building projects?

    Showcase your projects in Design Solutions Magazine and win recognition as an Aware of Excellence honoree. Here is an example of a summer AOE winner – Lange Bros. Woodwork Company.

    Shown here is Columbia St. Mary’s Hospital in Milwaukee, WI featuring Anigre and White Maple hardwood and veneers throughout the project fabricated by Lange Bros. Woodwork Company. The curved nurses’ stations (pictured) were part of the woodwork project that also included a curved lobby wall, reception and check-in desks, patient room vanities, personal and AV cabinets, decorative wall panels systems, and miscellaneous shelving and cbinetry. Other views of the architectural woodwork throughout this project can be seen in the summer 2011 issue of Design Solutions.

    Photo Credit: Nathan Shands, Mesquaite, TX

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

    The Cornerstone article in the summer edition of Design Solutions explains why you should publish your projects in the magazine.

    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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    Trade Shows / Forums

    Webinar: Your Purchase Agreement for Non-commodity Goods

    A distinguished panel experienced in construction contract drafting and negotiation will review the major provisions of this ConsensusDOCS #703. ConsensusDOCS members can participate free on October 26 from 2:00 – 3:30 pm ET.

    Webinar: ConsensusDOCS 703 Standard Purchase Agreement for Non-commodity Goods by a Constructor.

    The interactive panel will identify and analyze critical elements for successful contract negotiations regarding the purchase of complex goods to meet project-specific needs. The experts will speak for approximately 75 minutes, reserving approximately 15 minutes to answer your specific questions. Issues to be covered include:

    • Which purchases require a more sophisticated and comprehensive agreement
    • Coordination between the Constructor, Distributor and Factory
    • Proper alignment of risks and liabilities
    • Inspection
    • Suspension/Termination issues
    • Warranties
    • Insurance and indemnities
    • Payments and liens
    • Dispute Mitigation and resolution

    As an endorsing organization of ConsensusDOCS, AWI can pass along FREE participation rights for all ConsensusDOCS subscribers. A fee of $49 will be charged for all others. Register at www.consensusdocs.org/webinars/.

    ConsensusDOCS, www.consensusdocs.org, are the only contracts written and endorsed by 35 leading design and construction industry organizations. On September 28th, ConsensusDOCS celebrated its 4th Anniversary.

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    Fed Up With Your Bids Being Shopped?

    Learn what you can do to help ensure that your proprietary information isn’t used against you! An ASA webinar on October 11, 2011 starts at noon EST.

    To register and learn more about the "Bid Shopping and Bid Peddling: What the Law Does – and Doesn’t – Say" webinar, click here. The online webinar is presented by Donald Gregory, Esq., Kegler, Brown, Hill & Ritter, Columbus, OH.
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    Registration Ends Today, October 7, for Intl. Scientific Conference on Hardwood Processing

    ISCHP³ 2011, October 16-18 in Blacksburg, Virginia has assembled an impressive array of presenters for six sessions focusing on hardwood. Check out the program attached and sign up right away, if you are interested in participating. Registration is open only through October 7.

    Session 1: Hardwood Forestry Practices and Hardwood Quality
    Session 2: Hardwood Supply Chain Management & Manufacturing
    Session 3: Hardwood Processing and Optimization
    Session 4: Hardwood Markets, Trade, and Business Insights
    Session 5: Hardwood Certification and Sustainability
    Session 6: Hardwood Innovations of the Future

    The conference will cover hardwood related issues from the source to the customer, with a special focus on sustainability and certification. Gain fresh insights from practitioners, scientists, and other experts from around the word.

    AWI is a supporting association of this event. Register at: www.cpe.vt.edu/reg/ischp/index.html.
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    Keynote Speakers Announced for 10th Anniversary Executive Briefing Conference

    Find out what’s planned for this long-standing conference for key manufacturing executives to network and explore visions for the future of the architectural woodwork industry.

    The EBC provides a venue for businesses of all sizes to explore concepts, learn about new technologies, and discover opportunities in a non-commercial environment, with the goal of uncovering "What’s Now, What’s New, and What’s Next." Providing strategic and practical information to help solve manufacturing challenges, the EBC is an occasion to be introduced to new ways to succeed.

