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    -+*For PGT, the great recession is truly a thing of the past. The company is announcing a new glass plant coupled with two new product launches, a hiring spree to staff the new venture and a grant from its home state of Florida to assist with its expansion. Two Products Launch With its new WinGuard vinyl […]

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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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+-*The Window and Door Manufacturers Association (WDMA) spring meeting and legislative conference that wrapped up this week in Washington, D.C., gave this fenestration newcomer more great opportunities to meet and interact with some of the top people in our industry. But on Tuesday, I also got a fascinating glimpse into how groups like WDMA personally […]

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+-*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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Collins The Trend Tracker Maximize the Value of Your Business—and Your Real Estate

+-*As mergers and acquisitions heat up in the building-products sector, many companies wonder if they’re holding their real estate assets in the best possible way. Like anything related to boosting a company’s value, there’s a right—and wrong—way to hold the real estate of a door or window manufacturer. That’s assuming the goal is to increase […]

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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. […]

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+-*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 […]

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+-*If the issues on this year’s WDMA Legislative Conference agenda look familiar, that’s because they should. As we all know, the 113th Congress didn’t do much to advance the causes impacting our industry. Or any causes, for that matter. However, this Congress is showing some early signs we might see better results. Granted, I’ve had […]

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