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AWI News

Members Elect Two Manufacturers to the Board of Directors

The results of the annual elections of members to serve on the AWI Board of Directors are in! 

The following members were elected by voting AWI Manufacturing Members in early November.  Each will serve a two-year term commencing January 1, 2017.  Congratulations!

Tyler Cerny
Strata Design
Traverse City, MI
(Mr. Cerny will be serving his second, two-year term.)

Erik Fetzer

Chief Executive Officer
Fetzer Architectural Woodwork
West Valley City, UT

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AWI‘s Dues Changes Take Full Effect Jan. 1; Renewals Underway

Changes for AWI membership dues for Manufacturing, Supplier and Industry Members that began a three-year adjustment phase in January 1, 2015 will become fully effective as follows for all new and renewing members for the annual membership period that begins January 1, 2017. The chart attached identifies annual and monthly dues for each category.

Instructions for renewing your 2017 AWI Membership dues were e-mailed on December 2, 2016 to the point of contact for each AWI member company.  Annual remittances should be paid by following these instructions.  If someone is already remitting dues on a monthly basis, they are automatically renewed via your firm’s credit card information on file.

Please remember that if you declare your gross sales as less than $500,000, you will be required to submit the Small Business Program form and third party documentation.

Annual memberships for 2016 are scheduled to expire December 31, 2016.
  Renew your membership dues promptly at to maintain uninterrupted benefits and services.  To remit payment log into your Profile using your access codes.  If you have questions, don’t hesitate to call AWI at 571-323-3636. 

Thank you for your continued membership.

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December NewsBriefs Now Online: State of the Association, More

Read the latest news in the December edition of AWI’s monthly print newsletter NewsBriefs.

  • “State of the Association: Healthy & Vibrant” — AWI President Greg Lutz presents highlights of his report to members about accomplishments in 2016.
  • “Outgoing Board Members: Thanks for Your Service” — See page 3 for details.
  • “Two Board Members Elected” — Who are they?
  • “Volunteers Give for the Greater Good of AWI” — AWI thanks members of the Chapter Officers Council, along with chairs of committees, task forces and teams.
  • “AWI eCostBook to Sunset on Dec. 31, 2016” — Availability of the Cost Book data will be determined in 2017 by Manufacturing Member feedback.
  • “AWI Members Take the WCA Passport Pledge” — Read about what the pledge means.  Discover why from John Leininger took the pledge, and learn more in an article in this edition of e-briefs.
Read the news here in the December edition of AWI NewsBriefs.  A printed copy of your monthly AWI newsletter is scheduled to arrive in your mailbox by December 20.  Read it online now!

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AWI Design Solutions 2016 Fall Edition Is Now Online; Submissions Invited for Winter Edition

The 2016 fall edition of Design Solutions, the official journal of the Architectural Woodwork Institute, is now available online. Click here to view the Online edition!

Each quarterly issue of Design Solutions showcases beautiful examples of fine architectural woodwork manufactured by AWI members.  Featured in this edition are the following Award of Excellence winners:

Bienen School of Music, Evanston, IL
Imperial Woodworking Company, Palatine, IL

Private Residence, New York, NY
Zepsa Industries, Charlotte, NC

St. Thomas More Church Renovation, Sarasota, FL
WoodByrne Cabinetry, St. Louis, MO

Kingwood Medical Center Tower, Kingwood TX
CCI Group, Longview, TX

Have you heard about the AWI Award of Excellence Program?

You are invited to participate in the AWI Award of Excellence Program. All winners will receive recognition in our quarterly publication, Design Solutions Magazine.

There's no direct monetary cost to submit a project for the program.  Just complete the questionnaire form and obtain professional photos of your project to include with your submittal to the AWI offices. 

Showcase one of your company's woodwork projects in Design Solutions Magazine which is distributed internationally to thousands of design professionals, contractors, property owners and facility managers.

Click here for the Award of Excellence Submittal Form.

