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  • 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 »
  • Factory tours suggest color, variety and efficiency are leading the industry
    Little did I know when I started at Window & Door that the Pittsburgh area is jam-packed with manufacturers in the fenestration industry. In April, I was welcomed to two local-to-me plants. I visited Thermal Windows & Doors in Murrysville, Pennsylvania, which introduced vinyl windows to the U.S. in the 1960s, Dave Steinberg, director of sales and marketing, told me.  I also attended... 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 »
  • Claim it, update it, benefit from it
    Google My Business is a free online tool that is super easy to use and can help increase any business’s online marketing performance. Still, many companies have yet to claim their business profile on Google. To put this awesome online marketing tool to work, click here. From this page, users can claim a business and, at the very least, make sure everything on the company’s page is... more »
  • As shipping costs increase and the driver shortage amplifies, the supply chain faces new decisions about operations
    High Tech Trucking on the Horizon? McKinsey & Co. revealed the average supply chain has a digitization level of 43 percent, which was the lowest number of the five business areas the study examined. Only 2 percent of surveyed executives indicated that supply chain is the focus of their digital strategies. That same study showed that companies that aggressively digitize their supply... more »
  • Extreme Lead Generation conference offers actionable takeaways
    Two weeks ago, I attended Professional Remodeler magazine’s Extreme Lead Generation conference. The Window & Door Dealers Alliance was proud to be a partner of this industry event focused on lead generation tools and tactics for home builders and professional remodelers. The energetic and fast-paced programming kept attendees engaged and offered actionable takeaways on topics including... more »
  • If you think back to the formative years of vinyl windows in the U.S., we had our share of performance challenges to overcome. Particularly in hot climates like Florida or Arizona, weathering and yellowing due to high temperatures and UV exposure were major issues that caused some significant degradation and product deformation. These issues put a stain on the industry, especially considering... more »
  • WDMA conference brings trade policy to light
    Last week, the Window & Door Manufacturers Association brought together industry stakeholders and members of Congress, agency leaders and political strategists for its signature policymaking event. The lineup of speakers included representatives from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Politico, the National Association of Home Builders, the National Association of Manufacturers, and a Republican... more »