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October 5, 2017
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Dates to Remember in October

  • October 1- 5 – Register NOW  for the 2017 AWI convention in Charleston, SC.  Click here for information and to register today!
  • October 5 – The AWI room block at The Mills House Wyndham Grand Hotel was released on October 1.  Check out accommodation options for the convention.  Reservations have been brisk this year.
  • October 17 – The monthly AWI Teck Talk Tuesday Webinar will focus on Standards development progress and related issues.  Register by October 16 here.

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AWI News

Board of Directors Nominees

The AWI Nominating Committee presented four nominee candidates for the AWI Board of Directors at its meeting on August 14-15, 2017.

Board of Directors

Four nominees for a two-year term commencing January 1, 2018 for the Board of Directors follow.  Three are Manufacturing Members and one is a Supplier Member of AWI.  Three (3) Director seats on the board are open for election from among the four nominees below and additional candidates, if any, received from AWI Manufacturing Members prior to the election period which opens November 1.

Tony Aubin

President, Aubin Woodworking, Inc.

Qualifications: Click here

Special interests:
qualified labor;
adequate education for design teams;
project lead times

Dustin Giffin

President, Giffin Interior & Fixture, Inc.

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Special interests:

importance of employee engagement and company culture;
bridging the technology gap;
skilled workforce

Robert S. Krejci

President and Treasurer, Riverside Architectural Millwork

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Special interests:

skilled labor;
heightened marketing of the industry;
speed to market challenges

Skip Heidler

Owner, Heidler Hardwood Lumber Company

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Special interests:

keeping up-to-date about industry trends;
operating within FSC and LEED® landscapes;
changing scope of woodwork industry

Voting & Elections

The primary contact at each AWI Manufacturing Member company in good standing is eligible to vote and elect members of the Board of Directors.

Additional Director Nominees to the slate of candidates may be brought forward by petition signed by no less than 1% of the AWI Manufacturing Membership. Official Petitions may be requested and obtained from AWI EVP Philip Duvic at and must be submitted prior to the online Director election period November 1-15, 2017.

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October NewsBriefs Now Online: Chapter and Safety Awards Announced

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

  • “Heart of America Chapter Reclaims ‘Chapter of the Year’ Title” – Discover the HOA’s secret of success.  And, read about the 10 Distinguished Chapters named for 2017.
  • “Safety Is Priority for 37 Member Companies” – Is your company’s name on the list?
  • “Board of Directors Nominees” – Learn about the nominees and their special interests.
  • “QCP Announces New Services for Licensees” – Find out what the QCC Board of Directors approved for QCP Licensees.

Read these articles in the October edition of NewsBriefs, AWI’s monthly print newsletter which is online NOW.  A hard copy is scheduled to arrive at your mailbox around October 15.

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AWI Welcomes New Members


Cabeen Originals, Chattanooga, TN,

Consolidated Casework, Inc., Hinckley, OH,

Creative Surfaces, Inc., Sioux Falls, SD,

Garken Commercial Millwork, Plano, TX

RMC Solutions, Inc., North Royalton, OH

The Tradesmen Group, Inc., Plain City, OH


The Combination Door Company, Fond du Lac, WI,

Note: These new members joined AWI in September 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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Safety Matters

AWI Announces 2017 Safety Awards Honorees

AWI and Federated Insurance are honoring 37 AWI Manufacturing Members for safety in the plant and on the job in the 2017 Safety Awards Program. The firms will be recognized by AWI members at the 65th AWI Annual Convention in Charleston, SC.  Winners present will receive their awards on October 30 during a luncheon at the AWI headquarters hotel, The Mills House Wyndham Grand Hotel.

The record of 37 awards in 2017 illustrates the ever-increasing importance of safety in the workplace. In 2016, 33 members received recognition.  

Overall Best Safety Award

Three architectural woodwork firms are signaled out for having the best combined safety records in their categories.  Congratulations to Woodtronics, Inc., Yorktown Heights, NY; Inter Ocean Cabinet Company, Elmhurst, IL; and Brochsteins, Houston, TX.  No doubt, company principals are proud of their achievement along with their employees who should be commended for their safe working practices.

