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  • Ask vinyl window manufacturers 10 or 20 years ago, most of them would have reported that 90 percent of their sales or more were white vinyl. And many seemed to prefer things that way. “Color is all the way through” was a selling point for many vinyl window companies. According to a Window & Door survey of vinyl window manufacturers, things are changing. More and more companies are... more »
  • First of all, let me express on behalf of the entire Window & Door team our deepest concerns and sympathy for the people of Japan—especially those directly impacted by the recent earthquake, tsunami and the resulting devastation. Natural disasters of this nature resonate with me in a pretty significant way. Several years ago, I visited New Orleans to visit with window and door companies... more »
  • In January, President Obama announced support of a new Better Buildings Initiative—targeted at commercial projects—and expressed his support once again for Home Star, the program that would provide homeowners with government rebates for energy efficient home upgrades. Given the change in Congress, I honestly don’t know how much potential there is for such programs. I certainly... more »
  • This year's rankings suggest more optimism for growth ahead
    For some window and door manufacturers, 2010 was a pretty good year. Tax credits for energy efficient products created a boon for those focused on the replacement market. Other manufacturers, especially those traditionally serving the new construction market, continued to struggle. That underlying dynamic is evident in Window & Door’s 2011 Top 100 Manufacturers. The good news in this... more »
  • "A Day Made of Glass..." is a very cool video from Corning Inc. that's enjoyed more than 7 million views since it was uploaded on YouTube about a month ago. It shows a world where iPad apps can be found on nearly any large glass surface—and much more. Granted the video doesn’t show that many window and door glass applications, but it’s still kind of exciting to... more »
  • The days are getting longer, the weather is tumultuous in many parts of the country and the media has circled back around to its seasonal topics of home sales and home improvement. It's beginning to feel a bit like Spring. Nationwide, home improvement companies have been beefing up staff to deal with the busier Spring selling season, making headlines with reporters who have been quite comfortable... more »
  • The up-and-coming workforce is digitally native, thinks globally, is easily bored, craves attention, acts socially and is work-ethic challenged. That's  according to Eric Chester, a consultant focused on helping companies understand and getting the most out of "Generation Why" employees and keynote speaker at this week's AAMA conference. Hiring new workers and developing new talent... more »
  • News emerged recently that Penguin Windows, one of the largest home improvement companies in the country and a past Window & Door Dealer of the Year, swiftly and unexpectedly closed down its corporate headquarters and drastically downsized its operations. A company official attributed the move to market weakness, according to at least one local press report, but it's hard not to think... more »
  • AAMA publishes new brochure to educate homeowners
    Today’s windows and doors offer many low-maintenance features but that doesn’t mean they don’t require any care or maintenance, particularly if they are going to perform well over a long period of time. That is the message of the most recent brochure from the American Architectural Manufacturers Association, which includes tips for proper cleaning and maintenance to better... more »
  • Following a rough January, window and door companies still see potential after the tax credit hangover
    After having a festive wrap-up to last year, the window and door industry suffered a bit of a hangover in January. The 2009 and 2010 tax incentives and increased awareness of energy efficiency fueled retrofit sales among otherwise skittish consumers and pulled forward demand as would-be buyers rushed to complete their home improvement projects before the end of the year. The party ended abruptly... more »