AWI e-briefs - 10/07/2010 (Plain Text Version)

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Nomination Period Open for AWI Board of Directors

The AWI Nominating Committee announces that two vacancies are open for election of candidates to the AWI Board of Directors for two-year terms beginning January 1, 2011 and ending December 31, 2012. Who are the official candidates? When does the official ballot go out for election? Will the names of alternate nominees be accepted?

The AWI Nominating Committee is releasing the names of the following candidates nominated for the ballot:

Weldon Riley, Terrill Manufacturing
Skip Heidler, Heidler Hardwoods
Stephen Smith, Gaithersburg Cabinetry & Millwork
*  Randy Jensen, Leonard Peterson Company

AWI Manufacturing Members will be able to vote for two candidates on the official ballot that will open on November 1, 2010 and close on November 15, 2010. Watch for an announcement. Voting will be conducted using a third party Internet based electronic ballot and tabulation provider, with paper ballot forms available to those Manufacturing Members who do not wish to use the electronic ballot process.

In conformance with the AWI Bylaws, the AWI Executive Vice President is accepting additional nominations for qualified director candidates on the special candidate nomination petition attached between Monday, September 20 and Friday, October 15, 2010. AWI Director Nominee Petitions must be mailed to AWI, 46179 Westlake Drive, Suite 120, Potomac Falls, VA 20165, Attn: Philip Duvic.   [Return to top]

What Are They Talking about?

What are members asking questions about? What woodwork challenges are they encountering? One hot topic is about an OSHA violation in the industry. Another is specifications by architects. What are members saying?

Click into the forums anytime to find out what’s important among architectural woodworkers. Click into the AWI LinkedIn home page here. See what your peers are saying.

Get LinkedIn and receive notices of new discussions. Join in, Learn, Share, Connect! If you’re not yet registered with LinkedIn, do it when you check out the article. It’s free and it’s a useful networking tool among AWI members.  [Return to top]

AWI Welcomes More New Members

Membership keeps on growing. AWI welcomed another 11 new members to the architectural woodwork community. Who are they?

D&L Wood Products, Inc., Crown Point, IN
Dan Burns, Inc., Aranum, OH
Estweiler, Inc., Littleton, CO,
Goodwin Architectural Millwork, Marietta, GA,
Ibrahim M. Alnajran, Riyadh, K.S., Saudi Arabia
JDR Fixtures, Inc., Pottstown, PA,
M. Binladin Company (Binladin Woodwork Factory), Jiddah, K.S, Saudi Arabia
Solid Surface Craftsman, Inc., Glenville, NY, 
Unique Design Architectural Woodwork, Normal, IL
WoodMaster Cabinets, Edinburg, TX

Karl Reid Associates, Inc., Decatur, GA,

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.  [Return to top]

Learning Forum

AWI & Stiles Sponsor Webcast on Business Development Using QCP

Mark your calendar for a free one-hour webcast on October 20 at 10:00 am CT / 11:00 am ET to hear how to stand out from the competition and grow your sales with the AWI Quality Certification Program (AWI QCP). Find out more from the hosts of the webcast, the editors of Custom Woodworking Business and Woodworking Network.

Speakers include:

  • Phil Duvic, Executive Vice President, AWI
  • Craig Elias, Executive Vice President, AWI Quality Certification Corporation
  • Margery Johnson, CEO, JK Concepts

Bill Esler, Editor-in-Chief, CWB, will serve as moderator. Register for the free webcast by clicking here.

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Green Scene

Call for Presentations for Dollars & Sense of Going Green Conference

Purdue University’s Department of Forestry and Natural Resources and Wood & Wood Products Magazine are organizing the 3rd Dollars & Sense of Going Green Conference, March 17-18, 2010 at the Marriott East in Indianapolis, IN. They have issued a "Call for Presentations" with a deadline of October 15, 2010.

AWI is among the 10 supporting industry organizations.

Industry professionals who are interested in being considered for participating in the program are invited to respond to the "Call for Presentations."

Subject areas of interest include:

  • FSC and SFI update and group certification
  • The amended Lacey Act
  • Update on CARB and EPA federal formaldehyde rule
  • Case studies on best "green" practices in the wood industry
  • Reducing a manufacturing facility’s carbon foot print

Speakers will receive complimentary conference registration. 

