Ray’s Fenestration Innovation

Energy Star Innovation

Sep 24th, 2021

“It is always wise to look ahead, but difficult to look farther than you can see.”—Winston Churchill After attending GlassBuild last week and reviewing innovations that can help improve thermal performance, I’m encouraged! The new low-E coatings and combinations of coatings, along with some new work on thin triples, advises us that we can achieve lower […]

Operational Innovation

Aug 3rd, 2021

Our challenges are many, but our focus is clear: We must continue our quest to keep our teams safe and our customers supplied with essential doors and windows. The strange concurrence of low labor availability with a high unemployment rate and high product demand are at best difficult. There are some innovative basics that will […]

Innovation and Optimism

Feb 16th, 2021

This year has shaped up to be a time of great change—change that is causing upheaval everywhere and is part of a process. During these times, we have great hope in the future of our communities and companies, even though much of what is reported is negative. Positive optimism is the cure for these negative […]

When Bias Is Deep, Innovation Is Shallow

Aug 5th, 2020

We must “know ourselves” to be better people and better Innovators. During the current challenge, our focus must remain on innovation. Our economy has only seen 10% unemployment for a total of four months over the last 20 years, with one month in 2009 and three in 2020. But we will continue to innovate our way […]

Innovation and Encouragement

May 8th, 2020

“Skillful pilots gain their reputation from storms and tempest.”—Epicurus. We may not be able to control our current circumstances, but we can control our thinking, our actions and our use of innovation. First, however, we need to keep a reasonable outlook by looking to the near past. We have been challenged with difficulties many times […]

Innovation and Preparation

Mar 18th, 2020

“Preparation is the cure for panic.” That’s a statement that’s ringing true this month! During our historic recommendations and requirements for isolation amid COVID-19, we should rely on preparation and the innovation that is needed therefor. Our ability to create new ways to remain safe, while still producing doors and windows requires new amounts of […]

Innovation Intensity

Oct 25th, 2019

The modern world has become anti-focus. All our devices and entertainment options pull us toward constant, relentless distraction. We see and read much more every day than we did just a few short years ago. Social media has upheld its promise to connect us, but the downside is too much information. Our workdays are full […]

Innovation Independence

Jul 2nd, 2019

Most true innovators are independent. They don’t fit well into the processes and procedures that are in play at most companies. They tend to be very interested in ideas and not very interested in developing the ideas. This is normal and must be recognized and even embraced to fully utilize the potential of innovation. Innovators […]

Innovation Intermission

Apr 8th, 2019

“Be like a postage stamp—stick to one thing until its delivered!” This statement by Josh Billings (the pen name of 19th century American humorist Henry Wheeler Shaw) is truer today than ever! Most of us are too familiar with the requirements for multitasking in the modern business climate. We all have 20 projects on our lists, along with […]

Industry Innovation

Mar 11th, 2019

Being part of a trade organization is a great way to learn about innovation in our industry. There are 91,000 trade associations in the U.S. and these groups are responsible for $50 billion worth of volunteer time. That’s a lot of opportunity for learning! Every businessperson should owe part of his time and treasure to […]

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