November/December 2004

     From the Editor
        The Issue at Hand

A Convention Critique

This fall sure has been busy. I recently retuned from the Association of Millwork Distributors (AMD) Convention in Salt Lake City, and the show proved to be an educational and fun event. At the recent past conventions, I’ve heard much complaining about the low distributor attendance. While attendance did seem to be down this year, this is true universally for just about any trade show. I heard positive comments from many exhibitors that the distributors that were at the show were really interested in conducting business. 

One hot topic—as in past years—was the side-hinged exterior door standard. Sarah Rice, who is AMD’s independent code consultant, gave a very informative speech at the convention. Make sure to read more about this year’s convention and Rice’s presentation on page 23.

In this issue, SHELTER assistant editor Megan Headley has tackled a topic that is affecting the whole building supply chain—the rise in the cost of building materials. Megan researched this topic extensively, from talking with NAHB economist Michael Carliner to interviewing building product manufactures and distributors. Find out how manufacturers and distributors alike are coping with this dilemma. 

Want to know what products are “hot?” Then you’ll want to check out SHELTER’s Second Annual “Product of the Year” Awards on page 44. 

In addition find out how to contact those companies by looking them up in this year’s buyers’ guide (see page 28) published in this issue.

This is the last publication of the year, so if there’s a topic you would like to see covered next year, please send me an e-mail. I always welcome new ideas.


Samantha Carpenter, Editor


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