Contact Professor Dan Cassens, Dept. of Forestry & Natural Resources, Purdue University at to apply.  [Return to top]

October AWI NewsBriefs Offers More Insight into Certified Wood Credit

The Addendum incorporated by the U.S. Green Building Council into the 2009 LEED® Reference Guide for Green Building Design & Construction aligns itself more closely with the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) Chain-of-Custody (CoC) standards. As reported in the previous issue of AWI e-briefs, there’s more to it and the October edition of AWI NewsBriefs offers more insight.

Watch for AWI’s monthly print publication for more details offered by AWI Sustainability Resources Representative Rob Ziegelmeier. NewsBriefs will arrive in your mailbox around October 15.

Ziegelmeier advises that this affects the 2009 version only. The Certified Wood credit that has been under review for two years and four open comment periods is still in process as addressed in the June edition of AWI NewsBriefs. There are some additional changes to the woodworking credits with minor changes. For all of the information, go to  

For archived issues of AWI NewsBriefs, click here.  See also July 2010 AWI NewsBriefs for additional information. 

Please note AWI cautionary disclaimer in the right-hand column. 

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Best Practices in Green Construction Webinars

WPL Publishing will begin hosting a series of four interactive webinars that will focus on best practices in green construction and include a discussion of the top 10 trends in green building. The weekly series starts on October 12 and concludes on November 2.

According to the publisher, the four-part series of weekly webinars (90 minutes each starting at 1:00 pm ET) is targeted for various professionals in the green construction community, including owners, contractors, architects, engineers, construction managers, and others.

Session 1, October 12:       
      Top 10 Trends in Green Building
Session 2, October 19:       
      Retro-Commissioning for Existing Buildings
Session 3, October 26:       
      Commissioning Best Practices – From Design to Build
Session 4, November 2:    
      Today’s and Tomorrow’s Green Buildings

Tuition is based on location, not number of participations. Click here for more information and to register.  [Return to top]


Woodwork Career Alliance Introduces Woodwork Passport

The Woodwork Career Alliance of North America (WCANA) has announced the launch of the Woodwork Passport – a portable, personal, permanent record of a woodworker’s level of competency in tool and machine operations – a "passport" to career success.

The Woodwork Passport provides a skill certification/passport stamp for individuals in the woodwork industry to quantify and qualify their ability to operate specific woodwork tools properly and safely to create high quality wood products. The Woodwork Passport, together with the Woodwork Manufacturing Skill Standards, will strengthen wood-based industries and increase the professionalism of the woodwork manufacturing workforce.

"The Woodwork Passport will advance the knowledge, skill and professionalism of our workforce that is essential to sustain and grow the woodwork industry," said Scott Nelson, president of WCA and CEO of Central Plains Millwork in Lincoln, NE. "We realize that a strong woodworking economy is predicated on an educated and skilled workforce at every level."

The Woodwork Passport program will be rolled out in stages beginning this year and being fully operational in 2013. A WCA Passport will be similar to a U.S. Passport – a tangible booklet with pages on which to obtain "tool" stamps, like country stamps, that verify the individual’s tool proficiencies allowing them to "document their travels," the WCA reported. When fully operational, this credential program will offer skill certifications/passport stamps each with levels in line with the subcategories of the Woodwork Manufacturing Skill Standards.

For more information about the Woodwork Passport, visit

About the Woodwork Career Alliance
The Woodwork Career Alliance of North America (WCANA) is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization actively promoting a skilled work force for the advanced woodworking industry in the United States and Canada. In partnership with the U.S. Forest Service, the Woodwork Career Alliance is the national forum for employers, workers, educators, associations, and government to address the human resource challenges facing the advanced woodwork industries.  [Return to top]

Skill Standards Being Released for 65 Tools and Machines – Almost Done!

The 50+ Skill Standards’ authors and editors have almost completed their work. The Woodwork Career Alliance (WCA) has specific machine and skill needs that it is still working on. What are they?

"We are so close, it would be a shame not to use the collected wisdom of our industry to cross the finish line," WCA Secretary Greg Heuer said.

What are the Skill Standards you'd expect from your employees for...?

  • Multiple-spindle Horizontal Boring machine
  • Dowel Bore and Insert machine
  • Random Orbital Sander
  • Duplicating Lathe
  • Back Knife Lathe
  • Roll Coater Finishing machine
  • Curtain Coating Finishing machine
  • Robotic Sprayer Finishing machine

If you know even a little about any of these machines, please drop Greg Heuer a line at to say you can help for one hour.

