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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.
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WDMA Raises Concerns with Proposed Canadian Formaldehyde Regulations

Posted By Window and Door Manufacturers Association, Tuesday, September 17, 2019
[WASHINGTON, DC] - On September 12, WDMA submitted comments to Canadian officials in response to proposed new Canadian regulations for formaldehyde emissions from composite wood products that were jointly proposed by the Department of Health and the Department of the Environment. As with the U.S. EPA regulations for formaldehyde (TSCA Title VI), the intent of the proposed regulations is to reduce potential risks associated with exposure to formaldehyde emissions in composite wood products. In addition, the proposed Canadian regulations are intended to be consistent with the U.S regulations to help ensure a level playing field among Canadian and U.S. manufacturers of composite wood products covered by the respective U.S. and Canadian regulations.
 
After a review of the proposed regulations in relation to TSCA Title VI, WDMA has raised significant concerns with proposed Canadian provisions that are not consistent with TSCA Title VI. Those include provisions for labeling and recordkeeping, as well as requirements for highly detailed reports on a manufacturer’s production and sale of composite wood products covered by the regulations to be submitted to the Canadian government on an annual basis.
 
More specifically, WDMA’s comments address inconsistencies with the form, content and placement of labels, record keeping requirements that would necessitate U.S. manufacturers who do not have facilities in Canada to establish a Canadian presence, and unclear applicability of the annual reporting requirements.
 
“These discrepancies, if left unaddressed, have the potential to create disruption in both the U.S. and Canadian supply chains and marketplaces,” said Michael O’Brien, WDMA president and CEO. “We support the intent of the proposed regulations, but they should not result in undue compliance costs and administration burdens for manufacturers of composite wood products, especially for architectural wood door manufacturers.”
 
There is no specific timeline for finalizing the regulations, but they will become effective six months after publication of the final regulations in the Canada Gazette. Canada currently has voluntary standards for formaldehyde emissions from composite wood products that most manufacturers comply with, but no mandatory regulations as in the U.S.
 

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WDMA Announces IMA Schelling Group USA as Newest Member

Posted By Window and Door Manufacturers Association, Monday, July 15, 2019

[WASHINGTON, DC] - The Window and Door Manufacturers Association (WDMA) announced today that IMA Schelling Group USA 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.

IMA Schelling Group USA is a single source provider of sales, service and support of IMA edgebanders and Schelling panel saws and storage retrieval systems. Located in Raleigh, North Carolina, IMA Schelling Group serves the North American market with one source for customized industrial engineering manufacturing and standard machinery sales. IMA Schelling Group works collaboratively with businesses ranging from mid-sized woodworking, metalworking and plastics shops to major corporations to engineer customized, industrial manufacturing solutions that optimize throughput. 

“We are excited to become a member of WDMA and be a part of an association with such a strong history of serving their members. We are looking forward to creating a strong relationship with member companies and providing products that will enable them to continue their commitment to high quality manufacturing standards,” stated IMA Schelling Group USA Managing Director, Peter Tuenker. 

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WDMA Releases 2019 U.S. Industry Market Study

Posted By Window and Door Manufacturers Association, Tuesday, July 9, 2019
Updated: Monday, July 8, 2019
[Washington] The Window & Door Manufacturers Association (WDMA) has released the WDMA 2019 U.S. Industry Market Study. This report provides data and insights needed to understand the industry's performance, key trends, and future direction. The report is based on extensive industry input for product shipments in 2018 and was prepared, researched and analyzed by The Farnsworth Group. In addition to analyzing the member surveys, the Farnsworth Group also conducted additional research by surveying professional contractors and primary channel retailers into the number of units shipped and installed.

This report delivers timely information on residential/light commercial window, patio door, residential entry door and interior architectural door market trends and product relationships; regional data, historic data from 2016 to 2017, and forecast data for 2019 through 2021.

Quick facts and key takeaways:
  • Residential window and door growth deaccelerated slightly in 2018 with modest growth over 2017 with the expectation to stay at or slightly above these levels until subsiding in 2020.
  • Sliding patio door growth is forecasted to decrease in 2019 and taper slightly in 2020/2021. Hinged patio doors, a lower volume unit compared to others, saw similar, if slightly lower growth in 2018. However, growth is expected to drop significantly in 2019 and continue declining through 2021.
  • Commercial shop-built windows saw similar decreases in overall growth, comparatively to 2017 totals for units shipped. While 2017 showed signs of significant increases, growth declined in 2018 and is expected to continue along this trajectory through 2021.
  • Shipments of architectural interior flush door leaves grew in 2018 at the levels expected based on last year’s report. Stile and Rail door panels also showed signs of growth over 2017 (albeit at much lower volume). Shipments for flush door leaves are expected to slow through 2020, while stile and rail is forecasted to show growth each year through 2021.

Along with shipments and forecasting information, the study also presents topline national and divisional data and detailed product data for the housing stock, new projects, and non-residential construction to enable insights into the industry.
 
The complete study is available for purchase online in the WDMA online store in the Statistical Reports section for non-members. Individual market segments of the 2019 U.S. Market Study related specifically to windows/patio doors, entry doors and architectural doors are also available for purchase separately.

