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November 17, 2011

AWI Dues Renewal Period Opens Online

Make sure you keep your AWI membership current by remitting dues for 2012. You can renew easily 24/7 online.

Now, more than ever, during uncertain economic and highly competitive times, you need AWI’s membership resources to help you efficiently manage and cost-effectively operate your business.

Dues renewal notices will be coming up; so watch for an e-mail if you are the Point of Contact representative for your company’s AWI membership. This year, the entire process of renewing your membership has been streamlined from two steps to one step. You can declare your sales and renew your membership in one easy step – safely and securely.

Point of Contact representatives for each AWI Manufacturing and Supplier Member organization have access to the "Renew Membership" page in the "Members Area" of the AWI Web site. Log in at the top right corner of www.awinet.org. Point of Contacts will need their NEW Username and Password that was e-mailed to all Manufacturer and Supplier Members on/about November 1, 2011.

If you experience any difficulties renewing your membership online, contact AWI Marketing and Membership Manager Cassey Gibson at cgibson@awinet.org.

Remittances will be due by December 31, 2011.
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AWI News

Visited AWI’s New Web Site Yet?

A new and expanded Web site is AWI’s latest new service for members. If you haven’t visited www.awinet.org, do it now.

At www.awinet.org, you’ll find a new and improved, revamped and redesigned Web site featuring expanded content re-organized by visitor type – architectural woodworkers, design professionals and suppliers.

AWI has improved the Web site’s functionality, upgraded the navigation to more easily find information, and created a public face for AWI to the design/build industry. The new site elevates the profile of woodworkers and suppliers and enhances their interface with design professionals.

You’ll need your NEW access codes to enter the "Members Area" where you find exclusive access to AWI e-Learning: Always On and a new Safety Solutions portal as a benefit of AWI membership. Your personal username and password has changed.

Tell us what you think! AWI is still ironing out minor technical issues, so if you notice any, please contact the office at 571-323-3636 or at info@awinet.org. AWI needs to hear from you, if you experience any difficulties.

Enjoy your cruise around the new AWI Web site, www.awinet.org.
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Members Drove for Success...Literally

AWI members rated the 59th AWI Annual Convention in Charlotte, NC a resounding success on all fronts. Get a taste of the race.

Pictured above and below are two of the race teams, each composed of AWI members and a professional race car driver. Members enjoyed the team-building Richard Petty Driving Experience (RPDE) at the Charlotte Motor Speedway. Twenty teams were sponsored by Annual AWI Sponsors. The SCM Group team won top honors. Congratulations!

Watch for the November "Honors Issue" of AWI NewsBriefs, our monthly print newsletter, coming to your mailbox within the next few days. See more photos of the RPDE and read about all of the honorees recognized during the AWI convention.
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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:

  • Small Biz Forum Open
  • Tutorials about Woodwork Basics
  • Equipment for Sale
  • Wood Veneer from Reclaimed Timbers
  • 100+ Year-Old Timbers Available
  • Free Online Map of Manufacturers Selling Moulding
  • Site Promoting Woodworkers
  • Free Webinar on LEED®, FSC Controlled Wood, SFI Fiber Sourcing
  • 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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2011 Fall Edition of Design Solutions Now Online

What AWI Manufacturing Members are featured?

The fall issue of Design Solutions features these AWI members:

  • Conley Caseworks (NY)
  • OGB Architectural Millwork (NM)
  • Bernhard Woodwork, Ltd. (IL)
  • Custom Source Woodworks (WA)
  • Allegheny Millwork (PA)

Congratulations to each company for their excellent work. Each earned an "Award of Excellence" which is featured in the fall issue of AWI’s quarterly journal of fine architectural woodwork. Design Solutions Magazine reaches over 25,000 design professionals.

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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 "Award of Excellence" honoree. Here is an example of a summer AOE winner – PCI Cabinetworks.

Pictured here is a project by PCI Cabinetworks of Harleyville, SC fabricated for the Dock Street Theater in Charleston, SC. The extensive full-scale renovation of the first building in America built exclusively for theatrical performances brought the building into the 21st century. The historic renovation took three years of planning and 32 months of construction to complete. The project included exterior and interior woodwork. Other views of the architectural woodwork throughout this project can be seen in the summer 2011 issue of Design Solutions.

Photo Credit: Stephen Wilkinson, Charleston, SC

Visit the AWI Web site for information and submission forms for the upcoming (winter 2012) 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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How Does the Woodworking Industry Support Manufacturing Students?

Three ways, according to a new document published by the Woodwork Career Alliance of North America.

The Woodwork Career Alliance (WCA) brings together the best of SkillsUSA with the best of WoodLINKS USA.

Click here to see how the three organizations complement and cooperate with each other to build a professional workforce for tomorrow.

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Safety Matters

What Will You Find in AWI’s New Online Safety Solutions Portal?

Stay current with OSHA regulations; locate safety training resources; find answers to your safety questions; reduce your risk potential.

Check out this new and exclusive AWI member benefit via the new AWI Web site, www.awinet.org.

