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  • How the deficiency of qualified talent impacts the window and door industry
    It’s hard to find good help these days, especially in the window and door industry. It’s particularly challenging to find skilled labor or even simply to find applicants looking for work in this trade, according to industry professionals. One of them, Jennifer Lawler, president of Fenessco Inc., a Californiabased window and door dealer, had a particularly interesting perspective. Here... more »
  • Window & Door’s annual Top 100 Manufacturers list is designed to give dealers a snapshot of the major players on the manufacturing side of the industry. Our goal is not to provide everything you would ever want to know about these 100 companies, but to give a jumping-off point for your own research. As it has been since its inception, the list is organized by sales volume. Many... more »
  • This month’s discussion of the new 2015 International Code requirements for fenestration shifts to the 2015 International Energy Conservation Code. The 2015 IECC offers a new, alternate compliance path for residential construction. The new provisions are based upon establishing an Energy Rating Index for the new home. The ERI compares the anticipated energy usage of the home to that of a... more »
  • Window & Door Dealer Days will debut this fall in Atlanta, where the focal point of the new event will be the Dream Showroom, a 4,400-square-foot pavilion on the GlassBuild America tradeshow floor featuring residential windows, doors and related products. Like the name implies, the Dream Showroom is designed to inspire dealers looking for ideas to upgrade their retail spaces.  Safe... more »
  • Is outsourcing an option to labor shortages?
    In Window & Door’s recently published article, “The Industry Pulse,” many dealers and manufacturers indicated positive growth in the last year. But, positive growth has brought with it certain challenges—one of which is finding qualified workers. According to The Associated General Contractors (also cited in the Window & Door coverage), “83 percent of... more »
  • Attention vinyl window manufacturers: Please fill out the information below to be included in the Product Showcase featuring vinyl windows in the June/July issue of Window & Door magazine. The deadline for submissions is Friday, May 1. Questions? Contact Emily Thompson at 703/442-4890 x150.   Fill out my online form. var q1fykct809dvbp0;(function(d, t) { var s = d.createElement... more »
  • Despite the challenges associated with hiring new employees—namely, the lack of qualified candidates (see Fingure 8)—the majority of companies surveyed in a recent Window & Door study report that hiring will continue on last year’s upward trend. While budget constraints are also noted as a major detriment to employment goals, according to the study, 77 percent of dealers... more »
  • I recently listened to an episode of NPR’s TED Radio Hour that brought about a different perspective on the topic of success. Mike Rowe, former host of the Discovery Channel’s “Dirty Jobs,” who is currently filming the second season of “Somebody’s Gotta Do It” for CNN, gave this advice in his TED Talk: don’t follow your passion. He cites the... more »
  • I just returned from the AAMA industry conference held last week in Fort Lauderdale. I arrived a day early—the same day my home city of Memphis was being pounded by an ice storm and completely shut down for the next two days. The conference, on the other hand, was just cranking up. As I texted images back and forth to my wife (hers of ice, mine of sand), it was almost humorous trying to... more »
  • Dealers and manufacturers predict this year will see an uptick in purchases in general, with homeowners investing more in upscale or higher-end items. According to a recent Window & Door study, most industry professionals anticipate an increase in sales for all products—budget and luxury (see Figures 4A and 4B)—but foresee a bigger increase on the high-end scale. It should be... more »