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Left to Right
In March 1980, President
Robert F. Watkins
hands the ceremonial
gavel to incoming
President Ray Boyd.
AWCI helped form the
Construction Industry
Coalition for the New
Beginning, a 1981
alliance of construction
associations supporting
Ronald Reagan.

members produced $1.68 billion in annual
employment, had business receipts of $3.45
billion and purchased $1.2 billion worth
of building materials and supplies a year.

AWCI: ACTION

New products, new systems and new market
niches helped many AWCI contractors to
grow in the 1980s. But AWCI had a lot of
work to do to provide continuing education,
beneficial political action and craft training.
Asbestos abatement. In the 1980s, asbestos
abatement was a rapidly growing segment.
To help its members, AWCI formed the
Asbestos Abatement Council of AWCI
in 1985. AWCI Executive Vice President
Joe M. Baker Jr. said the council would be
a semi-autonomous organization. He described asbestos abatement as an "exploding
segment of our industry." The Asbestos
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Abatement Council of AWCI would provide technical and legal direction to serve
the segment, he said.
The Asbestos Abatement Council of
AWCI accomplished much. It produced
training programs and published a bimonthly

AWCI members produced
$1.68 billion in annual
employment, had business
receipts of $3.45 billion
and purchased $1.2 billion
worth of building materials
and supplies a year.

magazine and monthly newsletter. The council's Blue Ribbon Task Force on Asbestos
Abatement issued technical guidelines.
In 1985, the Asbestos Abatement Council
of AWCI held a unique convention. It was a
convention within a convention, associated
with the AWCI Annual Convention in
Kansas City, Mo. More than 160 manufacturers and distributors exhibited products
related to asbestos abatement. Seminars
covered asbestos abatement regulation,
insurance, estimating and legal problems.
In 1987, the Asbestos Abatement Council
of AWCI sponsored a world congress. The
First Annual World Congress on Asbestos
Abatement featured 55 educational sessions
and 100 exhibitors. Academics presented 50
papers. Speakers included officials from the
EPA, OSHA and the National Institute for
Occupational Safety and Health.

Opposite page
Ronald Reagan is
president of the United
States (1981-1989).
Apple Computer
introduces Macintosh
(1984). The Berlin Wall
comes down (1989).



Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Celebrating 100 years

AWCI's 100th Anniversary Video
i. Table of Contents
ii. Forward
iii. Acknowledgements
Chapter 1. 1918-1919 : The Master Minds
Chapter 2. The 1920s: Choosing Sides
Chapter 3. The 1930s: Unity Prevails
Chapter4. The 1940s: Dormancy and Revival
Chapter 5. The 1950s: Plaster vs. Drywall
Chapter 6. The 1960s: Other Lines of Endeavor
Chapter 7. The 1970s: Consolidation
Chapter 8. The 1980s: The Growth Years
Chapter 9. The 1990s: Money
Chapter 10. The 2000s: Exceptional Times
Chapter 11. The 2010s: We the Industry
Chapter 12. The Future
Chapter 13. The Sponsors
Appendix 1. AWCI’s Presidents
Appendix 2. AWCI Awards (the E.F. Venzie Award and the Pinnacle Award)
Appendix 3. Lifetime Members
Appendix 4. Longtime AWCI Members
Appendix 5. AWCI Board of Directors
Appendix 6. The Organization Behind the Leadership
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