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  • Implementation is still limited, but Web-based systems for business-to-business transactions are projected to be the norm within two years
    Approaching the holidays, on-line shopping appeared to be the major story of the evening news every night. Amazon.com’s founder was named Time’s Man of the Year. The Super Bowl was renamed the Dot Com Bowl by many as Web-based businesses appeared to dominate this annual advertising showcase. E-commerce is the undeniable buzzword of the business world as we enter the new century and... more »
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    In a 1999 interview, Mike Gilkey of Cincinnati's Gilkey Windows discusses his firm's focus on high quality products and service, as well as the impact of big boxes, consolidation, and other industry trends.
    Mike Gilkey of Cincinnati's Gilkey Windows discusses his firm's focus on high quality products and service, as well as the impact of big boxes, consolidation, and other industry trends.September 1999 Mike Gilkey started Gilkey Window Co. in 1978, selling and installing wood windows, as well as custom vinyl replacement windows. In 1986, the company began manufacturing its own vinyl windows, which... more »
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    Weather Shield's Lee Schield talks about product development, automation, and quality, as well as his reputation for doing things his own way
    Lee Schield, founder of Weather Shield Mfg., Inc., is an industry legend. He has built the company, started over 35 years ago, into one of the country's largest, most respected window manufacturers. He is also known for following his own path, a quality that was evident when Weather Shield became one of the first wood window manufacturers to embrace vinyl. That same characteristic can be seen in... more »
  • Ken Silverman of Silver Line Windows talks about serving Home Depot and continued expansion, and how the company has changed as it faces the future as “one of the big boys”
    While Silver Line Windows makes no claims to be “the” largest, it is certainly one of the largest vinyl window manufacturers in the country, with plants in New Jersey, Georgia, Ohio, Illinois, and Texas. With plans for several more, there’s no doubt Silver Line is one of the most aggressive companies in the industry right now. Leading the North Brunswick, NJ, based company is... more »
  • When I first heard of James Carpenter, he was described to me as a glass artist. He certainly is one, but he also is much more. “James Carpenter Environmental Refractions” by Sandro Marpillero is a thorough compilation of the architecturally related projects of the New York City architect. Through many case studies, this publication shows how Carpenter’s work incorporates the art of glass into... more »
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    Patio and entry door manufacturers need to focus on the critical demands of their targeted market
    Given the current market weakness, many window and door manufacturers are preparing themselves for a slow and competitive recovery cycle. Many are turning to hardware manufacturers for help. Component suppliers can offer a variety of solutions, of course, but the best answer for each manufacturer will depend greatly on the market it serves. A common response to a weak window and door market is... more »
  • Fantastic fabricated glass highlights high-end condos in New York
    Art, design, money and glass combine in New York City to create the interiors and exteriors of some of most expensive pieces of real estate in the world. While the rest of the United States has suffered a steady decline in the residential market, the 23-square-mile city that never sleeps has continued to prosper, with a luxury, high-end resident building boom. “Domestically, economic indicators... more »
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    Some replacement companies logging growth and preparing for upturn
    Even a cactus can grow in a desert. The national headlines are trumpeting the existence of a recessionary period and industry headlines are more frequently announcing scale backs and plant closures, but there are also plenty of companies-particularly in the replacement market-that are bucking the trend. These cacti in the business are expanding their manufacturing facilities, growing their... more »
  • Fire officials and others intensify their efforts to protect homes in boundary areas. Be prepared with sound recommendations for fenestration products.
    If the danger posed by wildfires to populated areas wasn’t on the minds of fire protection officials before, it certainly was after the summer of 2002. This last “fire season” was one of the worst in the nation’s history, with nearly 6 million acres scorched. Some particularly large fires gained headlines: the Biscuit fire in Oregon that consumed nearly 500,000 acres, the... more »