The Project Submittal deadline for the Winter Issue of Design Solutions Magazine is NOW!

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AWI Welcomes New Members


Colby Woodworking, Inc., Dayton, OH    

Millworks by Design, Westlake Village, CA,

Red Barn Cabinet Shop, Brooktondale, NY,


SingCore, McCleary, WA,

Note: These new members joined AWI in November 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 Learning Forums

Learning Opportunities: What’s Coming Up?


December 14, 2016
11:30 am – 12:30 pm (EST)
4th in New Technology Series
Engineering Technology
“Explore Engineering Tools that Can Enhance Efficiency & Productivity”

Presenters: Dustin Giffin, Giffin Interior & Fixture, Inc. and Jeremy Whitehurst, Colony Cabinets, Inc. dba CCI Group

The final webinar in this year’s tech series is about a topic that almost always comes up at any industry event: engineering. After a customer gives us an order, all woodworking companies have to take their drawings, either from napkin sketches to sophisticated architectural drawings and create submittal drawings, CNC G-code, saw patterns, and shop ready drawings.  There are a number of different ways a woodworking shop can accomplish this.




April 3-4, 2017
Spring Leadership Conference

Hyatt Regency Lexington
Lexington, KY

Lexington's Calumet Farm.  Photo credit: Jeff Rogers

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AWI Plant Tours Score High with Attendees

On November 14-15, 30 AWI members toured five manufacturing plants in Pennsylvania and New Jersey.  They observed operations at the following:

ACI (Advanced Commercial Interiors)
Folcroft, PA

American Millwork & Cabinetry
Emmaus, PA

A Local Closet Manufacturer
Exton, PA  

East Greenville, PA

Modern Store Equipment  
Burlington, NJ

To access a video of American Millwork & Cabinet produced on the tour led by company President George Reitz (pictured right), click here.  Stay tuned for upcoming learning forums and opportunities for sharing knowledge!

Stiles Machinery was a great “sponsor” and host of the event.  Thanks for your support! 

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ANSI/AWI Standards Development Update Report

The Architectural Woodwork Institute continues to move forward in its Mission to “Create, publish, and continually improve the architectural woodwork industry standards.”  This commitment to mission centers on a process that engages woodwork manufacturers, design professionals, suppliers and related industry associations.

Through AWI’s ANSI-approved standards writing process, the AWI Technical Committee chaired by Randy Jensen and volunteer subject expert review teams will develop a multi-section suite of standards that harmonize with other relevant ANSI industry standards. By doing so, differing interpretations and conflicts surrounding the Standard will be minimized. 

AWI’s new standard’s content will be determined through balanced input between standards users, woodwork producers, and general interest industry stakeholders. It promises to be relevant to the industry, comprehensive in scope, concise in content, and complete with meaningful product performance and visual aesthetics measures.

How did we reach this point?  

Since release of the Architectural Woodwork Standards, Edition 2 AWI has reported on developments in late 2015 and throughout 2016 in prior issues of AWI NewsBriefs and e-briefs. For details about the history of AWI Standards development, see NewsBriefs articles reported in the following editions:

  • January 2016, “AWI to Launch Broad Consensus-Based Standards Development”, lead article
  • March 2016, “AWI Technical Committee Dives into Standards Development”, lead article
  • April 2016, “AWI Seeks Volunteers for Next Generation of Standards Development”, page 3.
  • June 2016, “ANSI Architectural Woodwork Industry Standards”, lead article
  • August 2016, “AWI and SMA Sign Standards Development Agreement”, lead article
  • December 2016, see pages 4-5 under “Industry Standards” section of the lead article “State of the Association: Healthy & Vibrant”.

Access the articles online via the links above.  Back issues of NewsBriefs can also be found here.

What lies ahead?

See the answers in the “ANSI/AWI Standards Development Update Report”, dated November 2016 here.

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Business Tools

AWI eCostBook to Sunset on Dec. 31, 2016

The AWI Board of Directors voted to discontinue the eCostBook online hour calculating tool as of December 31, 2016.

