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  • 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 »
  • A look at products from the floor in Atlanta
    Buoyed by an uptick in the housing market, increased sales volumes and positive predictions for the year ahead, the mood was upbeat among the more than 6,200 attendees and 360 exhibitors here at GlassBuild America: The Glass, Window & Door Expo, September 10-12. Watch videos from some of the window and door industry suppliers introducing new products and equipment on the show floor in... more »
  • Due to some health limitations, I missed my first GlassBuild America this year. It left me feeling a bit isolated, I must say, knowing so much of the industry–and so many friends–were down in Atlanta, while I was stuck at home in New York. I'm sorry I missed the chance to say hi to so many of you, but I'm definitely in recovery mode and plan to be back on the road again soon.... more »
  •   Welcome to Window & Door's special online section devoted to residential window and door industry products featured at GlassBuild America 2013 at the Georgia World Congress Center, September 10-12. Below are links to pages devoted to various  products, components, software and equipment showcased by exhibitors at the Atlanta event. Attention exhibitors!  If you'd... more »
  • A quick look at some of the new products introduced in Atlanta
    In addition to snapshots from the show floor at GlassBuild, don't miss our overview report from the event, videos from the show floor and continuing coverage of new products introduced in Atlanta.   New Doors             Deceuninck North America unveiled an industry-first prototype sliding door with a PVC frame and a polyurethane sash.... more »
  • Congratulations are in order this week as we announce the winners of Window & Door's 2013 Crystal Achievement Awards. The presentation of these awards, honoring innovation in products, manufacturing and marketing, is one of my favorite tasks. And we have some impressive winners this year. Velux is being honored for a skylight that uses solar power to provide remote operation without any... more »