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DHS Designates Construction, Building Product Manufacturing and Supply Chain as “Essential Critical Infrastructure” Businesses

Posted By Window and Door Manufacturers Association, Monday, March 30, 2020
Updated: Sunday, March 29, 2020
[Washington] - In a significant achievement for WDMA, on March 28 the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) issued version 2.0 of its Guidance on the Essential Critical Infrastructure Workforce: Ensuring Community and National Resilience in COVID-19 Response. The Guidance now includes construction, building product manufacturing and its supply chain as essential critical infrastructure.

While not a federal directive, this recognition is critical to encouraging and supporting state and local jurisdictional determinations to maintain construction and building product manufacturing operations, including supply chains, as essential critical infrastructure. WDMA strongly urged CISA to recognize these industries as essential critical infrastructure in communications with CISA on March 24.

“WDMA emphasized that not only are these industries primary contributors to the U.S. Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and the economic security of the U.S. as a whole, they are also critical to the collective COVID-19 response,” said Michael O’Brien, WDMA president and CEO. “We also emphasized that maintaining the health of these of industries is essential to the U.S. and global economic recovery from the pandemic.”

In addition, WDMA worked collaboratively with numerous construction industry allies to assure that construction, building product manufacturers and their supply chains were included in this latest Guidance from CISA.

WDMA continues to advocate on behalf of the industry, including the recently enacted federal COVID-19 relief legislation and with state and local governments regarding “stay-at-home” and business closure orders. WDMA members may access the latest on these state orders and other COVID-19 activities at www.wdma.com.

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COVID-19 Legislation Enacted

Posted By Window and Door Manufacturers Association, Thursday, March 19, 2020

As the situation surrounding COVID-19 (coronavirus) continues to evolve, WDMA is committed to ensuring members have the most up-to-date information on legislation and regulations considered by the federal government that impact employers and employees including what the requirements could be for businesses across the U.S.

Last Saturday, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 6201, the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, which provides economic relief to individuals impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak. Earlier today, the Senate passed H.R. 6201 and the bill will soon be signed into law by President Trump.

Among the provisions relevant to WDMA members, H.R. 6201 requires businesses with fewer than 500 employees and government employers to provide qualified employees with two-weeks of paid sick leave. Each quarter, businesses subject to the requirement are entitled to a fully refundable tax credit equal to 100% of the qualified sick leave wages paid by the employer.

In addition, the legislation mandates businesses with fewer than 500 employees and government employers to provide qualified employees up to 12 weeks of paid family and medical leave. Each quarter, businesses will be entitled to a fully refundable tax credit equal to 100% of the qualified paid family leave wages paid by the employer.

For a more detailed legislative analysis of H.R. 6201, including which employees qualify for the new paid sick and family leave benefits, WDMA members may click here.

In the near future, Congress is expected to draft a major stimulus package which will provide economic relief to businesses impacted by the COVID-19.  WDMA will provide more information to members as those details become available.

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WDMA COVID-19 Coronavirus Resources

Posted By Window and Door Manufacturers Association, Wednesday, March 11, 2020
Updated: Wednesday, March 11, 2020
Below is information for WDMA members regarding the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak with links to guidance and resources from the federal government to best prepare your company and employees to handle the novel coronavirus. WDMA will continue to communicate all relevant information from government agencies to members to ensure they are ready to respond.
 
Coronavirus Situation Summary  Daily updates from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) regarding the outbreak of the novel coronavirus in the United States and across the world.
 
Coronavirus 101  Information from the CDC on coronavirus transmission, symptoms, prevention, testing and treatment.
 
Travel Guidance  Information from the CDC regarding travel guidance and advisories.
 
Employer Information  Interim guidance for businesses and employers from the CDC to plan and respond to novel coronavirus.
 
OSHA Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19 – Recommendations from OSHA on workplace safety as well as mandatory safety and health standards.
 
OSHA Standards  OSHA standards and directives (instructions for compliance officers) and other related information that may apply to worker exposure to novel coronavirus.
 
Coronavirus FAQ  The CDC answers frequently asked questions about the novel coronavirus.

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BEE Consulting Joins WDMA

Posted By Window and Door Manufacturers Association, Tuesday, March 10, 2020
Updated: Monday, March 9, 2020
[WASHINGTON, DC] - The Window and Door Manufacturers Association (WDMA) announced today that BEE Consulting is the newest member of the association. 
 
The Window & Door Manufacturers Association defines the standards of excellence in the residential and commercial window, door, and skylight industry and advances these standards among industry members while providing advocacy resources, educational and professional programs, and ways for members to provide greater value to their customers.
 
