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Dates to Remember in May

  • May 11ANSI / AWI 0641-2019 – Architectural Wood Casework Standard will be available to purchase or to view online on AWI’s Learning Portal,

  • May 19ANSI / AWI 0641-2019 – Architectural Wood Casework Standard Webinar.  Details below.

  • May 31 – The Annual AWI Cost of Doing Business Survey submission period has been extended to May 31.  Make certain you have a picture of good times in 2019 to compare with your financial health in 2020 after COVID-19 has impacted your business.  Details below. Participate Today!

  • All Month – The May 2020 edition of AWI’s monthly print newsletter, NewsBriefs, is now online.  Read about AWI’s resources to help members respond to the COVID-19 impact on their businesses.  Tap into a new Virtual Best Practice Group under development.  And, check out the monthly features:  Power of the Portal and AWI Membership Benefit Brief.  

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    Coming May 11: Release of ANSI / AWI 0641-2019—Architectural Wood Casework Standard

    The long-awaited release of 0641 – Architectural Wood Casework Standard will occur on May 11, 2020.  The standard will provide some exciting benefits for the architectural woodwork industry. As many industry professionals are already aware, the upcoming standard includes performance duty level requirements for casework.

    In previous AWI standards, a casework unit’s aesthetic and structural requirements have been lumped together. The ANSI / AWI 0641-2019 – Architectural Wood Casework Standard will give manufacturers and design professionals more freedom to fabricate and specify casework that meets a project’s performance requirements without the added cost of premium aesthetic grade materials.

    ANSI / AWI 0641-2019, as well as, AWI 100, 200, 300 and 0620
    will be presented in an interactive format to help keep the information that you need at your fingertips.

    All standards are available to view, bookmark, save and share through the Standards Area of  View the new AWI Digital Portal Quickstart Giode infographic here for accessing the new online home of AWI Standards.

    Hard copies of 0641 will be available May 11 for purchase at the AWI store. 

    The effective date for the ANSI / AWI 0641-2019 – Architectural Wood Casework Standard is June 1, 2020.


    The Architectural Woodwork Institute (AWI) has produced and collaborated on the development of standards in accordance with its mission since its founding in 1953 to the present day. AWI is an ANSI-accredited Standards Developer Organization.

     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 and is committed to strengthening its impact, both domestically and internationally.  The Institute represents the diverse interests of more than 270,000 companies and organizations, and 30 million professionals worldwide.

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    Webinar Scheduled Introducing ANSI / AWI 0641-2019—Architectural Wood Casework Standard

    AWI Webinar Invitation

    With the release of ANSI / AWI 0641-2019 – Architectural Wood Casework Standard we are offering a webinar on May 19 at 11:00 am (ET) that details the changes of this standard and how to best utilize this standard’s implications going forward. 

    Click here to register.

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    Crisis Management

    AWI Conducts Final COVID-19 Town Hall Forum—Tap into Recordings & Resources!

    AWI has been conducting online Town Hall Forums since March 20, 2020 to assist members in responding to the effects of COVID-19.  

    As with the other AWI Town Hall Forums recordings, the most recent and final forum relating to the coronavirus – “COVID-19 Updates” held on May 1 – draws upon a panel of members from the AWI Board of Directors, as well as webinar participants, who share insights and information about operating in these challenging times.

    Recordings of all seven 60- to 90-minute forums are accessible for a wealth of information about the impact of COVID-19. 

    You’ll also find useful links to documents and agencies that help you adapt to and tap into resources for surviving the COVID-19 impact on you, your employees and your business.

    Access the password-protected Members Area of, and click on the “Members Only” drop-down menu for “COVID-19 Resources.” 

    Use the AWI Communities - to reach out to your fellow members for other ideas, for help completing products due to a shutdown of your plant when projects are open in the field.  Stay healthy and safe.

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    AWI Polls Reveal Impact of COVID-19 on Architectural Woodworkers: How Do You Fit in?

    Where does your company fit into the picture?  Seventy-two percent of AWI members polled on April 24 had successfully applied for the Paycheck Protection Program from the Small Business Administration, had been approved and had received funds compared with 37% on April 17.  The week before on April 9, 53% of members polled had applied for PPP funds, while only 3% had been approved for and received funds.

    Check out the infographics on the home page of

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    Federated Insurance Companies Announce COVID-19 Client Relief Credit

    The COVID-19 pandemic has created a multitude of challenges for all of us. Through all of these issues confronting us today, AWI’s insurance partner, Federated Insurance, has worked closely with their customers to help them find their way through these unprecedented times.

