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New AWI Best Practice Groups Being Formed—Explore the Value!

AWI’s Best Practice Program is on the move!  After years of hearing active, involved members speak about the professional and business benefits they receive from networking with members from across the country, AWI decided it was important to make this member benefit available to all Manufacturing Members.  The first AWI Best Practice Group (BPG) meeting was held in the fall of 2005 and that group continues to meet!  Today, there are eight Best Practice Groups. 

Join a group today!  AWI is exploring interest in two specialized groups as well as another standard group.  Is one of the BP groups right for you?  Let us know. Contact Teresa McCain at or call 571-323-3622 with questions or interest in joining a Best Practice Group, All-Women’s Best Practice Group or a Next Generation Group (for future owners).

Learn more about the benefits of participating in a Best Practice Group in the May edition of AWI’s monthly print newsletter, NewsBriefs, here.  Watch for your hard copy in the mail around May 10.

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Ten New 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. I was lied to by a person with a PhD. to hide a mistake he made. He worked for years for a title and killed his reputation in a moment.

2. I watched A SOMEBODY treat A NOBODY like they were A SOMEBODY. I watched the NOBODY start changing that very moment.

3. People want to feel appreciated. A simple compliment, giving an ATA-Boy, saying way-to-go works wonders. Who have you not appreciated today?

4. I rate your company by the person I am dealing with at that moment. Bad employees cost you business everyday. Take your time when hiring.

5. If you want to become successful and have any chance to stay there – then be curious and keep asking Why, Why Not, Why Don’t We Try This.

6. Anyone who says, “That’s the way we’ve always done it," must leave the meeting.

7.  If you don’t like are gong to HATE EXTINCTION!

8.  ADAPT — Adjusting to Situation; Developing New Ways; Altering Procedures; Promoting through Different Media; Transforming Your Business.

9.  Great leaders are the first to set example, first to be frugal, first to change, first to work, first to take a pay cut, and LAST to reap any benefits.

10. True learning starts when your mouth is shut, mind is open, prejudice is in check, receptiveness engaged, and only when you desire it most.

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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What Are the Proper Steps to Launch a Workplace Wellness Program?

From Insperity

The workplace can play an influential role in managing personal wellness. Consider the following steps when creating a wellness program.  

1. Determine a Budget: Effective wellness programs do not have to be expensive, but they should be a permanent part of the budget. This will help ensure wellness is an ongoing priority.

2. Obtain Executive Support: Strong backing from management is essential. Secure support from an executive who can positively influence others and will advocate for proposed wellness strategies.

3. Choose and Implement: Focus resources on strategies most likely to produce results; develop plans to keep health initiatives moving even if there are staffing changes or other challenges.

4. Brand the Program: Create a succinct vision statement summarizing management’s rationale for promoting a healthy work environment. It will serve as a reminder of the link between employee health and the company’s ability to achieve its overall mission.

5. Solicit Employee Opinions: Encouraging employees to voice their opinions and offer suggestions helps to ensure that improvements in workplace facilities, policies and practices address the needs of the staff.

6. Report/Reward Results: Gather information or create systems for collecting information before implementing a strategy.  Report and promote program successes on an ongoing basis.

About Insperity

Insperity, a trusted advisor to America’s best businesses for more than 26 years, provides an array of human resources and business solutions designed to help improve business performance.  Insperity™ Business Performance Advisors offer the most comprehensive suite of products and services available in the marketplace.  Insperity delivers administrative relief, better benefits, reduced liabilities and a systematic way to improve productivity through its premier Workforce Optimization™ solution.  Additional company offerings include Human Capital Management, Payroll Services, Time and Attendance, Performance Management, Organizational Planning, Recruiting Services, Employment Screening, Financial Services, Expense Management, Retirement Services and Insurance Services.  Insperity business performance solutions support more than 100,000 businesses with over 2 million employees.  With 2012 revenues of $2.2 billion, Insperity operates in 57 offices throughout the United States.  For more information, call 800-465-3800 or visit

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AOE Spotlight: Woodwork Makes Dining at a Mansion Delightful

This month’s Award of Excellence Spotlight shines on AWI Manufacturing Member Harmony Plus Woodworks, Inc. of Dillsburg, PA whose team designed and fabricated woodwork for the Char’s – Tracy Mansion in Harrisburg, PA.  

