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  • Window and door manufacturer Soft-Lite shares lessons learned
    In February 2012, Gorell Windows & Doors in Indiana, Pa., went into receivership. In March, Soft-Lite, the window and door manufacturer located in Streetsboro, Ohio, purchased several of its machines and product lines, including the Armor Max Plus and Armor Impact Plus hurricane windows. By Memorial Day, “only three months after we’d met with the receiver, we’d moved the... more »
  • Whether natural or man-made, wood entry doors continue to gain market share
    When it comes to entry doors, insulated steel is still king. Yet wood, whether in its natural form or fiberglass replicate, continues to make headway. There is an “emphasis on natural materials…and the influence of nature” that’s driving homeowner purchases, says Keith Juhola, vice president, sales and marketing, ODL Inc. What’s also trending in entry doors? To hear... more »
  • GlassBuild America to promote new products, strategies for post-recession window and door industry
    The window and door industry is introducing new products at a rapid pace in response to more stringent energy efficiency standards and an increasingly discerning customer base. And while new equipment and software allow for the more efficient manufacture of these products, new business strategies are helping dealers close the sale. These advancements—both in terms of products and business... more »
  • Door manufacturers offer a variety of tools to help dealers and distributors make the sale
    With so many options for customization at nearly every price point, choosing an entry door can be overwhelming. And since getting doors into the hands of consumers is the ultimate goal, manufacturers have developed an arsenal of tools to make it easier for dealers and distributors to spread the word—and make the sale. All the door manufacturers interviewed for this article have a website,... more »
  • Shipments to increase through 2015
    A presentation by the American Architectural Manufacturers Association Driven by a strengthening new construction market, total residential window volumes will continue to increase at double-digit rates to 48.4 million units in 2014 and 54.6 million units in 2015, according to the AAMA 2013/2014 Study of the U.S. Market for Windows, Doors and Skylights. This builds on an increase of 15.8 percent... more »
  • Consider these factors before making an equipment purchase
    Thinking of acquiring new machinery or equipment? Assuming you’ve determined the right piece of equipment that fits your productivity and manpower needs (see sidebar), the following list is a good starting point for determining the physical plant characteristics you should take into account before making your purchase. Space Limitations Work with your supplier to determine where you want... more »
  • Five practices that can help make the largest multi-panel door job a little easier
    Todd Hayhurst is no stranger to big glass projects.   As service manager for Western Window Systems, Hayhurst has to think big on a wide range of residential and commercial jobs. But it’s the various positions he’s held during his nearly 20-year career with the company—designer, manufacturer, installer and salesman—that give him a more intimate look into each... more »
  • Multi-panel door systems offer sales and installation opportunities
      LaCantina LaCantina Doors connects the indoors to the outdoors by eliminating walls and creating large open living spaces with its folding doors. As a single-source manufacturer, LaCantina Doors offers an innovative and comprehensive range of materials, including wood and aluminum, and performance options, including thermal control, to meet the needs of residential... more »
  • No manufacturers. No big boxes. Just the Top Specialists.
    In a crowded home improvement market, consumers are faced with a plethora of choices when it comes to window and door replacement, as are builders seeking products for new construction projects. And while a number of companies—from big box stores to full-service remodelers—offer window and door products and installation services, they aren’t “specialists” in the... more »
  • Nowhere to go but up? Execs weigh in on the year ahead.
    Despite apprehension regarding the fragile economy, window and door industry executives anticipate increased sales in the coming year, backed by moderate economic growth, according to the 2014 Industry Pulse, Window & Door’s exclusive annual survey. More than 50 percent of dealers and manufacturers surveyed said they expect to see moderate economic growth in the coming year, defined as... more »