Latest Articles in Management

  • How automation and technology make people less necessary, more important
    The fenestration industry is waking up to technology advancements and automation. While some companies have invested in more automated factories for years, industry suppliers and economic forecasters have seen a shift in the past two to three years where this type of investment is growing into a mainstream industry trend. The robots and automated machinery widely on display and sold at industry... more »
  • Record keeping, training and continuing education are key to complying with the EPA’s Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule
    What to Do if the EPA Walks Through the Door Seaway provides the following tips to its dealer base to help them manage potential run-ins with the EPA. Maintain and be able to produce current, correct and complete documentation. Do not engage in small talk; keep the visit strictly business since the EPA’s primary goal in visiting is to find prosecutable violations. Contact the company... more »
  • Three women share their unique perspectives on best business practices
    Right: Women are vastly underrepresented in construction. Although women comprise 47 percent of the total U.S. workforce, they represent only 9 percent of the construction workforce. With construction experiencing such an intense labor shortage, opportunities for women abound. Although women comprise about 47 percent of the total U.S. workforce, construction is made up of only 9 percent women,... more »
  • How brand awareness and company assessment factor into recruiting and company culture
    In the article Investing in the #1 Asset published in the March/April 2019 issue, sources shared insights on how strong personnel relationships build better businesses. Part of the relationship equation relies on how employees see the company they work for. Here, brand awareness comes into play as part of the personnel equation, as does improving company leadership. Brand awareness While... more »
  • Labor shortage problem continues to grow
    In the Industry Watch column from March/April 2018, we noted that availability of qualified labor is increasingly seen as a major problem for both the construction industry and for manufacturers. If anything, the situation has worsened. An industry-wide survey conducted this past summer by Autodesk and the Associated General Contractors of America, says labor shortages remain so significant and... more »
  • Strong personnel relationships build better businesses
    Business leaders often say people are their number one asset. People make business run. The industry is feeling this need for people now more than ever as demand is up, but the labor shortage and struggle to keep top-quality employees continues.  Additional resources to download 5 Dysfunctions of a Team Best Practices for Effective Feedback Developing Others Three Perceptual Positions... more »
  •  For companies that decide recruiting is a hiring strategy worth considering, there are certain practices that can help lead to success. Build a relationship with a vetted firm. Do your homework to find an honorable firm with a good track record. They should work for the employer, not the candidate. Find a recruiting partner. Recruiters should demonstrate deep industry knowledge of the... more »
  • Companies need to fill jobs. Can recruiters help?
    There are currently more open jobs in the United States than people available to fill them, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. Every industry has a labor problem. Every industry must consider how to do business anyway.  In the fenestration industry, add the booming construction market, increased costs and challenges with attracting a younger generation, and the stakes to find... more »
  • Trade shows are a key place for machinery purchasing. For attendees looking to buy, it’s important to get prepared now to secure financing and make a wise purchase. If you’re prepared ahead of time, you’re able to make a better deal at the show and secure what you need in an environment when machines are in shorter supply. Look at both your personal and business credit to ensure... more »
  • It is no secret that current owners of window and door dealerships are predominantly folks closer to retirement than to the starting line of their careers. It is also no secret these owners know a lot about the business, and they continue to be hard-charging salespeople and managers.  But there is also a secret that nobody wants to talk about: many businesses are not operating in a way... more »