May 19, 2010 | Vol 5, Num 20
W&D Weekly, Delivering the Fenestration Industry to Your Desktop
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The Latest...

Taking Performance to the Next Level

Windows and doors stand at a crossroads when it comes to energy performance. Manufacturers worked hard last year to enhance the performance of their products...read more


Marvin Launching Siding Line

The Marvin Cos. is expanding beyond windows and doors. According to an article in the Minneapolis Star Tribune, the company rented out a VIP club at Target Field...read more


Stock to Add Bison Building Materials

Stock Building Supply Holdings LLC has entered into an agreement to purchase the assets of Bison Building Holdings Inc., a supplier of building materials serving the greater Houston area...read more


Kolbe Implements WTS Paradigm System

WTS Paradigm, the supplier of software for fenestration dealers and manufacturers, has been working with Kolbe & Kolbe Millwork...read more


Dealers of the Year Nominations Due Soon

Once again in October, Window & Door will honor our Dealers of the Year. Saluting “excellence in the middle,” this annual program recognizes...read more

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The Outside View...


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The Talk...

e-Poll
Do You Offer Non Window & Door Lines?
Yes, and we have for years.
Yes, we added in the past 3 years.
No, but we're looking at our options.
No, we want to remain focused.


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John Swanson, editor/associate publisher of Window & Door

Marvin is certainly not the first window and door company to get involved in siding, as reported this week.  There are plenty of building product distributors and dealers, and plenty of exterior contractors that handle both lines. There a number of companies that manufacture both too.

It's still news, however, that Marvin is looking beyond windows and doors. They aren't the only manufacturer to have done so recently. Gorell Windows & Doors introduced a new line of insulation products at the beginning of this year and ProVia Door added a siding manufacturing business in 2009.  

Is diversification a trend?  Has your company launched a non-fenestration product recently? That's our poll question of the week. And, of course, I'd like to hear from you.  Whether you're a dealer, distributor or manufacturer, why are you looking beyond windows and doors?  Again, I hope you contact me to share any thoughts and observations.

 

The Talk..., Page 2

"Have You Seen an Effect?"

The new EPA lead paint rule are apparently impacting sales, with some companies gaining business, but more reporting lost sales..read more

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