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Cost of Doing Business Survey Report—Executive Summary of Results

Want to know the state of business in the architectural woodwork industry?  Find out in from the 2017 AWI Cost of Doing Business Survey Report. The results are in!

Top line results and key insights about the 2017 Cost of Doing Business Survey were revealed on July 12 during a complimentary webinar presented by AWI Financial Management Task Force Chair Sebastien DesMarais of Hollywood Woodwork.  Members may access the webinar in the “Webinar Recordings” archive section of the “Members Only” password-protected area of www.awinet.org.

Meanwhile, regardless of participation in the survey, all AWI Manufacturing & Supplier Members may download the Executive Summary posted in the password-protected “Members Only” area of the AWI Web site.  The top line results show comparisons with the 2016 survey results.

Every AWI Manufacturing Member participant receives the results electronically for comparison with their own confidentially submitted data for slicing and dicing the data against industry averages as well as high-profit firms.  Identify areas where you on average, below or on par with high-profit firms. You’ll not only find areas of your business for improvement but also aspects of your business that may give you a competitive edge.

A printed copy of the Cost of Doing Business Survey Report will be available in August.  The annual AWI Cost of Doing Business Survey is a customized, exclusive benefit of AWI membership.

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Standards

AWI’s New Generation of Woodwork Standards Being Developed through ANSI-Approved Process

By Margaret Fisher, AWI Standards Co-Editor and Communications Strategist

For over 60 years, the Architectural Woodwork Institute has provided industry leadership in the development of standards, continually evolving in response to changes in manufacturing and the marketplace. For the first time, AWI standards will include product testing as basis for casework performance duty levels.

Q. Besides being developed through AWI’s approved ANSI process, give an example of how the new Standards will be different.

A. The new suite of 14 Standards are being developed as individual sections on a three-year schedule. The sections will now resonate with CSI Master Format Section numbers. Tolerances will be defined as Aesthetic Grades (AWI’s Premium, Custom & Economy grades will remain) and Performance Levels (I, II, III & IV). They will include existing materials and methodologies while offering clear assessment and comparison of emerging products and their performance.

Q. How is AWI developing the new Performance Level tolerances?

A. AWI’s professional staff at the National Testing Center in Georgia has testing underway to determine the performance parameters that the marketplace currently expects from casework built to AWI standards. Live demonstrations of wall cabinet testing are being performed by AWI Testing Staff at AWI’s Booth #8868 during the AWFS throughout the event.

Q. What are visitors to the demonstration at AWFS learning?

A. Objective results from product testing will increase casework manufacturer’s tolerance understanding of their own company’s products. With this new knowledge, the casework manufacturer can see how the previous AWI Casework Standards parameters were something to which they built their product. Test data defined into Performance Duty Levels now helps the casework manufacturer understand if they are building in cost or value. The standards will fit what they produce, not the other way around. This makes it possible to market products based on performance data rather than anecdotal field experience.

Q. Sounds great for woodworkers, what about the customer and project planner?

A. This will enable Construction Specifiers to put the right cabinet in the right place to perform the right job, adding value without adding cost.  Because testing consistently defines the expected performance, and aesthetic tolerances define the appearance of the specified woodwork products this gives designers and specifiers greater confidence and a better set of tools for project planning and specification.

Q. This is a historic change for the Standards. Who can be involved?

A. As the ANSI (American National Standards Institute) process is open and transparent, AWI invites participation and input from ALL stakeholders as the 12 standards currently slated to be developed through an ANSI-approved process are scheduled. Two groups of volunteers are needed to develop standards; Subject Expert Review Teams will review the content of initial drafts, contributing their experience to create content and revise what exists. Subject experts will commit a very defined amount of time for each individual standards section. Canvasses will be selected for “use group” balance (user, producer, general interest) and will comment on and vote on the final draft of that Standard(s). The AWI Technical Committee and professional staff will work collaboratively with stakeholders to eliminate conflicts, revise content to reflect the needs of the industry, and build a standard based on openness and transparency. Participation will not require travel as the reviews can happen right at the stakeholder’s own desk for a short period of time.

