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W&D Weekly
February 21, 2018
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An Open Door to M&A
Current market conditions are providing a favorable backdrop for increased acquisition activity in the fenestration market. Renewed optimism in the economy is fueling investor appetite, with acquisitive growth a primary strategy in value creation, driving an active merger and acquisition market. Read More
Window & Door Preps Top 100 List
Window & Door magazine opens its annual Top 100 Manufacturers survey, available now through March 13. Manufacturers of residential windows and/or doors that want to be considered for the list are encouraged to submit information today. The Top 100 Manufacturers list will be published in the May issue. Submit Information

Energi Names Christopher Koscho as CEO
AAMA Promotes Several Personnel
Quanex Receives Environmental Stewardship Award
LaCantina Doors Named Best of Houzz 2018
Congressman Young to Speak at WDMA Conference
Product Spotlight
LaCantina Launches Industry's First Interactive Video Series

With so many choices to consider when expanding indoor outdoor spaces, LaCantina’s Interactive videos educate builders and homeowners on the design considerations of folding and multi-slide systems and their material options in order to help customers understand and choose the right products based on their preferred system type and where they live. Unlike traditional videos, LaCantina interactive allows viewers to watch the entire episode or actively engage with the video by choosing to watch only the content they find most relevant.

The Talk

by Window & Door staff

One of our member companies recently reached out to our staff to gain some insight on the lack of building code enforcement in Puerto Rico. The member told us the problem existed before the hurricane but is worse now. He also expressed frustration over competing with other companies that regularly violate code. 

Here’s what we found out: The extent and severity of the storm damage has caused many to take a closer look at the island’s building codes. “Weak Building Code Enforcement Exacerbates Destruction in Puerto Rico,” read a December Wall Street Journal headline. “Building codes on Puerto Rico unable to withstand Category 5 storms,” read another, from ABC News. The findings of most experts and government officials in the articles say the issue isn’t the building codes themselves, but a problem of uneven enforcement and widespread informal construction. Read More

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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