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March AWI NewsBriefs Addresses FSC’s Diminished Role in LEED® v4

The March edition of AWI NewsBriefs contains a cover story article about LEED v4 and the changes outlined in the draft released during the Fifth Public Comment Period.  (See below – a Sixth Public Comment Period just opened.)

You’ll find AWI Sustainable Resources Committee member Margaret Fisher’s analysis of the options presented for earning a new MRc3 Credit – Building Material Optimization – Sourcing of Raw Materials.

Here’s a sneak peak of the March issue of NewsBriefs here.  The newsletter should arrive in your mailbox by March 15.

Get in on the lively discussion begun in LinkedIn.  Click here to access

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Sixth Public Comment Period Opens for LEED® v4…the Discussion Continues

Just when we thought everything had been said about LEED v4 in the fifth comment period, there is one more opportunity from March 1-30, 2013 to speak out. 

According to LeedUser blog, the biggest change from the fifth public comment draft is a new “Option 3 of the Building Product Disclosure and Optimization-Material Ingredients Credit.”  It relates to third party programs.  See that blog here.

For the U. S. Green Building Council (USGBC) announcement about the new open comment period for LEED v4, click here.  You can view the credit changes here.

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Surveys See Green Building Growth, but Not for LEED®

Three new surveys focus on demand for green building, seeing strong growth. But at least one survey by Turner Construction reveals a pull back from the LEED program and an increase in other green standard programs.

The studies are:
  • McGraw-Hill Construction – “2012 World Green Building Trends” and “2013 Dodge Construction Green Outlook”
  • Turner Construction – “Green Building Market Barometer”

For more details, check out the January 11, 1013 issue of Architectural Record (subscription required) here.

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FSC Reports on Public Consultations, Including Chain of Custody

Several issues are worth reviewing in the Forest Stewardship Council’s (FSC) February 2013 News & Views, particularly under “Technical News.”

  • Second Public consultation launched on Chain of Custody certification of multiple sites standard* First Public Consultant dates set by the IGI Steering Committee
  • 4 new National Risk Assessments for Controlled Wood approved
  • Regularly Scheduled Introduction to the FSC® Online Claims Platform Informational Webinars

Access the newsletter here.

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Business Tools

AWI‘s CODB Survey Open: Find Ways to Improve Your Bottom Line

Use the annual AWI Cost of Doing Business Survey (CODBS) to benchmark your firm against the industry’s best in class and then take action to improve your bottom line.  Craft your action plan by viewing the details in the survey results.  The CODBS is a business tool like no other for improving your competitive position in the marketplace.

Only participants in the CODBS will receive their individual (confidential and secure) online database of their figures and industry averages.  All participants will be entered in a drawing to win a $500 gift card.  Remember that you must participate to receive the complimentary CODBS results report.

Some participants are experiencing access difficulties.  If you are among them, you will need to install a secure/safe software program Silverlight 5 first before attempting to access the survey site.  

To begin the survey, click here or copy the address below and paste it into your browser:

You will be asked to log in using your Company Name, your User Name (we use your E-mail Address) and a secure Password that was generated for you by AWI.  If you need a Password reminder, click “Forgot your Password?” and it will be sent to your E-mail address.  Remember, access is only available to your company's primary contact.

Questions about participation? Contact Teresa McCain,  

2013 CODBS Dates to Remember:

 March 13

"How & Why You Should Participate"
Register here.

April 30

Survey  Closes

June 6

"Putting the Data to Work"

June 7

Participants Act on Data

* Start delayed from date announced in NewsBriefs

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ConsensusDocs Releases a New Joint Venture LLC Agreement

ConsensusDocs recently released a new ConsensusDocs 299 Joint Venture LLC Agreement, which provides the first industry standard contract for joint ventures of contractors, contract managers, design builders and design professionals utilizing an LLC model. The agreement is flexible to accommodate joint ventures between contractors, construction managers and design builders, as well as those incorporating an architect, engineer or other design professional.

Joint venture arrangements have long been an important tool in construction industry procurement. The new joint venture LLC agreement makes it easier for multiple parties to combine efforts, pool and increase capacity, combine expertise and resources, share risks on specific projects, and further the socio-economic goals of federal set-aside programs such as the SBA mentor-protégé program.

Firms working on joint ventures now have an additional standardized form that simplifies getting contracts signed and work performed. It can be used at the teaming or proposal development stage, as well as for project performance.

