It’s been another busy year in the door and window industry, with legislation, company closings and more generating headlines. With that in mind, here are the stories that saw the most web traffic on DWM in 2017.

1. After Closure of B.F. Rich, What’s Next?

In February, the sudden closure of window maker B.F. Rich generated a lot of questions. This was the follow-up to the story that first broke the day before on DWM, and it explored the next steps in the process of winding down the plant.

2. B.F. Rich to Cease Operations

On February 8, news broke about the shutdown of Delaware-based B.F. Rich. DWM reported on the story.

“Unfortunately, despite a long legacy of achievements, B.F. Rich has experienced financial setbacks dating back to the beginning of the Great Recession in 2007,” said Terry Rex, vice president of sales and marketing, in an e-mail to DWM. “This situation could not be sustained.”

3. CES 2017: Home Automation Makes its Mark

Our No. 3 story based on web traffic was one of the year’s first stories. It was a look-ahead to CES 2017 in Las Vegas and some of the home-automation products that were going to be on display.

4. IBS Day Two: Window Giant Returns and Product Introductions Continue

Another trade-show story, DWM’s second-day video coverage of the International Builders’ Show in Orlando, Fla., clocks in at No. 4 on the countdown.

5. IBS 2017: That’s a Wrap

Our fifth-most-popular story was also generated at IBS Orlando in January. It was a wrap-up look at the show.

6. DOE Pick Perry Backs Energy-Efficient Building Codes

The No. 6 story delved into the changes in Washington, D.C., following the election of Donald Trump as president. Rick Perry, picked by Trump to run theDepartment of Energy (DOE), indicated that he’ll support DOE’s efforts for energy efficiency in buildings.

7. Report: Cardinal Employee Dies in Work Accident

Safety remains a major concern in the industry, and the tragic death of an employee at a Cardinal Glass plant in Oklahoma ranked as our No. 7 story.

8. EPA Budget Plan Calls for ‘Closeout or Transfer’ of Energy Star

Coming in at No. 8 was a story that really shook up the industry — the plan to eliminate the popular Energy Star program.

9. Wells Fargo and Window Company Hit with Lawsuit

An important legal story for the industry was the year’s ninth-most-popular.

10. Tyson Schwartz Named President of Soft-Lite

Our No. 10 story involved a bit of good news — the promotion of Tyson Schwartz to president of Soft-Lite Windows. Schwartz is also a blogger for DWM.


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