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Preliminary Schedule (times and schedule subject to change)

(As of May 26, 2015)  

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Conference Registration Open

12:30 pm – 1:00 pm

First Time Attendee Orientation

9:00 am – 12:30 pm

Exhibitor Set-up

1:30 pm – 1:45 pm

Welcome / Opening Remarks

1:45 pm – 2:45 pm

Salon EF

Green Building Initiative and Green Globes: Into the Next Decade (Opening General Session)

GBI has embarked on a revision to its ANSI/GBI 01-2010 Standard – the basis for today’s Green Globes for New Construction rating system. Learn what changes are in store and how timely and controversial issues such as water efficiency, materials transparency, and operational energy performance are taking shape in the revision process. Additional highlights include GBI’s unique position in the market, prominent customer segments, and ongoing relevance to the evolving definition of green and high performance building in North America.

Speaker -- Vicki L. Worden, Executive Director, Green Building Initiative

2:45 pm – 3:05 pm

Networking Break/Tabletop Displays -Sponsored by Element Materials

3:05 pm – 4:05 pm

Salon EF

Developing and Sustaining a Safety Culture

Safety culture is the ways in which safety is managed in the workplace, which reflects "the attitudes, beliefs, perceptions and values that employees share in relation to safety.” Recognizing the role and value culture plays in worker safety is essential in making and sustaining a safety workplace. This presentation will review the process Andersen has used in developing and maintaining a culture where safety attitudes develop and persist and safety behaviors are promoted.

Speaker – Chuck LeRoux, Andersen Corp., Director of Corporate Safety and Disability Management

4:05 pm – 4:15 pm

Break -Sponsored by Element Materials

4:15 pm – 5:15 pm

Salon EF

The Essentials of Enterprise Risk Management.

In a business environment that is volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous, is there a better way to look at retained risk? What are the challenges and opportunities presented by taking an enterprise-wide perspective of the many risks facing an organization? Is there a workable framework and process for identifying, assessing, mitigating and monitoring the risks to business success?

Speaker – Steve Tourek, Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary, Marvin Windows and Doors

4:15 pm – 5:15 pm

Gallery Room

Keeping Up With Green & Calls for Product Transparency

As green building codes, standards and rating programs continue to evolve, it can be difficult for manufacturers to keep up with expectations and program requirements for life cycle assessments (LCA), environmental product declarations (EPDs), health product declarations (HPDs), and more for the products they manufacturer. What’s necessary, what’s not, how to, and what does this all mean for existing certifications? This program will provide an update on the more recent developments in environmental impact evaluations of building materials and their components, how they’re reported, how they fit into the various green building codes, standards and rating programs, and what this means for manufacturers.

Speakers – Vicki L. Worden, Executive Director, Green Building Initiative; James Salazar, Senior Research Associate, Athena Sustainable Materials Institute; Jeff Inks, VP Codes and Regulatory Affairs, WDMA

5:15 pm – 6:45 pm

Opening Networking Reception in Exhibit Hall – Sponsored by Kop-Coat

6:45 pm

Supplier & Manufacturer Dinners (On your own)

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

7:30 am – 5:00 pm

Conference Registration Open

7:30 am – 8:30 am

Networking Breakfast in Exhibit Hall

8:30 am – 12:30 pm

Offsite Plant Tour -- AmesburyTruth

AmesburyTruth invites WDMA visitors to tour our Owatonna, Minnesota operations. Our guests will have the opportunity to see a variety of processes used to manufacture window and door hardware. The Owatonna operations leverage a variety of punch presses to create different size components for door products as well as casement operators, hinges, and locks. Other processes include gear hobbing, treating steel components for improved corrosion resistance performance, die casting, and component assembly. Throughout the assembly processes you will see a wide assortment of six axis robots used to assemble products for both the window and door industry. If you’ve ever tried to imagine how the components that bring windows and doors to life are made, then this is an excellent opportunity to see those processes in action. Our trained tour guides are knowledgeable and passionate about our procedures and look forward to touring you through the 200,000 square foot window and door hardware manufacturing facility. We look forward to your visit.

12:30 pm – 1:30 pm

Networking Luncheon in Exhibit Hall - Sponsored By AmesburyTruth

1:30 pm – 2:30 pm

Salon EF

Using Lean to Develop and Partnership Between Students and Industry

Partnering with industry has provided students with a real-world laboratory experience. Companies varying from manufacturing to service operations have allowed students access to their operations to work directly with their employees to implement lean process improvements. This presentation will detail the development and results of the hands-on partnership approach that UW Stout practices to instruct use and application of lean tools.

Speaker – Dr. Jim Keyes, Professor from the University of Wisconsin @ Stout, Polytechnic

1:30 pm – 2:30 pm

Gallery Room

Manufacturing Top Quality Windows & Doors: Lessons From Europe

This presentation will provide an overview of high end windows and doors, highlighting the latest manufacturing techniques from Europe. The session will show how these practices can be applied directly to traditional American window and door production, allowing domestic manufacturers to improve production quality as well as reduce manufacturing costs.

Speaker – Harry Guensche , Leitz Tooling Systems LP

2:30 pm – 3:00 pm

Networking Break/Tabletop Displays -Sponsored by Element Materials

3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Salon EF

Lean Consortiums: A Value Added Alliance

This session will introduce participants to the concept of non-competing manufacturing and service organizations joining together to openly share lean and business best practices, helping each other become more competitive and grow their businesses. Learn how consortiums are structured and how key activities such as structured monthly meetings, special interest groups, cross company structured problem solving and kaizen events, and cross consortium plant tours all aid in identifying and eliminating waste. See how industry collaboration on employee training, kaizen facilitation and continuous improvement business planning can benefit your organization. See real improvement results from a cross section of manufacturers and service providers.

