March 23, 2011 | Vol 6, Num 12
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The Latest...

Glasslam Launches New Spacer Production Process
A new process for the production of silicone foam spacer is being licensed by Glasslam NGI Inc. To be introduced first in its own operations...read more

EPA Advancing Energy Star Top Tier

Although windows will not be included initially, the Environmental Protection Agency is moving forward with a new "top tier" Energy Star program designed to advance highly efficient products...read more


Guardian Investing in South Carolina Plant

An advanced technology coating machine is being installed at Guardian Industries Corp.'s Richburg, S.C., float glass plant, which will enable the facility to produce its ClimaGuard...read more


Champion Opens 80th Showroom

With seven stores added in 2010, Champion Window is opening its 80th showroom this week, expanding its geographic footprint...read more


WDMA Names New Leadership Team

The Window and Door Manufacturers Association installed its new leadership team last week as it concluded its spring meeting...read more


Waiting for the Other Shoe to Drop

Jim Lett of ABE Doors & Windows looks at potential changes in LRRP rules in the first of a new column from WDDA members...read more


New CEO for Deceuninck North America

Filip Geeraert has been named the new CEO of the designer and manufacturer of window and door profiles...read more

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The Talk...

e-Poll
Do you use an iPad or some other tablet computer for work?
Yes
No, but I expect to within 2-3 months
No, but I expect to by the end of 2011
No, and I'm not sure when/if I will.


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John Swanson, editor/associate publisher of Window & Door

With Apple introducing its second generation iPad to much fanfare a few weeks ago, it's hard to remember that it's been just over a year since the device was first launched. In some ways, it's the toy we all want to have, but it's also proving to be a very efficient, effective business tool.  And, personally, I think it's caught on in the window and door industry faster than any technology than I can remember. 

And it's not just the iPad, of course. It's an array of tablet devices that are coming into the market this year. Many industry people who have them are saying how great they are. That includes sales guys, technical types and CEOs. Those who don't have one say it's just a matter of time. So how long?  That's our poll question of the week.

And, as usual, I'd like to hear from you? How are you using your iPad, your Xoom, your PlayBook or your Galaxy Tab? Are you using one for lead management, sales presentations, quoting? Angy Birds? Netflix? What applications do you foresee for it? Are you ready to scrap your laptop? Email me or post a comment. 

 

Continuing Conversations...

"Will You Help Japan?"

A good percentage of reader companies are doing their part...read more

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