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  • Some pretty smart folks at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have issued a report basically summarizing what we in the window and door industry take as gospel: R&D and manufacturing are closely tied. Wherever the manufacturing happens, research and development is likely nearby. The MIT study warns that if U.S. companies continue to outsource production, we might increasingly see those... more »
  • A look at products from the floor in Atlanta
    Buoyed by an uptick in the housing market, increased sales volumes and positive predictions for the year ahead, the mood was upbeat among the more than 6,200 attendees and 360 exhibitors here at GlassBuild America: The Glass, Window & Door Expo, September 10-12. Watch videos from some of the window and door industry suppliers introducing new products and equipment on the show floor in... more »
  • Due to some health limitations, I missed my first GlassBuild America this year. It left me feeling a bit isolated, I must say, knowing so much of the industry–and so many friends–were down in Atlanta, while I was stuck at home in New York. I'm sorry I missed the chance to say hi to so many of you, but I'm definitely in recovery mode and plan to be back on the road again soon.... more »
  •   Welcome to Window & Door's special online section devoted to residential window and door industry products featured at GlassBuild America 2013 at the Georgia World Congress Center, September 10-12. Below are links to pages devoted to various  products, components, software and equipment showcased by exhibitors at the Atlanta event. Attention exhibitors!  If you'd... more »
  • While not everyone has jumped on the Facebook bandwagon, it would be hard to argue that the social media giant hasn't significantly changed our lives. From the way we communicate, to the degree to which we stay in touch with long-distance friends and family, Facebook is a reality of today's society--including today's work environment. Whether or not to "friend" co-workers, especially... more »
  • A quick look at some of the new products introduced in Atlanta
    In addition to snapshots from the show floor at GlassBuild, don't miss our overview report from the event, videos from the show floor and continuing coverage of new products introduced in Atlanta.   New Doors             Deceuninck North America unveiled an industry-first prototype sliding door with a PVC frame and a polyurethane sash.... more »
  • Honoring the industry's innovators in technology, manufacturing and marketing
    Window & Door is pleased to announce its 2013 Crystal Achievement Award winners. Selected by a panel of judges representing all segments of the industry, the awards recognize significant innovations and achievements in window and door technology, manufacturing, and marketing. “Once again, our Crystal Achievement Award winners reflect the tremendous level of ingenuity, creativity and... more »
  • Congratulations are in order this week as we announce the winners of Window & Door's 2013 Crystal Achievement Awards. The presentation of these awards, honoring innovation in products, manufacturing and marketing, is one of my favorite tasks. And we have some impressive winners this year. Velux is being honored for a skylight that uses solar power to provide remote operation without any... more »
  • Not too long ago, the construction marketplace—and the residential sector, in particular— led the national economy in a race to the bottom. Other sectors fared somewhat better, but only by comparison. Now, the tables might be turning. Consumers are considerably more positive about current business and labor market conditions. According to Thomson Reuters and the University of Michigan... more »
  • A dealer must begin with a clear brand message and an understanding of these customers
    The high-end segment has experienced a bit of a rollercoaster ride over the past several years, with changes in customer profiles and behavior leaving many window and door companies revamping past marketing approaches. Having managed and consulted for a wide range of window and door brands and retailers, I’m speaking from extensive experience when I say that the industry’s execution... more »