Professionals with a combined 35 years of laboratory and technical experience, BEE Consulting provides knowledgeable testing for manufacturers, architects, and developers. They are an NFRC accredited simulation laboratory providing an excellent turnaround time and excellent customer service skills, also offering field services including air infiltration & water testing on fenestration products.
 
Their simulation staff has extensive laboratory experience in air, water, and structural performance of fenestration products, and field analysis of air and water leakage.
 
Nathan Van Voorst, BEE Consulting Principal & Testing Dept Manager said, “We are excited to join the Window and Door Manufacturers Association and look forward to opportunities to build relationships with fenestration industry professionals.”
 
For more information on the Window & Door Manufacturers Association, click here.
For more information on BEE Consulting, click here.

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WDMA Releases 2020 National Policy Agenda

Posted By Window and Door Manufacturers Association, Tuesday, February 11, 2020
[Washington, DC] - The Window & Door Manufacturers Association (WDMA) released today the 2020 WDMA National Policy Agenda a comprehensive advocacy agenda for 2020, which outlines important policy priorities for the window, door, and skylight industry that will boost the housing and construction industry and support continued job creation in the vital U.S. manufacturing sector.
 
"In this critical election year, Congress and the Trump Administration have an opportunity to advance legislation and policies that will continue to extend the current economic expansion," said WDMA Chair Robert Lewis, Senior Vice President & General Counsel for Masonite International. "Window, door and skylight manufacturers are vital to the building and housing industries and a thriving economy. The WDMA National Policy Agenda outlines policies that promote energy efficiency, fair trade, eliminate excessive regulations, promote workforce development and ensure manufacturers are able to help fuel continued economic growth in 2020 and beyond."
 
The 2020 WDMA National Policy Agenda is divided into nine different policy areas:
  • Energy Conservation;
  • Building Codes;
  • Environmental Stewardship;
  • Building Safety;
  • Housing & Economic Policy;
  • Tax Policy;
  • Product Supply;
  • Trade Policy; and
  • Workforce/Workplace
 
"WDMA is excited to continue our work with Congress and the Trump Administration to promote legislative and regulatory policy that will spur job creation, support housing and building construction and improve the manufacturing climate in this country," said WDMA President and CEO Michael O'Brien.
 
WDMA's 2020 National Policy Agenda will be distributed to members of Congress and key Administration officials and will be used by WDMA members when they visit their U.S. Representative in Congress during the WDMA Spring Meeting and Legislative Conference on March 23-25 in Washington, D.C.
 
To access the 2020 National Policy Agenda, click here.

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WDMA Applauds Congress for Ratifying the USMCA

Posted By Window and Door Manufacturers Association, Thursday, January 16, 2020
Updated: Thursday, January 16, 2020
[Washington, D.C.] Today, the Window & Door Manufacturers Association (WDMA) released the following statement regarding the vote by the U.S. Senate to ratify the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA).
 
“WDMA is pleased to see Congress approve the USMCA, which is a significant win for American manufacturing,” said WDMA President & CEO Michael O’Brien. “Approval of the agreement will provide stability in the North American trading relationship and will help spur economic growth in years to come. The North American market is a critical sector for the window, door and skylight industry, and we commend Congress for taking action on a new agreement that is critical to both the manufacturing and construction industries.”
 
The USMCA will take effect later this year after it is approved, as expected, by the Canadian Parliament. It has already been approved by Mexico. 

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Paradigm Joins WDMA

Posted By Window and Door Manufacturers Association, Monday, January 13, 2020
[WASHINGTON, DC] - The Window and Door Manufacturers Association (WDMA) announced today that Paradigm is the newest member of the association.  
 
The Window & Door Manufacturers Association defines the standards of excellence in the residential and commercial window, door, and skylight industry and advances these standards among industry members while providing advocacy resources, educational and professional programs, and ways for members to provide greater value to their customers.

Paradigm provides technology solutions designed to simplify the process of configuring, quoting, and manufacturing complex configurable building products. With clients ranging from regional, mid-sized manufacturers of building products, to major international home improvement retail corporations, Paradigm’s technology and consulting services help manufacturers and retailers boost sales, reduce costs, and become more competitive in the global marketplace.

Exclusively serving the building products industry, Paradigm’s technology platform consists of two core solutions: Paradigm Omni, a front-end configuration, quoting, and selling platform, and Paradigm Nexus, an industry-specific ERP platform. Both Paradigm Omni and Paradigm Nexus can be enhanced with optional modules called PowerUps that can be added any time.   

