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Groupe Eugenie of Canada had the only machine demonstration on the floor at the WMA trade show.

Doors were everywhere at this week’s World Millwork Alliance (WMA) convention and trade show, with modern looks and fiberglass making a big splash.

Therma-Tru’s booth featured a wide selection of doors with decorative glass in many styles, including Craftsman and contemporary.

“Our focus is new products on an annual basis that are on-trend, and filling those gaps that customers are calling for,” said the company’s Jay Hazel.

Taylor displayed a couple of unique products, including a steel door that can incorporate ink jet printing on the front. It also showed off a four-foot-wide door.

Mennie Canada was a new attendee, and its booth featured fiberglass entry doors in different styles.

The company manufactures its slabs at a 500,000-square-foot facility in China and ships them all over the world. According to sales director Graeme Morrison, Mennie moves about a million door slabs a year, but not many in the U.S. It’s looking to change that.

“We don’t have much business down here, but it’s certainly one of our goals to get into this market in 2017,” he said. “So we’re looking to lock up some distribution and build our business down here.”

The company is also partnering with another Canadian firm, Doortek, on a unique “door in a box” program that lets homeowners order all the parts for a customized door that can be shipped and easily assembled without professional help.

“For contractors and lumberyards, we can take these door systems and sell them forward, or they can install it themselves in much less time,” said Doortek’s Rajat Aggarwal.

Glasscraft’s booth featured its ThermaPlus steel doors and its FiberCraft composite doors. The ThermalPlus door has a thermal break, which the company’s Pat Polansky says sets it apart from most steel doors on the market. Glasscraft was also one of many companies showing barn doors, which have become a popular design option in recent years.

A couple of companies had ventilating doors at the WMA show — Executive and Lynden. These products can lower energy bills and improve indoor air quality.

ODL brought its Spotlights door glass products to the exhibition hall.

“We continue to get great reviews for the product line, and we’ll be adding some new glass to it for IBS in 2017,” said the company’s Amanda Fowler.

RSL was another company with door glass on display. The company showed off its Orchid, Lantern, Plantation and Santa Fe lines.

While there were many door companies with new products, others were at the show for brand awareness. For example, Rogue Valley Door had a display showing off its redesigned, user-friendly website, and the booth at Steves Doors was all about celebrating the company’s 150th anniversary in 2016.

Other major door makers at the WMA show included Masonite, Jeld-Wen, Simpson, Novatech, Plastpro, Pacific Pride and Benjamin-Morgan.

Machinery on the March

Machinery is always a big focus at the WMA show, and this year was no exception.

Canada’s Groupe Eugenie was the only firm to bring a live demonstration to the exhibition hall. The Anny CNC-X door jamb machine attracted a lot of attention.

Kval’s booth showcased a couple of its offerings, including the 994-X, a high-speed pre-hanging door processor.

“It really increases the flexibility and requires no changeover time,” said the company’s Nate Kvalheim. “It’s our top seller just because it provides so much flexibility.”

Ruvo spotlighted its 502 pre-hung specialty door machine, which can accommodate both single- and double-beveled doors. It works with residential, commercial, architectural and fire doors.

“It’s been a very good vertical machine for us,” said Ruvo’s Lowell Tuma.

Components, Coatings and Hardware

Building products giant Quanex didn’t have a huge booth at WMA, but it did roll out a new product — the Top-Drain Sill. It features a primary seal that stops 99 percent of water infiltration and a unique channeling system that drains away any that might get in.

AmesburyTruth also had a new product, the E-Lon weather seal. It’s made from a high-performing thermoplastic elastomer, and it has earned an AAMA 702 Class A performance rating.

AquaSurTech promoted its LH1100 automatic door painting machine for the company’s D200 paint formulation. It also rolled out Aqua-DIY, a kit that allows homeowners to transform and restore door and window colors themselves.

Endura showed off its replacement deck sill (RDS) for replacing dented sills. The company also had new handset designs for its Trilennium multi-point locking systems.

GPI Millworks brought its Simply Elegant retractable screen door to the show.

A couple of companies showed off innovative products for packaging door and window products. For example, Secure-It-Fast handles packaging for Jeld-Wen, said company president Reed Hart, and Doorframer, which has been in business for more than 20 years, will soon be making window packaging solutions, said company president Dave Vanderpan.

Software

Software is becoming indispensable to the millwork industry, and several companies had booths at the WMA show.

Woodware Systems displayed its WebConnect software. Additionally, company president Nick Carter announced a major enhancement to the Var-I-Frame configuration program.

“We can now have 26 or 27 different parameters,” he said. “Now we can take just about anything dimensional. We’re pretty excited about it. If door and window guys want to get into some more complex manufacturing, they can do that now.”

Software maker Ponderosa had its Mobile Fleet Manager on display. It can reduce expenditures related to deliveries via vehicle.

The next WMA convention and trade show will be held October 7-11, 2017, in Charlotte, N.C.

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