WMA Plant Tours: Detering Has Deep Roots The Detering Company in Houston has been in business since 1926.

    -+*The third stop on this week’s World Millwork Alliance (WMA) plant tours in Texas showcased a successful, family-owned business with a long history in Houston that’s striding into the future at a new facility. In March, The Detering Company moved into its new 107,000-square-foot plant in north Houston after nearly eight decades near downtown. The […]

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Publisher, DWM Magazine

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+-*I learned in a recent roundtable discussion with door and window dealers that they don’t like the online service Yelp. They don’t like that you can pay people to write good reviews for your company to get a higher ranking. They don’t like that the competitor down the street can pose as a customer, write […]

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At WMA, The Times, They Are A-Changin’

+-*I had a fantastic time during this week’s World Millwork Alliance (WMA) plant tours of three diverse companies based in Houston. I met another group of engaging, funny, down-to-earth people who are passionate about their work. I learned a lot about another part of the construction industry. I ate some great Texas food and experienced […]

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‘Solid Year of Growth’ Prediction Still Looking Good

+-*I just returned from Elkhart, Ind., which is one of the major centers in the nation for RV production. The customers I visited there report that they are busier than ever before with first-quarter sales in RV doors and windows far surpassing their projections. Having been calling on this neck of the woods for many […]

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There’s No Shame in Self-Promotion

+-*When a company’s preparing to attract a buyer, part of that process is to list all the special and unique things about the company. This includes successful new products, awards and high-profile projects completed. As we have these conversations with companies, there’s a very unfortunate element that’s usually missing from the discussion. At some point, […]

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+-*Over the years, I’ve been very fortunate to meet lots of salespeople and business owners. I think it’s safe to say that in 25 years, I’ve presented to thousands of salespeople and hundreds of businesses. Though I was considered the trainer in those presentations, it was not uncommon for me to learn from my trainees. […]

Milanese Remodeling
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Using the AAMA Condensation Resistance Factor Tool…

+-*Blogger Mark Milanese continues his series on window condensation. To get caught up, read Part 1, Part 2, Part 3 and Part 4. To answer my client who thought I’d installed defective windows because she saw condensation, I began to collect the data to use the American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) condensation resistance factor tool: I used my […]

Positive Polarity
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+-*Recently, I spoke to a large group of leaders at a conference in the Midwest. The room was full of people interested in learning more about how their employees could drive the growth of their companies. It came as a surprise to them when I said that leadership of the companies is partly responsible for this. […]

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+-*On the coattails of last week’s U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Building Technologies Office 2015 Program Peer Review in D.C., I can’t help but be excited about the aggressive yet hopeful future the DOE is working toward for the building and construction market. The department has expedited goals for significant building energy savings, which is […]

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