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  • February 03, 2020 10:02 AM | Anonymous

    AWI & SMA Release Wood Stair, Handrail, and Guard Systems Standard for Review & Vetting 

    The Architectural Woodwork Institute (AWI) and the Stairbuilders and Manufacturers Association (SMA) are excited to announce that the AWI SMA 0643 – Wood Stair, Handrail, and Guard Systems Standard has been completed by the SMA Quality Standards Committee.

    The AWI and SMA teams are now preparing to begin the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) process, during which the standard will open to public comment. At the completion of this process, the AWI and SMA teams will address any comments or suggestions submitted.

    AWI SMA 0643 - Wood Stair, Handrail, and Guard Systems provides standards and tolerances for the quality fabrication and field installation of wood stair, handrail, and guard systems. Further, it establishes minimum aesthetic and performance requirements intended to provide a well-defined degree of control over a project's quality of materials, workmanship, and/or fabrication.

    The standard draft is available for public comment at both AWI ( and SMA (, effective January 31 through March 16, 2020.

    Individuals and organizations that wish to participate in the upcoming canvass must complete the pre-canvass registration form, regardless of whether the individual/organization has participated in any previous canvass processes. To register for the canvass body, please complete the Pre-Canvass Registration Form. For additional assistance or information, please contact Cheri Dermyre at or Terra Erb at

    Regarding the development of the standard, AWI Executive Vice President Doug Hague said, “I am grateful for the collaboration between our associations to produce a standard now beginning the canvass process that will enhance the entire industry. My thanks go to the volunteer experts from SMA who contributed their time and knowledge to create this standard. SMA’s work is appreciated and will leave an imprint on our industry for many years to come. I look forward to following this standard through the ANSI process and celebrating the day it is released with an effective date.”

    Terra Erb, Executive Director of the SMA stated, “The SMA is thrilled to join forces with AWI to create a standard for stairs, handrails and guard systems that aims to provide clarity across the spectrum. The proposed standard will aid in ensuring all involved in the stair design process, from planning to execution, are aware of the standard for stair creation. This clarity will allow for streamlined processes and increased customer satisfaction as all design members work from the same standard.”

    The Architectural Woodwork Institute (AWI) has produced and collaborated on the development of standards in accordance with its mission since its founding in 1953 to the present day. AWI is an ANSI-accredited Standards Developer Organization. AWI’s mission is to continually improve Standards for architectural woodwork and related interior finishes, provide education and opportunities for collaborating and sharing resources, improve AWI’s member benefits, and cultivate and strengthen relationships within the industry.

    The Stairway Manufacturers’ Association (SMA) was formed in 1988 to insure the growth and prosperity of the group’s industry and craft. In 2014 the name of the association was changed to the Stairbuilders and Manufacturers Association to more clearly reflect its constituency of more than 70% professional Stairbuilding companies from the smallest one-man shops to those among the largest in the industry. SMA Mission is: Building the greatest resource of knowledge and tools contributing to the success of our members and the stair industry.

    Founded in 1918, the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) is a private non-profit organization that administers and coordinates the U.S. voluntary standardization and conformity assessment system and is committed to strengthening its impact, both domestically and internationally.  The Institute represents the diverse interests of more than 270,000 companies and organizations, and 30 million professionals worldwide.

  • December 13, 2019 9:00 AM | Anonymous

    SMA Members!  Compete in the 2020 StairCraft Awards competition.  The StairCraft Awards recognize the best staircase projects of our industry in Aesthetics, Stair Safety, Quality Workmanship, and Technical Challenge.  All contestants compete anonymously and are judged by their peers in the industry. 

    This year's competition has been updated to include the NEW Best Production Stairway, the Challenger Award and the People's Choice Award. 

    Each entry category, except the Challenger Award, has an entry fee of $100 until January 10th.   The Challenger Award is FREE to enter!  Be sure to register early to save on your entry fees. 

  • December 10, 2019 10:32 AM | Anonymous

    Join us for the SMA Annual Conference in gorgeous Denver, Colorado.


    This year's learning opportunities are sure to Elevate Your Stair Design.  Our keynote presentation by Andrew DiGiammo will inspire you as he discusses the fundamentals of stair design.  MSU, our testing and research partners, will give a general session presentation on the design value testing project.  Our breakout sessions will focus on the stair design process, creating impactful designs, and shop talk.  

