John Swanson, editor/associate publisher of Window & Door
As a regular attendee of the AMD convention and exhibition–and the
National Sash & Door Jobbers Association event before that–I am happy to
hear the news that the organization is opening the doors to its annual event.
Attendance there has long been fairly limited to association members,
and while that may have its benefits, it always struck me as
unfortunate for the industry as a whole.
In past years, many of
the country's biggest window manufacturers exhibited there, in addition
to the door manufacturers and moulding and component suppliers that
still come. I remember thinking how many other dealers and
distributors could benefit from an opportunity to see such a
concentrated product offering in one place and be able to talk to
manufacturers without having to fight their way through crowds of
builders and remodelers at other bigger shows.
Whether the change
of policy at AMD will eventually be successful in creating such an
environment, I don't know. Whether or not the industry could use a
show like that, I don't know, but that's my poll question of the week.
And I'd like to hear from you too. Email me
and let me know if you think a show where window and door manufacturers
could target frontline dealer and distributor customers would be of
value to you or your company. Or do events like IBS and NRLA's LBM
Expo do the trick?
And don't disappoint me–someone's got to let me
know "there are too many shows already."
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