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  • Is there still room for smaller manufacturers in today's industry?
    At a time when many observers see consolidation as the defining trend within our industry, Window & Door thought it would be interesting to gain a different perspective. While much talk has centered around “the big getting bigger, and the smaller guy disappearing,” we know there are plenty of not-so-big companies doing just fine, thank you very much.The window and door industry... more »
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    A little analysis can often yield significant improvements without adding significant capital or labor costs
        In looking at how to improve manufacturing efficiencies, there are a number of questions you need to ask yourself. Do you have control of the manufacturing process? Is your labor cost at what it should be or is it too high? Is your manufacturing running at peak efficiency? Is your manufacturing process running at peak capacity? Do you need to add manufacturing equipment?Often,... more »
  • Implementation is still limited, but Web-based systems for business-to-business transactions are projected to be the norm within two years
    Approaching the holidays, on-line shopping appeared to be the major story of the evening news every night. Amazon.com’s founder was named Time’s Man of the Year. The Super Bowl was renamed the Dot Com Bowl by many as Web-based businesses appeared to dominate this annual advertising showcase. E-commerce is the undeniable buzzword of the business world as we enter the new century and... more »
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    In a 1999 interview, Mike Gilkey of Cincinnati's Gilkey Windows discusses his firm's focus on high quality products and service, as well as the impact of big boxes, consolidation, and other industry trends.
    Mike Gilkey of Cincinnati's Gilkey Windows discusses his firm's focus on high quality products and service, as well as the impact of big boxes, consolidation, and other industry trends.September 1999 Mike Gilkey started Gilkey Window Co. in 1978, selling and installing wood windows, as well as custom vinyl replacement windows. In 1986, the company began manufacturing its own vinyl windows, which... more »
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    Weather Shield's Lee Schield talks about product development, automation, and quality, as well as his reputation for doing things his own way
    Lee Schield, founder of Weather Shield Mfg., Inc., is an industry legend. He has built the company, started over 35 years ago, into one of the country's largest, most respected window manufacturers. He is also known for following his own path, a quality that was evident when Weather Shield became one of the first wood window manufacturers to embrace vinyl. That same characteristic can be seen in... more »
  • Aluminum Extruders Council1000 N. Rand Rd., Ste. 214, Wauconda, IL 60084; 847/526-2010, Fax: 847/526-3993, www.aec.orgAmerican Architectural Manufacturers Association1827 Walden Office Sq., Ste. 550, Schaumburg, IL 60173; 847/303-5664, Fax: 847/303-5774, www.aamanet.orgAmerican Forest & Paper Association1111 19th St. N.W., Ste. 800, Washington, DC 20036; 800/878-8878, Fax: 202/463-2708, www.... more »
  • Guide to Standards & Tests
    Coatings/Finishes/Preservatives AAMA 611-98 Voluntary Specification for Anodized Architectural AluminumDescribes test procedures and requirements for high performance (Class I) and commercial (Class II) architectural-quality aluminum oxide coatings applied to aluminum extrusions and panels. AAMA 612-02 Voluntary Specification, Performance Requirements and Test Procedures for Combined Coatings of... more »
  • Window Styles Door Styles Specialty Window Shapes Material Choices Safety and Security Energy Efficiency Finding a Quality Product Maintenance, Repair and Replacement Industry-Related Organizations  Created by the publishers of Window & Door Magazine, our site is primarily designed to serve manufacturers, distributors, dealers, and others within the window and door... more »
  • Acugard 3 LE prevents doors from closing on elderly, handicapped. more »
  • An introduction to basic door operating types
    Hinged Doors-A variety of hinged door models are available in in-swing and out-swing configurations. Hinged doors are offered as single panels (typical in entry applications) or in multi-panel configurations (typical in patio door applications). French doors consist of a pair of operable panels hinged on opposite sides that open in the middle. Hinged doors are also commonly supplied in... more »