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W&D Weekly
July 31, 2013
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Veka Expanding Operations

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Panda Opening Chicago Showroom

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ABC Adds Nashville Location

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Soft-Lite to Offer Intelligent Thermostats

To help consumers achieve even greater levels of energy efficiency in their homes, the manufacturer plans to offer the Nest Learning Thermostat in conjunction with its Energy Star-labeled windows and patio more

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The Talk

By John Swanson

This week, Soft-Lite Windows announced plans to offer Nest Learning Thermostats through its dealer network. The idea is to provide homeowners buying replacement windows an additional way to reduce energy costs.  I find this move interesting because there are a growing number of electronic items related to home automation and/or security that seemingly could provide a sales opportunity to window and door companies.

Some tie in directly with our industry's products.  There are a growing number of door lock options, including units that can be controlled by remotes or cell phones.  There are small video cameras built into peepholes that enable a homeowner to see who is ringing the bell.  Last year, Pella launched a shading system for its windows that could tie in with a home automation system.

Many window and door dealers already offer expanded product lines that might include siding, decks and railing, and other home improvement products. A fair portion of window and door manufacturers have diversified their lines as well. Will more companies start selling electronics?  That's our poll question of the week.  And as usual, I'd like to hear from you too. Has your company offered such electronic accessories?  Post a comment or email me and let us know what's worked or what hasn't. 

Are You a Modern Manager?

The ability to lead by example is seen as the most important quality a manager should have in the window and door industry by just over a more

Do electronic accessories offer a good opportunity for window and door dealers?
Yes, there's growing demand from consumers.
Maybe in the future, but not right now.
No, other trades will dominate this business.


The Road to GlassBuild

Every year at GlassBuild America, unique styles of glass are on display, and 2013 will be no different. This week on the Road to GlassBuild America, meet a new exhibitor that will showcase some interesting decorative glass in the Innovative Product Pavilion. Plus, learn how to a win a great prize just for registering! Visit the Road to GlassBuild and WIN!

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