Volume 45, Issue 8 - October  2006

A Roundup of Millwork Products

From doors to windows, from columns to railings, from stair parts to treads, from door and window components to screens—all these products and more will be on display at this year’s Association of Millwork Distributors (AMD) convention. Make sure you can ride with the best cowboys in the millwork business and find out what’s new on the building products horizon. Here’s a roundup of some of the products you’ll be able to see.

SOFTWARE

Booth #1410: Graphical Software on Display
WoodWare Systems of Memphis, Tenn., will demonstrate new software and technology capabilities at the AMD Convention. Demonstrations will include new graphical, point-and-click, windows-based modules running on a full relational database platform. WoodWare has enhanced its business software applications for companies that prehang doors and sell doors, windows and millwork products significantly. These modules include sales order entry, quoting, inventory control, purchasing, accounting, RF barcode modules and much more. 

Among the other software solutions on display are the WoodWare WebConnect™ modules for Internet inquiries, quoting and ordering. The WoodWare WebConnect™ modules include: customer and sales rep inquiries and look-ups, configured order-entry and quoting and more. 

Booth #1211: Agility Software Adds Exciting Features

Omaha, Neb.-based DMSi’s Agility is the industry’s first Windows-based software solution developed from scratch specifically for millwork and building material distributors. New additions recently have been added to Agility’s millwork software suite to compliment its core benefits.

CAFÉ is a rules-based, graphical configuration engine designed to eliminate errors, reduce data file maintenance and speed up entry of configured units on quotes and orders. 

The manufacturer says millwork distributors can take a huge cut out of warehouse and shop costs.

The real-time, wireless barcode scanning modules of mobile picking and mobile physical inventory eliminate data entry errors and save time by sending counts directly into the system.

Millwork Window interfaces to major window manufacturers allow a seamless integration to the chosen manufacturer.

Booth #1700: Decrease Operational Costs
Friedman Corp. of Deerfield, Ill., offers integrated enterprise software solutions that focus on the dimensional configuration needs of the door, window and millwork industry. Friedman’s says its ERP solution, Frontier, offer improved responsiveness to customers; reduced order cycle times; increased speed of production; access to real-time data and eBusiness solutions; tighter inventory control; enhanced order-entry processes; smarter business management; and decreased operation costs.

Booth #1019: Seeking a Software Solution
LJI Technologies of Palm Harbor, Fla., assists millwork, pre-hung door and building material companies in seeking a solution to their business software requirements.

Lumberjack Software is a custom relational database program, designed to meet the inventory and accounting software requirements with speed and efficiency, according to company information.

More than 2,000 features combine to offer company owners, managers and employees a tool to perform daily procedures. System reporting helps business owners manage inventory, purchasing and receivables to control.

Booth #1920: Discover Vital Trends
Smithfield, R.I.-based Computer Associates’ (CAI) Ponderosa ERP software solution for building materials and millwork distributors is a Windows-based software system that automates and optimizes all business functions.

At this year’s AMD Convention, CAI will demonstrate the new Ponderosa’s BI Module, the next-generation of business intelligence (BI) capability. The module uses pre-defined key performance indicators (KPI)—quantifiable measurements that reflect the critical success factors of an organization—that are displayed as intuitive dashboard objects to help you measure progress toward organizational goals and diagnose its overall health. This business analysis model lets you monitor performance with both a high-level view while providing the ability to drill down into the granular details. Results can be printed as reports, saved as Adobe PDFs, sent to Microsoft Excel or copied into other Microsoft Office applications.

DOOR COMPONENTS
Booth #1601: A New Rot-Resistant Door System
G-M Wood Products of Newaygo, Mich., offers a new rot-resistant door system—DURA-FRAME®—to the building products industry. The product is made of Alaskan yellow cypress, which the company says is one of the planet’s most durable and rot-resistant woods, and is finger-jointed to the bottom of Russian red pine frame component.

DURA-FRAME® is end-sealed with DURA-SEAL® and primer coated with DURA-PRIME®, the company’s exclusive coatings. According to the company, the door system also has superior paint and stain adhesion, superior construction for long-lasting durability and is a great value. DURA-FRAME® products include doors jambs, brick mould, mull posts, mull casing, and custom components—all of which are covered by DURA-FRAME®’s limited lifetime warranty.

In addition, G-M Wood Products offers a wide variety of primed and stain-grade door frame components, making them a “one-stop” supplier to the distribution market, according to company information.

