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  • The entire supply chain will converge under one roof in Atlanta to network, solve problems, discuss trends and improve the industry
    Top 3 Reasons to Attend GlassBuild America Andrew Haring, vice president of business development for show organizer, the National Glass Association, summarizes the top three reasons to attend GlassBuild America this September in Atlanta. “Everything you liked about GlassBuild America will still be there, but there will be so many new things this year, how it’s presented and content... more »
  • 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 »
  • Not a simple switch
      Related Reading | Labor and Automation: How automation and technology make people less necessary, more important  Technology may be enticing and a solution to some labor woes. However, industry companies are faced with many challenges when considering technology investment. Often at the top of the list is cost. “There are levels of automation and workforce reduction... more »
  • Suppliers show off their latest and most popular options for the manufacture of windows and doors. View the products more »
  • Atis Group Inc., which posted $100 to $200 million in residential gross sales last year, attributes acquisitions throughout the past five years as a factor in its growth. Window & Door’s annual Top 100 Manufacturers list details North America’s 100 largest manufacturers of residential windows, doors, skylights and related products, based on sales volume. Much of the information... 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 »
  • Acquisition-driven growth remains a primary strategic initiative
    Source: NAHB, JCHS. (Charts provided by the author.) Click to view larger images. 2019 Acquisitions of Note Acquisition pipelines are active, with recent transaction announcements signaling continuing consolidation.  Jeld-Wen announced the acquisition of VPI Quality Windows in March, a move to extend its reach into the multi-family window market, establishing a platform for growth.... 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 »
  • 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 »
  • Focus on simple, not easy
    Color technology has advanced significantly, enabling darker color window frames that avoid limitations such as heat buildup. (All images courtesy of the author.) As a fenestration professional, I’ve spent a quarter of a century looking at and evaluating windows, from the lineals and seals to the profiles. I’ve also learned to step back and take a consumer’s view by looking... more »