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  • In some ways, business in today’s digital age isn’t that different than it was in the analog age. Think of a brick-and-mortar retailer—part of the goal for such a business is to simply get people in the door; the other part is to get them to buy something. In the online space, “getting them in the door” is traffic; “getting them to buy” is conversion. The... more »
  • See the new format for our reader polls
    Editor’s Note: New from WDweekly is our revamped industry poll question. Each month, we’ll feature a new poll question or series of questions related to what’s going on in the industry, what’s coming up in the magazine or topics you tell us you want to know about. Plus, post your comments on the subject at hand on the monthly poll page and your thoughts may be included in... more »
  • If my first few weeks working at the National Glass Association are any indication, I am in for a great experience. I worked with the NGA staff for the past several years, and jumped at the opportunity to come on board with this outstanding organization. Along with getting established in my new position, getting to know the people who make up the fenestration world and what matters to them is at... more »
  • The Online Governmental Consensus Vote could change how codes are developed
    The Final Action for the International Code Council Group B Code cycle has finally been determined. It took longer than usual for the 2016 ICC Group B Code cycle because of the addition of the Online Governmental Consensus Vote after the conclusion of the Public Comment Hearings, but it did not take as long as it did for the 2015 ICC Group A Code cycle. The OGCV after the 2015 ICC Group A Public... more »
  • In the last installment of Industry Watch, we looked at the Department of Labor’s move to redefine overtime pay. As readers may recall, the new edict proposed last summer set out to essentially double the salary threshold under which employees would have to be paid overtime for hours worked beyond 40 per week from the current annual level of $23,660 to $47,476. If it became effective... more »
  • Check out the latest technology for the manufacture of residential windows and doors
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  • Sometimes it's a necessity
    Onsite "manufacturing” of components requires precision workmanship and sometimes even special equipment like a portable thickness planer or a small router table. At a minimum, a portable table saw and some profiling tools are essential. (Image courtesy of the author.) In this annual manufacturing issue of Window & Door magazine, the focus is largely on the “... more »
  • Proposed changes could further over-labeling
    California’s Proposition 65, the “Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Environment Act of 1986,” was recently amended by the California Environmental Protection Agency's Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment. Prop 65 requires that businesses provide specific warnings to Californians for potential exposure to chemical toxicity, including products sold in California. The... more »
  • The top 100 manufacturers of window, door and skylight products for the residential market, listed by 2016 estimated gross sales
    A Thompson Creek employee works the welding machine. (Image courtesy of Thompson Creek Window Company) Window & Door’s annual Top 100 Manufacturers report details North America’s 100 largest manufacturers of residential windows, doors, skylights and related products, based on sales volume. To provide a little more insight, of the surveyed manufacturers, 34 percent... more »
  • Brought to you by the WDDA
    In the spirit of this manufacturing issue, we asked our Top 100 and others outside the list for their best advice for dealers. Following are their tips on leads, sales, partnerships and more. 1. Chasing Leads Just working to get today's and tomorrow’s leads means you miss out on 97 percent of your potential market that is in various stages of research. Position yourself to capture those... more »