The newly-published agreement furthers the coalition’s goal of writing fairer contracts to deliver better project results with less litigation. Similar to all ConsensusDocs standard contract documents, this agreement takes a project-first approach and promotes collaboration, communication and integration.  ConsensusDocs are the only contracts written by 38 leading design and construction industry organizations.  Offering a catalog of 100+ contract documents addressing all methods of project delivery, ConsensusDocs incorporate fair risk allocation and best practices to represent the project’s best interests.  Coalition members represent Designers, Owners, Contractors, Subcontractors and Sureties (DOCS).

AWI members receive a 20% discount on all ConsensusDocs purchases.  Please use Discount Code “AWI100” when purchasing your subscription.  

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How Do You Start Over?

Will Fuller, owner of Acacia Originals in Kingwood, TX, tells an inspirational story of how his former 23-year old company failed horribly, and how Acacia was launched.  Will’s journey back to profitability came painfully but successfully with the introduction of a new business model that will seem radical to many AWI members.

Learn how Will succeeded in the March edition of AWI NewsBriefs here.  A hard copy of the newsletter should arrive in your mailbox by March 15.  Read the amazing story of faith and inner strength and how Will’s business relationships and customer base have contributed to his success. 

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AWI Award of Excellence Winners Gain Exposure to Over 20,000 Design Professionals

What about your project?  Do you have an opportunity to tap into this premier marketing tool for AWI members?  Yes! 

 Check out the requirements in the March 2013 AWI BeneFacts.  It will arrive with your printed copy of AWI NewsBriefs by March 15.  

The winter 2013 edition of Design Solutions, which showcases the projects of AOE honorees, is available online by clicking here.

Check out the outstanding woodwork projects of the following AWI members:

  • Conley Caseworks, Elma, NY
  • Leininger Cabinet and Woodworking, Inc., Lexington, KY
  • Fremont Interiors, Carmel, IN
  • Riverside Construction Services, Cincinnati, OH
  • Designer's Specialty Millwork, Ft. Lauderdale, FL
  • Harmony Plus Woodworks, Inc., Dillsburg, PA
  • Genbrook Millwork, Inc., Greene, NY

The deadline for AOE submissions for the summer edition of Design Solutions is May 1.

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AOE Spotlight: AWI Connections Led to Project Collaboration

This month’s Award of Excellence Spotlight shines on four members whose team effort led by Conley Caseworks created a complex woodwork project for the Buffalo Sabres Team Locker Rooms in Buffalo, NY.  Collaborating with Conley were Fremont Interiors, Leininger Cabinet & Woodworking, and Riverside Construction Services.

The project is gaining exposure in the quarterly winter 2013 edition of Design Solutions Magazine, which is distributed to more than 25,000 design professionals. 

Pictured here is the players’ dining room featuring striking wood paneling on the ceiling, a custom wood dining table and cozy built-in fireplace.  For more views of the project, click here. Photographer: Tim Wilkes, Rochester, NY

To submit your project for an upcoming issue, click here.  Submissions are being accepted now for the spring edition of Design Solutions.

Design Solutions
is also posted online for 24/7 access to architectural woodwork Award of Excellence projects around the country.

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Ten More Tips for Business Success … from Robert Stevenson

AWI 2012 Convention Speaker Robert Stevenson shares words of wisdom about business and success on Twitter.  Here are ten more Success Tweets.

1. Career Killers: Smart BUT difficult, creative BUT unpleasant, resourceful BUT negative, experienced BUT irritable. BUT – Bad Ugly Traits

2.  Arrogance kills companies and careers.  Be forever mindful that EACH DAY you must prove yourself.  Arrogance is not a virtue – Humility is.

3. The latest management fad won’t make your company successful – service, trust, respect, loyalty, diligence, fairness and integrity will.

4. 500 millionaires were asked the primary cause for their success. Most responded – they finally decided to get serious. Make it work for you.

5. Great News – Every SUPER STAR started out as an unskilled Rookie/ Novice. So, we all have a chance if we’re willing to “Pay the Price.”

6. MORE practice, MORE studying, MORE training, MORE sacrifice, MORE discipline creates STARS.  It’s the “MORE” most people have trouble with.

7. When you quit SELLING and start HELPING people get what they need, your sales will soar. Sales success is about 4 letter words – Help / Care.

