FeneTech Holds 2014 User Conference

Jun 9th, 2014

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With demand up in 2013 and again in 2014, some door and window companies have a new problem, according to attendees at the 12th annual FeneVision fenestration ERP software user conference in Aurora, Ohio, June 2-4: getting enough supplies to meet demand. “Companies in this industry have spent the last five years trimming costs and [...]

Court Rules Against Home Depot and Silver Line in J-Channel Infringement Case

Jun 2nd, 2014

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An effort to move a patent infringement lawsuit involving J-Channel Industries from a Tennessee to New York Court has failed. CopyTele Inc., a company that protects the rights of inventors through patent monetization and patent assertion, today announced that its wholly owned subsidiary, J-Channel Industries Corp. has prevailed in its efforts to prevent Home Depot [...]

Improving OSHA Whistleblower Protections

May 29th, 2014

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David Michaels, assistant secretary of Labor for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) testified recently before a U.S. Senate Subcommittee to stress the importance of whistleblower protections, and how they may be improved. Michaels testified before the Employment and Workplace Safety Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions. He pointed out that although OSHA [...]

View the May Newscast for Hurricane Highlights

May 27th, 2014

With summer around the corner, many window companies and homeowners alike are already looking toward hurricane season and impact products. Learn the latest predictions anticipated for hurricane season and view some impact testing conducted by manufacturers. This week is also Hurricane Preparedness Week–is your business prepared? Click HERE to watch the video on Youtube.

Door and Window Additions Make Top Five in Remodeling Projects

May 20th, 2014

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Doors and windows are a leading home remodeling project. According to the recent Houzz & Home Survey a door/window addition or replacement was among the top five renovation projects for homeowners with 22 percent of respondents saying they completed a project over the past five years. The survey gained more than 135,000 respondents in the [...]

Getting Down to Business – The Best and Worst States for Door and Window Companies

May 19th, 2014

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It’s hard enough running a business. But in certain states, it may be even harder for door and window companies than others. Texas and Florida are number one and two, respectively, in terms of the best and worst states to do business, while New York and California round out numbers 49 and 50. This is [...]

How are you Promoting Home Improvement Month?

May 16th, 2014

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Did you even know that May is Home Improvement Month? In 2002, Congress and the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) declared this monthly holiday to celebrate the traditions of home improvements that take place in the spring. While many window dealers did not know of this opportunity to promote window replacements in May [...]

Why Entry Doors Could Help Expand your Window Business

May 13th, 2014

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While many window companies sell patio doors, when it comes to swinging or entry doors, sometimes companies view this as a “foreign object.” DWM spoke to Eric Dotson, business development manager at Therma-Tru Corp. and two companies that started out just selling windows then expanded into entry doors. So if you have considered taking the [...]

Court of Appeals Affirms PPG’s Implementation of Pay Cuts Didn’t Violate Union Arbitration Award

May 12th, 2014

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The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit affirmed May 9 that PPG Industries Inc. didn’t violate a past arbitration award to the United Steelworkers and Local Union 193-G, despite contrary arguments by the union. According to court documents, in 2009, PPG unilaterally implemented a two-tier wage system that cut employees’ compensation at an [...]

First Construction Safety Week Aims for Change

May 9th, 2014

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The construction industry has seen a recent increase in fatalities on jobsites, and members across the industry have now come together this week to raise awareness about the importance of safety in the workplace in an effort to turn that trend around. Leaders from 31 construction firms across the globe, representing the Construction Industry Safety [...]