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  • Each fall, I make the rounds, attending GlassBuild America, the Remodeling Show, the AMD Convention and Exhibition, and Win-Door North America.  I just started making some travel plans and I couldn't help but wonder whether the strengthening market might translate into busier events this year. Now I know many factors besides the economy go into decisions to attend a show. You might have... more »
  • Renewed consumer confidence driving demand for higher-priced, custom options
    There is excitement again among entry door manufacturers, thanks to strong sales in the new construction and replacement markets, and expectations of continued double-digit growth over the next three to five years. Adding to suppliers’ optimism is the reemergence of confidentconsumers willing to look at higher-priced options to customize their homes.     There has been a... more »
  • Last week, as many of us were enjoying the Fourth of July festivities, the business-minded folks were digesting the news that the government's latest jobs report featured a decent, worthy-of-discussion uptick in June. As we continue to rebound and level out from the extended economic downturn, it's nice to have some additional optimism poured into the system that has affected so many of our... more »
  • For most people, the summer season is synonymous with sunny days, a packed social calendar and vacation time. It’s overwhelmingly recognized as the most popular time of year for relaxation, much to the chagrin of business owners everywhere come June 21st. As the temperature rises, and the days get longer, it’s easy for even the most motivated employees to lose enthusiasm, and... more »
  • NAHB and NLBMDA issued a recent report pointing to shortages of certain construction materials in the current market.  While windows and doors are not cited as prime examples, the groups' surveys indicate that our industry's products are harder to come by than usual, at least by historic standards. Nine percent of builders and lumber dealers report seeing some shortages in the market... more »
  • This is sort of a trick question, actually. Any dealer that has weathered the storm of the last few years is likely a dealer worthy of recognition. We've been through a lot with the housing market rollercoaster, and last year's Dealers of the Year winners were stories not only of survival, but also of companies that learned to thrive in the new normal of window and door sales, distribution and... more »
  • Suppliers report demand for equipment and software is on the rise as the window and door market continues to improve
    Spurred by an increase in window and door sales, manufacturers are showing increased willingness to invest in production operations. Orders for new equipment and systems are up, and suppliers expect greater demand going forward. “There is pent-up demand in nearly every area of the country and most every segment of the market,” says Morgan Donohue of Erdman Automation Corp., the... more »
  • Job site efficiency results in faster, higher quality―and ultimately more profitable―installations. However, achieving high levels of efficiency is by no means automatic. It takes a dedicated effort to assess and develop productive work habits. Perfect efficiency is unattainable, but continuous improvement offers great returns. Workflow is a key component to job site efficiency. Specifically,... more »
  • Creative Millwork, an Ohio-based supplier of standard and custom window and door grille products to window and door manufacturers and distributors, serves more than 60 customers, providing up to 10 standard grille colors for each, as well as custom colors. Working with a variety of substrates, including pine, extruded cellular PVC, extruded aluminum and CNC-profiled aluminum, the company... more »
  • "Finally seeing a nice uptick in business!!!!"  That was the sign-off on an email I received this week from an industry supplier, and it was just the kind of nugget I needed to feel better about the next few months. Despite improving economic data–and construction and remodeling industry data suggesting that window and door sales are on the upswing–I continue to hear... more »