August 26, 2009 | Vol. 4, No. 34
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The Latest...

AMD Opens Conference and Trade Show to Industry

For the first time in its history, the Association of Millwork Distributors announced last week it is extending a full registration opportunity to industry professionals... read more


Lund Named Next Andersen President

Andersen Corp. has named Jay Lund as president and chief operating officer, as of September 1. Lund reports to Jim Humphrey, who remains chief executive officer...read more


MGM Installs New Automated Paint Line

With plans to target the clad-wood window market, MGM Industries recently installed an automated vacuum coater/paint line for its vinyl profiles....read more


New Training Web Site Goes Live

MyWindowClass.com, an online training Web site, developed by the National Glass Association, in partnership with the American Architectural Manufacturers Association and Architectural Testing Inc....read more


Industry Well Represented in Inc. 5000

Several window and door manufacturers and dealers, as well as a few industry suppliers, have been named to the 2009 Inc. 5000 list of America's fastest growing private companies...read more

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The Talk...

e-Poll
Would you go to a trade show specifically targeted at window and door dealers and distributors?
As a dealer/distributor, I would attend such a show targeting me.
As a dealer/distributor, I am content going to existing shows.
As a manufacturer/supplier, a show targeting dealer/distributors would be valuable to us.
As a manufacturer/supplier, we are content exhibiting at current shows.


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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."       

 

The Talk..., Page 2

"Are Do-It-Yourselfers on the Rise?"

It's probably not a huge trend in the window and door market, but nearly a third of our respondents suggested some increase..read more

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