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May 11, 2016
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From Window & Door Magazine
Bringing Manufactured Housing Fenestration Certification Up-to-Date
AAMA third-party certification of manufactured housing fenestration has been around since 1983 and so has the Procedural Guide for the program—at least until recently. AAMA 104 has served well as the basis for certification, but things change. Read More 
 
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News
Window and Door Sales Up in Q1 2016
 
Energy Department Announces New National Labs Funding for Clean Energy Manufacturing Competitiveness
 
Semco Celebrates 75th Anniversary
 
Western Window Systems Names Ty Cranford Architectural Director
 
Product Spotlight
PandaSelect by Panda Windows & Doors

Panda Windows & Doors launched its PandaSelect collection of multi-slide door systems to meet budget-driven projects. PandaSelect features frames up to 10 feet tall and 5 feet wide, and allows for stackable or pocketed configurations with up to five panels per side. The new collection is offered in aluminum and aluminum-wood clad frames, both of which can be thermally broken.

 
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The Talk

By Emily Thompson
Window & Door magazine is now accepting entries for the Crystal Achievement Awards through May 27. This prestigious awards program provides manufacturers the opportunity to highlight their most innovative products and practices.
 
While there are many outstanding achievements worthy of recognition, it’s important to realize that the nomination must reflect the creativity and innovation of your product in order to be honored with a Crystal Achievement Award. While judges review entries against specific criteria, an entry is only as good as its nomination. 
 
To catch the judges’ attention, it is extremely important to be specific and thorough in your nomination. Provide as many pictures, videos, testimonials and other supporting materials as you can. Here are some other tips for submitting a notable entry for the Crystal Achievement Awards: 
 
  • Fill out all fields of the form even if they are not required.
  • Video is powerful. Provide links to videos posted online or create videos and post them to YouTube.
  • Be creative with images. Go beyond straight product shots and show products being used or installed.
  • Describe your entry with specific focus on the unique or innovative elements. Don’t just copy product specs into the nomination form.
  • Avoid using marketing language and don’t waste words to describe a product as “the best” or “truly unique” or “most advanced/innovative.” Instead, explain what about the product is unique, or what specifically makes it the best or most advanced.
  • Try to be concise, but thorough. You don’t have to use all of the words you are allotted for your entry.
  • Gather all of your materials and write out your descriptions before you fill out your nomination form and get feedback from your colleagues.
 
We look forward to seeing your nominations. Good luck!
 
Have questions about the awards? Plan on nominating a product or company? Weigh in on this week’s poll, post a comment or email your thoughts. And, don’t forget to submit your nomination by the May 27 deadline. 

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How Does Your Company Manage Quality Assurance Data?
Respondents are divided almost evenly. "In-house electronic reporting" has a slight edge. Read the Full Results
 
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