8. W.A.S.I.M.S. – Walk A Shift In My Shoes. Before writing a policy for people to follow, go out and do what you wrote. Walk A Shift In Their Shoes.

9. Constructive criticism is suppose to be HELPFUL not HURTFUL. Leave the receiver of the criticism with a positive frame of mind, not defeated.

10.  If you involve your people in the process of what needs to be changed, making the change becomes easier for them to accept.

Robert Stevenson spoke about “Manufacturing at the Speed of Change” at the 2012 AWI Annual Convention. He is the author of the best-selling books: How to Soar Like an Eagle in a World Full of Turkeys and 52 Essential Habits for Success.  Mr. Stevenson is a graduate of the Georgia Institute of Technology and a former All-American athlete. He started his first business at 24 and has owned several companies.  Mr. Stevenson has international sales experience dealing in over 20 countries and his client list reads like a Who's Who in Business.  You can follow him on Twitter at Mr. Stevenson’s books are available for sale at Amazon or on his Web site at

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Speakers Bureau

Would Your Company Benefit from Building Relationships with the Design Community?

Find out how at the AWI Speaker Bureau Training, April 24-25, 2013 in Milwaukee, WI.   The AWI Speakers Bureau Committee is excited that Margaret Fisher will be joining the presentation team for the Speakers Bureau training. Margaret will partner with AWI member John Leininger to deliver “Overcoming Fear” and provide tips on “How to Get Booked.”  The training will include practical speaker tips, an update on the AWI resources available and time to practice new skills.

Training Topics

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

  • “Why Present? Your ROI!” by Kent Gilchrist & Jeff Ebel

Thursday, April 25, 2013

  • "The Fear Factor, How to Overcome!" by Margaret Fisher, John Leininger
  • "Using Humor & the Power of Story" by John Leininger
  • "Express Yourself" by Greg Lutz
  • "What If the Unexpected Happens? Tips for a Successful Presentation" by Margaret Fisher
  • "How to Get Booked/ Promoting Yourself and AWI!" by Margaret Fisher and Greg Lutz

Register Today
(You must log in to register)

If you are one of the approximately 100 AWI Speakers Bureau members, you should have received your monthly “Speakers Bureau” e-letter.  This new publication was introduced in January 2013.  If you are not currently a member of the Speakers Bureau, visit and review the Procedure Manual. New participants are welcome.

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Safety Matters

Federated Launches Risk Management Program Designed to Help Protect Your Profits

Leading insurance and risk management services provider, Federated Insurance (AWI’s insurance safety partner), is introducing a new risk management program titled “Risk Management Culture: A Vision for Your Future.”

Designed to help policyholders identify and prevent the risk exposures that negatively impact their bottom lines, the program was inspired by feedback received from business owners across the country. These individuals explained that having a risk management culture helps them avoid the hidden costs of losses, including expenses associated with hiring and training new employees, lost productivity, damaged company reputation, and decreased employee morale. Unlike property damage, medical costs, and legal fees, these hidden costs are not covered by insurance. Additionally, losses can impact your workers compensation experience mod which can lead to higher insurance costs.

When discussing the role a risk management culture plays in their businesses, these individuals reiterated four points:
  • It has to start at the top.
  • Empower employees.
  • Take control.
  • It has a financial impact.

Based on this input, Federated crafted “Risk Management Culture: A Vision for Your Future” to help its policyholders realize the tangible and intangible benefits of implementing sound business practices. Support for this program comes in the form a compelling video and brochure which highlight real-life experiences, both good and bad, from business owners across the country.  For full details, click here.

Federated policyholders will receive these materials and learn more about the impact a risk management culture can have on their businesses from their local marketing representative during their annual Risk Control ReviewSM meeting. From there, they can work with Federated’s Risk Management Resource Center to develop a customized strategy to proactively prevent the losses that can be so detrimental to their profits.

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OSHA Reminds Employers to Post Injury/Illness Summaries

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is reminding employers to post OSHA's Form 300A, which summarizes the total number of job-related injuries and illnesses that occurred during 2012 and were logged on OSHA Form 300, Log of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses. The summary must be posted between February 1 and April 30, 2013, and should be displayed in a common area where notices to employees are usually posted.

Employers with 10 or fewer employees and employers in certain industries are normally exempt from federal OSHA injury and illness record-keeping and posting requirements.

