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Laurie Cowin

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

Connected Equipment and the Future of Manufacturing

Machinery isn’t exempt from the world’s shift to technology-based solutions. Ready or not, automation is the future of manufacturing. Companies today have no choice but to embrace Industry 4.0 in their manufacturing practices or run the risk of being left behind, according to leading industry…

Spotlight on Smart Hardware

Hardware manufacturers in 2020 are experiencing burgeoning demand for technologically advanced and hands-free hardware both as the world moves toward more automation and as touch-free options become necessary safety components in the face of the coronavirus pandemic.

Macro economic Rebound in Focus

The shape of the macroeconomic rebound is coming into focus as 2020 nears its end, said Connor Lokar, ITR Economics, during the GlassBuild Connect presentation on Sept. 8. Housing remains a bright spot in the overall construction industry, which likely hasn’t experienced the full effects of the…

As Hurricane Season Descends, Products, Education Can Help with Resilient Design Understanding

Hurricane season is upon us once again, which often spurs conversations around resilient design. GlassBuild Connect includes several impact-rated products and education sessions to help understand codes, installation challenges and plans.

2020 Industry Trends | Part 1

An in-depth look at the equipment, technology and products that shape our industry. Join us online at GlassBuild.com beginning Sept. 1 to continue the conversation. Today’s machinery is reaching a new level of maturity to further address user needs such as automation, efficiency and labor concerns.

Economic Update: Recovery is underway, but expect a slow return to normal

Leading indicators of the health of the residential construction and remodeling market send mixed signals about the economic climate, but all agree that challenges exist as the economy emerges from the coronavirus-induced recession.

Energy Code Update

The National Glass Association’s Thirsty Thursday webinar on June 18, presented by Tom Culp, Birch Point Consulting and NGA technical codes consultant, dissected some of the upcoming energy code evolutions in 2020 on a national and regional level.

Factory View: An Eye to the Future

Component and end-product manufacturers in the residential fenestration industry all seem to agree on one thing: the coronavirus pandemic and its associated effects are unprecedented and have caused businesses to alter and re-think how they operate. 

Helping is the New Selling

How to leverage Instagram and LinkedIn for sales and marketing.