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  • Progressive distribution companies are finding new ways to add value and reduce costs
    The demise and even death of independent distributors has been predicted by experts for years. Even today the jury is still out. A recent IBM report on distribution said: “Depending on to whom you listen, the distribution industry will be disintermediated into extinction by a direct channel between manufacturer and consumer or it will emerge as the ubiquitous connective tissue holding the... more »
  • Iowa manufacturer teams with Cardinal Glass to provide builders with protective product designed to reduce clean-up times and address a variety of other issues
    A construction site can be tough on windows and doors. One persistent problem is paint, plaster, stucco or any number of other materials spattered onto the glass. Removal can be time-consuming and lead to scratched glass, a result that more than likely means a callback for the builder or contractor. Two companies are now teaming up to address this issue. First, Cardinal Glass Industries began... more »
  • Andersen marks its 100th anniversary with a determination to "raise the whole category" of windows and doors
    Andersen Windows Inc. is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year with its eye on the future. Although several projects to commemorate the event are in the works, one of them has been underway for the past several years. Project Odyssey, a unique research-and-development effort, goes beyond the window and door industry's typical efforts to create new products. Andersen describes it as "an... more »
  • Study suggests potential for low-E glass to increase
    All common building materials expand and contract when heated and cooled. For this reason, building product design, application guidelines and installation practices factor in normal temperature ranges and their effects on thermal expansion and contraction. All exterior elements of a home will experience significant temperature variation during in-service exposure. Temperature variations of 100... more »
  • The Florida window and door market has been transformed in the 10-plus years since Hurricane Andrew, and while PGT Industries has adapted successfully, it points to basic issues of delivery and service as keys to growth.
    Hurricane Andrew brought devastation to many areas in south Florida in 1992. It also changed the landscape of Florida’s construction industry, as the past decade has seen the implementation of new building codes by the state and many local jurisdictions in the storm’s wake. For window and door manufacturers, these changes have presented many challenges. One company that has thrived in... more »
  • Making the work environment safer also makes employees work smarter and be more productive
    For Therma-Tru Corp., being a preferred brand of entry doors and producing high-quality, beautiful products doesn’t fully define success. Being a true leader also means being a preferred place of employment and delivering operational excellence in all of our facilities. One hallmark of operational excellence is a safe workplace, where smart manufacturing processes and proactive... more »
  • More window and door manufacturers talk about kaizen events and changing the corporate culture. How widespread is this type of change?
    Ask nearly any window and door manufacturer, and they’ll tell you they’re “lean.” Competitive pressures, reflected in demands in pricing, lead times and quality, make “being lean” almost essential. But it’s clear that more manufacturers look to take this concept to a higher level. Although the trend may not be across the board, most window and door... more »
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    A continuous-improvement program implemented by the window and door manufacturer in 1993 laid the groundwork for expansion in recent years
    According to some observers, Pella Corp. was on the verge of being sidelined in its industry a decade ago. Instead, the shared vision of three men and the trust of an entire workforce remade the 65-year-old company into a lean pioneer. Mel Haught, Herb Lienenbrugger and Gene De Boef didn’t know this when they put on jeans and flannel shirts and went to the shop floor to conduct their first... more »
  • Leading suppliers have teamed up to promote “insulated sash” system designed to offer high performance and lower unit cost
    Production has started at Survivor Technologies Inc. of a vinyl window incorporating a “brand new process.” Developed and licensed by Sashlite LLC, the process eliminates traditional insulating-glass production and, instead, incorporates an “insulated sash.” Executives at Sashlite and its supplier partners predict the insulated sash could “revolutionize” vinyl-... more »
  • Opportunities will certainly grow over the next 10 years, but market will see bigger influx of brand name window dealers and big boxes
    Successful home improvement dealers have been shaped by meeting the needs of their ever changing customers. Will today’s formula for success prove to be equally effective in 2013 or sho uld dealers already be looking towards new strategies to take them into the future? The competitive landscape has already changed and more change is on the way. The Window Guy & Sons is now more likely... more »