Lakisha Woods Named NAHB Chief Marketing Officer

Written on March 5, 2015 at 15:45

The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) promoted veteran staff member Lakisha Woods, CAE to chief marketing officer.

This position will oversee all revenue-generating programs unrelated to NAHB’s International Builders’ Show exhibit space sales. Such activities will include sponsorship sales and partnerships with major national companies. The position also will identify new business opportunities and handle NAHB branding and public image initiatives.

Woods assumes this top marketing position after 10 years as vice president of NAHB’s publishing and affinity programs.

“NAHB has long been the recognized leader for housing advocacy,” Woods said. “I now have the privilege of working with a collaborative and professional team to further the NAHB brand while delivering real value to builders, remodelers and home buyers.”

Woods holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree in business management from the University of Maryland in College Park.

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Lakisha Woods Named NAHB Chief Marketing Officer

Written on March 5, 2015 at 15:45

The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) promoted veteran staff member Lakisha Woods, CAE to chief marketing officer.

This position will oversee all revenue-generating programs unrelated to NAHB’s International Builders’ Show exhibit space sales. Such activities will include sponsorship sales and partnerships with major national companies. The position also will identify new business opportunities and handle NAHB branding and public image initiatives.

Woods assumes this top marketing position after 10 years as vice president of NAHB’s publishing and affinity programs.

“NAHB has long been the recognized leader for housing advocacy,” Woods said. “I now have the privilege of working with a collaborative and professional team to further the NAHB brand while delivering real value to builders, remodelers and home buyers.”

Woods holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree in business management from the University of Maryland in College Park.

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ABC Supply Acquires Exterior Building Products Division of The Ar-Jay Center

Written on March 5, 2015 at 03:44

ABC Supply Co. Inc. acquired the assets of the exterior building products division of The Ar-Jay Center in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. The acquisition includes The Ar-Jay Center’s siding, window and door business, which will be integrated into ABC Supply’s Cedar Rapids branch.

The Ar-Jay Center sales associates specializing in exterior building products will join ABC Supply’s Cedar Rapids team.

“We’re excited to be expanding our capabilities in these categories and to be bringing additional industry veterans to our team,” said Jim Welch, vice president of ABC Supply’s Midwest Region. “This will make us an even stronger partner to our existing customers, and we look forward to welcoming contractors who have been working with The Ar-Jay Center and having an opportunity to provide them with ABC’s high level of customer service.”
 

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New Investors for Atis Group

Written on March 5, 2015 at 03:44

The Atis Group has been acquired by a group of Quebec investors including Fonds de solidarité FTQ, Capital régional et coopératif Desjardins (CRCD) and Fondaction CSN, CNW reports. The window and door manufacturer was founded in 2004 with the acquisition of Laflamme Doors and Windows and Solarcan Doors and Windows.

Robert Doyon will remain an Atis shareholder and stay on as the company’s president and CEO. The management team will also continue on, and some of its members will remain minority shareholders.

“This deal couldn’t come at a better time for Atis. Our recently launched five-year strategic growth plan is moving ahead full steam, with three acquisitions in the last six months. Our new investors know the manufacturing industry very well and their expertise will allow us to optimize our growth. There are some excellent opportunities out there that we will now be able to seize thanks to them,” says Atis president and CEO Robert Doyon.

“After a very successful 10-year partnership with U.S. investment firm Cyprium Partners, it’s time to write the next chapter in our company’s history. We are therefore greatly looking forward to the arrival of our new investors,” he concludes.

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Registration Opens for Wood Window and Door Symposium

Written on March 5, 2015 at 03:44

Registration is now open for the North American Wood Window and Door Symposium. The event will be held Sept.23-35 in Madison, Wis., and will focus on the use of wood and wood-based materials in wood window and door manufacturing.

The purpose of the conference, according to the Forest Products Society, is to ensure that wood remains a viable option for windows and doors and to educate attendees of the benefits of wooden fenestration, as well provide instruction that will ensure optimal performance of wood products. The target audience will consist of manufacturers, architects, contractors, designers, researchers, and policy makers who influence selection of materials for residential and commercial construction.

Click here for more information and to register.
 

