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End of an Era?

We made it to the end of 2019, and I must admit I’ll be glad when this year is finally over. Let’s just say it hasn’t been a good one, but I have high hopes for 2020. It can’t be any worse.


To many people, the start of a new year is a new chapter, a new beginning, a new chance to refresh. We at AWCI and its flagship publication (the magazine you hold in your hands right now) are excited to bring new ideas to the market in 2020, but this is the last month of the old year, so let’s focus on what’s going on right now.  


First, I want to point out that this issue of AWCI’s Construction Dimensions is the last one that will publish Doug Bellamy’s “Management Desk” column and Norb Slowikowski’s “SuperVision” column. But I feel like we’re not saying “good-bye,” just “see you later.” Because I’m sure they both will be back.


The two monthly columns that are ending were chosen because they both address topics that can very easily be expanded to become feature articles in upcoming issues. With our articles’ contractor focus and AWCI’s mission to help contractors run a more successful business, it only makes sense that our management and supervision discussions will continue. So while Doug and Norb won’t be writing for us on a monthly basis, they will be back. I promise.


Now. What’s inside?


Expanding on an endeavor that AWCI began a couple of years ago, the article that starts on page 39 brings our readers up-to-date on the inner workings of the AWCI Safety Directors Committee. Obviously comprised of contractor member safety directors and leaders, this group recently conducted a peer review, which is based on the OSHA Challenge. Safety directors from various AWCI member companies visited the job site of another member to evaluate the safety processes. Another group met with key players in the member's office, and in the end, everything was reviewed, both the good and the bad. Everyone wins with a venture like this, so make sure you take a moment to read the article.


And speaking of changes coming in 2020, talk of the presidential election has been making headlines well in advance of the actual election. What does it mean for the immigration issue? Bad timing, for sure. What do wall and ceiling contractors have to say about immigration and a wall that has yet to be built? Any predictions? Any solutions? Of course! We don’t know what, if anything, is going to happen between now and November 2020, but Mark L. Johnson examines the issue in the article that begins on page 32.


Finally, make sure you review the Corporate Profiles that start on page 44. The profiles highlight the achievements of 2019 and plans that our industry partners have for the upcoming year.


Talk to you next year. In the meantime, enjoy!

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