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April 10, 2019
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Building Better Business

Brand awareness and improving company leadership come into play as part of the personnel equation. Building a company's brand starts with an individual’s very first interaction with the company. Although external awareness is a powerful tool to reinforce company culture, introspection is just as essential to building a loyal workforce. Company-wide assessments and feedback campaigns to address key employee growth areas are common among large firms, but no matter what size company, the connection between a manager and the team is of paramount importance. Read More

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Window & Door is accepting submissions for a product showcase featuring window and door components for residential products, which will be featured in the June/July issue. Submit your products by Tuesday, April 23, for inclusion. Submit Your Product 
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Experience LaCantina Interactive

With so many choices to consider when expanding indoor outdoor spaces, LaCantina’s industry first Interactive videos educate dealers, builders and homeowners on the design considerations of folding and multi-slide systems and their material options. Unlike traditional videos, LaCantina Interactive allows viewers to actively engage with the video and only watch the content they consider most relevant. These interactive videos represent a visual “how-to-design” your large opening door system.

The Talk

By Emily Thompson

Last week, the Window & Door Manufacturers Association brought together industry stakeholders and members of Congress, agency leaders and political strategists for its signature policymaking event. The lineup of speakers included representatives from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Politico, the National Association of Home Builders, the National Association of Manufacturers, and a Republican congressman from Utah. Attendees obtained insider perspectives about labor policy, laws and regulations, the reality of the daily business of Capitol Hill, and, the focus of this Talk, trade policy.

President Trump’s initial threats to withdraw from the North American Free Trade Agreement earlier last year created a flurry of headlines and speculation. At the 2018 G-20 meeting, the president, along with Mexican and Canadian leaders signed the United States-Mexico-Canada-Agreement. The new agreement now must be ratified by each country’s legislature. And that’s where USMCA sits now. 

Ken Monahan, director for international economic affairs policy for NAM briefed window and door manufacturers on this Agreement. He says that the goal of the trade policy should be to “help manufacturers grow in the U.S. and compete globally” as well as support millions of jobs. USMCA, he says, supports certainty in growth and “strengthens and modernizes America’s innovative engine.” It also expands market access for manufacturers. Read More






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