Guest Blog

The First Five Steps: Elevating Your Sustainability Credentials

Sep 27th, 2023

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% […]

Setting the Benchmarks: How Vinyl Manufacturers Can Drive Sustainability

May 22nd, 2023

In the vinyl industry, sustainability is a part of every conversation. From consumers, to architects, to manufacturers, people seek safe, healthy and energy-efficient living and workspaces. With 70% of PVC resin going into the built environment, the vinyl industry is advancing sustainability performance across three impact categories set by the Vinyl Sustainability Council (VSC): resource […]

Guest Blog: The Deployment and Adoption Challenge in Residential Homes

May 17th, 2023

by Helen Sanders Deployment and adoption. These are major challenges in getting high-performance envelope solutions into new and existing homes and buildings in the U.S. Deployment is a key focus of the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Building Technologies Office (BTO) programs, driving work at the National Laboratories and their partners. Last week, I was […]

What’s Essential Nowadays?

Jan 7th, 2021

Throughout the pandemic through which we are living, there has been a lot of confusion and ignorance around who or what is considered “essential.” For companies, being considered essential has meant the difference between being able to stay open or be closed in some states. For individuals, it can determine when you will have access […]

Expecting the Unexpected: The Final Stretch of 2020 for Online Retail

Dec 2nd, 2020

Following is a guest blog contributed by Art Goldman, chief financial officer of online retailer DK Hardware. We began the final run of 2020 in a vastly different way than we imagined in January. Many of us are concerned with numbers, including going from red to black. We want to reach the end of the year […]

Guest Blog: C. Esther De Wolde on Navigating Crisis and Embracing Opportunities

Jul 8th, 2020

Times are challenging, to say the least. The impact of the current pandemic on the home building and manufacturing industries is not yet completely known. In our industry, we are seeing shifts in homeowner priorities when it comes to expanding outdoor spaces, integrating automation and incorporating healthy-home elements into living spaces. I’ve chosen a route […]

Guest Blog: Morgan Donohue, Erdman Automation

May 18th, 2020

[In a message sent Friday, May 8, 2020, from Morgan Donohue, vice president of Erdman Automation Corp., to the company’s customers:] Dear Valued Partner, It is fast approaching two months since I wrote my first correspondence regarding our COVID plan. While at the time I did have certainty that we would make it through, I must admit […]

Guest Blog: From Smiles to Stares

Jul 15th, 2019

It was all smiles and handshakes when Apogee Enterprises purchased the stock of EFCO Corp. from Pella Corp. in June, 2017. But the smiles around the $195 million deal have long since faded and handshakes turned to clenched fists as Pella filed a multi-million dollar lawsuit against the glass industry giant on Friday. In a […]

Two Events Share One Message: Prepare for New Construction’s Evolution

Oct 31st, 2018

Seeds planted at a pair of late October meetings in Virginia and Massachusetts promise to blossom into the construction industry’s next big markets. Door and window manufacturers selling into the new construction space are well advised to pay attention, as these trends unfold. In Richmond, Va., the International Code Council (ICC) gave preliminary approvalto a […]

Guest Blog: A Season of Change

Jan 25th, 2018

Happy New Year! I’m taking over the DWM blog today for a few reasons. First, I want to wish you and your company a very happy, healthy, profitable and peaceful year. And, as with most new years, comes some change. That is true here at DWM magazine as well. We are making a few changes. […]