September 2003

40 Years of Millwork

Distributors to Visit Orlando 
for the NSDJA Annual Convention

by Samantha Carpenter

National Sash and Door Jobber (NSDJA) members will want to attend the 40th annual NSDJA Convention at the Orange County Convention Center October 12-16 in Orlando, Fla.
This year’s theme is “40 Years of Millwork Magic,” playing on the fact that the organization is 40 years old this year and that Disney World is located in Orlando. 
More than 150 exhibitors will be displaying their products at this year’s convention.
Hotel Reservations
The Orlando World Center Marriott Hotel has been selected as the convention’s official hotel, serving as the NSDJA headquarters. All room reservations must be made through the NSDJA office via registration. You can attain a form by calling the NSDJA office at 800/786-7274, or you can register online at

Reservations are being accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. After registrants’ initial hotel reservations have been made, all room changes must be made directly with NSDJA headquarters until September 11, 2003.

Once rooms at the Marriott are filled, attendees will be advised of this situation on their NSDJA registration confirmation form and will then be responsible for making their own hotel reservations.

Exhibit Hall Schedule
Sunday, October 12
  3:30 to 7 p.m.                                      Exhibit Hall Grand Opening
  4 to 6:30 p.m.                                      Cocktails and Hors d’oeuvres 

Monday, October 13
  9 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.                               Exhibit Hall Open
  9 to 10 a.m.                                         All Attendees Continental Breakfast
  Noon to 1 p.m.                                    All Attendees Luncheon

Tuesday, October 14th
  9 a.m. to 1 p.m.                                   Exhibit Hall Open
  9 to 10 a.m.                                         All Attendees Full Breakfast
  Noon to 1 p.m.                                    All Attendees Luncheon

Wednesday, October 15th
  10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.                        Exhibit Hall Open
  Noon to 1:30 p.m.                               All Attendees Luncheon

Exhibitors and representatives will have access to the exhibit hall one hour prior to the scheduled opening times.

The Orlando World Center Marriott Hotel is approximately 20 minutes from the Orlando International Airport. The most economical way to travel to the hotel is by taking Mears shuttle transportation, located in the airport’s baggage claim area. The shuttle departs every 30 minutes, providing non-stop shuttle service. The fare is $16 one-way or $28 round trip per person. One day prior to your departure from your hotel you must contact Mears at 407/423-5566 to schedule pick-up service. The average taxi fare varies from $30-$50 for a one-way trip. 

Exhibit Hall
If you plan on attending, be sure to bring your walking shoes, as the convention will take up more than 187,000 square feet of exhibit space. The Orange County Convention Center is approximately a 15-minute bus ride from the hotel. 

Important Information 
for Non-Members

If you are planning on attending the National Sash and Door Jobbers Association (NSDJA) convention and are not a member, you may be eligible to attend as a non-member. To qualify to attend, your must be a jobber who primarily sells millwork building products at the wholesale level through either one-step or two-step distribution, be a manufacturer of millwork products or a manufacturer’s representative. You must have one current NSDJA jobber member verify in writing that you qualify before your registration form can be finalized.
To expedite the non-member registration process, check out the association’s website at for the listing of current jobber members. Pre-registration is strongly encouraged as registering on-site as a non-member will result in delays and possible non-admittance should you not qualify to attend.

Retailers, contractors and builders are not eligible to attend. Architects who present a business card may visit the exhibit hall only on Wednesday, October 15, 2003. The NSDJA convention is not open to the public.

There will be cash drawings in the exhibit hall during most sessions, and attendees must be present to win. Attendees will receive one ticket for each exhibit hall session, and are asked to deposit tickets at the NSDJA booth. 

Exhibitors will include many millwork companies (see the full exhibitors list in sidebar below).