Read the news release for more information on record-keeping requirements.

For other OSHA news and to access risk reduction resources, including safety training and compliance, go to AWI Safety Solutions at in the password-protected Members Area.

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AWI News

AWI Welcomes More New Members


GER Architectural Manufacturing, Inc., New Rochelle, NY,

Pike Road Millwork, Montgomery, AL             

Vivid Millwork & Carpentry, Inc., Troy, MI,

The Wood & Iron Factory, Inc., San Diego, CA,

Pars Industries, Inc., dba Woodcraft Company, San Diego, CA,

Oldcastle Surfaces, Atlanta, GA,

1st Choice Interiors, Bradenton, FL,


Thruway Hardwood & Plywood Corp. & Syracuse Forest Products,Cheektowaga, NY,

Sing Square Log Homes, Inc., McCleary, WA,

Greenline Industries, Inc., Beaufort, SC,

Smartware LLC, Durham, NC,

* These new members joined AWI in February 2013.

Use the online Directory of AWI Manufacturing and Supplier Members at 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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What’s Planned for the AWI Spring Leadership Meeting?

AWI volunteers will be gathering in Milwaukee, WI at the Intercontinental Milwaukee Hotel this year for the AWI Spring Leadership Meeting, April 24-27, 2013.  In addition to AWI Speakers Bureau Training, the following AWI meetings will be held:

  • Board of Directors
  • Development Council
  • AWI Education Foundation
  • Education Committee
  • Estimating Team
  • Project Management Team
  • Supplier Committee
  • Sustainable Resources Committee
  • Technology Task Force

Meet your peers at the reception hosted by the AWI Wisconsin Chapter.  Plan to attend the Harley-Davidson Steel Toe Tour & Museum.  Register here (and be sure to log in).  Contact Beth Holcomb at or at 571-323-3610, if you have any questions.

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Learning Forum

Business Building Ideas from AWI…At No Cost

Join AWI members for the complimentary webinars offered monthly by AWI as a benefit of your membership.  Tap into the upcoming one-hour sessions featuring AWI specialists on topics affecting your business bottom line.

March 13, 2013

2:00 – 3:00 pm EST

WEBINAR: AWI Cost of Doing Business Survey
“Why and How to Participate in the CODBS”

  Sebastien DesMarais, Hollywood Woodwork

Join us as presenter Sebastien DesMarais, CFO of Hollywood Woodworking, Inc. highlights the benefits of the AWI Cost of Doing Business Survey and explains the steps to completing the survey.

The CODBS is a premier financial tool for measuring your operating costs, compensation levels and benefits packages for use in improving your company’s financial performance.  The financial data and industry benchmarks you receive are unique to the architectural woodwork industry and are not available from other sources.  Check out this webinar to hear about all the benefits of the CODBS and the tips and tricks to completing the survey.

Register Here

(Make sure you are logged in and scroll down on the page to register.)

Cost: Free for AWI Members

Questions? Contact Ilaria Buffalo,

March 20, 2013

2:00 – 3:00 pm EST

Risk Controls
“Risk Controls: How to Best Protect & Grow Your Business”

 Bradley Hutson, CIC, Sterling Risk Advisors

Risk is reality that every business owner faces. Greater success and fewer headaches are the rewards for those who manage their risk effectively. This program is designed to inform business owners and managers of various tools and programs available to help manage and minimize their risk. While many risk management principles apply across all industries, there are also principles and tools specific to those in the woodworking industry. We will cover both general risk management principles as well those specific to the woodworking trades.

About the Speaker and the Company

 Bradley Hutson has been providing risk management and insurance solutions for businesses since 2002. Bradley’s extensive industry knowledge and strong relationships with professionals in multiple industries position him as a strategic advisor to his clients. In order to provide superior service to his clients, Bradley maintains his Certified Insurance Counselor (CIC) designation.

Sterling Risk Advisors is a full-service insurance and risk management firm located just north of Atlanta. As one of the fastest growing risk management and insurance firms in Atlanta and the Southeast, Sterling Risk Advisors works in partnership with our clients to provide services and solutions customized to today’s dynamic marketplace. Expertise, Integrity and Client Service form the cornerstones of our success.