The project is gaining exposure in the quarterly winter 2013 edition of Design Solutions Magazine, which is distributed to more than 15,000 design professionals. 

An elegant blend of American Cherry, Black Walnut and Maple were used throughout the dining facility – woods all native to Pennsylvania.  Harmony Plus Woodworks fabricated the bar, back bar, server stations, wine racks, library bookcase, bench seating, wall paneling, and more.   Pictured below is the library. For more views of the project, click here.  The project is gaining exposure in the quarterly winter 2013 edition of Design Solutions Magazine, which is distributed to more than 15,000 design professionals.  

Photographer: Jim Whetsone, Harrisburg, PA

To submit your project for an upcoming issue, click here.  Submissions are being accepted now for the fall edition of Design SolutionsThe deadline is August 1, 2013.

Design Solutions is also posted online for 24/7 access to architectural woodwork Award of Excellence projects throughout North America.

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ConsensusDocs Releases a New Owner & Consultant Agreement

ConsensusDocs recently released the new ConsensusDocs 247 Owner & Consultant Agreement, which provides an industry standard contract for an owner who wants to retain a consultant on a construction project.  The agreement was crafted to provide a good contractual base for a variety of consulting arrangements, including interior design, inspection, industrial hygiene, retrofits, procurement and many others.

“This new document between owner and consultant fills the need for a fair and balanced, industry-standard contract that protects owners and consultants alike in helping to ensure both parties understand their roles and responsibilities,” states, Phil E. Beck, Esq., Partner at Smith Currie & Hancock LLP.

As with all ConsensusDocs contract documents, the new agreement uses a plain English writing style that facilitates contract interpretation and administration. This agreement takes a project-first approach and promotes collaboration, communication and integration, which inhibits contractual silos that impede efficiency.  This document not only contains standard contract provisions, but also provides the flexibility for the unique nature of services provided by a consultant.

The agreement furthers the ConsensusDocs Coalition’s goals of writing fairer contracts to facilitate better project results with less litigation, while retaining a project-first philosophy that provides Owners an active role in the construction process.

ConsensusDocs are the only standard contracts written and endorsed by 38 leading design and construction industry associations. For more information, visit  AWI is a member of the coalition and members receive a 20% discount or Member Pricing on purchases of ConsensusDocs.  Use code “AWI100.”
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AWI Learning Forum

Business Strategies & Opportunities from AWI

May 8, 2013
2:00 – 3:00 pm (ET)


“Frequently Asked Questions … Answered!”

Tricia Roberts, QCC Senior Director of Operations and Jennica Edwards, QCC Credentialing Manager

Attend this webinar and get answers about QCP policies and procedures.

Free for AWI Members

Register here

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

Contact Ilaria Buffalo,

May 15, 2012
2:00 – 3:00 pm (ET)

WEBINAR: “AWI Benefits”

Presenters: Cassey Gibson, AWI Marketing & Membership Manager and Teresa McCain, AWI Senior Director of Operations

New (and not so new) AWI Manufacturing Members are invited to learn about AWI Member Benefits, where they can be found, and how to put them to work for your company.  AWI members Bruce Spitz of Classic Millwork & Products; Sebastien DesMarais of Hollywood Woodwork, Inc.; David Lock of Conley Caseworks; and AWI Technical Services Manager Ashley Goodin will share first hand how benefits like Best Practices Groups, Cost of Doing Business Survey, eCost Book and technical assistance can be utilized by your company.

Cost: Free for AWI Members

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

Questions?  Contact Ilaria Buffalo,

         SAVE THE DATE!

Hilton Orlando, Lake Buena Vista, Florida

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Confused about Inaccurate/Incomplete Specs?

Is this an all too familiar scenario? “Most architectural woodwork specifications reviewed in my professional industry career often contained conflicts, erroneous references to the Standards and in general, lacked the quality and accuracy required to produce meaningful construction documents,” reports AWI President Mike Bell.

Well, AWI has established a Build-a-Spec Task Force to find a solution to the recurring challenge.  Newly appointed task force chair Bruce Cody of Architectural Wood of Ronceverte, WV, concurs.  “Specifications are either self-contradictory or inaccurate or incomplete in some form or fashion.”

