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Elipticon Wood Products Inc. Joins WDMA

Posted By Eric DeVos, Tuesday, June 23, 2020
Updated: Wednesday, July 1, 2020
[WASHINGTON, DC] - The Window and Door Manufacturers Association (WDMA) announced today that Elipticon Wood Products, 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.

Elipticon Wood Products, Inc. is an architectural millwork company that manufactures straight, curved, and custom millwork. John Wiley purchased the company in 1993 and in 2015 sold the company to the employees and the company became a 100% employee owned ESOP. Since then Elipticon has grown steadily by committing to solve current and future customers problems with creative programs. The company continues its dedication to manufacturing the finest quality wood products while emphasizing the importance of providing the best service and quality in the industry.

The company of 32 full time team members is poised and ready for growth. Over the past few years Elipticon has invested in their people, space, and process. As an FSC Certified company we’re ready to partner at any level.

“We are so pleased to join this network of forward-thinking companies. We look forward to sharing our knowledge of problem solving, and learning from those who know best.”
commented Joe Hanson Co-President.

For more information on the Window & Door Manufacturers Association, click here.
For more information on Elipticon Wood Products, Inc., click here.

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WDMA Releases 2020 U.S. Industry Market Study

Posted By Window and Door Manufacturers Association, Monday, June 15, 2020

[Washington] The Window & Door Manufacturers Association (WDMA) has released the WDMA 2020 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 2019 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.

New to the 2020 market study, the report includes an analysis of the attitudinal drivers of homeowners and contractors, key macro drivers in the residential and commercial markets and an update on COVID-19 and the impact it has had on new construction and the remodeling market place. 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 2017 to 2018, and forecast data for 2020 through 2022.

Quick facts and key takeaways:

  • Total residential units shipped (windows, patio doors, entry doors) totaled nearly 65 million units shipped in 2019. This is up from 63.3 million in 2018.
  • Total commercial units shipped (architectural doors and commercial built windows) totaled just over 4.3 million units shipped nearly identical to the 4.33 units shipped in 2018.
  • Window shipments saw moderate growth in 2019 whereas patio doors grew significantly. Entry doors saw a slight decrease in 2019.
  • For the near term forecast, COVID-19 pandemic is affecting the window and door industry through rising unemployment, diminished consumer and contractor confidence, and decreased housing starts, among many other factors.

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 2020 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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Vetrina Windows Joins WDMA

Posted By Window and Door Manufacturers Association, Tuesday, May 5, 2020
[WASHINGTON, DC] - The Window and Door Manufacturers Association (WDMA) announced today that Vetrina 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.
 
Vetrina Windows & Doors is a Philadelphia-based manufacturing and design company that focuses on production of aluminum windows, doors, curtain walls, and storefronts to a customer's specifications. Their wide range of energy-efficient products includes Tilt & Turn Windows, Sliding Windows and Doors, Lift & Slide Doors, Casement Windows, Glass Building Facades, as well as hidden sash configurations. All products are manufactured locally on site in their Bensalem, PA facility.
 
Their blast-proof windows and doors have been installed in major airports, embassies, military bases, and numerous government buildings around the world. Today, they’re using the same materials and technologies to bring customers best-in-class & value residential and commercial fenestration systems.
 
“On behalf of Vetrina Windows, we are honored to be apart of the Window and Door Manufacturers Association while supporting their efforts in defining the standards of excellence in the residential and commercial window and door markets. We look forward to new opportunities and building relationships with industry professionals” Vlad Yakubovsky, President.
 
For more information on the Window & Door Manufacturers Association, click here.
For more information on Vetrina Windows, click here.

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WDMA 2020 Technical & Manufacturing Conference Goes Virtual

Posted By Window and Door Manufacturers Association, Wednesday, April 22, 2020
[Washington, DC] The Window and Door Manufacturers Association (WDMA) has announced it is making its 2020 Technical and Manufacturing Conference virtual due to the ongoing COVID-19 related travel restrictions. WDMA is teaming up with Blue Sky e-LEARN, one of the premier companies in providing virtual online events, to hold the conference on Tuesday, June 9, and Wednesday, June 10. 
 
WDMA has slated eight great presentations that will be delivered over the course of the two days from noon to 5 p.m. Eastern time each day. The presentations will cover a wide range of topics of interest to the window, door and skylight industry kicked-off by a presentation on the results of WDMA’s 2020 U.S. Industry Market Study by The Farnsworth Group. Attendees will have the same opportunities to engage with the presenters as they do at WDMA’s in-person conferences. 
 
“We’re excited to still be able to hold this year’s conference with the same high quality educational sessions we have delivered at our past conferences,” said Michael O’Brien, WDMA president and CEO. “Responding to the COVID-19 pandemic has been a challenge but we’re committed. We have a great line-up of speakers and are looking forward to an engaging conference,” he said.
 
The annual WDMA Technical and Manufacturing Conference has always offered a great blend of industry expertise covering emerging technologies, manufacturing applications, market outlook, regulatory issues and other topic areas to advance both technical and professional development in the window, door and skylight industry. This year’s virtual conference will be no different.
 
Registration for the event together with the full program of presentations and schedule will be launched on April 30.

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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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