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3D Digital Measurement Expert Needed

AWI member firms that use 3D digital measuring systems can help write the industry standards. Little time and some talent needed. Can you help the Woodwork Career Alliance (WCA)?

The Skill Standards Board needs one or two 3D digital pros to volunteer to help author and edit the actual skills expected and required of a worker doing 3D digital measuring.

No meetings or travel are required. The total time commitment will be less than three hours. The project ends on November 19, 2010. Contact Greg Heuer via e-mail at to learn more.  [Return to top]

SkillsUSA and Lowe’s Offer Toolbox Grants

Spread the word to vocational schools and local SkillsUSA chapters in your area. Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation is extending grants to assist local SkillsUSA chapters in running quality projects to serve their school or community. Find out about the "Toolbox for Education" program.

Grants of up to $10,000 are available as follows: Community Service Grants, Campus Improvement Grants and CareerSafe Online grants. Deadline for application is December 1, 2010.

Click here for full details, including applications and a list of previous grant recipients around the country. Spread the word!


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About QCP

QCP Shop Drawing Requirements for Woodworkers

The AWI Quality Certification Corporation (AWI QCC) has released some helpful hints designed to assist woodworkers in meeting the Quality Certification Program (QCP) shop drawing requirement set forth by the Architectural Woodwork Standards.

For Certified Projects Requiring an Inspection:

1.  Send shop drawings, including documentation of any deviations from the standards or specifications, to your Q-representative for review prior to the inspection. 

2.  Deviations from the standards and specifications must be individually approved by the design professional (or the owner’s representative) in writing, prior to fabrication (or inspection by a Q-representative where applicable). General acceptance of shop drawings does not qualify as acceptance of individual deviations.

Deviations may be acknowledged in the form of a clouded detail on a shop drawing with space for initials or signature by the design professional to approve that particular detail.

3.  Place the project certification label on the shop drawings to confirm that the project will comply with the AWI Quality Certification Program requirements. This label is made available to Q-accredited woodworkers upon payment for project labels and/or certificates of compliance.

Additional questions regarding shop drawing requirements or other QCP policies may be directed to  [Return to top]

Business Tools

AWI Award of Excellence Winners Leverage for Business

Need a reason to stay in touch with your past and present customers? Tell them you earned an AWI "Award of Excellence" (AOE). How do you start the easy application process? Featured this week – Lange Brothers Woodwork Company, Inc.

Visit the AWI Web site for information about submissions. They are now being accepted for the winter 2010 program. The deadline is December 1st.

Use an AOE award to market your excellence and gain a competitive edge during these challenging times when others are seeking entry into your markets. All Manufacturing Members are eligible to participate. Gain exposure among the outstanding projects of AWI Manufacturing Members who are featured in Design Solutions Magazine, AWI’s official quarterly journal.

Visit for submission forms. The next deadline for submissions for the AOE honors program is December 1, 2010. Benefits to AOE honorees include exposure in the online issue of Design Solutions Magazine which is open for business 24/7, plus distribution to more than 25,000 industry professionals.

Pictured is one of the award-winning AWI Manufacturing Member projects featured in a recent AWI "Award of Excellence" quarterly competition. The architectural woodwork was fabricated for the Emanu-El B’ne Jeshurun Synagogue in Fox Point, WI by Lange Brothers Woodwork Company, Milwaukee, WI. Shown here is one of the beautiful woodwork elements in the sanctuary. The $10 million project features Maple, Walnut, Acacia, Walnut Burl, Douglas Fir and laminate countertops. Other views of this project can be seen in the summer issue of Design Solutions.

Photo Credit: Phillip Katz, Mequon, WI 


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ConsensusDOCS Celebrates Growth on Three-Year Anniversary

September 28, 2010 marked the three-year anniversary of ConsensusDOCS – the only consensus standard contracts written by a broad coalition of the construction industry. The standard contracts program is just three years old.

In 2007, ConsensusDOCS published the first standard integrated project delivery (IPD) contract, a new project delivery method which incorporates lean principles. In 2008, ConsensusDOCS wrote the first contract to address the legal risks with building information modeling (BIM), which is revolutionizing the industry. In 2009, ConsensusDOCS published the first contract to comprehensively address green building construction.

