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Dates to Remember in August

  • August 15 – The monthly AWI Teck Talk Tuesday Webinar will focus on Standards development progress and related issues.  Register by August 14 here.
  • August 1-31 – Check out the AWI convention online and register early.  Click here to discover what’s in store for AWI members in Charleston, SC, October 29-31, 2017.

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AWI News

August NewsBriefs Now Online: Enlightening Convention Sessions, Business Tips from the CODBS, History-Making Standards Efforts

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

    • “Check Out These Education Sessions: Listen, Learn, Share!” – In our lead story,  Whitney Bowers Pyle, John VanErem and Randy Estabrook reveal some aspects of their AWI convention session in October.
    • “Business is Good, But What Changed?” – Find out what Sebastien DesMarais has to say about profit margins, materials and more. Story begins on page 1.
    • “Honoring Our Past…Standards Development in the 2010s” – The decade to 2017 saw important changes that impact your business going forward, including development of standards conforming with American National Standards Institute criteria.  
    • “Making Memories at the AWI Convention” – There’s so much to explore and enjoy at the  AWI Convention, October 29-31 in Charleston, SC, one of the most charming and enticing cities that boasts 4 million visitors annually.  Don’t miss the 2017 AWI convention!

    Read these articles in the August edition of NewsBriefs, AWI’s monthly print newsletter which is online NOW.  A hard copy is scheduled to arrive at your mailbox around August 11.

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    AWI Welcomes New Members


    Carlens Architectural Millwork, LLC, Del Valle, TX
    Dovetail Custom Woodworks, DeValle, TX
    Heartwood Manufacturing, Inc., Batesville, IN,
    Innovation Cabinetry, Tampa, FL,
    J&J Millwork, Sanford, FL
    Millwork by Design, Inc., Tuscon, AZ
    Odyssey Woodworking, LLC, Kentwood, MI
    Pine Creek Cabinets, Inc., Winston-Salem, NC
    Premier Cabinets & Fixtures Inc., Fort Lauderdale, FL
    Rau Corp, Los Angeles, CA
    SRG Solutions, LLC, Houston, TX,
    Watson Brothers, LLC, Middleton, MA
    Wood Specialties by Fehrenbacher, Evansville, IN,


    Blacks Outsourcing, Inc., Waterford, WI,
    FABA-USA, East Stroudsburg, PA,
    Fastenlink, LLC, Dwensboro, KY,
    Hargrave Builders, Inc., South Elgin, IL,
    Prevost Corp, Greenville, SC,
    Tru Vue, McCook, IL,

    Note: These new members joined AWI in July 2017.

    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 Design Solutions 2017 Summer Edition is Now Online

    The Architectural Woodwork Institute has released the summer 2017 edition of their official journal, Design Solutions Magazine. The publication offers in-depth features and resources and a Product Showcase.

    A cornerstone article and technical article are published in each new issue of Design Solutions Magazine.  This quarter's cornerstone article is called "A New Vision for our Next Generation of Woodwork Standards" and discusses the past, present and next generation standards.  This issue's technical article is called "Courage and Confidence" and explains the journey AWI has begun to make the standards more agile to use and easier to navigate.

    The summer 2017 issue features AWI member companies:

    • Novartis Institutes for Biomedical Research, Cambridge, MA by Mark Richey Woodworking, Newburyport, MA
    • Norfolk Hilton The Main, Norfolk, VA by Campostella Building & Supply Corporation, Norfolk, VA
    • Bell Sanctuary, Kansas City, KS by RCS Millwork LC, Kansas City, KS
    • Angel's Envy Visitors Center, Louisville, KY by Louisville Lumber & Millwork, Louisville, KY

    The summer 2017 edition of Design Solutions, as well as back issues, can be found on the AWI Web site,  

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    AWI Learning Forums

    Don’t Miss This Month’s Tech Talk Webinar

    Online Education
    Complimentary webinars for AWI members!

    August 15
    11:30 am – 12:00 pm (EDT)

    Technical Talk Webinar

    Ashley Goodin, AWI Technical Director

    AWI Technical Director Ashley Goodin will provide a glimpse into casework performance testing, deliver a brief update on the progress of the next generation of AWI / ANSI Standards and field your questions.  

    Technical Talk Tuesday webinars cover subjects related to AWS Edition 2, specifications, and “what to do until the new standards are on the street”.

    Challenge us with your hardest questions!  Together we will make the Standards better!

    Click here

    Make sure to complete the survey at the end of each webinar to help us improve both our education and our technology.

