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September 23, 2015
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Window & Door is pleased to announce the winners of the 2015 Crystal Achievement Awards, recognizing significant innovations and achievements in window and door technology, manufacturing, and website content and design. See the Winning Entries 

 
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The Talk

By Emily Kay Thompson

Returning from a tradeshow can be even more overwhelming than preparing for one. But that’s a good thing—last week’s GlassBuild America tradeshow and Window & Door Dealer Days event left me refreshed and excited for what’s to come in this industry. 

In terms of sweeping trends and overtures, the biggest takeaway for me was the positive energy across the board. For one, attendance, at more than 7,600 people, was the highest it’s been since 2008 and saw a 5 percent increase over last year’s show in Las Vegas. And, it was difficult to find any real negative feedback from the exhibitors—I heard “it was a great show” and “we’ve been crazy busy” more times than I could attribute.

Sound too "Pollyannaish" to be true? Consider that this widespread positivity is backed by the numbers reported in the Remodeling Forecast presented last Thursday in The Dream Showroom. Dr. Paul Emrath, vice president for Survey and Housing Policy Research at the National Association of Home Builders, reported that homeowners spent more than $10 billion on window and door replacement in 2013, that window and door replacement was the third most common job for NAHB remodelers in 2014 and, most importantly, that these trends are projected to improve moving into 2016.

Not that there aren’t challenges—finding qualified labor seems to top the list, as indicated by a group of window and door dealers who sat in on one of the Express Learning Sessions. But even so, the labor issue reinforces the expectation of growth to a certain extent.

Does this ring true for your corner of the industry? Or is this projected growth specific to certain segments? Is the optimism realistic? Weigh in on this week’s poll, post a comment and/or send me an email.

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Which Part of GlassBuild America and Window & Door Dealer Days Are You Most Excited About Seeing This Year?
Almost forty percent of respondents to last week's poll were most excited about seeing the exhibitors' booths. Read the Full Results

 
 
The Outside View
In recognizing Manufacturing Day, ISA and the Automation Federation draw attention to the growing need for skilled manufacturing workers
From The Automation Federation
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