A Sentimental Kiss

July 21st, 2021 by Nathan Hobbs

WinDoor Honors the Industry’s Best While Rocking Out to Nostalgia

For one of the industry’s more compact shows, WinDoor pulled off a big atmosphere in Toronto. With booths incorporating massive video screens and a Main Event that rocked out to face paint and a KISS tribute band, the trade show took on a larger feel than its actual square footage.

Hosted at International Centre and sponsoredby Fenestration Canada, the event got off to a soft start with meetings, but immediately amped up via an annual event hosted by Energi that stretched into the first night.

Wednesday, exhibitors agreed that show traffic ebbed and flowed, but left most booths busy throughout the majority of the day. According to exhibitors interviewed for this article, the show was fruitful in business dealings.

In addition to a 70s throwback band, old friendships and products celebrating decades in the industry gave this year’s show a nostalgic feel—one that at times became sentimental. At no time was this more apparent than amid the Main Event, when officials for Fenestration Canada paused to recognize some of the industry’s most notable and long-standing leaders. [DWM]’s publisher, Tara Taffera, also took the stage to present the magazine’s annual product and booth awards.

The Award Goes To

Hall of Fame Awards went to Lothar Colberg of Lothar Industrial Sales, who received a Lifetime Achievement Award, and Skip MacLean, director of business development for TruTech Doors, who received the C.P. Loewen Award. Amid his acceptance speech, MacLean recounted a list of relationships spanning decades—all of which he said were vital to his career and the success of his companies.

Among booth awards, for Best New Product in the windows category, Kommerling walked away the victor for its passive house certified window. Among the features noted by Taffera were a 3-½ inch frame and concealed tilt-and-turn hinges.

For Best New Product among doors, SunView won for its Leggera Glass Wall System, utilizing what officials described as “the power of magnetic levitation.” (See additional details on page 44.)

AmesburyTruth’s Encore high performance system was appointed a Best New Product in the “other” category and Quanex won Best Marketing Campaign for its celebration of the 30th year of Super Spacer. “Canada is where Super Spacer got its start,” said Carrie Scheetz, marketing project manager.

The Most Creative award went to Energi, which utilized a massive digital screen positioned adjacent to the show’s entrance. Rotating messages greeted attendees with information about the company and its products, while they were also invited to enjoy an onsite coffee bar.

Finally, the Best Overall Booth award was presented to Elton for its variety of door products on display. The company’s booth was deemed “inviting,” while it clearly defined product offerings, including doors with unique technologies, such as biometric (fingerprint) scanning. The company’s setup was also made out of a shipping container, for easy fold up and transportation.

Swapping Notes

With seminars starting Wednesday at 10 a.m. and spanning into Thursday, the show’s educational lineup was concentrated, but managed to touch on key subjects. In a panel discussion on codes and testing, for instance, attendees were reminded for why it’s imperative they “come together” to discuss the industry’s biggest issues in person. Robert Jutras, with UL Building Envelope Performance, suggested that an annual refresh on standards is imperative, as companies across Canada face new requirements.

“These standards, they evolve over time, so it pays to ensure that you have the latest versions,” Jutras urged. “Make sure you have the version that needs to be referenced.”

Others suggested that with an influx of companies looking to capitalize on testing requirements, there’s an increased need to gather at events like WinDoor to “swap notes.”

“I think our industry—the people who make windows and doors—together, need to find a way to push back,” commented Al Dueck, president of Duxton Windows and Doors, about what he said is an influx of untrained, unknowledgeable field-testing firms.

“You have every right to go out, with your level, with your whatever, to ensure that your products have been installed properly for testing,” another attendee added. “Otherwise, it’s your products that will pay the price and be held accountable.”

Regarding why shows like WinDoor remain essential, “I think you have to be here,” said Wade Curie, a regional sales rep for Tremco. “We don’t always have new products to unleash, but it’s about showing face.”


In addition to SafeGard 2, the company’s new window opening control device (WOCD) hardware, AmesburyTruth drew attention to its Encore high performance system. The product holds sashes as heavy as 140 pounds and features a contemporary lock and cover that is completely sealed and offered in different colors and finishes. The new hardware works for commercial and triple glazing.

John Evans Sons

John Kunz, manufacturing manager for John Evans’ Sons, said, even though the company’s products have been around for decades, few could pass by without stopping to test its constant force balances.

The company featured its Side-Load Constant Force System, which includes sash guide components visible at the top of each sash corner. The product display included a set of double-hung windows, which Kunz said, “Most people can’t resist sliding up and down at least once,” especially when they read the product claims. Kunz said if 10 people walked through the company’s booth, the show would be well worth it (though he had many more than that, we were told).


In addition to celebrating the 30th year of its Super Spacer warm-edge systems and the 50th year of Mikron, in a separate display Quanex drew attention to Sparklike, a line of devices designed to perform noninvasive testing for gas content in insulating glass units (IGUs).

Quanex is the sole distributor for Sparklike in the U.S. and Canada, said David Hill, equipment sales manager. The latest offering includes a unit that’s capable of testing triple-pane IGUs, which Hill said is especially important to companies operating in Canada.

Roto North America

Roto North America featured its new X-Drive Heavy Duty Casement Hardware System. In addition to its ability to support a maximum sash size of 40- by 90-inches and up to 200 lbs., [DWM]’s editors discovered at the show that the product can be installed using the same familiar tools utilized on smaller casements.

The product includes a long drive arm, a new operator track and heavy duty hinges, but, “The window fabricator can treat this heavy duty hardware as a line extension of our standard X-Drive hardware,” said Dan Gray, director of sales. “There’s no change in processing and there are no different locations for routes.

SunView Patio Doors

Sunview won a product award for its Leggera Glass Wall System. At the far end of the show floor from the entrance, the company’s sliding panels were strategically aligned and backed by a large LED display showing rotating scenes. The eye-catching display lured attendees into checking out the company’s rollerless design. Utilizing what officials described as “the Power of magnetic Levitation,” The system glides on magnets, providing the key benefits of no size limitations for panels.

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