Latest Articles in Management

  • At the recent Window and Door Manufacturers Association’s Spring Meeting and Legislative Conference, held March 19-21 in Washington, D.C., Chad Moutray, chief economist for the National Association of Manufacturers, spoke on the continuing challenge of finding and retaining a skilled labor force and outlined initiatives companies and associations are implementing to address the situation.... more »
  • Manufacturers adjust hiring practices to cultivate qualified workers in a tight labor market
    A new employee cuts a window screen frame to size at Quanex, a company that uses a variety of recruiting strategies, including utilizing veteran outreach programs and participating in Manufacturing Day. (Image courtesy of Quanex.) Recruiting Tips Seek out veterans “Veterans have a commitment to mission, they know how to work with a team and they understand how to be trained. These are all... more »
  • Despite the seemingly sophisticated path of our evolution as a modern civilization, there still exist men and women in the workplace who have either ignored, forgotten or altogether failed to learn how to treat one another.  Recent revelations of abuse and misconduct among the Hollywood culture and other high-profile sectors of our society have given all of us somewhat of a wake-up call.... more »
  • How manufacturers can take the lead on addressing the issue
    Availability of qualified labor is increasingly seen as a major problem for both the construction industry and for manufacturers. In the former case, the National Association of Home Builders reported in a 2017 Eye on Housing blog that the percentage of its surveyed builders who indicated that cost and availability of labor is their most significant problem skyrocketed from 13 percent of builders... more »
  • Buy-sell agreements protect a company in the event of the unexpected
    Editor's Note: This is the last in a series on exit planning and succession that Window & Door began publishing in the May issue. The series is adapted from that which ran in Glass Magazine, our sister publication. If you have a succession story to share or are beginning the process and want to share your experience, email ethompson@glass.org. To view previous articles in the... more »
  • Editor's Note: This is the last in a series on exit planning and succession that Window & Door began publishing in the May issue. The series is adapted from that which ran in Glass Magazine, our sister publication. If you have a succession story to share or are beginning the process and want to share your experience, email ethompson@glass.org. Visit WindowandDoor.com for answers to... more »
  • With the lack of qualified labor holding a steady place as a top industry concern, time-saving products are increasingly prominent and important. Dealers and installers can especially benefit from products that work with the limited labor they have, while doing the work of the labor they don’t. Each specialized area of construction has its own list of time-wasters, and exterior doors are no... more »
  • An owner’s exit from a business will probably be the largest financial event of their life. Further, harvesting the illiquid wealth trapped in a business can also be one of the most complex transactions an owner will face. Key to navigating this process is gathering the best information to minimize risk, to make correct decisions, and to understand the financial and strategic control issues... more »
  • An objection is a buying signal. It’s an indication that the client is interested in purchasing something—and likely from you—as soon as the discrepancy between your offer and their purchasing conditions is rectified. An objection is an opening for further discovery, further information and a more refined solution. Though, this interpretation is polar opposite of how most... more »
  • Capture business wealth and pass the baton to the next generation
    Editor's Note: This is the first in a series of articles on exit planning and succession that will run in the remainder of our 2017 issues. If you have an exit/succession story to share, please email Emily Thompson, editor in chief, at ethompson@glass.org. (This series originally ran in Glass Magazine, Window & Door's sister publication.) In running your window and door business there is only... more »