Read the October issue of AWI NewsBriefs here for the names of all AWI Manufacturing Members who received other awards in their categories: Zero Time Accident Achievement Award and Safety Improvement Recognition Award.

Congratulations to all for a job well done!

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Don’t Let Your Business Go Up in Smoke

From Federated Insurance

Every year, fires costs business owners billions of dollars—and that number doesn’t even begin to measure the impact fires have on the business itself and the families of employees who are injured or killed by the blaze.

Fire Prevention Week, October 8-14, 2017, is a great reminder that preventing workplace fires is not something to be done yearly, monthly, or even weekly—it should be a daily activity. Investigations reveal that most business fires can be prevented if workers consistently pay attention to a few, very specific hazards. To help you and your employees make it home safely each day, your Federated Insurance team is excited to provide a customizable fire prevention checklist you can use to review your business’s fire prevention techniques. (The latest full version of Adobe Reader is required to open and use the customizable checklist.)

Made available to all AWI members through our partnership with Federated, the checklist helps you identify and implement high priority fire prevention practices that can significantly impact your business. It’s designed to also allow businesses to add checkpoints for the unique risks and exposures they face. Go to to access the sample checklist and view a video that shows the reality of business fires and discusses the need to make fire safety everyone’s responsibility.

Federated clients can find more fire prevention resources by logging on to Federated’s Shield Network®, or contacting Federated’s Risk Management Resource Center at 1-888-333-4949 or At Federated Insurance, It’s Our Business to Protect Yours®.

Federated Insurance is AWI’s insurance partner and an AWI Sustaining Sponsor.

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Chapter News

Heart of America Chapter Reclaims ”Chapter of the Year“ Honor for 2017; Ten Chapters Earn ”Distinguished“ Status

Congratulations to the Heart of America Chapter for their amazing achievement of earning “Chapter of the Year” status for the second consecutive year.

And, kudos to the following 10 chapters for achieving “Distinguished Chapter” status for 2017.  Job well done.

Carolinas Chapter

Chapter President: Lee Stephenson, Stephenson Millwork Company, Inc.

Chicago Chapter

Chapter President: Mike Coticchio, Cain Millwork, Inc.

Great Lakes Chapter

Chapter President: Seth Erlandson, Handorn, Inc.

Heart of America Chapter

2017 Chapter of the Year

Chapter President: John VanErem, RCS Millwork

New England Chapter

Chapter President: Tony Aubin, Aubin Woodworking, Inc.

New Jersey Chapter

Chapter President: George Reitz, American Millwork & Cabinetry, Inc.

Ohio Valley Chapter
Chapter President: Rusty Cousins, Edward B. Mueller Company

Texas Chapter

Chapter President: Greg Lutz, Lutz Woodworks, LLC

Washington Chapter

Chapter President: David Parrish, Hardwoods Specialty Products

Wisconsin Chapter

Chapter President: Mark Lorge, Fox Valley Tech

To learn more about how each chapter succeeded, see the October issue of AWI NewsBriefs here.

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Upcoming Chapter Events: What’s in Your Area?

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

AWI Wisconsin Chapter

When: November 1 (10:00 am – 2:00 pm)
What: “Preventive Maintenance” Seminar
Where: R.J. Wood Industries, Jackson, WI
Information/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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AWI Learning Forums

Don’t Miss This Month’s Tech Talk Webinar

Online Education
Monthly AWI webinars are complimentary for members!

October 17
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

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Final Project Management Course for 2017 Coming Up: Limited Seating

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

Project Management Seminar

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!

November 16-17
Host: AWI New Jersey Chapter
Information/Registration: Click here
Registration Closes November 2

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Revamped Advanced Estimating Seminar: Registration Closes October 9!

Advanced Estimating Seminar

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!

October 19-20
AWI Great Lakes Chapter
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Registration Closes October 9

The September edition of AWI’s monthly print publication, NewsBriefs, reports on this revamped and revitalized seminar.

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Convention Watch

AWI Convention Highlights: What’s the Program? How Can You Register?