After reviewing the member use data over the past four years, Directors concluded and agreed that the ongoing expense of maintaining and delivering the eCost Book was no longer justified given its very low use and its low perceived value by members.

Those financial resources previously allocated for the eCostBook will be re-directed towards other member benefits of higher use and greater perceived value.

“Availability of the Cost Book data will be determined in 2017 by Manufacturing Member feedback,” said AWI Executive Vice President Phil Duvic.

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ConsensusDocs Updates Industry Best Practice Standard Contracts

Yesterday, the ConsensusDocs Coalition, an unprecedented coalition of 40 leading design and construction industry associations, published the 2016 comprehensive revisions to many of its prime and subcontract agreements.

Contracts are the foundation of every project, and ConsensusDocs’ mission is to publish contracts that advance project results. The revised contracts address industry changes impacting insurance, legal, technology and terminology.

“This update reaffirms that using fair contracts to get better project results with fewer claims makes sense for today’s construction industry,” states Brian Perlberg, ConsensusDocs Executive Director. He adds, “In order to stay ahead of the curve, refinements addressing changes in the insurance market, technology advances, and terminology refinements are being published. Fundamental principles of owner active engagement, direct and positive party communications, clear and understandable legal writing remain in place.”

After soliciting and receiving extensive feedback, the comprehensive revisions to various key ConsensusDocs forms result from the combined effort of thousands of volunteer hours invested by the ConsensusDocs Content Advisory Council, the significant contributions and support of the 40 member organizations, as well as invaluable feedback of industry participants, attorneys, and other design, construction, insurance and surety professionals who use the ConsensusDocs family of documents.

Just Published:
  • ConsensusDocs 200 Owner & Constructor Agreement
  • ConsensusDocs 205 Owner & Constructor Short Form Agreement
  • ConsensusDocs 240 Owner & Design Professional Agreement
  • ConsensusDocs 750 Constructor & Subcontractor Agreement
  • ConsensusDocs 751 Constructor & Subcontractor Short Form Agreement

Coming in early 2017:

  • ConsensusDocs 235 Owner & Constructor Short Form Agreement (Cost of Work)
  • ConsensusDocs 245 Owner & Design Professional Short Form Agreement
  • ConsensusDocs 410 Owner & Design-Builder Agreement (Cost of Work Plus Fee with GMP)
  • ConsensusDocs 415 Owner & Design-Builder Agreement (Lump Sum)
  • ConsensusDocs 420 Design-Builder & Design Professional Agreement
  • ConsensusDocs 450 Design-Builder & Subcontractor Agreement
  • ConsensusDocs 460 Design-Builder & Subcontract Agreement (Cost Plus with GMP)
  • ConsensusDocs 500 Owner & Construction Manager Agreement (GMP with Preconstruction Services Option)

The Coalition will continue to release new and updated contract documents throughout 2017 and beyond to further its mission of helping the industry build a better way.

ConsensusDocs are the only contracts written by leading design and construction industry organizations. With a catalog of 100+ contract documents addressing all methods of project delivery, ConsensusDocs contracts incorporate fair risk allocation and best practices to represent the project’s best interests. Coalition organizations represent hundreds of thousands of design professionals, owners, contractors, subcontractors and sureties (DOCS).

As a member of the Coalition, AWI and its members receive a 20% discount off the price of ConsensusDocs.  Use code — AWI100 — when prompted.  For more information, please visit, call 866-925-DOCS (3627) or e-mail

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How Can Employers Help Reduce Holiday Scheduling Stress?

From Insperity

During the holiday season, many employers find themselves struggling to meet employee time-off requests without leaving a big gap in staffing needs. Following are several time-tested guidelines to help business owners avoid both disgruntled employees and under-served customers:

Lay down the ground rules well before the holiday season.
Clearly spell out holiday work requirements and scheduling practices. Write down the holiday policy and distribute it to every employee, including new hires.  Clear rules that distribute the burden fairly, and are understood and accepted by all employees will go a long way toward minimizing disputes.

