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August 19, 2020
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Finding New Opportunities to Re-evaluate and Improve Your Business

Construction is cyclical in nature and Craig Webb, president of Webb Analytics, encourages companies to look at down cycles as "opportunity zones." He presented nine strategies for dealers to get ahead now in preparation for the years to come. Read More

Last Chance to Enter Window + Door Awards: Innovation in Crisis
Window + Door is using its annual awards program to recognize stories of innovation in a time of crisis from all corners of the residential fenestration market during the COVID-19 pandemic. Examples of innovation can include, but are not limited to, suppliers working to keep the chain intact, manufacturers producing essential goods, and dealers and installers providing essential services. Companies are invited to submit entries by August 21. Enter Here
More News
Builder Confidence Matches All-time High on Record Traffic
WDMA to Host Two-day Virtual Fall Conference
Housing Starts Post Solid Gains in July
Kolbe's Online Gallery Features Filter, Search Capabilities
MI Windows and Doors Utilizing AI-Driven Smart Manufacturing Platform
Product Spotlight
Manufacturers – manage your dealer network through a web-based dealer application
Your dealer network can now access your product catalog online, select whole units, define options like finishes and fills to prepare and send customized estimates to their clients. Upon acceptance, dealers place orders directly into your production system and receive live status updates as those orders are processed.  
Manufacturers gain unique intelligence via a dashboard to help manage incoming workload and produce reporting on your dealer network activity, while tracking estimates, orders and geographic metrics. 
Product Spotlight
Quanex Is Here and Can Help Reduce Your Screen Time
Struggling with inventory? Devoting too much floor space to screens production? Looking to boost plant efficiency?  
Quanex’s full-service screens outsourcing solutions can help. Built to your exact specifications, packaged to your preference and delivered according to your production schedule, count on Quanex to meet your every need. Eliminate extra inventory, save costs and floor space, and redirect your capital to higher-margin manufacturing. Learn More.
The Talk
Long Time Visitor, First Time Exhibitor
By Michael S. Rapp

After attending GlassBuild America countless times before as an attendee and with many decades involved in the glass industry, we have been fortunate to have a long list of friends, customers, and suppliers within the industry. This year was going to be different, however. For the first time, we were exhibiting. We were going to show off our range of machinery to the largest gathering for the glass industry in North America. We would have the opportunity to meet face-to-face, shake hands, and begin new relationships with industry members we hadn’t previously met and show them what PDS IG Equipment is all about. We were ready.

Fast forward a few months, add a global pandemic, and we thought we were back at square one. As a first-time exhibitor, how do we reach that portion of the industry unaware of our business, our people, and our products? Every day we get marketing emails, calls, messages from companies and people, and we have no idea if they are looking to offer us the next great product or simply take us for a ride. How do you communicate to potential customers through the endless jungle of digital media?   

Enter Glassbuild Connect 2020. Participating in this year’s online GlassBuild experience will bridge that gap. Being a participant in the program will allow us the opportunity to describe the advantages of the PDS IG Equipment temporary protective film applicator to a customer: how a fabricator can apply this film quickly with little to no labor, while offering a product to help them gain market share and a reduction in product returns. We are excited to have this opportunity. Read More





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