The Window and Door Manufacturers Association-Northeast (WDMA-Northeast) held its winter meeting this week in Philadelphia, and the new group saw a strong turnout for a day and a half of networking and educational sessions.

WDMA’s Kevin McKenney addresses the WDMA-Northeast Winter Meeting in Philadelphia.

“It was great,” said WDMA president and CEO Michael O’Brien. “We covered a lot of topical things that the industry is concerned about right now, particularly at the beginning of a new year. I’m pretty pleased with the turnout and the engagement. Our whole goal is to keep the Northeast folks engaged and informed and involved in the association, and this is all part of that. This is an exciting time for us. We’re making progress on our three-year plan. Our three key objectives are advocacy, industry promotion and industry value.”

WDMA-Northeast was formed last January when the former Northeast Window and Door Association (NWDA) agreed to merge operations with WDMA. As part of the agreement, former NWDA members joined the new WDMA-Northeast.

A total of 76 members of the fenestration industry from the Northeast and Canada were on hand for the two-day event, a significant increase from some of the final events of the old NWDA. While most of the attendees were manufacturers, one dealer showed up, too.

“The value of coming was more than I expected,” said Scott Brown, the luxury window specialist with Franklin Window & Door in Carmel, Ind. “We’re looking to branch out into some segments, and we’ve met some people who can help us with that. But the actual reason I came was for the educational sessions, specifically the session on replacement guidelines. We want to actually get involved with that committee.”

The event began on Monday night with a welcome reception. On Tuesday, a full day of educational sessions was held. Topics covered included an overview of the 2018 legislative and regulatory landscape; a look ahead to the residential and remodeling markets in 2018; an informative session on modular construction trends; an examination of how industry standards for door and window installation are evolving; and an overall update on building codes and fenestration standards.

Additionally, there were manufacturer exhibitors hosting tabletop displays, and a “discovery dash” was held so they could introduce and describe their products and services.

“It was a great opportunity to learn about a variety of industry related topics,” said Marco Kroes, Roto North America’s business development manager. The company helped sponsor the event and was one of the exhibitors. “We also appreciate everyone who stopped by our table to learn about Roto’s window and door hardware.”

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