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WDMA Launches Initiative to Promote High Performance Windows, Doors & Skylights

Posted By Window and Door Manufacturers Association, Tuesday, April 16, 2019
Updated: Tuesday, April 16, 2019

[Washington, D.C., April 16, 2019] – Builders, architects and remodelers now have a new trusted resource when designing, specifying, and selecting high-performance windows, doors and skylights. The Window & Door Manufacturers Association (WDMA) has launched a new initiative called Open Up to Performance™ to offer a wide variety of educational and informative content, including a new website, OpenUptoPerformance.com, which contains blog posts, videos, podcasts and webinars, created and curated by industry experts. It will be supported by a robust social media campaign.

The website is intended to help residential builders and remodelers, as well as residential and commercial architects and specifiers make informed decisions about their customers’ windows, doors and skylights. Topics include:

  • Current trends and news

  • Innovations in windows, doors and skylights

  • Pertinent research

  • Ways to achieve sustainability and energy efficiency through windows, doors and skylights

  • Performance and standards guides for windows, doors and skylights

Additionally, professionals will be able to learn about the WDMA Hallmark Certification Program – an accredited program that rigorously inspects and tests products to ensure that they are code compliant, high performing and high quality. An overview and corresponding webinar will provide in-depth insight into the program’s requirements and process. Architects and specifiers will also be able to access information on selecting and specifying architectural doors that meet ANSI/WDMA architectural door standards.

“Our goal is to provide a valuable resource that educates our audience on how to identify high-performance products, as well as the benefits and return on investment of using them,” said Michael O’Brien, WDMA president and chief executive officer. “The site is interactive, engaging and allows those with any level of knowledge on the world of windows, doors and skylights to gain a well-rounded understanding of these products.”

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WDMA Announces New Leadership Team

Posted By Window and Door Manufacturers Association, Wednesday, April 3, 2019
Updated: Thursday, March 28, 2019

[Washington, DC] - The Window and Door Manufacturers Association (WDMA) is pleased to announce that its new leadership team was installed today at the WDMA Spring Meeting and Legislative Conference in Washington, D.C. At the meeting, the WDMA Board of Directors elected Bob Lewis of Masonite International Corporation as the association's 2019-2021 chairman. Lewis replaces outgoing Chairman Phil Donaldson of Andersen Corporation.

"WDMA has a great track record of actively promoting, protecting and advancing the interests of the window, door and skylight industry through public policy advocacy, industry promotion, and member participation and engagement. I am excited to work with the WDMA Board, volunteers and staff team as we continue to build upon that success in the coming year," said Lewis. 

Please click here to view WDMA's full press release.

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WDMA Encouraged by Delay in Chinese Tariff Increase

Posted By Window and Door Manufacturers Association, Monday, February 25, 2019

[WASHINGTON]–The Window and Door Manufacturers Association (WDMA) issued the following statement regarding the announcement that the March 1 tariff increase deadline would be extended:

“WDMA is encouraged by the progress made between the trading relationships of the United States and China and delaying the increased tariff level for the third list of Chinese products is the right decision,” said WDMA President & CEO Michael O’Brien. “Window, door and skylight manufacturers utilize certain products from China, including many that were set to increase March 1. Increasing tariffs on these products would only add to market uncertainty and price fluctuations for consumers. Leaders from both countries need to immediately find a permanent solution that ensures stability and a healthy trading relationship going forward.”

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WDMA Releases 2019 National Policy Agenda

Posted By Window and Door Manufacturers Association, Wednesday, February 6, 2019
[Washington, DC] - The Window & Door Manufacturers Association (WDMA) released today the 2019 WDMA National Policy Agenda a comprehensive advocacy agenda for 2019, 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.
 
"The 116th Congress has an opportunity to advance pro-growth policies that will spur job creation and mitigate the effects of costly regulations that unreasonably burden manufacturers," said WDMA Chair Phil Donaldson, EVP & CFO of Andersen Corporation. "Window, door and skylight manufacturers are vital to the residential housing sector and a thriving economy. This agenda will guide policymakers to support policies that promote energy efficiency, eliminate excessive regulations, and ensure manufacturers are able to support economic growth for 2019 and in years to come."
 
The 2019 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 looking forward to continuing our work with Congress and the Trump Administration to promote fiscally-sound policies 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 2019 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 April 1-3 in Washington, D.C.
 
To access the 2019 National Policy Agenda, click here.

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WDMA Open & Close Episode 5 Residential/Remodeling Outlook with NAHB Chief Economist; CDS Logistics Interview

Posted By Window and Door Manufacturers Association, Wednesday, December 12, 2018
Updated: Wednesday, February 6, 2019
WDMA's latest episode of WDMA's new podcast WDMA Open & Close  is now available for download or listening.
 
