October 1, 2011
Lavy Windows is a little company that packs a big punch
EXCELLENCE IN COMMUNITY SERVICE
With just a handful of employees and serving homeowners and contractors in a small strip of counties in northern Indiana, it’s impressive to think of the hundreds of children and multiple communities Lavy Windows supports as part of its community service initiative.
Guided by the...
October 1, 2011
Installation-centric company strives for complete satisfaction
Plumb, Level & Square
EXCELLENCE IN INSTALLATION
After spending decades building a career in the window and door business, John Nelson Sr. still drives by customers’ houses in his free time to show off his company’s handiwork to his wife. “I’ll say, ‘Honey, you’ve got to see this one place we...
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...