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WDMA Applauds House Reintroduction of Energy Code Legislation

Posted By Window and Door Manufacturers Association, Friday, June 28, 2019

[WASHINGTON] – The Window and Door Manufacturers Association (WDMA) is applauding reintroduction of the Energy Savings and Building Efficiency Act (H.R. 3586), sponsored by Rep. Kurt Schrader (D-OR). This important bill defines the Department of Energy's (DOE) role in new model energy code development and guarantees that certain products and technologies are not given preferential treatment. WDMA made reintroduction of the bill one of the key issues of its recent Legislative Conference.

“WDMA is pleased to see the reintroduction of the Energy Savings and Building Efficiency Act in the House and thanks Congressman Schrader for leading this bill,” said WDMA President & CEO Michael O’Brien. “This bill is an important step towards increasing transparency, ensuring product neutrality, and promoting cost-effectiveness in the energy code development process. We will continue to work with the Senate and other industry groups on a companion Senate bill, along with ways to enact this legislation into law. Lastly, we especially appreciate the hard work of our members who advocated for this bill during the WDMA Legislative Conference in April.”

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Teknos US Inc. Joins WDMA

Posted By Window & Door Manufacturers Association, Wednesday, June 5, 2019

[WASHINGTON, DC] - The Window and Door Manufacturers Association (WDMA) announced today that Teknos US Inc. 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.

North Carolina paint manufacturer, Teknos US, services window and door manufacturers throughout the USA and South America. The company is renowned for their quality finishes for these products as well as their in-depth knowledge of the joinery industry, its processes and requirements.

Teknos US is part of Teknos, a global coatings business headquartered in Helsinki, Finland and operating in over 20 countries. The company offers paints and coatings for industry, building professionals and consumers and last year made net sales of over $456 million. Established in 1948 the Group is one of Finland’s largest family-owned businesses.

Michelle Alcock, Managing Director of Teknos US says “Teknos has built an enviable reputation around the globe and Teknos US has ambitious plans to build on this, supporting manufacturers here in the USA. WDMA members will benefit from a trusted coatings partner that meets the same standards of excellence as they do themselves. We’re excited to work with the WDMA and to contribute our years of industry experience to the Association and its members.” 

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WDMA Criticizes Latest Tariffs on Mexican Products

Posted By Window & Door Manufacturers Association, Friday, May 31, 2019

[WASHINGTON]– The Window and Door Manufacturers Association (WDMA) issued the following statement regarding the announcement by President Trump that the Administration will levy tariffs starting at 5% on all goods imported from Mexico on June 10, 2019 if the U.S. and Mexico do not come to an agreement on immigration.  Similarly, the White House announced that the tariffs could increase to 10% on July 1, 15% on August 1, 20% on September 1, and to 25% on October 1.

“WDMA has serious concerns regarding the President’s announcement that the Administration will impose tariffs starting at 5% on all goods imported from Mexico on June 10,” said WDMA President & CEO Michael O’Brien.  “Even more troubling, these proposed tariffs could increase to 25% on a permanent basis by October 1.  Not only could these tariffs adversely affect WDMA members that rely on trade with Mexico, but this announcement could threaten ratification of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) which would significantly impact American manufacturers.  We urge the Trump Administration to reconsider this sudden action and work with Mexico on an immigration solution which doesn’t affect residential and commercial construction markets.”

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WDMA Statement on Deal to Lift Steel and Aluminum Tariffs on Canada and Mexico

Posted By Window & Door Manufacturers Association , Friday, May 17, 2019

[WASHINGTON]– The Window and Door Manufacturers Association (WDMA) issued the following statement regarding the announcement of a deal that would lift the Section 232 tariffs on steel and aluminum, 25% and 10% respectively, on Canada and Mexico.

“WDMA applauds the Administration for reaching a deal that will lift the steel and aluminum tariffs on Canada and Mexico, our key regional trading partners,” said WDMA President & CEO Michael O’Brien. “WDMA has been urging the Commerce Department to consider the effects of these tariffs on the residential and commercial construction markets, along with the broader effects on North American trade. We are pleased that they will lift these tariffs and with this hurdle cleared, ask that Congress quickly act on approving the U.S-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) as this agreement will ensure healthy and lasting relationships in the region.”

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WDMA Statement on the President’s Sudden Tariff Increase Announcement

Posted By Window & Door Manufacturers Association, Monday, May 6, 2019

[WASHINGTON]– The Window and Door Manufacturers Association (WDMA) issued the following statement regarding the announcement that the current tariff on certain Chinese products could increase from 10% to 25%:

“WDMA has serious concerns regarding the President’s announcement that the 10% tariff on certain Chinese products could increase this week to 25% and urges him to reconsider,” said WDMA President & CEO Michael O’Brien. “As we have stated before, window, door and skylight manufacturers utilize certain products from China in the manufacturing process, including many that are currently subject to the 10% tariff. Increasing this amount to 25%, with such little notice, will significantly affect America’s manufacturers, along with the residential and commercial construction sectors. WDMA urges the Trump Administration to continue discussions with the Chinese government on a long-term deal, without this tariff increase, to cultivate a strong and lasting trading relationship between each country.”

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