Posts Tagged ‘ labor ’

How To Maintain Operational Excellence

Jul 19th, 2023

It probably goes without saying that door and window manufacturers learned a lot in the past few years, as we dealt with the pandemic and its aftereffects. Supply chain issues, hot demand, sky-high lead times … you probably don’t need me to remind you. We worked through it together. And amidst these challenges, there was […]

Pella Goes Full-Service to Lure Homebuilders Direct to Showrooms

Apr 17th, 2023

Pella Corp. announced last week that it’s now offering professional installation services for homebuilders. A new program, dubbed Pella ProInstall, offers to manage “every aspect of the window installation process,” but only for builders that purchase products directly from the company’s own retail operations and showrooms. Services include onsite measurements for openings, installation and accessory […]

Capitalizing on Color with Operations-Friendly Strategies

Apr 17th, 2023

You probably don’t need me to tell you that alternative color options for vinyl windows are very in. Whether it’s the dark framing that characterizes the modern farmhouse aesthetic or other trending colors, keeping up with today’s consumer demands requires the addition of color to your product offerings. No matter the business strategy you pursue […]

Builders Return from IBS to a Tepid Market

Feb 6th, 2023

February opened on a week of mixed feelings for attendees of the National Association of Home Builders’ (NAHB) International Builders Show (IBS). With more than 110,000 professionals cross pollenating between IBS and the Kitchen & Bath Industry Show, the scene was busy and jubilant—marking Design & Construction Week’s largest attendance ever. “I’ve been to more […]

Replacing Knowledge After the Great Retirement

Jun 13th, 2022

Who’s the most knowledgeable person on your plant floor? Who’s the person you turn to when a problem arises? Is that person the same one it might have been two years ago? The fenestration industry’s ongoing struggle with labor is well established. A lot of focus is commonly put on simply being short on manpower. […]

Door and Window Industry Carries Positive Outlook into 2022

Mar 4th, 2022

Over the past two years, the pandemic has been no match for the U.S. fenestration industry and the broader residential construction/renovation market as a whole. 2022 is shaping out in similar fashion. New Construction New single family construction starts, a key indicator of door and window demand in new construction, recorded a second-straight year of […]

PGTI Implements Strategies That are Paying Off

Nov 15th, 2021

PGT Innovations Inc., announced financial results for its third quarter ended October 2, 2021, and president and CEO Jeff Jackson reports that measures put into place are having an impact. Net sales increased 26 percent, to $300 million and gross profit increased 20 percent, to $104 million. “Our ongoing efforts to increase manufacturing capacity have […]

WDMA Kicks Off Executive Conference to Discuss Pressing Issues

Oct 12th, 2021

The Window and Door Manufacturers Association (WDMA) kicked off its virtual Executive Conference last week—a series of four sessions held each Thursday discussing various issues, such as Understanding the Impact of Climate Change. That was the topic presented last week by Megan Greene, global chief economist and senior fellow at Harvard Kennedy School. Before digging […]

Kentucky Mills Urge Governor to End Pandemic Unemployment Compensation

Jun 21st, 2021

A group of more than 40 members of the Kentucky forest products industry is pleading its case with the state’s governor, supporting a request by the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce to phase out the state’s participation in the Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC) program. Banded together through the Kentucky Forest Products Association (KFIA), the group […]

20/20 Vision: Manufacturers and Dealers Have Positive Outlooks on New Year

Nov 19th, 2019

The U.S. fenestration market collectively remains optimistic as the New Year approaches, according to [DWM]’s sneak peek into the 2020 Door and Window Industry Outlook. The report, produced by [DWM]’s parent company, Key Media & Research (KMR), takes a detailed look into the state of the industry and the year ahead. According to the Industry […]