The adoption rate has continued to grow during a period of a severely depressed construction economy in which dramatically fewer construction contracts are being signed, according to a ConsensusDOCS release. The diverse coalition now boasts of 29 leading construction industry associations – a 45% increase since its inception. More than 4,300 unique subscribers across the nation (with some locations granting access up to 50 users) currently access ConsensusDOCS. More than 265 educational seminars and articles have been given or written about ConsensusDOCS, and there are more than 39,000 results on the Worldwide Web.

ConsensusDOCS is currently finalizing a comprehensive revision of its most used contract documents to proactively address emerging trends and best practices. Publication is scheduled for January 2011.

For more information, visit  [Return to top]

IWF 2010 Challengers Award® Winners; New Technology Unveiled

The 2010 Challengers Award® Winners were announced at a special award presentation held August 25th, 2010 on the opening day of the International Woodworking Machinery & Furniture Supply Fair – U.S.A.®. There were 65 entries by exhibitors, 22 finalists, and seven winners.

The award is known throughout the world as the woodworking industry’s highest honor, recognizing advancements in technology or significant contributions to environmental improvement: and focuses on companies that have distinguished themselves by developing innovative technology in products, services, or manufacturing techniques. The award challenges IWF exhibiting companies to develop revolutionary, creative, ingenious, forward-thinking technology, materials, services or safety devices that advance the industry.

For a description of the seven winning exhibitors and their equipment/products, click here.  [Return to top]

Industry News

August Construction Advances 6%

At a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $433.6 billion, new construction starts in August climbed 6%, according to McGraw-Hill Construction, a division of The McGraw-Hill Companies.  Which market experienced slips and which moved ahead?

The lift came from nonbuilding construction, comprised of public works and electric utilities.  However, nonresidential building slipped back in August after the improvement reported in July, and residential building continued to lose momentum.  For the first eight months of 2010, total construction on an unadjusted basis came in at $277.7 billion, down 4% from the same period a year ago, according to McGraw-Hill.

The August data produced a reading of 92 for the Dodge Index (2000=100), up from July’s 87.  Since early 2009, the Dodge Index has hovered between 81 and 95.  "After languishing in late spring, the pace of construction starts picked up during July and August, returning activity to the upper half of its recent range," stated Robert A. Murray, vice president of economic affairs for McGraw-Hill Construction.  "That range shows total construction starts essentially stabilizing at a low level, relative to its lengthy slide from 2006 through 2008, but not yet moving up to the point where one could say that renewed expansion is taking hold.  For that to occur, more support on a sustained basis will be needed from housing and nonresidential building, which continue to be dampened by various factors, including tight bank lending and weak demand arising from sluggish job growth."

Nonresidential building, at $152.0 billion (annual rate), decreased 4% in August.  Office construction fell 48% from its heightened July amount, which included the resumption of work on World Trade Center Towers 2 and 3 in New York NY.  If these two large projects are excluded from the July construction start data, office construction in August would be up 15%.  Large office projects that reached groundbreaking in August included two corporate headquarters, located in Omaha, NE and Florham Park, NJ, plus a renovation to a federal office building in Kansas City, MO.  Hotel construction in August stayed weak, falling an additional 6%.  Stores and warehouses in August showed some improvement, rising 23% and 28% respectively, although both categories remain at very low levels, McGraw-Hill reported. 

On the negative side, the institutional sector showed a large decline for healthcare facilities, which retreated 33% in August after its elevated pace in July.  While July included the start of four large hospital projects, August included just one such project.  The public buildings category, comprised of courthouses and detention facilities, continued to lose momentum in August, falling 9%, according to McGraw-Hill.  On the positive side, educational buildings in August climbed 9%, helped by such projects as a $107 million law center at the University of Baltimore in Maryland and a $70 million technology and innovation center at the University of Massachusetts in Lowell, MA.  Amusement-related work in August improved 12%, featuring the start of a $72 million center for the arts in Blacksburg, VA and a $70 million concert hall at Stanford University in Palo Alto, CA.  Transportation terminal work in August rebounded 49%, following an extremely low level of construction starts in July, McGraw-Hill reported.

