AWI 61st Annual Convention For The Woodworking Industry


The 61st Annual AWI Convention “kicked off” yesterday with an action packed schedule. However, the most successful event of the day was the “Behind the Scenes Manufacturing Plant Tours”. The tour included two stops with two completely packed charter buses, filled with woodworking professionals eager to learn the secrets to the success of these high profile AWI Members.

The host companies were Advanced Millwork, Inc., who is a leading architectural millwork company that has been making visions become reality for their central Florida clients in their 32,000 square foot Orlando facility. The second host, Creative Concepts of Orlando, has been providing design and manufacturing services to the central Florida area for a half a century. They provide examples of their specialized capabilities regarding fine commercial cabinetry and architectural millwork by offering unique and innovative ideas to their clients. As the attendees made their way through these plant tours, they experienced the craftsmanship, creativity, utilization of technology and overall excellence of these manufacturers. Attendees were able to see the fully operational facilities from the office environment, where all the design & engineering originates, to the shop floor, where the production takes place. Many thanks to them for opening their facilities to help share their success with those in our industry!

In the evening, attendees participated in mutual collaboration and connected with AWI leaders & members at the Welcome Reception and Product Fair. Each attendee had the opportunity to learn about exciting products & offerings from various industry exhibitors.

Alan Beaulieu, President of ITR Economics was a speaker yesterday at the AWI Convention in Orlando, FL. Many attendees commented they really enjoyed his presentation and found it to be very informative. Not only from a global understanding, but very practical standpoint. He was very effective in summarizing with some specific recommendations what businesses should be doing now to prepare for future economic conditions in the US. For those interested in finding out more about Alan Beaulieu you may visit his website at