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  • Reaching a crossroads, the dealer took a different path
    Out-of-the Box Excellence in Innovative Thinking Associated Building Supply Oxnard, Calif.     The leadership at Associated Building Supply made business decisions proactively to position itself for future growth and come out ahead of the crowd crippled by the downturn. Whether they wanted it or not, the economic downturn has given many window and door dealers extra... more »
  • Door and millwork industry event set for Charlotte
    Looking to build on increased enthusiasm among attendees and exhibitors alike at last year’s event, the Association of Millwork Distributors is heading to Charlotte, N.C., for its 46th annual convention and exhibition. Set for October 9-13, this year’s gathering has been refined to feature one day focused on education, followed by two days of the trade show. Last year's AMD... more »
  • There are some unique characters out there to be sure, but the window and door dealers I’ve met over the years usually possess a lively combination of energy, enthusiasm, intelligence and downright friendliness. Those traits typically bubble up to the surface with our Dealers of the Year recognition program. The stories of the companies and individuals we recognize as Dealers of the Year... more »
  • Some rays of light this week in what has otherwise been a pretty dismal summer. The Commerce Department reported yesterday a seasonally-adjusted jump of more than 10 percent in housing starts in August. This was more of an increase than many economists expected, which doesn't really surprise me. I would imagine one would be hard pressed to find a cheery economist these days. One month worth of... more »
  • A quick look at window and door industry offerings in Las Vegas All photos by Robb D. Cohen Photography Vinyl Window & Door Systems   Chelsea Building Products was one of several vinyl extruders focusing on systems that enabled fabricators to reach R-5 performance levels.    Veka introduced its new elements window line, designed to provide fabricators with... more »
  • R-5 is apparently now established as an industry benchmark. If I had any doubts, they disappeared walking the floor of GlassBuild America yesterday. "R-5" appeared in exhibitor displays and a handful of manufacturers I spoke with indicated they were at the show at least in part to review their R-5 options. (An interesting story in itself is the sudden emergence of double-pane R-5... more »
  • Although I tried to keep my mind off work while on vacation last week, I was reminded of the busy fall ahead several times by ads in the newspaper and on TV urging homeowners to get their windows replaced before energy efficiency tax credits expire at the end of the year. "Don't miss out! Windows need to be installed by December 31!" Ever since the tax credit passed, industry people... more »
  • Honoring the industry's innovators in technology, manufacturing and marketing
    Window & Door has announced its 2010 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. "Ours is a resilient industry. Our 2010 Crystal Achievement Award winners make that abundantly clear," says John... more »
  • Many of us in the window and door business would consider ourselves part of the home improvement industry. But what about the “home performance” industry? My guess is that a lot of us have probably never even heard that term. Home performance deserves our attention, however. Home performance contractors are energy efficient retrofitters. They don’t just sell siding or HVAC... more »
  • Home Star took another step forward last week. I can’t say I’ve heard a lot of enthusiastic endorsements of the program from our industry, but there seems to be general support. Given the current state of our market, it’s hard to argue against a program that could stimulate more window and door sales. Home Star comes with some baggage, however. It’s not clear what criteria... more »