When the COVID-19 pandemic swept the world earlier this year, companies everywhere modified their operations nearly overnight. Many businesses sat vacant amid government-mandated shutdowns, businesses that could set their employees up to work from home and essential businesses altered their operations to accommodate social distancing and other safety practices.
We at Window + Door, with the support of our parent organization, the National Glass Association, created COVID-specific content geared toward helping companies navigate the business shifts and wave of legislation aimed at easing financial distress. While producing such content, we couldn't help but notice the news coming from the residential fenestration industry about how companies in the space quickly pivoted to produce solutions to support front-line healthcare workers and adjusted jobsite, plant and office practices to protect their employees and customers. In short, companies demonstrated why the fenestration industry is essential in crisis.
Read more: Now + Next: Navigating the COVID-19 Crisis
In an effort to recognize the extraordinary innovation among companies during the pandemic, Window + Door is using its annual awards program to present the special program Window + Door Awards Presents: Innovation in Crisis.
Companies are invited to submit entries that highlight the industry's role in responding to COVID-19 through products, projects and more. A team of judges from Window + Door and the National Glass Association will identify stand-out entries that demonstrate Innovation in Crisis.
Examples include companies that:
- Produced solutions for safer and healthier workspaces
- Developed products for frontline healthcare workers
- Adjusted jobsite, plant and office practices to protect workers
- Implemented new procedures or invested in new technology
- Otherwise responded to the current situation with grace and innovation
We look forward to seeing how your company demonstrated the essentialness of the residential fenestration industry and sharing your stories in the October/November issue. Please reach out to me directly with any questions.