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February 4, 2016
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Dates to Remember in February

  • January 16 – March 1 – AWI / Federated Insurance 2016 Safety Awards Submission Period
    (Details available in February edition of NewsBriefs)
  • February 12 – WCA Skill Evaluator Accreditation Training
    (Details below)
  • February 22 – Annual AWI Cost of Doing Business Survey Launches
    (Details available in February edition of NewsBriefs)
  • February 26 - Submissions due for AWI education director position
    (Details below)

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AWI News

Two AWI Programs Are Underway This Month: What Are They?

Take advantage of these exclusive benefits of your membership in AWI.  Read all about the Annual Cost of Doing Business Survey and AWI / Federated Insurance Safety Awards Competition and more in the February edition of AWI’s monthly print newsletter NewsBriefs

  • “Follow the Clues to Increased Profitability” – Find out why other AWI Manufacturing Members find this survey and results so important for their business cost containment, competitiveness and profitability.  Plan to participate in the CODBS webinar on March 3.  The survey launches February 22.

  • “Raise Your Safety Profile: Enter the 2016 Safety Awards Competition” – The submission period began January 16.  Supply the information from your OSHA 300 Form.

  • “2016 AWI Leadership Set Agenda for the Year” – Check out the lineup of Officers and Board of Directors.  Find out how they began the year at their meeting on January 18-19.

  • “Four Plant Tours Highlight AWI Spring Leadership Conference” – AWI members who attend the annual meetings and sessions will tour local facilities.  What are they?

  • “Wisconsin Adopts WCA Sawblade Credential” – What other states have endorsed the Woodwork Career Alliance Skill Standards?  Has your state?

  • “Pittsburg State University on the Right Track!” – Where is our industry going to find the talent to sustain our business?

  • “Former AWI President John T. Mielach, Sr. Passes Away” – An industry innovator John Mielach introduced computer technology into the business process as early as the mid-1970s.

  • “Stiles Celebrates Homag Machinery North America” – The celebration takes place in Grand Rapids, Michigan this month.

Read the news here in the February edition of AWI NewsBriefs.  A printed copy of your monthly AWI newsletter is scheduled to arrive in your mailbox around February 15.  Read it online now!

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AWI Welcomes New Members


AC Millworks, LLC, Cody, WY

Burke Gibson, LLC, Auburn, WA,

Cabinet Design and Construction, LLC, Pensacola, FL,

Provincial Store Fixtures Ltd., Mississauga, ON, Canada,

Tesco Learning Environments, Bellville, TX,


ARK Woodwork Inc., Boca Raton, FL,

Note: These new members joined AWI in January 2016.

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 / Federated Insurance Accepting Submissions for Annual Safety Awards

Raise your business profile.  Boost staff morale.  Market your safety record.

Start by entering the AWI / Federated Insurance Safety Awards Competition. Simply apply the information from your OSHA 300 Form.

This year the submission period began on January 16 and will close March 1, 2016.  While you’re posting Form 300A — Summary of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses in your workplace each year — it’s easy and timely for you to enter the competition for one to three safety awards.

Check out details in the February edition of NewsBriefs here.

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Staff Position with AWI Opening

With the December 2016 retirement of Greg Heuer as AWI’s education director, AWI is accepting resumes for this position.  Core qualifications include strong organizational, administrative and management skills, experience in adult education program development, compositional expertise and proficiency in current software applications.

Submittals are due by Friday, February 26, 2016. Send resume and a cover letter to AWI Executive Vice President Philip Duvic via e-mail:

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AWI Learning Forums

Targeted Learning Forums for Architectural Woodworkers



AWI Education Outreach programs are hosted in various regions around the country. Questions about any of these events should be directed to AWI Education Program Coordinator Camerine Findlay, or 571-323-3614.

Registration Open!
March 2-3, 2016
“Advanced Estimating”

Host: AWI Washington Chapter

As a linchpin of the successful outcome of projects, the estimate can “make” or “break” your company. Learn advanced techniques for estimating complex projects, fine-tune your analyses of job costing, and justify the added value your company can offer for your proposed price while you beat the competition. Devise an effective process for determining your costs and marking up the costs to meet your overhead and make a profit. Advance your skills for gathering all the special considerations that may influence the job. The faculty guides attendees through unique woodworking problems and leads them to real-world solutions.

Location: Red Lion Hotel Seattle Airport, Seattle, WA

Information & Registration: Click here

Save the Dates!

The following online one-hour learning forums are “members only” benefits and begin at 2:00 pm (ET).  Details will be announced in future editions of AWI e-briefs.

Cost of Doing Business
March 2, 2016
Speaker: Sebastien DesMarais, President, Hollywood Woodwork and Chair, AWI Financial Management Task Force

It’s more important than ever to know your numbers. Join us as presenter Sebastien DesMarais, President of Hollywood Woodwork, Inc. highlights the benefits of the AWI Cost of Doing Business Survey and explains how to complete it.
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 anywhere else. Check out this webinar to hear about all the benefits of the CODBS and tips and tricks to completing the survey.

