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  • Atis Group Inc., which posted $100 to $200 million in residential gross sales last year, attributes acquisitions throughout the past five years as a factor in its growth. 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... more »
  • Survey says: yes
    WDDA at Work Here’s what your Window & Door Dealers Alliance was busy with in Q1.  Window and Door Market Research Study The first of its kind in the industry, the Benchmarking Report studied attitude and usage research among window and door dealers and retailers. Conducted by The Farnsworth Group, findings were initially presented at Window & Door Dealer Day 2018 and... more »
  • What changes are coming and how to address them
    Tip When creating content and building an online presence, use natural language that reflects how customers talk about your product in real life. Content that matches buyers’ search terms will rank higher in the search engines. Buyer habits are changing more quickly than ever. There are some shifts beginning to take shape over the course of this year that will play an even bigger role in... more »
  • More and more, architects are seeking ways to bring the outdoors in, melding a building seamlessly with its outdoor environment. Multi-panel door systems offer an increasingly popular way to accomplish this. Not only do multi-panel door systems offer aesthetic and health benefits due to improved indoor air quality and daylighting, technological improvements also allow these systems to occupy a... more »
  • Three women share their unique perspectives on best business practices
    Right: Women are vastly underrepresented in construction. Although women comprise 47 percent of the total U.S. workforce, they represent only 9 percent of the construction workforce. With construction experiencing such an intense labor shortage, opportunities for women abound. Although women comprise about 47 percent of the total U.S. workforce, construction is made up of only 9 percent women,... more »
  • Acquisition-driven growth remains a primary strategic initiative
    Source: NAHB, JCHS. (Charts provided by the author.) Click to view larger images. 2019 Acquisitions of Note Acquisition pipelines are active, with recent transaction announcements signaling continuing consolidation.  Jeld-Wen announced the acquisition of VPI Quality Windows in March, a move to extend its reach into the multi-family window market, establishing a platform for growth.... more »
  • Welcome to the annual Top 100 Manufacturers report, one of our most anticipated features of the year. As the report on page 30 references, this year’s list further solidified what we’ve been seeing for several years now: the industry is healthy and continues to grow. Manufacturers are reporting measurable growth; some so much as to climb the ranks into higher sales categories on the... more »
  • Side-hinged entry doors are special beasts in the fenestration menagerie in terms of both the functionality and the makeup of the final installed product.  In terms of functionality, side-hinged doors pose distinct functional differences and application realities, stemming primarily from accessibility requirements, water penetration and hardware durability, based largely on operating... more »
  • What does the latest trend in building mean for fenestration?
    There is a general consensus that the U.S. is in the midst of a “housing crisis.” Reports from the Census Bureau, National Association of Home Builders and research-based entities such as the Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University, report that multiple factors are at play. In its 2018 State of the Nation’s Housing report, JCHS concluded that homeownership rates... more »