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December 15, 2011

Renew Your AWI Membership Online Today; Don’t Let It Lapse!

AWI membership for all Manufacturing and Supplier Members is due for renewal by December 31, 2011.

Each AWI member Point of Contact representative is authorized by AWI to renew your company’s AWI membership. This year, the entire membership renewal process has been streamlined from two steps to one step. Declare your sales and renew your membership in one easy step – safely and securely. It’s easy!

Click here to learn the process for renewing your membership online in the "Members Only Resources" 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 are due by December 31, 2011. Start the New Year off right.

Keep your AWI membership current. 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.
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AWI News

What’s New on AWI’s New Web Site?

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. What is "news2use?"

Go to www.awinet.org and enter either portal for Woodworkers or Suppliers (at the bottom of the home page). Once inside, you’ll find a "Spotlight" column on the right that features changing news and links to highlighted programs, publications and services offered for AWI members.

In the "Members Area" you’ll also gain access to exclusive information in e-Learning, education resources, and Safety Solutions. Use your NEW access codes to enter the "Members Area." Remember, that your personal username and password has changed.
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AWI Family Expands

Ilaria Buffalo has retuned to the office following her maternity leave and the birth of her daughter Tana Bell.

Tana was born on September 8, weighing in at 9 lbs., 9 oz. Congratulations to Ilaria and her husband Clarence.

Welcome back to the office, Ilaria.


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Business Tools

The Talk This Week

What are the hot topics this week among AWI members connecting on the AWI LinkedIn network, now over 1,600 participants strong? 

Some of the current topics being discussed:

  • Collaborative Relationship in Tri-State Area
  • 100+ Year Old Timbers Available
  • Design Using Garapa Wood
  • Free Webinar – Small Business Loans
  • Estimating Package Experience Sought
  • Experience with Bleached Beech
  • Woodwork Gone Wild
  • WoodLINKS News
  • Materials for Running Air Lines
  • Veneered Panels for Sale
  • Industry Regulations
  • Employment Opportunity

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, a useful networking tool among AWI members.


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ASA Model Stickers Help Subcontractors Preserve Their Rights

The American Subcontractors Association (ASA) reports that "stickers" can help avoid potentially damaging language hidden in the "fine print" of routine project documents.

"Change orders, pay applications and other routine documents all too often contain language limiting subcontractors’ rights," ASA notes. Stickers can be affixed to: signed change orders submitted to customers; signed lien or bond waivers submitted to customers; signed payment applications submitted to customers; and signed schedule approvals submitted to customers.

ASA members may download the stickers from the ASA Web site. Non-members may wish to explore membership at www.asaonline.com.


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Gain Honors, Get Recognition, Gain Customers

How is OBG Architectural Millwork gaining business exposure?

One of the beautiful projects fabricated by the company is featured in the summer edition of Design Solutions Magazine. They won recognition as an "Award of Excellence" honoree.

Pictured here is a project by OGB Architectural Millwork of Albuquerque, NM. The Southern Ute Cultural Center and Museum in Ignacio, CO features curved wall paneling, curved solid wood benches, curved handrails, a reception desk, showcases and a sales counter in White Maple or Douglas Fir. Pictured here is the welcome gallery with Maple paneling. Other views of the architectural woodwork throughout this project can be seen in the fall 2011 issue of Design Solutions.

Photo Credit: Scott Smith, Durango, CO

 Visit the AWI Web site for information and submission forms for the upcoming (spring 2012) AWI "Award of Excellence" (AOE) program. The deadline is February 1, 2012.

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

Standardizing Green Certification

Gain more insight about standard environmental certification – Life cycle analysis (LCA) and environmental product declarations (EPD).

What about their application to the wood products industry? Click here for a news item from Woodworking Trends (free subscription).

And stay tuned for more information from AWI about the subject in the upcoming January issue of AWI NewsBriefs, the association’s monthly print newsletter. The December 1, 2011 edition of AWI e-briefs also carried a comprehensive article on the subject in the article "Supplier Member Alert."