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    Two Project Management Courses Coming Up: Limited Seating—Register Early!

    AWI’s Education Outreach programs hosted by AWI chapters are coming to your area in 2017.  Upcoming programs scheduled to date include:

    Project Management Seminars

    Do you react to fires every day? Does the phone control the next hour? Is there frustration at your client/job meetings? Come learn skills to take more control of your project!

    Project management is supposed to make your life easier. Acquire tools that allow you to find balance between contractor, architect, resources and manpower. Become the most knowledgeable person about your project.

    This session covers 16 areas of project management over two days including interactive activities.

    This recently updated program is presented by industry peers with considerable experience in project management of varying size projects for diverse companies. Don’t miss this experience--sign up today!

    September 15-16
    Host: AWI Texas Chapter
    Information/Registration: Click here

    November 16-17
    Host: AWI New Jersey Chapter
    Information/Registration: Click here

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    AWI To Roll Out Updated Advanced Estimating Seminar—What’s It All About?

    The NEW Advanced Estimating Seminar focuses on equipping attendees with tools and knowledge to improve the efficiency of your estimating department. Lecture, reinforcement laboratory activities and group collaboration provide numerous learning opportunities with practical applications that may have immediate impact. Think big picture and create solutions to impact desired areas and reinforce strengths. Join us for a great opportunity to enhance perspective, knowledge and skills of your Estimating Team!

    September 28-29
    Host: AWI Heart of America Chapter
    Information/Registration:  Click here

    October 19-20
    Host: AWI Great Lakes Chapter
    Registration opens soon.

    The September edition of AWI’s monthly print publication, NewsBriefs, will report on this refreshed and revitalized seminar.

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    Financial Management Seminar Coming in October

    Spend a day learning to manage your business through your financials. Learn the fundamentals about your financial statements and capture meaningful information from the balance sheet and income and cash flow statements.

    Broaden your understanding of financial ratios and methods of accounting. Be introduced to operational accounting and various management tools to include accounts and cost codes, work in progress reports, cost to complete reports, backlog reports, and sales pipeline reports.

    This course will bring understanding to financial projections, cash drivers, cash management and financial benchmarking with use of the AWI Cost of Doing Business Survey Report.

    October 5
    Host: AWI Iowa/Nebraska Chapter
    Registration Opening Soon

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    Convention Watch

    AWI Convention Registration Is Now Open; What’s the Program?

    October 29-31, 2017
    65th Annual AWI Convention

    Charleston, SC


    View the convention brochure describing a full range of education sessions, social activities, and attractions in Charleston, SC!  You won’t want to miss this one for the vital and provocative sessions that will help you build on the basics of businesses to take your company to a new level of success.  And, while you’re at the convention, you’ll have numerous opportunities for networking and sharing tips about sound business practices in the evolutionary architectural woodwork industry.  Charming Charleston is a great place to listen, learn and share and see the sights that attract over 4 million visitors annually.

    The 65th AWI Annual Convention brochure is online now.  Check it out.  Find our more and register here.

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    August NewsBriefs Explores Three of the Six Education Sessions at the Convention

    Monday, October 30: 1:15 pm – 2:45 pm

    • Diversity & Inclusion in the Workplace

    Tuesday, October 31: 9:45 am – 11:15 am

    • Successful Internships
    • Quality Certification Program: The Present, The Future

    The August edition of AWI’s monthly print publication, NewsBriefs, reviews these three sessions.  Learn what the presenters have to say about their presentations. Click here for the August edition.  And, watch for the September edition of NewsBriefs for insights about three other sessions.

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    About QCP

    QCP Prepares Progress Reports for Board, Gets Ready to Meet Customers in September

    The AWI Quality Certification Corporation (QCC) Board of Directors will be meeting in Boston on September 10-11. Agenda items will include: strategic planning proposals; 2018 draft budget; review of current marketing plan data; update on Personal Drafting Accreditation (PDA); review of QCP shop drawing policy & procedures; QCP Fee Schedule Review for Supplier Members; and more.

    QCP on the Road

    On September 12, QCP will be exhibiting at the Specifications Consultants in Independent Practice (SCIP) meeting in Providence, RI.  The SCIP is an international technical resource organization which assists design firms, owners, and manufacturers in acquiring professionally written construction specifications from qualified independent and employed specifiers.