Be careful when granting permission to roll over time to the next year.
This can cause headaches. Consider stipulating that only a limited amount of unused vacation time can be moved into the next year, or used during holiday season.

Specify minimum coverage requirements according to work group.
  This prevents the “holiday hero” syndrome, where one employee bravely takes on more than he or she can handle to accommodate the vacation plans of others. 

Specify blackout dates.
  The hard truth is that there are some businesses with employees who have to work while others are home with their families.  Conflict can usually be avoided by communicating such issues at the time of hiring and providing regular reminders.

Consider a compressed workweek.
  Instead of scheduling five eight-hour days, give employees the option of working four 10-hour days.  This will free up extra time for staff to enjoy the holidays.

Respect diversity. 
Although Christmas tends to get the most attention, most religions have some form of important late-in-the-year holidays. Vacation policies should accommodate diverse religious beliefs.

Be flexible. 
When dealing with people there are no absolutes.  The time-off policy should allow for some manager discretion.

Send them all home. 
When possible, particularly if most of the clients clear out at the end of the year, consider closing for a week. Be sure to have someone on call just in case there is a client need, though.

Insperity, a trusted advisor to America’s best businesses for more than 30 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 2015 revenues of $2.6 billion, Insperity operates in 60 offices throughout the United States. For more information, call 800-465-3800 or visit

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About QCP

QCC Board Poised for Change of Leadership

By Randy Estabrook, CSI, LEED® GA, QCC Executive Director

On November 12, the AWI Quality Certification Program Board of Directors met in New Orleans LA and covered many topics, such as a review of QCP’s financial statements and audit report, along with the newly completed policies for QCP’s new drafting accreditation program (slated for roll-out in early 2017). The drafting accreditation program will test and accredit the knowledge a drafting professional has regarding Architectural Woodwork Standards, Edition 2 requirements for shop drawing form and content.

In another action, the Board of Directors elected Bruce Spitz of Classic Millwork & Products, Inc. as 2017 Chairman of the Board. We look forward to Bruce’s steady hand for the upcoming term.

As Bruce is elected chairman, we say goodbye to Rick Kogler of Strategic Development Group. Rick has been involved with the Quality Certification Program since its inception in 1995-1996. During that time Rick has demonstrated an undying passion for the program and has helped promote it at every possible opportunity. Rick has been a member of the QCP Board of Review, the Quality Standard Board of Review, and the AWI Quality Certification Corporation and has served as its Chairman for the past two years. There is no way we can ever repay Rick for the support, vision and guidance he has provided over these many years for what has become the largest and most successful woodworking accreditation program in the world. I hope you will all join me in thanking Rick!

The AWI Quality Certification Program (QCP) is a valuable quality assurance tool that ensures custom, interior architectural woodwork, one of the most highly visible aspects of many construction projects. Launched in 1995, the QCP is endorsed by the American Subcontractors Association (ASA).

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WCA / Workforce

AWI Members Take the WCA Passport Pledge

Several dozen woodworking executives endorsed the Woodwork Career Alliance’s woodworking skill credentials program via their participation in the “Passports Open Doors” campaign at the Architectural Woodwork Institute’s Annual Convention, October 23-25 in Kansas City, MO.

“We asked AWI members to support the concept that a person coming to their plant with a Woodwork Career Alliance Passport and credentials would be welcomed with an open door and would get a ‘second look’ as a new hire because of their demonstrated commitment to our industry,” explained Greg Heuer, secretary of the WCA. “This is one more way the WCA is demonstrating to teachers, administrators, parents, and woodworking companies that we have support inside the industry.

