Good News Keeps on Coming at Win-door 2013November 14th, 2013 by DWM Magazine
The mood of attendees and exhibitors at Win-door 2013 followed a common theme: business is up, people are buying and new products abound.
One category in which it is particularly encouraging to see companies posting growth is the machinery category. Mitchell Heckbert, vice president of sales and service for Urban Machinery said production right now is really good.
“We are up 20 percent for corporate accounts … We can’t build it fast enough.” He said he is especially pleased to see the West Coast market starting to move up. “That is good news to see them have interest in buying again,” he said.
The company also had other exciting news to share. Known in the past for its welders and cleaners, the company now offers a saw line as well.
At the Emmegi booth, the company had the largest space and was busy throughout the event showing off its machines including a machine for vinyl welding and cleaning.
The company sold one machine on the show floor and representative Amber Grayson was happy to report that “people are buying again.”
The company also showcased its Kathy machine, a horizontal three-axis door machine that offers automatic clamping and adjustments and automatic entry and exit of the door.
At the GED booth Joe Shaheen reported the company is now taking orders for its RoboClean vinyl cleaning system that it introduced in September at an industry trade show. “We are excited about the Canadian market and we are glad we decided to bring it here and run it as there is a lot of interest,” he said.
At G-M Wood Products Kevin Karrip reported that business is up 20 percent from last year in markets across the board.
“Our premium products are through the roof and the remodel market is strong,” he said. “Even the production market is growing. We are 20 percent up from last year. We are doing even better than we did in 2004, when things were at their best.”
Additionally, interest in the company’s Dura-Tech product has been huge, reported Karrip. Dura-Tech is a 12-mil rigid PVC film bonded with permanent waterproof exterior polyurethane glue to its lifetime-resistant Dura-Frame substrate system.
Walking the show floor it is easy to see that fiberglass doors continue to grow in popularity. At the Mennie Canada booth, the company showcased its 2 ¼-inch fiberglass doors deemed the Kodiak, named after the largest black bear, as a way to illustrate its enormous size.
“For front doors they want something different and they are willing to pay for it,” said Lyn Jauncey, Ostaco Windows and Doors, who is selling the Kodiak.
Tru Tech Doors rolled out new contemporary designs in its fiberglass doors. “This offers a simpler look so we filled out that part of our offering on the fiberglass and glass line,” said president John Careri.
“Architects are designing with a modern feel and the biggest push is more use of fiberglass,” he added. “We also have flush glazed fiberglass doors and we also have this in folding doors so we now have a folding system as part of our offering.”
At the Masonite booth, its focus was on its Xpress Configurator. Using the tag line, “Take it to the Max. Design it. See it. Price it,” the company was offering demos at its booth on a large screen for attendees.
On the windows side, Quanex had a multitude of products to offer, among them the Mikron Thermal Advantage. The product is made of a 4 ½-inch frame depth with a capability of 1 3/8 IG overall.
“This is ideal for the Canadian market,” said Lorne Weigt, window systems sales specialist at the Quanex engineered products group. “One window manufacturer we are working with is only making this one window as they are having so much success with it … People are coming to the show just to see this.”
The company also showcased its AW-rated system for those moving toward commercial or light commercial projects.
“Knowing where thermal requirements have gone in residential, we know this is coming in commercial and we are ready with this product,” he added.
Hardware and Balances
Earlier this year Vision Industries unveiled no less than eight new products at a recent trade show and Glenn Paesano reported a great deal of interest in these products.
“Of the eight new products, including a simple shipping clip and a screwless lock, six are flying,” he said.
At the Roto booth, Dan Gray reported that the “U.S. market came back nicely and it’s status quo right now in Canada.” He said what’s helping in the Canadian market is the focus on the European style of products.
“Incoming orders for November is setting a record pace,” he reported. The company introduced a corner drive transmission system and “there is nothing else like it,” said Gray (to view the product on video, click here). This plays on European technology in an American window.”
John Evans and Sons released its new di Series constant force balance for ½- and ¾-inch window systems. The product overcomes the problem of accidental engagement of the pivot bar, explained Sam Davey. The drop-in balance significantly reduces operating forces and offers a substantial reduction of on-hand inventory.
Caldwell introduced its Roller Tilt di for residential applications. The balance offers a non-handed easy installation, helps achieve higher DP ratings and sash removal.
Win-door concludes today. Stay tuned to dwmmag.com for all the news from Toronto.