Plavecsky’s Ponderings

Growing Pains? Lean Into Your Component Suppliers

Feb 4th, 2016

When I visit door and window operations, I notice two common themes: labor and floor space are in short supply. We’re running out of room and good people who are in it for the long haul are just near impossible to find. “We consider ourselves operations experts, but we still don’t have the answers!” said […]

Be First Out of the Gate and Automate

Jan 7th, 2016

In 2015 we dealt with a number of issues, but it seems that the top stories of the year dealt with safety, the possibility of a glass shortage and concerns about increasing material costs. Also, another recurring theme was the fact that manufacturers have been finding it increasingly difficult to attract and keep a proficient […]

The ABCs of Energy Star Compliance

Dec 10th, 2015

Energy Star 2016 is just around the corner. Are you prepared? The past few months I have been talking with many window manufacturers who were making last-minute modifications to their product lines as well as associated changes to their manufacturing process as well. Some window manufacturers (let’s call them Type A) invested in new extrusion […]

The Section 179 Tax Advantage: How Much Does It Matter?

Nov 30th, 2015

Well, it’s that time of year again when business is starting to slow down, allowing owners a chance to catch their breath and prepare for the new year. Among other things, this means buying and installing equipment or software that will help improve productivity in the coming year. If it is at all possible to order […]

Are You Ready to Rumble?

Oct 6th, 2015

Now is the time of the year when we put the output capabilities, efficiency and quality-assurance capabilities of our manufacturing operations to the true test. It is the peak of the door and window manufacturing season. Orders are pouring in, and there are only so many hours in the day. One cannot afford to get too […]

3 Ways to be More Innovative than Your Competition

Sep 17th, 2015

I’m here in Atlanta enjoying another GlassBuild show. That means, I’m on the hunt for innovation. Since I’m also manning several booths as part of exhibiting with several principals that I represent, I am also relying on my associates to point out what they have seen on the show floor in terms of new innovations. […]

The 2016 Energy Star Requirements: Are You Ready?

Sep 3rd, 2015

I wrote a blog post back in July 2008 entitled “Energy Star Will No Longer Be a Slam Dunk,” in which I talked about how Energy Star requirements keep getting tougher with each new version. Well, here we are once again. We’re heading for a new version of Energy Star that takes effect in January of 2016 […]

The Triple Advantage of Triple-Pane Window Design

Aug 27th, 2015

As I travel visiting window fabricators, I’m seeing an increasing interest in the marketing of triple-pane window designs. These are the three reasons that I see triple-pane windows growing in popularity in the coming years: U-Value Optimization Larger air gaps lead to increases in convection. Air has more space to circulate; as it does so, […]

Five Things to Consider When it Comes to Equipment Investment

Aug 13th, 2015

As we approach the peak selling months in the fenestration industry, now is the time to analyze long-term equipment needs and begin making decisions regarding investments for 2016. As orders approach peak levels, the next few months will reveal to door and window manufacturers which areas in their manufacturing process need to improve in the […]

How Fast-Growing Companies Keep It Going

Jul 28th, 2015

DWM’s Fastest-Growing Dealer List has got me pondering about fast-growing companies in general. What are the keys to success for a fast-growing company? It must have a product that the market wants. It must be committed to providing this product to the customers at the proper price point while earning a fair profit. It must […]