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July 18, 2018
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Managing Growth
One of the top three challenges our manufacturers consistently report is the struggle to keep up with the tremendous demand for products in this current growth spurt for the industry. Window & Door identified one of our Top 100 Manufacturers that’s been climbing the list over the past three years and asked the company to share insights and strategies on how it has navigated this particular challenge. Read More
Deadline Extended: Nominate a Dealer of the Year Today
Window & Door is extending the deadline for Dealer of the Year nominations to this Friday, July 20. Manufacturers are encouraged to nominate their dealers and dealers are also encouraged to nominate their own companies. Honorees receive a prize package that includes complimentary registration to Window & Door Dealer Day, as well as one complimentary hotel night at the Encore at Wynn Las Vegas. Enter Now 
More News
WDMA Study Finds Window and Door Growth to Slow Slightly in 2018
Intermac to Showcase Newest Technologies at GlassBuild America
Thompson Creek Window Company Recognized as ProVia Platinum Elite Dealer
Centra Windows Featured in New Digital Transformation Case Study
Product Spotlight
Combi-OP Purpose Lifter

Combilift launched its first purpose-built order picker. The Combi-OP is designed to cope with the specific demands of long loads such as window frames or cross-sectional supports for multi-glazed windows. The man-up truck features a long platform to enable the operator to access long products stored at height. It is fitted with guide rollers to enable it to operate in existing guided narrow aisles of just 1.4 meters and has a a capacity of 450 kg. It is outfitted with an overhead guard, a light anti-slip floor, a self-closing platform gate and guard rails for safety, and can automatically adjust its travel speed and steering angle according to lift heights.

The Talk

By Craig Patchin

In the early stages of any industry, innovation is active. The winners are those who tightly integrate design, production, sales and marketing. Take the auto industry as an example: because the products (cars) were not quite good enough and needed constant improvement, proprietary integration allowed leaders to create better and more reliable vehicles. After some decades, owners could rely on buying great autos from many brands and the commoditization of the industry was in full swing, giving us the plethora of brands we have today, and pushing out the Oldsmobiles of the market.

Windows and doors have gone through a similar maturation. While many dealers would enter heated arguments about why “their” brand outshines others, the reality is there are multiple legitimate brands which are more than good enough for the task, in many cases offering a similar level of performance, options, aesthetics, and project outcomes to end users. What does this mean for window and door dealers? Read More

Monthly Reader Poll

Monthly Poll: GlassBuild America

GlassBuild America: The Glass, Window & Door Expo is the largest gathering place for the entire glass, window and door industries in North America. More than 400 exhibitors have been prepping for the event for months and attendees are just gearing up for their annual opportunity to meet face-to-face with suppliers and peers. 
Coming up September 12-14 in Las Vegas, residential window and door manufacturers will find educational forums and Express Learning sessions, abundant networking opportunities and a trade show floor full of the latest and most innovative fenestration industries’ equipment, products, technologies and services. We want to know: what drives you to attend GlassBuild America? Weigh in on this month’s poll below, post your comments or send an email with your thoughts on how we can help make this year’s event be the best yet. Bonus: email your best trade show survival tips and you could be interviewed for an upcoming article in Window & Door. 

Why Do you Attend GlassBuild America?

Why Do you Attend GlassBuild America?
For Peer Networking Opportunities
To Meet with Suppliers Face-to-Face
For the Educational Sessions
To Purchase Equipment from Exhibitors
To Keep up with Industry Trends
Other (please list in comments)







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