Q. What will the Standards look like?

A. The next generation of AWI standards is designed for digital and mobile use with increased functionality and responsiveness to on-screen and in-hand viewing. For those who desire the book in print form, copies will be available via on-demand printing.

Q. What Standard should be used while the new Standards are being written?

A.  Architectural Woodwork Standards, Edition 2 (AWS2) will be the AWI Standard until the suite of new standards is released.

Note: This article recently appeared in an AWFS publication.

 

The Architectural Woodwork Institute has produced and collaborated on the development of Standards in accordance with its mission from its founding in 1953 to the present day.


Founded in 1918, the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) is a private non-profit organization that administers and coordinates the U.S. voluntary standardization and conformity assessment system.

 

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Workforce

2017 SkillsUSA Cabinetmaking Contest Puts AWI & Future Woodworkers in the Spotlight

It’s takes commitment on the part of many to plan and execute 100 competitions ranging from cosmetology to cabinetmaking at the annual SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference.  This year’s event was held in Louisville, KY, June 19-23, 2017.  The organizers and volunteers have had practice – the 2017 event is the 53rd boasting a $37 million industry investment in workforce development.  SkillsUSA is comprised of 395,000 Members including students, advisors, and industry partners, all supporting the workforce of tomorrow in many disciplines.

AWI President Kristine Cox and AWI SkillsUSA Committee Chair Kent Gilchrist were on hand with architectural woodwork and equipment volunteers to plan, organize, guide, educate and judge 64 contestants – all state SkillsUSA winners in either secondary (high school) or post-secondary (college) – in the National Cabinetmaking Competition.  All champions competed with one another to show their knowledge and skills constructing a cabinet that replicated a prototype on display built to specifications prepared by John Leininger of Leininger Cabinet & Woodworking.

See the Cabinetmaking Contest participants on Flickr here,
compliments of photographer Kristine Cox.  You’ll see the 64 students at work building a cabinet and vying for top honors.  See future architectural woodworkers in action.

The July edition of AWI NewsBriefs reported on the event, noted the winners and their schools, and listed all the AWI member firms and other participating organizations that contributed to the success of the event.  The news begins on page 1.

Congratulations and thanks to all AWI members for a job well done!  And kudos to the six medalists.

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Business Management

It’s Your Life: Could a “Last Survivor” Policy Fit into Your Estate Plan?

From Federated Insurance

With all the life insurance choices out there, one option you may not have considered is a “last survivor” policy. These policies insure two lives, with the death benefit paid after the death of the second insured person. Originally designed to provide funds to pay a married couple’s estate taxes at the death of the second spouse, changes in the Federal estate tax law have significantly reduced the number of taxpayers who are subject to these taxes. However, there are still a number of other ways this product can be used effectively to meet personal and business needs throughout your lifetime.

Accumulation Phase -
In the early years, many couples who are opening or developing a business are also starting families and buying their first homes. The primary goal at this life stage is often to provide for and protect the family. The death benefit can be used to help:

  • Replace lost income for minor children if both parents die.
  • Fund a trust for a special needs child.

By purchasing coverage in this stage of their lives, younger couples may be able to take advantage of good health and lock in premiums for an overall lower cost.

Growth Phase -
This is about establishing your wealth and accumulating resources. Goals like funding children’s education, expanding and growing the business, and saving for retirement are priorities.

  • Policy cash value grows on a tax-deferred basis and can be accessed as a loan or a withdrawal if needed for business or personal needs.
  • Can help provide funding for education.
  • Can help replace lost value of assets that must be liquidated at your death.

Retirement Phase -
Here, the focus is on transitioning the business to the next generation, beginning retirement, helping to protect the estate, and enhancing your legacy. Many people want to meet their needs for an enjoyable and comfortable retirement, while still leaving a legacy for their heirs.

