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May 9, 2012
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AAMA/WDMA Release New Market Study

Demand for prime windows continued to remain slow in 2011, following housing activity in general, according to a new study jointly released...read more

 
App Targets DIY Window Installation
Founded in 2011, a Canadian company is offering Fit'em Right Windows, an app said to serve "as a complete guide for window replacement and installation"...read more
 
Gerkin Adding Glass Plant

The manufacturer of aluminum and vinyl windows and doors is breaking ground on a plot of land located across from its current plant location...read more

 
Hansons Expands in Ohio

The Troy, Mich.-based replacement window and home improvement dealer is expanding its Columbus operations...read more

 
ICC Moving to Allow Remote Voting

A report from Julie Ruth, code consultant for the American Architectural Manufacturers Association, on the recent ICC hearings in Dallas...read more

 
New Ownership at profine

The manufacturer of KBE, Kömmerling, and Trocal window profiles, profine GmbH, is being acquired by Hidden Peak Capital, based in Frankfurt, Germany...read more

 
Nomination Deadline Approching for Dealers of the Year

Window & Door will once again highlight top dealers from around the country.  Don't miss out on a chance to get the recognition your company deserves...read more

 
 
More News
New Top Executive at Truth
New Website for WTS Paradigm
Schlegel Hosts Commerce Secretary
PGT Names New Sales/Marketing VP
Builder Group Names Weiland Vendor of the Year
Bella Fleur Renames Decorative Glazing Product
DAC Products Updates Site
The Talk

By Christina Lewellen, Senior Editor
In recent weeks, I’ve been chatting with a few people in the industry about operations challenges they’ve tackled in the last year or so. Sure—money is tight all around. But some companies are carving out the budgetary space to explore efficiencies and add capabilities. From sales and marketing to scheduling to installation and service, window and door companies are still finding ways to save money or generate more business. 
What operational challenge have you invested the time and resources to overcome? Has working with a leaner staff encouraged you to look at ways to introduce efficiencies to your operations? Have you upgraded software or invested in new technology? Are you taking advantage of mobile devices in new ways? Maybe you've just found a better way of getting business done process-wise.  If so, please touch base to share. You can email me or post a comment to let me know what new steps you’ve taken in the last year or so, and how it seems to be serving your business so far.
Is Social Media Working for You?

Much of our industry has yet to jump on the social media bandwagon...read more

In the past year or so, we have invested in:
No operational improvements
Several major operations upgrades
A few minor operational upgrades
 

 
The Outside View
Kitchens and Bathrooms Remain Top Remodeling Jobs
From National Association of Home Builders
Renovation Detail: The Transom Window
From houzz.com
Is HERS Home Building's New Standard?
From Builder Online
Petition Congress: Help Homeowners Be Energy-Efficient
From Alliance to Save Energy

 

 
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