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W&D Weekly
April 26, 2017
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Onsite Manufacturing

If, in broad strokes, you consider manufacturing to be creating and assembling components into a completed unit, this also occurs on a smaller but equally important scale on the jobsite. There’s simply less automation and predictability, making the challenge quite different. Read More

Press Opportunity: Window Showcase
Window manufacturers and window component suppliers are encouraged to submit information on their latest products for a special showcase that will run in the June/July issue of Window & Door. The deadline for submissions is Friday, May 5. Click Here to Submit
More News
PGT Innovations Expands Into New Facility
KP Building Products Invests in Manufacturing Facility
Don Fisher Joins Soft-Lite Windows as VP of Operations
Dapa Products Cofounder Gene Morton Passes Away
Product Spotlight
Flat Roof Access Skylight by Fakro
Fakro offers a flat roof access skylight with an insulated hatch that acts as a skylight while providing access to flat roofs. A system of patented hinges and gas pistons open the window and secure it in the open position at 80 degrees. The glass is DU6-glazed for added insulation value while the insulated frame is manufactured from multi-chamber PVC profiles. Suitable for green and other specialty roofs with the addition of an XRD base, the skylight is intended for roofs with pitches between 2 and 15 degrees and is available in a domed version for added impact protection.

The Talk

By Michael Fredricks, Fortiva Retail Credit

Editor’s Note: This is part one in a two-part series about credit options for buyers. Next week will examine how prime and second-look financing can work together.

When a window breaks, homeowners typically need to get a replacement quickly. Unfortunately, many families don’t have the money lying around to make such a big-ticket purchase when a window emergency arises.

To make matters worse, approximately half of Americans have less-than-prime FICO scores, according to ValuePenguin’s most recent data, meaning many are unable to qualify for a prime financing option. To access this customer segment, many dealers offer a second look financing option that allows them to approve more customers who were declined by a prime financing company.

Second look financing is especially useful following the Great Recession because, while many families have recovered financially and can afford financing payments, their credit scores may still reflect the hard times, disqualifying them from receiving prime credit. Some second look financing providers can offer financing to customers with FICO scores as low as 550 by using an underwriting system that uses data other than just a FICO score to determine a person’s ability to pay.  Read More
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