Posts Tagged ‘ doors and windows ’

Catching Up with Quanex: From Shortages to Surges

Sep 22nd, 2020

With the fall trade show season comes a chance to catch up with suppliers regarding the state of the industry, and although these shows moved to online venues, that didn’t stop those conversations from happening. Tara Taffera, editorial director for USGlass and Door and Window Market [DWM] magazines, talked virtually last week with Erin Johnson, […]

Lean Manufacturing—It’s Much More Than You Think

Jul 6th, 2020

When members of Fenestration Canada met in early June as part of its virtual spring meeting (moved to virtual due to COVID-19), they were able to attend an informative presentation on lean manufacturing—a concept that’s been around for years, but might go much deeper than you think. It could also save your company time and […]

Why Door and Window Companies are Suited for COVID-19

May 4th, 2020

It feels like a risky time for pep talks. And who can fault anyone for wanting to hurl something at someone trying to shed any positive light in the current situation. But anyone who knows me will tell you I’m a pragmatic optimist. I can understand why some folks are reluctant to receive a pat […]

Augmented Reality is a Very Real Option for Door and Window Companies 

Sep 6th, 2019

As door and window manufacturers learn to lean on the suggestions of artificially intelligent software, those are the types of human-machine interactions that are necessary to build trust, says Kari Tamminga, product owner and leader of a data science team for Paradigm. But it will take many more of those experiences to nudge the industry […]

Increased Liability and the Rapidly Expanding Fenestration Market

Aug 5th, 2019

Research conducted by Market Insight Reports estimates that the glass and glass product manufacturing industry will reach the $230 billion mark by the year 2020. By contrast, the industry topped out at $198.5 billion in 2016. While most industry professionals will celebrate the progressive market, and rightfully so, the instant I saw this, I recalled […]

What’s the Big Deal About Artificial Intelligence?

Jul 23rd, 2019

There has been a lot of talk surrounding artificial intelligence (AI) recently. As this technology evolves, our industry will need to take a hard look at the pros and cons. In the meantime, one thing is certain: AI is only going to get more sophisticated and more intertwined with our lives.  Many large companies are […]

Good Help is Hard to Please

Jun 14th, 2019

If the old adage is “Good help is hard to find,” there may never have been a time when that comment was more rhetorical—and in more areas than just labor. These days, it also adds insult to injury. At the same time, I would argue that a paradigm has risen, making it more accurate to […]

What a Difference a Space Makes

May 21st, 2019

It is one thing to know about a company’s history, to have had many conversations with the management team, and quite another to see the operation up close. When traveling to Florida this month, I had some time to make a stop at NewSouth Window Solutions in Tampa. The company, which makes and sells its […]

Residential Construction Slows, but Employment Still Ticks Up

Apr 5th, 2019

Residential construction was down in February, but this had no negative impact on industry employment, according to the most recent federal government data. The U.S. Census Bureau reports total construction increased 1 percent from January to February and 1.1 percent from February 2018 to February 2019 on a seasonally adjusted annualized rate. The lukewarm total […]

Newpro Transitions Leadership to Third Generation

Jan 16th, 2019

A name like Cogliani is suited for carrying a multi-generational business. The sound rolls off of your tongue like something that could be hand-stenciled to the side of an antique work truck. And while—so far as he knows—no such truck exists, says Anthony (Nick) Cogliani, as of January 1, he’s the third generation leader for […]

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