Booth #806: A Nail-Less Door Frame System
Royal Mouldings of Marion, Va., will display the Proframe Plus™, a nail-free exterior door frame system without exposed surface nails. The system, engineered for both traditional and fiberglass doors, has a unique moisture barrier alignment tongue which unites the door frame to the brick mould with a “positioning fin” that is co-extruded to the brick mould. Proframe Plus is available with a factory-applied Readi Finish® and is now available in a new “stainable” version. Manufactured with patented NO ROT® technology, the product resists mold growth and maintains its low-maintenance benefits.

Booth #1216: It’s Not a Door Without Endura
At the 2006 AMD Convention, Endura will illustrate at its booth how “It’s Not a Door Without Endura” proves true in real-world situations. New to Endura this year are FrameSaver® frames and film-wrapped weatherstrip and Simple Solution™ pads. 

Endura has made it easy to protect both the weatherstrip and Simple Solution pad from painting mishaps. Now you can leave it in. 

Removing and replacing weatherstrip and corner pads during painting often results in gaps, damaged weatherstrip and improperly applied or lost corner pads. Endura now provides a protective plastic film covering to weatherstrip and Simple Solution corner pads, which allow these components to be left in place during painting of exterior frames and doors. Simply remove the film when painting is complete.

Endura will showcase the SureSill™ Sloped Sill Pan, which features a sloped channel plate to drain away water from beneath the sill. Another feature of the sill pan is that the channel plate can be cut to variable lengths and interlocking end caps can easily be applied on the jobsite. 

In addition, Endura will showcase its Force 5™ door systems and its Z-Series no-rot all composite sills.

Booth #2116: Your Guard is Up with Jamsill
The Jamsill Guard™ is a sill pan flashing for exterior doors and windows designed to prevent water damage from door and window leaks. The Talent, Ore.-based company says the product is injection-molded of high impact polymers that will not deteriorate over time.

Inexpensive and easy to install, the company says the Jamsill Guard’s design is user friendly, and its three-piece telescoping design allows the installer on-site adjustability to fit all rough openings and is bonded together in the field with PVC cement. It’s available in seven different depths to accommodate most door and window applications in either 2 by 4 or 2 by 6 construction and is not visible after installation.

Booth #1421: Door Protection and Packaging Solutions
In response to customer demand, Doorframer Inc. of Arbuckle, Va., has launched two additional products to complement its CL3 closure clip: the 2 ¾-inch backset closure clip (CL-5) and the split jamb closure clip (CL-4). 

With a reinforced plastic molded construction, the CL-5 fits all 2 ¾-inch backset doors, specifically, and heavy entry doors from manufacturing through installation. 

The CL-4 is installed on the pre-hung door prior to the application of the casing. Similar to all Doorframer closure systems, the CL-4 is a one-piece part, secured by staples into the jamb. All three closure systems securely fit both 5/8-inch and 11/16-inch jamb widths, delivering high-performance quality and ease of installation, according to company information. 

STAIRS AND STAIR COMPONENTS

Booth #1621: See Stair Software Demo
Fitts Stairs of Tuscaloosa, Ala., will demonstrate StairVision’s StairCon v3.4 at its booth at the AMD Convention. 

“We are excited to be joined in our booth by StairVision who will be showing this revolutionary stair software,” says Boyd Winkler, director of national sales and marketing for Fitts Stair Components. “This software potentially can provide a distributor, builder and homeowner with a rendering of their staircase—with finite details like stair part turnings—before construction has begun.” 

The StairCon product will design stairs showing Fitts Stair Parts that can be added to the program’s 3D database for the purpose of sales visualization, parts take off and associated staircase manufacturing. 

Booth #1500: Young’s Tread Keeps It Tight
Young Manufacturing Inc. of Beaver Dam, Ky., has developed and patented a Moisture Compensating Return® tread. 

Constructed of either red oak or poplar, the company joins classic design with its tongue-and-groove construction that alleviates stress and gaps by allowing the tread to slide along the groove instead of separating from the return. The company’s special fastening and adhesion design completes the exclusive patented features to resist joint gaps. 

DOORS

Booth #834: The Country or Western Look
Masonite’s new Cheyenne™ two-panel plank smooth interior doors feature a panel profile and beaded planks, which, according to the Tampa-based company, create the perfect rustic, country or western look. 

Cheyenne is available with the company’s patented Safe ‘N Sound® solid core construction for additional privacy and safety. 

