Latest Articles in FEATURE ARTICLE

  • As the supply chain consolidates and customer loyalty wavers, manufacturers and dealers must adjust their business models
    Four key trends are affecting building material distribution: consolidation, market saturation, shifting customer priorities and communication. Together, these drivers create competitive pressures that continue to intensify for manufacturers and dealers alike.   The Farnsworth Group, a market research firm specializing in the home improvement, construction and building supply... more »
  • Opportunities exist for those that have prepared for upturn
    The slow, but steady, easing of the economic vise that has gripped the country for more than six years is likely to create some opportunities for window and door companies this year—but only for those who are prepared to act and willing to work hard for growth, industry executives say. “I think it’s going to be a rollercoaster year,” says Lee Shaw, vice president of sales... more »
  • Provisions in the law will be impacting both large and small employers moving forward
    After more than a year of negotiations and debate, President Obama signed the hotly-contested Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act into law in 2010. Finding someone in the United States who has never heard of the act or does not have an opinion about it would be difficult. At this point, however, only portions of the PPACA have taken effect. Other are still to come, with most coming into... more »
  • Tablet technology expected to accelerate usage
    Door and window makers and their dealer customers are increasingly embracing the philosophy that showing is better than telling. Visualization tools, including online systems that show various options on standard homes and more sophisticated software that enables product photos to be shown on photos of individual customer homes, are gaining momentum. Entry door makers, with their many style,... more »
  • 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 »