“This has been a very challenging year,” said Window and Door Manufacturers Association (WDMA) president Mike O’Brien when addressing WDMA members today. The association is hosting its Spring Legislative Conference this week in Washington, D.C.

“But we have made a lot of progress. In the past, other groups had dictated the issues and now legislators know they have to include WDMA in their discussions,” said O’Brien. “That is one of the things I’m most proud of.”

But struggles and challenges still lie ahead, including the fact that the Environmental Protection Agency continues to look at expanding its lead paint regulations to the commercial sector.

“This is going to be a multi-year struggle, so prepare yourself for the long haul,” said O’Brien.

In 2011, the WDMA launched the WDMA Political Action Committee, which O’Brien pointed out will increase the association’s ability to “support those legislators going the extra mile for the window and door industry.”

During the meeting, outgoing chair Steve Sisson of Karona Inc. passed the WDMA leadership role to Elaine Sagers of Pella Corp.

“My agenda is your agenda,” said Sagers. “Like everything there is still more to be done. We are not the biggest ship in this sea so we have to be focused. We need to have one voice.”

Elaine Sagers, incoming WDMA chair, with outgoing chair Steve Sisson
DWM Magazine

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