Latest Articles in August 2018

  • Recruiting and retaining women in the fenestration industry
      The PGT Innovations Leading Ladies program was created by Debbie LaPinska, at the direction of Jeff Jackson, president and CEO of PGTi. With 25 women and growing, the program focuses on mentorship, leadership skills and educational exchange. Read The Return of Rosie, a related article in this month's issue of Window & Door. Further reading on Workforce Development is available... more »
  • Top window installation mistakes
    Example of an installation mistake in a building under construction in which flashing is only at the head and jambs. (Image by Kaitlyn Rinka.) Installation is the determining factor of whether the performance designed into a window is realized in actual service. Even the best-designed and thoroughly tested product can fail if improperly installed.  Experience shows that there are avoidable... more »
  • Online-only content
    Links to further reading & information:  GlassBuildAmerica Preview See the schedule-at-a-glance here.  See the complete GlassBuild America exhibitor list here. View the products. Workforce Development Strategies and practices for building the industry workforce.  more »
  • Tips for a Great Show
    All images by Robb Cohen Photography & Video. Wear comfortable shoes. Do your homework. Make a plan. Get sleep. Wear comfortable shoes. Make appointments. Network. And did we mention to wear comfortable shoes? We asked longtime GlassBuild America exhibitors for their tips for trade show success. Read on to heed their advice. Q: What’s your best advice for a first-time GlassBuild America... more »
  • A preview of products and services to be featured at GlassBuild America 2018
    GlassBuild America: The Glass, Window & Door Expo is expected to host around 400 exhibitors, including about 100 from outside the United States, Sept. 12-14, at the Las Vegas Convention Center. The following pages present a look at the innovative glass, metal and equipment products that will be on display at the show. Products marked as "NEW" indicate those that will debut at the... more »
  • One path to success is trial and error
    Window and door dealers are invited to join Madeleine MacRae, along with a roomful of their peers, for Window & Door Dealer Day, held Sept. 13, 2018, at the Encore at Wynn. The author will participate as a moderator for a group discussion about marketing and will additionally present a general session, The Truth about Trial and Error. Register at wddalliance.org/window-door-dealer-day.html.... more »
  • Preventative maintenance makes (dollars and) sense
    One of the most glaring issues I see among manufacturers in our industry is the lack of consistent, thorough preventative maintenance programs. We’ve all heard some variation of the phrase, “I can’t let maintenance have the machine; we have windows to make!” This view that maintenance gets in the way of production is more common than most of us would like to admit. But the... more »
  • Gearing up for the networking event of the year
    SEPTEMBER 13 Encore at Wynn | Las Vegas SCHEDULE OF EVENTS*  8:00-8:30 a.m. Continental Breakfast 8:30-9:00 a.m. Introductions and Icebreaker 9:00-10:15 a.m. Keynote: Build Depth and Create a Succession Plan in 8 Steps 10:15-10:45 a.m. Networking Break 10:45-11:30 a.m. Dealer to Dealer Discussion: Workforce Development 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.... more »
  • Naomi Parker Fraley—the real-life inspiration for the iconic “Rosie the Riveter”—passed away on Jan. 20, 2018, at the age of 96. Virtually at the same time, her legacy was in the process of being revived. Her likeness on the famous 1943 “We Can Do It” poster galvanized women to go into the formerly male-only province of manufacturing to help the war effort by... more »