• AWCI's Centennial - 1918-1919


    The Master Minds

  • AWCI's Centennial - The 1920s

    The 1920s:

    Choosing Sides

  • AWCI's Centennial - The 1930s

    The 1930s:

    Unity Prevails

  • AWCI's Centennial - The 1940s

    The 1940s:

    Dormancy and Revival

  • AWCI's Centennial - The 1950s

    The 1950s:

    Plaster vs. Drywall

  • AWCI's Centennial - The 1960s

    The 1960s:

    Other Lines of Endeavor

  • AWCI's Centennial - The 1970s

    The 1970s:


  • AWCI's Centennial - The 1980s

    The 1980s:

    The Growth Years

  • AWCI's Centennial - The 1990s

    The 1990s:

    Enter Education

  • AWCI's Centennial - The 2000s

    The 2000s:

    Up and Down

  • AWCI's Centennial - The 2010s

    The 2010s:

    Looking Up

  • AWCI's Centennial - The Future

    The Future:

    To Infinity and Beyond


AWCI's Centennial

AWCI’s 100th Anniversary!

After decades of service, having given out many awards, the Association of the Wall and Ceiling Industry has achieved a pinnacle of its own. AWCI is 100 years old. Few organizations survive a whole century. So, how did this happen?

One, it was bound to happen. Wall and ceiling construction is a basic service, and always has been. Ancient wall and ceiling “contractors” built the pyramids and the Parthenon. Their modern counterparts, our members, worked on the Chicago Merchandise Mart, the Pentagon and countless other jobs. Despite facing some tough times, our members generally had work.

Two, AWCI filled a need. It was something new under the sun. At AWCI’s birth, in 1918, plasterers had unions. Plastering contractors had local associations. But, to our knowledge, no international plastering contractors’ association had ever existed. The Contracting Plasterers’ International Association, which became AWCI, was a forum for unity and direction. It transformed early 20th century contracting into an industry—setting standards, negotiating union agreements, protecting and promoting the trade. From the start, take-charge folks put AWCI at the highest levels of influence with government and industry. These Web pages will show how it was done.

Look for complete centennial content to debut in late March.


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