What’s in a Name?

Jan 8th, 2013

-+*Sometimes a company name is creative and different, sometimes it gets right to the point and others it’s a combination of both. For example, Ace Hardware’s name tells you what it sells, and Build a Bear is a creative name for what kids can do at that retail location. Here at DWM, we want to […]

Catching Up and Closing out the Year

Dec 20th, 2012

-+*Just in case anyone has noticed, because I know you are all avid readers of my blog, it has been awhile since I posted. In fact, my last blog was written the week that one of our editors Penny Stacey went on maternity leave. And guess what, she is back so now I have some […]

Falling in Love Again

Oct 12th, 2012

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-+*I am sure that headline pulled you into my blog but you may have to be an avid reader of my entries to get the full picture. What did I fall in love with again? A new door. Yes another and that may have my husband none too happy. I have been covering the door […]

Roundtable Discussions Yield Results

Oct 10th, 2012

-+*I have attended door and window industry trade shows and meetings for almost 15 years now, and it’s nice to see when associations that have been hosting trade shows for decades (48 in the case of the Association of Millwork Distributors—AMD), mix it up so to speak. Roundtable discussions have been a great marketing tool […]

Final Thoughts on Vegas

Sep 17th, 2012

-+*GlassBuild is full of products and presentations but the best part is always the people. It’s a great chance to see and catch up with some of the people you get to work with all year, and make some new friends and colleagues. So here are my final thoughts on the show, the products and […]

Day Two Impressions

Sep 14th, 2012

-+*From a unique product idea to some great conversations, here goes my impressions from GlassBuild America day two. Best product: I saw a lot of innovative products today but I have to give the award to VEKA for its Solutions product—the “Sol,” standing for solar. The window includes a solar collector that harnesses the sun […]

GlassBuild Day One

Sep 13th, 2012

-+*Here at GlassBuild America, our editors focus on the products and news of the day but sometimes what is most interesting is the conversations, a look at the trends and, of course, the people. Here are some of my thoughts from day one. Vinyl penetrating into the commercial market. I talked to two CEOS at […]

The Sad Days Keep on Coming

Aug 10th, 2012

-+*Back in February, on a Friday much like today, I learned that a vinyl window maker with a solid reputation in the business, Gorell Windows and Doors, was closing. It started with a tip that I wished were not true but it turned out it was. Fast-forward six months later and I find myself in […]

NWDA Plus One

Jul 19th, 2012

-+*After covering the window and glass industries for going on 15 years, I have attended a variety of conferences and have met not only people in the industry but at times I have been fortunate enough to meet their better halves as well. Many spouses travel to sometimes “exotic” locations to accompany their spouses to […]

FTC in the News Again

Jul 3rd, 2012

-+*Several years ago those in the window industry didn’t hear the acronym FTC nearly as much as they do now. But in recent years, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has been cracking down on many industries, ours included, and this acronym has become a big part of our industry—like it or not. It started a […]