Free for AWI Members

Register Here

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Questions? Contact Ilaria Buffalo,

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AWI Education Outreach

Regional Education Offerings: Minimal or No Travel Required

May 9 – 10, 2013
“Advanced Project Management”

Host: Ohio Valley Chapter

Speakers: Jeff Stück, Greg Kasten

A project manager guides the team and assures that tasks are completed on time, in budget, and with profit. Elevate your skills and techniques to manage your customers and your woodwork team to control the myriad of details and changes from project initiation to completion. Improve your skills at identifying risks and defining risk strategies, controlling the change management process, implementing a quality management plan, and closing the project. Improve the flow of the job from start to successful punch out with confidence and less stress.

Location: Louisville, KY (TBA)

Questions? Contact

September 19, 2013
“Fundamentals of Project Management”

Host: Heart of America Chapter

Speaker: Rick Thaler

As the principal organizational specialist on the woodwork team, the project manager is confronted with tight schedules, change orders, resource availability, equipment glitches, conflicts and communication, and more, while assuring that the job proceeds according to the specifications and the contract. It’s a challenge! This intense one-day program will help NEW PMs build a solid foundation for a successful career. You can immediately put to work the best practices, skills and techniques gained in this course. Start using the handout materials – forms, templates, and tracking mechanisms – when you get back to the job. Interact with participants to form a network of PM consultants who share – and successfully meet – the same challenges.

Location: TBD

Questions? Contact

AWI Chapters are encouraged to tap into the AWI Education Outreach Program to host quality education programs for their members and guests.  Questions about the program may be directed to Ilaria Buffalo at

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WCA/WoodLINKS USA Joint Merger Agreement

WoodLINKS USA and the Woodwork Career Alliance of North America (WCA) have combined forces to explore the prospect of merging these two organizations. This merger, subject to final approval by the Board of Directors for both organizations, will enable WoodLINKS USA members to become Education members of the Woodwork Career Alliance. The WCA has developed Industry recognized Skill Standards and a certification system for the Wood Industry. This agreement furthers the partnership created in 2010 between these two organizations.

The Woodwork Career Alliance’s Credentialing program was established in 2011, and is rapidly being adapted by industry as THE standard for training and evaluating personnel in the Wood Industry. An educational arm of the WCA is being established to develop new recruits for our industry primarily at the secondary and post?secondary levels. Merging these two organizations will provide a stronger network to train and evaluate current and future woodworkers.

WoodLINKS USA has received significant industry support and developed a strong network of schools since it was first established in the U.S. in 1999. WoodLINKS USA members are active in 16 states around the country and work with thousands of students each day. Under the proposed merger, all current school members of WoodLINKS USA will become Education Members of the merged organization and will be provided with the same benefits afforded them under their membership terms with WoodLINKS USA.

“Overall, this merger will allow both organizations to expand their reach through shared resources”, said Patrick Molzahn, President of WoodLINKS USA. A special credential for high school students, the Saw Blade certificate is being created to help students begin their credentialing journey and career path. An Education Committee has been created to help develop enhanced membership benefits and training materials for participating teachers. July, 2013 is the targeted date for completion of the merger.

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New Berlin (WI) Career and Job Fair Hits Home Run

The 2nd Annual New Berlin Career and Job Fair on February 20 was a huge success, according to a report from Greg Bednar.  The AWI Wisconsin Chapter had a booth there manned by AWI Wisconsin Chapter President, Jerry Finch (formerly woodshop program leader for Fox Valley Technical College) and AWI Chapter Development Liaison, Greg Bednar.

Approximately 700 high school students from the area attended to research various career paths.  A great many found interest in architectural woodwork as Jerry and Greg explained various roles throughout the architectural woodwork industry.  Students received Information on educational training and opportunities along with numerous issues of AWI's premier publication, Design Solutions Magazine. 

“The event was a huge hit and we left with the feeling that we found a number of young people interested in our industry.”  Greg also reported that other booth visitors included several school board members and the district superintendent with whom they spoke about the needs of the wooodwork industry.  

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Are You An Employer Seeking Good Help?

Madison Area Technical College (MATC) in Wisconsin is organizing its 2013 internship program with area woodshops.  The intern program allows employers to see firsthand the skills and attitude a student can bring to their workplace and students get to assess whether they like the work environment.  MATC advises that internships will be two days instead of four days and will take place during the last three weeks of April.

