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September 6, 2017
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GlassBuild America, Window & Door Dealer Days Opens Next Week
GlassBuild America 2017 will showcase the latest products and services to meet the needs of the fenestration market. Preview a sample of the products on display next week in Atlanta. See the Products
Last Chance to Submit: Energy Efficient Products Showcase
The October/November issue of Window & Door magazine will feature a special product section all about energy efficient products, including finished products and components/supplies for the manufacture of windows and doors. To be included, fill out the form by Thursday, September 7. Submit a Product

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GlassBuild America 2017 Releases Hurricane Irma Update
Court Strikes Down Department of Labor Overtime Rule
Montana Sash & Door Ownership Changes Hands
Milgard appoints Vishal Singh as President
Andersen Donates $175,000 for Hurricane Harvey Relief
Wakefield Equipment Donates to Hurricane Harvey Relief Efforts
Product Spotlight
Crest Sliding Door Handle by Interlock USA
Interlock’s newest sliding door hardware, the Crest sliding door handle, offers a contemporary design, with a large grip area, designed for use with the SMBL sliding door lock. The line is available with a range of powder-coat colors and can be color-matched to suit aluminum applications. Interlock’s sliding door hardware solutions are available with a variety of options for contemporary and traditional handle styles. 
The Talk

By Ron Crowl

Here at FeneTech, we’re engineers by trade, but we wouldn’t be the company we are if we weren’t also dreamers. We’re currently working to turn one such dream into reality. Dream along with us.

Imagine that as a window manufacturer or a glass fabricator …

  • Your machinery could tell you when to plan scheduled downtime maintenance in real-time.
  • All machinery in your plant, regardless of manufacturer, communicated in the same exact way, eliminating the need for proprietary interfaces.
  • You have the ability to receive alerts and alarms from this centralized system so that you can manage by exception rather than by monitoring everything individually.
  • Your ERP system could dynamically adjust your plant capacity and lead times based on real-time machine performance, not theoretical assumptions that once set are rarely changed.
  • Your ERP system could automatically create and issue purchase orders for needed machine parts in a just-in-time fashion.
  • Environmental conditions in your plant could be monitored and alerts provided as necessary based on temperatures, humidity or other variables. Read More

Monthly Reader Poll

Trade Schools and the Labor Shortage
Labor and hiring continues to be a huge topic for the fenestration industry. Especially as the market improves, each segment struggles to keep up with increased volume on a tight staff.

Some in the fenestration industry point to the lack of technical training in America’s primary education system as part of the gap in the lack of qualified candidates. Could measures such as Colorado’s House Bill 1041 be the answer? Weigh in on this month’s poll and post your comments, questions, solutions. If you’re particularly passionate about this topic, send your thoughts to our editorial team so that we can include your comments in an upcoming issue of Window & Door. 

Do you think providing students more obvious access to alternative career paths and technical/trade schools will help the industry’s labor challenges? 

Select One


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