    The tenth anniversary conference will be held March 4-6, 2012 in Charlotte, NC, adjacent to the Charlotte Motor Speedway. Given the location, the theme of the conference will focus on speed, specifically tactical ways to match the speed to market with the speed the market is changing.

    The conference will open with a keynote address by Robert Stevenson, a widely recognized professional speaker and author of the best-selling book, How to Soar Like An Eagle In A World Full of Turkeys. Stevenson’s presentation will explore change: the successes, the failures, and the reasons behind both. Attendees will learn that by embracing the concept of change, one embraces the future.

    A highlight of the conference will be Dr. Jeffrey Karrenbauer, president and founding director of INSIGHT, a world leader in providing supply chain solutions and consulting services. A former Logistics Staff Officer for the United States Air Force, Dr. Karrenbauer will explain how he applies optimization and simulation to improve supply chains.

    Maximizing the future is all about separating fact from fiction. The fear and uncertainty about the global markets are enough to cause any business leader to wonder if the recovery is durable or not. Alan Beaulieu, the president of ITR® (Institute for Trend Research) will present the economic outlook for our industry and for the global economy with the clarity that business leaders have come to expect from ITR®. 

    The agenda also includes a special tour of the BLUM US facility in Stanley, NC, and much more! For more details about the program visit www.stilesmachinery.com/ebc.

    Registration is now open. The early bird price is $895 and includes two nights lodging, all meals, presentations, and tours. Register soon because the discounted price is only available until November 18, 2011. Visit www.stilesmachinery.com/ebc to register.

    AWI is industry partner of Stiles Machinery for the 2012 EBC.
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    Skill Standards Evaluator Training Proceeds

    The Woodwork Career Alliance (WCA) advises that additional seats have been added to the Skill Standards Evaluator training event, October 11, 2011 in Louisville. Are you interested?

    A woodworker or educator accredited in this one-day training is authorized to run Skill Standard assessments and affix Tool Stamps in the WCA Passports of woodwork professionals.

    Eleven seats have been added at the October 11 training in Louisville, KY, and seats may still be available at the October 21 training in Madison, WI. To learn more, contact WCA Secretary and AWI Chief Learning Officer Greg Heuer at gheuer@awinet.org. Be sure to include a phone number on your message. 


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    Adopt-A-Shop SPOT

    By Stephen Waltman, AWI Board of Directors

    This good news story comes from Oregon.

    This picture was taken at a golf outing held on August 18 to benefit Salem High School and their equipment needs. Surprisingly, the Oregon Chapter is the newest chapter in the entire AWI association and yet it is already contributing to our Adopt-A-Shop principles.

    Sean McConeghy, president of the Oregon AWI Chapter, reported that the golf outing raised hundreds of dollars for the woodworking program at Salem High School. The school also received used tooling worth thousands of dollars to either keep or sell at their discretion. According to Dean Mattson and Dave Anderson, instructors at Salem High School, this money will go a long way in making the program even more successful.

    Many thanks to Sean and his officers for putting on such a successful and worthwhile event.

    Pictured (left to right) are Sean McConeghy with instructors Dean Mattson and Dave Anderson, happy recipients of the contributions to Salem High School by the AWI Oregon Chapter.  

    Do you have a success story to tell, contact Steve Waltman at swaltman@stilesmachinery.com or AWI Project Manager Katie Allen at kallen@awinet.org.

    Stephen W. Waltman is Vice President – Sales & Marketing, Stiles Machinery Inc., Grand Rapids, MI, a Sustaining Sponsor of AWI and an AWI Supplier Member since 1996. Mr. Waltman serves on the AWI Board of Directors and is Chair of the AWI Supplier Committee.
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    Green Scene

    Forest Service Report Documents Environmental Benefits of Wood as a Green Building Material

    The findings of a new U.S. Forest Service study indicate that wood should factor as a primary building material in green building, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced.

    The authors of Science Supporting the Economic and Environmental Benefits of Using Wood and Wood Products in Green Building Construction reviewed the scientific literature and found that using wood in building products yields fewer greenhouse gases than using other common materials.

    "This study confirms what many environmental scientists have been saying for years," said Vilsack. "Wood should be a major component of American building and energy design. The use of wood provides substantial environmental benefits, provides incentives for private landowners to maintain forest land, and provides a critical source of jobs in rural America."