Check out the May edition of AWI NewsBriefs for details about the task force’s mission and goals. “Our task force is committed to addressing the ongoing problem of confusing specifications, which stems from the fact that many architects do not have dedicated specification writers.  The average architect firm doesn’t have the resources to hire such personnel.  What often occurs is that the design professional takes a specification from a previous job and adapts it for the current job. Therein lies the opportunity for errors. By their nature architects are visual; so when the specifications don’t match the drawings, woodworkers tend to defer to the drawings,” Mr. Cody said.

Stay tuned to AWI NewsBriefs and e-briefs for news as developments occur. This promises to be an exciting new initiative.  Meanwhile, check out the article online.  A hard copy of NewsBriefs is scheduled to arrive in your mailbox around May 10.  

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AWI News

Get that Small Business Program Form Completed!

AWI members who have declared their gross sales as less than $500,000 and paid $600 dues for 2013 are requested to complete the Small Business Program form and send it with third party documentation to AWI Marketing & Membership Manager Cassey Gibson ( no later than May 15, 2013. AWI’s Board of Directors has directed staff to take appropriate actions as follows if the documentation is not received: the membership level of the affected members will be adjusted to the next higher level and an invoice for an additional $600 will be sent. 

If you are in the referenced membership dues category, make certain your Small Business Program form is completed and sent to AWI by May 15, 2013.

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AWI Welcomes More New Members


Casework ETC., Wilmington, NC

Amerifix, West Haven, CT,

Phenix Architectural Woodwork, Inc., San Antonio, TX

AWM GROUP, LLC, Fort Lauderdale, FL,

JMB Cabinetry, Inc.., Hyattsville, MD

Klein Cabinets and Interiors, Inc., Westphalia, MI,

Strategic Retail Concepts, Sapulpa, OK,

Hamilton Sorter Co., A Division of Workstream Group, Fairfield, OH,


Global Diversified IT, Lawrence, PA,     

* These new members joined AWI in April 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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AWI Education Outreach

Regional Education Offerings: Two AWI Chapter Programs Require Minimal Travel

May 9 – 10, 2013

8:00 am - 5:00 pm

“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: Crown Plaza Louisville, Louisville, KY

Fees:  Ohio Valley Chapter Member - $150; Non-Member - $200

More Information:
Click here 

Registration: CLASS FULL
(No Walk-ins)

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 Plans Skills Evaluator Training, Seminar for AWFS

The Woodwork Career Alliance of North America (WCA) has planned an ambitious program for the AWFS Fair, July 24-27, 2013 in Las Vegas.

Evaluator Training at AWFS

WCA President Scott Nelson reports that the 20’ x 40’ WCA booth (# 9657) at AWFS will be the hub of activity for evaluator training.  Training will be conducted in four-hour segments each morning and afternoon during show hours: Wednesday – July 24, Thursday – July 25, and Friday – July 26.  Twenty-four (24) slots are available for training.

Registration with WCA is required. To participate, contact AWI President Scott Nelson at 402-610-6043 or at  For registration, pre-event requirements, and pricing and discounts for AWI members and educators, see the May issue of AWI NewsBriefs here.  A hard copy is scheduled to arrive in your mailbox around May 10.

“The WCA program is designed to train woodworkers of tomorrow and raise the level of professionalism of today’s architectural woodwork workforce.  With all major development work completed, WCA is poised to grow our industry and assure that we have a competent, skilled workforce to perpetuate it,” Mr. Nelson said.  Visit for more details and to get involved.

WCA Workshop at AWFS

“Benefiting from Industry – Educational Partnerships”

Moderated by: Duane Griffiths, Stiles Machinery Inc.

Friday, July 27, 20131:00 pm – 2:30 pm
Room No. N112
Free Session
Registration Required
(FR70A – for Teachers) (FR70B – for General Attendees) 

Are you from industry seeking to connect with a school wood technology program for potential future workers? Are you a teacher looking to expand your network beyond your classroom? This is an excellent time to join forces as more and more schools are adopting the WCA skill standards with the goal of preparing qualified employees. Learn about how the new skill standards align with curriculum, and what resources are available for educators through the WCA. Find out how you can become a skill evaluator for the new standards. Hear from industry people involved with SkillsUSA about how companies have benefited by their outreach to education partners. Learn about successful partnerships and steps you can take to advance your school or business.


