October 1, 2011
Windows & Doors by Brownell offers virtual companion to retail showroom
A Showroom that Sells
EXCELLENCE IN RETAIL
Windows & Doors by Brownell
Windows & Doors by Brownell loves homeowners. This isn’t too unusual a concept for window and door companies, but founder and owner Les Brownell has built a retail and showroom strategy around his consumer-centric approach to business.
The company has built...
September 15, 2011
Guide designed to introduce contractors to lead-safe work requirements
The Environmental Protection Agency has created a video explaining its lead-paint Renovation, Repair and Painting Program and its certification requirements for contractors:
September 8, 2011
Long-range forecaster James Madden of Exacta Weather, a non-profit worldwide team of meteorologists, states that there is “a potentially record breaking U.S. winter for 2011-2012, with extremely cold temperatures and exceptional levels of snow."
So, given that wallets and maxed-out credit cards have already been taking severe hits at the gas pump and grocery store, it would be wise to...
August 1, 2011
Companies need to follow lead-safe work practices on the job site and in the office
Your personnel have taken the RRP training, and your company has become an EPA Lead-Safe Certified Renovator. You give out the Renovate Right pamphlet to clients, occupants, and/or parents before every replacement or remodeling job on an old building. You train your employees, put up containment, use lead-safe work practices, and clean the job site within an inch of its life. You do...
July 12, 2011
You probably noticed that today's WDweekly looks a little different. And if you look closely at the top, you'll see there's a link to view a new mobile version of WDweekly. We know many of you were already looking at WDweekly on your smartphones and we suspect many more will going forward, so we're pleased to introduce this new option today.
And we will continue to involve. But we'd like your...
June 16, 2011
Potential opportunity, but the industry and individual companies need to be aware of movement
Should window dealers become home performance companies? While the home performance industry is still in its infancy, indications in the marketplace and in regulatory arena point to sharp growth in this field in the near future, according to many window and door industry professionals.
“The green movement is the next frontier. If you’re not a business owner willing to change, you...
May 11, 2011
Manufacturers and dealers gearing up to take advantage of rapid developments in tablets and mobile technologies
About a week after Apple introduced the iPad in 2010, Geoff Roise at Lindsay Windows in Minnesota bought one for one of the company’s production supervisors to try out. “It’s impact immediately became apparent,” he states. “I would send him an email with a question and I would get an instant response.”
Line leaders at Lindsay Windows now...
May 9, 2011
Suppliers see some improvement, but agree that manufacturers are cautious
Window and door manufacturers have not been buying a lot of new equipment lately. Suppliers aren’t predicting any dramatic upturn soon, but they do predict some movement as window and door sales begin to increase slowly.
“We believe the market has been getting stable,” says Sanjay Parikh, general manager for Joseph Machine Co. “There is still definitely more supply than...
March 22, 2011
With Apple introducing its second generation iPad to much fanfare a few weeks ago, it's hard to remember that it's been just over a year since the device was first launched. In some ways, it's the toy we all want to have, but it's also proving to be a very efficient, effective business tool. And, personally, I think it's caught on in the window and door industry faster than any technology...
October 20, 2010
Family business makes all decisions with the customer in mind
Going the Extra Mile
Excellence in Customer Service
American Windows & Doors
The entire Driver family has dedicated itself to taking customer service to a new level and leaving a lasting impression with American Windows & Doors' customers.
The leadership at American Windows & Doors figures that the key to...