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  • It’s pretty apparent at this point that our economy is not going to bounce back quickly. It’ll take time to get everything straightened out to reasonable levels and, in the meantime, companies in our industry (and many others) are pedaling fast to get lean and stay nimble in this tricky environment. In a general sense, I would classify my products as appropriate for... more »
  • Those who ignore the knowledge, buying power and participation of women in the home improvement marketplace, a longtime male-dominated niche market, do so to their economic peril. The Lowe's home improvement chain set out to prove this premise about five years ago and came up not pink, not green, but golden. The blue's answer to Home Depot's well-established orange, which included wider aisles,... more »
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    Billing itself as "the most complete fenestration industry package," annual CWDMA show is set for November in Toronto
    Compared with the U.S., window and door markets in Canada remain relatively healthy, boding well for another strong Win-Door North America next month. The annual trade show sponsored by the Canadian Window & Door Manufacturers Association returns to the Metro Toronto Convention Centre November 11-13. While traffic at some U.S. shows decreased last year, the 2007 edition of Win-door saw... more »
  • The economic outlook, along with the outlook for window and door sales, isn't too bright. We've all seen the news. While I'm not kidding myself, I found some hope and encouragement, however, in the number of window and door manufacturers I saw walking the floor of GlassBuild America this week. So, when do you think we'll see growth in the window and door market? First half... more »
  • $700 billion. Or was it $700 trillion. It's way too big a number and too complicated an issue for me, but when I heard about plan to bail out Wall Street and theoretically save our economy, I couldn't help but wonder, "It would be nice if someone helped out struggling window and door companies that way." Of course, I know most business owners in this industry wouldn't want or expect the... more »
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    Baltimore event saw introduction of new fiberglass products
    It's an old axiom, repeated by optimistic dealers and manufacturers at the first sign of a slow housing market to come, that when housing starts take a hit the remodeling market shines as homeowners substitute fixing up their existing home for moving into a new one. It's also a load of bunk, said many exhibitors at the 2008 Remodeling Show in Baltimore from Sept. 10-12. Starting a day after the... more »
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    Window & Door Honors the Industry's Innovators in Products, Manufacturing and Marketing
    Window & Door has announced its 2008 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. "When so many headlines are gloomy, it's a real pleasure to put the focus on new products and technologies that highlight... more »
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    Manufacturer launching new cellular product line targeting wood window buyers.
    With the MIyota way, boards around the plant allow workers to track performance and look for improvement. Chris Rothermel, assistant manager at MI's Gratz plant, says employees now embrace the concept. What does it take to be green? Like many other manufacturers, MI Windows & Doors has been working to answer that question. What it has discovered is that it had already taken some... more »
  • AMD expanding educational program to better serve members and increasing efforts to welcome new members and guests
    AMD's exhibition has reflected door industry trends with an expanding range of door styles and options on display.  Several innovative new products were debuted last year at the Association of Millwork Distributors' annual exhibition in Denver. The leading showcase for the door industry moves to Florida this year, running Oct. 13-15 at the Gaylord Palms Resort and Convention Center... more »
  • The past several months, I have been feeling bombarded with headlines about housing market woes, a lackluster economy and the rising costs of gas. Throw in the industry-specific reports of another window or door plant that's closed down, it can get depressing. When so many headlines are gloomy, it's a real pleasure to put the focus on new products and technologies that highlight creativity and... more »