Regardless of the current state of your plant safety program, the new AWI Safety Solutions Web portal is a resource you can turn to frequently for your company’s risk management needs. AWI Safety Solutions will help you work smarter, reduce your costs, and make training easier. Thousands of tools save you time and reduce your concerns about your risk potential.

This one-stop AWI resource is now open 24/7 providing all AWI Manufacturing and Supplier Members access to thousands of safety resources using a link within the "Members Area" of the AWI Web site. The vast majority of resources on the site (exclusive of custom-designed training programs, etc.) are readily accessible to AWI members.

Access the Safety Solutions Web portal by visiting www.awinet.org and logging in (at top right of the menu bar) to enter the "Members Area" using your NEW username and password. See the November 1st e-announcement for your new access codes.

There is also a direct link to OSHA to stay current with regulations.
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News from OSHA

AWI members have several sources to stay informed about important developments and new resources from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

Go to www.awinet.org and log in the "Members Area" and click on "Safety Resources" on the left menu bar where you will find a direct link to OSHA’s Web site. AWI Safety Solutions also carries the latest OSHA news.

Here are some highlighted received recently from our OSHA subscriptions:


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Trade Shows / Forums

10th Anniversary Executive Briefing Conference

Register now at the discounted price 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.

Registration is 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 and for full details.

AWI is industry partner of Stiles Machinery for the 2012 EBC.
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Green Scene

New SFI Director Expected to Strengthen Community Outreach

The Sustainable Forestry Initiative® (SFI®) has created a new position to promote and strengthen forest certification throughout the United States, with emphasis on the south.

SFI has named Barry Graden as Director, Southeast United States Community Outreach. Graden, located in Greenville, SC, is a registered forester and has worked for AbitibiBowater Inc. for the past 31 years, most recently as Manager, Sustainable Forestry where he was involved with all of North America's third-party forest certification standards.

Independent SFI Inc. manages the largest single third-party forest standard in the world - more than 190 million acres/78 million hectares are certified to the SFI 2010-2014 Standard across the United States and Canada. It is the only certification program in North America that reflects local values and interests through 37 SFI Implementation Committees, which play a vital role in promoting training and landowner outreach, maintaining the program's integrity, and supporting and promoting responsible forestry.

Mr. Graden can be reached at Barry.Graden@sfiprogram.org
or at 864-451-7958.
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Federal Scene

GSA Among Agencies Preparing for Budget Cuts

While the Congressional "Super Committee" wrangles over budget cuts by Thanksgiving in order to avoid mandated cuts in defense and non-defense budgets, the General Services Administration (GSA) is one of several agencies preparing to curtail spending.

"No new buildings in our future if you really look hard at the numbers," GSA Administrator Martha Johnson said.

"GSA saw its funding for new construction drop 91 percent from $894 million in fiscal 2010 to $82 million in fiscal 2011, and saw a 32 percent cut to its renovation budget from $414 million to $280 million over the same period," according to Federal Times (free subscription).

Proposals for fiscal 2012 are bleaker: The House Appropriations Committee provides no money for new construction and $280 million for repairs. The Senate legislation provides $56 million for repairs and $280 million for new construction. The president's budget requested $840 million for new construction.

"Budget cuts over the past year have forced GSA to postpone or cancel projects across the country and threatened its ability to provide basic services for its federal tenants," according to the Federal Times.

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WMMA Rallies Support for Manufacturing Investment Bill

The Wood Machinery Manufacturers of America (WMMA) is urging the wood products industry to support a proposal now before Congress to create a tax-free savings program for manufacturers that is similar to an Individual Retirement Account (IRA).

Connecticut legislators have introduced separate bills in the U.S. House of Representatives and in the Senate to establish the Manufacturing Reinvestment Account Act. The act would allow manufacturers to save pre-tax dollars to invest in plant, equipment, job training or workforce development. Much like an IRA, funds would build up tax free, WMMA advises.

"With an MRA manufacturers could make annual contributions up to $500,000 over a period of seven years. If a manufacturer contributes $500,000 annually and the account earns interest at 5 percent, with a 15% tax rate on amounts distributed from the MRA, after seven years the manufacturer would have approximately $3.6 million to reinvest in his or her business," according to WMMA.

The bill is currently under consideration by the House Ways and Means Committee. Click here to read more about the measures reported in Woodworking Network (free subscription). To contact your Member of Congress, visit http://thomas.loc.gov
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Chapter News

Congratulations to AWI Chapters in 2011 D.R.I.V.E. Program

Who won the Twiellenmeier award? What chapter garnered "Chapter of the Year" honors? Which chapters achieved "Distinguished Chapter" status?

Find out in the November issue of AWI NewsBriefs, the association’s monthly print newsletter coming your way within the next few days.

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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, click here.

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 / Bowling Event
Where: Salem, OR
Questions: Jack M. Ragan, III, jragan@tigerstop.com 

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

AWI New England Chapter
When: January 24, 2012
What: Board of Directors Meeting, Lunch, "Hardware with Raybern"
Presenter: Charlie Spears, Häfele, Inc.

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 December 1, 2011.

Happy Thanksgiving! AWI is grateful for your continuing support as a member!

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