    Federated is a “Value-Add” company that provides not only some of the best insurance products designed for our industry, but also the safety and risk management support that our members need for their successful businesses. Throughout the COVID-19 crisis, they have provided the latest guidelines to help our members navigate through these times. In addition, they have provided billing options to ease cash flow concerns and adjusted payroll and premium basis, where appropriate.

    On April 27, Federated announced their COVID-19 Client Relief Credit, providing premium reductions for their customers in our industry and others throughout the country.

    Federated’s COVID-19 Client Relief Credit will provide a 15% credit based on Business Auto premium, Auto Dealer/ Garage Coverage Part premium, and Businessowners Policy (BOP) premium from March 15 to June 15. Policies must be in force at the time relief credit is applied. These actions are subject to regulatory approval.

    Policyholders will automatically see the COVID-19 Client Relief Credit applied in the upcoming months.

    Federated was founded on the four cornerstones of equity, integrity, teamwork, and respect, and has once again shown that they are dedicated to serving the needs of the members of this organization. This is one of the reasons that your association board continues to recommend Federated Insurance. They work hard to do what is right for their customers.

    If you are not currently a Federated client, now is the time to check them out. Their unique Right Report® will identify exposures and customize an insurance program specifically for your business, reflecting today’s environment and needs.

    Association membership doesn’t cost, it pays!

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

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    AWI News

    AWI Appoints New Technical Director

    AWI is pleased to announce the appointment of Hunter Morrison, a wood and science technology engineer, as the association's Technical Director. 

    "He will be responsible for overseeing execution of ANSI / AWI Standards development, leading the National Testing Center team in Americus, GA, providing technical support for our industry, and fulfilling his duty of AWI Senior Staff member," said AWI Executive VP Doug Hague.  "Hunter's education and experience will be a great asset to the AWI team. His skillset and professionalism will be inherent in all of his work and will translate into tremendous member value."

    Prior to joining the AWI team, he worked for an architectural woodworking manufacturer, Boulder Mills, Inc., in Lafayette, CO.  He was the firm's project engineer, with a broad scope of work and responsibilities. Hunter's experience also includes learning another aspect of our industry at High Country Millwork, a high-end retail store fixture company in Longmont, CO.  His responsibilities evolved from an initial position as drafting engineer to lead engineer.

    Hunter earned his undergraduate degree in Wood Technology at Pittsburg State University (PSU) in Pittsburg, KS.  Furthermore, he continued his studies at PSU and achieved a master's graduate degree in Science & Technology with a focus of engineering management.

    Hunter can be reached at or at 229-389-2543.

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    Learn What’s Happening at AWI: May Edition of NewsBriefs Now Online

    Read the May edition of AWI’s monthly print newsletter NewsBriefs, online NOW!  During this year when AWI focuses on the theme—ELEVATE—let’s begin a journey of taking everything—association programs and services—and your business to a new level, particularly as we navigate these uncertain times! 

    • “COVID-19 Impact on AWI Community” – AWI has been polling members who participated in the seven Town Hall Forums to learn about their businesses, employee issues, and the federal financial resources available to small businesses. (cover story)

    • “AWI Appoints New Technical Director” – Introducing Hunter Morrison, a wood and science technology engineer who joined the AWI staff on April 13. (cover story)

    • “Ohio Valley Chapter Meets Virtually” – The chapter got creative with Zoom meetings to maintain networking and sharing of information (page 2)

    • “Upcoming Chapter Events” – Many AWI Chapters have planned, and in some cases postponed events. Read about plans underway. (page 3)

    • “The Power of the Portal” – Take a look at this month’s sample search results for drawer construction. (page 3)

    • “AWI QCP Adapts Project Inspections during Pandemic” – AWI has adapted the inspection process until further notice. (page 5)

    • “COVID-19 Resource Center for Members” – Find the recording and link libraries in the Members Area to access the resources. (page 6)

    • “My Community: Linking Members with Product Help / Information” – The online networking vehicle is open 24/7 exclusively for members. Page 7)

    • “OSHA Guidance for Respiratory Protection during N95 Shortage” – Interim Enforce Guidelines have been published to keep employees safe. (page 7)

    • “AWI Membership Benefit Brief: Best Practice Groups” – Elevate your business practices, and make them BEST practices!  Learn how to tap into this service. (page 8)

    • “OSHA Issues Interim Guidance on Range of Employer/Worker Issues” – The announcements were carried in detail in the April 23 edition of e-briefs. (page 8)

    Read these articles and more in the May edition of NewsBriefs, AWI’s monthly print newsletter which is online NOW.  A hard copy is scheduled to arrive at your company’s mailbox by/around May 20.

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    AWI Welcomes New Members


    American Millwork & Granite
    Memphis, TN

    West Haven, CT

    Logan Millwork, LLC
    Newton, NJ

    Max Urban
    Pompano Beach, FL

    Note: These new members joined AWI in April 2020.

