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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