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  • Without question, a window and door manufacturer's most direct interaction with users of its products comes at the customer service and field servicelevels. Companies maintaining comprehensive customer service and warranty service programs routinely place employees in a position to address an owner, user or installer-each of whom is calling because he/she has a problem. The job of responding is... more »
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    A new vinyl window manufacturing system seeks to create "true one-piece flow."
    Most companies making vinyl windows follow the same basic manufacturing steps as 35 years ago. Lineals are optimized and cut into lengths. When the welding station operator is ready to assemble a particular unit, all four pieces are located and loaded one piece at a time into a welder. Sash and frames are then welded, cleaned and sent to glazing. There have been improvements to the process over... more »
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    Manufacturers are working to compete in remodeling and commercial markets
    When one door closes, another door is bound to open—literally. When circumstances change, the key is to adapt. Interestingly, that's exactly what some fiberglass door manufacturers are doing. After establishing significant market share, as well as providing a level of innovation, quality and value that is unprecedented within the door manufacturing industry, fiberglass manufacturers are... more »
  • FOUR SEASONSAs part of a corporate restructuring, Patrick Marron has been promoted to chief executive officer of Four Seasons Solar Products LLC. The company-owned stores are now being run as a separate business, Four Seasons Retail, to be led by Shaun Kennedy as chief executive officer. Both businesses will share common back office resources-most notably finance-with Mitch Pisik becoming group... more »
  • I'm a bad bedtime negotiator. My two- and four-year-old girls know their bedtime, know the routine and know the two-books-each rule. When my husband finishes the books, he gives them a smooch, turns off the light and chipper little voices call out, "Good night daddy" as he closes the door. When I shut the final book and reach for the light, the ballistic fits ensue. I deserve the... more »
  • David Seiders, chief economist for the National Association of Home Builders, sees new single-family home starts bottoming out by the end of the year, with a recovery beginning in 2009. He predicts the remodeling market will trail new construction, but it will begin to see improvement next year. Whether he's right or not, who knows, but I now have an answer to a question that's kept coming up... more »
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    Eventual market recovery, demand for triple glazing and continued efforts to reduce labor will spur more investments, suppliers predict
    Back in 2005 and 2006, window and door manufacturers were investing in new equipment and plants to expand capacity as the housing market boomed. With the housing bust of 2007 and 2008, things changed. Suppliers report that investments in new equipment are now down dramatically, but they also point out that spending has not come to a halt. Manufacturers continue to replace machines and upgrade... more »
  • Residential product demand should see some recovery in 2009, but growth will be slow
    With both new home construction and residential remodeling expenditures down, window sales will fall another 11.8 percent this year, according to a new report from the American Architectural Manufacturers Association and the Window & Door Manufacturers Association. Although cautious regarding the high inventory of unsold homes, the study sees the residential market beginning to regain some... more »
  • When a job opening is created, broaden your usual approach. In addition to seeking a full-time replacement, consider offering exciting employees, ex-employees and job applicants a nontraditional arrangement that meets immediate company and candidate needs. Here are a few ideas: Part-time hours (even one day a week) Job sharing On a per project basis Telecommuting from home with regular... more »
  • John Swanson, editor/ associate publisher of Window & Door The International Builders’ Show Web site this year featured a little guy walking around and talking at the bottom of the screen. It was the first time I’d seen that feature, but I just visited Window City's site last week that also had two “hosts”... more »