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  • According to the National Weather Service, conditions in the atmosphere and the ocean will make for a fairly normal 2012 hurricane season, meaning it will likely be a less active season than we’ve experienced in recent years. That’s welcome news for everyone, especially homeowners in coastal towns who struggled with destruction caused by Hurricane Irene last summer. However, the... more »
  • Microsoft's launch of the Surface this week provides yet more evidence that the world is moving to tablets. More and more of us are walking around with iPads and other tablets. We're checking email, playing games and using them to read books and magazines. We're definitely seeing it. Window & Door's Digital Edition is now averaging 3,000 unique visits and more than 90,000 page views per... more »
  • This week, Starbucks announced an initiative aimed to increase U.S.-based manufacturing—and thus, add more jobs to our economy. In a nutshell, the coffee company launched a line of merchandise for its stores—mugs, coffee, things like that—made exclusively by U.S. workers. The Reuters report points out that Starbucks CEO Howard Shultz is calling on all executives to step up... 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 »
  • In recent weeks, I’ve been chatting with a few people in the industry about operations challenges they’ve tackled in the last year or so. Sure—money is tight all around. But some companies are carving out the budgetary space to explore efficiencies and add capabilities. From sales and marketing to scheduling to installation and service, window and door companies are still... more »
  • With Earth Day coming, I thought I would turn my attention to green. In surfing the internet on the subject, I came across a a small business report on American Express's Open Forum that suggests that consumers are opting for green products less due to the weak economy, but companies continue to move in a greener direction.  The reason companies are embracing green, it suggests, is that... more »
  •   Welcome to Window & Door's ongoing coverage of the 2012 Fensterbau/Frontale trade fair. This page provides a look at some of the window and door components and equipment  showcased at the international event, held in Nuremberg, Germany at the end of march. Click here to read our overview report of the event.   Attention Fensterbau Exhibitors: If you’d... more »
  • Survey looks at adoption rates for new electronic tools and media
    Websites are the norm; social media has many fans; and mobile technologies are gaining traction among manufacturers, distributors and dealers of windows and doors. These findings come from a series of questions included as part of Window & Door's 2013 Industry Pulse study, asking about the electronic tools and media companies use to conduct business and/or communicate with customers and... more »