  • Potential source of retirement income.
  • Help supplement long-term care needs.
  • Ability to spend all of your assets during retirement, but still leave a meaningful inheritance to family.
  • Benefit a church or charity.
  • Help create liquidity for federal and state estate and income taxes, and other expenses at the second death.


Additional Uses for Business Needs -
For business owners, a last survivor policy can provide a unique coverage option for a number of business needs, including:

  • Key person coverage on two key employees.
  • Fund a buy-sell agreement.
  • Fund a real estate buy-sell agreement.
  • Provide equalization among children when a closely held business is passed to the next generation.


A last survivor policy insuring two lives may be a more affordable option when compared to separate, individual policies, or can be combined with individual coverage for premium savings. It may even provide coverage when one individual is otherwise uninsurable.

Just because you don’t need to worry about estate taxes right now, doesn’t mean a last survivor policy isn’t an option for you. Tax laws and individual circumstances frequently change. This type of policy is designed for flexibility and can used be for multiple needs to help you reach whatever goals you want to achieve throughout your lifetime.

This article is for general information and risk prevention recommendations only and should not be considered legal coverage, financial, tax, or medical advice.  The information may be subject to regulations and restrictions in your state.  There is no guarantee following these recommendations will help reduce or eliminate losses.  The information is accurate as of its publication date and is subject to change.  Qualified counsel should be sought regarding questions specific to your circumstances. All rights reserved.

Federated Mutual Insurance Company / Federated Service Insurance Company (not licensed in the states of NH, NJ and VT) / Federated Life Insurance Company – www.federatedinsurance.com.

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The Real VOC … “Value of Customer”

By Robert Stevenson, Best-Selling Author & Speaker

To make your company thrive in this highly competitive marketplace, I suggest you get your employees to look at the long-term value of your customer (VOC) … not the short-term.

There is a small Greek restaurant near us that we really like. We go there or order “take out” at least once per week. Now, they could look at us in two ways … a one-time customer who spends $30 … or a lifetime customer who could be with them for years.

We have been going there for over 5 years now … so let’s do some math. If you eliminate holidays and vacation days, when we would likely be away from home … let’s say that we only go their 40 times per year.

40 x $30 = $1,200 x 5 years = $6,000

If their employees perceived us as a $6,000 customer, rather than a $30 customer … would they treat us a little better? ABSOLUTELY! Let’s also understand, the $6,000 is what we have spent so far … there is an even greater upside to this formula. As long as they keep doing a great job, we will keep spending money there … so we could be a $12,000, $15,000, or even $20,000 customer for them.

Starbucks knows that their average value of a customer (VOC) is worth approximately $300 per year … of course, they have folks who go way above that. The average cost for a single trip to a nationally recognized coffeehouse is $3.25. If you only go there once per day, in a five-day work week, you just spent, $16.25 per week, $65 per month, and $780 per year. Figuring out the value of a customer (VOC) is not difficult. Here is a simple formula you can use:

Average transaction value with customer x Average number of transactions annually x     Potential number of years = Lifetime value of your customer (VOC)


Unfortunately, the value of a customer is not printed on their chest when they walk up to your employees.  But, having everyone in your company see the FULL POTENTIAL VALUE of a customer (VOC) can help to change the way employees treat that customer. So, great companies figure out ways to do just that. I suggest you take that simple formula for figuring out the value of your customers, do the math, and then get the word out to every employee. Corporate cultures can change when everyone truly appreciates the REAL “LIFETIME” VALUE of each customer.

What’s your VOC?


Note: This article is the “Consider This” Collection by Robert Stevenson.  Reprinted with permission.


