Posts Tagged ‘ COVID-19 pandemic ’

‘They Hear Us.’ WDMA Unifies Manufacturers in Washington

Apr 10th, 2024

The Window and Door Manufacturers Association (WDMA) held its Spring Meeting and Legislative Conference this week in Washington, D.C., where manufacturers looked to influence lawmakers on key issues impacting the industry. Hosted across the street from the National Association of Home Builders’ National Housing Center, the event took aim at bipartisan bills that officials said […]

Harvard Housing Study Shows Markets Cooling

Sep 20th, 2023

Results of the State of the Nation’s Housing 2023 study, conducted by the Joint Center for Housing Studies (JCHS) of Harvard University, show what many in the homebuilding industry have known for some time yet: declines in the market for home sales, construction and appreciations in home values. Changes are due in part to home […]

Employee Training: Building Back Lost Knowledge

Aug 17th, 2023

Over the last few years, our industry has lost too many valuable employees. This is due to two major factors. One is the Great Resignation. This is an ongoing trend in which employees started voluntarily resigning from their jobs en masse, beginning in early 2021, due to the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. The second […]

More Transportation Issues? One of Nation’s Largest Freight Carriers Shutters

Aug 3rd, 2023

The transportation of door and window-related products could face another obstacle following the news that Yellow, the third-largest less-than-truckload carrier by revenue, has ceased operations. The Teamsters Union announced this week that Yellow plans to file for bankruptcy after reorganization failures and issues refinancing more than a billion dollars in debt. News reports indicate that […]

White House Points to Two Years of Building Stronger Supply Chains

Jun 21st, 2023

The Biden Administration released an update regarding the state of the building industry in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic and the economic crisis that followed. Speaking specifically to the supply chain disruptions that ensued, the statement from the White House press room acknowledged that many American families were forced to navigate empty store shelves, […]

Small Business Owners are Confident in their Operations, Less Confident in US Economy

Apr 19th, 2023

MetLife and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce released their Small Business Index (SBI) recently, finding that while small business owners have declining confidence in the national economy, most believe their individual businesses are faring well. That’s certainly true of top door and window dealers, as, according to [DWM]’s recent survey data, those with 30 or […]

Latest Jobs Report Shows Zero Sum for Manufacturing

Mar 13th, 2023

While releasing his budget for fiscal year 2024, President Joe Biden announced that, under his leadership, the economy has added more than 12 million jobs, including 800,000 in manufacturing. But recent jobs data shows that a roughly equal number of positions remain vacant, following the latest hirings and losses. According to the latest figures from […]

With COVID Out of the Way, FGIA Regains Laser Focus on Initiatives

Feb 16th, 2023

A professional crowd moves through a hotel lobby.

The Fenestration & Glazing Industry Alliance’s (FGIA) annual conference took place this week in San Diego, where officials provided updates for various initiatives and collaborations. After progress slowed amid the COVID-19 pandemic, most efforts have since regained their momentum, officials said, including several impacting the environment and building codes, and one that’s set to change […]

Don’t Panic With This Slowdown but Prepare for the Next Surge

Jan 19th, 2023

I just had dinner with a customer who was eager to talk about the state of the economy. “What is happening to business?” he asked. “I have not seen it this slow in some time! What is going on? We need to discuss the state of the economy and what I need to do to […]

New York City, New Work: Residential Sector on the Upswing

Oct 27th, 2022

The New York Building Congress and New York Building Foundation have issued their joint, annual publication, the New York City Construction Outlook, for 2022-2024. Spending in the residential building sector in particular is forecast to increase nearly 70% in the next few years over the pre-pandemic period of 2017-2019. The Construction Outlook shows the Big […]