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 [...]

New Energy Codes Gaining Traction

May 8th, 2014

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Thomas D. Culp, president of Birch Point Consulting LLC, joined Jason Weber, director of business development for construction products at Sapa Extrusions North America, for a Construction Specifications Institute (CSI) webinar last week, which highlighted the industry’s energy codes and their implications for extruded aluminum building components. As evidenced in the presentations, those codes – [...]

MPM Silicones Files for Chapter 11

May 6th, 2014

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MPM Silicones filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy on April 13, 2014 in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in the Southern District of New York. The company has quite a pedigree of ownership according to court documents. “MPM Silicones is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Momentive Performance Materials US Inc., which is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Momentive Performance [...]

Measures to Reduce Waste Debated at Code Hearings

May 2nd, 2014

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Measures to reduce waste were debated at the recent International Code Council hearings of the International green Construction Code (IgCC) taking place this week in Memphis. DWM takes a look at two of those proposals, one which will make it in to the next edition of the IgCC and the other which was disapproved. GG206-14, [...]