Robert Stevenson is one of the most widely sought after speakers in the world today as well as a best-selling author. Robert has owned five companies and sold internationally in over 20 countries; he is a man who has lived his experiences, not just studied them. More than 2 million people have benefited from over 2,500 powerful and thought provoking programs he has delivered.  www.robertstevenson.org

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Risk Management Corner: The Eighty-Eight Percent

From Federated Insurance

We hear a lot about Millennials these days, and with good reason. They’re buying houses, paying off student debt, getting involved, and working at their first real job. You might have one or a few working for you right now. Give them what they need to be fulfilled by their job, and you have yourself energetic, innovative, valuable employees.

But, be aware: AAA® recently called young Millennials (19-24) the “worst behaved drivers in the U.S.”*

The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety released a driver survey which found that, within a 30-day timeframe, 88% of young Millennials did at least one unsafe activity while driving, with texting, speeding, and running a red light the most common. This may not come as a surprise. What should be surprising is that they don’t think there’s anything wrong with that.

But—and this is nearly as troubling—the Millennials were only 21 percentage points worse than the “safest” age group, the 60-74-year-olds, who admitted to risky driving behaviors more than 67% of the time. This means that two-thirds of the drivers sharing the road with you today aren’t paying attention to their driving. Millennials may be number one on a dismal list, but they’ve got company.

Statistically speaking, your Millennial drivers may put your business at more risk for liability. But, do you and your other employees set a good example for your younger counterparts of what is and isn’t acceptable behavior? Does everyone adhere to your company’s driving policy? Or might you count yourselves part of the two-thirds?

It Takes Just One

Just one employee-involved vehicle crash and the liability alone could be staggering. It could very well make or break your business. Consider this actual Federated claim:

The manager asked a staff member to go buy snacks for an employee meeting, and let the employee take a company car. The employee ran a red light while texting, and broadsided another vehicle in the intersection, severely injuring the other driver. CLAIM AMOUNT: $750,000

Of course, driving statistics and examples are not enough reason to avoid hiring young adults. But, an awareness on a risk management level is sensible. Knowing that an employee driving mishap could be a possibility can be motivation for your risk manager to ensure a driving policy and employee training are in place and up-to-date.

Federated Insurance has an ongoing campaign against distracted driving, which includes a variety of risk management resources clients can access and subscribe to, to educate their employees, monitor their driving, and involve them in pledging to end distracted driving. In addition, look for information on the Web site of the National Safety Council which has a program to help employers clarify safe driving expectations for their employees of all ages, along with materials for implementing company policies.

For these and other risk management resources, log in to Federated’s Shield Network® or contact your local Federated representative for more details.

*To read the entire article, go to http://newsroom.aaa.com/2017/02/young-millennials-top-list-worst-behaved-drivers/


This article is intended to provide general information and recommendations regarding rick prevention only.  There is no guarantee that following these guidelines will result in reduced losses or eliminate any risks.  This information may be subject to regulations and restrictions in your state and should not be considered legal advice.  Qualified counsel should be sought regarding questions specific to your circumstances and applicable state laws.  All rights reserved.


Federated Mutual Insurance Company / Federated Service Insurance Company (not licensed in the states of NH, NJ and VT) / Federated Life Insurance Company – www.federatedinsurance.com

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Safety Matters

OSHA to Launch Application to Electronically Submit Injury & Illness Data

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration will launch on August 1, 2017, the Injury Tracking Application (ITA). The Web-based form allows employers to electronically submit required injury and illness data from their completed 2016 OSHA Form 300A. The application will be accessible from the ITA Web page.

Last month, OSHA published a notice of proposed rulemaking to extend the deadline for submitting 2016 Form 300A to December 1, 2017, to allow affected entities sufficient time to familiarize themselves with the electronic reporting system, and to provide the new administration an opportunity to review the new electronic reporting requirements prior to their implementation.

The data submission process involves four steps: (1) Creating an establishment; (2) adding 300A summary data; (3) submitting data to OSHA; and (4) reviewing the confirmation e-mail. The secure Web site offers three options for data submission. One option will enable users to manually enter data into a web form. Another option will give users the ability to upload a CSV file to process single or multiple establishments at the same time. A third option will allow users of automated recordkeeping systems to transmit data electronically via an application programming interface.

