Volume 11, Issue 2 - March 2010


Winsys Lite Does It All
The new Winsys Lite allows remote entry of orders/estimates and can work as stand-alone program on a dealerís personal computer or laptop. The software uses encrypted Winsys data for product information and allows dealers to e-mail orders to the factory for import into the software.

Unlimited copies of the software can be distributed, and each copy is programmed to expire, ensuring that dealers have the most up-to-date product and pricing information. Finally, the software also allows for the addition of dealer charges and permits dealers to mark up an order and optionally apply a discount, then print a confirmation, without ever revealing the dealerís costs.

Winsys Lite Eye also is available as an online version of the tool.

PrefProjects Joins Preference North America Family

Preference North America has added a new system to its PrefSuite line of products. PrefProjects manages all the various aspects of a particular project, including quotes, phone calls, meeting notes, DWG files, expense reports, etc. The software system provides a single point of information and dashboard view of a project as well, including costs, manufacturing and delivery schedules and all of the information needed by any of the companyís project managers or stakeholders for project management and cost control.

Each year, DWM/Shelter highlights products and news from members of the Association of Millwork Distributors (AMD). These are featured below.

ProVia Door
Earns Fifth Consecutive Energy Star® Award

ProVia Door once again has earned the Energy Star Sustained Excellence Award for Door Manufacturing. This is the fifth consecutive year for the company to be named a Partner of the Year by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

ProVia officials say several of its offerings contributed to its recognition by the EPA, including its ComfortTech Warm-Edge Glazing Ssytems, available with low-E glass, argon and krypton. In 2009, the company offered 1,449 Energy Star-qualified door models.

New Poly-Classic
Composite Railing System from Turncraft

Turncraft has just released its new Poly-Classic Composite Railing System, which is made from Recycled Fiber Reinforced ABS (Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene) with a vinyl top layer. ABS is strong, durable and weather-resistant, according to the company. The railing is offered in 6- and 8-foot kits, which includes everything needed for installation.

Imperial Products Releases i2i Program
Imperial Products by Homeshield has recently released the i2i program, holistic program approach that addresses historical problems associated with entry and patio doors for pre-hangers. With the i2i program, Imperial Products engineering staff designs the system around an existing door slab, and will then provide the pre-hanger with an engineering dossier and a pre-hanging manual. The system will then be tested and third-party-certified.

In addition, the company offers consulting services from its in-house Six Sigma experts to help pre-hangers develop quality control systems and lean manufacturing practices.

ODL Offers
New Frame System

The new TriSys® frame system from ODL features an innovative design and new materials that simplify finishing and assembly as well as improve long-term performance, according to the company. The new frame profile is inspired by millwork but has no screw hole plugs. The TriSys frame system is designed for standard glass and door cut-out sizes for steel and fiberglass doors.

Steves & Sons
Merges with Crest Doors

Steves & Sons Inc. and Crest Doors Inc. recently announced it is merging its interior and exterior door manufacturing businesses to operate as one company. Both are owned by the Steves family, with operations based San Antonio.

The company now will operate as Steves & Sons and will market both the Steves and Crest brand names.


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