Booth #1307: Sliding Patio Doors with Dual-Action
The RiteScreen Co. of Elizabethville, Pa., will feature the Deuce at this year’s AMD Convention. The Deuce is a dual-action sliding patio door screen system featuring two active screens, which are designed to bypass each other and latch for added convenience. The Deuce system is easy to operate and provides reliable performance. You can also customize your application using any of the company’s seven patio screen frames, which are available in a variety of colors. 

The system is available in either a top-hung roller or standard dual-track roller configuration. The Deuce dual-sliding patio screen system is the perfect option for double French in-swing doors, according to the company.

Booth #2109: Luvipol Offers “Wow” Appeal
Luvipol Puertas of Spain manufactures products ideally-suited for custom homes, upscale condominium projects and the hospitality industry. The company also offers interior, fire-rated and exterior doors along with machining capabilities and complete factory finishing.

Utilizing different technologies, the company says its doors are engineered for strength and stability and utilize a unique veneering application that incorporates book-and-mirror-matched veneers to create balance, symmetry and “WOW” appeal. 

Booth #2016: New Interior Door Styles Now Available
Atlanta-based Masisa USA announces the availability of new interior door styles that will be exhibited in the company’s booth. Masisa USA has also published a new, comprehensive door catalog illustrating its complete door product line, with technical drawings, dimensions and finishing instructions.

Masisa USA’s four door collections are designed to accommodate customers’ individual preferences and architectural perspectives. Collections include the Presidio collection of clear pine or primed medium-density fiberboard (MDF) French doors; the Andinos collection of clear pine doors; the Santa Fe collection of knotty pine doors; and the Prairie collection of primed MDF doors.

Booth #1710: See the Biltmore Collection and More
MAi of Wylie, Texas, will showcase a variety of doors. The company will have some displays of its Biltmore Door line, which is the sole door line licensed to market under the Biltmore Estate For Your Home product group. The company will also show its most popular line, the Alpine series, with its distinctive, naturally-distressed Andean walnut wood and wide variety of accessory options. 

In addition, MAi will showcase the new addition to its Delta Regency line of mahogany paired true-divided-lite arch-top doors.

Booth #1800: Get the Iron Look
GlassCraft Door Co. of Houston will have on display its Iron Inserts®, available in two sizes and including a full-lite insert for a 6-foot 8-inch tall door, and a full-lite insert for an 8-foot tall door. Three different wrought iron designs are available for each of the two insert sizes.

An iron insert is mounted in a fiberglass or steel door using the same cut-out size and shape, and in a similar manner as is currently used with decorative glass inserts.

Three different glass textures are available for the insulating glass panel installed into the Iron Insert. The iron insert also may be ordered without any glass panel. The glass panels are double-thick insulating glass units (IGU). Both glass lites in the IGU are tempered safety glass. Available glass textures in the IGU include clear glass (no texture), rain glass and fluted glass.

The company will also have on display its Estancia Series® of knotty alder doors. These doors are available in a wide range of architectural styles from Southwestern or Texas Hill Country Estate to Tuscan, Tudor or Mediterranean.

Choose from six finish colors in both the company’s standard and distressed finish options. The solid Estancia Series doors—those without decorative glass panels or wrought iron—are available with a decorative and functioning “speakeasy” with a choice of wrought iron grilles, or with “v-grooving” and “clavos” on the panels to give an old-world, wood-plank look.

Booth #1616: A Versatile Door
Introduced in early 2006, the Corvado™ interior door from Chicago-based CMI features a two-panel, square-top plank design that resembles a classic Shaker-style door. With its unique architectural details and smooth surface, the Corvado door complements a broad range of home décors, from rustic to contemporary. The Corvado has a groove and modified sticking profile and is available in standard 6-foot 8-inch and 7-foot heights and in passage widths from 1-foot 6-inches to 3 feet. Bifolds are available for most standard openings from 2 to 6 feet. 

Booth #1203: Excellent Lead Times
Buffelen Woodworking, located in Tacoma, Wash., currently stocks several wood species: knotty alder, cherry, maple, mahogany, oak, clear and knotty pine, just to name a few. The company says its lead times are excellent, and its standard catalog doors in the above-mentioned species are produced in standard three-to-four-week lead times with true custom doors taking only an additional one to two weeks. 

The company produces true-radius, common-arch, as well as 2-1/4-inch doors. 

