Win-Door Gets EducationalNovember 5th, 2015 by Trey Barrineau
The second day of the Win-door North America show in Toronto opened with educational seminars that covered important topics for the fenestration industry – especially codes and standards.
The day’s first session covered the North American Fenestration Standard (NAFS) and the challenges it presents to custom home builders. The presentation by Al Jaugelis, a fenestration specialist with RDH Group, covered code requirements, testing and more. Later, sessions featuring Gordon Cooke of Building Knowledge Canada Inc., Jean-François Kogovsek of Maxam Marketing, Jeff Baker of Fenestration Canada and Steve Hopwood of NRCan Energy Star also touched on codes and standards.
Another seminar, “Manufacturing and the Millennials,” was hosted by Matt Powell, the associate editor of PLANT, a Canadian magazine dedicated to manufacturing. Powell’s talk countered the myth that the younger generations aren’t interested in careers in manufacturing.
Education wasn’t the only focus on Wednesday at Win-door, however. There were also plenty of products on display.
Roto North America showed off its OP08 dual arm operator with an X10 lockout handle. The company also featured some prototype Fasco door handles, as well as the Euro handle.
All-Lift Ltd. of Ontario displayed CombiLift’s line of four-directional forklifts, which can handle long loads and help reduce floor space.
“These units will shrink your aisles and create valuable floor space where you didn’t think you had it,” said Greg Bennett of All-Lift. “That gives you the opportunity to add manufacturing or more storage capacity, and therefore enhance your business.”
WTS Paradigm presented its popular Centerpoint and Masterpoint software at Win-door, and the company’s Josh Thingvold said the show has been a positive experience.
“We always see a lot of familiar faces,” he said. “We’ve got a lot of customers around the Toronto area who come here. We always get a few leads out of the show.”
Another software maker, 360 Innovations, also reported good traffic at its booth.
“We met a few people that we’d never met in the past,” said the company’s Stephane Mondoux. “We are growing in Ontario, so it’s a good opportunity for us.”
Coatings maker AquaSurTech showed off new water-based staining and repair kits that are aimed at the do-it-yourself market.
“Everything can be hand-applied,” said the company’s Maria Jasminez. “Depending on the paint that you need, you’d pick up the right kit.”
Jasminez also reported good traffic at the show.
“It’s been very busy,” she said. “It’s been a great, successful show so far.”
The Win-door organizing committee announced winners of the best booth competition. They were Tremco, Fentro and Groupe Eugenie.
Win-door North America wraps up today.