”Supporting the Passports Open Doors campaign was a no brainer for Tony Aubin, founder and president of Aubin Woodworking of Bow, NH. Aubin Woodworking is a WCA INDustry Member. “We went through the beginning stages of passport certification and I have several employees that hold passports,” Aubin said. While he has yet to have a passport holder apply for a job, Aubin said, “If an applicant were to come in with a WCA Passport he would certainly get my attention. I believe the passport program provides a strong backup for proving the skills that an individual has acquired through their education. These individuals are genuinely interested in the woodworking industry and I feel that we will receive a positive return on investing in these potential employees.

“With the right training and support, these future employees can carry us to the next level of woodworking, cabinetmaking, designing and engineering,” Aubin added. “I believe the Woodworking Skills and Passport program is a significant tool to aid these individuals to successful and prosperous careers.”

“I think the foundation of the WCA is helping to make woodworking a more respected professional,” said Craig Montgomery, president of Maverick Door of Schertz, TX. “Woodworking really does suffer a bit of prejudice of being a less skilled trade. But it’s quite the contrary. It is a very demanding profession as far as work skills go. We operate CNC equipment, and a whole evolution of woodworking skills - everything from milling rough lumber to providing finished products capable of going into a multi-million dollar residences. Without a doubt a passport holder would have a definite advantage to be considered for a job here. When it comes to the WCA Passport program, the more the merrier. Keep them educated and keep them coming!”

John Leininger, president of Leininger Cabinet & Woodworking of Louisville, KY
, and a member of the AWI Board of Directors, was among the dignitaries to sign off on the Passports Open Doors campaign.  For his comments, see the December issue of NewsBriefs on page 8 here.

The Woodwork Career Alliance was founded in 2007 as a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation and is governed by a volunteer board of directors. The WCA’s mission is to develop and administer a unified set of Skill Standards for the wood products industry. Since 2011, WCA has developed observable and measurable performance standards and assessments for more than 240 woodworking machine operations. In addition, WCA has issued over 1,000 Passports, a portable, personal permanent record documenting each holder’s record of achievements as a woodworking professional. More than 125 high schools and post-secondary schools throughout North America are WCA EDUcation™ members. To learn more about the WCA and how to get involved with its programs, visit

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Sponsor News

Kerfkore Announces New Sales Representation in Midwest

From Kerfkore

Kerfkore Company is pleased to announce that Georgetown Marketing and Sales, LLC is now representing them in the Midwest as of December 1, 2016. Georgetown Marketing and Sales is an independent representative company with experience in the wood, laminate, veneer and hardware associated with the building material industry. They are headquartered in Grand Rapids, MI and led by Roger York. Roger has been associated with the woodworking industry for many years. He started Georgetown Marketing over 25 years ago and he and his team bring a wide range of knowledge and experience with products sold through building material distribution. The skilled Georgetown team will provide support and coverage for our customers in the Midwest and we welcome them to the Kerfkore family.

Kerfkore, an AWI Supplier Member since 2003, is a Level 4 AWI Sponsor.

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Your Single Source for Anodized Aluminum Trims & Extrusions

From Eagle Mouldings

Whether you need a complete, easy-to-install panel system, a splash of color or the perfect finishing touch for an office building, hospital, casino, school or restaurant, Eagle Moldings can help. Our OEM and custom aluminum trims and extrusions meet just about any need—quickly and cost-effectively.

Since 1989, Eagle Mouldings has been supplying a wide range of industries, including the millwork industry, with an even wider range of anodized, brushed and polished extrusions and trims, all of which can be colored and custom-finished to match your specific design or to support an existing motif.

We can cut to length, miter, punch, drill and countersink, form or bend any extrusion to your specifications. And if we don’t have exactly what you need, we’ll help you find it or create it.

What’s more, we are committed to best pricing, short lead times and 100 percent customer satisfaction.

So, if you’re seeking a single source partner for standard, hard-to-find or custom trims and extrusions, I hope you’ll give Eagle Mouldings a chance to earn your business. Please visit us at or call 800-888-2044 to talk to one of our friendly customer service representatives.

