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  • Economy or not, this year's Crystal Achievement Award winners brought some serious technology, production and marketing upgrades to the table. Call me an optimist, because most people do, but I subscribe to the notion that pouring additional dollars into R&D and marketing during down economies pays off in spades when the cycle swings upwards. We've asked similar questions throughout this... more »
  • Window & Door Honors the Industry's Innovators in Products, Manufacturing and Marketing
    Window & Door has announced its 2009 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. "The weak economy has created tremendous challenges in  the window and door market. Our Crystal Achievement Award... more »
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    Photography that will help sell your products requires more than a good camera
    In the world of selling windows and doors, one rule should always apply–make your product the hero. Whether you’re designing a brochure, revamping a Web site, or promoting a new product line in an advertisement, the product must always be the focal point. In putting together printed or Web materials, too often manufacturers lose sight of the importance of a good promotional photograph... more »
  • The weak economy has created tremendous challenges in  the window and door market over the past three years. From an editor's perspective, I still have a hard time believing how much bad news we've had to report. It's more than I have ever seen in 25 years covering this industry. Of course not all the news has been bad, and we continue to look for the good.  Amid all the stories of... more »
  • Today’s array of window features and performance claims emphasize energy efficiency. While energy performance is obviously of major importance, windows must serve purposes beyond saving energy. The best window for a given application and site is a virtually customized mix of features that represents an ideal balance of specific performance attributes. As we enter the fall season–... more »
  • As a regular attendee of the AMD convention and exhibition–and the National Sash & Door Jobbers Association before that–I am happy to hear the news that the organization is opening the doors to its annual event.  Attendance there has long been fairly limited to association members, and while that may have its benefits, it always struck me as unfortunate for the industry as a... more »
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    Premier U.S. door event set for October in San Antonio
    For the first time in its history, the Association of Millwork Distributors announced this week it is extending a full registration opportunity to industry professionals as part of a new open attendance policy for its 45th annual convention and exposition. The event is set for San Antonio,Texas, October 7‐12, at the Marriott Rivercenter and Henry Gonzales Convention Center. "Opening our show... more »
  • The quarterly report coming from Lowes was not too encouraging. Second-quarter profit was down 19 percent as consumers continued to take a pass on making big-ticket purchases. The retailer also slowed its plans for expansion. Still, some analysts are wondering if there are signs of life in smaller improvements, especially DIY projects. Lowes CEO Robert Niblock said, according to a MarketWatch... more »
  • I recently came across 5 Ways to Build Affordable, Energy Star-Rated Houses, an article on BuilderOnline that highlights strategies used by a South Carolina builder.  "The company upgraded its windows to low-E high-performance units, but it reduced the number of windows it uses, which reduces costs," the report notes. Over the past several months, I've also heard a couple window... more »
  • The Cash for Clunkers program is in the headlines this week, as it's proven to be so successful among the consumers, the government has run our of money for it. Tax credits for energy efficient windows and doors haven't drawn the same attention, but we see in this week's Simonton headline that the $1,500 credit available to homeowners has had a positive impact on that company and its workers.... more »