Speaker – Blair Seale, Director, Lean and Business Excellence. Loewen Windows

3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Gallery Room

The New Architectural Door Product Category Rules (PCR) Impact and Implications

WDMA has published Product Category Rules (PCR) for interior architectural wood doors, and manufacturers can now create and publish Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs). This session will explore options for conducting and verifying Life Cycle Analysis, and verifying EPDs.

Speakers: Jeff Lowinski, WDMA VP Technical Services; Steve Farley, Director of Sustainability, Masonite Architectural; Mike Miller, Director of Environmental and Engineering Services, Eggers Industries

4:00 pm – 4:15 pm

Break - Sponsored by Element Materials

4:15 pm – 5:15 pm

Salon EF

How to Approach Manual Material Handling in the Workplace


Manual material handling is the leading cause of disabling workplace injuries in the United States, costing businesses $15 billion annually in direct costs. This session will address:

· The impact of ergonomics on human performance,

· The risk factors that contribute musculoskeletal disorders,

· Common causes of manual material handling issues,

· How to use the NIOSH Lifting Equation and Snook Tables,

· How to minimize the risk of MSDs in the window and door manufacturing industry

Speaker – Blake McGowan, CPE - Managing Consultant and Ergonomics Engineer for Humantech

4:15 pm – 5:15 pm

Gallery Room

LEED v4: Translating Market Requirements to Reality.

In this session, we will review the LEED Material Resources credits in detail with a focus on the Building Disclosure and Optimization credit series. Real building project examples will demonstrate how designers and contractors are using the new LEED V4 MR credits. Learn what project teams are asking for and how to meet new requirements.

Speaker: Heather Gadonniex, Director, Sustainable Building and Construction, thinkstep

6:00 pm -

Networking Event –Minnesota Twins vs. St. Louis Cardinals – sponsorship available!

Come enjoy what ESPN has ranked as the #1 stadium experience in North America—Target Field, the world-class home of the Minnesota Twins. Unwind from the day’s events and connect with other attendees in a relaxed atmosphere, and watch the Minnesota Twins take on the St. Louis Cardinals in interleague play.

Please arrive to the hotel lobby by 5:50 pm, as buses will leave promptly at 6:00 pm.

Thursday, June 18, 2015

7:00 am – 12:00 pm

Conference Registration Open

7:00 am – 8:00 am

Continental Breakfast in Exhibit Hall

8:00 am – 9:00 am

Salon EF

Developing and Certifying a Skilled Manufacturing Workforce

The Manufacturing Skill Standards Council (MSSC) is a leading national certifying body providing employers with a pipeline of advanced manufacturing workers credentialed with the Certified Production Technician (CPT) certification. In this workshop, MSSC will showcase excellent models to demonstrate how employers working with their stakeholder community of academia, associations, government, and Job Centers, can gain access to MSSC CPT credentialed workers.

Speaker -- Neil Reddy, Executive Director, Manufacturing Skill Standards Council

9:00 am – 9:30 am

Networking Break/Tabletop Displays -Sponsored by Element Materials

9:30 am – 10:30 am

Salon EF

Saving Money by Using Sustainable Strategies on the Plant Floor

Our speaker is the head of our Extended Technologies Group or ETECH. Their purpose is to recommend ways that manufacturers can save money by utilizing various tactics; UV Lighting, vibration monitoring, humidity control, and several others. Our presentation would include several of these technologies in brief overview so that the attendee would have a better understanding of how much they are spending (wasting) and how much could be saved by investing in a more sustainable plant operation.

Speakers – Stephan W. Waltman, Gregory Jansen, Stiles Machinery

9:30 am – 10:30 am

Gallery Room

New Developments in the Utilization of Thermally Modified Wood in Fenestration Applications

Over the past twenty years, significant progress has been made in the utilization of wood thermal modification technologies for fenestration applications. Thermal modification processing imparts advantageous properties in wood, including attractive darker color, drastically-reduced equilibrium moisture content (EMC), reduction of mass, degradation of waterbinding hemicelluloses, and elimination of many volatile organic compounds (VOCs). The result is a high-value, high-performing wood product with increased moisture resistance, decreased swelling and shrinkage due to weathering and atmospheric moisture changes, and increased resistance to degradation from rot-inducing fungi. Thermal modification can also reduce environmental impacts because it may be considered an eco-friendly alternative to some chemical preservatives, and it may also allow for the use of regionally-grown timber in new applications.

Speakers – Randy Schwartzhoff - representing the Wisconsin Business Innovation Corporation; Patrick Donahue, University of Minnesota, Duluth

10:30 am – 11:30 am

Salon EF

Quantifying Comfort to Assist in the Window Selection Process

The Efficient Windows Collaborative (EWC) comfort analysis was performed using weather files for nearly 100 locations in the U.S. and Canada to determine how often the winter night and summer day night comfort levels are compromised. The analysis accounts for the effect of cold roomside window surface temperatures in the winter and direct solar radiation in the summer. The comfort analysis should apply to most any conditioned space, whether residential of commercial.

Speakers – Kerry Haglund, Haglund Design; Efficient Windows Collaborative; Jim Larsen, Cardinal Glass

10:30 am – 11:30 am

Gallery Room

Architectural Coatings: Field Performance and the Application Process

Achieving a smart synergy of aesthetic, performance and sustainable goals includes carefully selecting high-performance architectural coatings. Whether building a new facility, renovating an existing one or updating a specific area, thoughtfully choosing the finish for a project’s metal building products and surfaces will ensure the longest lifespan. Much more than enhancing appearance, a finish specification can be the difference in creating lasting performance and a lasting impression.

Speaker – Tony Pupp, National Accounts Manager, Linetec

11:30 am – 11:45 am

Closing Remarks

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