NSDJA Convention Exhibitors

A&H Windows, 205 
Alexandria Moulding Inc., 746 
American Pine Products, 1049 
American Stairways Inc., 251 
Ameriwest/Tempo Division, 459 
Arauco Wood Products, 352 
Architectural Ornament, 1159 
Architectural Prod. 
by Outwater, 1209 
Arrow Door Co., 1141 
Ashley Norton Inc., 1219 
Astro Plastics 645 
B.W. Creative Wood 
Industries, 809 
Baltic Lumber & Moulding 132 
Bid Master Inc., 1147 
BMI/Broco Doors, 111 
Border Timbers Int’l, 861 
Bright Wood Corp., 1058 
Brite Manufacturing Inc., 952 
Buffelen Woodworking Co., 504 
Builders Automation 
Machinery Co., 119 
Burns Morris & Stewart, 904 
C & S Door Corp., 819 
C.R. Laurence Co., 1010 
Cal-Royal Products Inc., 518 
Caoba Doors, 1152 
Cargotec Inc., 1205 
Cascade Wood 
Products Inc., 1039 
Century Architectural 
Specialties, 1245 
Century Industries Inc., 1120 
Architectural Products, 1014 
Coffman Stairs/Visador Co., 345 
Color Guard-Div. of 
Polyvinyl Co., 142 
Columbia Aluminum 
Products, 112 
Combination Door Co., 420 
Comercial Corza S.A., 1059 
Computer Associates Inc., 559 
Consolidated Fiber/
Bolection Door, 319 
Contact Lumber Co., 918 
Manufacturing Inc., 245 
Crown Column & Millwork/Visador Co., 330 
Crown Heritage, 205 
Custom Decorative 
Mouldings, 1125 
C.W. Ohio Inc., 1035 
Dixie-Pacific, 753 
DMSi, 419 
Door and Window Maker 
Magazine, 321
Dorris Lumber & 
Moulding Co., 1019 
Dunbarton Corp.-Rediframe, 454 
E&R System Technik Inc., 859 
East Coast Moulding, 205 
Emafyl (Robobond) Ltd., 1134 
Endura Products Inc., 945 
Enrique R. Zeni & Co., 148 
Exclusive Wood Doors, 958
Ferche Millwork, 405 
Fini U.V. International, 1223 
Fitts Industries, 1045 
Flex Trim, 1140 
Forshaw of St. Louis, 1148 
Friedman Corp., 228 
Frontier Building Products, 1213 
Frontline Building Products, 759 
Full House Co., 953 
G-M Wood Products, 214 
Generation 4 Sales 
& Marketing ,138 
Glasscraft Door Corp., 613 
Global Door Controls Inc., 659 
Gossen Corp., 1053 
Hager Hinge Co., 805 
HB&G Building Products Inc., 545 
Heritage Veneered 
Prod.-Woodport Doors, 1005 
Holm Industries, 960 
House of Forgings, 144 
Imperial Products, 139 
Ind. Y Serv. Deco 
Chile Ltda., 115 
Infinity Glass Int’l (IGI 
S.A. De C.V.), 1241 
Intek Plastics Inc., 421 
Jeld-Wen, 668 
Karona Inc., 318 
Kenyon’s Stained Glass 
Factory, 464 
Kitchen Kompact Inc., 317 
Koch & Co., 355 
Kolbe & Kolbe Millwork Co., 905 
KVAL Inc., 411 
L.E. Johnson Products Inc., 621 
L.J. Smith Inc., 758 
Ledco Inc., 324 
Lemieux Doors Inc., 853 
Lynden Door Inc., 359 
Macklanburg-Duncan/Ultra Industries, 651 
MAi Wood Doors & 
Stair Parts, 705 
Majure Data, 418 
Marvin Windows & Doors, 145 
Marwin Co., 1251 
Masonite International 
Corp., 745 
Memphis Folding Stairs, 520 
Menuiserox Inc., 1227 
Menzner Lumber & 
Supply Co., 450 
Montealban Doors, 151 
Norfield Ind., 445 
Novatech Glass Inc, 551 
Novell Doors Inc., 106 
ODL Inc., 711 
Old Country 
Woodturning Ltd.,1221 
Pacific MDF Products Inc., 221 
Parrett Manufacturing Inc.,759 
Peachtree Doors &
Windows, 451 
Peak Auctioneering, 1138 
Pemko Mfg. Co,. 253 
Penrod Co., 351 
Pittsburgh Corning Corp., 1017 
Plastpro 2000 Inc., 465 
Polincay Export, 105 
Precision Architectural 
Products, 959 
Railing Dynamics Inc., 658 
Ritescreen Co., 1011 
Roland Boulanger & Cie, 225 
Royal Mouldings, 1131 
Ruvo/Merrick Machine Co., 140 
Seemac Inc., 647 
Setzer Forest Products, 414 
SHELTER Magazine, 321 
Sierra Pacific Ind., 913 
Sierra Pine Ltd., 210 
Simms Machinery Inc., 619 
Simpson Door Co., 519 
Sincol U.S., 213 
Stanley Doors, 305 
Steves & Sons Inc., 919 
Sunset Moulding Co., 744 
Swartland Doors, 1104 
Taylor Building Products, 1105 
Terranova Forest 
Products Inc., 1153 
The Loxcreen Co., 911 
Therma-Tru Corp., 505 
Timely, 219 
TLC Mouldings, 133 
Trinity Glass/Signamark 
Door, 1025 
Trustile Doors Inc., 328 
Tucker Millworks Inc., 259 
Uniarte S.A., 159 
Universal Wood Products, 1144 
Vest-Wood Danmark A/S, 1255 
Vetter Windows & Doors, 451 
W & F Manufacturing Inc., 104 
Weaber Inc., 315 
Weather Shield 
Windows & Doors, 232 
Western Reflections, 719 
White River Hardwoods, 229 
Window & Door Magazine, 1217 
Wise Corp., 1111 
Wood Moulding & Millwork Producers Assn., 350 
Woodfold Marco Mfg., 644 
Woodgrain Millwork Inc., 235 
WoodWare Systems, 813 
Worldwide Door 
Components Inc., 1119 
Young Manufacturing Co., 718

Dress & Climate
The attire for the convention will be business casual with the exception of the exhibit hall grand opening, which is business attire. The average daily temperature in Orlando for the month of October is a high of 82° Fahrenheit and a low of 66° Fahrenheit.