    On September 13-14, QCP and AWI will exhibit at the CONSTRUCT show (Booth #602), in Providence, Rhode Island, sponsored by the Construction Specifications Institute.  QCP will gain exposures among commercial-level architects, specifiers, engineers, contractors and owners. If you plan to attend either of these events, stop at the QCP booths to support QCP’s efforts to promote the value of the program within these markets.

    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) and the Construction Specification Institute (CSI).

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    Students of Two WCA Member Schools Win AWFS Fresh Wood Design Awards

    Students representing two Woodwork Career Alliance EDUcation™ institutions were rewarded for their design talents at the 2017 AWFS Fair in Las Vegas.

    Matthew Shiplett of Cedar Ridge High School in Cedar Ridge, NC, took first place honors in the High School Table category of the Fresh Wood Student Design Competition and Kyle Hassett, a student of Dale Jackson Career Center in Lewisville, TX, finished second in the High School Case Goods category.

    Pictured above are Matthew Shiplett, with his award-winning Cherry blAwesome table is flanked by fellow Cedar Ridge High School students Russell Quade, left, and Colin Davis. All three proudly wear their WCA-logo shirts.

    Shiplett’s Cherry blAwesome wowed the five-member judging panel earning him the $1,000 first place prize.   Hassett won $500 for finishing second with his Symphony of Contrast case goods.

    A total of 195 designs were entered by students in the U.S. and Canada for the biennial design contest organized by the Association of Woodworking and Furnishing Suppliers.

    Read the AWFS Fair Fresh Wood Competition press release.

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    Woodwork Career Alliance Releases Summer Edition of Pathways: Check It Out!

    Read all about it!  The Summer Edition of WCA’s online newsletter Pathways reports on the Alliance’s workforce development efforts at the AWFS 2017, and more.

    The newsletter also carries news of new training tools, seven Accredited Skill Evaluator Training sessions and three of the AWFS Fair’s College of Woodworking Knowledge seminars.

    Click here to view Pathways!

    The Woodwork Career Alliance was founded in 2007 as a 501C (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. To learn more about the WCA and how to get involved with its programs, visit

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    AWI Member News

    Sal Volpe Passes Away

    AWI learned from John Volpe that on July 21 his father Sal (Salvatore) L. Volpe passed away after a long debilitating illness at the age of 88 in Gates Mills, OH. Sal was in a nursing home for the last two years and hospice for the last three weeks of his life.

    “Sal loved music and enjoyed entertaining family and friends by playing the accordion, the piano and encouraging group participation by singing along with him. Sal spent most of his professional life as an educator, first as an elementary school teacher and assistant principal in the Detroit area, and in Cleveland as an administrator for numerous technical colleges in Northeast Ohio. He was a veteran of the Korean War,” according to the obituary in The Plain Dealer.

    In his later years, he worked advocating high school programs in woodworking and manufacturing. “Sal was involved in AWI Development Council, Workforce Development, and SkillsUSA,” noted AWI Executive VP Philip Duvic.  Sal Volpe was also active in the Northeast Ohio Chapter.  Phil said, “Our deepest condolences to you (John) and family with the news of Sal’s passing.  We all have so many fine memories and gratitude for his support and contributions to AWI over the years.”

    John Volpe of Volpe Millwork Inc. (an AWI Manufacturing Member since 2000) in Cleveland has suggested that interested parties may make a tax deductible memorial donations to the AWI Education Foundation's scholarship endowment fund at the following address.

    AWI Education Foundation
    46179 Westlake Dr. Suite 120
    Potomac Falls, VA 20165
    Attn: Philip Duvic, Secretary

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    Sponsor News

    Veneer Tech Announces Craftsman’s Challenge™ Woodworking Competition Honorees

    From: Veneer Tech

    The grand prize-winning entry of the 13th Annual Veneer Tech Craftsman’s Challenge™ is “Regency Circular Office” by Keith Morgan, Bespoke, of Larchwood, IA. The level of execution, complexity of design, and intricate details of this installation impressed the judges with its exceptional sequence matched imbuya burl panels and walnut trim and crown molding. As announced at AWFS® Las Vegas, Bespoke is awarded the $3,000 top prize in this design competition recognizing excellence in veneer woodworking. Certainly Wood, the distributor that supplied the materials, is awarded $2000, and sales representative Greg Engle is awarded $1000, in recognition of their roles in the supply chain.

