Latest Articles in June/July 2018

  • Product Spotlight
    A collection of the latest in residential windows, plus key selling points dealers can highlight for their customers. View the products here. more »
  • Product Showcase
    Suppliers show off their latest innovations for the manufacture of residential windows. View the products here. more »
  • Three tips for keeping customers at the center of the sale
    Save the Date: September 13Encore at Wynn | Las Vegas Join WDDA for live training and networking opportunities Dealers: Don’t miss the opportunity to build on the principles and foundations discussed here by joining your peers and business growth strategists live on September 13 in Las Vegas. Hosted by the WDDA, Window & Door Dealer Day provides an opportunity for owners and top... more »
  • How dealers can get comfortable with the new tech-focused reality of doing business
     Our company interacts regularly with scores of window and door dealers all over the U.S. and Canada, and we’ve found there are two main “camps” of dealers. The first are those with the motto “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” These are good people who have run an honest business for 20-40 years with paper folders, phone calls and a wealth of... more »
  • Inevitable regulations surround the next big advance in identification technology
    It is safe to say that recent events and media coverage of digital security issues, including the unauthorized use of personal information through social media and large data breaches, have been a focus of concern. Consider the publicity surrounding Mark Zuckerberg’s Capitol Hill testimony regarding Facebook use and data security in early April. This hype tapped into the public’s... more »
  • The benefits of risk management in terms of safety
    Three Goals for Improving Safety Culture Part of safety culture entails documenting and distributing safety procedures throughout the plant for uniform understanding, each with the three following goals. 01. Improving awareness Establish a procedure to follow. Broadcast it through training and ongoing communication vehicles (bulletins, incident report postings, awards, etc.). 02. Mitigating a... more »
  • How one window manufacturer navigated incremental growth with its processes
      One of Avanti's many finished projects in a Las Vegas community. The company installs and manufactures its windows. (All images courtesy of the author.) Editor’s Note: One of the top three challenges our manufacturers consistently report is the struggle to keep up with the tremendous demand for products in this current growth spurt for the industry. Window & Door identified one... more »
  • How the Lead: Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule stands to continue to raise the cost of window replacement
    THE COST OF COMPLIANCE:  The length of the required contractor training course:8 HOURS Cost of the class per worker:~$562 EPA registration fee:~$300 Failure to meet requirements of the update:~$37,500per violation, per day Estimated additional cost per Window: ~$120-$200 After completing a federally mandated regulatory impact review under Section 610 of the Regulatory Flexibility... more »
  • The role of IoT in an automated plant
    Imagine being asked to play in a football game where you don’t know any of the other individuals on the team nor their respective positions. It isn’t the concussive helmet crashes from previous games that have obscured your sense of familiarity; you really have no knowledge of, or relationship to, any of these people. Nothing in common. Not age, shared experiences, nor demographics.... more »
  • Keep up with the growing industry at GlassBuild America 2018
    Attendees to GlassBuild America can anticipate seeing the latest in manufacturing technology, as well as innovations in components and supplies. (All images by Robb Cohen Photography & Video.) Exhibit Hall Days & Hours Wednesday, Sept. 1210 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 1310 a.m. – 5 p.m. Friday, Sept. 1410 a.m. – 2 p.m. Fall Conference Sept. 11–14... more »