Eagle Mouldings, an AWI Supplier Member since 2012, is a Level 3 AWI Sponsor. 

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Merry Christmas & Happy New Year from Eagle Mouldings

As the year comes to the close, all of us at Eagle Mouldings would like to thank you and the industries we serve. Whether you are a customer, fellow manufacturer, supplier, architect, general contractor or design professional, Eagle Mouldings is proud to be an AWI sponsor.

Looking forward, we are excited for the New Year. We are committed to serving the architectural millwork industry and to continually improving, which is why we pledge to do all we can to ensure your success.

Here are three things you can expect from Eagle Mouldings in 2017:

  • Execute with excellence. We know you have high standards and expect the same from your partners and preferred vendors. We don’t expect anything less from ourselves.
  • Act with urgency. Time is money. We get it. We return calls immediately and respond to RFQs the same day we receive them. We also stock one of the largest selections of aluminum extruded trims found anywhere so we can ship same or next day to our customers.
  • Honor our word. We say what we do, and we do what we say. It’s that simple. And while we can’t promise that we won’t ever make a mistake, we do promise to do everything we can to earn and keep your business.

To learn more about our comprehensive in-stock inventory and our custom-designed aluminum extrusions and trims, or to have us quote your next project, please call us at 800-888-2044 or visit We look forward to serving you.

Eagle Mouldings, an AWI Supplier Member since 2012, is a Level 3 AWI Sponsor.

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Other Learning Forums

Federated Insurance Offers Complimentary Employment Insights Webinar

On December 15, 2016, Federated is pleased to provide AWI members access to a complimentary webinar hosted by Enquiron® titled “Employment Insights—Policies and Documentation”. This webinar will focus on the positive impact of having both current policies and consistent documentation within your organization, provide concrete examples, and walk through easily accessed Federated resources to help you with these issues.

Webinar Information

Date and Time:
Thursday, December 15, 2016 at 2:00 – 3:00 pm EST


Recommended Participants: HR Professionals, Payroll Professionals, Compliance Officers, and General Counsel

Advance Registration:
Required; Click here to register.

A recorded version of the webinar will be available on for 60 days approximately one week after the live session ? if you are interested, but unable to attend.

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Stiles Machinery Executive Briefing Conference 2017

From Stiles Machinery

Our industry is evolving. Never before have there been more opportunities for manufacturers to move forward with new technology, new methodology and new optimism. Advanced data and metrics enable manufacturers to optimize like never before. Technology has made seemingly impractical production goals into reality. Valuable knowledge and game-changing advancement opportunities are within your grasp. Are you prepared to move your company into the new age of manufacturing?

Join us on April 23-25, 2017 in the manufacturing epicenter of America for insightful educational briefings, behind-the-scenes tours of advanced facilities focused on ‘what’s next’ in the world of manufacturing and exclusive networking opportunities with industry leaders.For more information, visit

Stiles Machinery, an AWI Supplier Member since 1996, is AWI’s Founding Sponsor.

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Stiles Suggests: Consider Benchmarking in 2017

From Stiles Machinery

Every year Stiles Machinery hosts a group of 30-40 manufacturers from North America to tour some of the most high-tech and innovative manufacturing facilities in Europe. They learn about the latest trends in furniture manufacturing and see process improvement opportunities through automation and data management ? providing best practices, takeaways and goals to set in their growth strategies for the upcoming years.

The 2016 tour brought together a wide-ranging group of about 30 North American manufacturing executives of store fixtures, cabinets, closets, lockers, and other furniture to explore the unique processes, strategies, and business plans of five of the most innovative, efficient, and productive manufacturing facilities in Europe. Over the course of a week, participants explored not only technology, but also how these companies overcame challenges, bottlenecks, and cultural changes, and discovered new ways to think about their own business operations.

Participants on tour (above) in 2016.