The ITA Web page also includes information on reporting requirements, a list of frequently asked questions and a link to request assistance with completing the form.

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Construction Industry News

Architecture Firms End Second Quarter on a Strong Note

For the fifth consecutive month, architecture firms recorded increasing demand for design services as reflected in the June Architecture Billings Index (ABI). As a leading economic indicator of construction activity, the ABI reflects the approximate nine to twelve month lead time between architecture billings and construction spending.

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) reported the June ABI score was 54.2, up from a score of 53.0 in the previous month. This score reflects an increase in design services (any score above 50 indicates an increase in billings). The new projects inquiry index was 58.6, down from a reading of 62.4 the previous month, while the new design contracts index decreased from 54.8 to 53.7.

“So far this year, new activity coming into architecture firms has generally exceeded their ability to complete ongoing projects,” said AIA Chief Economist, Kermit Baker, Hon. AIA, PhD. “Now, firms seem to be ramping up enough to manage these growing workloads.”

Key June ABI highlights include the following:

  • Regional averages: South (54.8), West (53.1), Midwest (51.9), Northeast (51.5).
  • Sector index breakdown: multi-family residential (57.1), mixed practice (53.8), institutional (52.6), commercial / industrial (52.1).
  • Project inquiries index: 58.6.
  • Design contracts index: 53.7.

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ABC’s Construction Backlog Indicator Rebounds in 2017

Associated Builders and Contractors recently reported that its Construction Backlog Indicator rose to 9 months during the first quarter of 2017, up 8.1 percent from the fourth quarter of 2016.  CBI is up by 0.4 months, or 4%, on a year-over-year basis.

“This was a terrific report,” said ABC Chief Economist Anirban Basu. “For the first time in the series’ history, every category—firm size, industry and region—registered quarterly growth in CBI. Among the big winners were firms in the western United States and those with annual revenues between $30 million and $50 million per annum.

“However, some contractors have expressed concerns regarding construction conditions in 2019 or 2020,” said Basu. “These concerns are rooted in a number of factors, including the already lengthy duration of the economic recovery, evidence of saturation in certain commercial real estate markets, weak momentum in numerous public spending categories and tightening monetary conditions. However, first quarter 2017 CBI strongly suggests that rumors of the business cycle’s demise are exaggerated, at least thus far.”

“Because of these and other emerging concerns, ABC’s CBI measure is arguably more important than usual,” said Basu. “Backlog is a leading indicator, and meaningful declines in CBI could potentially confirm fears that the current construction spending expansion cycle is winding to a close.”

Highlights by Industry include the following:
 
  • Backlog in the commercial/institutional segment rose by more than 11% during the first quarter, and now stands at nearly 9 months. Backlog also expanded in the heavy industrial and infrastructure categories during the first three months of the year.     
  • Average backlog in the heavy industrial category rose to 5.88 months, but remains well below levels registered during much of the history of the series.  Excluding the fourth quarter of 2016, this represents the lowest reading since the fourth quarter of 2014. There are many forces at work, including slowing auto sales, downward pressure on prices in a number of key manufacturing segments and soft exports.
  • Backlog in the infrastructure category expanded during the first quarter and remains above historic levels.
  • Commercial/institutional backlog expanded to 8.9 months, matching its highest level since the third quarter of 2014. Though there are growing concerns regarding overbuilding in a number of metropolitan areas, and retail stores continue to close in large numbers, increases in office and hotel construction are helping to propel this category forward.

In addition to highlights by industry, highlights by region as well as by company size are available for viewing here.

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What You Need to Know about the 2017 AIA A201 General Conditions

This past April marked the once-a-decade release of the American Institute of Architects’ A201 General Conditions document. Although the scope of the 2017 revision was not nearly as significant as the sweeping re-write that occurred in 2007, there are notable changes worthy of special consideration by contractors and owners alike.