Exhibitors at this year’s show will display everything from doors and windows to moulding and machinery. There is much to do in the Orlando area during non-exhibit hours, and the NSDJA has set up a number of optional tours.

If you are a cooking entrepreneur, then you should take the Ming Court gourmet Chinese cooking class. The class is $55 per person and is being held Sunday, October 12, from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Looking to make that perfect gift for someone special? The bead stringing and crimping class is Sunday, October 12, from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. At $48 per person, attendees can jump-start their creativity, learn how to wire wrap their favorite beads and go home with a bracelet and matching earrings. This class will be held at the Orlando World Center Marriott Hotel.

If you are tired of all the hustle and bustle and need some peace, visit the Harry P. Leu Gardens and have high tea. This tour is $55 per person and is being held Monday, October 13, from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Harry P. Leu offers nearly 50 acres of peaceful grounds of “Old Florida” for your enjoyment. Take a guided tour of the Leu House Museum, a restored late 19th-century home that began as a Florida farmhouse. The gardens encompass miles of paced scenic walkways that take you through garden settings.

You can give your feet a rest during the Historic Winter Park tour with lunch at the Park Avenue Café. On Wednesday, October 15, from 10:45 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., enjoy a one-hour scenic boat tour sailing through 12 miles of beautiful lakes and canals. Sights include Southern mansions, historical Rollins College, Kraft Azalea Gardens, Isle of Sicily, tropical birds, plants and flowers. Guests will tour the Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art, housing the world’s most comprehensive collection of Tiffany Leaded Favrile Glass. Then have lunch at the quaint Park Avenue Café. 

Are you a shop-a-holic? Then take the “Shopping in Style” tour for $18 per person on Wednesday, October 15, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

You’ll begin your shopping experience at the Premium Outlet Mall, which is home to Coach, Banana Republic, Guess, Dooney & Burke, Versace and Donna Karan, to name a few. Then it is on to Point Orlando, located on International Drive, where you can take a leisurely stroll through the complex, enjoy lunch on your own and peruse through FAO Schwartz, the Armani Exchange, Chico’s and Victoria’s Secret.

Eating Out
There are plenty of scrumptious places to eat in the Orlando area. Here are some suggestions on where to dine during non-convention hours.

Cap’N Jack’s Restaurant is a nautical restaurant adjacent to the lagoon near Downtown Disney Marketplace that serves fresh seafood dishes. New England clam chowder is one of the restaurant’s best dishes, as well as its grouper and tuna dishes. Non-seafood eaters can enjoy the beef fillet, baked into a pastry crust and served with a morel sauce, or the savory, barbecued pork ribs with red-skinned mashed potatoes. You can make a reservation at Cap’N Jack’s by calling 407/939-3463.

If Northern Italian food fits your fancy, then dine at Christini’s, located at 7600 Dr. Phillips Blvd. in Orlando, probably the best Italian restaurant in the area. Restaurant favorites include pasta with lobster, shrimp and clams or the veal chops, seasoned with fresh sage. The multi-course dinner often takes a couple of hours or more, but if you like Italian minstrels at your table, this place should please you. To contact Christini’s, call 407/345-3770.

Enjoy a piano player and vocalist as well as knife-wielding sushi chefs who prepare world-class sushi and sashimi at Kimonos, located at the Epcot Resort area. The restaurant is also known for its steamed dumplings stuffed with pork, as well as its Japanese-spin on a soft-shell crab. For reservations, call 407/934-3000.

Located at 729 Lee Rd., Del Frisco, a quiet steak house, is one the locals enjoy. The menu is simple: T-bones, porterhouses, filet mignons and seafood, such as Maine lobster, Alaskan crab and lobster bisque. Bread is baked daily at the restaurant, and the restaurant boasts of its bread pudding.

If you are a lover of Latin food, the Latin Quarter, located at Universal Orlando at 6000 Universal Blvd., is the restaurant for you. Cuisines from 21 Latin nations are on the menu, as is a wide selection of South American beers. Good entrée choices include churrasco (skirt steak), puerco asado (roasted pork), pollo rostistado (slow-roasted chicken) and an outstanding fried snapper with tomato salsa. Most main dishes come with black beans and rice. Best bets for dessert are the crepes and the mango and guava cheesecakes. To contact the restaurant, call 407/363-5922.

When you think of Florida, you may think of Jimmy Buffet, so what better place to dine than Jimmy Buffet’s Margaritaville (also located at Universal Orlando)? You’ve got your cheeseburger, of course, your Ultimate Margarita. The rest of the menu is an eclectic mix of quesadillas, chowder and crab cakes, a tasty fried-fish platter and stone-crab claws. Worthy dessert choices include the Last Mango in Paradise cheesecake, the key lime pie and a tasty chocolate bread pudding. 

To make a reservation, call 407/224-9255.

Please look to the October issue of SHELTER for further information on the convention, including convention speakers, selected events, an exhibitor product showcase and an interview with incoming NSDJA president Brian McIlwee. 

Samantha Carpenter is the editor of SHELTER magazine.




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