    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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    Business Management

    Cost of Doing Business Survey Deadline Extended to May 31: Document 2019 Data for Comparison Next Year

    AWI has an exclusive Manufacturing Member resource to help you do just that.  As long-standing participants in the Annual Cost of Doing Business Survey have said, “It is important to participate in good times AND bad times.”  Know your numbers, analyze the trends you see in your own results compared with aggregated totals, and then take ACTION to improve your bottom line.

    Document your financials in 2019 for comparison with your performance after you survive the COVID-19 crisis.  What will you learn?  Insight on how you achieved financial success in good times and how you adapted your costs of doing business to survive in bad times.

    Read 10 statements by long-time participating members on page 4 of the March edition of NewsBriefs here..  They have spoken about the value of participating in the CODBS for many years.

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    Guidelines on Why and How to Participate in the CODBS

    When AWI Financial Management Team Lead Sebastien DesMarais of Hollywood Woodwork began an AWI webinar yesterday, he cautioned participants to “do everything you can to foresee your project backlog, and determine how you already have been affected by COVID-19’s impact on your business (cancellations and slow-downs) and how your business might be affected for the rest of the year.”  He predicted, “General Contractors will be managing us [subcontractors] closely.”

    Sebastien delivered an enlightening presentation, introducing participants to last year’s results and explaining the various aspects of the Cost of Doing Business Survey (CODBS).  He called attention to  the tools available in the online confidential survey, such as definitions of terms, documentation of notes, submission saving feature, and export capabilities for creating Excel worksheets.  Using an Excel pivot table facilitates alignment of any differences in your chart of accounts with the CODBS chart of accounts. Once you submit the data, the system also will alert you of any errors to correct.

    There were questions about availability of data for prior years to survey newcomers.  By selecting “Benchmarks” in the aggregated data results, you will have some access to results from prior years. 

    During these unprecedented times, Sebastien cautioned that woodworkers should preserve cash, connect with customers to assure that receivables come in, and negotiate payables with vendors.  “Managing cash flow at this time is much more important than profitability,” he said.

    Guidelines are available in the recorded webinar, “Cost of Doing Business Webinar - Why and How to Participate.”  Access the webinar by signing in to the password-protected Members Area of  On the drop-down menu bar for "Members Only" you will find the CODBS page.

    Inverra, AWI’s independent third-party resource, will keep the survey open through May 30.  All data will be held in strict confidence by Inverra, and only aggregated data will be published for participants to compare with their own financials.

    Get started now!
      Access the CODB Survey here.  The AWI Financial Management Team is available to help you participate in the survey and answer your questions.  Contact information is noted in the survey.

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    About QCP

    QCP Reaches out to Architects, Designers, Specifiers & GC’s through Quality Review

    Check out the Spring/Summer edition of Quality Review here for the kind of news and messages the Quality Certification Program shares with the design/build community.

    The publication is blasted out to over 10,000 subscribers to spread the word not only about the value of QCP to their projects but also the beauty and special characteristics that fine architectural woodwork adds to the structures.  

    Incorporated in early 2007, the AWI Quality Certification Corporation (QCC) is an autonomous organization which administers the AWI Quality Certification Program (QCP). 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) and the Construction Specifications Institute endorse the QCP.

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    Membership Benefit Brief

    AWI Best Practice Groups

    Elevate your Business Practices, and make them BEST Practices!  

    Since the launch of this program in 2005, Best Practice Groups have fulfilled a need among many senior Manufacturing Members, who turn to each other for support and ideas in a confidential, trusted environment.  Since then the program has grown to 10 active groups and a total of 64 active members.

    Typically, each BPG is comprised of 8-10 executive level participants who meet three times a year at the facility of a rotating host. The members form the agenda for each meeting, at which members discuss common challenges and share perspectives, thus serving as peer mentors. 

    Those participating in Best Practice Groups have said it is the most valuable benefit they have received from their AWI membership.

    For details about the BPGs visit the Members Only area of  Interested AWI Manufacturing Members who want to learn more about the new Virtual BPG under development may contact AWI BPG liaison Taylor Shaughnessy at  This new BPG will launch when registration is complete.

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    Learning Portal

    The Power of the Portal: Sample Search for “Drawer Construction”

    Make AWI’s powerful Digital Learning Portal (DLP) at your “go to” resource for education resources, AWI Standards, AWI member woodwork specializations, AWI publications and other resources, and shared industry and technical information from AWI Communities.

    Enter the Members Area of the website by signing in with your membership access codes at the top right corner of the home page. This gives you the full power of the search engine not available to visitors to the public home page of the website.

