Latest Articles in Strategies & Practices

  • Despite all the objections I’ve heard about the Environmental Protection Renovation, Repair and Paint rules, most in the industry argue that if the laws are on the books, they need to be enforced. Otherwise, the companies that play by the rules—investing in training and following lead safe procedures—will be undercut in the market by those that don’t. Enforcement started... more »
  • 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... more »
  • 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... more »
  • Facing a weakening market, the Miami-based manufacturer implemented changes to expand
    Rising from the devastation of Hurricane Andrew in 1992, CGI Windows & Doors Inc. got its start by focusing on products that could meet the stringent impact-resistant building codes that emerged in the storm’s aftermath. Faced with a devastating economic environment 15 years later, the company has stayed true to its core, but reinvented itself in many ways too.     CGI... more »
  • Tru Tech sees big potential in listening to customers
    Tru Tech Doors got its start as a local door shop in Ontario, “doing the things others wouldn’t do.” A little more than 10 years later, the company has its sights on becoming ”the new name in doors” across North America. John Careri, president, attributes much of the company’s success to listening to the voice of the customer. When the company got its start, he... more »
  • 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... more »
  • In January, President Obama announced support of a new Better Buildings Initiative—targeted at commercial projects—and expressed his support once again for Home Star, the program that would provide homeowners with government rebates for energy efficient home upgrades. Given the change in Congress, I honestly don’t know how much potential there is for such programs. I certainly... more »
  • The up-and-coming workforce is digitally native, thinks globally, is easily bored, craves attention, acts socially and is work-ethic challenged. That's  according to Eric Chester, a consultant focused on helping companies understand and getting the most out of "Generation Why" employees and keynote speaker at this week's AAMA conference. Hiring new workers and developing new talent... more »
  • AAMA publishes new brochure to educate homeowners
    Today’s windows and doors offer many low-maintenance features but that doesn’t mean they don’t require any care or maintenance, particularly if they are going to perform well over a long period of time. That is the message of the most recent brochure from the American Architectural Manufacturers Association, which includes tips for proper cleaning and maintenance to better... more »
  • Following a rough January, window and door companies still see potential after the tax credit hangover
    After having a festive wrap-up to last year, the window and door industry suffered a bit of a hangover in January. The 2009 and 2010 tax incentives and increased awareness of energy efficiency fueled retrofit sales among otherwise skittish consumers and pulled forward demand as would-be buyers rushed to complete their home improvement projects before the end of the year. The party ended abruptly... more »