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AWCI Welcomes TLPCA as Its Newest Chapter Member

The Association of the Wall and Ceiling Industry, Falls Church, Va., welcomed the Texas Lathing and Plastering Contractors Association as a new chapter member effective Nov. 18, 2009. With more than 40 contracting company members, the addition of TLPCA brings AWCI’s total membership numbers well above 2,200. The national trade association representing wall and ceiling contractors, manufacturers and suppliers/distributors now has 16 chapters throughout North America.

“About 35 percent of TLPCA members were already members of AWCI, so it was a natural progression to include the entire TLPCA membership as part of the national association. We welcome the addition and look forward to working with this well respected Texas group even more closely in the future,” said AWCI President Mike Weber.

“Texas has provided AWCI with many of its leaders,” said TLPCA President Rick Williams, a Dallas contractor. “We are proud that so many TLPCA members have been AWCI presidents and past and current board members. We look forward to growing the membership with improved education programs and other support provided through our affiliation with AWCI.”

The new relationship between the chapter and the national headquarters began with open discussions earlier this fall between AWCI Executive Vice President/CEO Steven Etkin and TLPCA Executive Director Eddie McCormick, and was unanimously approved by the TLPCA board of directors at its Nov. 18, 2009, meeting.

McCormick recently joined TLPCA, which is based in Arlington, Texas, after many years working with a contractor in the Dallas area and has earned the Certified EIFS Professional (CEP) credential from AWCI’s EIFS—Doing It Right program. Both executives agreed that the new Texas chapter will help to strengthen AWCI, and AWCI will help strengthen TLPCA while collectively improving the wall and ceiling industry.

AWCI’s Excellence in Construction Safety Nomination Form Will Be Available Online Jan. 4

Does your company deserve national recognition for managing an effective safety program in 2009? Then you should nominate your company for AWCI’s 2010 Excellence in Construction Safety Award.

Participating in a safety awards program is an excellent way to demonstrate to your customers and peers alike your commitment to providing a safe and healthy workplace for your workers. Winners will be announced in April during the Awards Brunch at AWCI’s annual convention in Denver.

The award will be given to AWCI members in various categories based on annual man-hours. Award winners are chosen on the basis of injury and health frequency rate data, the company’s insurance experience modifier, safety statement and safety-program information.

Participation in this year’s survey is easy. The application will be located at beginning on Jan. 4. Simply create a User Name and Password and access the application. You can visit the site and update your application until the Feb. 15 deadline. Instructions, definitions and contact information are available to assist you in the process. You may also contact Keith Williams (800.745.4818) with any questions you may have.

AWCI Calendar

January 29–30, 2010

AWCI Academy

Hyatt Regency Tampa

Tampa, Florida

February 1–2, 2010

EIFS—Doing It Right®

Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Register by Jan. 11, 2010

February 22–23, 2010

EIFS—Doing It Right®

Las Vegas, Nevada

Register by Feb. 1, 2010

March 29–30, 2010

EIFS—Doing It Right®

Dallas, Texas

Register by March 8, 2010

March 31, 2010

Stucco—Doing It Right®

Dallas, Texas

April 7–8, 2010

Steel—Doing It Right®

Chicago, Illinois

April 19–24, 2010

AWCI’s Annual Convention & INTEX Expo

Hyatt Regency Denver

Colorado Convention Center

Denver, Colorado

May 11, 2010

Ceilings—Doing It Right®

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

May 12–13, 2010

Gypsum—Doing It Right®

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

September 28–October 2, 2010

AWCI Industry Executives’ Conference & Committee Week

The Westin la Paloma Resort & Spa

Tucson, Arizona

For information, call AWCI at (703) 538.1600.

Dates and places are subject to change without notice.

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