Latest Articles in March/April 2018

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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 »
  • Lessons from Irma, Part 1
    Above: All building products on this new construction home on Sugarloaf Key are certified with Miami-Dade Notices of Acceptance and tested for multiple large missile impacts to both the glass and framing members. No structural or water damage reported at the home following Irma. Below: Debris lines a heavily damaged street on Little Torch Key. (All images courtesy of the author.) Editor’s... more »
  • Do you have a leads problem or a leads leak?
    Many business owners and managers seek my help to create more sales leads. While lead generation, marketing messages and advertising can all be super tough nuts to crack, the problem may not always be on the generation side of the subject. Before spending a ton of time, money and effort fixing a “leads problem,” it’s important to make 1,000 percent sure your team is making the... more »
  • How companies can prepare for the Internet of Things
      The Internet of things, or IoT, represents a game-changing advancement in technology for window and door manufacturers. By incorporating digital connectivity on the production floor, manufacturers will have significant advantages in their market. These include insights to create better processes and new revenue opportunities, better worker productivity and safety, and predictive... more »
  • Can you market your products as made in the USA?
    While it may seem that “buying American” is being pushed even more these days, research shows that consumers have been keen on buying American-made products for some time. A Consumer Reports article from 2015 reported that eight in 10 American consumers would rather buy an American-made product than a foreign one and many would pay 10 percent more for it.  One easy way to... more »
  • Social media trends to put into practice
    Social media challenges for businesses in 2018 will include the continuing decline of unpaid, organic reach; keeping pace with social network innovation; and validating the worth of existing strategies, says James Mulvey, senior social media strategist, Hootsuite. Here are five trends to implement in 2018, according to Amber Naslund, senior director, industry leadership, Hootsuite.  1.... more »
  • Creating a culture of safety and preventing injuries in the manufacturing facility
    Editor’s Note: In the Trenches is a new column from Window & Door where we’ll delve into all angles of the issues from the factory floor that matter most to manufacturers and fabricators. Have a suggestion for a topic? Email ethompson@glass.org with your comments, thoughts and suggestions. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the window and door manufacturing industry... more »