October 12, 2011
Walker Windows Sticks to Professionals, Stands Apart with Service
LEADERSHIP IN THE PROFESSIONAL MARKET
Staying on course during a storm is something Walker Windows has perfected. The Anaheim, Calif.-based window dealer was founded to serve professionals and grew during the boom years as its builders and general contractors rode the wave of inflated building demand. As the...
October 4, 2011
An electronic newsletter came to me yesterday from Abe Gaskins at MGM Industries. He is an active blogger and the Tennessee vinyl window maker's website is filled with his wisdom on a variety of topics. This week he talks about search engine optimization and blogging and how it can translate into leads. He says it's working for MGM and its dealer customers and he encourages...
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...
September 1, 2011
Window & Door has announced its 2011 Crystal Achievement Award winners. Selected by a panel of judges representing all segments of the industry, the awards recognize significant innovations and achievements in window and door technology, manufacturing, and marketing.
“This year's Crystal Achievement Award winners reflect the strength and resilience of our industry,” says John...
August 30, 2011
Visiting Cape Cod this past weekend, I got a first-hand look at a hurricane and also saw the effects of the storm. They were not catastrophic around me by any means, but trees went down and there were widespread power outages. This week's Talk comes from a friend's house as a result of power being down at my own.
Anyway, the storm is on my mind, and I was curious how window and door...
August 17, 2011
The opportunity to honor many of our industry’s innovators with the Crystal Achievement Awards makes our September issue one of the most gratifying to work on each year. It’s not just about recognizing the winners, however.
Looking through all the nominations always reveals something about the direction we’re heading as an industry. This year it was evident that window and...