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W&D Weekly
March 9, 2016
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Fensterbau Product Preview
Exhibitors from all over the world will present an array of products for window and door manufacturers in Nuremburg next week. Window & Door presents this exclusive preview of what will be on display at Fensterbau Frontale March 16-19. See the Products
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Product Spotlight
LaCantina Doors Puts a New Spin on Vinyl
LaCantina’s new vinyl folding system brings high-quality contemporary styling to the vinyl door market. Designed to appeal to the needs of a broader market, LaCantina’s vinyl system performs well in all environments, matches popular vinyl window packages and is the ideal solution for home renovations and new construction.
Featuring contemporary styling, a narrow 2 15/16” stile and rail profile, exclusive new hardware package and standard dual-glazed Lo-E glass, LaCantina Vinyl is available in standard and custom sizes up to 8’ tall and 18’ wide.
The Talk
The Industry Millennial
By Audrey Bailey, Franklin Window and Door
As a recent journalism graduate and classified millennial, I can tell you that entering the workforce is a difficult transition. Even though four years of college gave me a diploma (and, consequently, a few decades of debt), what it did not teach me was how truly different the professional world would be.
Our college courses encouraged collective brainstorming, group projects and class discussions that resulted in an assortment of diverse thoughts and ideas. Because of this, millennials have a thirst and need for collective effort, even if we are distanced, at times, by technology. Whether it is through creating or conceptualizing, millennials are very much a team-structured generation, built around and off the ideas of our peers.

We’re also used to structure, usually enforced by assignments or certain grade expectations. In the professional world, this isn’t so much the case. There is a high expectation of independence, self-management, and at times a “figure it out” mindset. Plus, while working with a majority of baby boomers with a long history of work experience, establishing yourself as a qualified professional can be a challenge.

Still, I’ve found that working with windows and doors is a great way to find creativity within the framework of design and architecture. And, working with an assortment of different personalities and preferences is a good challenge. Millennials that take advantage of these circumstances and continue to inspire and learn have a chance for success in this field.

What are you doing to attract the new generation of workers to your company? Have you had success hiring and training millennials? How has this workforce changed your company’s environment? Share your thoughts in the comments section, email your take on the matter and/or weigh in on this week’s poll.

Have you had success hiring and training millennials?
No, but my company has tried
No, because we haven't had millennial applicants
We haven't been able to hire anyone lately

How's Your Elevator Speech?
The majority of the respondents to last week’s poll have their elevator speeches down pat. Read the Full Results

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