Top Insights from AMD

Oct 28th, 2011

-+*Want some optimism and some encouraging ideas? Check out my highlights from the Association of Millwork Distributors (AMD) Annual Convention held this week in Nashville. Good News for Wood A few people I spoke to at the show reported that the wood business is doing fairly well including Mark Rieser, president of Windsor Windows and […]

Consider Diversification

Oct 17th, 2011

-+*Diversification. It’s something you hear a lot about as companies struggle to stay afloat. For example, I’ve written stories recently about residential companies moving into the light commercial market as a way to gain market share. We also hear often about window dealers that have expanded outside of windows, into areas such as gutters or […]

News and Notes from Atlanta (Part Two)

Sep 20th, 2011

-+*Last week I shared some observations from GlassBuild, and today I have more insights to share based on what I heard from both attendees and exhibitors. In the end does it really come to this: The market is what you make of it? You decide. As always I’m interested in your thoughts. Post a comment […]

News and Notes from Atlanta

Sep 13th, 2011

-+*As the eyes and ears of the industry everyone always asks me at a trade show such as GlassBuild America, what did you see that was exciting? So here are my insights from today’s visits with exhibitors and attendees here in Atlanta. Spent some time with Serious Energy president who was here to present at […]

All in the Name

Aug 30th, 2011

-+*Last week when I was looking through the Inc. 5000 list for door and window companies that made the ranking, I was pretty easily distracted. And this doesn’t happen to me often–especially when I was just on vacation for five days and incredibly behind. But I will admit that browsing the 5,000 company names (the […]

The Meaning of the U.S. Debt Downgrade

Aug 12th, 2011

-+*When Standard & Poor’s (S&P) took the controversial step on August 5 of downgrading the long-term debt of the United States from AAA to AA+, my immediate thought was “Why weren’t they this overly cautious when they were giving all those junk mortgage securities AAA ratings?” The question many people are asking now is, “What […]

Around the Industry

Aug 2nd, 2011

-+*While I wasn’t exactly sure what to write about in today’s blog (I had a few ideas circling around), that certainly changed this morning with a big news story and a few important tidbits here and there. 1. First, check out the news that Onex Corp. is upping its investment in Jeld-Wen. In May the […]

Ensuring Satisfaction

Jul 12th, 2011

-+*It’s always interesting to look at the J.D. Power and Associates study regarding doors and windows to see who tops the list, and what makes builders and remodelers happy. A few things came to mind after looking at this year’s results. When highlighting the top companies the study points out in which categories the top […]

The Weather Song

Jun 14th, 2011

-+*I don’t know if the “Weather Song” is a universal one learned in kindergarten. But here in Virginia my two oldest girls both learned a little ditty that still sticks in my head, though they are now a few years past kindergarten. It goes a little like this: “What’s the weather, what’s the weather, what’s […]

Who Knows About R-5?

May 16th, 2011

-+*If you are reading this and you are a window manufacturer, then you likely are familiar with the Department of Energy’s High-Performance Windows Volume Purchase Program, otherwise known as the R-5 program. As a manufacturer you have either decided to participate or opted not to do so. If you are a dealer you may not […]