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October 9, 2019
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Form & Function: Hardware Trends

Fenestration hardware plays the dual role of workhorse and showstopper as it evolves to accommodate larger products, myriad design styles and "smart" functions. Read More

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The Talk

By Katie Gregg

Last year, the Window & Door Dealers Alliance announced its involvement with Design & Construction Week as a supporting organization. WDDA is proud to continue this arrangement for DCW 2020, taking place Jan. 21-23 in Las Vegas.   

Many know about the event—a co-location of NAHB International Builders’ Show and NKBA’s Kitchen & Bath Industry Show that anticipates attendance of more than 95,000 professionals and features products from more than 2,000 exhibits covering more than one million square feet of space. But what does WDDA’s strategic alliance with the event mean for fenestration dealers and manufacturers?    

For one, WDDA joins other industry leaders who represent the multiple facets of the home construction and remodeling industry—not only to support the event, but to collaborate and discuss industry trends and hot topics. Through roundtable discussions, the group has addressed topics such as managing customers in terms of the length of the work backlog, and helping suppliers and manufacturers manage material cost increases and tariffs.   

Another discussion of note was how to address workforce challenges and the skilled labor issue. As a result of these labor-related conversations and the desire to strengthen this collective voice, WDDA and 11 other organizations sent a letter to Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross, Special Assistant to the President Ivanka Trump, and other members of the American Workforce Policy Advisory Board requesting a meeting to discuss the specific workforce needs of our industry and how we are tackling the training gap. Read more 





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