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February 7, 2018
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From Window & Door Magazine
The Industry Pulse
Window & Door presents the findings of its annual Industry Pulse report, taking stock of 2017 and looking to what 2018 has in store. Themes have morphed from a skeptical optimism regarding the general construction and remodeling outlook of an economy in recovery to a thriving market demand. Read More
NGA‐GANA Combination Finalized
Investment Firm Acquires Ply Gem Holdings, Atrium Windows & Doors
Slocomb Windows and Doors to Expand Workforce
Housing Market Makes Modest Gains Even as Permits Slip
Product Spotlight
T-Astragals by GPI Millworks
GPI offers door t-astragals in three types of material: PVC, aluminum and fiberglass. The PVC products offer an entry-level component that can be painted and utilized in most of today's market. Aluminum and fiberglass products can also be utilized in most markets, but offer a higher design pressure rating. In addition, fiberglass products are thermally broken to help stop heat or cold from transferring to the inside of a home. All three materials can withstand high wind loads and direct impacts from debris, according to the company. 
The Talk

By Eric Thompson

Early last month, I and several other members from the Quanex team attended the International Builders’ Show in Orlando, both for some good weather and to get a sense for how the industry is feeling at the outset of a new year.

My takeaway: Many building and construction professionals are abuzz right now, and not without reason. The U.S. economy is healthy, and manufacturers around our industry have invested in their operations over the past few years. Millennial demand for housing grows ever stronger, despite housing inventory remaining at historic lows. I think the sense among many in our industry is that we’re poised for a breakout. All of this is promising news for the window and door industry. Read More


Monthly Poll Results

Social Media Platforms and Uses

As our readers consider the opportunities and challenges of 2018, we wanted to know how social media tools such as LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook and others help. Whether staying current on the latest news and trends, connecting with industry peers, recruiting employees or marketing to potential clients, survey respondents rely more on LinkedIn than other outlets. See the full results and post your comments on the subject

Monthly Reader Poll

Manufacturer/Dealer Partnerships

The relationship between manufacturers and dealers is vitally important to both segments of our supply chain. A strong, healthy partnership can translate into a stronger business for both parties, leading to increased sales and an improved bottom line. Creating and maintaining that business partnership requires commitment from both sides. We want to hear insights on the topic from manufacturers and dealers. 

Weigh in on this month’s poll, post a comment and/or send an email with any thoughts on the subject. We may use your input in an upcoming article. 

What do you find to be the most important aspect of the manufacturer/dealer relationship?

What do you find to be the most important aspect of the manufacturer/dealer relationship?
Product training and support
Marketing and lead generation tools
Loyalty incentives/geographic or brand exclusivity
Other (post in comments)





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