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  • Tips on how to successfully integrate new equipment
    Prior planning is the most important aspect of adding new machinery to an existing production line, and it begins before the new equipment makes the first part, or is even delivered. The planning stage involves correctly identifying the need by evaluating the entire line. To accurately determine what part of the process needs to improve some of the questions you'll need to ask are: Are all the... more »
  • Positive market conditions lay the groundwork for continued growth
    Welcome to 2016. As we enter the New Year, it’s important to take a look back on the previous year in order to assess what’s to come. That’s what Window & Door’s annual Industry Pulse report intends to do. The report takes into account projections and accounts from window and door dealers and manufacturers as well as suppliers to the industry. See below for how the... more »
  • According to Window & Door’s annual Industry Pulse survey, word-of-mouth advertising continues to be the most effective marketing medium for window and door distributors and dealers. Nearly 40 percent of survey respondents reported success with word of mouth in 2015 and 33 percent indicated they will look to increase their efforts in this arena in 2016. “Referrals are the best... more »
  • More than half of manufacturers added new products to their offerings in 2015, and 44 percent of window and door dealers offered new options to their customers. These figures are projected to remain consistent in 2016. “The competitive landscape is fiercer than ever,” says Roto Fasco’s Dan Gray. “Staying a step ahead of the competition is critical.” In order to do so... more »
  • Indicators of industry growth are not just limited to sales and employment. Another factor of market sustenance is production trends. According to the Industry Pulse survey, the majority of manufacturers and suppliers did not add capacity in 2015. Of those that did, manufacturers outweighed suppliers. However, according to Todd Tolson of Pro-Line Automation Systems Ltd., this points more to... more »
  • Nearly 80 percent of survey respondents reported that 2015 sales met or exceeded projections, with an equally large majority projecting that trend will continue into the New Year. The majority of those that saw a higher-than-projected increase in 2015 credited the overall economy and new construction starts. Accordingly, 44 percent of all survey participants experienced a moderate increase in... more »
  • Employment trends are generally steady across all industry segments, with more than half of survey respondents reporting they added staff in 2015. This trend looks to carry into 2016, as 70 percent of respondents report that they will add staff in coming months. Of the 30 percent of respondents who report that they do not plan to hire new employees in 2016, only 6 percent say they will eliminate... more »
  • Sponsored by the Window and Door Dealers Alliance
    Each year, Window & Door’s editorial team sets out to discover window and door retailers and distributors that demonstrate excellence in the areas of marketing, customer service, showroom design and contributions to the community and/or industry. It is not an easy task to narrow down just eight companies to present as our Dealers of the Year, but it is an important one. This awards... more »
  • The World Millwork Alliance (formerly AMD), will host its 51st annual convention and tradeshow October 31 through November 4, 2015 at the Cobb Galleria Convention Centre in Atlanta. Get a sneak peek at what the exhibitors will have on display. See the products... more »
  • Win-door North America, held Nov. 3-5, 2015 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, features machinery, doors, hardware, wood products and systems, the latest computer software, testing services and more on display for fenestration and door professionals. Click below for a sample of what you’ll see from exhibitors. See the products... more »