Quanex Moves Boldly Into Hardware With $1.1 Billion Acquisition

    Quanex Building Products announced today it will acquire Tyman, a London-based producer of fenestration components and access solutions (including U.S.-based subsidiaries AmesburyTruth, Lawrence and Bilco). With a cash and share value of approximately $1.1 billion, the deal gathers two major suppliers of the door and window industry, with approximately $2 billion of combined revenue in […]

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    The First Five Steps: Elevating Your Sustainability Credentials

    A Sustainability Starter Kit for Vinyl Manufacturers [SPONSORED] Organizations are under constant pressure to produce eco-friendly products and integrate sustainability into their day-to-day business operations. The escalating mandates have had an impact. In fact, a recent study by Forbes shows 90 percent of executives believe that sustainability is important. At the same time, only 60% […]

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Editor’s [re]Marks
By Drew Vass
[DWM] Magazine

Editor's [re]Marks By Drew Vass
I’m a geek. I’ll admit it. But only when it comes to windows.

I often describe myself as a “door and window geek.” I mean, not at parties or anything like that, but in settings where no one’s going to spit their coffee out and look at me like I’m crazy. Like trade shows. After nearly 20 years of covering door and window products, I still get amped […]

Plavecsky’s Ponderings
By Jim Plavecsky
Windowtech Sales

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Who is Your Replacement?

I was recently having dinner with some associates, and we were comparing the collective years of experience in the window industry at the table. The total number was mind boggling. This led to a question. I asked everyone at the table, “So, who is your replacement?” A few said “Why? I am not planning on […]

Ray’s Fenestration Innovation
By Ray Garries
Global Fenestration Advisors

Fenestration Innovation
Overcoming Innovation Blockers: Pride and Fear

“Fear is only as deep as the mind allows.” And “The greatest waste is failure to use the abilities of people, to learn about their frustrations and about the contributions that they are eager to make.” The former is a Japanese proverb. The latter is a quote from American composer and economist W. Edwards Deming. Fear and […]

Tyson’s Take
By Tyson Schwartz
Chief Happiness Officer and Partner
Zen Windows

Tyson's Take
What Should I Do With All This Uncertainty

The back half of 2023 was certainly exciting. Though I’m not sure if exciting is the right word to use. With a government shutdown looming yet again, the stock market finishing on a high note for the year, interest rates expected to come down this year, and conflict around the world (just to name a […]

Lessons From the Tank
By Joe Altieri

Lessons From the Tank By Joe Alteiri
Let’s Wrap It Up

If you’re a Spotify music listener, you know about their popular year-end wrap-up that breaks down and analyzes your listening habits over the past year into some micrometrics that are always entertaining. And even if you’re not a Spotify listener, you probably still know about the wrap-up because Spotify users are always quick to share […]

S.A.L.E.S. Is Not a Dirty Word
By Dave Yoho
Dave Yoho Associates

S.A.L.E.S. Is Not a Dirty Word
The HARD Truths for Industry Companies for 2023

In preparation for 2023, Dave Yoho Associates conducted abundant research and surveyed our existing clients to drill down on current sales and marketing challenges that are impacting the industry. Here are several hard truths that we uncovered: 79% of Companies Have Trouble Following Up on Unsold Leads The word “trouble” is understandably very vague. Many […]

Shop Talk
By John Ryba
technical services manager
Quanex Building Products

Shop Talk
Fortifying Your Preventative Maintenance Program

No door and window manufacturer wants to be faced with downtime. That’s an obvious statement, perhaps, but every so often it’s worth examining a little more closely. When a critical piece of equipment goes down, production grinds to a halt. Diagnosing the problem and fixing it takes time, effort and resources. You might even be […]

Beyond the Label
By Deb Callahan
National Fenestration Rating Council (NFRC)

Beyond the Label
America is Accepting the Backseat

A common thread in my recent blogs has been the need for the U.S. fenestration industry to work together to demonstrate and educate the masses on the importance of our products for comfort, efficiency, safety, and sustainability—from homeowners to builders and remodelers, and all the way up to those affecting public policy. There is another […]