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August 8, 2019
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Dates to Remember in August

  • August – Check out the August edition of NewsBriefs, AWI’s monthly print newsletter.  Read about four more insightful speakers slated for the 2019 AWI convention, discover what future woodworkers had to do to win the 2019 SkillsUSA Cabinetmaking Championships, and more here.

 

  • August – Registration is open for the 2019 AWI Annual Convention.  Register by Sept. 13 to take advantage of the discounted registration fees. Prices increase thereafter.  Click here for more information and registration.   

 

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AWI News

August NewsBriefs Now Online: Convention News, Standards Survey, and SkillsUSA Update

Read the August edition of AWI’s monthly print newsletter NewsBriefs, online NOW!

  • "Maximizing Your  Business Information” – Read what convention presenters Sebastien DesMarais and Marc Sanderson are planning for this “graduate level” session that covers new financial management territory. (cover)

  • “Six Out of 62 SkillsUSA Champions” – Find out the rigorous criteria the winners have to meet and how many completed the 8-hour cabinetmaking competition project.

  • “TFL Stakeholder Survey Seeks Industry Feedback” – The Composite Panel Association is seeking input about a proposed standard for North American thermally fused laminate (TFL).  Comment by Aug. 31 (page 3)

  • “AWI Convention to Close with Special Festivities” – Read about the fundraising auction to benefit the AWI Education Foundation and the bon voyage to AWI Executive VP Philip Duvic on Oct. 8. (page 5)

  • “The Scoop on Bonds: You May Not Need One” – Discover some of the ins and outs of sureties for construction projects that will be explored fully at the AWI Convention. (page 6)

  • “Inside a Dynasty” – Read about the Light Foundation that exists to give at-risk kids a better chance at leading healthy lives by using the great outdoors to learn and grow. (page 7)

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 Aug. 20.

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AWI Welcomes New Members

MANUFACTURERS

ALKMY, LLC
Norcross, GA
www.alkmy.com

National Furniture and Decoration Factory
Doha, Qatar
www.nffqatar.com

SUPPLIER

Cienapps Smart Woodworking
Prevost, QC, Canada
www.cienapps.com

Note: These new members joined AWI in July 2019.

Use the online Directory of AWI Manufacturing and Supplier Members at www.awinet.org 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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Convention Watch

AWI Announces Highlights of Additional Convention Speakers: A Great Lineup, Informative Content

As AWI Sets the Standard for its 67th Annual Convention, the lineup of dynamic speakers announced to date will be equal to the task.  Expect the featured presenters and insight session speakers to deliver high quality informative presentations aimed at supporting the continuing success of your company.

Check out the August edition of AWI's monthly print newsletter, NewsBriefs,  for news about the following dynamic speakers and convention events.


Sebastien DesMarais

Marc Sanderson

  • “Maximizing Your Business Information” – Two of AWI’s financial wizards – Sebastien DesMarais of Hollywood Woodwork and Marc Sanderson of Wilkie Sanderson will team up to cover new territory about mining the Cost of Doing Business Survey data that  your CFLs, comptrollers, human resources and management personnel should hear. (cover story)

  • “The Scoop on Bonds: You May Not Need One” – Mike Russell of Federated Insurance will take the mystery out of bonding and explain the ins and outs of the process in “Gain a Competitive Edge through Bonding” session. The session will be delivered during lunch. (page 6)


    Mike Russell


    Matt Light

  • “Inside a Dynasty” – Matt Light, former offensive tackle for the New England Patriots, will share insights about the Foundation he founded that is dedicated to helping youth meet and exceed their goals. (page 7)

For full details about the convention program, watch for the marketing brochure (noting all speakers and events) enclosed with the August edition of AWI NewsBriefs scheduled to arrive in your company’s mailbox around Aug. 20.  Click here for online information and registration.

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Workforce Development

Six Out of 62 SkillsUSA Champions

What does it take to win SkillsUSA honors?  How did six SkillsUSA winners from various state Cabinetmaking Competitions earn medals at the National SkillsUSA Cabinetmaking Championships, June 24-28 in Louisville, KY?  The six champions beat 56 other cabinetmaking competitors.

After eight hours that tested the students’ hard and soft skills, six rose to the top.  How did they do it?  The competitors must be proficient not only in reading plans, calculating a cutting list, knowing how to operate machinery and tools, being skilled in joinery, but they also need to manage their time, solve problems, understand math and have other “soft” skills. Not all competitors even complete the task. 

“We purposely challenge the competitors in order to prepare them for real-life employment in the architectural woodwork industry,” AWI SkillsUSA Committee Chair Kristine Cox said.

Thanks for all the volunteers and contributors that helped make the annual SkillsUSA Cabinetmaking Championships a huge success.

Read more about it in the August edition of AWI NewsBriefs here.

