New Doors and More at AMD Exhibition

October 26, 2011
Meetings & Events

Nashville, Tenn.—Busy aisles and an influx of new exhibitors marked the opening of the Association of Millwork Distributors annual exhibition here yesterday. Once again, AMD's trade show is featuring more options in doors, but a variety of other new products are being featured this year as well.

 AMD always provides a showcase for new doors from manufacturers such as Tru Tech and Krosswood.

Following up on its debut at last year’s event is Tru Tech Doors. The Ontario-based manufacturer is highlighting its Belmont fiberglass door lines, as well as a new concept door combining a steel exterior with a wood interior. “It delivers the real wood on the inside that some people still want, without the maintenance,” said the company’s Carlo Ianni. The company was hoping to get more feedback on the product at the event.

Glass Craft Door, the wood door maker which first introduced its fiberglass line at AMD last year, is showing an expanded line at the Nashville Convention Center, including new doors with distressed patterns and a knotty alder option. The company has enjoyed growing demand for the line since its introduction, reported the manufacturer's Matthew O’Shea. "Some people still have doubts when we say we have a fiberglass door, but they become interested when they see it," he noted. "We just need to get the product in front of more people."

Among the other companies featuring fiberglass doors are Masonite, MasterGrain and Therma-Tru. As it did at the Remodeling Show two weeks ago, Therma-Tru is highlighting not only its doors, but also its Fypon synthetic millwork product offering stone and rustic timber looks. Also featuring fiberglass doors is BGW Fiberglass Works.  With production in China, the firm, making its AMD debut, just recently began selling its line in the United States. In addition to fiberglass entry doors, it offers wood interior doors.

Another new exhibitor showing doors made in China was Pacific Crest Building Products. The Washington-based company was showcasing wood exterior doors in mahagony and knotty alder, as well as a hollow core interior door offering the high-end look of mahogany.

Another hollow-core wood product designed to provide a higher-end stile-and-rail look is the new Krosscore door line introduced earlier this year by Krosswood Doors.  The Utah-based manufacturer was featuring the new line along with its solid wood doors.

 The influx of new exhibitors included Pacific Crest and Armor Concepts.

New Exhibitors
This year's show features a variety of new exhibitors. Rockwell Security, a supplier of hardware primarily serving OEMs, is making its debut at the show as it begins to focus more on pre-hangers, explains the firm’s Ramesh Satram. Defender Security is making its debut with a line of security screen doors and window screens. The company is using Meshtec screens manufactured in Thailand, which provide ventilation while helping to prevent break-ins, says Steve Wood, sales coordinator for the California based manufacturer. The screens also reduce solar heat gain to reduce air conditioning costs.

Also highlighting security is Armor Concepts. The company has been selling a variety of DIY reinforcement components for door frames, explained the company's Mike Ralph, but it recently developed a line designed to be used with machined frame parts. Builders liked the concept of the DIY product, but they didn’t want to add retrofit components to their new doors, he noted. The new line provides the more-finished look builders want, and also provides pre-hangers with an opportunity to offer a value-added, security product.

Not all the new exhibitors are featuring security-related products, of course. EuGĂ©nie Technologies Inc. is at the show to highlight its new vertical door processing machine. CDS Logistics is at the event introducing its transportation and delivery services for manufacturers and distributors of doors, windows and millwork products. Composite Technology International is featuring composite wood jambs and frames.

The AMD exhibition, which concludes today, was accompanied by a full day of educational sessions held on Monday, as well as several social events and business meetings. Next year, the group moves from Tennessee to Kentucky, with its annual convention and exhibition set for October 8-12 in Louisville.