John Dunn, Educational Programs Consultant for CTE Leadership & Instructional Support Team, California Department of Education
Eric Gearhart, Director of Business & Industry Partnerships, SkillsUSA
Kent Gilchrist, President, Fremont Interiors, Inc.
Patrick Molzahn, Director of the Cabinetmaking & Millwork Program, Madison Area Technical College
Scott Nelson, President, Woodwork Career Alliance

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North Salem HS Teacher Named WMIA “Educator of the Year”

Dean Mattson, Cabinet & Woods Manufacturing Teacher at North Salem High School in Salem, Oregon, was named “Educator of the Year” by the Woodworking Machinery Industry Association (WMIA).  Mr. Mattson was honored on April 25 at the Woodworking Industry Conference (WIC) in Tempe, AZ. 

The woodwork program at North Salem High School is strongly supported by the AWI Washington Chapter.  Greg Heuer, AWI Chief Learning Officer, reports that the school just ordered 18 Passports from the Woodwork Career Alliance in support of the Skills Standards credentialing program that provides students and practitioners with a career path in architectural woodwork. 

The honor was reported in a article on April 24 (30-day access) and the author describes the great work being done at the school.

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Adopt-a-Shop SPOT: Advanced Cabinet Systems

Advanced Cabinet Systems (ACS), a manufacturer of Division 12 Plastic Laminate Casework and Retail Store Fixtures, has partnered with local schools and developed a program encouraging students to consider pursuing careers in the woodworking industry. Advanced Cabinet Systems developed the program as an extension of the Architectural Woodwork Institute’s (AWI) Adopt-A-Shop program.

The program developed by ACS is called myShop. It involves hosting students and discussing careers in the industry such as sales, marketing, regulatory compliance, engineering, and carpentry. The students will participate in discussions with employees in all fields of the woodworking industry. They will also participate in a guided facility tour where they will learn how a woodworking facility operates.

MyShop was born in 2012 by Advanced Cabinet Systems in response to many schools discontinuing woodshop in their industrial arts programs. “We saw a need to educate students who, five and ten years ago would have had the opportunity to take a woodshop class in school. With so many schools eliminating those programs, it’s becoming paramount for companies, like ACS to get them involved in woodworking. Not only did we want them to learn about woodworking, but also about the different technologies in a modern manufacturing facility such as ours,” says Marc Dunker, Creative Director at ACS.

ACS planned their first myShop day for May 1, 2013 with a group from the Crossing Educational Center in Marion, IN. “We’ve generated interest from the local schools with our program and are excited to have an opportunity to encourage young people to become interested in the vast career choices in the woodworking industry. Giving them this exposure while they are still in the educational system may encourage them to pursue higher education geared toward our industry,” says Dunker.

ACS plans on expanding the myShop program to include job-shadowing and internship opportunities. “Career discussions and plant tours are just the beginning for myShop. We’re dedicated to helping the youth of America succeed, and programs such as myShop can help accomplish that,” explains Dunker. To find out more about the myShop program and other ACS initiatives, visit or e-mail

Advanced Cabinet Systems has been an AWI Manufacturing Member since 1998.

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Industry Forums

Visit Us at the AWFS® Fair!

Each of the following booths will be a hub of activity with information about their products, programs and publications at the AWFS Fair, July 24-27, 2013 at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas

Architectural Woodwork Institute

Booth #9756

AWI/Quality Certification Program

Booth #9754

Woodwork Career Alliance

Booth #9657

Housing and Registration for AWFS at  Register now and save $25. 

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AWI Members To Receive Discount on 2013 AWFS® Fair Education Programs

All members of AWI will be eligible to receive a 10% discount on any of the College of Woodworking Knowledge (CWWK) educational seminars for which they register. (Discount applies to seminars only, not the show floor registration.)

To take advantage of the discount when registering online, members must fill in their association name and Code Number.  The Code Number for AWI is AW2682. 

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Owner & Contractor Perspectives Webinar on Tailoring ConsensusDocs to Your Projects

ConsensusDocs will host a webinar on May 8, 2013 from 2:00 – 3:30 pm (ET).  A panel of industry attorneys will review a variety of design and construction contracts.  They will provide insight into key provisions and provide perspectives from owners, contractors, design-builders, subcontractors and design professionals.

