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April 11, 2018
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Big Doors, Big Installs
Window and Door magazine talked with big door manufacturers and dealers and asked them to share their best practices to plan, engineer and execute a quality installation that ensures the best possible outcome for the homeowner. They also offer insights about how they can help each other succeed along with their take on what makes a seamless project. Read More
 
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Interlock USA and Synergy Sales Group Team Up
 
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The Talk

By Emily Kay Thompson
This editor is finally back to a normal schedule after spending some time in Germany. Over cappuccinos, Nuremberg sausages (and, fine, an occasional dunkel), I soaked in the culture of European fenestration and reveled in the overall sense of confidence and optimism for industry.  
 
Fensterbau, the biennial European tradeshow for fenestration, provides the North American market a look at trends on a global scale. Though there are certain elements that transcend markets, such as the tendency toward bigger openings and wide-open entries, exhibitors I spoke with were quick to note that specific trends don’t necessarily translate. It’s not likely the North American market will see tilt-turns dominate, for example. But materials, components and manufacturing practices are completely applicable. Read More
 

Monthly Reader Poll Results

Aluminum Tariffs: Helpful or Hurtful? 
 
President Trump’s tariffs on steel and aluminum imports continue to be controversial. Window & Door readers weighed in to tell us that a slight majority see the tariffs as hurtful, 47 percent of respondents, while 34 percent of readers think they may be helpful to fenestration.  
 
Comments from the general construction sector seem to echo this dichotomy. The consensus is that the cost of goods may increase, but not in a big enough way as to decrease overall spending. In a recent webinar hosted by Dodge Data & Analytics, Dodge Chief Economist Robert Murray expressed the notion that, “the tariffs on steel and aluminum will simply add to a trend of construction material price increases that have already been rising throughout 2017.” Click here to read more and see the full results. 
 
 
Monthly Reader Poll

Women in Fenestration

It’s no secret that women are the minority in fenestration. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, though women make up nearly half of the working population (47.5 percent), they remain underrepresented in the manufacturing industry. And, though the numbers for women in construction are increasing, the National Association of Women in Construction reports that women comprised just 9.1 percent of the construction industry in the U.S. at the end of 2016.

We want to know more about the role of women in our industry—those in leadership positions as well as on the construction side, selling and installing windows, and those manufacturing the goods on the factory floor. We want to hear how companies are recruiting and promoting women in this industry. Email us with your thoughts and observations, post a comment on the subject and weigh in on this month’s poll.

What positions do the majority of the women in your company hold?

What positions do the majority of the women in your company hold?
Owner/CEO
Upper management
Management
Administration
Marketing
Sales
Manufacturing
Installation



 

 

 

 
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