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February 26, 2014
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Menck Windows to Begin Production in Fall 2014 under New Leadership

Menck USA has appointed a new management team to “aggressively grow” its Menck Windows operation in Chicopee, Mass., scheduled to begin production this fall as a manufacturer of windows and doors for the North American residential and commercial building markets. …read more

 
Home Improvements Start at the Front Door

Many homeowners are starting their improvements at the front door, and manufacturers are responding with a variety of entry door styles, options and materials to enable consumers to express their individual design preferences. …read more

 
Window Industry Faces Growing Demand for Health Product Declarations

The architectural community is beginning to request Health Product Declarations from building product suppliers and manufacturers, and some architects are sending letters to manufacturers indicating that “if you don’t have [HPDs] by the end of 2014, they won’t use your product.” …read more

 
Masonite Buys Door-Stop International

Masonite International Corp. completed the acquisition of Door-Stop International Ltd., the United Kingdom’s largest pre-hanger and distributor of composite exterior residential doors and door sets, for approximately $50 million. …read more

 

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AAMA Announces 2014 Board of Directors
The Talk

By Stacey Freed, editor

In Window & Door’s 2014 Industry Pulse, dealers and manufacturers agreed that changes in materials pricing would present the biggest challenge this year in terms of external factors. What about internal business challenges?

In my experience as a senior editor of Remodeling magazine―where for nearly a decade prior to joining Window & Door I covered everything from legal issues and best practices to design trends, technology updates, and business how-to’s—I learned a lot about the issues facing business owners in the residential construction industry.

While remodeling company owners―like window and door dealers and manufacturers―are concerned about costs of materials and how the economy affects sales, it seems their biggest internal challenge is learning to shed all the hats and run a business, not a practice. How to, as Michael Gerber wrote in the E-Myth “work on the business and not in the business.”

As goes construction, so goes the window and door industry. What are the top internal business issues that challenge you as window and door companies? Please post a comment to share your thoughts.

What are the top internal business issues that challenge you as window and door companies?
Issues surrounding leadership skills
Standardizing processes and procedures
Managing growth
Hiring good employees
 

Indoor Outdoor Living: What is Your Take?
While most poll respondents said they still view multi-panel door systems as a luxury item for high-end homes, they also reported increased customer interest in the products. Read more and view the full poll results…


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Road to GlassBuild
This week on the Road to GlassBuild, we start a series of profiles looking at one of the most popular industry product segments. We’re looking at the folks who produce the beautiful and creative decorative glass used in more and more applications daily. First up, the team from Glass Coatings and Concepts.

 
The Outside View
Why are New Homes Getting so Big? Look at Who’s Buying Them
From NAHB
Adams County Approves New Windows to Bring Midtown Homes Built Dangerously Close Together Up to Code
From TheDenverChannel.com

 
 
Recent Introductions

Integrated Interior Shade System from Marvin
 
 
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