For more details and to register, click here.  The cost is $89.00 General Public; $49.00 ConsensusDocs Coalition Organization members.   Use code AWI100 when registering to receive the AWI coalition member discount of 20%.

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Need Your Claims Paid But Still Keep Your Customer?

Learn how at an American Subcontractors Association (ASA) webinar: “Playing it Cool: How to Effectively Pursue Claims While Keeping Your Customers Happy,” Tuesday, May 14, 2013, 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm EDT.

During this interactive webinar you will learn: how to effectively resolve disputes and obtain payments while preserving your customers; how to use liquidation agreements and pass-through claims to resolve disputes without having to sue; what makes a pass-through claim viable and its main components; and more.

The presenter is Ben Wheatley, Esq., Munsch Hardt Kopf & Harr, PC, Austin, Texas.

Pricing is $99 for members of the American Subcontractors Association; $179 for non-members. 

To register, call 703-684-3450, ext. 1304 or register online
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Member News

Thruway Hardwood & Plywood and D&M Plywood Announce Merger

Two well-respected providers of high-end architectural building products in Western New York, Thruway Hardwood & Plywood Corp of Cheektowaga NY and D & M Plywood, Inc. of Buffalo NY, announced the merging of their companies.

Both Thruway Hardwood and D & M have come to the table with extensive experience in the woodworking industry and strong reputations for reliable service and consistently high-quality product lines. “The purpose of this partnership is [very] straight-forward. We are now able to better serve our marketplace with expanded and more inclusive product lines and services,” says John Fontanese of D & M.

“In this market, longevity is not achieved through purely organic growth,” says John DiFiore, founder of Thruway Hardwood & Plywood Corp., “We welcome Paul [Maher] and John [Fontanese] of D & M and we are excited to combine the products, services and experience that our respective companies have been offering the industry up till now.”

Together, the two companies cover around 70% of New York State geographically, as well as the Western Pennsylvania and Southern Ontario areas.

Both organizations are new AWI Supplier Members and are active in the AWI Empire State Chapter.

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Veneer Tech Craftsman’s Challenge™ Woodwork Design Competition Entries Due May 31

Entrants are in the short rows now to make the May 31 deadline for the Ninth Annual Veneer Tech Craftsman’s Challenge™, the international design competition with cash awards that highlights achievement in the use of natural wood veneer products in the categories of Architectural Woodworking, Cabinetry, Furniture, Specialty Products, Store Fixtures, and Student Design.  There is no entry fee, and material need not have been sourced through Veneer Technologies to be eligible.  Results will be announced at a reception beginning 5:00 pm, Thursday, July 25 at Veneer Technologies’ booth 4258 at the AWFS® Fair in Las Vegas.

The Veneer Tech Craftsman’s Challenge recognizes all segments of the industry, from woodworking design professionals and students to distributors and sales representatives.  A cash award of $3000 will be made to the creator of the grand prize winning entry.  The distributor of the veneer for the grand prize winning entry will receive $2000, and the corresponding distributor salesman will receive $1000.  Other category-winning entries receive $1000.  Non-cash and special awards may be given at the judges’ discretion.

All entries must have been produced between January 2008 and May 2013 and not previously entered in a Craftsman’s Challenge competition.  Entry form and rules are found at  Each entrant may submit up to three projects; each requires a separate entry form and accompanying photograph(s).  Entries may be submitted online, or mailed to Veneer Technologies, Inc., Attn.: Craftsman’s Challenge, P.O. Box 11454, Newport, NC 28570, or shipped to 3337 W. Railroad Blvd., Newport, NC 28570.

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Stiles Machinery Announces Manufacturing Solutions Seminar

Stiles Machinery has announced they will conduct a Manufacturing Solutions Seminar in High Point, NC on Wednesday, June 5, 2013.

The Manufacturing Solutions Seminar promises attendees they will learn how to accelerate their production velocity with the latest technologies, such as CNC machining, sawing, banding, material handling, assembly, and software.

Highlights of the June 5 event will include three unique work cells, each designed to meet specific production needs such as the IntelliStore inventory panel management system for space and labor efficiencies as well as new ideas to help companies be more competitive and profitable given today’s demands for short lead times and short run quantities. Attendees will see in action simple, space saving material handling solutions, parts identification utilizing bar code labels generated in real time as parts are produced and product labels incorporating RFID chips for tracking products through shipping and on to the jobsite.

