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  • Associated Materials Inc.*     Product lines: Vinyl windows and doors; vinyl siding, fencing and other productsBrands: Alside, Alpine, Gentek and RevereHeadquarters: Cuyahoga Falls, OhioManufacturing locations: Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio; Bothell, Wash.; Cedar Rapids, Iowa; Kinston, N.C.; London, Ontario; Yuma, Ariz.; West Salem, OhioEmployees: 3,100Websites: www.associatedmaterials... more »
  • AMSCO Windows*   Product lines: Vinyl and composite windows and doorsHeadquarters: Salt Lake CityEmployees: 300Website: www.amscowindows.comGeneral information: Founded as Aluminum Manufacturing and Supply Co., Amsco Windows celebrates its 65th anniversary this year. The manufacturer operates out of a 500,000-square-foot plant in Salt Lake City. In recent years, it has expanded its... more »
  •       Fortune Brands Home & Security Product lines: Fiberglass and steel entry doors and patio doors; vinyl windows and patio doors; synthetic trim and millwork componentsBrands: Therma-Tru Doors, Simonton Windows, FyponHeadquarters: Deerfield, Ill.Manufacturing locations: Simonton Windows—Vacaville, Calif.; Paris, Ill.; Pennsboro, St. Mary’s, and... more »
  • Andersen Corp.*   Product lines: Clad, wood, vinyl, and composite windows and patio doors; storm doorsBrands: Andersen Windows, Renewal by Andersen, SilverLine by Andersen, American Craftsman by AndersenHeadquarters: Bayport, Minn.Manufacturing locations: 15 locations in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, Illinois, Texas, Ohio, Georgia, New Jersey, and OntarioEmployees: Approximately 9,... more »
  •   Typically, the adoption and enforcement of a new edition of the model codes doesn’t start to take hold until at least a year after the codes are published. With regard to the 2012 International Codes there seems to have been some delay, but more jurisdictions are now enforcing them: According to the ICC website, as of late January 2014, the 2012 International Building Code was... more »
  • Doors—ornate and everyday, metal and wood—are what Steves & Sons has been all about for 147 years. The Texas-based company’s reputation was earned in part by staying abreast of the latest manufacturing technology. Yet it found itself last year paying for damaged delivery claims despite its meticulous packaging procedures. So the company turned to technology again, this time... more »
  • Today’s Internet-savvy consumers make having great online reviews for your business an absolute necessity. Many people won’t even bother with a window and door business that doesn’t have several strong reviews on sites such as Angie’s List, Google or Yelp. Obviously, it’s bad to have negative online reviews on your business; but it’s actually just as bad to... more »
  • Patio door hardware suppliers respond to demands for performance and aesthetics
    Manufacturers are pushing the hardware side harder for new designs, better performance and a wider choice of finishes,” says Phil King, vice president of Accurate Fasteners, part of Northern Architectural Products, based in Canada. For patio doors, hardware suppliers are responding with multipoint lock options to meet forced entry and energy efficiency requirements; tougher hardware capable... more »
  • Uptick in IBS attendance, new product introductions reflect 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 »
  • In 2009, I joined the Window and Door Dealers Alliance to network with other dealers and suppliers to better understand the business. The information we WDDA members share is invaluable; we discuss efficient dealer operations, more effective marketing, and better sales management, along with improved selling programs. The WDDA staff provides information regarding government agency regulations and... more »