Latest Articles in May 2018

  •   Employer Checklist Perform a “hazard” assessment of the factory, required by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, osha.gov, to determine physical hazards, like moving objects and temperature, as well as health hazards, such as overexposure to harmful dusts and chemicals Perform regular maintenance on machines Replace machinery that is not working properly Make... more »
  • Online-only content
    Links to further reading & information   Equipment Safety: Common sense practices for the factory floor Best PracticesA machine safety checklist. Fishing for the Ideal Customer: Identify the client and tailor your message Bonus: Online Learning OpportunityThe Window & Door Dealers Alliance partnered with Madeleine MacRae to produce timely webinars designed to... more »
  • 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 comes from companies directly, which our research team verifies and fact-checks. We also rely on this research to fill in the blanks of those that do not participate in our... more »
  • Common sense practices for the factory floor
    Five Tips for a Safer Work Environment Easy-to-implement ideas to boost manufacturing plant safety Create policies, not only for where employees can walk, but how they move through the plant floor. For example, require workers and visitors to exercise the same rules as crossing a road—stop at an aisle intersection and look both ways down an aisle, before proceeding with caution. ... more »
  • Euro show offers insights for North American market
    Fensterbau, the biennial European tradeshow for fenestration, provides the North American market a look at trends on a global scale. Though there are certain elements that transcend markets, such as the tendency toward bigger openings and wide-open entries, exhibitors were quick to note that specific trends don’t necessarily translate. It’s not likely the North American market will... more »
  • Identify the client and tailor your message
    Bonus: Online Learning Opportunity | The Window & Door Dealers Alliance partnered with Madeleine MacRae to produce timely webinars designed to respond to window and door dealers’ top challenges. These sessions are free to members but all dealers are eligible to attend. Email kgregg@glass.org for information on how to register. Not long ago, I was on a call with a potential client... more »
  • The fenestration industry tackles labor challenges by rethinking its approach; redefining its image
    How to Get Connected and Sell the Industry Contact local high schools. Get connected with guidance departments.  Broadcast the benefits of a job in the industry through social media and video content.  Offer to give lectures, career advice or help with activities at area schools.  Volunteer for Junior Achievement USA. Speak with a class about resumés and interviewing. Partner... more »
  • Part 2
      In the Florida Keys, this newer home suffered extensive windborne debris impacts during the storm due to the widespread structural failure of an adjacent, older home. (Images courtesy of the author.)  Editor’s Note: This article is the second installment based on a presentation Dean Ruark delivered at the American Architectural Manufacturers Association 2017 Fall Conference in... more »
  • Product Showcase
    The Manufacturing Issue wouldn’t be complete without a rundown of the latest equipment that helps fabricators to crank out high-quality fenestration. From automated options, IGU processing solutions, welders, cleaners, material handling systems and even software for the “back of the house,” check out what equipment suppliers have to offer. See the products. more »
  • The state of automation in North American fenestration
    A number of manufacturers that have historically relied on manual equipment and a consistent workforce are now shifting the way they think of manufacturing. (Image courtesy of Sturtz Machinery Inc.) Over the past 20 years, we’ve seen a major shift in how vinyl windows are produced. When vinyl windows first became popular in North America, most fabricators could keep up with their demand... more »