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W&D Weekly
December 5, 2018
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Highlights from WinDoor 2018
The WinDoor North America trade show opened on Dec. 3 in Quebec City. Window & Door was on hand to cover the event live via Twitter. Click here to see the highlights from day one. 
Recruiting Realities, Poaching Pitfalls
Within this industry, there are varying opinions on the effectiveness and even on the integrity of using recruiters or “poaching” employees. Stories also vary greatly for companies that have recruited employees or had employees recruited from them, but there is one constant: employed candidate recruitment is a reality for most. Read More
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Residential Building Starts Show Slight Increase in October
Roto Hosts Manufacturers' Council on Developing the Workforce Pipeline
Viwinco Appoints Michael Duncan Jr. as General Manager, Michael Duncan Sr. as Chief Operating Officer
Crystal Windows Joins New York Cares Winter Coat Drive
Product Spotlight

Therma-Tru offers an assortment of premium shaker-style entry doors and sidelites. The Classic-Craft American Style Collection expands to include solid-panel styles and entries with full-lite EnLiten flush-glazed glass. Hand-selected styles are created with premium flat profile divider bars applied to doors with or without glass and will be available in 6-foot 8-inch and 8-feet heights.

The Talk

By Eric Thompson

As we roll into the new year, here’s a question I’ve pondered recently: what kind of window and door market will we see emerge after some significant consolidation throughout 2018?

Just a year ago, following a flurry of 2017 mergers and acquisitions, Window & Door forecasted 2018 to be an “open door” for some increased activity. “Consolidation in the fragmented window and door market is accelerating, in line with the broader building products industry, which has seen a record level of deals flow during the last 12 months,” wrote contributor Andrew K. Petryk of investment bankers Brown Gibbons Lang & Co. “Renewed optimism in the economy is fueling investor appetite, with acquisitive growth a primary strategy in value creation, driving an active M&A market.”

Those predictions largely bore out. A healthy economy buoyed the building and construction market throughout the year, though not without some unforeseen choppy waters relating to the ongoing trade war between the United States and China. And indeed, we saw some major M&A activity, not the least of which was the blockbuster merger between NCI and Ply Gem.

Beyond the financial particulars, I’ve been curious how increased consolidation in the window and door market will impact the level of innovation and new product introductions we’ll see in the coming months and years. Read More




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