NWDA Winter Conference Addresses U.S. Manufacturing
February 11, 2014
Meetings & Events
Nearly 80 executives representing window and door manufacturers and suppliers attended the recent Northeast Window & Door Association Winter Conference for two days of education, industry information, collective brainstorming and business networking.
"The NWDA Board and management staff was seeking to inject some new life into the association's traditional meeting format," says Steve Chen, NWDA president and Crystal Window & Door Systems' COO. "We were looking to increase the value and enjoyment for the participants as well as boost attendance. I feel we've succeeded on all fronts." Jim Murphy, vice president of Strybuc Industries, agrees, saying the meeting was "the best one in many years."
Jim Reeb of CR Manufacturing and the Manufacturers Institute spoke during one of the educational sessions, making the case that despite all the negative press, manufacturing in the United States continues to be a vibrant, critical component of the national and world economies. The primary challenge to manufacturing, according to Reeb, is the growing shortage of adequately skilled workers and managers, concluding with suggestions to reduce the critical skills gap.
The NWDA annual Summer Meeting is scheduled for June 2-3, 2014, at Caesar's Hotel & Casino in Atlantic City, N.J.