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Andersen Assumes Operations of Wisconsin Consolidation Center

Written on March 4, 2015 at 15:42

Andersen announced that it is assuming operations of the Consolidation Center in Menomonie, Wis., from a third-party logistics provider. The center will become part of the Andersen Logistics network, adding more than 300 jobs to the company’s ranks.

“This change is the next logical step in logistics integration to meet and exceed the needs of our customers,” says Sal Abbate, chief sales and marketing officer. “To do that, it makes sense to directly own the entire process from manufacturing to customer delivery, and ensure that Menomonie delivers the state-of-the-art, best-in-class experience our customers should expect from Andersen.”

The Menomonie consolidation center is the largest of the company’s 14 logistics locations. Andersen will assume operations on or around May 6.

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Steel Entry Doors Featured in New ProVia Video

Written on March 4, 2015 at 15:42

Steel Entry Doors from ProVia are spotlighted in a new video titled “ProVia 20-Gauge Steel Entry Doors: Stronger By Design.” The video portrays the materials and manufacturing processes that are used to make the company’s Legacy Steel Entry Doors. View the video here.

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AAMA Speakers Address Life Cycle Assessment, Regulatory Affairs

Written on March 4, 2015 at 15:42

Experts spoke about Life Cycle Assessments (LCAs) and the intricacies that go into them, as well as addressed regulatory affairs at the American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) 78th Annual Conference

Vik Ahuja, LEED AP and sales executive for the building and construction sector at PE International, and Kerry Haglund, executive director of the Efficient Windows Collaborative, spoke on LCAs and Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs), and provided an update on the Windows Product Category Rules (PCR), which has now been split into two documents for use in business-to-business and business-to-consumer LCA and EPD development.

Ahuja described the current demand for EPDs, driven by, among other factors, the global construction market. Global construction is expected to grow by almost 70 percent by 2020, he reports. Other factors include established and emerging Global Green Building Councils, LEED v4, building owners and more.

Additionally, AAMA’s government affairs/product stewardship manager, Maureen Knight, provided an update during the Regulatory Affairs Committee meeting on industry developments, including Energy Star and ongoing revisions to jurisdictional California building codes. She discussed opportunities to make this process clearer and more predictable.

During a Dec. 2014 meeting, stakeholders including AAMA, encouraged the EPA to collaborate with other federal agencies to address and replace the multitude of underperforming and inefficient single pane windows that remain in use in homes across the country.

In terms of the California codes, individual county building codes are being amended to address Wildland Urban Interface (WUI). Knight stressed that familiarity with these varying amendments is crucial when selling into these markets.

Knight also noted that, in California, the Air Resources Board (ARB) has placed updates to the formaldehyde emissions measure on hold pending the release of EPA guidance on a national formaldehyde emissions rule. In 2014, Prop 65 identified 12 chemicals, substances and mixtures that may be disclosed in future warnings. Final revisions to Prop 65 are expected in early summer 2015, according to Knight.
 

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Kolbe Completes 1,000 Continuous Improvement Events in a Decade

Written on March 4, 2015 at 03:41

In 2005, Kolbe launched the Continuous Improvement program. After 10 years, more than 1,000 events that improve efficiency and allow Kolbe to handle greater volume without lowering its high standards have taken place.

As a result of the events, the program has led to 325,000 square feet of re-purposed floor space for new product lines, eliminating more than 1 million feet of unnecessary walking distance, while also improving safety and maintaining quality.

On a bi-weekly basis, groups of Kolbe team members gather to solve problems and inefficiencies recognized by team members in their departments. “The focus of these events always focuses on three main points: safety, productivity, and quality,” says Brenda Peterson, who has been the continuous improvement coordinator since events began in 2005. “Over the past 10 years and 1,000 events, we have made great strides in all three categories in our standard work processes in the plant as well as our offices.”

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Companies to Hire Despite Labor Challenges

Written on March 4, 2015 at 03:41

Despite the challenges associated with hiring new employees—namely, the lack of qualified candidates (see Fingure 8)—the majority of companies surveyed in a recent Window Door study report that hiring will continue on last year’s upward trend.

While budget constraints are also noted as a major detriment to employment goals, according to the study, 77 percent of dealers and manufacturers surveyed say they are at least considering, if not planning, to add new staff in 2015 (see Figures 9A and 9B).

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