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September 13, 2017
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Highlights from GlassBuild America Opening Day
“We're here and we're ready” has been a repeated refrain in the days leading up to GlassBuild America 2017, which opened yesterday, along with co-located Window & Door Dealer Days. Read More
 
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The Talk

By Kelly Smith
In one regard, my GlassBuild America experience is unfolding much as it has for previous trade shows I have attended, with people, equipment and vendors assembling on the exhibit floors. From another perspective, it’s like no other event I’ve attended.
 
We arrived in Atlanta for setup on September 11. That date was not lost on any of us, and our CEO, Nicole Harris, began our staff meeting by remembering the anniversary and what it meant, the lives lost and the importance of keeping things in perspective.
 
Ken Mariotti of Woodland Windows & Doors echoed that sentiment in his remarks at the Opening General Session, saying, “I think it bears remembering, a day after the 16th anniversary of 9/11, that we are all lucky, very lucky to be here.” He went on to relate, “As Americans, as leaders from around the world, we are capable of resilience as we seek new solutions for intractable challenges.”
 
Currently among those challenges are Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. Thousands of lives and businesses have been disrupted by the record-breaking storms, with further damage and cleanup still on the horizon at this writing. Presently and in line with our arrival for GlassBuild America, hundreds of Florida residents evacuated to Atlanta hotels that are also housing event attendees. Every free space, lobby, restaurant and hallway is filled with people (and, in many cases, their animals; there are dozens of dogs and cats at the hotels, having evacuated with their owners). 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? 

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No
 

 
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