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January 5, 2017
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Greg Lutz Passes AWI Leadership Reins to Kristine Cox, 2017 AWI President

Read all about AWI’s achievements in 2017, reported by 2016 President Greg Lutz of Lutz Woodworks, LLC in the December issue of AWI NewsBriefs here.  The year was defined by #TheNewBasics, the theme of AWI’s Annual Convention, October 23-25, 2016 in Kansas City, MO.

Greg’s successor Kristine Cox, 2017 AWI President, and VP of Administration for Rowland Woodworking, plans to build on #TheNewBasics this year.  AWI’s NewsBriefs spoke with Kristine recently to learn her vision for AWI.  Read all about her report to the membership in the January edition of NewsBriefs here.

Kristine says, “We must reach out to change the public perception of the industry and identify career opportunities available.”  She strongly emphasized the need for and value of getting involved in local SkillsUSA Cabinetmaking Competitions to support tomorrow’s workforce of capable young men and women.

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Update Your AWI Profile Now; Maximize Your AWI Membership & Business Exposure

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 began January 1, 2017. 

If you have renewed your membership, thank you for your continued support.  If you haven’t yet renewed your membership, follow the Instructions for renewing your 2017 AWI Membership dues that were e-mailed on December 2, 2016 to the point of contact for each AWI member company.  If you are already remitting dues on a monthly basis, you are automatically renewed via your firm’s credit card information on file.

Put your best foot forward and begin the New Year by updating your company profile.  Login to and choose “My Directory Options” in the left menu.  Check your contacts listed as well as other pertinent facts about your company. Make sure your plant size and other facts are current, as well as your participation in the Quality Certification Program, if applicable.  And make certain that your Profile is complete.

Update your information regularly as relevant changes occur in your company. You never know who sees your free listing in the Membership Directory.  Make the most of this complimentary AWI membership benefit. The Directory is open 24/7 for access by your potential customers seeking business partners!  

If you have questions, don’t hesitate to call AWI at 571-323-3636. Thank you for your continued membership.

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January NewsBriefs Now Online: 2017 President Kristine Cox Looks Ahead

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

  • “Building Our Future” by Kristine Cox – The 2017 AWI President outlines her vision for the year ahead.
  • “Journey to Opening: National Manufacturing Training Center” – From dream to reality in the fall of 2017.  What’s the history behind this amazing venture to train tomorrow’s workforce?
  • “2017 AWI Elected Leadership” – Check out the Officers and other Board of Directors members who will represent you in 2017.
  • “New Membership Year: Benefits with Business Exposure” – Dues paid? Great! If not, renew now and update your Member Profile seen by potential customers seeking woodworkers and suppliers on AWI’s Web site.
  • “Manufacturers Invited to Enter Safety Awards Competition” – The 2017 AWI and Federated Insurance Safety Awards Submission period opens January 16.  Enter to win recognition and a use safety as a competitive marketing tool.

Read these articles in the January
edition of AWI NewsBriefs, AWI's  monthly print newsletter, which is online NOW.

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AWI Welcomes New Members


A-Cab Custom Woodworking, Inc., St. Joseph, MN,

idX Corporation, Dayton, OH,

Laurel Millwork, Gloucester, NJ,

SUPPLIER MEMBER                                   

Association of Woodworking and Furnishings Suppliers (AWFS), Anaheim, CA,

Note: These new members joined AWI in December 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

2017 Webinar & Regional Programs to Be Announced Soon

Check the AWI Web site,, under “Education” for upcoming webinars and regional programs.  Traditional learning forums as well as new programs are coming in 2017.

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AWI Announces Speakers for 2017 Spring Leadership Conference


April 3-4, 2017
Spring Leadership Conference

Hyatt Regency Lexington
Lexington, KY

Lexington's Calumet Farm.  Photo credit: Jeff Rogers


Keynote Speaker:  

Peyton Holland, Executive Director, SkillsUSA North Carolina

Hear this dynamic young man speak about his mission of helping others learn to dream and providing them with the tools they need to make those dreams reality during his keynote address on “Workforce Development & Skills” at the AWI Spring Leadership Conference.   Peyton recently presented a TED Talk in which he made an entertaining case for valuing American’s education differently, respecting skill equally (whether the trade is a plumber or cardiologist) and empowering students with opportunities to explore their passion.  Chapter leaders in particular will not want to miss his keynote address.

Session Speaker:

Eleni Kelakos, Chief Transformational Officer, The Eleni Group

Hear Eleni draw upon decades of experience in three presentations: “Women in the Industry – Stop Playing Small”; Interactive Leadership Workshop – “Perform at Your Peak”; and Communication Workshop – “Think Like an Actor, Speak Like a Pro”.  Eleni uses performance techniques learned over 20 years as a professional actress and award-winning, nationally touring singer/songwriter to help executives be relaxed, real and relatable when they give presentations.