A notched door cabinet composed of birch plywood and walnut accents with interior drawers and shelves was the 2019 SkillsUSA Cabinetmaking Championships project.  Thanks go to Kristine Cox for drawing up the project plans and to Dave MacDonald of Riverside Architectural Millwork who built the prototype cabinet.
Photo courtesy of Kristine Cox

More than 19,000 students, teachers, education leaders, and representatives from 600 national corporations, trade associations, businesses and labor unions were involved in 103 diverse competitions at the National SkillsUSA Conference.     

The Mission of SkillsUSA is to empower its members to become world-class workers, leaders and responsible American citizens. SkillsUSA improves the quality of our nation’s future skilled workforce through the development of Framework skills that include personal, workplace and technical skills grounded in academics.  SkillsUSA serves more than 360,000 students and instructors annually. This includes 20,926 instructors who join as professional members. Including alumni, SkillsUSA membership totals over 400,000. SkillsUSA has served more than 13.5 million annual members cumulatively since 1965.  Learn more about SkillsUSA at www.skillsusa.org.

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Standards

AWI to Reach Out to Intl. Surface Fabrications Association at SFA Roundtable

AWI President Michael McNulty and AWI Technical Director Ashley Goodin will be attending the International Surface Fabricators Association (ISFA) Solid Surface Roundtable meeting in Gettysburg, PA, Aug. 13-15.

At that meeting, President McNulty and Mr. Goodin will participate in focused discussions about the new ANSI AWI Standard development related to solid surface standards and requirements for AWI Quality Certification Projects. 

The discussion of commercial solid surface fabrication is largely measured against AWI Standards, project specifications and compliance assurance through the AWI Quality Certification Program and focuses around customary specification requirements with an emphasis on the methods and processes for measuring and ensuring accuracy and finished product quality.

To this end, the AWI representatives will inform ISFA attendees about AWI’s Purpose?To promote the progress and development of the architectural woodwork and related interior finishes industry, and its Mission?To Cultivate and strengthen relationships that promote the architectural woodwork and related interior finishes industry. 

President McNulty and Mr. Goodin’s participation at the ISFA Solid Surface Roundtable is intended to establish and promote an AWI-ISFA relationship that will lead to collaborative harmonization between industry standards within the architectural woodwork and interior finishes industries.

The International Surface Fabricators Association (ISFA) is globally recognized as a premier association of the surfacing industry.  Its Mission is: To help ISFA members become more profitable in their businesses by promoting its members and the products and services they offer, educating its members to help them become better craftsmen and strong business leaders, and improving the industry through standards, professionalism and honesty. www.isfanow.org

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Reminder: TFL Stakeholder Survey Seeks Industry Feedback

The Composite Panel Association (CPA) recently formed a joint task group of the Production-Technical Committee and Decorative Surfaces Council to discuss the possible development of a voluntary ANSI product standard for North American thermally fused laminate (TFL). The task group, consisting of 18 companies, is in the process of collecting North American TFL performance data and reviewing international TFL standards to inform the standards development process. The final voluntary ANSI consensus standard would provide objective performance criteria for end-use applications to assist with the specification and use of TFL.

CPA is asking all interested parties to participate in a short survey designed to help prioritize product properties and end use applications to assist with development of the TFL standard. The deadline to complete the survey is Aug. 31.

Click here to download and complete the survey.  Any questions may be directed to Gary Heroux at CPA gheroux@cpamail.org.

The Composite Panel Association (CPA), founded in 1960, represents the North American composite panel industry on technical, regulatory, quality assurance and product acceptance issues.  CPA General Members include 30 of the leading manufacturers of particleboard, medium density fiberboard and hardboard.  Together they represent more than 92% of the total manufacturing capacity in US, Canada and Mexico. www.compositepanel.org

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About QCP

QCP Updates Website, www.awiqcp.org

The AWI Quality Certification Program (QCP) has activated a zip code radius search tool under find a QCP Firm to aid design/build professionals in locating licensed firms on its website.

Visitors can now enter a zip code and choose up to a 250-mile radius to locate firms that are currently licensed in the Quality Certification Program. “This tool will add additional value to the most visited page on the AWI QCP website,” said Quality Certification Corporation (QCC) Chair Zach Deas.


The AWI Quality Certification Program (QCP) is a valuable quality assurance tool for interior architectural woodwork, one of the most highly visible aspects of many construction projects. QCP assesses whether the millwork provided meets the project's specifications and industry standards. The American Subcontractors Association (ASA) endorses the QCP. www.awiqcp.org

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New QCP Test Announced

With the release of the new AWI-100 Submittals, AWI-200 Care and Storage, AWI-300 Materials and ANSI AWI 0620-2018 Finish Carpentry/Installation Standard, the Quality Certification Program (QCP) tests have been revised to incorporate these supplanted Architectural Woodwork Standards (AWS) sections for use on QCP projects bid after March 15, 2019.

All licensed companies with be asked to complete testing on these new sections within the next six months.  QCP Licensees should watch for an e-mail from the Quality Certification Corporation about the testing requirements.

QCP Policies require retesting on any revised standards within six months of issue.  The new AWI standards are available at the AWI website here.

