Volume 11, Issue 1 - January/February 2010


It’s Your Day
Attend Fenestration Day and Learn About Issues of Importance to Door and Window Manufacturers

For manufacturers who want to take an entire day to attend educational sessions tailored specifically to them, the first-ever Fenestration Day, to be held on March 16, has a lot to offer. It is geared specifically toward owners, plant managers or marketing managers who want to increase their industry knowledge and network with others.

The event will be held March 16 in Schaumburg, Ill, in conjunction with Glass Expo Midwest, a long-standing event, managed by Key Communications Inc., publisher of DWM magazine.

Michael Collins of Jordan Kanuaff and Co., says he is looking forward to the event. Collins will be speaking on March 16 about how window manufacturers can overcome the challenges of today’s market.

“Every time I attend an industry function, three things happen:  I learn new things, I meet important new contacts and I come away with ideas that can help my business.  I have no doubt that Fenestration Day will deliver all three, particularly for the door and window manufacturers who attend,” says Collins.

Where else can you get the DOE’s Marc LaFrance, Collins, and representatives from leading door and window manufacturers together to share their knowledge with attendees? Nowhere. Below is a list of the sessions as well as industry sponsors who thought it was important to take part in this educational event.

Fenestration Day March 16, 2010

Specific Steps to Take Toward Being Green - Sponsored by Truseal
Everyone in the industry talks about green and environmental responsibility, but this panel discussion will offer specific examples of what some door and window manufacturers are doing to achieve this goal. Speakers include representatives from the following companies two of whom were nominated in DWM magazine’s green awards as green manufacturers.
Speakers: Northeast Building Products operations manager, Eric Gerstenbacher; Mike Gilkey, owner, Gilkey Window Co., a company representative from BF Rich, Wilmington, Del.


Avoiding “Green” Liability Issues
With everyone throwing around words like green and recycled content, what many may not know is the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is actually watching. Learn what you can and cannot say in your promotional materials. Learn valuable information as to what is and is not acceptable when it comes to promoting your company’s green attributes.


Lobbying Your Legislators: What You Need to Know
It’s always been important to get to know your elected officials, no matter what your profession, but never has that been as important for the fenestration industry as it is now. With energy issues taking a higher priority and manufacturers facing more and more challenges, you’ll learn how to launch and/or lobby for effective results.
Speakers: DWM editor and publisher Tara Taffera; Daryl Huber, president of the Northeast Window and
Door Association, who also works for BF Rich in Wilmington, Del. and has met with Sen. Olympia Snowe’s office concerning the .30/.30 requirements as outlined in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.


DOE to Reveal Latest Updates - Sponsored by PPG
Never before has energy played such a key role for door and window manufacturers. Hear the DOE’s latest activities as it pertains to DOE research as well as the latest updates regarding Energy Star®, and the DOE’s integrated programs to transform the market to triple pane (R5) windows to achieve zero energy buildings in mixed and cold climates. Updates on the stimulus activity will also be provided.
Speaker: Marc LaFrance, Department of Energy.


How Window Manufacturers Can Overcome the Challenges of Today’s Market -Sponsored by WTS Paradigm
Be sure to attend this event to hear from noted industry expert Michael Collins on how manufacturers can survive in today’s competitive market with a special emphasis on the next 18 months. Economic forecasts and the strategies some companies are using will be discussed.
Speaker: Michael Collins, Jordan, Knauff and Co., DWM columnist.


Special Session: Learn How to Manage All Ages - From Youth to Golden Agers
This session will educate attendees regarding the five age groups in the workplace, their traditional values and their differing views on the role of managers, employer/employee loyalty, etc. Learn ways of communicating that deliver the same message in ways that each group understands and responds to. Be sure to capitalize on this chance to help cultivate the employees you have by understanding what motivates them.
Speaker: Marilyn Moats Kennedy, of Career Strategies and author of Office Politics: Seizing Power/Wielding Clout.


Learn How the Lead Paint Regulations Will Affect You and Your Dealers
The EPA's new lead paint regulations mean major changes to door and window dealers. Manufacturers need to learn the facts of this program so when dealers ask questions you can be prepared to answer them. This session will give details of the program as well as tips for disseminating the information.


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