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  • DuraFinish, Glasscraft Door Co.
    The Challenge: “Our goal was to create a finishing process for fiberglass doors that would produce very low VOCs, be water- instead of solvent-based, create an employeefriendly workspace with no fumes, provide a superior product in terms of ‘weatherability’ and look good enough to fool a woodpecker,” says John Plummer, president, Glasscraft Door Co. The challenges... more »
  • The National Glass Association \ Window & Door Dealers Alliance is pleased to announce the election of Bryan Bush to the office of chairman of the board. Bush, of City Glass Co., Omaha, Neb., has served on the board since 2010. Bush took the office of chairman on Sept. 11, 2014, during GlassBuild America: The Glass, Window & Door Expo in Las Vegas. He will serve a one-year term. “... more »
  • GlassBuild America: The Glass Window & Door Expo opens Sept. 10 at the Las Vegas Convention Center, with about 375 exhibitors debuting new products and innovations over more than 105,000 net square feet of exhibit space. About 30 percent of exhibitors are from outside the United States, many displaying products for the first time to the world market. Read news from the event, see pictures and... more »
  • When I got my first job offer years ago, one of the biggest upsides in my six-week-old college graduate eyes was the opportunity to travel to Las Vegas, where I could spend my precious days off gambling and soaking up the desert sun. Fast forward through almost a dozen years of trade shows—a fair share of them at the Las Vegas Convention Center—and the allure of the city has... more »
  • In preparation for the Dealers Forum in Las Vegas next week, I have had the opportunity to work with several leaders in the window and door industry to develop the educational sessions. And I'm excited about the final lineup. This year's forum will address "how tos" for everything from converting website visitors to customers, to lead generation, to improving your sales and marketing... more »
  • As part of its efforts to help industry bring next generation window technologies from the lab to the home, the Department of Energy's Building Technologies Office will meet with stakeholders at GlassBuild America: The Glass, Window and Door Expo. BTO will gather feedback that will inform decisions on the future support for the testing and simulation infrastructure at the Energy Department... more »
  • irst, I promise that the Talk will not devolve into a running commentary on my home improvement projects; however, as I continue to renovate my home exterior, more questions arise relating to our industry. My hope is that my experience can provide insight into the consumer experience, so please bear with me. I promise to share before-and-after photos. After successfully selecting a skylight... more »
  • Window and door manufacturer Soft-Lite shares lessons learned
    In February 2012, Gorell Windows & Doors in Indiana, Pa., went into receivership. In March, Soft-Lite, the window and door manufacturer located in Streetsboro, Ohio, purchased several of its machines and product lines, including the Armor Max Plus and Armor Impact Plus hurricane windows. By Memorial Day, “only three months after we’d met with the receiver, we’d moved the... more »
  • When the prominent members of the U.S. Colonies had concerns about the taxes being imposed upon them by Great Britain, they gathered together in person to discuss the issue. Although not all the delegates sent to Philadelphia from the various colonies were originally in favor of succession from Great Britain, by early July 1776, the Declaration of Independence was signed. It is somewhat... more »
  • Whether natural or man-made, wood entry doors continue to gain market share
    When it comes to entry doors, insulated steel is still king. Yet wood, whether in its natural form or fiberglass replicate, continues to make headway. There is an “emphasis on natural materials…and the influence of nature” that’s driving homeowner purchases, says Keith Juhola, vice president, sales and marketing, ODL Inc. What’s also trending in entry doors? To hear... more »