Keeping an eye on the housing market, Chief Economist and Senior Vice President for Economics and Housing Policy for NAHB, Robert Dietz, Ph.D. joins Mike O'Brien to discuss the outlook for the residential and remodeling market in 2019. He'll share his thoughts on the overall state of the macroeconomy as we close out the year - the big factors driving both the single-family and multi-family sectors.
 
What makes "Last Mile" deliveries a success? Mike Heary, Director of Sales and Marketing for CDS Logistics covers the unique challenges faced in the transportation industry, and what company is doing to help the window, door, and skylight industry overcome them.

If you have suggestions for topics for future episodes, please email them to mobrien@wdma.com.

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WDMA Applauds Signing of U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement

Posted By Window and Door Manufacturers Association, Sunday, December 2, 2018

[Washington, D.C.] Today, WDMA released the following statement regarding the signing of the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA). 

“WDMA is pleased that NAFTA-participating countries were able to reach and sign a new agreement, which we believe is crucial to healthy trade between these countries,” said WDMA President and CEO Michael O’Brien. “While there is more work to be done on finalization, we are confident that this first step will strengthen relationships and lead to continued cooperation in the region. WDMA will be working with Congress as they take up their duty to consider and vote on the agreement. We will also continue our call for the Administration to officially rescind the tariffs on steel and aluminum, especially for Canada and Mexico, which are not addressed in the agreement.”

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Listen Up: WDMA's Latest Podcast is Now Live!

Posted By Window and Door Manufacturers Association, Tuesday, November 13, 2018

WDMA's latest episode of WDMA's new podcast WDMA Open & Close is now available for download or listening.

Midterm election results were largely anticipated: Democrats took the House, while Republicans kept the Senate. Democrats also picked up seven state governors, and increased representation in many state legislatures. In the latest episode of WDMA Open & Close, WDMA Director of Government Affairs Kevin McKenney and Jordan Stoick, Vice President of Government Relations for the National Association of Manufacturers address the takeaways of the midterm elections. The conversation is then followed by an in-depth discussion between WDMA CEO Mike O’Brien and Tom Himmel of the RiteScreen Company about trends in screen manufacturing.  

If you have suggestions for topics for future episodes, please email them to mobrien@wdma.com.

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WDMA Statement on U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement

Posted By Window and Door Manufacturers Association, Monday, October 1, 2018

[Washington, D.C.] The Window and Door Manufacturers Association (WDMA) released the following statement regarding the announcement of a revised NAFTA agreement:

“WDMA is encouraged that the United States, Canada and Mexico were able to agree on a trilateral agreement to replace NAFTA,” said WDMA President & CEO Michael O’Brien. “WDMA is reviewing the details of the draft released over the weekend and are hopeful that the agreement’s terms promote open markets for the window, door and skylight industry, and contribute to a robust economy.”

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WDMA Criticizes Latest Tariffs on Chinese Products

Posted By Window and Door Manufacturers Association, Tuesday, September 18, 2018

[Washington, D.C.] Today, WDMA is strongly criticizing the Trump Administration’s decision to impose tariffs, 10% for the remainder of 2018 and increasing to 25% in 2019, on a list of products from China. WDMA is concerned the new tariffs will do more harm to the U.S. economy than good.

“WDMA is very disappointed with the Trump Administration’s decision to impose a tariff on the list of products from China,” said WDMA President and CEO Michael O’Brien. “Window, door and skylight manufacturers utilize many of the products on the list in the manufacturing process. These additional tariffs will likely lead to price increases for the residential and commercial construction markets and continue the threat of a trade war with China. WDMA urges the Trump Administration to reconsider this onerous action.”

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Listen to the Latest Episode of WDMA Open & Close

Posted By Window and Door Manufacturers Association, Wednesday, September 5, 2018

WDMA's latest episode of WDMA's new podcast WDMA Open & Close is now available for download or listening.

In the second episode, WDMA CEO Michael O’Brien is joined by Brad Farnsworth, president of The Farnsworth Group, to discuss recent findings of the WDMA 2018 industry market studies on windows, patio doors, entry doors and architectural doors that were recently released this summer. Then he talks with Soft Tech’s Mitch Lewandowski, who gives his insight about technology trends and developments in the industry. He talks about how companies are meeting challenges head on and providing solutions that are helping to transform today’s fenestration products.

 

If you have suggestions for topics for future episodes, please email them to mobrien@wdma.com.  

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