“Paradigm been delivering technology solutions to the building products industry for more than two decades, helping customers solve some of their biggest business challenges,” says Nathan Herbst, Paradigm CEO. “Our aim is to revolutionize the building products industry through disruptive technology that benefits our customers.”

For more information on the Window & Door Manufacturers Association, click here
For more information on Paradigm, click here

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WDMA Optimistic Amid Trade Deal with China; More Must be Done on Tariffs

Posted By Window and Door Manufacturers Association, Friday, December 13, 2019
Updated: Friday, December 13, 2019
[Washington, D.C.] Today, the Trump Administration announced that a Phase One deal has been reached with Chinese officials regarding the trading relationship between the two countries. As a part of this deal, the United States will cancel a 15 percent tariff on additional goods imported from China that were expected to go into effect on December 15th.  In addition, the Administration announced the Phase One deal would cut some of the tariffs that are already in place.  While the items on Lists 1-3 would stay at 25 percent, the items on List 4A would be reduced from 15 percent to 7.5 percent.  The Window and Door Manufacturers Association (WDMA) released the following statement.  

“WDMA is encouraged by news of a deal with China and are hopeful that this will bring some needed stability to U.S.-China relations”, said WDMA President and CEO Michael O’Brien.  “The deal, however, does not include relief from the tariffs on Lists 1-3, which contain several products used by window, door and skylight manufacturers.  This past year, WDMA has been strongly communicating our concerns to the Administration about the impact of tensions with the Chinese government over trade policy, specifically the Section 301 tariffs.  As the Administration continues work on a long-term deal, WDMA renews our call for the elimination of the Section 301 tariffs and for the U.S. to provide relief and certainty for American manufacturers.”
 

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WDMA Criticizes Decision to Reinstate Steel and Aluminum Tariffs on Argentina and Brazil

Posted By Window and Door Manufacturers Association, Monday, December 2, 2019
Updated: Monday, December 2, 2019
[Washington, D.C.] Today, the Window & Door Manufacturers Association (WDMA) strongly criticized the announcement by President Trump that his Administration will reinstate Section 232 tariffs on steel and aluminum imports from Argentina and Brazil, which had been previously excluded. The President cited currency devaluation by both countries as the reason for his decision.  
 
“WDMA is very disappointed with the President’s decision to reinstate tariffs on steel and aluminum from Argentina and Brazil,” said WDMA President and CEO Michael O’Brien. “This sudden action could result in price increases for window, door and skylight manufacturers and create further uncertainty in the residential and commercial construction markets. WDMA calls on the Trump Administration to abide by its 2018 agreements with both Argentina and Brazil to exclude imports from Section 232 tariffs.”

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Euroline Steel Windows Joins WDMA

Posted By Window and Door Manufacturers Association, Tuesday, November 12, 2019
Updated: Monday, November 11, 2019
[WASHINGTON, DC] - The Window and Door Manufacturers Association (WDMA) announced that Euroline Steel Windows is the newest member of the association. 
 
The Window & Door Manufacturers Association defines the standards of excellence in the residential and commercial window, door, and skylight industry and advances these standards among industry members while providing advocacy resources, educational and professional programs, and ways for members to provide greater value to their customers.
 
Euroline Steel Windows has been manufacturing custom steel windows and doors for decades with a mission to offer our customers timeless products with endless applications of style and beauty. The company believes that less gives you more, and their minimal sightline designs ensure that amazing beauty and elegance are achieved. Euroline Steel Windows has forged a precise balance between the finest lines of steel and the most beautiful sheets of glass to help you realize your architectural dreams. Their quality control and attention to detail will ensure that they deliver a consistent high-quality product one window and door at a time.  
 
Euroline Steel Windows believes that homes are an expression of the owners’ personality and can also be an expression of their successes in achieving the American Dream. Steel windows and doors are an integral part of that tale. Manufactured at a state-of-the-art facility in Yorba Linda, California, and handcrafted to perfection, Euroline’s products are recognized for their elegant style, endless architectural applications and exceptional narrow site lines.
 
“We are honored to be associated with the Window and Door Manufacturers Association and to support their efforts to define the standards of excellence in the residential and commercial window and door markets. All of us at Euroline Steel Windows support continuing education and professional development within our industry, for our dealer partners and our employees.” Jim Gordon, Director of Sales
 
For more information on the Window & Door Manufacturers Association, click here.
For more information on Euroline Steel Windows, click here.

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