Residential building in August slipped 2% to $108.8 billion (annual rate).  Single family housing dropped 3%, marking its fifth straight monthly decline, as the pullback that began in the second quarter continued.  On a year-to-date basis, single family housing was still able to hold onto a lead relative to last year, up 14% in dollar terms, although the lead in recent months has been shrinking.  The year-to-date 2010 gain at the national level for single family housing was due to this performance at the regional level – the Northeast, up 20%; the South Atlantic, up 19%; the Midwest, up 16%; the West, up 14%; and the South Central, up 8%.  Multifamily housing in August receded 1%, which marked its fourth straight month of slower contracting.  The largest multifamily project that reached groundbreaking in August was a $58 million apartment complex in Elmsford, NY, as the major multifamily construction starts continue to be smaller in scale than the $100 million-plus projects that were being reported two to three years ago, according to McGraw-Hill.

The 4% shortfall for total construction on an unadjusted basis during the January-August period of 2010 reflected a mixed performance by sector.  Nonresidential building fell 14% year-to-date, due to this pattern – commercial building, down 23%; manufacturing building, down 30%; and institutional building, down 8%.  Nonbuilding construction on a year-to-date basis dropped 4%, with flat activity for public works being countered by the 27% decline for electric utilities.  Residential building year-to-date advanced 11%.  By region, total construction starts showed the following year-to-date performance – the Northeast, up 6%; the Midwest, down 1%; the South Central, down 4%; the West, down 7%; and the South Atlantic, down 10%.  [Return to top]

When Will the Economy Recover?

Not in the foreseeable future, according to the ENR Construction Industry Confidence Index (CICI). The industry recession could last for awhile and businesses need to prepare to hold on. What else did the CICI report for the third quarter of 2010?

Learn more from Engineering News Record (subscription required). The outlook is grim unfortunately.  [Return to top]

Builder Confidence Unchanged in September

Builder confidence in the market for newly built, single-family homes held unchanged in September from the previous month's low level of 13, according to the latest National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) /Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI), released on September 20. Why has confidence stalled?

"Builders report that the two leading obstacles to new-home sales right now are consumer reluctance in the face of the poor job market and the large number of foreclosed properties for sale. However, we do expect that moderate improvement in the job market will help boost consumer confidence and improve conditions for new-home sales in this year's final quarter," NAHB Chief Economist David Crowe said.

About the NAHB/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index
Derived from a monthly survey that NAHB has been conducting for more than 20 years, the NAHB/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index gauges builder perceptions of current single-family home sales and sales expectations for the next six months as "good," "fair" or "poor." The survey also asks builders to rate traffic of prospective buyers as "high to very high," "average" or "low to very low."  [Return to top]

Modest Improvement in Architecture Billings Index

Although it is still not entering into the positive phase, the Architecture Billings Index (ABI) increased for the third straight month in August, the American Institute of Architects (AIA) announced. What is the main impediment to recovery?

The group cited "lack of available financing for construction projects." AIA reported the August ABI score was 48.2, up slightly from a reading of 47.9 the previous month. This score reflects a continued decline in demand for design services (any score above 50 indicates an increase in billings). The new projects inquiry index was also up, moving from 53.1 to 54.6.

"Project cancellations, regardless of when they happen in the design phase, continue to be the main road block to recovery for the construction sector," said AIA Chief Economist Kermit Baker, PhD, Hon. AIA. "Numerous projects have been put on hold indefinitely over the last several months with little hope that they will be resumed. Work that is being done is more likely smaller renovation projects, as opposed to new buildings."

Key August ABI highlights:

  • Regional averages: Northeast (50.9), Midwest (49.2), West (45.8), South (45.3); 
  • Sector index breakdown: commercial / industrial (50.6), ), multi-family residential (46.9), institutional (46.0), mixed practice (42.6) ; and
  • Project inquiries index: 54.6

About the AIA Architecture Billings Index
The Architecture Billings Index is derived from a monthly "Work-on-the-Boards" survey and produced by the AIA Economics & Market Research Group. As a leading economic indicator of construction activity, the ABI reflects the approximate nine to twelve month lag time between architecture billings and construction spending.  [Return to top]

Safety Matters

OSHA Fines Lumber Company Nearly $440,000

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) fined Phenix Lumber Company $439,400 "for willfully disregarding safety and health requirements that contributed to the death of one worker and the critical injury of a second at its Phenix City, AL facility."

