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July 23, 2014
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YKK to Expand Residential Window Production Capacity in Macon

Slated to begin production in January 2015, the expansion will allow YKK AP America to double the Georgia plant’s production capacity. YKK AP will relocate its production lines into a larger building on its Macon campus and add two new production lines dedicated to vinyl window and multi-layered glass production...read more

 
Jeld-Wen Partners with Building Products for Midwest Distribution

Jeld-Wen Windows & Doors partnered with Midwest supplier Building Products Inc. for the sale and distribution of its entire product line…read more

 
In a World Measured in Hundredths, Energy Star Labeling May Present Risks

Manufacturers can control the elements that help product designs achieve performance under NFRC test standards that comply with the EPA’s criteria. But components have tolerances, as do manufacturing processes…read more

 

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PPG Appoints Michael McGarry to Chief Operating Officer
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Single-family Home Builder Confidence Increases in July
The Talk

By Jenni Chase
When reviewing the news for the upcoming August issue of Window & Door, I was struck by the number of acquisitions that have taken place in our industry over the past 60 days. By my count, there have been at least 11 deals made since late May, among manufacturers and distributors alike. On a national level, there was Sierra Pacific Industries’ purchase of Hurd Windows and Doors. At the regional level: ABC Supply’s buyout of window and door distributor Dealers Service & Supply. And the list goes on…and on.

Reading through the acquisition announcements, a common theme emerges: everyone, regardless of their position in the supply chain, is looking to improve customers’ experience. And oftentimes, this requires a financial investment. Where are you investing your money? Is it in acquisitions to expand your product offerings or geographic territory? New equipment to shorten lead times? Additional sales people to improve customer relations? Please take this week’s poll and share your thoughts.
Where is your company investing?
Acquisitions
New products
New equipment
New locations
New personnel
We are not making additional investments right now
 
How Do You Handle Choice Fatigue?

The majority of respondent's to last week's poll do not have any practices in place to help consumers deal with the anxiety of making purchasing choices. In close second, however, were those respondents who utilize visualization tools. See the full survey results...


Road to GlassBuild

We are now less than 50 days away from GlassBuild America, North America’s largest window, glass, and door show. Do you have your hotel room yet? If not, on this week’s edition of The Road to GlassBuild, we’ll get you pointed in the right direction. Plus, great new product launches are always a staple of the show and we’ve got a video preview of one of the many you’ll be able to see for yourself September 9-11 in Las Vegas.

 
The Outside View
South Pushes Nationwide Housing Starts Down 9.3 Percent in June
From NAHB
Take Shelter! Housing Remodeling Boom May Be Falling Apart
From CNBC

 
 
Recent Introductions

AKS 1900H Welder from Urban Machinery

 
 
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