Booth #822: Producing Molded Doors
Polincay of Santiago, Chile, is a manufacturer of ultralight medium-density fiberboard Jesso-primed mouldings. The company offers many different custom-built profiles for individual needs.

It also manufactures finger-joint raw and primed mouldings, and it expects to manufacture MDF molded door skins for the U.S. market by the end of this year.

DECKING AND RAILINGS

Booth #1105: Low-Maintenance and Beautiful
Since 1989, Railing Dynamics Inc. (RDI) of Egg Harbor Twp., N.J., has been manufacturing vinyl building systems throughout the country. RDI manufactures Endurance© original rail and deck rail product lines in a variety of styles, colors and accessories. RDI also offers Strata©, a new innovation in decking technology.

New for 2006 is the Novaline© railing system, which uses a patented, oriented long-strand wood fiber-plastic composite technology. This new system is durable, beautiful and has endless versatility, according to company information.

Booth #1520: Railing System That’s Strong
Gadsden, Ala.-based Dixie-Pacific’s™ QuickRail™ railing system has been redesigned for strong performance, according to a company release.

Virtually maintenance-free, QuickRail components are made from a unique combination of materials and system design. With its multi-layered composite formula, this system is ideal for harsh outdoor weather conditions, and will not decay, warp, fade, chip, splinter or rust. The QuickRail system is easy to install and is packaged as a complete kit with all components in a single box. 

Among other features, the system offers fast, easy installation; multi-layered composite technology; deluxe hand rail; complete kits; UV protection; white or tan color options; concealed screws; and comes with a limited lifetime warranty.

MACHINERY

Booth #1816: Serviceable by Internet
Full House Co. of Melbourne, Fla., will showcase the Marquise diamond door and jamb machine. The Marquise is equipped with the latest technology and is capable of quickly machining doors up to 8 feet tall and from 1 foot to 4 feet in width. 

Features include predrill and hinge applicators (with quick-change bowl for various screw colors) and ball-catch drills. The Marquise can also be serviced and upgraded via the Internet. 

Booth #1615: The Latest in Pre-Hung Door & Stair Manufacturing Equipment
Builders Automation Machinery Co. (BAM) of Largo, Fla., manufacturers automated equipment for the construction of pre-hung doors and prefabricated stairs. The company says its equipment can increase profits by growing output and decrease costs by using newer or upgraded equipment featuring mechanical and technological enhancements. 

The company’s pre-hung door machine 996E/TS’s features include an English to Spanish touch screen, a selection of programs and built-in self-diagnostics. The machine is outfitted with hinge applicators allowing customers the option of adding pre-drill units or to field-install the upgrade on existing machines.

Its programmable stair stringer router—CNC/MFSR—can download CAD drawings directly to the processor or manually enter data into a menu-driven touch screen. It’s fully programmable to cut any combination of box, contemporary or open stairs. 
All new and reconditioned equipment comes with a one-year BAM warranty.

Booth #2108: Wise Up with the 8800
The 8800 E-Series features touch-screen technology and automatically changes from 6-foot 8-inch to 7- and 8-foot pre-hung machining. Door hand and hinge sizes as well as lock backset are all indicated on the user-friendly monitor. Various machining options such as dead-bolt bore for door and strike jamb are also displayed, and door counters for daily and total cycles and an integrated timer keep management informed of machine usage and plant productivity.

The 8800 features a three-degree flush hinge mortising for double bevel doors; ¼-inch or 5/8 inch radius hinge routing capability; automatic width indexing for double-raised moulding; among other features.

Booth #1605: Two New Machines
Merrick Machine Co.-TRIAD/RUVO of Alda, Neb., will introduce two high-production machines.

One of the machines is the Ruvo Model 930 Hercules, which machines the door, hinge jamb and strike jamb simultaneously. Other new features of the 930 are hinge pre-drill, three-degree bevel, newly-designed router bar and frame, programmable touch-screen controls with cycle time, fault codes, bit life information and programmable lock/dead bolt bore. The machine also has 1555-4 quick change hopper-fed hinge applicators.

The second machine to be introduced is the PC-controlled Open Stringer Saw (OSS), which has two 30-inch by 80-inch tooth blades that allow operators to cut up to four stringers at a time.

