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Announced Program Sessions as of April 7, 2016 




Benefits Of Interior Installed High Performance Insulating Glass for Commercial Retrofit Applications – A Case Study

Speaker: Tracy Rogers, Quanex Building Products

Buildings account for roughly 40 percent of all energy consumption in the United States, according to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). A variety of options exist for improving the energy performance of existing commercial glazing systems including: • Application of interior window films – primarily addresses solar heat gain • Complete window rip-out and replacement – addresses both solar heat gain and improved U-factor • Interior commercial storm windows - primarily addresses improved U-factor • Interior installed Low-E retrofit insulating glass unit - addresses both solar heat gain and improved U-factor This session will compare the performance benefits, cost implications and occupancy comfort factors for each of these systems with a focus on the advantages of an interior installed low-e retrofit insulating glass unit.


Canadian Building and Energy Code Update

Speaker: Jeff Baker, WESTlab

The presentation would be an update on the status of Canadian building and energy codes across the country. The use of NAFS in Canada and the additional requirements of the Canadian supplement to NAFS will be discussed. The energy code requirements and the Canadian Energy Star programs will also be reviewed.


NAFS Restructured

Speaker: Joe Hayden, Pella

WDMA has embarked on an ambitious effort to refocus the next edition of the North American Fenestration Standard, re-directing it to end product performance as related to US and Canadian code compliance. Learn about this effort to streamline and simplify the standard from the Chairman of WDMA’s Exterior Products Standards Committee, and also WDMA Co-Chair of the Joint Document Management Committee.


21st Century Profile Wrapping



Aaron Hautala; Red House Media

TJ Dimke; Lexington Manufacturing Inc.

Jerry Mix: Lexington Manufacturing Inc.

The wave of the Millennial Generation is driving demand for customization and exceptional quality. A Millennial wants something different, and has no patience for lack of performance.

- How this is impacting our industry

- Providing flexibility to product and production line

- Commitment to lean while increasing complexity

- High performance materials; how to make them perform. Lexington Manufacturing will introduce and explain how our Mission: "Building Relationships, Creating Solutions, Delivering Value "successfully evolves a supplier in a new generation of manufacturing


Beyond Beauty & Brawn: Value Added Coatings for Windows and Doors

Speaker: Amber Goodyear, Arkema, Inc.
Skip Gregorevich, Kalcor Coatings Company

Architectural coatings have consistently challenged coating formulators to develop finishes that offer exceptional durability in a wide range of appearances while satisfying the tastes of consumers architects, and designers. Today’s coatings can bring new value to windows and doors beyond curb appeal and superior weatherability. This presentation provides a look at how innovations in coating technology offer window and door manufacturers a greater toolbox for manufacturing their products in an increasingly competitive market.


The Right Level of Cash Flow and How to Get It

Speaker: Scott Simpson is President and Chief Executive Officer of BlueTarp Financial
The Right Level of Cash and How to Get It What are your goals and dreams for your business? Are you in a position to achieve them? The building supply industry is notoriously cyclical. Most of you can speak to that first hand. We’re now seven years into economic recovery after the Great Recession, and dealers are looking for ways to maximize growth while times are good. But, many speculate the next downturn may not be far away. Will you be ready? And, how will it impact your business and the pursuit of those goals and dreams? The answers to those questions will be heavily influenced by your cash flow. Cash is always king, and it’s even more so during challenging times. This session will help you: • Take a personalized look at the state of your business • Size up your cash needs based on your goals and dreams • Explore the various lending options available when your bank can’t provide the line you need This session is a must for business owners and financial leaders looking to take advantage of current growth opportunities – while also proactively managing business risk and exposure for when tougher times arrive – by achieving the right level of cash flow.


 Managing New Colors and Technologies by Understanding Latest Paint Line Processing Option


Speakers: Cathy Tarkey, Sue Wadden,  Tim Carlson and Don Cassil, Sherwin Williams Company

How can I offer the latest color and quality options and still manage production requirements? Managing First To Market Opportunities for new colors and technologies can be a challenge for manufacturers. Companies that manage these changes, reap the financial benefits of additional sales, and often times, new customers.  In this session, we will discuss color and coating technology trends and how to best manage these changes into existing or new paint line applications.


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