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  • I’ve never heard anyone say that, have you? What I have heard, year after year at GlassBuild America, is why taking a few days away from your business improves your business. Yes, you’re busy. Yes, you’re short-handed. No, you haven’t seen it all before. Everything you read below is something I’ve heard many times over from our trade show attendees. If you need more... more »
  • Fenestration requires a broad perspective on when, what and how to warn
    Best practices Consider warnings that are applicable to the components that make up the products.  Purchasing conditions and supplier warranty-commitments that address both the provision of applicable warnings and offer remedies for the failure to supply those warnings are crucial.  These warning-commitments should extend beyond the performance of the product as integrated, and into... more »
  • The entire supply chain will converge under one roof in Atlanta to network, solve problems, discuss trends and improve the industry
    Top 3 Reasons to Attend GlassBuild America Andrew Haring, vice president of business development for show organizer, the National Glass Association, summarizes the top three reasons to attend GlassBuild America this September in Atlanta. “Everything you liked about GlassBuild America will still be there, but there will be so many new things this year, how it’s presented and content... more »
  • Take advantage of all this free online tool has to offer
    How to Create a Post for a Google My Business Page Go to google.com/business to access your GMB page. Click on Posts in the left side menu. Choose a new type of post to create. Google has templates for post types such as What’s New, Events, Offers and Products.  Choose an image to accompany the post, which makes it more likely to catch the eye of someone scanning the search results... more »
  • Standards development made simple
    Some 70 years ago, there were essentially only two window framing materials to choose from for residential buildings: wood or mill-finish aluminum, typically with single-pane glass. In 1947, what was then called the Aluminum Window Manufacturers Association issued the first industry standard for aluminum alloys, and for the structural strength of double-hung aluminum windows.  Thereafter,... more »
  • Online-only content
    Links to More Information   In the Dealer's Corner | LRRP: Still Alive and Well Additional resources, including a real-life example of how one dealer handles documentation, testing and compliance, as well as a look at recent RRP violations and settlements Workforce Development | Labor and Automation Labor and Automation: Not a simple switch more »
  • How automation and technology make people less necessary, more important
    The fenestration industry is waking up to technology advancements and automation. While some companies have invested in more automated factories for years, industry suppliers and economic forecasters have seen a shift in the past two to three years where this type of investment is growing into a mainstream industry trend. The robots and automated machinery widely on display and sold at industry... more »
  • Not a simple switch
      Related Reading | Labor and Automation: How automation and technology make people less necessary, more important  Technology may be enticing and a solution to some labor woes. However, industry companies are faced with many challenges when considering technology investment. Often at the top of the list is cost. “There are levels of automation and workforce reduction... more »
  • Record keeping, training and continuing education are key to complying with the EPA’s Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule
    What to Do if the EPA Walks Through the Door Seaway provides the following tips to its dealer base to help them manage potential run-ins with the EPA. Maintain and be able to produce current, correct and complete documentation. Do not engage in small talk; keep the visit strictly business since the EPA’s primary goal in visiting is to find prosecutable violations. Contact the company... more »
  • Creating a plan for Industry 4.0
    Common Language How to eliminate islands The simple answer to eliminating islands of information is to write code to obtain all the machinery data and write additional code to integrate it with an in-house software solution. However, most window and door fabricators do not have the resources to take on a large custom Industry 4.0 software initiative. The cost to do this independently would be... more »