Volume 8, Issue 1 - January 2007

Walk a Mile in My IBS Shoes
Manufacturers Can Size Up Competitors and Find New Suppliers
by Samantha Carpenter

Building professionals from all parts of the world will converge on Orlando’s Orange County Convention Center, February 7-10, for the 2007 International Builders’ Show (IBS), sponsored by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB).

NAHB is expecting more than 100,000 attendees to walk through more than 1,800 exhibitors’ booths, in an area measuring one million net square feet, an area that could house 400 homes measuring 2,500 square feet.

Time is precious (and the exhibit area is humungous), so DWM has laid out some “must see” booths in their respective halls. You’ll find products you can use in the manufacture of your products as well as what some of your competitors are producing. For more IBS products, visit www.dwmmag.com and click on the January issue.

In the Wild, Wild West Hall
Booth #W201: Stay Strong with Royal
Royal Mouldings Limited of Marion, Va., will offer a new product, Royal Mouldings Enercel™, which it says is a complete weldable, cellular vinyl PVC window system with strong and durable components and a range of color possibilities. It is built with advanced technologies, ensuring a manufacturer’s window can achieve a DP50+ rating. This window system offers a complete range of window needs such as casement, fixed casement, double hung, picture window and double-tilt slider. Enercel energy efficiency affords 70-percent better protection than wood and 1700-percent better than aluminum, according to company information.
>>> www.royalmouldings.com
Booth #W443: Old World 
Designs Meet New World Security 

G-U Hardware Inc. of Newport News, Va., will display its new line of hardware components for push out casement windows. The hardware, which features a new non-corrosive finish, is designed to compliment windows with Old World features. The product includes multipoint locking to improve forced entry resistance and performance. 
>>> www.g-u.com

Booth #W329: HOPPE Locks 
Up with New Multipoint System

The HLS 7 Series Stainless Steel Multipoint Locking System is the newest HLS multipoint locking systems offered by HOPPE North America Inc. of Fort Atkinson, Wis.

The new series is available in the active systems of shootbolt, tongue, swing hook, shootbolt/tongue and shootbolt/swing hook, as well as inactive shootbolt and inactive rod lock systems. All of the locking systems in the series are constructed with 304 series stainless steel and other non-corrosive components that prevent rust and corrosion. The locks have an anti-back drive feature that prevents locking points from being disengaged from the outside so forced entry from the outside is unlikely. 
>>> www.ushoppe.com

Booth #W6061: A Door Frame Revolution
Endura of Colfax, N.C., will showcase its new door components, such as its FrameSaver frames and film-wrapped weatherstrip and Simple Solution™ corner pads.
Acquired by Endura, FrameSaver is known for its rot-resistant, moisture-resistant wood door frames. The FrameSaver® technology features wood door frames finger-jointed with a revolutionary wood composite material made from a combination of recycled sawdust and virgin plastics.

Endura now provides a protective plastic film covering to weatherstrip and Simple Solution™ corner pads, which allow components to be left in place during painting of exterior frames and doors.
>>> www.enduraproducts.com

Booth #W129: Convenient 
Impact Glazing Options

New VHB™ Tapes from 3M of St. Paul, Minn., offer an effective and efficient alternative to slow curing structural silicone and polyurethane liquid adhesive systems for glazing hurricane and impact-resistant windows. The tapes feature dynamic strength and convenient application, which makes them an attractive choice when designing impact-resistant products for coastal regions, according to the company.
>>> www.3M.com/windowsanddoors

Booth #S12544: Extend Your Reach
West Columbia, S.C.-based Loxcreen has the 9928 expanded reach foam weatherstrip. The new extended reach weatherstrip is designed for doors with frames that have a 2-1/8-inch rabbet depth. This profile was designed primarily for fiberglass doors but is good for units which have become warped.
Features include a low-friction, UV-stable polyethylene cover, low density foam core for better compression-set resistance and improved sealing characteristics. To complement the weatherseal package, Loxcreen offers several door sweeps. 
>>> www.loxcreen.com

Booth #S12157: Winkhaus Shows 
Off Rich Door Hardware Products 

Hardware from Winkhaus North America Inc. of Whitewater, Wis., is designed to eliminate the cost of contractor call backs, the company says. The new patio door latch adjustment can be extended or retracted with a simple hex tool. Latches insert behind the strike plate for a positive, secure seal.

The company has also developed new lifetime PVD finishes that resist a change in hardware appearance caused by corrosion over time. The new finishes are bright brass, ultra steel and bronze. The PVD bronze, an industry first, offers the appearance of new, oil-rubbed bronze but is maintenance free and will not wear or change color. 
>>> www.winkhaus.us.com

BS Educational Seminars
The Builders’ Show has a number of seminars available this year. Here are a few that DWM readers may want to attend.

February 7, 2007               

8:30 – 10 a.m. 
Mexico’s Booming Housing Market - 
Investment and Business Opportunities
Experts provide vital information on doing business in Mexico’s thriving housing sector to potential investors. Learn about land ownership and titles, legal issues, insurance, and other matters designed to inform your decision-making about Mexico. 

11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Guide to Implementing a Successful Safety Program 
One of the easiest ways to prevent costly accidents on the job is to implement a safety program. This session will identify the steps for developing and implementing an effective safety and health program.

1:30 – 2:30 p.m.
The Ten Secrets to Growing Your Company and Improving Profitability Even in a Down Market 
A building industry operations management expert will describe management techniques for individual and organizational efficiency. Attendees will learn how controlled growth can be attained while maintaining or improving profits.

February 8, 2007

1:30 – 3 p.m.
Immigration Law Update 
Instructs employers on the importance of complying with U.S. immigration laws through Form I-9 compliance, identifies employer responsibilities under the immigration laws and provides updates on new federal immigration legislation.

February 9, 2007

9 – 10 a.m.
Remodeling Market 
Where is the remodeling market headed in 2007? This session will examine the categories, cost and volume of residential remodeling activity over the next year.

4 – 5 p.m.
Becoming an Employer of Choice 
If your company was recognized as an employer of choice, what would this reputation for excellence mean to your bottom line-drawing top talent producing from day one, reduced turnover and recruiting costs? Learn how to implement, and how it pays off.


Wednesday, February 7, 2007

7 a.m. - 5 p.m. Attendee Registration
8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. Educational Seminars
9:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. Exhibits Open
10:30 a.m. Grand Opening Ceremonies

Thursday, February 8, 2007

7 a.m. - 5 p.m. Attendee Registration
8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. Educational Seminars
9:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. Exhibits Open

Friday, February 9, 2007

7 a.m. - 5 p.m. Attendee Registration
8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. Educational Seminars
9:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. Exhibits Open

Saturday, February 10, 2007

7 a.m. - 3 p.m. Attendee Registration
8:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. Educational Seminars
9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Exhibits Open

Mark Your Calendars for IBS 2008
It’s never too early to plan. The IBS show in 2008 is scheduled for February 13-16, 2008, at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla. You can access information about this show at www.buildersshow.com after the 2007 show is completed. 


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