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Laurie Cowin

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Laurie Cowin is editor of Window + Door. Contact her at lcowin@glass.org

Make Work Cool Again

Although the skilled labor shortage is a long-discussed topic, it’s a conversation happening with renewed vigor, particularly as companies are experiencing record-high business and feeling the labor shortage more acutely as they struggle to keep up with demand.

4 to Watch: Policy Expectations for the Year Ahead

At the Window & Door Manufacturers Association Spring Virtual Meeting and Legislative Conference in March, experts discussed what the next year might hold in regard to housing, labor, safety and health policy. Speakers agreed that COVID, climate and energy efficiency are most likely to…

An Optimistic Outlook for a Busy Industry

Last week’s FGIA Virtual Annual Conference was packed with information for the fenestration and glazing industries, and covered everything from economics to safety to design to codes and regulations, and more. Read on for some of the key residential takeaways from the event.

Economic Outlook: Single-family will continue ongoing growth, but at a slower pace

Housing growth will continue for the next several years, but at lower growth rates than we saw last year, according to NAHB Chief Economist Robert Dietz during a press conference at the International Builders’ Show virtual experience on Feb. 9.

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.

5 Takeaways from the 2021 Industry Pulse

This year’s Window + Door Industry Pulse survey encompasses several themes, from labor and sales to technology to supply chain and product specifics. Overriding every conversation, however, was the COVID-19 pandemic and its marked impact on the residential fenestration industry throughout 2020 –…

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.

The Hope of a New Year

The industry is poised for tremendous growth and innovation this year, but it won’t come without its challenges.

A Rollercoaster of a Year

Companies describe some of the best business conditions they’ve ever seen, period. In many cases, they have more than rebounded from unsettling and low times earlier this year. Although there doesn’t appear to be a shortage of work anytime soon, busy production lines paired with a shaky supply…

How Video Can Help Launch New Products

How to successfully launch a new building product in the midst of COVID-19.