The Salary Experiment

Written on April 29, 2015 at 18:58

Earlier this month, a young Seattle-based entrepreneur caused a media frenzy by making a bold announcement. Dan Price, CEO of Gravity Payments, took a $930,000 pay cut in order to raise the minimum annual salary for all employees of the privately-held company to $70,000.

In the aftermath of his announcement, we not only saw a handful of elated employees. The move also sparked conversations about income equality and employee motivation. While nobody debated Price’s charity, many voiced skepticism about whether the decision was a smart business move.

Price’s theory is that he wants his employees to be happy and to rid them of the distractions of a life lived paycheck to paycheck. “I honestly believe that removing that distraction will significantly increase our ability to take care of our clients,” Price said in an interview with Money Magazine

His critics aren’t convinced the pay raise will increase productivity, though, according to a report in The Post and Courier. Some point to the potential that it might actually make employees lazy, not to mention inspire resentment in those who were making higher wages.

Regardless of whether you applaud Price or not, part of the reason that the story has made so many headlines is that the wage issue is significant across the board. Especially in the fenestration industry that is afflicted with labor shortages and a lack of qualified talent, Price’s actions bring the conversation back to a significant piece of the puzzle: money.

What do you think of Price’s wage increase strategy? Do you agree that the salary gap between CEOs and “worker bees” should be narrower? Do you think his theory rings true for the fenestration industry? Can the concept be applied to our industry with success?

Post your thoughts in the comments section and/or share them via email. And, don’t forget to take this week’s poll.

What do you think of Dan Price’s plan to make employees more productive?

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Industry Veteran Tim Harris Passes Away Following Work-Related Accident

Written on April 28, 2015 at 18:57

Tim Harris, Quanex Building Products’ technical services manager, passed away Thursday, April 23, as a result of injuries sustained at a customer’s window and door facility. Harris spent more than 40 years as a fenestration industry professional, holding positions at Norton Sealants, Besten, Tremco, Truseal and, most recently, Quanex Building Products.

Harris (pictured at right) was well known throughout the industry because of his passion for service, regular visits to customer facilities and his active involvement with various organizations, including the former Sealed Insulating Glass Manufacturers Association and the Insulating Glass Manufacturers Alliance. He chaired several committees for both organizations, produced the first glazing video used by IGMA and helped write and publish the original SIGMA glazing guidelines, which are still widely referenced today.

His long career and list of accomplishments also included managing a technical services department and helping to develop and launch new products, including the Dura Spacer product lines.

“Tim worked tirelessly and was always the voice of the customer, whether at industry committees, internal meetings or on the customer’s shop floor,” said Jim Baratuci, Harris’s long-time co-worker and Quanex’s recently retired VP of research and development. “He had contacts at hundreds of companies and counted many co-workers, customers and even competitors as friends. But more than accomplishments, Tim valued relationships and his family. He will be sorely missed.”

“We are truly saddened by this tragic loss of our friend and co-worker. Tim was a kind, supportive, positive and caring person who was always a pleasure to be around, and his passion for our industry and for our customers won’t soon be forgotten,” said George Wilson, general manager, Quanex Building Products IG Systems. “Safety is a core value of who we are at Quanex and we hope everyone in the industry will reflect on the safety of all operations within any plant or warehouse associated with fenestration. Our condolences go out to Tim’s wife, Gail, and the entire Harris family during this very difficult time.”

Calling hours will be held on May 2, at the Stroud-Lawrence Funeral Home, 95 S. Franklin Street in Chagrin Falls, Ohio. His family asks that no flowers be sent. Donations can be made to the Pan Ohio Hope Ride in the name of Tim Harris’s son, Scott Franklin Harris. The Pan Ohio Hope Ride is an event that raises money for the American Cancer Society.

Online donations can be made here.

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Chelsea Building Products Promotes Hartman, Hires Lipsuis

Written on April 28, 2015 at 18:56

Chelsea Building Products promoted Gary Hartman (pictured at right, top) to vice president of sales and marketing. Hartman has been involved in the window and door industry for more than 30 years and has accumulated experience in marketing, sales, and product management. 

A graduate of Indiana University of Pennsylvania with a degree in Marketing, Hartman began his career in the window industry with Season-All Industries in 1983. He worked at Chelsea from 1985-1995 in various sales and marketing positions. He continued to work in the fenestration industry until he rejoined Chelsea Building Products in 2008.

Hartman’s responsibilities include overseeing the sales, marketing, customer service, and product design departments as well as continuing his focus on developing market and product strategies.

The company also hired Mark Lipsius (pictured at right, bottom) as business development manager of the specialty products to the sales and marketing department. Lipsius will focus on expanding Chelsea’s customer base in its specialty building product business.

A graduate of the University of Tennessee with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology, Lipsius has worked in the sales and marketing of building products for 27 years, both in distribution and manufacturing.