OSHA reported that the incidents occurred while inspectors were conducting a follow-up safety and health inspection to verify that the company had corrected hazards for which it had previously been cited. Before OSHA could conclude its review, one worker was killed when his head was crushed between a motor being hoisted with a forklift and other equipment. Another worker who was performing maintenance on a sawmill machine that removes bark from logs was seriously injured after he fell approximately 10 feet, breaking his neck.

OSHA issued 53 citations to the company for violations such as allowing a worker to stand under the elevated portion of a forklift and failing to provide guardrails and fall protection. The company also exposed workers to shock and electrocution hazards, possible injury from machines that could be unintentionally activated, and accumulations of ignitable or combustible dust. See the news release for more information.  [Return to top]

Upcoming CNA School of Risk Control Webinars

Check out the ongoing series of risk control Webinars in October and November, hosted by AWI’s safety insurance partner, CNA.


Are Your Sprinklers Ready? (Inspection, Testing and Maintenance)
Date: October 19, 2:00 pm EST
Presenter: Ron Hein, CNA


Theft and Security Risks
Date: November 9, 10:00 am EST
Presenter: Stephen Douglas, CNA

Managing Technology Risks—Liability, Errors & Omissions and Privacy
Date: November 16, 10:00 am EST
Presenter: Stephen Douglas, CNA

To register for a CNA School of Risk Control Excellence Webinar, visit  [Return to top]


AWS Errata Web Site – Check for Latest Changes

The AWI Technical Committee reminds members about Errata published – and changing continually – for the Architectural Woodwork Standards (AWS). See the latest changes.

AWI members are reminded that the Errata List is a living document and should be checked frequently for changes in the AWS. Don’t be caught using outdated information on your next project that specifies the AWS.

Many changes have been made since October 1, 2009 following publication of the First Edition of the AWS in August 2009. The Errata Web site is the ultimate source of information which is posted as AWS data changes.

Visit for errors and corrections to the Architectural Woodwork Standards (AWS) jointly produced and published by the three developers: AWI, the Architectural Woodwork Manufacturers Association of Canada (AWMAC) and the Woodwork Institute (WI).  [Return to top]

AWS Presentations Reach Design Professionals

An ongoing relationship between AWI and Harrington College of Design in Chicago gives interior and architectural design professionals insight about the value of specifying millwork for their projects. Students recently learned about the Architectural Woodwork Standards (AWS).

Instructor Renee Stuedemann arranged for Greg Bednar, AWI Chapter Coordinator, to deliver the presentation which included free copies of Design Solutions magazines as well as the AWS. Bednar explored details of the new AWS and of panel products and veneer.

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Companion Books to Architectural Woodwork Standards

As use of the Architectural Woodwork Standards (AWS) becomes more widespread, superceding the Architectural Woodwork Quality Standards Illustrated, AWI members need ready reference resources to simplify fabrication and installation of architectural woodwork according to the Standards.

Make sure you have a copy of the two companion books to the Architectural Woodwork Standards (AWS) developed by the Joint Standards Committee.

The companion books are available at the reduced AWI member rate in the AWI Store online at Click on the "AWI Store" and login using your AWI member access codes to purchase copies at the discounted member prices.

  • AWS Installation Handbook, Edition 1 (2009)
    An installation companion to the Architectural Woodwork Standards (AWS).
    Price: $5.00
  • AWI Cabinet Fabrication Handbook, Edition 1 (2009)
    A cabinet fabrication companion to the Architectural Woodwork Standards (AWI).
    Price $5.00

The price of each publication for non-members is $40, available only through the AWI storefront at

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Member News

Flexible Materials Gains ULEF Approval by California Air Resources Board (CARB)

Flexible Materials of Jeffersonville, IN, has been approved as a CARB Ultra Low-emitting Formaldehyde Resin (ULEF) manufacturer of composite core panels.

Under Executive Order N-10-064 Flexible Materials has been designated as a certified manufacturer of the ULEF products, and exempt from Third Party Certification, the company reported.

Flexible Materials was one of the very first custom panel manufactures to become CARB certified, and reports that it maintains its leadership with this ULEF designation.

"Flexible Materials continues to be at the forefront of environmental issues affecting our industry, and will be working to insure that not only do we meet or exceed the CARB (California) requirements, but also the national requirements recently signed into law that will be implemented over the next few years," the company news release stated. Contact the company at

Flexible Materials, Inc. has been an AWI Manufacturing Member since 1998.  [Return to top]

Federal Scene

Small Business Jobs Act Benefits Offer Help

On September 27, President Obama signed into law legislation (H.R. 5297) that gives small businesses $12 billion in tax breaks beginning this year. The bill also establishes a $30 billion Small Business Lending Fund.