October 29-31, 2017
65th Annual AWI Convention

Charleston, SC


 Check out the exciting schedule of events here!

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.

Registration closes on October 15.

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Explore Charleston, South Carolina—Site of the 65th AWI Annual Convention

Apart from the robust education program, October 29-31 at the AWI convention, you’ll find plenty to do in Charleston, SC.  

With its vibrant culture, rich history, exquisitely-preserved architecture, idyllic coastal location, celebrated dining scene, and friendly locals, Charleston, South Carolina, is one of America’s
best loved travel destinations. Readers of leading travel magazines have consistently voted for Charleston as their favorite domestic travel destination, resulting in the No. 1 City in the U.S. and Canada ranking by the Travel + Leisure World’s Best Awards (2016, 2015, 2014, 2013) and No. 1 Top U.S. City ranking by Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards (2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011).

For an introduction to the charms of Charleston, click here for a video tour.

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About QCP

QCP Announces New Services for Licensees

The AWI Quality Certification Corporation Board of Directors met in Boston, Massachusetts on September 11 and made some exciting decisions that expand services for Licensees, QCC Executive Director Randy Estabrook announced.

Shop Drawing Reviews

  • Shop Drawing Reviews (with report) are now available on ALL QCP Registered Projects for no additional fee.

    The Shop Drawing Review will provide a review of shop drawings and render a written report on any non-conforming items found on a set of shop drawings. Firms requesting this service should confirm the label fee has been submitted and provide a copy of shop drawings and project specifications to the QCP office at

  • Shop Drawing Reviews are now available (with report) on any project – QCP or Not – for QCP Licensee’s for a $50 per hour fee (minimum $150).

Shop Drawing Labels

  • Shop Drawing Labels for QCP Registered Projects that are not reviewed will have noted on the label “NOT REVIEWED BY QCP”.

The QCC board is pleased to expand Quality Certification Program services for its valued Licensees. The changes noted above are effective immediately. 

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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QCP Launches New Online Newsletter for Architects, Designers and General Contractors

The inaugural issue of Quality Review, a semi-annual online newsletter of the Quality Certification Corporation (QCC) is hot-off-the-press.  QCC sent the e-letter earlier this week to over 11,000 architects, designers and GCs.

One goal of Quality Review is to address misconceptions that some stakeholders may have concerning the cost and procedures involved in certifying a project, where that requirement is specified.  Woodwork is typically one of the most visible and beautiful components of commercial and institutional projects. QCP’s assistance in ensuring the faithful execution and performance of the woodwork takes only a tiny percentage of the woodwork subcontract.

Take a look at the October 3, 2017 – Fall edition of Quality Review here.

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Vero Software Raises $751 for WCA with T-Shirt Promo

Vero Software of Tuscaloosa, AL, presented a $751 check to the Woodwork Career Alliance of North America during the AWFS Fair in Las Vegas.

Vero, whose programs include Cabinet Vision and Alphacam, was joined by the Woodworking Network and the Architectural Woodwork Institute in sponsoring a limited edition “I Love Woodworking” T-shirt. The proceeds will help fund WCA programing.

“Education is absolutely vital to the success of the future of wood manufacturing,” said Paul Losavio, marketing manager for Vero. “The WCA is a great organization working to meet the educational needs of the industry and we are excited to offer our support by raising money through this fun T-shirt fundraiser.”

“Vero Software has been a great supporter of the Woodwork Career Alliance,” said WCA President Scott Nelson. “We are very appreciative of the company’s many financial contributions to the cause of developing a skilled woodworking workforce.”

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Sponsor News

Stiles Brings Trusted Service & Support Closer to Home for Northeast Customers

From Stiles Machinery, Inc.

Stiles Machinery Inc. is excited to announce the grand opening of their Northeast Regional Headquarters and Training Center, in Bristol, PA. scheduled for November 1-2, 2017.

The new location will include a Stiles University Learning Lab complete with the latest technology for training in programming and design as well as a variety of fully-powered machinery for technical and operational training. Stiles is thrilled to bring the same great service, support and training that their Northeast customers depend on, closer to where they live.

