• 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:


  • AWCI's Centennial - The 2000s

    The 2000s:

    Exceptional Times

  • AWCI's Centennial - The 2010s

    The 2010s:

    We the Industry

  • 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.

AWCI Centennial Book

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

Dive into the complete content in the Centennial Book’s digital edition.

AWCI’s 100th Anniversary Opening Session and Awards Presentation Brunch Speaker, Jack Uldrich

Jack Uldrich is a well-recognized global futurist, speaker and author of 11 books, including award-winning best sellers. He is a frequent speaker on technology, change management and leadership and has addressed hundreds of corporations, associations and not-for-profit organizations on five continents. He regularly makes television appearances on the Science Channel, the Discovery Channel and is a frequent guest on major media outlets, including CNN, CNBC and National Public Radio. Uldrich is also an ongoing contributor on emerging technologies and future trends for a number of publications, including The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Wired Magazine and BusinessWeek. Uldrich is a former naval intelligence officer and Defense Department official. He served as the director of the Minnesota Office of Strategic and Long-Range Planning under Minnesota Governor Jesse Ventura. His most recent book is “Foresight 20/20: A Futurist Explores the Trends Transforming Tomorrow,” and his forthcoming book is “Business as Unusual: How to Future-Proof Yourself against Tomorrow’s Transformational Trends, Today.”

Jack Uldrich

2018 AWCI Brunch Keynote Speaker, Jack Uldrich
2018 AWCI Brunch USG's Greg Salah Remarks

Tom Nelson’s AWCI 100th Anniversary Dinner Speech Summary

National Gypsum Chairman, President and CEO Tom Nelson spoke during the AWCI 100th Anniversary Dinner. Here are excerpts from his speech, which have been edited for brevity.

Download Tom Nelson's AWCI 100th Anniversary Dinner Speech Summary

Tom Nelson


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