Tyson’s Take

Thriving in a Tight Labor Market

Jul 10th, 2018

The job market has become increasingly tight over the past several months. Unemployment continues to dip further below 4 percent. I have read several articles where the labor market is near or even at full employment. In our industry specifically, the labor market has gotten very tight, from window installers to factory assemblers to really […]

Florida: The Enigma of Window Selling

Jun 6th, 2018

It seems like we had a very long winter, skipped over spring and jumped right into summer. Hurricane season is already here and we have already had one named storm, Alberto. I recently attended an industry meeting in Florida, and the predictions are for another very active hurricane season. Florida has recovered from the housing […]

Innovating Labor: Boom or Bust?

May 7th, 2018

The bad weather is finally past us and now the economy is really booming. From meeting with many dealers in different parts of the country, leads and sales are bountiful.  Financing options also seem to be available for anyone who needs them. The real challenge seems to be finding enough labor to get product installed. […]

A Q&A With a Real, Live Millennial!

Apr 10th, 2018

According to Pew Research, millennials are going to pass Baby Boomers as the United States’ largest living adult generation sometime in 2019. The question that many people have is this: Will they also become our next greatest generation? I wanted to interview a millennial who is in the building products industry to get their take […]

Has Private Equity Cracked the Industry Code?

Mar 5th, 2018

Private equity (PE) money is pouring into the building products industry. The recent announcement of Ply Gem and Atrium being purchased by a PE firm is an indicator there will be even more PE companies coming into the building products space. Private equity has been around the industry but in my opinion, these companies never […]

Unplugging? Maybe We All Should For a While

Feb 6th, 2018

I have been called a “nerd” and a “tech head” over the years because of my love for technology. I certainly would call myself an early adopter of technology. Using this as a backdrop, I think it is time to pull back a little bit. It is finally time to make myself a little less […]

Fighting the Winter Bomb Cyclone

Jan 4th, 2018

It’s winter time again! As we turn the page to the New Year, we have record-breaking cold weather. We also have a new weather term, “Winter Bomb Cyclone,” that describes a storm working its way up the East Coast this week. This system has had temperatures as far south as Florida plummeting, hurricane-force winds and […]

Embracing the New Internet

Nov 1st, 2017

There was an article recently from Google saying that by 2021, 82 percent of the global Internet traffic will be video. In addition, 95 percent of “Generation Z” use YouTube. Think about how quickly things are evolving and how quickly they are evolving. Video and video streaming are going to be the major conduit of […]

Is It 2018 Already?

Oct 5th, 2017

Although we are in the heart of busy season, it’s now planning time for 2018.  We all need to start analyzing the success of our marketing mix in 2017. Here are several questions many dealers I visit are asking themselves: What lead programs are working and what are not? What new marketing programs are out […]

Building Products Industry Always Responds to Natural Disasters

Sep 7th, 2017

We have been extremely fortunate that it has been over a decade since the United States was hit by a major hurricane.  Hurricane Harvey was a stark reminder that we are still at Mother Nature’s mercy. As I write this, Hurricane Irma has just turned into a Category 5 hurricane and although it’s exact path […]

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