    The category winners in this year’s competition, each receiving $1000, are:

    Architectural Woodworking, Bernhard Woodwork, Northbrook, IL, “Private Residence 2;” Cabinetry, Fritz Cabinetry & Furniture, Shakopee, MN, “Minnesota Residence;”
    Furniture, J. Morgan Woodworking, Park Rapids, MN, “Labyrinth Table;”
    Marquetry, Silas Kopf Woodworking, Northampton, MA, “Two Blondes and a Brioche at the Bistro;”
    Specialty Items, Joseph Mendel Furniture Maker, Batavia, NY, “Federal Styled Game Table;” And, tied in the Student Design category, John Kruis/Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology, Lancaster, PA, “Rhode Island Federal Serpentine Chest of Drawers,” and Nancy Bordeleau, École Nationale du Meuble et de l’Ébénisterie de Victoriaville, Bécancour, QC, “Louis XV Style Desk.”

    The judges recognized honorable mention for seven entries:

    Architectural Woodworking, Windham Millwork, Windham, ME, “Eastern Maine Medical Center;”
    Furniture, CT Fine Furniture, San Diego, CA, “Art Deco Chess Table,” and Tom McLaughlin/Epic Woodworking, Canterbury, NH, “Ascension, Chest on Chest;”
    Marquetry, Spicer Woodworks, Bessemer City, NC, “Celtic Knot Table,” and Ken Cowell Studio, Yorba Linda, CA, “Tree of Life Dresser;” and
    Student Design, Chadd Chalfant/Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology, Lancaster, PA, “Chester County Spice Box,” and Derek McDonald/The Furniture Institute of Massachusetts, Rochester, NH, “Federal Inspired Side Table.”

    Experts from the fields of woodworking media, education, and manufacturing composed the panel of judges for the 2017 Veneer Tech Craftsman’s Challenge. AWI Supplier Member Mike Taylor, president of States Industries, Eugene, OR, manufacturer of decorative panels, was a member of the judge’s panel.

    The 75 entries in this year’s competition can be viewed on the Veneer Technologies Web site at The competition is co-sponsored by FDMC Magazine.

    The Veneer Tech Craftsman’s Challenge entries for 2018 will be accepted beginning the first of January. Next year’s competition results will be announced at IWF-Atlanta.

    Veneer Technologies, an AWI Supplier Member since 1997, is a Level 3 AWI Sponsor.

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    Stiles Reveals the Latest Industry Solutions at AWFS 2017

    From Stiles Machinery

    Stiles Machinery Inc. provided dynamic solutions to over 2,000 industry professionals at AWFS 2017 in Las Vegas. Stiles’ booth was hallmarked by state-of-the-art manufacturing machinery, many new smart technologies, and the trusted customer support of over 150 expert staff who assisted attendees in discovering unique solutions to many industry challenges.

    The highlight of the show was undoubtedly the announcement of the next generation of industry 4.0 innovation, tapio. Stiles was pleased to be the first to introduce tapio to the North American market, where it is poised to revolutionize the woodworking industry by providing streamlined access to valuable data from each stage of the manufacturing process. Designed to dramatically increase the efficiency of production management including production optimization, plant and machinery operation, predictive maintenance and more; tapio users can not only receive real-time data from any machine, at any time, but also of their entire production process - all from the palm of their hand.

    Along with tapio, attendees experienced a wide range of solutions in solid wood and panel processing designed to help operators get more from their machinery, including the SALVADOR SuperPush 200 Optimizing Cross Cut Saw and the first intelligent operator assistance system in panel sizing history, the intelliGuide. The intelliGuide system supports the operator visually by guiding them with an LED light strip and new laser technology projected directly onto the workpieces during operation, dramatically increasing efficiency and reducing operator error.

    If you were unable to attend this year’s AWFS fair in Las Vegas, you can still experience your solution online at or by attending Stiles’ upcoming Benchmarking Technology Tour, where attendees will explore the most innovative, efficient, and productive manufacturing facilities across Germany, Belgium, and the Netherlands. For more information about this and other upcoming events, visit

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

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    Kerfkore Presents Distributor Award at the 2017 AWFS Show

    Kerfkore Company presented the award for "Largest Percentage Sales Increase" to Rugby Architectural Products/New York. Pictured (l-r) is Tom Phillips Kerfkore CEO and Tom Heard of Rugby ABP. They also sell a complete mix of bendable and lightweight products and inventory a good representation of the Kerfkore product line. Their growth was a combination of strong sales from a variety of these bendable and lightweight products. We appreciate their effort in achieving this increase in 2016.

    Our congratulations to Rugby Northeast for their performance!

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

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    Sponsor Learning Forums

    Federated Insurance Hosts Two Education Programs

    Federated Insurance Risk Academy

    Learn How to Set Your Dial on Low

    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.

