Well, here I am. And as the title suggests—home again, yet in a place I never left.

Sounds more lyrical than editorial, right? Well, maybe there’s a story there, too.

Some of DWM’s readers have no doubt spotted me by name—amid my bylines, or in their email inboxes. And while I’m contacting many of you about the same things I always have (doors and windows), you may have been caught off guard by the change of address: DWM. Some of you remember me from one of DWM’s past sister publications: Shelter magazine. Others of you I’ve bugged over the years for articles and product awards for various publications, like Consumers Digest, or Builder magazine. But when the opportunity arose to join what I see as THE magazine for doors, windows and everything in between? I jumped at it.

And what an interesting time to step in. The industry has seen its share of ups and downs over the years (Anybody remember “30/30?”), but today things seem to be mixing in ways that are both good and bad. Issues like labor shortages sometimes get in the way of operations, yet also spur innovations in manufacturing. Then there are tariffs, which bear down on profits and pricing, yet play out in some companies’ favor (so I was told at GlassBuild). Meanwhile, hurricane Florence compounds matters for companies in the Carolinas—many of which are just getting back to work and struggling (but hopefully all safe). Mergers and acquisitions run full steam ahead this year and the Western U.S. market is a hotbed, we’re told by some companies. And that’s just the start of it.

To me, it feels like I’ve come home to a room that’s swirling with activity. And that’s a good thing. It’s my job to determine which of those subjects to grab and go to press with. But I’ll also need your help with that.

That’s not to say that I’m “going it alone” here. Tara Taffera started this publication back in 2000 and what a magnificent job she’s done—and continues to do—as the magazine’s editorial director and publisher. Working with her is one of the things I look forward to the most, out of not only camaraderie, but deep respect. I have the products and applications side of doors and windows down pat (and set my share of them back in the day, too), but she has the much larger portion under her belt on the industry side of things—where the mammoth-sized proportion comes in. On the consumer side, it’s all about products: What’s what, what’s new and what’s worth it? Industry, on the other hand, includes all of the behind-the-scene matters that make products and services happen. That’s gigantic. Even from just a manufacturing perspective, from nickel vapor deposition to full-scale, fully autonomous machines—I suspect it would blow the top off of most heads to know what goes into doors and windows. For me personally, GlassBuild was a great reminder of that.

The publication also has a new editorial assistant: Katie Brown, who started just ahead of me. And boy did she hit the ground running—fast! If you get DWM’s email newsletter, then you’ve seen her work already. In my first conversation with Katie, I asked her to “own it” and to view the newsletter as its own publication—her publication. And she’s done just that. But there’s much more in store for her with DWM, so you can expect to see her name in bylines for print and everything in between.

Over the course of my career, doors and windows are the one sector of products I always find myself returning to, again and again. They’re where I started, as well as what got me onto newsstands. And now that I’m back in that groove—permanently—I couldn’t be happier. Why? Because this is a space (and a place) that always felt like home to me.

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