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  • Manufacturers and dealers work together to install large-format doors
    Above: An Andersen Architectural Collection large-door install in progress. (Image courtesy of Andersen Architectural Collection.) Below: Mountain View Window & Door prepares to install a door in Colorado. (Image courtesy of Mountain View Window & Door.)   Successful Partnerships What do manufacturers and dealers need from each other?  Understand the importance ... 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 »
  • Product highlights from WinDoor and the International Builders’ Show
    Since the last issue of Window & Door published, there were a handful of fall and winter industry tradeshows that took place. Readers that follow Window & Door on Twitter and Instagram saw our live coverage of both WinDoor North America and the International Builders’ Show. For those that missed it, following is a recap of the products on display at each. Don’t miss live... more »
  • A look at recent mergers and acquisitions in the window and door market
    Current market conditions are providing a favorable backdrop for increased acquisition activity in the fenestration market. The capital markets environment remains robust, as evidenced by rising public equity valuations, plentiful debt and equity capital, and valuation multiple expansion. Fenestration companies are exhibiting strong performance with positive secular trends in the construction... more »
  • An industry poised for expansion
    Source: ConstructConnect historical and forecast housing start data. Click image for larger view. Each year, Window & Door surveys readers to gain insight about how the last year played out and what readers anticipate for the coming year. In many regards, the industry trends from the past several years continue on the same trajectory of trending upward. Sales figures continue to grow,... more »
  • The Industry looks toward disaster recovery
    Even before the December wildfires ravaged the hills of California, 2017 was well on its way to being one of the costliest years for natural disasters. News source The Hill cited estimates by Moody’s investor services that Hurricane Maria caused $40 billion worth of destruction, Irma caused $56.5 billion, and Harvey, $73 billion. If you add in economic loss, the totals rise to $70... more »
  • As labor crunch continues, companies find new hiring strategies
    Employees are the heart of any organization, and finding qualified staff and workers in today’s labor market is a challenge for almost every respondent to the Industry Pulse survey. Healthy sales figures necessitate that companies hire, so a tight labor market adds to the logistical challenge of delivering on those sales. Scott Gates, president and CEO of Western Window Systems, reports... more »
  • Vinyl and multi-panel products still dominate; color and commercial-looking trends on deck
    Above: Manufacturer respondents reported that the number of units shipped in 2017 widely increased over 2016. This trend looks to continue into 2018, where 86 percent of manufacturers anticipate an increase in units shipped over 2017. (*Represents manufacturer respondents only.) Click image for larger view. Product Trends Vinyl products are still dominating the window market, as indicated by... more »