Although there is no cost to attend the free event, advance registration is required. Registration also includes one free night hotel accommodations for guests who will be traveling from out of town.

For more information and to register, visit

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Industry News

2013 Market Outlook for Engineered Wood

Growth in wood production, including a 17% boost in I-joist manufacturing, is expected as economy and housing continue to improve. 

The small but positive uptick in the economy and residential construction closed 2012 on an optimistic note for the first time since the recession began, and that slow-but-steady growth is expected to continue through 2013. With indicators pointing to rising housing starts through the year and into 2014, APA-The Engineered Wood Association predicts a second straight year of growth in all four of the wood product sectors it represents.

“Last year saw across-the-board increases in structural panels, I-joists, glulam, and LVL. In 2013, not only will that trend continue, but at a slightly faster pace in most cases,” said Craig Adair, APA’s market research director. “Residential construction will drive much of that growth, with pent-up demand for housing, moderately rising house prices, and growing consumer confidence having the most influence.”

For details about the APA Market Outlook, click here.
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Federal Scene

Federal Government Duty Announcement Finds No Dumping but Applies Duties to Chinese Imported Hardwood Plywood Market Anyway

A protectionist campaign initiated by a handful of domestic companies has resulted in U.S. manufacturers being hit with more duties on imported Chinese hardwood plywood even after the U.S. government found that all individually-investigated exporters did not engage in "dumping" (unfair pricing), according to the American Alliance for Hardwood Plywood.

The alliance stressed that hardwood plywood is a vital component of the wood products supply chain and the broad range of industries that rely on it. “As part of its ongoing investigation of Chinese hardwood plywood market practices, the U.S. Department of Commerce announced a preliminary antidumping duty of zero percent on all Chinese exporters who were individually examined. However, the DOC refused to apply a zero percent to the remaining exporters who were fully cooperative. Instead, the agency used an average that included a penalty duty normally reserved for non-cooperative companies. The resulting average duty, 22.14 percent, applies this penalty to U.S. manufacturers' purchases of hardwood plywood from these fully cooperative exporters,” according to the AAHP.

For more details noted in the AAHP news release, click here.

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Reminder to Use Revised Employment Eligibility Verification Form I-9

The U. S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) released the new Form I-9 for immediate use by all employers! Some of the new features include: a two-page version of Form I-9 and expanded instructions for better understanding.  After May 7, 2013, employers must only use Form I-9 (Rev. 03/08/13)N.

Employers must complete Form I-9 to document verification of the identity and employment authorization of each new employee (both citizen and noncitizen) hired after November 6, 1986, to work in the United States.

The new form and the updated Handbook for Employers, Guidance for Completing Form I-9 is available online at I-9 Central and USCIS
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Chapter News

Thank You AWI Wisconsin Chapter

AWI National extends deep appreciation to the Wisconsin Chapter for co-sponsoring the networking reception during the AWI Spring Leadership Meeting on April 23 in Milwaukee.  AWI member volunteers and other attendees enjoyed the opportunity to make new business contacts, catch up with members around the country, and share ideas about business challenges in today’s market. Thank you AWI Wisconsin Chapter.

(Left to right) AWI Executive Director Phil Duvic, QCP Advocate and Educational Presenter Joe Sorrelli, and Special Guest, Carl Bullmore, one of the founding members of the AWI Wisconsin Chapter, converse at the AWI National Leadership Training held in Milwaukee, WI. 

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AWI Texas Chapter Supports State Cabinetmaking Contest

April 5th and 6th marked the 16th year that the Texas Architectural Woodwork Institute (TAWI) sponsored and conducted the Texas SkillsUSA State Cabinetmaking Contest. Approximately 22 TAWI Active and Supplier Members attended a joint chapter meeting and the Texas SkillsUSA contest.

 Jim Kollaja, TAWI Cabinetmaking Contest Chair, reported, “We had generous help from over 22 volunteers to judge projects for Friday night’s event. The Cabinetmaking Skills contest on Saturday had six judges and a group of four observers helping out with the contest. TAWI members also volunteered as judges for other SkillsUSA knowledge contests besides the Cabinetmaking contest. A big thank you goes to “SawStop” and Wurth Louis & Co. for donating the use of two Sawstop saws for the contest. Contestants also received generous gift bags of prizes from Wurth Louis & Co., FastCap and other TAWI donors. Our First Place winner also received an expense voucher to pay for travel and related contest fees for the SkillsUSA National contest in Kansas City in July.”  Good job, AWI Texas Chapter!

