Latest Articles in Operations

  • 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 »
  • 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 »
  • 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 »
  •   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 »
  • How your company can help to prevent accidental falls
    Window Safety Week, held next week, is observed to heighten the awareness of what parents and caregivers should do to help keep their family and visitors safer from the risks of window falls or injuries in their home, as well as how they can use their windows for emergency escape and rescue purposes. While everyone in our industry knows that window safety is important year-round, this is a great... 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 »
  • Good news/bad news for business
    The new Tax Cuts and Jobs Act is largely positive for business but has some potentially devilish details to navigate. This is an inevitable result for a measure pieced together through a myriad of compromises among varied interests. But then, as has also been observed, if both sides are dissatisfied, chances are it’s a good deal overall. Corporate tax rate The centerpiece of the TCJA is the... more »
  • The relationship between manufacturers and dealers is vitally important to both segments of our supply chain. A strong, healthy partnership can translate into a stronger business for both parties, leading to increased sales and an improved bottom line. Creating and maintaining that business partnership requires commitment from both sides. We want to hear insights on the topic from manufacturers... more »
  • Issues surrounding the labor market are among the top concerns for employers in the fenestration industry. The impact of the Great Recession, a workforce approaching retirement age, and a lack of job seekers in the fenestration and construction fields have each contributed to historic shortages in the labor pool. Employers must get creative about how to address labor issues and are utilizing... more »
  • The most probable opportunity for company owners looking to sell their business is a management buyout—a sale to senior managers or family. An MBO exit has a lot of flexibility and, if properly structured, can have significant tax advantages. In certain situations, the MBO will reap a better bottom line result than an outside sale because of the tax savings. Remember, it is not how much an... more »