Latest Articles in Strategies & Practices

  • This week, a documentary about American manufacturing premieres nationwide. Directors Vincent Vittorio and Nathan McGill of  “American Made Movie” highlight what they believe to be the underpinnings of long-term growth in the U.S. manufacturing sector, noting very clearly that domestic manufacturing “isn’t dead yet.” In a Marketwatch.com column ... more »
  • GlassCraft Door Co. shows how artisanship and R&D work together
                More than 1,000 Speakeasy door features have been sold to date.    Had Glasscraft Door Co. offered its stylish Speakeasy door during Prohibition, more bootleg joints would have had their covers blown; it would have been tough to keep the locations secret with such an attractive and useful entrance feature. The Houston,... more »
  • Here are a few of my personal gems: Ordering a 24-inch width when I meant to order a 2/4 width Ordering a one-over-one double-hung when I should have ordered a full view picture window Ordering equal sash when I should have ordered cottage sash Ordering the default hardware color when it should have been a color option. How can mistakes like these occur when I aim to be meticulous with the... more »
  • The lazy, crazy, hazy days of summer are still with us, but in this issue, Window & Door looks ahead to the fall and GlassBuild America: The Glass, Window & Door Expo, September 10-12 in Atlanta. It's the first of several fall events where window and door industry executives will gather and get down to business, either finalizing plans for 2014 or preparing for what's next. For... more »
  • Trade data suggests more U.S. windows and doors are being exported
    Although the United States is a major worldwide player in the importing and exporting of doors and windows, the actual percentage of product involved in international trade is quite small compared to overall production. A look at trade data shows that of the value of total production, only about 2 percent of doors and windows produced are exported, and about 4 percent of those consumed are... more »
  • As more consumers turn to the Web, dealers need to make sure people can find them
    If you own a window and door company of any size, you've likely found out that marketing your business in this digital age can be a confusing process. You could be a certified member of Mensa with an abiding interest in technology and still find yourself behind the eight ball in a hurry. That's because today's tech developments occur with such blinding speed that by the time you understand one... more »
  • For most people, the summer season is synonymous with sunny days, a packed social calendar and vacation time. It’s overwhelmingly recognized as the most popular time of year for relaxation, much to the chagrin of business owners everywhere come June 21st. As the temperature rises, and the days get longer, it’s easy for even the most motivated employees to lose enthusiasm, and... more »
  • This is sort of a trick question, actually. Any dealer that has weathered the storm of the last few years is likely a dealer worthy of recognition. We've been through a lot with the housing market rollercoaster, and last year's Dealers of the Year winners were stories not only of survival, but also of companies that learned to thrive in the new normal of window and door sales, distribution and... more »
  • Suppliers report demand for equipment and software is on the rise as the window and door market continues to improve
    Spurred by an increase in window and door sales, manufacturers are showing increased willingness to invest in production operations. Orders for new equipment and systems are up, and suppliers expect greater demand going forward. “There is pent-up demand in nearly every area of the country and most every segment of the market,” says Morgan Donohue of Erdman Automation Corp., the... more »
  • Job site efficiency results in faster, higher quality―and ultimately more profitable―installations. However, achieving high levels of efficiency is by no means automatic. It takes a dedicated effort to assess and develop productive work habits. Perfect efficiency is unattainable, but continuous improvement offers great returns. Workflow is a key component to job site efficiency. Specifically,... more »