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5 Takeaways from the 2021 Top Manufacturers Report

This year’s Top Manufacturers report revealed several key takeaways about the manufacturing and housing markets as a whole, and how residential fenestration manufacturers fit into it.

Enhance Worker Performance With Automation

Automation, at its core, is the reduction of human intervention during a given process, such as fabricating a window or flat glass. By employing automation, whether it is at the robot, machine or software level, we as an industry can enhance worker performance, while simultaneously freeing up…

The 2021 Industry Pulse

Despite challenges around COVID-19, the industry looks forward to a robust 2021 and beyond as demand is booming and residential construction posts historically strong numbers.

Diversify Your Workforce

A lot of hiring happens because people know people, which is good in some ways, but it also means people often hire those who think like them.

Training Investments

Worker unavailability still ranks highest among the concerns of homebuilders. And, we are currently uncertain about how COVID-19 will further affect the shortage.

Supply Chain Complications

Building materials retailers and suppliers take stock of supply chain disruptions, potential recovery.

Industry 4.0

Click for larger view of infographic. As technology infiltrates more areas of life, data breaches rise. Nearly 9,000 reported data breaches occurred between January 2005 and April 18, 2018, according to the Identity Theft Resource Center. IoT attacks rose by 600 percent in 2017, according to…

Labor and Automation: Not a simple switch

Technology may be enticing and a solution to some labor woes. However, industry companies are faced with many challenges when considering technology investment. Often at the top of the list is cost. “There are levels of automation and workforce reduction in our equipment, but it has a large price…

Grassroots Approach

The problem is clear: the construction industry is booming at a time when labor is scarce. The causes are just as well-known: experienced workers are retiring faster than new hires can fill jobs, and skills are going with them; young people aren’t interested in the trades, nor do they possess the…