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    Canadian manufacturer looks to woo new customers with good talk, and a good walk
    Window City is out on the dealer dating scene and ready to commit. Having served the greater Toronto area for more than 15 years, the Vaughan, Ontario-based window and door manufacturer has invested millions of dollars to automate its production facility, vertically-integrate its business strategy and take its image to the next level with an aggressive marketing initiative. With nearly a... more »
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    In an online exclusive, a vinyl extrusion salesman shares how he learned his customer’s needs, first-hand.
    Being in field sales your entire career, you sometimes lose sight of what is required by operations to provide the very products you’re out there peddling. I guess you could say that most salesmen think, “If I sell it, they will build it.” But from time to time, salesmen need a refresher course in operations to keep them sharp. In April, it was my time for that refresher. But... more »
  • Read the main article, Patio Door Market Opening Up Wider Big demand for big doors may be attracting a lot of attention, but Dan Gray, Roto Frank of America’s director of sales and marketing, says one of the biggest trends in the patio door market continues to be the shift to multipoint locking systems. “That’s where we see the trends going, two-, six- and eight-point... more »
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    Popularity of bi-fold and lift-and-slide type systems in high-end homes may trickle down
    Multi-million dollar homes increasingly feature multi-panel fold and sliding systems that create big wide openings. But what about million dollar homes, or even half million dollar homes? Is the popularity of these higher-end products—and willingness to spend more—going to impact demand for patio door products in general? Those involved in the high-end market see plenty of growth for... more »
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    Four Seasons expanding into window business
    When thinking of window and door industry leading brands, Four Seasons Sunrooms may not come to mind immediately. The company’s name is well recognized, however, and it’s now getting ready to leverage that brand more—moving beyond the room addition and sunroom market to windows and more. Recently, it began a “soft launch” of a new replacement window line it has... more »
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    Industry reputation and quality installs priority for Oregon retailer
    Keith Strand is working to hand over qualified installers to his competition. This is not exactly typical behavior for a replacement window dealer, but he figures that helping his competitors means helping the window and door industry. "We should all be talking to each other," says the owner of Strand's Window & Door based in the Portland, Ore. area. "We don't have to give... more »
  •   Sage Electrochromics Inc.’s dynamically tintable window technology will be included in a Minnesota home that is attempting to become one of the first and largest homes in the United States to earn platinum certification under the LEED green building rating system.  The 6,500-square-foot house, called “The Green Fin House,” will incorporate SageGlass windows,... more »
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    A new vinyl window manufacturing system seeks to create "true one-piece flow."
    Most companies making vinyl windows follow the same basic manufacturing steps as 35 years ago. Lineals are optimized and cut into lengths. When the welding station operator is ready to assemble a particular unit, all four pieces are located and loaded one piece at a time into a welder. Sash and frames are then welded, cleaned and sent to glazing. There have been improvements to the process over... more »
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    Manufacturers are working to compete in remodeling and commercial markets
    When one door closes, another door is bound to open—literally. When circumstances change, the key is to adapt. Interestingly, that's exactly what some fiberglass door manufacturers are doing. After establishing significant market share, as well as providing a level of innovation, quality and value that is unprecedented within the door manufacturing industry, fiberglass manufacturers are... more »
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    Eventual market recovery, demand for triple glazing and continued efforts to reduce labor will spur more investments, suppliers predict
    Back in 2005 and 2006, window and door manufacturers were investing in new equipment and plants to expand capacity as the housing market boomed. With the housing bust of 2007 and 2008, things changed. Suppliers report that investments in new equipment are now down dramatically, but they also point out that spending has not come to a halt. Manufacturers continue to replace machines and upgrade... more »