The Talk

  • March 22, 2011
    THE TALK... | Operations

    Do You Have an iPad Yet?

    With Apple introducing its second generation iPad to much fanfare a few weeks ago, it's hard to remember that it's been just over a year since the device was first launched. In some ways, it's the toy we all want to have, but it's also proving to be a very efficient, effective business tool.  And, personally, I think it's caught on in the window and door industry faster than any ... more »
  • March 16, 2011
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    Will You Help Japan?

    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 ... more »
  • Will You Sell Touchscreen Windows and Doors?

    "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 »
  • March 2, 2011
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    Has Spring Sprung?

    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 ... more »
  • February 22, 2011
    THE TALK... | Management

    Are You Ready for Generation Why?

    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 ... more »
  • February 16, 2011
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    Will Penguin Story Have an Impact?

    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 »
  • Should We Look at HomeStar Again?

    Personally, I thought HomeStar was dead.  And given our current Congress, it may be, but President Obama brought it up again last week. Re-emphasizing his commitment to energy efficiency, he said would push for the initiative as part of his his next proposed budget. I know there are a lot mixed industry feelings on HomeStar.  Some people like the idea of incentivizing homeowners ... more »
  • February 1, 2011
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    Are You in the Market? Or On the Market?

    Monday's announcement that Quanex was acquiring Edgetech was a bit of a surprise on its own, but it also comes on the heels of four other industry acquisitions announced during the first month of 2011.  For those of you not keeping track, Hurd has also acquired Superseal, a local investor group bought Fen-Tech, a French company acquired Lapco in Quebec and a private equity firm acquired ... more »
  • January 26, 2011
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    Packers or Steelers?

    Every once in a while, we step outside of the realm of window and door-related topics to explore something that gives us a feel for our readers. Given that I'm not much of a football fan, I thought that would make me the best one (for impartiality's sake) to ask the question of the hour—Packers or Steelers?Now I will admit that I'll be cheering for the Packers by default. ... more »
  • January 18, 2011
    THE TALK... | Aesthetics & Style

    Is Design the New Differentiator?

    Window and door manufacturers touted R-5 efficiency, HVHZ impact resistance and a host of other performance attributes at last week's International Builders' Show. Walking the floor and talking to exhibitors, however, I sensed an increasing emphasis on design issues. In talking to exhibitors, styles and colors seemed to trump Energy Star. I think I heard more people say things like ... more »