For more details, see the winter 2013 edition of Wood Moves, the MATC Cabinetmaking & Millwork Program e-news.  See also the upcoming lunch & learn seminars which are open to the public.

Those interested in participating in this year’s MATC internship program, should contact Patrick Molzahn at
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Industry Forum

Stiles Announces Executive Briefing Conference Details

April 14-16, 2013 Chicago, IL – The EBC has become the premier venue for key manufacturers to network and explore new ways to succeed, Stiles Machinery reports. By providing strategic and practical information that addresses manufacturing challenges, the EBC provides a forum to find out about new technologies and discover opportunities in a non-commercial environment.


To start a new decade of learning, the 2013 EBC is challenging attendees to be part of creating what’s next. Envision an event that has more people discussing solutions rather than asking questions.

Join the creative energy and refreshing industry outlook April 14-16 outside Chicago at the Q-Center in St. Charles, IL. Plan to attend now and register early so you can participate in an event that lets you share your vision, find answers through networking with peers and learn to understand the changing dynamics in our industry.


The full conference rate, including hotel accommodations for two nights, meals, and airport transportation, is $995. Register online at

AWI is a cooperating industry association partner for the Stiles Machinery Executive Briefing Conference.  Representing AWI at the EBC will be AWI President Mile Bell, AWI Vice President Kent Gilchrist, and AWI Executive Vice President Philip Duvic. 

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Around the Industry

Importing Hardwood Plywood Now More Expensive for American Businesses

The International Wood Products Association reacted with concern over the Department of Commerce’s Preliminary Determination in the Countervailing Duty Investigation on hardwood plywood imported from China.

Preliminary rates have been assessed at 0% for mandatory respondents – a result welcomed by IWPA and that runs counter to claims that they were the recipients of government subsidization.  However, rates for all other respondents were set at 22.63%, tracking incredibly close with the 27.16% rate imposed on non-respondent producers.

The announcement of preliminary anti-dumping rates has been postponed, and will now be published on April 29, 2013. In order to bring the countervailing (CVD) rates process in line with the anti-dumping (AD) investigation, both final rates will be announced on September 18, 2013.

In the intervening time, IWPA is alarmed at the effects this preliminary rate will have on commerce. Since the petition was filed in 2012, IWPA has expressed its concern about how high rates will affect the many Americans who depend directly and indirectly on this unique product. American businesses, including many of the petitioners, will pay a heavy price as a result of this decision, just as the economy is emerging from one of the worst economic recessions in American history.
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Chapter News

Chapters Publish Newsletters; Advance Connections with Members

Several newsletters about chapter activities have been published recently...great chapter / member communications. 

The January 2013 newsletter of the AWI Carolinas Chapter reports on upcoming chapter events, recommended reading, featured Cool Tool, and more.  Find out what the chapter is doing and read about chapter members.

Check out the AWI Empire State Chapter’s Web site and new online e-newsletter.  The chapter’s e-newsletter dated February 8 announced its new members, evidence that the chapter is on the move.  Best wishes for continued success.

The AWI Washington Chapter has published its second newsletter, February 2013, for the year.  Check out the news of the chapter’s successful presentation to students at Auburn High School, and to the chapter’s “Legends of the Industry” – a new award recognizing local manufacturing members dedicated to the woodwork industry and to the chapter.  The first honorees were Carol Pearson of Pearson Millwork and Mick McCoy of OB Williams.  Congratulations to the chapter and to the honorees.

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Updated AWI G.P.S. Chapter Training Manual

The AWI Chapter Development Team, chaired by Charlie Zizumbo, has released an updated manual with new ideas to help chapter leaders lead and direct chapter activities.  The electronic copy contains many hyperlinks to go to sections of particular interest quickly.  The publication contains information about the Chapter D.R.I.V.E. program, AWI staff, the organizational chapter and history, as well as guidelines for forming an AWI chapter, building a great team, and creating a strategic plan.  Chapter leaders will also find programs ideas and suggestions. 

Contact AWI Chapter Liaison Greg Bednar at for a copy.  A printed copy will be mailed to all chapter presidents.  

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Clever AWI Washington Chapter “LookBook”

Kirsten Ingham of the AWI Washington Chapter developed an "AWI LookBook"  for use with Architects and Design Professionals... to showcase the quality of work being provided by their chapter members.

