Volume 45, Issue 8 - October  2006

From the Editor

Walk a Mile in My Shoes
by Samantha Carpenter

Before I know it, I’ll be crossing the state line between Arkansas and Texas to attend the 42nd Annual Association of Millwork Distributors (AMD) Convention. I look forward to seeing the latest products in the millwork industry, as well as to hearing the latest “buzz.” Read more about the AMD Convention on page 35, including general information, an interview with incoming president Don Houghton, an exhibitor list and floorplan and a product preview.

A couple of topics caught our interest at SHELTER this month. U.S. companies seem to be concerned about the possible domination of the building products market by foreign companies. On page 22, you can read how companies feel about globalization and what they are doing to stay competitive in a global market. 

But companies aren’t only concerned with foreign companies overtaking the market. Verifying foreign-born workers has also been a concern. With the onslaught of immigration reform, companies can face penalties if they knowingly employ illegal workers (see page 32 for more information).

You can also read a review of the International Woodworking Fair (IWF) on page 74. If you are a distributor that prehangs doors or manufactures windows, you’ll want to check out some of the machinery manufacturers that had equipment at the show. 

IWF is a massive show. Just for kicks, I wore a pedometer. It showed I walked 17 miles in three days. If you wear a pedometer at the AMD convention, I would be interested in comparing notes and finding out how far you walked in your shoes.


Samantha Carpenter, editor
SHELTER magazine

P.S. Be sure to stop by SHELTER’s booth at AMD (booth #1619). Come meet SHELTER’s new assistant editor, Drew Vass.

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