July 11, 2007 | Vol 2, Num 27
W&D Weekly, Delivering the Fenestration Industry to Your Desktop

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Jeld-Wen Grows in Pennsylvania
Adding to its current locations in Pennsylvania, Jeld-Wen Inc. will begin construction on a new plant in September... read more

Fenetech Users Look at Emerging Technologies
Photo of attendees at conference.Aurora, Ohio—Improving the flow of business was the theme at Fenetech Corp.’s annual users conference held the last week of June. Visual selling, RFID and order entry were a few of many topics covered... read more

New Labor Agreement Signed at BiltBest
BiltBest Windows & Patio Doors, based in Ste. Genevieve, Mo., has signed a long-term labor agreement with its employees... read more

Groupe Bocenor Changes Names, Expands Products
Quebec window and door manufacturer Groupe Bocenor Inc. will now be known as GBO Inc. and has added new products... read more

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Where does your company stand with RFID technology?
We're already using it.
We're actively looking to implement it now.
We'll be using it within the next few years.
We don't see it helping us in the near future.


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John Swanson,
editor/associate publisher of Window & Door

RFID tags—the labels that automate product tracking, helping Wal-Mart and other big retailers keep costs low—have dropped in cost from about $1 each to close to a dime, according to a label supplier who spoke at the recent Fenetech Users Conference. Related scanning equipment costs have come down too.

As a result, this technology could start playing a larger role in the window and door industry. I know there’s been interest out there in RFID, but for the first time, I'm hearing manufacturers say they can justify a system for their shipping operations, and these were not huge
manufacturers.

But what do you think? Is there a place for RFID in your operation? Vote in our poll, and, of course, if you have comments on the topic, I’d love to hear them. Has anyone tried RFID?
Email me and let me know how your company’s used it and how it’s worked.

RESULTS AND COMMENTS FROM LAST WEEK'S POLL—"Do you hire young people for summer jobs?":
The majority of you do, to some extent at least.
Click here to find out more and perhaps why, as an industry, we should try to do it more.
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