Check out the agenda summary here! Mark your calendar to attend; click here to register.

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About QCP

2017 QCP License Renewal Update

The annual renewal period for all Quality Certification Program (QCP) licensed firms began November 1, 2016 and ended December 31.  The AWI Quality Certification Corporation appreciates the 482 companies that chose to renew thus far and hopes to be an asset to your company in 2017.  You should be receiving your 2017 certificate in the mail shortly.

Companies that missed the December 31st deadline are eligible to renew up until December 31, 2017, by paying their invoiced renewal and a $300 late fee. Simply click here to renew online or visit the website,, at your convenience. (NOTE: You will need your username (P-number) and password (C-number) to renew online, which are printed on your invoice.)

Three important reminders:

  1. QCP and AWI are two separate organizations with separate renewal invoices.
  2. In order to be eligible for the AWI Manufacturing discount, you must keep your AWI membership current.
  3. Companies that have not yet renewed will be listed on the QCP Web site as “Suspended”.

Should you have any questions, please contact Roxanne Accetta at or 571- 222-4945

 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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Sponsor News

Stiles Educational Events a Big Hit Across the Country

Stiles Machinery, Inc. is celebrating a successful series of educational events held by a variety of technical experts across the country aimed at educating woodworking manufacturers on techniques and principles for improving quality and efficiency in solid wood and furniture manufacturing.

Dozens of manufacturers learned the keys to successful nested base manufacturing through a work cell workshop held at Trickett Woodworks in Auburn, NH on December 8. Partnering with Alliance Machinery, experts from Stiles hosted demonstrations on a fully-operational work cell (pictured above)  including the WEEKE Vantech 510 CNC router with automatic off-loading, the WEEKE ABD 050 CNC for drill and dowel insertion and the BRANDT Ambition 1230FC Edgebander with pre-milling and corner rounding for furniture manufacturing.

Across the country on the same day, cabinet manufactures in California learned valuable techniques on how to be more efficient and productive at a Stiles Lunch and Learn event held in the company’s showroom in Rancho Cucamonga, CA. Experts discussed and demonstrated assembly methods, material selection, machining processes and door and frame component processing construction methods for face frame cabinetry.

Solid wood manufacturers in the Northeast also enjoyed a Stiles’ Lunch and Learn event held at RT Machine Company in Hughesville, PA (pictured at right) last month focused on moulders, profile grinders and wide belt sanders. Partnering with RT Machinery, technology experts from Stiles discussed principles and techniques in sanding and moulding solid wood materials with demonstrations on the KENTWOOD M609S moulder and the BUTFERING 325 RC, creating large base moulding and sanding door frames. A variety of other solid wood solutions for planning, sanding, grinding and cutting material were showcased in RT Machinery’s 5,000 square foot showroom.

Stiles Machinery hosts educational events for manufacturers throughout the year covering a wide variety of topics discussing and demonstrating woodworking techniques, applications and processes aimed at helping manufacturers improve their quality, operate more efficiently and grow their business. For a list of events head to Stiles Machinery also offers a variety education and training through Stiles University. For a list of credited courses go to

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

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Other Learning Forums

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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AWI Member Discount for Stairbuilders and Manufacturers Association Workshop in Florida

During a 22-month period the Stairbuilders and Manufacturers Association (SMA) is engaged on a national “Workshop Tour” which is going coast to coast with more than a dozen event filled stops, including stairbuilding shop tours, stair parts manufacturing facilities tours and education seminars.

February 17, 2017

Florida Stairworks and Carpentry, LLC, Fort Myers, Fl

Details and registration are available on the SMA Web site here

SMA is extending the SMA member rate to any AWI members who would like to attend.  Use the registration code RECIP160624. 

Register before January 18 for the largest discount! Early registration and the room block close on January 17.

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Reminder: 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, and AWI is partnering with imm this year.  

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

Upcoming Chapter Events: Network, Learn, Share

AWI New England Chapter
January 25, 2017 (9:00 am – 4:00 pm EST)
What: “CAD/CAM Creating the Right Fit”
Presenters: CAD software providers: Cabinet Vision, Microvellum, Woodwork for Inventor, and Top Solid
Where: Radisson Hotel and Suites, Chelmsford, MA

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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AWI e-briefs

Upcoming Editions

Watch for e-briefs on:

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

  • February 9, 2017 (News of AWI and its Affiliated Organizations: QCP, WCA, AWIEF, Speakers Bureau)

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
2017 AWI Webinars &
Regional Learning Forums
Coming Soon!


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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