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WORLD

The United States economic recovery stalled
at the beginning of the decade, and the federal budget deficit soared above $1 trillion
annually. In the first quarter of 2010, 11.5
percent of homeowners were in default on
their mortgage loans, says the 2011 World
Almanac and Book of Facts. The economy
turned a corner, and eventually payroll jobs
started to grow.
So far, the 2010s is associated with
extremes. Extreme weather: At least 753
tornadoes and twisters struck the United
States during April and May 2010, World
Almanac says. Extreme gun violence.
Extremist groups. In contrast, a sign of the
times is society's tolerance for diversity. On
June 26, 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court, in
a 5-4 ruling, upheld same-sex marriage as
a Constitutional right.
Everyone likes a feel-good story. In 2012,
Michael Phelps became the most decorated Olympic athlete in history. In 2015,
American Pharoah won the Triple Crown
for the first time since 1978. In 2016, the
Chicago Cubs won a championship for the
first time in 108 years.

INDUSTRY

"The Storm Continues" was the headline
of a 2010 article in AWCI's Construction
Dimensions. The Great Recession had
gripped the economy and showed little
signs of letting go. "We have an environ174

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C. Brent Allen of Dublin,
Ohio, served as AWCI
president, 2010-2011.
Steel Framing Industry
Association
In January 2011,
cold-formed steel
manufacturers, suppliers
and contractors formed
the Steel Framing
Industry Association,
with AWCI as facilitator.
In May 2011, the AWCI
board of directors
endorsed SFIA's Code
Compliance Certification
Program (shown).

ment of uncertainty coming off of one of
the worst economic downturns since the
Great Depression, if not the worst," said
Dr. Martin A. Regalia of the U.S. Chamber
of Commerce.
The recession took a huge toll on industry
payrolls. Danny L. Bonnell II of Commercial
Systems Plus in South Carolina cut staff to
just key employees. The employee count at
Denver Drywall, Englewood, Colo., shrunk
from 500 in 2007 to less than 100 in 2013.
The first construction sector to come
back was multifamily housing. It jumped
18 percent in 2010 and 22 percent in 2011,
AWCI Members Only reported. Other
sectors followed.
By 2014, the outlook was good. "Count on

growth," AWCI's Construction Dimensions
reported. Developers had queued up large
projects: the $20 billion Hudson Yards development on the West Side of Manhattan; the
$3.2 billion project for the National Security
Agency and the U.S. Cyber Command
at Fort Meade. Out west Amazon.com,
Apple, Facebook, Google and Microsoft
were building, too. Even multifamily condo
construction in New York, Miami and San
Francisco made a comeback.
Construction employment grew in 2014.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics said construction added 189,000 jobs in the year ending
April 2014. The industry had to reckon with
having too many projects and not enough
workers. To ease the shortage, some wall and

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Facebook buys
Instagram for $1 billion
in cash and stock
(2012). Immigrants,
holding posters of
artist Shepard Fairey's
"We the People," plead
for tolerance (2017).
The all-electric Tesla
Model S scores a
perfect automobile
safety rating (2012).


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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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