With that in mind, lawyers writing for the most recent edition of ConcensusDocs Construction Law Reporter (free subscription) have assembled their top-five changes to the AIA A201-2017. Check them out here.

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Sponsor News

Roseburg Forest Products to Build New Engineered Wood Plant in South Carolina

Oregon-based Roseburg Forest Products will expand its operations in the southeastern United States with construction of a new engineered wood products plant in Chester, SC. Roseburg publicly announced the project July 11 at a joint news conference with officials representing the state of South Carolina and Chester County.

“This is an exciting strategic growth opportunity in a business that has done well for us,” Roseburg President and CEO Grady Mulbery said. “With the continued increase in housing starts in the southeastern U.S., we see ongoing demand growth for engineered wood products in the region and elsewhere. We are grateful to state and local officials in Chester for their hard work and collaborative efforts to facilitate this project.”

Groundbreaking on the planned state-of-the-art manufacturing facility is expected in early 2018, with anticipated operation start-up in mid-2019. Once completed, the plant will create 148 full-time jobs.

“This new plant will be the most technologically advanced manufacturing facility of its kind in the world with the highest capacity continuous LVL press in the world,” said Steve Killgore, Roseburg’s Senior Vice President of Solid Wood Business. “Expanding our manufacturing capacity in this way allows us to meet growing customer demand for a versatile product that combines the best of modern processing technology and structural capability.”

The new plant will make Roseburg the largest U.S. manufacturer of engineered wood products serving independent distributors without captive distribution. Roseburg first established its engineered wood products business in 2001 and currently manufactures RFPI® Joists, RigidLam® LVL and RigidRim® rimboard at its plant in Riddle, OR.

“Engineered wood products are a key strategic focus for Roseburg, and we have been looking for an opportunity to expand our footprint into the southeastern area of the country for a while now,” Killgore said. “Our products have an established customer base across the country, and this new build will add production closer to those customers, in a region with a welcoming business environment and favorable raw materials costs.”

A significant percentage of Roseburg’s engineered wood customers are located in the southeastern portion of the country. The greenfield project will provide current and new customers access to a stable supply of high-quality LVL product.

Roseburg Forest Products, an AWI Supplier Member since 2006, is a Level 4 AWI Sponsor.  www.rfpco.com

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Green Scene

LEED® v4 User Guide Available Online

There are plenty of ways you can get support in implementing LEED v4, according to the U.S. Green Building Council.

For example, a recent issue of LEED User (free subscription) reported that the LEED v4 user guide is your access point for:

  • New and redesigned tools and resources.
  • Preparation for certification.
  • Minimum program requirements.
  • Rating system choices.
  • Differences between LEED 2009 and LEED v4.
  • LEED 2009/LEED v4 comparison charts.

Access the User Guide here.

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Other Learning Forums

Federated Insurance Hosts Risk Management Academy

Federated Insurance Risk Management Academy   
August 14-16, 2017
Owatonna, MN

  • Learn to help prevent the losses chipping away at your bottom line.
  • Connect with industry peers facing similar challenges and insurance professionals committed to helping your business thrive.
  • Apply what you’ve learned to make a tangible difference at your business.


Information/Registration: Click here

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New FASA Video-on-Demand Examines Killer Contract Clauses

You are negotiating a new construction subcontract. There are always some clauses you question. Some look innocent. Others you believe are non-negotiable. Others are just horrible—killer contract clauses—and they are out to get you!

“Seldom is a general contractor’s contract form a fair and balanced contract. Why would it be?” says Russell O’Rourke, Esq., Meyers, Roman, Friedberg & Lewis, presenter of the Foundation of the American Subcontractors Association’s new video-on-demand, “Killer Contract Clauses.” “It was written by his or her lawyer to protect the contractor, not you. It has every bad clause in it the lawyer could think of to protect the contractor, but with the purpose of being negotiable.”

