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August 6, 2014
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Nautic Partners Acquires Custom Window Systems

Nautic Partners LLC has partnered with management to acquire Custom Window Systems Inc., headquartered in Ocala, Fla. Custom, one of Window & Door's Top 100 Manufacturers, sells windows and doors to building product distributors, independent dealers, builders and contractors across Florida and the Southeastern United States...read more

 
Sierra Pacific Completes Acquisition of Hurd

Sierra Pacific Industries completed its purchase of Hurd and Superseal Windows and Doors on Aug. 5, 2014. Sierra Pacific announced its intent to purchase Wisconsin-based Hurd and Superseal on July 7th. This purchase will add manufacturing capacity, a skilled work force, additional product lines and immediate exposure to U.S. and international markets for SPI's window division...read more

 
Prepping Your Plant for New Equipment

Thinking of acquiring new machinery or equipment? Assuming you’ve determined the right piece of equipment that fits your productivity and manpower needs, the following list is a good starting point for determining the physical plant characteristics you should take into account before making your purchase...read more

 

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The Talk

By Asher Raphael, Power Home Remodeling Group

Here at Power Home Remodeling, we believe that recruiting recent college graduates is a great way to bring a fresh perspective to our organization. In May 2014, one of the last classes comprised of Generation Y students  (loosely defined as those born between 1977-1992) entered the workforce with energy, perspective and enthusiasm. At the same time, a new generation — Generation Z — moved one year closer to graduation, and employers across the country began to wonder just what to expect from these twenty-somethings when they hit the job market in a few years.
 
The young adults who make up this group represent the first generation to grow up with the Internet, social media and near constant access to entertainment and communication at their fingertips. They also grew up in a post-9/11 world with many social researchers calling them “the most educated and sophisticated generation in history” — giving this group a whole lot to live up to. 
 
At Power, we’re looking forward to bringing Generation Z on board in a few years, and here’s a few of the reasons why:

Overwhelming awareness has instilled in Generation Z a sense of both sophistication and innovation. Constant access to technology, crowdsourcing and global social media has opened doors to new and exciting educational opportunities that previous generations never had a chance to experience at such a young age. Because of that access, they have also been exposed to myriad problems and international issues, such as school shootings, terrorism, financial crises and global warming. That exposure breeds a more sophisticated and informed college graduate than ever before — one who sees himself or herself as part of the solution to any issue they encounter.  

A greater sense of community means employees who truly believe they can work together to achieve a common good. For members of Generation Z, community doesn’t just mean the people in their schools, athletic groups or neighborhoods. They consider themselves part of a global community that is more or less a real life “social network” in which every person is connected to one another in some way.
 
An entrepreneurial spirit is seemingly inherent in this generation that is more inclined, and better equipped, to turn their ideas into business ventures than any previous generation. A recent study of nearly 5,000 students found that 72 percent of high school students and 64 percent of college students want to start their own business one day.
 
Generation Z may be the most technologically savvy, educated and globally minded men and women to enter the workforce, and we’re excited to tap into their potential in the coming years. Are you tapping the potential of recent college graduates? Let us know by participating in this week's poll and posting a comment here.

Are you actively recruiting recent college graduates?
Yes
No
We’d like to, but aren’t sure how to do so
 
How Do You Research New Products?
Over half of the respondents to last week's poll use a combination of methods, including attending trade shows, to research new products. See the full survey results...

 

GlassBuild America News

Road to GlassBuild
GlassBuild America can be a vital source of business intelligence both on the floor and in the classroom. This week on the Road to GlassBuild America we preview the forums that provide so much insight year after year. We also shine our video spotlight on a first-time exhibitor that is making great inroads with its products and is sure to be a hit with many attendees.

 
The Outside View
Customer Satisfaction with E-Business Rebounds as Social Media, Search Engines and News Sites Improve
From ACSI

 
 
Recent Introductions

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