The busy season is fast approaching. August through October is like the Christmas season in the door and window industry. It’s time to roll up your shirt sleeves and crank out some windows, because these few months can make or break a window company’s year. It’s called the busy season.

The spring season saw buyers coming out to home and flower shows and looking at the latest window designs. Homeowners came into the showrooms and looked over the different door and window options. With energy efficiency on their minds, homeowners are seeking out the most energy-efficient window products, despite lower energy prices. In the long run, they are still interested in top-of-the-line energy-saving doors and windows, not only to maximize fuel efficiency in the home, but also to improve the creature comforts both in these scorching hot summer temperatures as well as in the upcoming cold winter months.

But with all the emphasis on meeting more demanding window performance criteria, the door and window manufacturing folks must also focus on meeting daily production quotas, which will be going up and up over the next few months. And not only do they have to make sure the required number of units are made each day, but they are also responsible for making sure each and every unit that goes out the door is one that will not be coming back.

I have been spending a lot of time this summer on the production floor in various door and window plants, and it is giving me a renewed appreciation for the daily challenges that our window company production associates go through on a daily basis. They are under the gun to put out hundreds and even thousands of windows per day in hot, humid and noisy conditions. And it seems there is always something that goes wrong. An employee or two calls off, a machine goes down, a component or material comes in with a quality issue, or a storm rolls in and knocks the power out. It seems that each day brings new challenges that create bumps in the road.

Yet I see people with a firm resolve to get the job done. They persevere, roll with punches, improvise, and at the end of the day, they are loading quality-made doors and window on the truck to be shipped to multiple locations, with their company’s label and their pride built in to each and every product that leaves their plant. The weak, lazy and unimaginative do not last long in this environment. They are here today and gone tomorrow. But the hard-working, dedicated and resourceful production associates thrive and persevere. They are putting out some amazing numbers and doing so up to six days a week in some of the most challenging environments.

So say what you want about foreign labor. Yes, we do have severe labor shortages in America. But, but we also still have some of the most amazing production workers who routinely do whatever it takes to get the job done.

Hats off to all of you!

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