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  • Door and millwork industry event set for Charlotte
    Looking to build on increased enthusiasm among attendees and exhibitors alike at last year’s event, the Association of Millwork Distributors is heading to Charlotte, N.C., for its 46th annual convention and exhibition. Set for October 9-13, this year’s gathering has been refined to feature one day focused on education, followed by two days of the trade show. Last year's AMD... more »
  • There are some unique characters out there to be sure, but the window and door dealers I’ve met over the years usually possess a lively combination of energy, enthusiasm, intelligence and downright friendliness. Those traits typically bubble up to the surface with our Dealers of the Year recognition program. The stories of the companies and individuals we recognize as Dealers of the Year... more »
  • A quick look at window and door industry offerings in Las Vegas All photos by Robb D. Cohen Photography Vinyl Window & Door Systems   Chelsea Building Products was one of several vinyl extruders focusing on systems that enabled fabricators to reach R-5 performance levels.    Veka introduced its new elements window line, designed to provide fabricators with... more »
  • Home Star took another step forward last week. I can’t say I’ve heard a lot of enthusiastic endorsements of the program from our industry, but there seems to be general support. Given the current state of our market, it’s hard to argue against a program that could stimulate more window and door sales. Home Star comes with some baggage, however. It’s not clear what criteria... more »
  • No doubt it's too soon to tell what kind of impact EPA's lead paint rule will have on the remodeling business in general and the replacement window business specifically.  It's been less than two weeks since it became the law of the land. But I couldn't help but wonder, has the new lead paint rule had an effect yet?  No doubt, it's having an impact on installation crews.  I'd love... more »
  • Continued struggles and signs of optimism evident in this year’s rankings of North America’s largest residential window and door manufacturers
    Times were still tough in 2009, but signs of life emerged within the industry last year. A look through Window & Door’s 2010 Top 100 Manufacturers provides ample evidence that companies continue to struggle in this economic environment. This year’s rankings, however, also feature some nuggets of good news that reinforce the view of many that the worst may be over. Armaclad... more »
  • Las Vegas—The International Builders’ Show, which concluded here last week, set the stage for a better year in 2010. As noted last week, a more upbeat mood prevailed as the event opened, with window and door industry exhibitors expressing more optimism for the year ahead, particularly on the remodeling and replacement side of the business. David Crowe, chief economist for the National... more »
  • Expectations for a better year boost expectations for Las Vegas event
    With the housing market expected to begin a tepid recovery in 2010, exhibitors and attendees alike will be looking for signs of life when they gather for the International Builders’ Show. The National Association of Home Builders' annual show runs January 19-22 at the Las Vegas Convention Center. Attendance itself will serve as a barometer. Last year’s event drew about 60,000 people,... more »
  • Industry leaders see many challenges, but this may be the year we finally turn the corner
    Everyone is cautious, but there are traces of optimism in the window and door market. While most industry representatives expect a challenging start to 2010, they are, generally speaking, anticipating a flattening out and perhaps a slight uptick in the back half of this year. "While there are many indicators that the marketplace has hit bottom, market projections are for the recovery to be... more »
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    ERP system alone is not enough to ensure "customer delight"
    Going the Extra Mile Excellence in Customer Service Feldco Factory Direct Des Plaines, Ill.    With additional locations, Feldco has invested in a customized ERP system to help manage the details, but the management team knows that true customer satisfaction comes from employees dedicated to promoting "customer delight." Feldco has figured out that the best... more »