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    JIT and fully-integrated, Gienow is taking on the challenge of bringing everything online
    Gienow Building Products enjoys a reputation for manufacturing innovation. Just-in-time or JIT manufacturing is a goal at window and door industry companies across North America, but few are probably at the stage reached by the Canadian manufacturer, where most products literally come off the line and are loaded onto a truck. Window & Door recently traveled to Calgary, AB, to visit the... more »
  • Is there still room for smaller manufacturers in today's industry?
    At a time when many observers see consolidation as the defining trend within our industry, Window & Door thought it would be interesting to gain a different perspective. While much talk has centered around “the big getting bigger, and the smaller guy disappearing,” we know there are plenty of not-so-big companies doing just fine, thank you very much.The window and door industry... 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 »