    The Forest Service report also points out that greater use of life cycle analysis in building codes and standards would improve the scientific underpinning of building codes and standards and thereby benefit the environment. A combination of scientific advancement in the areas of life cycle analysis and the development of new technologies for improved and extended wood utilization are needed to continue to advance wood as a green construction material.

    Sustainability of forest products can be verified using any credible third-party rating system, such as Sustainable Forestry Initiative, Forest Stewardship Council or American Tree Farm System certification, the USDA said.

    "The argument that somehow non-wood construction materials are ultimately better for carbon emissions than wood products is not supported by our research," said David Cleaves, the U.S. Forest Service Climate Change Advisor. "Trees removed in an environmentally responsible way allow forests to continue to sequester carbon through new forest growth. Wood products continue to benefit the environment by storing carbon long after the building has been constructed."

    The use of forest products in the United States currently supports more than one million direct jobs, particularly in rural areas, and contributes more than $100 billion to the country's gross domestic product, the USDA announced.

    "In the Rockies alone, we have hundreds of thousands of dead trees killed by bark beetles that could find their way into the building supply chain for all types of buildings," said Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell. "Taking a harder look at wood as a green building source could reduce the damages posed by future fires, maintain overall forest health and provide much-needed jobs in local communities."

    The U.S. Forest Service report identifies several areas where peer-reviewed science can contribute to sustainable green building design and decisions. These recommendations address the following needs for use of wood as a green building material:

    • Information on environmental impacts across the lifecycle of wood and alternative construction materials needs to be updated and revised;
    • Green buildings codes and standards should include adequate provisions to recognize the benefit of a lifecycle environmental analysis to guide selection of building materials; and
    • A lack of educational, technology transfer, and demonstration projects hinder the acceptance of wood as a green building material.

    "Research recently initiated by the wood products industry in partnership with the U.S. Forest Service Forest Products Laboratory will enable greater use and valuation of smaller diameter trees and insect and disease-killed trees. Research on new products and technologies has been initiated including improved cross-lamination techniques and the increased use of nanotechnology," according to a USDA news release.

    "These developments are especially important amidst a changing climate because forest managers will need to increasingly thin densely forested areas in the coming years to reduce the impacts from longer and more severe wildfire seasons. Continued research of wood-based products and technologies will contribute to more environmentally responsible building materials and increased energy efficiency. "

    To view the full Green Building report click here.
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    LEEDŽ Professional Credentials Achieve ANSI Accreditation

    The Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI) announced that three of its LEED Professional Credentials have earned accreditation under the American National Standards Institute's (ANSI) Accreditation Program for Personnel Certification Bodies.

    With the announcement, the LEED AP Building Design + Construction, LEED AP Interior Design + Construction and LEED AP Neighborhood Development credentials join LEED AP Operations + Maintenance, LEED AP Homes and LEED Green Associate in this prestigious category. The latter LEED Professional Credentials earned ANSI accreditation in March 2011.

    LEED Professional Credentials provide employers, clients, policymakers and other stakeholders with assurances of an individual's competencies, and are the mark of the most qualified, educated and influential green building professionals in the marketplace.

    ANSI accreditation is designed to increase the integrity, confidence and mobility of certified professionals and is based on the American National Standard and international standard ANSI/ISO/IEC 17024, Conformity assessment – General requirements for bodies operating certification of persons. ANSI is the only personnel certification accreditation body in the U.S. to fulfill the requirements of ISO/IEC 17011:2004, Conformity assessment - General requirements for accreditation bodies accrediting conformity assessment bodies, which represents the highest internationally accepted practices for accreditation bodies.
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    FSC Comments on LEEDŽ 2012

    What did the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) say about LEED 2012 during the comment period that closed September 16?

    Find out by clicking here. Learn about ‘s FSC recommendations.

    The final version of LEED 2012 may not be released until late next year.
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    Member News

    T J Hale and A.J. Pietsch Join Forces

    On September 29th, two of Milwaukee Area’s great millwork traditions joined hands.

    T J Hale, a 60 plus year retail interior environments manufacturer of Menomonee Falls has purchased A.J. Pietsch, a 90 plus year fine millwork manufacturer of Milwaukee. Together these two long-standing institutions bring over 130 people and 250,000 square feet of space to deliver greater speed, value and capacity to the market. The combined organizations have grown payrolls over 35% and revenues over 50% in the last 12 months.

