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  • Manufacturers talk about market forces that influence the “greening” of fenestration
    Above: Sierra Pacific Sedona pushout casement and awning windows feature certified and labeled (Sustainable Forestry Initiative) Douglas fir frame and sash. Below right: A Sierra Pacific registered professional forester plants a seedling on SPI-managed forest lands. This seedling will reportedly absorb carbon rapidly, aiding in SPI forest lands’ sequestering carbon at almost twice 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 »
  • Window & Door Presents 2017 Crystal Achievement Awards winners
    Window & Door's annual Crystal Achievement Awards recognize residential window and door manufacturers and component suppliers for their contributions to the industry. Every year, we receive nearly 100 entries of products and processes that remind us of the true innovative spirit of the industry. Here, we recognize nine of the entries that particularly piqued our judges’ interest. They... more »
  • The most probable opportunity for company owners looking to sell their business is a management buyout—a sale to senior managers or family. An MBO exit has a lot of flexibility and, if properly structured, can have significant tax advantages. In certain situations, the MBO will reap a better bottom line result than an outside sale because of the tax savings. Remember, it is not how much an... more »
  • The fenestration industry is at the tipping point of a technological revolution
    Deceuninck North America developed an interface system to customize controllers and sensors for equipment needs. (Images courtesy Deceuninck North America.) The Internet of Things, Industrial Internet of Things and Industry 4.0 are terms that define a technological revolution that reaches into nearly every aspect of lives around the globe. When intelligent connectivity interacts with... more »
  • How to get a company sale ready and attract multiple bidders
    A business owner looking to sell their company has two options: an external sale, in which an outside buyer purchases the business; or an internal sale, in which management or family purchase the business. Most contracting companies pursue an internal sale through management buyout or gifting to family. Why? It is difficult for outside buyers to predict consistent profits with the cyclical nature... more »
  • The source for solutions for top industry challenges
    Photos by Robb Cohen Photography & Video Business is booming for many in the window and door industry, with construction spending on the rise and demand high. But even in the busier times, industry companies face notable challenges, from a continued shortage in skilled labor to increasingly complex manufacturing strategies. These challenges can affect manufacturers’ ability to... more »
  • GlassBuild America 2017 will showcase the latest products and services to meet the needs of the fenestration market. View the products more »
  • The Dream Showroom features innovation—and inspiration—for residential window and door retailers in a unique setting at GlassBuild America
    A hand-picked variety of products will be on display at Window & Door Dealer Days in its flagship Dream Showroom exhibit in booth #3823, open to all GlassBuild attendees but geared specifically for finished product dealers. Based on the response from 2016, the 2017 showroom will again feature innovative residential fenestration products and technologies in an upscale home-inspired 3,000-... more »
  • Do you know how to manage it?
    If you are like most business leaders, you’ve no doubt noticed some trends in the way employees behave in recent years—too much entitlement, not enough loyalty, no work ethic and so forth. I challenge you to consider that perhaps these are not negative trends, just different ones. To better understand your employees and what drives them to succeed, you have to understand that... more »