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  • A Bloomberg.com recent article suggests Gen-Yers are opting for iPads over cars.  "Smartphones, laptops and tablet devices compete for their dollars and are higher priorities than vehicle purchases," one automotive consultant reports. Detroit is concerned that this trend may reduce annual vehicle sales for the long-term. “It’s no longer a foregone conclusion that we... more »
  • Most economists–and many industry executives–see new construction increasing, with additional growth expected next year. Remodeling and replacement activity is also on the upswing, with even bigger gains expected for 2013. I've been on the cautious side regarding our current recovery, but I am becoming increasingly confident that things are really getting better for the window and... more »
  • Window and door companies at all levels are harnessing social networking tools
    Love it or hate it, believe in it or not, social media sites have changed the way we communicate, maintain relationships and conduct business. What might have once been viewed as a passing fad or an interest only among the younger generations is now solidly a part of the collective lifestyle of users of all ages and backgrounds, leaving company leaders to figure out how to harness the power of... more »
  • Market recovery, pending Energy Star changes, set stage for busy show in September
        Components designed to provide enhanced energy performance were featured by numerous suppliers at last year's GlassBuild in Atlanta.   Improving markets enjoyed by some window and door manufacturers already and anticipated by others are setting the stage for a busy GlassBuild America: The Glass, Window & Door Expo coming this fall. Nearly 7,000 industry... more »
  • How do we accomplish everything we need to do to keep our businesses on track and running smoothly? That’s a pretty big topic you could write volumes on. We use a number of strategies to keep our pipeline filled. Networking: There are lots of ways to network. The most important thing is to actually get out there and do it. We are members of a local Business Networking International, which... more »
  • When the economy is this precarious, every penny spent must be justified. Cost efficiency and a lean operating model becomes the Holy Grail for survival. The cost of joining and participating in a trade association must be weighed against other discretionary spending. But focusing on the cost is only half of the cost-benefit equation—never a good business practice. To fill in the rest of... more »
  • More manufacturers and pre-hangers are turning to 3PLs to get product to the jobsite
    The word “outsourcing” strikes an emotional cord whenever it is mentioned. There is typically quite a bit of debate in the media about the pros and cons of outsourcing, which usually carries the connotation of American jobs being shipped overseas. That process is, in fact, more accurately referred to as “off shoring.”     More window and door... more »
  • Asymmetric triple-pane construction and advanced gas filling techniques provide new alternatives to improve performance numbers
    Conventional wisdom says R-5 windows are too costly to manufacture. This assumption is largely based on experience employing older technologies for fabricating high-performing triple IG units. Several recent developments challenge the assumption that R-5 cannot be reached affordably. One is the addition of 4th surface low-E glass coatings in dual lite units. Another is the introduction of... more »
  • We knew the day was coming—the Environmental Protection Agency recently released its draft proposal for the future of the Energy Star program for windows, doors and skylights last week. With a plan that calls for changes to take effect in January 2014, the draft includes U-factor requirements that may  lessen the need for manufacturers to pursue triple-glazed products to carry the... more »
  • Last week, I received press releases from Milgard and Windsor, each announcing the availability of building information modeling (BIM) files for certain window and door lines offered by the manufacturers.  These weren't the first of such announcements I've received by any means, but the fact that I recieved two in one week made me wonder about the role of BIM in the... more »