Upcoming Events

Past Events

February 23rd, 2017      Troy, MI


Tour the largest in-stock manufacturer of wood veneer sheets in the United States with more
than 300 species ready to ship at Oakwood Veneer. Then we’ll head to H.J. Oldenkamp Company
for a look at how this small company has grown to Midwest’s leading interior building products

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April 3rd, 2017      Lexington, KY

2017 AWI Spring Leadership Conference

The 2017 AWI Leadership Conference has been developed with your professional needs in mind. Award winning keynote speakers, Interactive Workshops, Plant Tours and Networking Opportunities will improve your efficiency and enhance your leadership skills.

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August 17th, 2017      Traverse City, MI


The event begins with a friendly game of golf at Leelanau Club at Bahle Farms for those who want to hit the links. Enjoy a Northern Michigan meal with your fellow members Thursday evening at the West Bay Beach followed by a cruise on the Grand Traverse Bay providing a great time to meet and mingle over beverages. The next morning begins with a member breakfast including break-out sessions to discuss common challenges we’re facing in the industry. Then travel around Grand Traverse County for a behind- the-scenes look at production processes at Shoreline Fruit and Shorts Brewery Bottling Plant. We’ll round out the experience with an optional lunch at the Riverwalk Grill and Taproom-a perfect way to end the day before heading back home or continuing your weekend vacation.

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October 18th, 2017      Grand Rapids, MI

Member Social

3:30pm-4:30pm Plant Tour at HÄNDORN, Inc. in Grand Rapids: HÄNDORN specializes in custom designed casework, cabinets, countertops and architectural millwork. They work one-on-one with architects, interior designers and clients to achieve ultimate satisfaction. They offer a variety of design choices from textured, colored and coordinated laminates, wood veneers and both metal and glass finishes.
5pm-7pm Happy Hour Welcome Reception at GP Sports in the Amway Grand Plaza; AWI Great Lakes will provide snacks and the first round of thirst quenchers to welcome attendees to our city.

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October 19th, 2017      Grand Rapids, MI

AWI National Education Series: Advanced Estimating OCT 19/20

Learn advanced techniques for estimating complex projects, fine tune your analysis of job costing and justify your added value to beat the competition.

Thursday 10/19
8:00am-5:00pm Advanced Estimating Workshop at Amway Grand Plaza;
6:00pm-7:00pm Dinner at TBD (Grand Rapids Brewery or HopCat-depending on brew tour departure)
7:00pm-10:00pm Brewery Tour around Grand Rapids; You’re invited to see why Grand Rapids was named Brew City USA. The adventure begins after dinner where you will board a tour bus for a journey to several breweries around town.
Friday 10/20
8:00am-2:00pm Advanced Estimating Workshop at Amway Grand Plaza

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October 29th, 2017      Charleston, SC

65th Annual AWI Convention - OCT 29-31

The 2017 AWI Convention is the place to be for top-notch educational sessions, networking and fun! With incredible professional speakers, team building, tours and networking that you get only with AWI, you'll leave with tactical takeaways, new relationships and great memories!

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April 22nd, 2018      OMAHA, NE


Join your national AWI members for two days of leadership seminars, networking events, and tours.

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May 9th, 2018      LANSING, MI


Help us support future woodworkers at the annual MITES convention. The Michigan Industrial Technology Education Society was established in 1928 for developing industrial and technical education in public and private education sectors. Students will compete for woodworking awards, network and learn about opportunities for future employment in the woodworking field. It’s a great opportunity for you to recruit some of the state’s best talent. Join us to work the AWI Great Lakes booth, display hiring opportunities at our booth and meet and greet with our next generation of woodworkers and the teachers helping our workforce grow.

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September 13th, 2018      HOLLAND, MI


SEPTEMBER 13-14: Spend time with your fellow AWI Great Lakes members networking, sharing ideas and observing best practices. Head out on Lake Michigan for the big catch aboard a charter fishing boat, attend our member dinner in one of the Holland hotspots, take part in tours through several West Michigan facilities to see and hear how they find success in the industry. Look for invites in your email and updates on Facebook and our website.

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October 1st, 2018      TBD,


DATE TO BE DETERMINED: We’re still working on this, but we promise to bring you a program relevant to your needs that will help you be successful through education, tours, and networking. Let us know if you have ideas.

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October 3rd, 2018      NAPLES, FL


OCTOBER 3-5: Gather with AWI members across the country for an intense two days of seminars, networking events, discussions, and tours.

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