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W&D Weekly
April 4, 2018
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Plant Safety 101
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the window and door manufacturing industry reports higher-than-average incidence rates for workplace injuries. To prevent accidents and keep employees safe, workplaces should establish a safety culture that combines training with enforcement. Safety training should begin on day one of employment and continue on a regular basis. Read More
GlassBuild America Ranks at Number 107 on Top 250 Trade Show List
Roto Recognizes Window Safety Week
WDMA Spring Meeting and Legislative Conference Heads to Capitol Hill
ProVia Earns 2018 Energy Star Sustained Excellence Award
Andersen Named 2018 Energy Star Partner of the Year
Quanex Names New Plant Manager at Cambridge Location
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 Norah Dick
At the recent Window and Door Manufacturers Association’s Spring Meeting and Legislative Conference, held March 19-21 in Washington, D.C., Chad Moutray, chief economist for the National Association of Manufacturers, spoke on the continuing challenge of finding and retaining a skilled labor force and outlined initiatives companies and associations are implementing to address the situation.
In his presentation, “Workforce Development: Helping Employers Close the Skills Gap,” Moutray characterized NAM members as very pleased with the current economic outlook. He attributed at least part of this positive feeling to the recently passed tax reform, as well as the improving global economy. “These are the best numbers out of Europe we’ve seen in seven years, in some cases 20 years,” he said.
The U.S. manufacturing sector mirrors this growth. While manufacturing businesses continue to run more leanly than they did pre-recession, Moutray said that the sector is much more competitive than it has been in the last two decades. Read More

Monthly Reader Poll

Aluminum Tariffs: Helpful or Hurtful?
President Trump recently announced that he plans to impose a tariff of 25 percent on steel imports and 10 percent on aluminum imports. While his plans and statements have drawn both criticism and praise, Window & Door will take a look at the implications on our fenestration manufacturers and their suppliers. Especially as residential windows and doors trend toward the modern, commercial aesthetic of aluminum, we want to know how the proposed tariffs will impact these trends and your business.
Will President Trump's proposed steel and aluminum tariffs be helpful or hurtful to the residential fenestration market?
Neither/no impact




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