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Editor’s [re]Marks
By Drew Vass
Editor
[DWM] Magazine

Editor's [re]Marks By Drew Vass
Not This Time

I’ve never been one to sit around waiting for just the right time and circumstances—not once I’ve made my mind up about something, at least. These past few years have been no exception, but I’d be lying if I didn’t admit that it has been difficult to do anything with a high level of certainty. […]

Plavecsky’s Ponderings
By Jim Plavecsky
Owner
Windowtech Sales

Plavecsky's Ponderings By Jim Plavecsky
Refocusing

With things slowing down temporarily, door and window executives are finally able to catch their breath and refocus their companies’ plans for steady and sustained growth. In talking to the leaders of various companies, I have found there are three key areas that are being evaluated for possible change. Sourcing With the recent supply chain […]

Ray’s Fenestration Innovation
By Ray Garries
President
Global Fenestration Advisors

Fenestration Innovation
Innovation in 2023

“The best way to predict the future is to create it!” — American computer scientist Alan Kay As 2023 gets rolling, we need to take a moment to recognize and realize that the last 30 months have been bizarre for our industry. We battled against deadly viruses, shutdowns, limited start-ups, and then full-go, massive inflation, […]

Tyson’s Take
By Tyson Schwartz
Chief Happiness Officer and Partner
Zen Windows

Tyson's Take
The Inflation Reduction Act and Tax Credits

Over the past 30 years, I have seen a lot of ups and downs. Just when I thought I had seen it all, COVID-19 came. The past three years have been some of the most interesting I’ve ever experienced in the door and window business, but, as usual, they have brought the creativity of our […]

Lessons From the Tank
By Joe Altieri
President
FlexScreen

Lessons From the Tank By Joe Alteiri
Are Your Kids Safe?

It is estimated that roughly 5,000 children fall from windows each year. Studies show that approximately 3,300 of them are treated in emergency rooms for their injuries—many of which are life-altering. Tragically, eight to 10 of these children will die from their injuries. As a window screen inventor and manufacturer, window safety is something I’ve […]

S.A.L.E.S. Is Not a Dirty Word
By Dave Yoho
President
Dave Yoho Associates

S.A.L.E.S. Is Not a Dirty Word
The HARD Truths for Industry Companies for 2023

In preparation for 2023, Dave Yoho Associates conducted abundant research and surveyed our existing clients to drill down on current sales and marketing challenges that are impacting the industry. Here are several hard truths that we uncovered: 79% of Companies Have Trouble Following Up on Unsold Leads The word “trouble” is understandably very vague. Many […]

Shop Talk
By John Ryba
Technical Services Manager
Quanex Building Products

Shop Talk
New Year, New Shop: Taking Stock of Your Production Processes

There’s a lot on the line for door and window manufacturers in 2023. Consistency of quality, unit performance once installed in the field and your reputation as a manufacturer all depend on successful shop floor operations. How best to achieve that success? Manufacturing reliable, quality door and window units is all about following repeatable and […]

Beyond the Label
By Deb Callahan
CEO
National Fenestration Rating Council (NFRC)

Beyond the Label
They Are Not Your Grandparents’ Windows

This time last year, National Fenestration Rating Council (NFRC) launched a campaign to encourage more people—builders, remodelers, architects, individual homeowners and others—to not take the state of their windows for granted. The campaign has had success with several national organizations, industry groups and magazines, and a few manufacturers are joining the effort. But there is […]

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