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  • The 2014 fensterbau/frontale trade show took place in Nuremberg, Germany, March 26-29. Nearly 800 exhibitors, 40 percent of which were international, gathered to show their products and machinery for windows, doors and facades. Following are snapshots from the show floor. Machinery, equipment and software Windows, doors and skylights Colors and cladding  Machinery, equipment and software... more »
  • In response to improving business conditions, window manufacturers promoted existing product lines alongside new ones at IBS 2014 to meet the needs of both the new construction and replacement markets. “The bulk of our business and the basis of our reputation have traditionally been on the remodel/replace side,” said Mark Savan, president of Simonton Windows, which returned to IBS... more »
  • Uptick in IBS attendance reflects strengthening industry
    “The market will probably be up for all home products by 10 or 11 percent for the year. Right now it's kind of quiet, but if you look at order patterns and activity in the first six weeks of the year, we see very strong trends in the South, Southeast, West and Southwest," said Chris Klein, CEO, Fortune Brands Home & Security, parent company of Simonton Windows and Therma Tru Doors... more »
  • The 2014 International Builders' Show took place Feb. 4-6 in Las Vegas, where a number of window and door companies introduced new products. For additional information on the products on display, please also see the IBS 2014 Product Showcase.      Royal Building Products introduced the Slide and Stack Patio Door System at IBS 2014. Glass panels slide on a single track... more »
  • International Builders’ Show returns to Las Vegas as part of new Design & Construction Week
    Building on a successful 2013 event, the International Builders’ Show returns to Las Vegas this year, but this time with a new twist. The 2014 event will co-locate with the Kitchen & Bath Industry Show as part of the first annual Design & Construction Week. Sponsored by the National Association of Home Builders and the Kitchen & Bath Association, Design & Construction Week... more »
  • Nowhere to go but up? Execs weigh in on the year ahead.
    Despite apprehension regarding the fragile economy, window and door industry executives anticipate increased sales in the coming year, backed by moderate economic growth, according to the 2014 Industry Pulse, Window & Door’s exclusive annual survey. More than 50 percent of dealers and manufacturers surveyed said they expect to see moderate economic growth in the coming year, defined as... more »
  • The partial federal government shutdown last fall, the haggling over raising the debt ceiling, Obamacare missteps and its unknown―yet-postponed impact on business costs and personal finances all muddy the waters. Not surprisingly, this has led to a decline in consumer confidence over recent months. The Consumer Sentiment Index fell in October to the lowest reading since December 2012—even... more »
  • Annual trade show will once again focus on doors
    Doors and related components will be most prominent at the Cobb Galleria Center in Atlanta, where the Association of Millwork Distributors will gather for its 49th annual convention and trade show, November 4-6. The event has evolved in recent years, with the exhibit hall now open for only two days, and a growing number of educational opportunities added to the agenda.     Doors... more »
  • At Window & Door, we will soon begin working on the 2014 Top 100 Manufacturers, our annual rankings of North America’s largest producers of residential windows, doors, skylights and sunrooms. We will reach out shortly to companies on last year’s list to gather updated information. We will also contact companies we believe are potential candidates for the rankings. But if you... more »
  • Opening in about two weeks, the Remodeling Show moves back to Chicago this year with a new, more compact schedule designed to provide greater efficiency for exhibitors and attendees. The event is set for October 16-18 at McCormick Place. With the schedule change, the exhibit hall will be open for two days rather than three, and the education program will run three days instead of four.... more »