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USGBC Releases “Best of Green Schools 2011” List

The U.S. Green Building Council's Center for Green Schools released the list to recognize school administrators and government leaders in 10 categories for their efforts to create sustainable learning environments.

"Recipient schools and regions from across the nation – from K-12 to higher education – were recognized for a variety of sustainable, cost-cutting measures, including energy conservation, record numbers of LEED® certified buildings and collaborative platforms and policies to green U.S. school infrastructure. Their commitments to measurable and innovative sustainable building goals serve as models for schools and campuses everywhere," USGBC advised.

"According to published reports, green schools save on average $100,000 per year on operating costs - enough to hire two new teachers, buy 200 new computers, or purchase 5,000 textbooks. On average, green schools use 33 percent less energy and 32 percent less water than conventionally constructed schools, and if all new U.S. school construction and renovation went green today, the total energy savings alone would be $20 billion over the next 10 years," USGB reported.

To review the list, visit the Center for Green Schools here. The Center for Green Schools worked on the "Best of Green Schools 2011" list in conjunction with its founding sponsor, United Technologies Corp.

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Maine Seeks Expanded Use of “Green” Building Materials in Construction

An executive order expands the number of wood certification systems recognized by the state.

Gov. Paul LePage has signed an executive order requiring any new or expanded state building construction to use an expanded set of "Green Building" standards as part of its design, construction, operation and maintenance.

The executive order expands the number of certification systems recognized by the State of Maine for setting "Green Building" standards for state building construction. Those systems include: the Sustainable Forestry Initiative; Forest Stewardship Council; American Tree Farm System; and Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification Systems.

As the most forested state in the nation, Maine also is among U.S. states with the highest percentage of certified, private forestland.

The executive order also will ensure that new and expanded state building construction will achieve energy efficiency and environmental sustainability by using the "Green Building" standards.

Government agencies and departments in Maine are required to bring their building construction policies into conformance with the executive order.

Maine is the national leader in privately owned certified woodlands. The Governor’s order broadens the kind of certified "green" wood products that can be used in state building construction and thus supports Maine’s forest-products industry. The order helps promote Maine’s sustainable forestry initiatives and expand business opportunities for wood products manufacturers. It also will both protect and develop Maine forest industry jobs.

For more information on forest certification, go to: http://www.maine.gov/doc/mfs/certification.
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Construction News

Wood Industry Rated Number One in Growth

Purchasing managers who participated in a recent survey of economic activity in 18 manufacturing industries reported wood products as the top growth industry.

The Institute for Supply Management (ISM) survey noted that "Respondents cite continuing concerns about the general economic environment, government regulations and European financial conditions, but are cautiously more optimistic about the next few months based on lower raw materials pricing and favorable levels of new orders."

Ranking of performance by industry in the order of growth reported:

  • Wood Products
  • Textile Mills
  • Petroleum & Coal Products
  • Primary Metals
  • Food, Beverage & Tobacco Products
  • Computer & Electronic Products
  • Apparel, Leather & Allied Products
  • Paper Products

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“Made in America” Promoted on National TV

If you didn’t see the news about home builders promoting "Made in America" products, find out more about their role in creating more American jobs.  

Click here to view a video of a segment featured on ABC news.
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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. Learn more about how to navigate the site.

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 accessible to AWI members.

Tips for Navigating Your Way around the Site & Finding Information:

On the home page of Safety Solutions, move your cursor down to "Workplace Safety Topics." Under Category, you can select "Construction" or under Topic, you can select such subjects as "Air Contaminants; Back Safety; Chemical Hazards; Fall Protection (Construction); Flammables & Combustibles (Construction); Ladders (Construction); Machine Guarding; Painting & Spraying; Respiratory Protection;" and much more.

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 1, 2011 e-announcement for your new access codes.

There is also a direct link to OSHA to stay current with regulations.
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Trade Shows / Forums

10th Anniversary Executive Briefing Conference

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.