    Conference attendees will be wowed by the artisans at our shop tours as we have the privilege of visiting high end architectural woodwork and metal design companies.  Watson Mills and Living Design Studios will provide tours while sharing their successes with you.  These great opportunities are sure to increase your knowledge to help you take your business to the next level.

    The conference program is packed full of networking and learning opportunities that will undoubtedly help you Elevate Your Stair Design.  

    The SMA Annual Conference in majestic Denver, Colorado is sure to be a conference you do NOT want to miss!

  • April 01, 2019 8:00 AM | Anonymous

    Last week the SMA's Balustrade Level I class took place in New Philadelphia, Ohio.  The 3-day instructional class was sponsored by Carolina Stair Supply and included a shop tour of their New Philadelphia manufacturing plant.   Three SMA Members participated in the class and became Level I Code Certified prior to attending the class.  Congratulations to Luis Reyes of Whitehouse Floors,  Kyle Moreland of LJ Smith and Joe Howell of Buildermaker!  Thank you to our instructors Robert Aulicky and Rusty Parks for providing a fantastic learning experience for the students. 

  • February 25, 2019 2:17 PM | Anonymous

    Advertise in the Stairbuilders and Manufacturers Association (SMA) quarterly newsletter, Stairways!  Take advantage of this member only benefit by advertising your products and services to all SMA email distribution recipients.

    Reserve your space in the Spring 2019 edition of the Stairways newsletter by responding to no later than Friday, March 1st.  Your organization's ad copy will be due Thursday, March 7th. 

  • February 20, 2019 2:00 PM | Anonymous

    Join SMA members on Thursday, April 25th as they take to the IMG Academy Golf Club for a riveting game of golf.  Network and play a round of golf with fellow SMA members on this 18-hole championship golf course.  

    Everyone is welcome to participate regardless of player level.  Our scramble format is the equalizer.  The day will include breakfast, transportation, a refreshing Bloody Mary to get the blood pumping, a bucket of balls, the chase of the ball, many excuses, some awkward photographs, and perhaps some exaggeration.

    The all-inclusive cost for this year’s event is just $150 per player. The course has a limited number of clubs that can be rented at an additional cost of just $35 each set. 

  • February 18, 2019 1:00 PM | Anonymous

    Join the SMA and Carolina Stair Supply as we present the Balustrade Level I Class in Ohio!  

    Students will participate in a 3-day course with hands-on application.  Don't miss this opportunity to be trained by professionals from the stair industry. 

  • February 14, 2019 12:49 PM | Anonymous

    The Stairbuilders and Manufacturers Association has changed addresses!  Please update your records to ensure timely delivery of payments, inquiries and other general business. 

    Stairbuilders and Manufacturers Association (SMA)

    PO Box 448

    Dalton, OH 44618

  • January 02, 2019 2:00 PM | Anonymous

    2019 SMA Annual Conference

    Lido Beach Resort, Sarasota, Florida

    April 24-28, 2019 

    Join us in Sarasota, Florida at the Lido Beach Resort for the SMA Annual Conference.  The conference will kick off on Thursday, April 25th with the annual SMA Golf tournament. A chartered fishing expedition, for the non-golfers, has been added to this year’s events. The Welcome Reception with SMA exhibitors will take place on Thursday evening with the Auction being held on Friday night.  The fun will continue on through late Saturday when the StairCraft Award Winners will be announced.

    In between the celebrating, you will hear a keynote message from Connor Lokar, ITR Economics presenter, as he discusses short-term and long-term economic forecasts and their direct impact to you.  You will also hear keynote speaker, Terry Sumerlin, as he inspires you to increase satisfaction and loyalty, by building connection, among your customers and your employees. 

    The SMA Annual Conference, at the Lido Beach Resort, is sure to be a conference you do NOT want to miss!

    SAVE BIG!  Be sure to register by February 1st to save $100 on the event registration.  Find out more on our website, here!

  • December 13, 2018 12:24 PM | Anonymous

    The 2019 StairCraft Awards are coming!  Join the competition by entering your designs to vie for one of the coveted awards. Download the 2019 Contest Rules, 2019 Entry Form and mark your calendars with these important dates!

    • January 10th:  Deadline for Early Registration *Save $50*
    • February 22nd:  Deadline for Final Registration 
    • February 28th:  All Entry Forms & Photo Submissions DUE

    More information can be found on the events page, here.

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