Industry News

No Damage, No One Hurt After Fire at Jeld-Wen’s West Virginia Plant

Feb 12th, 2016


An equipment issue resulted in a phone call to the fire department at Jeld-Wen’s Craigsville, W.Va., plant on Thursday, according to an on-site employee. The employee, who prefers to remain anonymous, told DWM magazine that while “social media is going crazy with rumors,” nobody was hurt and none of the plant’s products were damaged. “A piece […]

Industry Associations: EPA Online Lead Paint Training a Good Start

Feb 12th, 2016

As previously reported by DWM, remodelers who are certified by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to work on homes that may contain lead paint under the Lead: Renovation, Repair and Painting (RRP) rule now have the option to complete refresher training online, according to an EPA announcement. However, EPA re-certifications obtained via an online refresher […]

Inc.: Sustainable Building Materials a Top 8 Industry for Startups

Feb 12th, 2016

According to Inc. magazine, sustainable startups are in. In an article titled 8 Best Industries for Starting a Business Right Now, Inc. writer Graham Winfrey says sustainable building materials are on the up-and-up. “Building materials that are made from renewable resources and reduce pollution and waste are gaining traction,” he writes. “The uptick in U.S. construction activity […]

Crystal Window’s Pennsylvania Facility is Up and Running

Feb 11th, 2016

Crystal Window's Pennsylvania facility already employs 26 workers.

Production is underway at Crystal Window & Door Systems’ new 336,500-square-foot facility in northeastern Pennsylvania, which the company acquired in October 2015. Crystal Window has outfitted a 60,000-square-foot portion of the building with production equipment. The facility is producing the Crystal Series 2000 aluminum double-hung, slider and picture windows, and the Series 1240 and 1280 aluminum sliding patio […]

NLBMDA: DOL’s Overtime Rule Proposal Must Be Fixed

Feb 11th, 2016

The National Lumber and Building Materials Dealers Association (NLBMDA) is urging its members to take action on a recent federal proposal. The association opposes the Department of Labor’s (DOL) proposal that would “significantly alter existing overtime rules by raising the salary level under which employees qualify for overtime pay from $455 per week ($23,360 annually) […]

IBHS Supports Obama’s Recent Executive Action

Feb 11th, 2016

The Tampa, Fla.-based Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety (IBHS), is backing President Obama’s recently signed executive order, Establishing a Federal Earthquake Risk Management Standard, which he signed last week. IBHS supports the administration’s efforts to create more resilient communities in areas at risk for earthquakes. The new standard requires federal agencies to use earthquake-resistant design […]

Why “Green” Might Turn Off Home Buyers

Feb 11th, 2016

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Does the language of “green building” really connect with home buyers? That was the focus of “Make It Matter! How to Sell When ‘Green’ Doesn’t Mean ‘Go,’ ” a session at the recent Greenbuild conference in Washington, D.C. Rose Quint, assistant vice president for research at the National Association of Home Builders, presented statistics showing that consumers know why energy […]

Ply Gem “Refreshes” Great Lakes Window Brand

Feb 11th, 2016

Ply Gem has completely updated its Great Lakes Window brand with a new consumer-facing website (, new dealer sales tools and support programs, and new product lines that will be unveiled this year. The Great Lakes Window brand launched in 1981. Ply Gem first acquired the company in 1986. Among the changes to the Great Lakes brand: • An updated […]

2016 Top Dealers: The Full List

Feb 10th, 2016

In DWM‘s February 2016 issue, we surveyed the top door and window dealers in the country. Our research yielded 147 businesses; however, we only had room for 125 in the print edition. To view the entire list, click here (link opens as a PDF).  

IBS Vegas 2016: All the Coverage

Feb 10th, 2016

DWM took January’s 2016 International Builders’ Show in Las Vegas by storm with door-to-door (and window-to-window) coverage. Here’s a complete rundown of what went down at the world’s largest exhibition of light construction, which moves to Orlando, Fla., in 2017. IBS DAY 1: Live From Las Vegas … The 72nd International Builders’ Show (IBS) opened at the […]