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October 30, 2013
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AMD Plans Busy Agenda for Atlanta

Doors and related components will be most prominent at the Cobb Galleria Center in Atlanta, where the Association of Millwork Distributors will gather for its 49th annual convention and trade show next week…read more

 
Searching for the Next Low-E
The DOE is seeking the next game-changing, energy-saving window technology, said Karma Sawyer at the AAMA National Fall Conference in Baltimore this week...read more
 
Single-family Housing to Lead Construction Market Growth in 2014
McGraw Hill Construction released its 2014 Dodge Construction Outlook, which predicts that single-family housing will grow 24 percent to 785,000 units in 2014…read more
 
 
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WTS Paradigm Named a Top-Five Job Creator in Wisconsin
Deceuninck Now Exclusive Supplier for Burlington Windows
NFRC Elects New Board of Directors
Ply Gem Launches Build Forward Program
DOE Looks to Create Fenestration Attachment Rating Program
Remodeling Market Index Continues Modest Climb in Q3
The Talk

By John Swanson
At Window & Door, we will soon begin working on the 2014 Top 100 Manufacturers, our annual rankings of North America’s largest producers of residential windows, doors, skylights and sunrooms. We will reach out shortly to companies on last year’s list to gather updated information. We will also contact companies we believe are potential candidates for the rankings.

But if you think your company is a Top 100 candidate, don’t wait to hear from us. Go to the nominations page of our website and download a Top 100 submission form. In order to make the Top 100 as accurate as possible, and to truly recognize our industry’s leaders, we need to hear from you.

One trend that’s likely to emerge in our 2014 Top 100 coverage is the return of the IPO within the industry. Buoyed by the recovery in both the housing and remodeling markets, Associated Materials, Masonite and Ply Gem have each filed papers to eventually go public. Better times also seem to encourage acquisitions. While we haven’t seen a huge number of window and door manufacturer acquisitions this year, there are signs we might see an uptick. Earlier this month, Andersen added Weiland Sliding Doors to its portfolio. Fortune Brands Home & Security, parent of Simonton Windows & Therma-Tru Doors, recently added a VP of mergers and acquisitions.

Do you see M&A activity on the rise? That’s our poll question of the week.  And of course, we’d like to hear from you too. Do you foresee any trends emerging from our 2014 Top 100? As demand grows, could we see some new or re-opened plants? Will more private equity groups emerge as buyers?  Post a comment and share your thoughts.
In 2014, M&A activity within the window and door industry will:
Accelerate
Stay about the same
Slow down
 

Is it Time to Consider Next-Generation Replacement Products and Processes?
More than half of poll respondents say they’re already working on new product development or should be…read more


 
The Outside View
Sandy-battered Window Manufacturer uses Storm to Inspire Innovation
From NJ.com
Design Workshop: Thinking Differently About Doors
From Houzz.com

 

 
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