“See about collecting images of work your respective chapter members have performed and consider doing the same.  Try to keep the file size down or make a smaller version that is easy to send via e-mail to Design Professionals in your respective market,” advised Greg Bednar, AWI chapter services.  “This is an awesome way to highlight work by your AWI Chapter Members...increasing value in being a member of your chapter...and increasing demand for your services!

Contact the chapter at for a copy.


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Upcoming Chapter Events—Don’t Forget Local Programs

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 Iowa / Nebraska Chapter
When: March 14-15, 2013
What: Thursday night social and Friday learning session and regular business meeting
Special Event: March 14, 5:30 pm – AWI Murder Mystery at Salisbury House, Des Moines, IA.
Learning, Lunch & Meeting: March 15, 9:30 am – Culinary Arts Complex DMACC, Ankeny, IA
Information: Click here

AWI New England Chapter

When: March 20, 2013 (12:00 noon - 3:30 pm)
Presentation: “High Density Exterior Hardwoods in Sustainable Design”
Presenter: Chris Nolan, General Woodcraft, Inc.
Location: New London Plaza Hotel Holiday Inn, New London, Connecticut
Information & Registration: Click here 
Questions: Tye Waller,, (p) 617-858-1615

AWI Virginia Chapter
When: March 20, 2013
What: Brief Chapter Business Meeting (with proposed By-laws amendments), Lunch & Program
Program:  Construction Contracts (Focusing on Contract Check-list, Arbitration and Mediation
Presenters: Richard Smith, Esq. and Brian Vella, Esq.
Vendor Tabletop Presentations: $100 per display
Where: Courtyard Marriott, Charlottesville, VA
Information: Click here
Registration:  Contact Chapter President Bruce Cody at

AWI Washington Chapter

When: March 20, 2013
What: Chapter Meeting with Supplier Member, Flexible Materials
Questions: Kirsten Ingham,

AWI Central PA Chapter

When: March 21, 2013 (1:00 – 3:00 pm)
What: Plant Tour (Free)
Where: Beam’s Custom Woodworking, Morgantown, PA
Host: Bill Beam, Owner & President
Information/Registration: Click here
Questions: Garry Astles,, (p) 717-503-6295

AWI Heart of America Chapter
When: March 21, 2013
Host: RCS Millwork, Kansas City, KS

AWI Ohio Valley Chapter
When: March 22, 2013 (8:00 am)
What: Chapter Meeting, Wilson Laminate Presentation & Tour
Presentation: Laminate Market Trends & LEED® Impacts
Where: Marriott East Hotel Indianapolis, IN
Tour: Cambria Production Facility, Greenfield, IN
Information & Registration: Click here

AWI Central PA Chapter

When: April 4, 2013
Program: “Exploring Obamacare and Its Impact on Woodworking Businesses”
Questions: Garry Astles,, (p) 717-503-6295

AWI Texas Chapter
When: April 4-5, 2013
What: Judging SkillsUSA in Corpus Christi, TX & Chapter General Meeting

AWI Heart of America Chapter
When: April 5, 2013
What: Judging of State SkillsUSA Competition, Pittsburg, KS
Chair: Bill Reynard, Allen Millwork, Wichita, KS

AWI Carolinas Chapter
When: April 24-26, 2013
What: SkillsUSA-NC – Organization, Judging by Chapter

AWI New England Chapter

When: May 15, 2013
Program: “What’s New with LEED®”
Location: Best Western Royal Plaza Hotel & Trade Center, Marlborough
Registration & Fees: Click here
Questions: Tye Waller,, (p) 617-858-1615

AWI Heart of America Chapter
When: May 16, 2013
Host: Salina Millwork, Salina, KS

AWI Carolinas & Virginia Chapters Meeting
When: May 17, 2013
What: Joint Chapter Meeting

AWI Central PA Chapter

When: June 6, 2013
Program: “Your Most Valuable Asset”
Presenter: Duane Griffiths, Stiles Machinery
Questions: Garry Astles,, (p) 717-503-6295

AWI Texas Chapter
When: June 20-21, 2013
What: Chapter General Meeting & River Float & Schlitterbahn
Where: New Braunfels, TX

AWI Central PA Chapter
When: September 4, 2013 (6:00 – 8:00 pm)
What: Free Plant Tour of Classic Rock Fabrication
Where: Harrisburg, PA
Information & Registration: Click Here
Questions: Garry A Astles,; (p) 717-503-6295

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