TAWI Active Members James and Teresa Hodges, CCI Millwork, judging projects.





Texas Skills USA State Cabinetmaking Contest winners: Jim Kollaja TAWI Cabinetmaking Contest Chairman with from left to right, Daniel Machado, Brownsville Hanna HS, First Place and recipient of a $1500 College Scholarship; Garry Guevara, Medina Valley HS, Second Place and recipient of a $1000 College Scholarship; and Issac Lujan, Belton Career Studies, Third Place and recipient of a $500 College Scholarship.

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Show Off Your AWI Chapter Banner

Shown here at an AWI Great Lakes Chapter meeting on April 17 are members of the chapter’s Board of Directors.  The chapter meeting included a plant tour at Case Systems in Midland, MI.

Great photo with the AWI banner!

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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 Washington Chapter
When: May 9, 2013 (9:30 am – 2:30 pm)
What: Lunch & Learn for Monroe High School
Where Monroe, WA
Information/Registration: Click here

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: (p) 617-855-9024,

AWI Heart of America Chapter
When: May 16, 2013
What: Chapter Meeting
Presentation: “The Basics of Hardwood Plywood”
Guest Speaker: Jan Barnes, Field Sales Representative, Columbia Forest Products
Host: Salina Millwork, Salina, KS
Information: Charlie Zizumbo (p) 785-825-0588,

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

AWI Carolinas & Virginia Chapters
When: May 17-18, 2013
What: Chapter Meetings, Plant Tours & Joint Education Event
Selected Sessions: Legal Insights, Equipment Purchases, AWI Benefits for Your Business, Social Media, AWI Technical Services, Q&A with AWI
Where: Hampton Inn & Suites / Raleigh Crabtree Valley, Raleigh, NC; Royal Oak Stairs plant; NC State University Wood Products Lab
Registration Fee: $25 payable to applicable chapter
Information & Registration: Click here – West Virginia colleagues welcome!

AWI Washington Chapter
When: May 22, 2013 (6:00 – 8:00 pm)
What: Plant Tour & Chapter Meeting
Where: KML Corporation, Tacoma, WA
Registration: Click here

AWI New England Chapter
When: May 23, 2013 (11:30 am to 3:00 pm ET)
What:  “Solids & Veneer” What You Need for LEED®” Interactive Seminar, Reception, Luncheon & Tabletop Exhibitors’ Presentation
Presenters: Kevin Mawson, Atlantic Plywood; Judy Balch & Vicki Lentine of WPMA
Where: Best Western Royal Plaza, Marlborough, MA
Information: (p) 617-855-9024,
Registration: Click here

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 Florida Chapter
When: June 7, 2013 (7:30 am)
What: Financial Management Seminar
Presenter: Sebastien DesMarais, CFO, Hollywood Woodwork
Where: Hampton Inn and Suites-Tampa/Ybor City, Tampa, FL
Information: Click here
Registration: Click here to sign up; early registration fees of $25 for chapter members and $50 for non-members double after May 17)

AWI Texas Chapter

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

AWI Heart of America Chapter
When: July 18, 2013
What: Chapter Meeting
Host: Technique, Hutchinson, KS

AWI New England Chapter
When: July 21, 2013 – NEAWI Annual Flat Water Fishing Outing at Newburyport, MA
When: July 22, 2013 -- NEAWI Annual Golf Outing at Blackstone National Golf Club
Information: (p) 617-855-9024,

AWI Great Lakes Chapter
When: August 22-23, 2013
What: Great Lakes Summer event
Where: Traverse City

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

AWI Carolinas Chapter
When: September 13, 2013
What: Chapter Membership Meeting
Where: Myrtle Beach, SC

AWI New England Chapter
When: September 18, 2013
What: General Contractor’s Roundtable

AWI Heart of America Chapter
When: September 20, 2013
What: Annual Golf Outing
Host: Wend-Wood, Inc., Wichita, KA

AWI Texas Chapter

When: September 24-25, 2013
What: General Meeting
Where: Waco, TX

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

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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