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May 27, 2020
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How to Reopen the Workplace: Part 2, Safe Factory Solutions

Manufacturers can institute measures to contain the coronavirus by identifying individuals who might be infected; prevent spread by instituting social distancing and other safety policies, and cleaning work areas; and comply with privacy protections to protect employee identities. Read More

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Window + Door, with the support of parent organization, the National Glass Association, developed a range of resources, tools and information to help businesses in all segments of the industry navigate our current realities and emerge ready to capitalize on new opportunities. The digital issue, Now and Next: Navigating the COVID-19 Crisis, is presented on a brand new, dynamic digital platform. Browse the Platform

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The Talk
Lack of Use = Loss of Use
By Susan MacKay

I recently contacted customer service about an issue with a string inside my cordless blind. The representative took my order for a replacement blind (thanks warranty!) and then asked if I was opening and closing my blinds at least once per month, as periodic use helps increase the longevity of the blind. This makes good, practical sense but, until she mentioned “periodic use,” the thought never crossed my mind. This advice is equally applicable to windows.    

How often consumers open windows depends in part on geographical location, perhaps the neighbors, and in part on personal preference. I love opening my windows to let fresh air in the house but, living in the Pacific Northwest, this can be less than pleasant for half (OK, more like nine months) of the year. In the South, it might be preferable to run the air conditioning over opening the windows and inviting in hot, humid air. But, regardless of the outside environment, as long as windows remain shut, window components are not getting any use. Read More





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