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December 6, 2017
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Ingrained Innovation
In the ever-evolving world of fenestration, innovation is ingrained in the industry. While innovation brings about improvements and breakthroughs, change comes with new layers of complexity and obstacles to overcome. Read More
 
Call for Entries: IBS Product Preview
Companies exhibiting at the International Builders’ Show are encouraged to submit information on the products they will display in Orlando. This exclusive product preview will run online and in the magazine. The deadline for entries is December 15. Submit Product Information
 
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Anthony Innovations a Finalist in NAHB Global Innovation Awards
 
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Product Spotlight
Ten Ways to Save in Your Fenestration Business

Are your raw material costs sky high? Do you face a growing skills gap or have inefficient processes that combine to increase already high labor costs? This free booklet sets out ten ways you can save in your window and door business. Learn how to save on scrap and the role automation can play in your business. Download “Ten ways to save in your fenestration business” today.

 
The Talk

by Ken Mariotti, Woodland Windows and Doors

I’m sure you’ve experienced a customer who says they want their home to ‘have a more modern feel,’ then goes on to describe a classic window or door. So, what does the customer really want? Here is an opportunity to provide something of value: professional advice about trends that will enhance the value of their home with modern features that make life a little easier.

Our showrooms should be a place where customers can see these trends and the latest selections in windows and doors. To reach this goal, given the fast pace of change in the industry, at Woodland, we stay up on the trends and then focus on a few key ways to help customers modernize their homes. Read More

 

Monthly Reader Poll

Issues surrounding the labor market are among the top concerns for employers in the fenestration industry. The impact of the Great Recession, a workforce approaching retirement age, and a lack of job seekers in the fenestration and construction fields have each contributed to historic shortages in the labor pool. Employers must get creative about how to address labor issues and are utilizing a variety of methods to find suitable candidates.

Post a comment and weigh in on this month’s poll. We would also love to hear from you directly about your experience; email our editors Kelly Smith or Emily Thompson.  

What methods are you using to recruit employees?

Do you utilize any of these strategies to find qualified employees?
Apprenticeships/internships
Outreach to local schools
Job fairs
Veterans' organizations
Former inmate programs
Other (please provide details in comments)
 

 
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