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Door and Window Musings
By Tara Taffera
Publisher, DWM Magazine

Door and Window Musings By Tara Taffera
Have You Had Your Lead Training Refresher?

+-*Many of you may remember that I took (and passed) the Certified Renovator training required by the Environmental Protection Agency. EPA’s Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule (RRP Rule) requires that firms performing renovation, repair and painting projects that disturb lead-based paint in homes, child care facilities and pre-schools built before 1978 must be certified […]

A New Perspective
By Trey Barrineau
Editor, DWM Magazine

A New Perspective by Trey Barrineau
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 fenestration industry. I ate some great Texas food and experienced some […]

Plavecsky’s Ponderings
By Jim Plavecsky
Owner, Windowtech Sales

Plavecsky's Ponderings By Jim Plavecsky
Today’s Top Manufacturing Challenge: Finding Quality Workers

+-*There is a disturbing common denominator that keeps popping up during my travels and discussions with customers. Everyone seems to be having a tough time finding quality manpower for manufacturing doors and windows. “Young people just don’t have the strong work ethic that we had growing up.” This is a remark that I hear over […]

Collins, the Trend Tracker
By Mike Collins
Partner, Building Industry Advisors

Collins The Trend Tracker
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, […]

Tyson’s Take
By Tyson Schwartz
VP sales and marketing, Soft-Lite

Tyson's Take
How to Successfully Train New Employees

+-*Our industry continues on pace for solid growth again this year.  And with another strong year evolving, we’re all having to add new employees.  This is a terrific effect from the growing building products sector.  It doesn’t matter if you are a manufacturer or a home improvement company — we all seem to be hiring […]

Milanese Remodeling
By Mark Milanese
Owner, Milanese Remodeling

Milanese Remodeling By Mark Milanese
Who Really WANTS Windows?

+-*Marketing doors and windows for profitability has always been about making the consumer WANT new doors and windows before they NEED them.  Let’s look at windows as an example. In the third quarter of the 20th century, nearly every property owner wanted new aluminum triple-track, self-storing storm windows, even if their existing interchangeable wooden screen […]

Positive Polarity
By Dave Molenda
Founder, Positive Polarity, LLC

Positive Polarity
Success: A Matter of Trust

+-*Editor’s note: Dave Molenda’s Positive Polarity blog has been a popular feature on DWM for a while – and now he’s giving sales advice in video form. Check it out. Trust is a word that we all use, yet do we really understand the depths of it and how it can affect our company culture?…click […]

The View From Here
By Ric Jackson
Director of Government Relations
Quanex Building Products

The View From Here
… And That’s How a Bill Becomes a Law.

+-*In the nearly 18 months I’ve been writing this blog, this is the first time I get to report that a bill has become a law. I wasn’t the only one happy to see the Energy Improvement Act of 2015 (S. 535) get enacted on April 30. The list of supporters reads as a virtual […]

Fenestration Innovation
By Ray Garries
Global Fenestration Advisors

Fenestration Innovation
The Internet of Innovation

+-*Many of you already know about the Internet innovation company called Quirky. For those of you who aren’t one of the million registered influencers on the Quirky network, it’s an invention-submission website that asks the public to help decide the best ideas to develop. They have developed more than 100 new products in the past […]