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October 16, 2013
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The Talk

By John Swanson

Back in the ’80s, the annual NARI exhibition was arguably the largest window and door show in North America. The exhibitor list included all the major wood window manufacturers—many still focused on wood at the time—as well as several dozen vinyl replacement window manufacturers. Suppliers of window and door manufacturing equipment, components and industry-specific services were also regulars.

Many years ago, the NARI show changed ownership—first to NAHB and then to Hanley-Wood—and was also renamed the Remodeling Show. This year’s edition opens tomorrow in Chicago. As has been the case for the past decade, our industry will be represented—I count about 20 industry exhibitors—but the event is clearly no longer a “must” for many window and door manufacturers or dealers.

And I would say that was true even before the beginning of the Great Recession. Given the importance of the remodeling and replacement markets to our industry, however, this has puzzled me. So I’d like to hear from you. Whether you recall the heyday of the NARI show, you’re a past attendee or exhibitor that no longer finds the event worthwhile, or you’ve never gone, post a comment or send an email and tell us why.

The Remodeling Show:
Is still a solid event for our industry.
Could be a good event for our industry with some changes.
Is not really needed by our industry.

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The Outside View
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From NPR
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From Remodeling Magazine's Craig Webb


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