WDMA Conference Covers Tech and Much More

June 22nd, 2018 by Trey Barrineau

WDMA president and CEO Michael O’Brien addresses attendees at the Technical and Manufacturing Conference in Minneapolis.

The Window and Door Manufacturers Association (WDMA) welcomed more than 130 attendees to its Technical and Manufacturing Conference this week in Minneapolis, and they took part in an in-depth educational program that covered a broad range of topics of interest to the fenestration industry.

A total of 18 sessions were held that touched on topics such as workplace safety, codes and standards, legal issues, and automation and robotics.

“This was our largest attendance in years,” said WDMA president and CEO Michael O’Brien. “I think people really appreciated the diversity of programming this year.”

The educational sessions were divided into two tracks that ran concurrently —  technical and manufacturing. The idea was to allow companies to send people to sessions that match their expertise.

“That helped with the diversity of the attendance, too,” O’Brien said. It wasn’t just technical people or manufacturing people. And we still had a number of senior executives here, so it all worked out for the best.”

Aaron Ryan, an engineer with Pella, was a first-time attendee. He said the conference was packed with information.

“There were educational areas that I don’t pick up in my day-to-day job,” he said. “It was nice to see different aspects that the industry cares about and what they’re doing about it.”

Ryan also said he enjoyed the collaborative aspect of the event, in which people from different companies shared insights and information about their business practices.

“It’s nice when we get together to make our industry better and not just competing against each other all the time,” he said.

Because there was such a large volume of information, DWM will publish individual stories on topics covered at the conference in the coming weeks. Stay tuned to dwmmag.com for more.


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