    "I’ve been very fortunate over the last 18 years to be a steward of A. J. Pietsch Company, bringing it just shy of its 100th anniversary. This new combined company will catapult A. J. Pietsch into its next century," said Gregory Reistad, president of A.J. Pietsch.

    A.J. Pietsch manufacturing will move to Menomonee Falls. As a result, the combination leverages state-of-the-art systems, CNC equipment and facilities capacity to deliver greater ability to manage the larger millwork challenges ahead. TJ Hale will also continue its Milwaukee manufacturing and distribution facility on Douglas Avenue.

    "We’re very excited to see this combination to its full potential over the next three to five years. We have great confidence in the Wisconsin talent brought to bear and in the potential of increased manufacturing expertise this brings to our clients. An essential key to our past success and that of our future is the skill of our companies – as we bring new generations into our business, we are excited to see the experience of all these years bestowed unto these next generations," said Bob Rosean, CEO of TJ Hale.

    A. J. Pietsch has been an AWI Manufacturing Member since 1990. The company’s Dave Nadolski is a member of the AWI Board of Directors. He is now Materials Manager for the combined companies.
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    Safety Matters

    Occupational Injury and Illness Tracking and Reporting Requirements

    The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) reopened the rulemaking record to extend the comment period to October 28 on revising the record-keeping and reporting requirements for work-related injuries and illnesses.

    The comment period has been extended in response to a stakeholder request. Individuals interested in submitting comments must do so by October 28.

    Under the revised proposal, employers would be required to report to OSHA any work-related fatalities and all in-patient hospitalizations within eight hours, and work-related amputations within 24 hours. OSHA currently requires employers to report to OSHA, within eight hours, all work-related fatalities and in-patient hospitalizations of three or more employees. OSHA is also proposing to update the list of partially exempt industries from the requirements to maintain work-related injury or illness logs. These industries received partial exemption because of their relatively low injury and illness rates. See the Federal Register notice for details on how to submit comments.
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    Chapter News

    Arizona Chapter Hosts Great Golf Outing

    The AWI Arizona Chapter Golf Outing in the White Mountains was a resounding success on August 29.

    Richard Caretto reported that "at 6500 feet elevation, the weather was wonderful, the food excellent and the company perfect." Chapter members were guests of Meyer and Lundahl of Phoenix, AZ. Members discussed a few business items and planned their October meeting.

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    Fun on the Clay Shooting Trail

    The AWI Minnesota Chapter heard about "Motivating Others to Magnitude 8.0 and Beyond" on September 22 in conjunction with the Sporting Clays Shooting event.

    AWI Chapter Coordinator Greg Bednar delivered an informative presentation. Pictured here are some of the members getting ready to shoot clays (not Eagles) on Trail #1.
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    Virginia and Carolinas Chapters Learn Together at Joint Meeting

    The joint meeting on September 14 of two of AWI chapters in High Point, NC included an informative workshop on "Finishing 101" hosted by Stiles Machinery.

    Virginia Chapter President Bruce Cody extends thanks to Stiles and Owen McGee. Good job on your united efforts.

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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 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, Lunch & Plant Tour
    Host & Location: Hardwood Industries, Sherwood, OR
    Information: See attached
    Questions: Jack M. Ragan, III, jragan@tigerstop.com (new e-mail address) or Amy Booher, amy@pilgrimsfinewoodworks.com 

    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
    Questions: Jack M. Ragan, III, jragan@tigerstop.com (new e-mail address)

    AWI Virginia Chapter
    When: January 19, 2012 (12:30 – lunch; 1:00 - 3:00 pm – program)
    What & Presenters: "LEED® for New Construction," Speaker – Garry A. Astles, Northway Industries, Inc.; "FSC Certification and Carbon Footprint of Forest Products," Speaker – Keith Atherhold, Lewis Lumber Products, Inc.
    Registration & Details: See attached
    Fees: $35 pp, Chapter / AWI Members; $70 pp, Non AWI Members; Tabletop Exhibits - $200
    Information: Garry A. Astles, gastles@northwayind.com

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