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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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WDMA Responds to U.S.-Mexico Trade Developments

Posted By Window and Door Manufacturers Association, Tuesday, August 28, 2018

[Washington, D.C.] Today, the Window and Door Manufacturers Association (WDMA) issued a statement on this week’s news regarding developments with Mexico on a potential trade agreement to replace the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA):

“WDMA is optimistic that the Trump Administration has made progress with Mexico on a trade deal to replace NAFTA, however, Canada must be included in any agreement that replaces it.” said WDMA CEO Michael O’Brien. “Canada is arguably the United States’ most important trading partner and WDMA urges the Administration to work with Canada in the coming weeks to ensure that North American trade agreements are trilateral.”

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WDMA Releases 2018 U.S. Industry Market Study

Posted By Window and Door Manufacturers Association, Wednesday, July 11, 2018
[Washington] The Window & Door Manufacturers Association (WDMA) has released the WDMA 2018 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 2017 and was prepared, researched and analyzed by The Farnsworth Group.
 
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 for 2014 through 2016, and forecast data for 2018 through 2020.
 
Quick facts and key takeaways:
  • Residential window and door growth didn’t wane in 2017 but appears to be slowing slightly in 2018. A forecast combination of decreased housing starts and reduced remodeling projects will limit window and door growth.
  • Architectural interior flush door leaves softened in 2017 with only 1.1% compared to 3% for Stile and Rail (albeit at much lower volumes). Shipments for both are expected to grow at a similar rate, forecast around 1% growth each year through 2020.
  • Commercial shop-built windows grew 8.3% in 2017 with 0.85 million units shipped. Shipments are beginning to level off in 2018 with only 0.885 million units forecast to be shipped. With the non-residential market softening an eventual growth rate of only 1.8% in 2020 is forecast.
 
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 2018 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 Critical of New Canadian Tariffs on Aluminum Windows and Doors

Posted By Window and Door Manufacturers Association, Monday, July 2, 2018

[Washington, D.C.] On Friday, WDMA informed its members that the Canadian government had imposed a 10 percent tariff on U.S. aluminum windows, doors and doorframes. The new tariffs take effect today.

According to the Canadian government, these new tariffs are in response to the tariffs on imports of certain steel and aluminum products from Canada imposed by the Trump Administration announced in early June. 

“WDMA was critical of the imposition of U.S tariffs on steel and aluminum and this new action by Canada further escalates trade tensions between the two nations,” said WDMA CEO Michael O’Brien. “These actions will only lead to additional price increases in the residential and commercial building markets in both countries, hinder progress in the renegotiation of NAFTA and resolving the softwood lumber dispute.”

At this time, additional guidance is not available from the Canadian government regarding how this tariff will be imposed. WDMA has been working diligently to seek additional clarification from the Canadian Government and will provide additional guidance for WDMA members when it becomes available.

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