Latest Articles in FEATURE ARTICLE

  • Window and door companies at all levels are harnessing social networking tools
    Love it or hate it, believe in it or not, social media sites have changed the way we communicate, maintain relationships and conduct business. What might have once been viewed as a passing fad or an interest only among the younger generations is now solidly a part of the collective lifestyle of users of all ages and backgrounds, leaving company leaders to figure out how to harness the power of... more »
  • More manufacturers and pre-hangers are turning to 3PLs to get product to the jobsite
    The word “outsourcing” strikes an emotional cord whenever it is mentioned. There is typically quite a bit of debate in the media about the pros and cons of outsourcing, which usually carries the connotation of American jobs being shipped overseas. That process is, in fact, more accurately referred to as “off shoring.”     More window and door... more »
  • Asymmetric triple-pane construction and advanced gas filling techniques provide new alternatives to improve performance numbers
    Conventional wisdom says R-5 windows are too costly to manufacture. This assumption is largely based on experience employing older technologies for fabricating high-performing triple IG units. Several recent developments challenge the assumption that R-5 cannot be reached affordably. One is the addition of 4th surface low-E glass coatings in dual lite units. Another is the introduction of... more »
  • Fiberglass is only part of the story at Therma-Tru
    Celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, Therma-Tru Corp. is probably known first and foremost for pioneering the fiberglass door. Fiberglass is only part of the story, however, according to Dave Randich. “Right from the start, Therma-Tru was blessed with creative thinkers who were not afraid to develop and invest in new products,” says the current president of the Maumee, Ohio-... more »
  • New market report sees tepid growth this year, after weak 2011
    The loss of stimulus tax credits translated into a dip in residential window and door sales last year, suggests a new report from the American Architectural Manufacturers Association and the Window & Door Manufacturers Association. The study sees the weak economic recovery limiting growth prospects this year, but suggests prospects for sales in both the new construction and remodeling/... more »
  • Window and door specialty retailers look to invest in efficiencies
    The degree to which window and door companies were impacted by the economic downturn may vary significantly, but it’s a safe bet to assume that every single one was affected in some way, shape or form. Today—looking to brighter days ahead—many companies are still trying to do more with less, fighting the necessity to pass price increases on to their customers and trying to take... more »
  • Manufacturers may be ready to invest in new equipment again
    Window and door manufacturers are retooling, with equipment suppliers reporting more activity of late. New machinery purchases are still limited by the wide availability of used equipment—and many companies remain cautious about the market outlook—but investment in production operations appear to be on the rise. Opinions are definitely mixed on how big that increase may be. “We... more »
  • This article accompanies our main equipment market overview in the June/July issue.   Last year, GED Integrated Systems introduced the Automated Tri-Lite Assembly System, an automated line for producing triple-glazed units at a competitive cost. Featuring unique capabilities such as “touchless” handling of the center lite of the triple-lite IG, the line has received positive... more »
  • American Vision Windows sets sights on solar, garage doors and window coverings to thrive during the recession
    American Vision Windows started selling windows, but the business has evolved in recent years, diversifying with the addition of a broad array of product lines. The expansion in product offerings, however, hasn’t changed the company’s focus—American Vision remains a home improvement company, working with owners to increase the energy efficiency and value of their homes.... more »
  • Triple-glazing and R-5 products aren’t for everyone, but some manufacturers see opportunities with these products
    New Energy Star criteria are likely to improve window energy efficiency numbers across the board, but numerous manufacturers offer triple-pane and R-5 type windows exceeding those expected levels already. Most see a growing market for such products too, with much of the demand is driven by dealers.     Manufacturers like Ply Gem report that more dealers are opting for higher-... more »