AWPA e-Newsletter: February 2020

116th Annual Meeting Registration

Make plans to attend AWPA’s 116th Annual Meeting, which will take place April 26-28, 2020 in Incline Village, Nevada at the Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe in Incline Village.  All downloadable forms, as well as instructions on how to register and reserve a hotel room are available on the 116th Annual Meeting Web Page.  Travel to Incline Village is easy with hundreds of non-stop flights each day from all major airline hub cities in North America and many international cities.  All spouses and guests must be registered to attend the social events, but we’re also working on an optional exciting spouse tour that is sure to be memorable!  Be sure to take part in the Pickler’s Prance 5K fun run/walk and the 2020 Hacker’s Classic at the Toiyabe (toy-ah-bee) Golf Club. Also be sure to participate in the Silent Auction to support the Student Travel Fellowship Fund. To donate an item for the Silent Auction, please give us a call at +1-205-733-4077 or send us a message so that we can determine the best way to ship the item or present the donation at the Annual Meeting.  Click here to register for the meeting and all other events online.

Help our Students Attend the Annual Meeting

Each year, AWPA covers travel costs for university students to attend the Annual Meeting and present their research to the Association through the AWPA Student Travel Fellowship Award.  The award is funded through the generosity of many individuals and organizations.  Please consider helping AWPA develop and maintain these students’ interest in wood protection by contributing to the Student Travel Fellowship Fund.  You may make your donation online, send a check to AWPA designating it for the Student Travel Fellowship, or request an invoice from AWPA.

2020 Membership Renewal

AWPA membership renewal notices were sent by email in October and by postal mail in December, along with a couple of email reminders to those who haven’t renewed yet.  Current AWPA members need to first log into the AWPA Members’ store then click on “Membership Renewal” under “Categories” on the left-hand side of the page.  If you’ve forgotten your online store password, click here. If you are not currently an AWPA member, please consider applying for membership. For more information, please contact AWPA.

Thanks to Those Who Purchased Books of Standards in 2019!

The AWPA Executive Committee would like to thank those who continue to support AWPA’s objectives by annually purchasing the Book of Standards. This book is the culmination of the work experience and consensus of the membership to produce the standards which guide our industry and the users and specifiers of treated wood. It is a major source of funding to the Association and an integral source of information to those who purchase and use it to support their interests and work.  Click here to download a listing of those who purchased Books of Standards directly from AWPA in 2019.  Again, many thanks to those who support our standards development process!

AWPA Welcomes New Members

Here are AWPA’s newest members...Congratulations and welcome!

  • Kevin Jarzmik, Lowe’s
  • Steven Bell, Southern California Edison
  • Robbie Outlaw, CM Tucker Lumber Companies, LLC
  • Lezlie Luceus, Chromatech Incorporated
  • Sebastian Durbin, The Oeser Company
  • Joe Rosenberg, Koppers, Inc.
  • Rick Bleskey, Lonza
  • Eric Waldmann, Elementis Chromium
  • Santino Iellimo, Kop-Coat

Position Openings

Mississippi State University.  Graduate Research Assistantship for a Master of Science in the Department of Sustainable Bioproducts. The successful candidate will be involved in a multidisciplinary project in the field of timber engineering with a focus on performance evaluation of timber components and structures. The candidate will be involved in both experimental and computer simulation work. The successful candidate will be funded during the two-year study period with an assistantship plus tuition, fees and insurance.  To apply, please send a cover letter, CV, and the names and contact information of two referees by email as a single pdf file to Dr. Hyungsuk Lim This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. The review of the applications has begun and will continue until the position is filled. The expected enrollment in the program is May 1, 2020.

National Rural Electric Cooperatives Association.  Wood Quality Control (WQC) Field Representative, National Rural Electric Cooperatives Association.  WQC is a RUS approved purchase plan providing for inspection of treated wood utility wood products purchased by rural electric co-ops and other utility customers across the nation. The WQC Representative assists in providing the required overview of the program’s primary contractor as well as promoting the program through on-site visits to electrical cooperatives.   Provides technical support to program users on topics related to the purchase and use of treated wood utility products. Click here to apply for the Wood Quality Control Representative position.

2019 AWPA Book of Standards is Still Available!

Did you know that most of the funding for AWPA’s standards development process comes from the sale of the AWPA Book of Standards?  Every treating plant, laboratory, specifier, and inspector should have a current edition on-hand, so please be sure to purchase updated copies each year to help AWPA cover the cost of standards development.  If you don’t have the 2019 edition, your standards are already outdated!  This edition is available as a hefty 656-page printed book, a searchable read-only USB drive, or a printed book/USB combination.  To order online, visit the AWPA online store – please note that AWPA members must log in to the store to obtain discounted member pricing (click here if you’ve forgotten your store password).  If you prefer to order by mail or fax, a form may be downloaded by clicking this link.

Upcoming AWPA Meetings

  • Spring 2020 Executive Committee Meeting: Incline Village, Nevada at the Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe, April 25, 2020
  • 116th Annual Meeting: Incline Village, Nevada at the Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe, April 26-28, 2020
  • Summer 2020 Executive Committee Meeting: Birmingham, Alabama.  Date/Location to be determined
  • 2020 Fall Technical Committee Meetings: Santa Fe, New Mexico at the Eldorado Hotel, September 20-24, 2020