Visit www.stilesmachinery.com/ebc to register and for full details.  AWI is industry partner of Stiles Machinery for the 2012 EBC.What Elliot Germany, Panel Specialists Inc., says about the EBC:
"The platform you’ve created allows woodworking industry executives the opportunity for collective, positive collaboration on important issues concerning us all; what must be done in order for our businesses not only to survive, but also thrive in a weakened global economy." 

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Member News

Stiles Expo 2012

Stiles Machinery will host an expo highlighting solid wood, sanding and finishing applications on January 25-26, 2012 at its facilities in High Point, NC.

Stiles announced that the Expo will feature thought-provoking seminars and cutting edge machine demonstrations, from raw lumber to finished moulding, including ripping, cross-cutting, sanding, and finishing. The entire process will be live in their technology-packed 22,000 sq. ft. renovated showroom and new finishing lab.

Presentation topics include:

  • The introduction of digital image processing for customized finishes
  • LED UV technology that can reduce your water borne curing time by half with no heat and less energy consumption
  • The achievement of color changes in under 1 minute
  • Methods to streamline your moulder processes to boost ROI

Complimentary single-night hotel accommodations and lunch are provided. To find out more or to register, please visit www.stilesmachinery.com/events.


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Federal Scene

IRS Announces 2012 Standard Mileage Rates

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has issued the 2012 optional standard mileage rates used to calculate the deductible costs of operating an automobile for business, charitable, medical or moving purposes.

Beginning on January 1, 2012, the standard mileage rates for the use of a car (also vans, pickups or panel trucks) will be 55.5 cents per mile for business miles driven. The rate for business miles driven is unchanged from the mid-year adjustment that became effective on July 1, 2011.

The standard mileage rate for business is based on an annual study of the fixed and variable costs of operating an automobile. Independent contractor Runzheimer International conducted the study.

Taxpayers always have the option of calculating the actual costs of using their vehicle rather than using the standard mileage rates.

A taxpayer may not use the business standard mileage rate for a vehicle after using any depreciation method under the Modified Accelerated Cost Recovery System (MACRS) or after claiming a Section 179 deduction for that vehicle. In addition, the business standard mileage rate cannot be used for more than four vehicles used simultaneously.

These and other requirements for a taxpayer to use a standard mileage rate to calculate the amount of a deductible business, moving, medical or charitable expense are in Rev. Proc. 2010-51.

Notice 2012-01 contains the standard mileage rates, the amount a taxpayer must use in calculating reductions to basis for depreciation taken under the business standard mileage rate, and the maximum standard automobile cost that a taxpayer may use in computing the allowance under a fixed and variable rate plan.
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Chapter News

Washington Chapter Celebration Garners Donations

The AWI Washington Chapter celebrated the season at a party that attracted 50 members and guests who contributed $1700 for a local food bank.

Congratulations on the great turnout, which was made possible by the chapter’s Executive Director Kirsten Ingham who planned the event. Job well done, Washington Chapter, in turning festivities into a donation for those in need.
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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 Center Pennsylvania Chapter
When: January 12, 2012 (5:30 pm)
What: Board of Directors Meeting
Where: Mount Hill Tavern
Information: Garry A. Astles, gastles@northwayind.comAWI 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.

AWI Central Pennsylvania Chapter
When: March 1, 2012 (6:00 – 8:00 pm)
What: "Then Commandments of Contract Management" program
Presenter: Michael P. Davis, Esq.
Where: C. Ted Lick Wildwood Conference Center, Harrisburg, PA
Information: See attached for details and registration
Fees: $35 pp, Chapter / AWI Members; $70 pp, Non AWI Members; Tabletop Exhibits - $100
Questions: Garry A. Astles, gastles@northwayind.com
; (p) 717-503-6295

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 Coordinator, 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 January 5, 2012. Look for AWI e-briefs in a new format next year.  Season’s Greetings and best wishes for a safe, prosperous and happy New Year. We look forward to working on your behalf in 2012.


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