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  • As labor crunch continues, companies find new hiring strategies
    Employees are the heart of any organization, and finding qualified staff and workers in today’s labor market is a challenge for almost every respondent to the Industry Pulse survey. Healthy sales figures necessitate that companies hire, so a tight labor market adds to the logistical challenge of delivering on those sales. Scott Gates, president and CEO of Western Window Systems, reports... more »
  • Vinyl and multi-panel products still dominate; color and commercial-looking trends on deck
    Above: Manufacturer respondents reported that the number of units shipped in 2017 widely increased over 2016. This trend looks to continue into 2018, where 86 percent of manufacturers anticipate an increase in units shipped over 2017. (*Represents manufacturer respondents only.) Click image for larger view. Product Trends Vinyl products are still dominating the window market, as indicated by... more »
  • Positive market conditions tempered by labor issues
     Industry insiders—manufacturers, dealers and suppliers alike—are optimistic about the future. Sales were up for 2017 and this trend is expected to continue into the new year with a variety of economic indicators pointing to a positive 2018 for the single-family residential industry. (Editor’s note: see page 40 for more on the overall construction outlook.) Window &... more »
  • Window & Door welcomes in the new year with its annual Industry Pulse report, taking stock of 2017 and looking to what 2018 has in store.  The past two years of the survey have taken a marked turn from those earlier in the industry’s recovery process from the Great Recession. Themes have morphed from a skeptical optimism regarding the general construction and remodeling outlook of... more »
  • The National Association of Home Builders will host its annual International Builders’ Show January 9-11 in Orlando. A number of window and door manufacturers and even some fenestration suppliers will exhibit at the show. Click here to preview the products that will be on display. more »
  • Browse the products on display at the WinDoor show, taking place Nov. 28-30 in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada. more »
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  • Window & Door just opened its annual Industry Pulse survey and we need your input. The purpose of this important study—results for which will be presented in the January/February issue of Window & Door—is to provide insight on industry-wide trends and expectations. The data can be used as a tool to set reasonable expectations for the future and see where your experiences fit... more »
  • According to a recent reader poll on, more than 70 percent of respondents utilize energy-efficient, sustainable or green technologies, methods or products as part of their business model. Speaking to this trend, what follows is a collection of components manufacturers can use to create more efficient products, as well as energy-efficient finished products dealers can add to... more »
  • Do you remember Data from Star Trek? He was a robot that instantly solved mathematical problems, referenced encyclopedic facts and briefed the USS Enterprise’s crew on alien lifeforms. He was basically Google, before Google was Google. However, Data had a weakness—he wasn’t human. His character made us laugh because he took everything so literally. Over the years, Google search... more »