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AWI Partners with IMM Cologne, Jan. 16-22 in Germany

Each year in January, providers and decision-makers representing the different branches of the industry meet in Cologne displaying a concentrated and uniquely diverse range of market-ready products. For the international interior design sector, imm cologne is the principal trade fair.  In 2017 the fair is taking place from January 16-22, 2017 alongside LivingKitchen, which focuses solely on the kitchen sector.  

Visit imm cologne in Germany and experience the future of living, live at the fair.  Take advantage of an exclusive and complimentary VIP Program, not only within the framework of the exhibition but also at numerous locations throughout the city.

Imm cologne’s exclusive program offers:

  • Free admission on all days of the exhibition.
  • Unlimited access to the Global Networking Lounge with free drinks and snacks.
  • Free transport between your hotel and the exhibition.
  • Welcome Reception (with simultaneous translation into your language).
  • Thematic tours of the trade fair grounds (with simultaneous translation into your language).
  • House Interiors on Stage” which will be presented on January 16 and 17 at 4:30 pm by individual designers with an opportunity for discussion.
  • Lecture forum “The Stage”.
  • An opportunity to meet Todd Bracher, the American designer who has been nominated to create the 6th edition of Das Haus.  He will be on stage on January 16-17.
  • An invitation to the exclusive “Living Kitchen & Friends” party on January 19 at 6:00 pm.
  • Design and/or kitchen showroom tours.
  • Free entrance to the imm cologne Carnival evening in the Gürzenich (for a limited number of participants).
  • Guided city tours.
  • Traditional German brewery evening.

Your free VIP-Ticket can be obtained by contacting Elaine Brook at or at For all events, you can register directly online. (Please note that the number of participants per event may be limited, so early registration is recommended).

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Chapter News

Chapters: Help AWI National Promote your Events

All chapters are encouraged to plan their events early to allow for ample promotion of  activities in this section of AWI e-briefs as well as through other avenues. Contact Liz DiFiore, AWI Communities Manager, at   

Note that chapter events are listed in the first week’s edition of e-briefs published monthly and distributed to all AWI Manufacturing & Supplier Members.  Get noticed! Build your audience! Grow your chapter!

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Federal Scene

Federal Judge Stops DOL Overtime Rule Implementation

“On November 22, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas issued a preliminary injunction, which temporarily blocks the implementation of the U.S. Department of Labor’s overtime rule. The DOL rule, which was scheduled to take effect on December 1, raises the salary threshold for those eligible for the overtime exemption to $47,476, which would have made over 4 million workers eligible for overtime pay of time and a half for hours worked over 40 hours,” according to an announcement by the American Subcontractors Association.

Several industry organizations had filed lawsuits against the DOL to halt implementation of the previously announced new rule. For more insights about industry’s role in forcing the issue in a recent edition of Construction Dive (free subscription).

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OSHA Issues Final Rule Updating Walking-Working Surfaces Standards and Establishes Personal Fall Protection Requirements

OSHA issued a final rule November 17 updating its 44-year old general industry Walking-Working Surfaces standard to protect workers from slip, trip, and fall hazards. The rule also increases consistency in safety and health standards for people working in both general and construction industries. OSHA estimates the final rule will prevent more than 5,800 injuries a year. The rule takes effect January 17, 2017.

"The final rule will increase workplace protection from those hazards, especially fall hazards, which are a leading cause of worker deaths and injuries," said OSHA Assistant Secretary Dr. David Michaels. The rule's most significant update is allowing employers to select the fall protection system that works best for them, choosing from a range of accepted options. For more information, read the news release.

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Season’s Greetings

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

Best wishes for a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year from the AWI Board of Directors and staff. 

We appreciate your support and involvement in 2016!

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AWI e-briefs

Next Editions

This is the final edition of e-briefs that will be published in 2016.  We will return to our regular twice-monthly publication schedule in 2017.

Watch for e-briefs on:

  • January 5, 2017 (News of AWI and its Affiliated Organizations: QCP, WCA, AWIEF, Speakers Bureau)

  • January 19, 2017 (Business, industry, safety, construction news, and more)

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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