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Allegion to Acquire Brio

Written on April 28, 2015 at 18:56

Allegion plc, a leading global security products and solutions provider, signed a definitive agreement to acquire the assets of Brio, a division of RMD Industries Pty Ltd. The transaction is expected to close in the second quarter.

Allegion Senior Vice President and President of Asia Pacific William Yu says the acquisition of Brio will allow Allegion to enter the sliding and folding door hardware market with an already strong brand reputation and high-quality products, while also providing expansion opportunities around the world.

“The sliding and folding door hardware market has obvious synergies with the ‘around-the-doorway’ security markets Allegion leads, so we already have the technical capabilities needed to support this new product offering for our customers,” Yu says.

Brio general manager Styli Pelekanos says the acquisition was a strategic one for both entities and will expand Brio’s global footprint.

Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

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Pleotint Forms Distribution Partnership with Tam Skylights

Written on April 27, 2015 at 18:53

Pleotint LLC announced a distribution partnership with Tam Skylights that enables the Seattle-based company to offer Suntuitive glass with its skylight solutions for commercial and residential projects in the Pacific Northwest.

“When used in combination with self-tinting Suntuitive glass, our skylights will be able to achieve strict requirements for solar heat gain, visible light, and insulating performance in increasingly demanding building codes such as the California Energy Commission’s Title 24 Building Standards,” Irwin Tam, president of Tam Skylights, says.

When paired with low-emissivity glass in an insulating glass unit, Suntuitive glass can produce visible light transmittance of as high as 60 percent in a clear state, solar heat gain coefficients of as low as 0.11 in a darkened state, and reduce heating-, cooling-, and lighting-related energy costs, according to the company.

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Therma-Tru Ranked in Builder Brand Use Study

Written on April 24, 2015 at 06:45

Results of the 2015 Builder Brand Use Study show that Therma-Tru ranks highest with builders in the Quality Rating category for entry door brands. This represents an increase in positioning for Therma-Tru in the same category since the 2014 study.
The 2015 Brand Use Study also represents the 17th consecutive year that Therma-Tru has ranked highest in the category of Brands Specified/Used Most by builders for entry doors. The company also ranked highest in the same category for its patio doors.

The 2015 Builder Brand Use Study, presented by Builder magazine, was conducted by The Farnsworth Group and surveyed almost 2,300 builders. The study originated in 1998 and includes a nationwide survey of builders on their preferences related to a wide variety of products and brands. Full results of the survey appear in the April issue of Builder magazine.

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Roto North America Launches Fasco Enhanced Website

Written on April 23, 2015 at 18:44

Roto North America launched its enhanced Roto Fasco website which includes a number of features designed to improve customer usability for the site, the company reports.

The updated website features streamlined navigation to product information, updated contact information, product brochures, as well as customer testimonials and company and industry news.

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Western Window Systems Goes on Tour

Written on April 23, 2015 at 18:44

Western Window Systems partnered with Dwell magazine on the Monogram Modern Home, a custom-built, prefabricated home outfitted with luxury products that will travel the country in 2015.
Built by Seattle-based Method Homes, the 825-square-foot modular unit is a variation on a model created by Chris Pardo Design: Elemental Architecture. Completely outfitted with Western Window Systems most innovative products, including the Series 600 Multi-Slide Door, the award-winning Series 9500 Bi-Fold Door, and selections from the company’s new Series 670 hinged window line, the home also features Monogram’s newest and most popular high-end appliances.
Over the course of this year, the Monogram Modern Home will travel to key markets to play host to a series of events, including Dwell on Design, the largest design event in the U.S., May 29-31 in Los Angeles.

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Zola No Compromise Wins A+ Award

Written on April 23, 2015 at 18:43

The Architizer A+Award Jury selected ZNC (Zola no Compromise) by Zola Windows as the winner in the Building Products, Windows category. A global architecture award program, Architizer A+ Awards received entries from a 100 countries. A jury of more than 300 professionals including CEOs and founders from companies and organizations such as Zappos, Design Within Reach and MoMA selected the winners.

Selection for recognition was based on excellence in form, function and innovation. Zola Windows will be honored alongside other winners at the A+Awards Gala on May 14th in New York City.

The new ZNC window features a slim profile design with concealed premium hinges, rail mounted rainscreen cladding and powder coated aluminum exterior for longevity. It is certified by both Passive House Institute and Passive House Institute U.S., and available with R-15 quad glazing. ZNC Fixed Windows can be as large as 8-feet wide and 10-feet high, and tilt and turn windows as large as 5-feet wide by 9-feet high.


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Sun Mountain Inc. Opens in Park City

Written on April 22, 2015 at 18:41

Sun Mountain Inc. opened a showroom in Park City. The Colorado-based company manufactures and distributes custom wood doors and flooring and operates four other showrooms in Colorado, North Carolina and California.

The new showroom is located at 6400 N. Business Park Loop Road.

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