    Click here

    Federated Insurance Online Webinar

    Back To School - Employee Training Webinar
    August 15, 2017
    1:00 pm - 2:00 pm  (CST)

    Every day, people are injured in the workplace and on our highways. Each year, billions of dollars of property are destroyed due to fire, and employment-related lawsuits are becoming more common. We are going to take a look at what can be done to help prevent these losses.

    What you will learn:
    This webinar will help you decide what to train your employees on and review some commonly used tools and resources that can make your training easier, more effective, and more efficient.

    Information/Registration: Click here

    Federated Mutual Insurance Company • Federated Service Insurance Company* Federated Life Insurance Company • Federated Reserve Insurance Company*  *Not licensed in all states. © 2017 Federated Mutual Insurance Company

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    Attend the European Benchmarking Tour 2017 this October

    From Stiles Machinery

    Join us for an unforgettable week of breathtaking sights and valuable insights as we explore some of Europe’s most innovative, efficient, and productive manufacturing facilities.

    This edition of the tour will take place Saturday, October 7 through Saturday, October 14, with visits to Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands.Scheduled tour destinations include: Burger Kuchen, DanForm, Christian Kroger, Poppenpohl, Febru, Horatec, Dula Ahaus, Bribus, and Metal Systems.

    As the woodworking manufacturing epicenter of the world, European operations continue to set the bar in innovative production solutions. This annual tour is designed to provide you with an opportunity to see some of the latest advances in panel processing, batch-size production strategies and cutting-edge technology for high-end store fixture, component, and kitchen cabinet manufacturers.

    Above -- See how the top manufacturers in Europe are developing new ways to increase the efficiency of their production.

    Don’t miss your chance to benchmark global influences and gain valuable takeaways that will affect the success of your business for years to come.

    Join the hundreds of previous attendees who have gained valuable insights and knowledge by benchmarking their business and production against global leaders. Enjoy the sights and sounds of Europe while experiencing the most efficient and productive manufacturing facilities in the world.

    For more information and to register for this exclusive tour, click here.

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    Chapter News

    AWI Chicago Chapter Helps Member in Need

    AWI Chicago Chapter Board of Directors member Pat McAvoy reported that the chapter is helping a long-standing member in need, Joe Ventimiglia, whose son is bravely undergoing treatment for a brain tumor. 

    Chapter member and Sierra Forest Products Division Member Joe Ventimiglia’s young son, Joey, has an inoperable brain tumor called DIPG, and the family has decided to try a trial in Monterrey, Mexico.

    Unfortunately, insurance is not covering any part of this, so in their need of financial help, the Chicago Chapter stepped up for their long-standing Board of Directors member, Joe.  The chapter donated $3,000 of their funds for Joey’s treatment costs. 

    More details about the brave little boy Joey and his incredible journey can be found at Joey's Journey GoFundMe.

    This is an inspiring example of how members of the AWI community help each other at times of dire need.  AWI extends heartfelt wishes to the family and little Joey.  Good work Chicago Chapter.  Best wishes to Joey and his family.

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    Upcoming Chapter Events: Check Out the Activities

    AWI Iowa/Nebraska Chapter
    When: September 8
    What: Chapter Meeting
    Sponsor: Häfele
    Information: Chapter President,

    AWI Chicago Chapter
    When: September 14 (5:00 – 8:00 pm)
    What: Product Spotlight & Networking Night
    Sponsorships: Drinks & Hors D’oeuvres & Product Spotlights
    Information: Click here

    AWI Heart of America Chapter

    When: September 21
    Host: RCS Millwork
    Information: Chapter President,

    AWI Heart of America Chapter

    When: September 22
    What: Annual Golf Outing
    Host: Flexible Materials
    Information: Chapter President,

    AWI New Jersey Chapter
    When: October 13
    Presentation: “Personal Responsibility vs. Professional Responsibility: Discussion of the building collapse tragedy in Philadelphia
    Presenter: Salvatore B. Verrastro, Director, Spillman Farmer Architects
    Where: Inn of the Hawk, Lambertville, NJ
    Information: Click here
    Registration: Click here

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

    • September 7, 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

    September 15-16
    Project Management Seminar
    Host: AWI Texas Chapter

    September 28-29
    Advanced Estimating Seminar
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    Hosted by Häfele

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    Product Spotlight & Networking Night

    September 21
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    RCS Millwork

    September 22
    AWI Heart of America Chapter
    Annual Golf Outing
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