In celebration of the grand opening, Stiles is hosting an exciting two-day event, scheduled for November 1-2, 2017, in which guests will experience hands-on training opportunities and educational discussions aimed at providing regional customers with opportunities to learn, grow and prepare for the future.

The event will kick off with a motivational presentation from special guest speaker Guy Bucey, Chief Operating Officer of Inova, a leading manufacturer in the furniture industry. Guy will be sharing his secrets to success in motivating the workforce and Industry 4.0 innovation. Guests will then have the opportunity to experience an exclusive hands-on training with multiple production-ready machines in Stiles University’s innovative learning lab.

On day two, guests will travel to Eastern Millwork, one of the manufacturing industry’s leading innovators in the Northeast, for an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour of their brand new state-of-the-art facility in Jersey City, NJ. Throughout the tour, guests will witness first-hand how manufacturers in the Northeast region are investing in new production solutions, increasing labor savings and improving automation.

For more information visit

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

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Biesse Group adds Southern California Territory Sales Representative Michael Loken

From Biesse Group

As part of the expansion of Biesse Group in North America, Michael Loken has joined the company in the position of Territory Sales Representative in the Southern California market.  

Michael joins Biesse Group after working in the Anaheim office of MultiCam, which provides CNC cutting solutions for sign making, digital finishing, hardwoods, cabinet making, thermoform trimming and plastics fabrication along with aerospace and automotive applications. Additionally, Michael also worked previously for router manufacturer K2 CNC in Southern California. 

As Territory Sales Representative, Michael will be responsible for all sales activities of Biesse Group’s capital equipment to current and potential Customers in the Southern California market. “I have known about Biesse for many years and I’m excited about helping the company grow our market share in Southern California,” said Loken. 

To contact Michael, e-mail or call him at 980-297-4465.

Biesse, an AWI Supplier Member since 1995, is a Level 4 AWI Sponsor.

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Stiles Proudly Supports the First National Training Center for the Woodworking Industry

From Stiles Machinery, Inc.

As the industry’s leading provider of advanced manufacturing solutions, Stiles Machinery, Inc. understands the importance of investing in future industry leaders and equipping them with the skills and knowledge they need to be successful.

One of the ways Stiles is putting this belief into action is through their support of the Manufacturing Industry Learning Lab's National Training Center located in Colorado Springs, Colorado, which is celebrating their grand opening today, October 5.

Earlier this year, Stiles donated $10,000 to the MiLL National Training Center (pictured above).

The Manufacturing Industry Learning Lab (MiLL) is a program dedicated to empowering the next generation of manufacturing professionals through advanced training courses in lean manufacturing. In support of these efforts, Stiles Machinery has contributed multiple state-of-the-art woodworking machines that will be used in conjunction with the MiLL’s hands-on training approach designed to provide students with a unique educational experience in modern-day manufacturing.

Dean Mattson, founder, and CEO of the MiLL believes that programs like this are crucial to the future of the manufacturing industry. “Everywhere I’ve traveled throughout the country, industry partners tell me about their concerns regarding how they’re going to fill all the empty positions left by the retiring generation of baby boomers. The industry needs a pool of trained workers. That’s why we started the MiLL,” says Mattson.

The MiLL is the first national training center of its kind designed to educate future leaders and talents in the manufacturing industry. Along with its special focus in woods manufacturing, the MiLL will also provide specialized learning labs in the areas of construction and cabinet finishing.

For more information about the MiLL, please visit

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AWI e-briefs

Upcoming Editions

Watch for e-briefs on:

  • October 19, 2017 (Business, standards, industry, safety, construction, and other news)

  • November 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

October 19-20

Advanced Estimating Seminar

Host: AWI Great Lakes Chapter


Registration Closes October 9

November 16-17
Project Management Seminar

Host: AWI New Jersey Chapter
Registration Closes

November 2



October 17
Technical Talk Webinar



October 29-31
65th AWI Annual Convention
Registration Closes
October 15



October 13
AWI New Jersey Chapter

Personal Responsibility vs. Professional Responsibility
Information: Click here
Registration: Click here 

November 1
AWI Wisconsin Chapter
Preventive Maintenance Seminar


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