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  • Tips to protect manufacturers and dealers from improper field testing
    It is an ever-increasing occurrence in the window-and-door industry-a manufacturer or dealer receives notice that a field test has exposed a leak. The repercussions which may flow from this depend largely on how the leak-identifying field test was conducted and how the manufacturer or dealer reacts. A "properly" conducted field test can be loosely defined in a legal dispute as one which... more »
  • By the time you’re reading this, the Beijing Summer Olympics will have long since closed. But as I write this, we’re deep into Olympic obsession mode (at least my household is). I know the Olympics themselves are now yesterday’s news, but if you’ll indulge a gal a bit, I’m hoping to strike up a conversation about China. About four years ago, not long after I first... more »
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    Industry offers initial feedback at August stakeholder meeting
    Manufacturers wanting an Energy Star label on their windows will need to make some significant product line changes, including potentially, the use of triple glazing. The Department of Energy issued new proposals for more stringent Energy Star criteria for windows, doors, and skylights in August, and hosted a public stakeholders meeting to gather industry feedback. Speaking at that meeting,... more »
  • It's no secret that small and large businesses are shifting marketing resources from print to online activities that can add value beyond lead generation. Local search marketing, including pay-per-click advertising on search engines, is the leading interactive medium for retailers and dealers. Growth in revenues at newspaper and local television station Web sites indicates many companies are... 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 »
  • Last March I suggested in this column that the handwringing over the housing slump and the general recession that many were sure it would bring were overwrought. Let's see, some six months later, where all that stands.In essence, the jury is still out. True, the housing crunch and its economic downturn have reached epic proportions and remain the highlight of campaigns for Presidential hopefuls.... more »
  • Group considers development of its own green rating program
    Hershey, Pa.—The American Architectural Manufacturers Association started work on a new green rating system for fenestration products at its summer conference at the Hotel Hershey in June. The group also heard an update on Department of Energy initiatives in developing new window and door technologies. “We want to be the ones defining what a green product is,” said Tracy Rogers... more »
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    Canadian manufacturer looks to woo new customers with good talk, and a good walk
    Window City is out on the dealer dating scene and ready to commit. Having served the greater Toronto area for more than 15 years, the Vaughan, Ontario-based window and door manufacturer has invested millions of dollars to automate its production facility, vertically-integrate its business strategy and take its image to the next level with an aggressive marketing initiative. With nearly a... more »