WDMA Creates Architectural Door Council
The Window and Door Manufacturers Association has established the National Architectural Door Council to represent the interests of manufacturers of architectural door manufacturers and their suppliers. Operating under the WDMA umbrella, NADC will work to create programs and services to serve this market segment and provide networking and education opportunities for its members.
"The architectural wood door industry is a unique subset of the overall window and door industry with distinct issues which WDMA recognizes can best be addressed by the formation of the council," says Ann Duebner, WDMA vice chair and vice president of sales and marketing for Eggers Industries in Two Rivers, Wis. "I'm excited by the possibilities and look forward to Eggers' participation in the council."
"WDMA has been the main voice and effective advocate for the architectural door industry for years and now the NADC will give us the opportunity to take that to the next level, which is all the more important given the economic climate we're all facing," adds Steve Sisson, WDMA immediate past chair and vice president/general manager of Karona Inc. in Grand Rapids, Mich.
Organization officials say NADC will be responsible for developing and maintaining the primary industry standards for architectural wood doors and representing the industry before code and regulatory bodies, standards-setting organizations, policymakers and the media. NADC will also be promoting the use of the recently-updated WDMA architectural door standards to architects, specifiers and contractors through information exchange, education and media awareness. One of the first orders of business for the new group is to launch an online continuing education program covering those documents.