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 [...]

How Do You Track Consumer Feedback?

Apr 12th, 2011

jordan pour femme cheap ray ban sunglasses While traveling this past week for Fenestration Day I saw an interesting article in the American Airlines magazine regarding how hotel companies track customer feedback. You can imagine that hotels can sometimes make it or break it based on guest reactions. One bad review on the web and [...]

Are you Ready for the Ramp-Up?

Mar 29th, 2011

Yes, it still may be a bit for the moulding and millwork and door and window markets to pick up, but the market will slowly increase. Will you be ready? This is a question that came up a few times during the meeting last week of the Moulding and Millwork Producers Association (MMPA). Many companies [...]

It is Tough Sometimes But Crucial to Stay Informed

Mar 8th, 2011

I’m used to writing about the lead paint regulations, the CARB rules, the IECC, and a whole host of other acronyms, but when members of the American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) took all these regulations and more, and put them together during a slide presentation at their recent meeting, it really made me realize just [...]

Slugging Your Way to Success

Feb 1st, 2011

“It’s a slug-it-out kind of market. Even the ones that are doing it well are slugging it out.” These are the words of DWM columnist and blogger Michael Collins, vice president of the building products group at Jordan, Knauff and Co. I was so interested by what he had to say when he addressed attendees [...]

Not All the News at IBS is on Show Floor

Jan 13th, 2011

While at the International Builders’ Show this week I’m working hard with our fellow editors here to bring you the latest news quickly through out tweets on twitter and our daily videos. While much news at IBS does happen on the show floor, some of it does not. Deceuninck North America is not exhibiting this [...]