Click here

QCP Talk
March 9, 2016
Information & Registration Coming Soon

Chapter Development
March 16, 2016
Information & Registration Coming Soon

Sales & Marketing NEW
March 23, 2016
Speakers: Scott Kaminski, Marketing Communications & PR Manager, Häfele America Co.; Scott Markwood, Training Coordinator, Häfele America Co.
Not everyone is a salesman and not everyone is a marketer. Even still, there are simple, subtle changes you can do to help your company be found, improve your sales approach and earn more business. The fact is you can do the best woodworking in the world, but if your target client isn't finding and engaging with you, then you are missing the boat. This webinar will give you straightforward, actionable steps to build into your sales and marketing processes. Don’t have a sales and marketing process? We’ll touch on that too!

Registration: Click here


May 23-24, 2016
AWI Spring Leadership Meeting
Traverse City, MI
Registration opens February 22 at

October 23-25, 2016
AWI 64th Annual Convention
Kansas City, MO

Note to AWI Chapters: AWI National education programs, which cover a variety of topics, are available for hosting by other interested chapters.  To schedule an Education Outreach session, contact Camerine Findlay at  Consult the AWI Education Outreach Procedure Manual here for details about how to tap into this AWI National supported program for AWI chapters.

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WCA Skill Evaluator Accreditation Training: February 12

February 12, 2016 (8:00 am - 12:00 pm)
Madison, WI

Only 16 total seats available, several taken already.  Pre-registration, which closes February 5, is required.

Click here for details and to see who’s coming.

Schools with a current subscription to the Woodwork Career Alliance EDUcation™ Division save $250. One FREE ticket per school may be used each year. E-mail Corporate Secretary Greg Heuer for your 2015-16 Coupon Code.

Patrick Molzahn is your contact for the day – cell phone 608-669-0794 or e-mail

The Woodwork Career Alliance of North America (WCA) A 501(c)(3) non-profit charity actively promoting a skilled workforce for the advanced woodworking industry. The Woodwork Career Alliance Woodwork Passport program leads to professional credentials for woodworkers and a pool of demonstrated talent for employers. The Woodwork Passport is a portable, personal, permanent record of a woodworker’s achievements. Developed by industry, our simple system for testing skills and recording the results leads to industry-recognized certificates that stay with an individual throughout their career. Visit for more information.

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Sponsor News

Stiles Prepares for North American Manufacturing Facility Grand Opening

Stiles Machinery, Inc., a subsidiary of HOMAG Group is excited to celebrate the grand opening of the HOMAG Machinery North America manufacturing facility in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The company will be hosting a grand opening event on Wednesday, February 10 to celebrate the occasion.  To register to attend click here.

HOMAG Machinery North America, formerly WEEKE North America (WNA), currently manufactures the WEEKE Vantech line of CNC routers and the ABD series of CNC drilling and dowel machines. The new expansion and company name are part of a continued strategy by the global leader HOMAG Group to invest in manufacturing demands for the local market.

The new HOMAG Machinery North America facility offers 100,000 square feet of manufacturing and office space. Improvements in the new factory include twice the production capacity and a streamlined manufacturing flow which applies the latest technologies and workflow processes to achieve efficient optimization.

WEEKE North America was established in 2009 as a joint venture between the HOMAG Group, Stiles Machinery Inc. and WEEKE Maschinenbau, a subsidiary of the HOMAG Group. Stiles has been an exclusive distributor in the United States for almost 30 years and currently serves as the HOMAG Group’s sales and service extension for the United States.

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Chapter News

Chapter Events in 2016: What’s Coming Up?

Watch this column for news of 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 Wisconsin Chapter
February 18, 2016 (9:45 am – 2:30 pm)
What: Edgebanding Seminar
Presenters: Representatives from Rehau, Biesse, Stiles
Where: Madison Area Technical College, Madison, WI
Information/Registration: Click here

AWI Carolinas Chapter
February 26, 2016 (8:30 am – 2:00 pm)
What: Plant Tours, Lunch, Membership Meeting
Plants: Columbia Panel Manufacturing Co. and Faces South, Inc.
Tour/Meeting: Bienenstock Furniture Library, High Point, NC
Information/Registration: Click here

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 Liz DiFiore, AWI Communities Manager, 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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Next Editions

Watch for e-briefs on:

  • February 17, 2016 (Business and industry news)

  • March 10, 2016 (News of AWI and its affiliated organizations: QCP, WCA, Speakers Bureau, AWI Education Foundation

Depend on e-briefs to bring you news of AWI publications and programs and other pertinent information that impacts your architectural woodwork business.

For prior issues of AWI e-briefs, click here.

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Upcoming Education

March 2-3, 2016
“Advanced Estimating”

AWI Washington Chapter
Information & Registration


1:00 – 2:00 pm
No cost for AWI Members

Cost of Doing Business

March 2, 2016


AWI Wisconsin Chapter
February 18, 2016
(9:45 am – 2:30 pm)
Edgebanding Seminar

AWI Carolinas Chapter
February 26, 2016
(8:30 am – 2:00 pm)
Plant Tours, Lunch, Membership Meeting

Past AWI Webinars

If you’ve missed any of the informative webinars hosted by AWI, you can access them in the password-protected “Members Only” section of the AWI Web site here.  Log in using your AWI member access codes and click on “Webinar Recordings”.

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