October 2002

     Publisher’s Note

Got NSDJA Plans?

WELSH A lot of work, about which many of us don’t even know, goes on behind the scenes within the building products industry. This work often is done by certain individuals and certain companies that are part of associations that make an effort to improve the industry. Even the national “got milk?”® milk mustache campaign has an association behind this fight for America’s milk processors and dairy farmers, the National Fluid Milk Processor Promotion Board in Washington, D.C., and Dairy Management Inc. of Rosemont, Ill.

In our industry, I guess we could ask “got wood?” or “got doors?” or “got windows?” Associations are formed to promote an industry as a whole, not a company. In fact, many of the individuals who belong to such associations are competitors, but they feel it is vital to come together and promote their industry by setting standards, goals and solving problems—all in an effort to increase the consumption of their industry products.

Recently, I attended the summer meetings of both the Northeast Window & Door Association (NWDA) and the Wood Moulding and Millwork Producers Association (WMMPA). This month we all look forward to attending the 39th Annual Convention of the National Sash & Door Jobbers Association (NSDJA). All of these associations were designed to promote our building products industry. 

What does that mean for you? In the end, this all leads to a better product to sell and a more informed customer to which to sell.

In this issue, we are featuring the NSDJA’s annual convention. You will find helpful information on the show, including an exhibitor list, a program overview as well as information on presentations and seminars to attend (see related article on page 42). You will also be able to review many new products in the NSDJA feature—many of which will be available to view at the NSDJA show by visiting the manufacturer’s booth (see related article on page 42). 

In this world of technology where we can send a message with a push of a button, we sometimes forget how important it is to have a face-to-face meeting. We can view new products on the Internet, but nothing beats being able to use our other senses. So meet with the manufacturers, shake hands with the people you do business with daily and pick up the products in person! Plus, have some fun tasting the Texas cuisine!

Make it a great day!

Brian Welsh, Publisher

P.S. Please stop by at the NSDJA convention and say hello. Editor Samantha Carpenter and I will be in SHELTER’s Booth #908 throughout the event. 


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