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September 4, 2013
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Crystal Achievement Award Winners 2013

Window & Door is pleased to announce its 2013 Crystal Achievement Award winners. Selected by a panel of judges representing all segments of the industry, the awards recognize significant innovations and achievements in window and door technology, manufacturing, and marketing...read more

 
Deceuninck Expands Pultrusion Capabilities; Partners with Graham Architectural Products
Deceuninck North America has acquired the pultrusion assets and related intellectual property of Graham Engineering, a manufacturer of blow molding machinery based in York, Pa....read more
 
PGT to Build New Glass Plant
PGT Industries will significantly expand its manufacturing operation with the addition of a $12 million to $14 million glass plant located a block north of its main Venice, Fla., campus...read more
 
Alside to Expand North Carolina Plant
Associated Materials, Inc., is expanding its Alside window plant in Kinston, N.C., with plans to invest more than $5 million in the facility over the next five years while adding 252 jobs...read more
 

 
More News
AAMA, WDMA Forecast Continued Gains in Residential Window Demand
Guardian Names Rick Zoulek VP, North American Flat Glass
AAMA Updates Spec for Vertical Loading Resistance of Side-Hinged Doors
The Talk

By John Swanson

Congratulations are in order this week as we announce the winners of Window & Door's 2013 Crystal Achievement Awards. The presentation of these awards, honoring innovation in products, manufacturing and marketing, is one of my favorite tasks.

And we have some impressive winners this year. Velux is being honored for a skylight that uses solar power to provide remote operation without any need for wiring.  Masonite is being recognized for a new wood treatment process that significantly enhances the durability of its Torrefied Collection of doors. Solar Innovations' commitment to sustainability at its LEED certified headquarters–chosen by our judges as Most Innovative Plant–raises the bar high for other manufacturers. And, Kolbe & Kolbe's "We are the visionaries" consumer marketing campaign has earned three awards this year.

I am also pleased to report that the number of nominations was up in 2013, after a slight decline in 2012. It might be assuming too much, but I took the rebound in nominations this year as a positive sign for the industry. More companies see opportunities in the market and are ready to move forward with new products and other initiatives.

So with the positive outlook in both the new construction and remodeling and retrofit markets, I am looking forward to even more innovation in coming years.  What do you think?  That's our poll question of the week.  And, of course, I'd like to hear from you.  Do you expect new product launches in the industry to accelerate?  Do you foresee manufacturers investing in more automation in their plants? Post a comment and share your thoughts.

Over the next few years, innovation in the window and door industry will:
Accelerate significantly
Accelerate slightly
Continue at a steady pace
Decelerate slightly
Decelerate significantly
 
What is the Key to a Healthy U.S. Manufacturing Sector?

According to the majority of survey respondents, the success of U.S. manufacturers relies heavily on consumers' willingness to "buy American." ...read more

 


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The Road to GlassBuild

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The Outside View
Marvin Announces 2013 Architect's Challenge Winners
From Marvin Windows and Doors
Construction Spending: Improving at a Slower Rate
From NAHB Eye on Housing
Are Efficiency Advocates and Home Builders Finally Seeing Eye to Eye?
From GreenTechMedia

 


 
Recent Introductions

Belmont fiberglass doors
from Tru Tech Doors

 

 
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