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AWCI Supports SSMA in Developing Code Compliance Program for CFS Products

Leaders of the Association of the Wall and Ceiling Industry recognized a need in the industry, so last month they organized a meeting of cold formed steel framing manufacturers, suppliers/distributors and contractors to discuss industry programs to grow the acceptance, marketability and competitiveness of proprietary and non-proprietary cold formed steel framing products.

AWCI requested a third party code compliance program for cold formed steel framing products that would be available to all manufacturers and for proprietary and nonproprietary products. Details of the program include the following:

• The program will include proprietary and nonproprietary products.

• The program will develop standard testing protocols and physical properties for non-load bearing products.

• SSMA will evaluate making the program available to non-SSMA members who have their own products and do not want to join SSMA but do want to be certified as code compliant.

• The technical committee charged with the program has six months to develop the program.

The SSMA plans to present the program to its board of directors and membership for consideration and approval at its October 2010 meeting. If approved, the new program would launch in January 2011.

SSMA representatives, noting that the program would gain wider recognition and acceptance with AWCI support, requested AWCI’s involvement. Both groups agree that the combined power of AWCI and SSMA will lead to the betterment of the cold formed steel framing industry.

It’s Auction Donation Time!

Once again, the AWCI Celebration Night at the annual convention will be enlivened by an exciting silent auction to benefit the Foundation of the Wall and Ceiling Industry. The auction, which will take place April 23, will be an opportunity to buy one-of-a-kind items and support the Foundation. Now is the time to make your tax-deductible donation that will help raise funds to continue the Foundation’s research, education and AWCI Cares programs.

Past donations have included electronics, experiences, jewelry, sporting goods, tools and equipment. Monetary donations will be used to support the event. Contributors who donate items to the auction will be recognized in the auction catalog, in Foundation marketing materials and on site at Celebration Night.

Let the Foundation know of your plans to donate by the March 23 deadline. If you are shipping your gift to Foundation headquarters, it must arrive prior to March 29.

Contact AWCI’s Leslie Taylor at (703) 538.1614 or if you have any questions or need more information.

AWCI Calendar

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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