The bill that passed the U.S. House of Representatives on a vote of 237-187 (yeas-nays) is designed to aid small businesses hurt by the recession. The Senate followed with passage by a 60-38 vote.

The bill is designed to:

  • Help small businesses access capital through a $30 billion Small Business Lending Fund;
  • Allows addition write-offs for purchases of equipment and machinery;
  • Doubles the amount of start-up costs that can be deducted by taxpayers starting a small business; and
  • Allows self-employed taxpayers to deduct the cost of health insurance for their families when calculating self-employment taxes for 2010.

For a detailed summary of the bill, click here. Also, see the news release issued by the U.S. Senate Committee on Finance with a summary of the major provisions.

The new law also increases penalties for failure to file Form 1099 reports with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) . A number of organizations, including the American Subcontractors Association, are seeking repeal of the new Form 1099 reporting requirements enacted earlier this year as part of the landmark Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The new requirements, scheduled to take effect in 2012, will force all businesses and tax-exempt organizations to issue a Form 1099 to vendors from whom they buy goods totaling $600 or more annually.

The American Institute of Architects applauded the Congressional action and announced it will continue to press Congress for additional relief affecting credit access, and healthcare.  [Return to top]

Cell Phone Deduction Covered in Small Business Bill

The Small Business Jobs Act simplifies cell phone deductions by eliminating paperwork required for businesses to claim a deduction.

The provision updates the tax treatment of employer-provided cell phones and other mobile devices and eliminates the paperwork required for businesses to claim a deduction. The previous law, written at a time when cell phones were viewed as a luxury perk for corporate executives, added cell phones to the "listed property" rule in the tax code and required employers to maintain detailed logs of employees’ personal calls, text messages and e-mails.  [Return to top]

Chapter News

Offer for AWI Members Manufacturing Work in Virgina

Yes, sometimes there are free lunches! Here’s one for you from the newly reorganized AWI Virginia Chapter. Start collecting on the offer.

The AWI Virginia Chapter is offering all AWI Manufacturing Members in Virginia FREE chapter membership for one year. AWI Supplier Members will be considered "guests" during the one-year period.

Is that an offer "you can’t refuse?" Contact newly elected AWI Virginia Chapter President Bruce Cody at to inquire about the offer.

Chapter Elections
The following Officers were nominated and elected unanimously: 
               President – Bruce Cody, Architectural Wood 
               Vice President – Owen McGee, Stiles Machinery 
               Secretary – Russ Dolbear, Ruffin & Payne 
               Treasurer – Debbie Sullivan, Creative Dimension Group

Congratulations to all.  [Return to top]

Upcoming Chapter Events

What’s happening in your local AWI chapters and architectural woodwork communities?

Check out the informative AWI chapter programs sponsored in your area. Tap into your local AWI chapter for vital information that can help your business grow and put you in touch with fellow AWI architectural woodworkers and suppliers.

AWI Georgia Chapter
When: October 19, 2010
What: Chapter Board of Directors Meeting
Where: InsiDesign
Information: Contact Chapter Officers 

AWI Great Lakes Chapter
When: October 20, 2010 (12:00 noon – 2:00 pm)
What: Chapter Board of Directors Meeting Conference Call
Information: Contact Chapter Officers   

AWI Chicago Chapter
When: November 10, 2010
What Chapter Meeting
Information: Contact Chapter Officers   

AWI Heart of America Chapter
When: November 18, 2010 (12:00 noon – 2:00 pm)
What: Chapter Meeting
Host: Woodwork Manufacturing & Supply, Hutchinson, KS
Information: Contact Chapter Officers   

All chapters are encouraged to plan their events early to allow for ample promotion of your activities in this section of AWI e-briefs as well as through other avenues. Contact Greg Bednar, AWI Chapter Development Services at

Members are encouraged to check chapter event listings in the most recent issue of AWI e-briefs, as well as with chapter officers and chapter Web sites for program changes. As plans become finalized, dates and presentations may change for chapter programs previously listed. This issue of AWI e-briefs contains the most current information available to AWI National.  [Return to top]

Next Issue of E-briefs

The next issue of AWI e-briefs will be published October 21, 2010.

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