In the video-on-demand, O’Rourke examines some of the worst clauses subcontractors are bound to encounter, what they mean to their businesses, and how to negotiate “killer contract clauses” away so subcontractors have a reasonable contract. O’Rourke’s discussion covers pay-if-paid; retainage; change orders; no liens; dispute resolution with venue and choice of law; indemnification; flow-down; expanding scope of work; no damages for delay; waiver of claims by accepting final payment; non-compete agreements (even with your existing customers); personal liability for corporate default; and uncompensated schedule/sequencing changes.

“Killer Contract Clauses” (Item #8104) is $65 for ASA members and $95 for nonmembers. This and other on-demand videos are available through FASA’s Contractors’ Knowledge Depot.

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Federal Scene

Update on Exclusion of Canadian Atlantic Provinces from Softwood Lumber Investigation

On July 14, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross announced that the U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC) has concluded the preliminary evaluation regarding the exclusion of softwood lumber products produced in the provinces of Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, and Prince Edward Island, also referred to as the Atlantic Provinces.

This evaluation was conducted following the request of both U.S. industry and Canadian interested provinces, and it was determined that this exclusion from Atlantic provinces should be taken into account in the softwood lumber Antidumping (AD) and Countervailing Duty (CVD) investigations.

“I am pleased to announce that my staff has determined the exclusion of these products is appropriate,” said Secretary Ross. “The U.S. petitioners and other parties support this determination; it of course will be subject to further comment on the record. A final decision on the matter is expected by late summer.”

“I remain hopeful that a negotiated settlement is both possible and in the best interests of both countries, our forestry workers, producers, and affected communities, said Secretary Ross.”

This determination will be posted in ACCESS, Commerce’s electronic document filing system, for public comment.

If finalized
, this determination would exclude softwood lumber products certified to be harvested and produced in Newfoundland and Labrador, Prince Edward Island, and Nova Scotia from U.S. antidumping and countervailing duty investigations.  These softwood lumber imports from these three provinces would thus be exempt from antidumping and countervailing duties. The U.S. industry has indicated that it has faith in the certification process and is not being injured by these products, according to the DOC.

As this is a preliminary decision
with respect to the exclusion of lumber from the Atlantic Provinces, for now, Customs will continue to collect CVD cash deposits on imports of lumber from the Atlantic Provinces.

With respect to the antidumping investigation on softwood lumber, that preliminary determination, and the question of whether additional cash deposits will be collected, were also announced on June 26. For more details view a Fact Sheet here.  A final determination is scheduled to be made in September.

“If, based on the comments received, Commerce makes a final decision to exclude from the AD and CVD investigations lumber certified to be produced in the Atlantic Provinces (from logs harvested from those provinces), we will stop the collection of cash deposits and instruct Customs to refund all the money collected,” the DOC announcement noted.

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Final Rule Delay for Formaldehyde Emissions Withdrawn by EPA

On July 7 the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) withdrew the direct final rule published in the Federal Register of May 24, 2017 (82 FR 23735) (FRL-9962-86) which included both a direct final rule and proposed rule to extend the compliance dates and California Air Resource Board (CARB) Third Party Certifier (TPC) transitional period originally published in the Toxics Substances Control Act (TSCA) Title VI formaldehyde emission standards for composite wood products final rule on December 12, 2016.

As noted in the direct final rule, if EPA received relevant adverse comment on the proposed amendments, the Agency would publish a timely withdrawal of the rule, which it did in the Federal Register on July 7 due to opposition to the rule.  The withdrawal imposes “no adverse impacts” on industry or the public “because the regulatory requirements have not gone into effect,” EPA announced. 

For full details published in the Federal Register, click here.  Other details were noted in the July 16th edition of Woodworking Network Week in Review. (free subscription)


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AWI e-briefs

Upcoming Editions

Watch for e-briefs on:

  • August 10, 2017 (News of AWI and its affiliated organizations: QCP, WCA, AWIEF, Speakers Bureau)

  • August 24, 2017 (Business, industry, safety, construction, and other news)

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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