    In the search window in the middle of the screen, enter “Drawer Construction.” The search reveals 93 results that include AWI Community discussions, Standards, Education, General and Glossary.

    Sample Results Sources:

    • Drawer Testing
    • Drawer Lock
    • Balanced Construction
    • Insert Overlay
    • Box Joint Drawer Boxes
    • Material List
    • And much more.

    The resources found on the portal are shareable, downloadable and easily searchable.  What’s not to like about that?

    Give it a try today. Make the Power of the Portal work for you.  And check back often.  New information is being added on an ongoing basis, particularly as new AWI Standards are released.

    The Digital Learning Portal…your “go to” resource for a wealth of information never before available—or possible—from AWI.

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    Chapter News

    Chapter Events in Planning Stages

    The following events, with many dates yet to be determined for the balance of year, have been reported to AWI.

    Check your Chapter’s website or president, accessible at

    Carolinas Chapter

    • September Spotlight
    • AWI National Financial Management Seminar, Social & Tour

    Chicago Chapter

    • Annual Golf Outing  
    • Tabletop Networking Event

    Great Lakes Chapter

    • Habitat for Humanity Work Day
    • Annual Meeting, Networking, Dinner, Tours, Golf
    • Stiles Machinery Tour / Demos, AWI National Contracts Seminar, Networking Dinner & Federated Insurance Risk Management Presentation
    • Joint Session with MI Contractors & Architects on New AWI Standards

    Ohio Valley Chapter

    • Membership Meeting & Tour
    • Sporting Clays Event
    • Fall Membership Meeting

    Washington Chapter

    • Tacoma Rainiers Game / Networking Night
    • AWI National Financial Management Seminar
    • Shop Open House / Tour at R. Gleason Finishing
    • Annual Supplier Tabletop Night

    Send chapter event details to AWI Chapter Liaison Margaret Fisher at

    Note that details about chapter events are listed in the first edition of e-briefs each month reporting news of AWI and its affiliated organizations. Each semi-monthly edition of e-briefs is distributed to all AWI Manufacturing & Supplier Members. The right-hand column of e-briefs briefly lists “near-term” events for higher visibility to help generate participation and registration. Take advantage of these marketing opportunities!

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    Sponsor News

    Complimentary Webinar on May 19: Post-Pandemic Return-to-Work Considerations for Employers

    From Federated Insurance

    Post-Pandemic Return-to-Work Considerations for Employers

    Tuesday, May 19, 2020, 12:00 pm (CT)
    60 minutes | Advance registration required
    Hosted by Enquiron®, provided by Federated Insurance®

    In this webinar, we will focus on key issues and challenges faced by businesses and their leaders as they reopen and adapt to quickly-evolving pandemic-related conditions.

    What you will learn:

    • Work safety and hygiene for workers returning from layoffs and furloughs
    • Simple tips when considering what traditional onboarding tools should be deployed when ramping back up—such as DMV and background reports
    • Frequently asked questions we have received from employers with an expanded question-and-answer period

    Recommended Participants: 

    • HR Professionals, Risk Managers, Managers, and Supervisors

    Register Now!

    You may access this and other webinars at

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

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    Solutions Live: Free Live-streamed Webinar Series

    From Stiles Machinery

    Bringing Solutions Direct to Your Screen!

    SOLUTIONS LIVE is a free, live-streamed webinar series brought to you by Stiles Machinery. Each live webinar begins at 1:00 pm (ET) and is one hour in length. You will have the opportunity to ask questions, gain new knowledge and expand your capabilities. Sessions began May 6 and continue through May 22, with access to recordings also.

    Solutions Live
    May 6, 2020: Introducing Automatic Guided Vehicle (AGV) Systems
    May 8: Cut Rite: Collaborative Software Interactions
    May 11: Tips and Tricks for Spray Booth Maintenance
    May 13: Material Handling Automation for Nested Based Manufacturing
    May 15: woodNest Basic Tips and Tricks
    May 18: Optimism During Turbulent Economic Times
    May 18: How I’d Build My Family Business
    May 19: Understanding the Value of an Optimizing Chop Saw
    May 19: Solving The Joint Issue in Cabinet Doors
    May 20: Adaptable Manufacturing Solutions for Panel Processing
    May 20: Is Small Batch Flow Right for You?
    May 21: Flat Line Spray Machine Basics
    May 21: Sanding to Improve Your Bottom Line
    May 22: Advanced Classical Machinery
    May 22: Innovation through Digital Solutions

    Information / Registration

    Stiles Machinery, Inc., an AWI Supplier Member since 1996, is a Level 2 AWI Sponsor.

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    AWI e-briefs

    Upcoming Editions

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    • May 21 – Business, industry, safety, construction news, and more
    • June 4 – 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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