Booth #1200: Get a Precise Cut
Petaluma, Calif.-based KVAL Inc.’s innovative 979-2 CNC miter trim offers cost-effective precision cutting of casing material. Pre-programmed touch-screen controls provide fast and easy adjustment for finished material lengths from 12 to 96 inches and for exacting 90- or 45-degree cuts. The touch screen also displays a comprehensive diagnostics guide to keep machine performance at its optimum and production flowing smoothly, according to company information. 

The 979-2 CNC cuts casing as wide as 5 inches and can produce up to 30 finished pieces per minute with an integrated hopper feed system. KVAL’s top-down cutting system employs a chip-out block to support the material from below, guarding against ripping and tearing.

MISCELLANEOUS

Booth #1116: The Inside Scoop
To fill key vacancies with experienced millwork employees, let Don Hall & Associates of Waco, Texas, find the person for you. For nearly 20 years, the company has worked as placement specialists within the millwork industry. The company places general managers, salespeople, administrators, supervisors and production personnel with manufacturers, distributors, dealers and custom millwork shops throughout the United States. The company’s millwork network also provides merger and acquisition services.

It also sells a unique line of environmental cleaning liquids to enhance production output. Kutter-Kleener removes resins/oils, while Evapo-Rust removes rust. The company also offers the latest technology for extending tool life: cryogenic freezing.

MOULDING AND MILLWORK

Booth #2122: BrasPine is FSC Certified
BrasPine Madeiras Ltda. of Porto Alegre, Brazil, is a finger-joint products manufacturer from Brazil. The company has an extensive line of finger-jointed pine products, including mouldings, exterior frames, split and flat jambs and more. 

Company officials say all of its products are exported to North America and Europe and are certified by the Forest Stewardship Council.

Booth #1215: Moulding Up to 18 Feet
TLC Mouldings of Willacoochee, Ga., manufactures primed medium-density fiberboard and light-density fiberboard interior mouldings. 

Lengths are available up to 18 feet, as well as raw and primed boards. Base boards are now available up to widths of 9-1/4-inch, with one profile also available in 11-1/4-inch width.

Booth #1003: Natural Wood Wrapped Mouldings
Contact Lumber Co. of Clackamas, Ore., offers a complete line of natural wood-wrapped mouldings, available in cherry, maple, mahogany, oak or any other species. According to company officials, these mouldings have a clear advantage over solid hardwood mouldings for finishing out interiors. 

The mouldings come in 14-foot or 16-foot lengths (even 18-footers on request), packaged and ready for installation with no pre-drilling. The dimensionally-stable finger-joint substrate is wrapped in defect-free real wood veneer with color uniformity the full length. Mouldings are available in virtually any profile up to 10 inches wide. Contact’s mouldings are available prefinished with a stain and/or topcoat. 

Booth #1411: Gossen Corp. Introduces Select Trimboard Line
The Gossen Select PVC Trimboard can be used for fascia, soffit, rake, frieze, window and door trim—anywhere a non-structural wood product would be used.

As with other products from the Milwaukee manufacturer, the Select Trimboard is durable and holds up against extreme weather conditions. It exceeds the 308-04 cellular PVC standard of the American Architectural Manufacturers Association, according to company information.

The trimboard is available most commonly in construction lumber dimensions. 

Booth #1033: Elegant MDF Mouldings
Prime-Line, Inc. of Hot Springs, Ark., offers Bello Fiore moulding, a full line of composite and embossed moulding that combine current medium-density fiberboard (MDF) technology with Old World elegance. 

Bello Fiore’s designs are produced from traditional patterns in the mouldings and friezes of medieval Italian architecture. An extensive line of crowns, casings, panel moulds and friezes are available.

Using embossing wheels created in Italy from Prime-Line’s exclusive designs, the embossed design is applied to an MDF profile to produce mouldings. Bello Fiore moulding is double-primed with an oil-based lacquer enamel and is ready to paint or finish with decorative applications.

Booth #1316: Mouldings in Wood and MDF
Since 1948, Sunset Moulding Co. of Yuba City, Calif., has been manufacturing moulding and millwork products and plans to display choices of both wood and Suntrim™ medium-density fiberboard (MDF) products.

Company officials believe in personal service from the time the order is placed to the time the product is delivered, according to a company release.

Booth #1510: Relax with Setzer
Come by and visit the booth of Setzer Forest Products of Sacramento, Calif., and take a load off your feet. While the company tells you how it has increased its sales by 30 percent this year and how it can be of service to you, you’ll be able to enjoy the services of the only professional foot massager at the convention.

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