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AWI Learning Forums

Three AWI Regional Seminars Scheduled in Sept.: Sharpen Your Skills, Power Up Your Profits!

Upcoming Regional Seminars

PROJECT MANAGEMENT

Sept. 5-6
Host:
AWI Great Lakes Chapter
Location: Amway Grand Plaza Hotel, Grand Rapids, MI
Information

Registration is open!


FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT

Sept. 20
Host: AWI West Texas Chapter
Location: Best Western Plus, El Paso, TX
Information
Registration is open!

ADVANCED ESTIMATING
Sept. 26-27
Host: AWI Texas Chapter
Location: Airport Marriot at George Bush Intercontinental, Houston, TX
Information
Registration is open!

Registration Opens Soon for the Following Seminar

PROJECT MANAGEMENT
Nov. 7-8
Host: AWI Carolinas Chapter

NATIONAL EVENT

REGISTER BY SEPT. 13!
Prices Increase Thereafter



67th AWI Annual Convention
Oct. 6-8, 2019
Omni Providence Hotel
Providence, Rhode Island

Information/Registration

AWI Sets the Standard!


The renowned Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) is located in Providence.  Visit the school's museum.


Photo courtesy of RISD/GoProvidence.com

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Sponsor News

Stiles Helps Manufacturers Increase the Bottom Line at AWFS

From Stiles Machinery, Inc.

This year’s AWFS Fair in Las Vegas was a blend of tools, trends and technology catered to today’s modern woodworker. As North America’s largest woodworking trade show in 2019, attendees had hundreds of vendors to choose from. However, with15,000 square feet of booth space, 40 machines under power, more than 150 industry experts on scene, and over 30 hours of machine demonstrations and educational sessions, Stiles Machinery stood out as more than a vendor, but a true solution provider.

Stiles’ booth featured technology uniquely suited for the North American manufacturing market. From brand new sliding table saws from IRONWOOD to groundbreaking panel dividing software and made-in-the-USA CNC solutions from HOMAG, and a comprehensive range of service and support offerings, Stiles showcased solutions designed to help manufacturers succeed in every area of their business.

This year’s show also revealed an increasing interest in digital solutions. According to Stiles, attendees to their booth expressed interest in everything from the new free intelliSanding App from HOMAG to complete digital integration from the front office to the production floor.

Photos courtesy of Stiles Machinery.

Stiles Machinery, an AWI Supplier Member since 1996, is a Level 2 AWI Sponsor. www.stilesmachinery.com

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Chapter News

Upcoming Chapter Events: Tap into Local Programs, Networking Opportunities!

AWI Great Lakes Chapter
Aug. 8-9
What: Annual Member Meeting & Dinner
Information: www.awigreatlakes.org


AWI Ohio Valley Chapter
Aug. 23
What: Annual Golf Outing
Where: Topgolf West Chester, West Chester Township, OH
Information/Registration: Click here 

AWI Great Lakes Chapter
Sept. 5-6
What: Project Management Seminar
Where: Amway Grand Plaza Hotel, Grand Rapids, MI

AWI Heart of America Chapter
Sept. 19
What: Golf Outing
Where: Emporia, KS
Host: Flexible Materials
Information: Gene Twomey,
twomey@flexwood.com

AWI New England Chapter
Sept. 19 (12:00 pm – 3:30 pm)
What: Workshop- “Workers Comp-Managing Your Risk”
Presenter: Daniel Dowdy, Federated Insurance
Plant Tour: UTEC, Lowell, MA
Registration: Click here

AWI West Texas Chapter
Sept. 20
What: Financial Management Seminar

AWI Carolinas Chapter
Sept. 20
What Membership Meeting & 50th Anniversary Gala
Information: Lee Stephenson, lee.s@smcinc.com

AWI Texas Chapter
Sept. 26-27
What: Advanced Estimating Seminar

AWI Carolinas Chapter
Nov. 7-8
What: Project Management Seminar

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 Christen Jones, Community Relations Manager, at cjones@awinet.org

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

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  • Aug. 22—(Business, industry, safety, construction news, and more)

  • Sept. 5—(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
NEAR-TERM
REGIONAL SEMINARS

Sept. 5-6
Project Management Seminar
Host: AWI Great Lakes Chapter
Grand Rapids, MI
Information/Registration

Sept. 20
Financial Management Seminar
El Paso, TX
Host: AWI West Texas Chapter
Information/Registration   

Sept. 26-27
Advanced Estimating Seminar
Houston, TX
Host: AWI Texas Chapter
Information/Registration    

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NEAR-TERM

CHAPTER EVENTS 


Aug. 8-9
AWI Great Lakes Chapter
Annual Member Meeting & Dinner
Information www.awigreatlakes.org

Aug. 23 (8:00 am)
AWI Ohio Valley Chapter
Annual Golf Outing
Information


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NATIONAL EVENT

REGISTER BY SEPT. 13
Before Prices Increase


67th AWI Annual Convention
Oct. 6-8, 2019
Omni Providence Hotel
Providence, Rhode Island
Information/Registration

AWI Sets the Standard!

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