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
Editor
[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
Owner
Windowtech Sales

Plavecsky's Ponderings By Jim Plavecsky
Gone With the Wind

April showers bring May flowers, but storms are not welcome. These are crazy times. I woke up this morning to the sound of thunder. Then I heard the wind and rain. It was buckets of rain as if a giant bucket of water was being poured over my house. ‘I hope the skylight doesn’t start […]

Ray’s Fenestration Innovation
By Ray Garries
President
Global Fenestration Advisors

Fenestration Innovation
Unveiling Innovation

Innovation is the heartbeat of progress, especially in our industry. It’s the fuel that propels us forward, pushing boundaries, and redefining what’s possible. Recently, the Fenestration and Glazing Industry Alliance (FGIA) hosted its third annual innovation forum, offering a glimpse into how selected companies accomplish innovation. The week after, the International Builders’ Show (IBS) showcased a […]

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
President
FlexScreen

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
President
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
Sticking to the Fundamentals

Last month, [DWM] published its 2024 Outlook. The full report is worth your attention, but here are a few quotes that stood out to me: “2024 is one of the first years in recent history in which a recession isn’t in the forecast.” “The fenestration industry has a moderate level of optimism in the market […]

Beyond the Label
By Deb Callahan
CEO
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 […]