Volume 48, Issue 5 - September/October 2009
Load Your Product Arsenal
With Ammunition from the AMD Convention
When facing the current economic battle, you and your customers need as many high-quality products as possible. Make sure you stop by these exhibitors booths at the AMD Convention and discuss how these products can help you win the market share fight.
At the Top of the Game
Need a lock for a round-top door? W & F Manufacturing in Glendale, Calif., offers a multi-point locking system for a full radius round-top door. This innovation is the latest addition to the Trilennium multi-point swing door locking systems product line.
With a unique 4th locking point at the head of the door, the system pulls the top of the door tight against the weatherstrip and helps prevent thermal bow and warpage. The Trilennium system meets both security concerns and hurricane code requirements for these doors. www.wfmfg.com
Get Connected with a Smart Phone
The Ponderosa lumber, building material and millwork distribution software has been enhanced to support the next-generation of smart phones, including the Apple iPhone and BlackBerrys complete line of wireless Internet (WIFI)-enabled hand-held devices.
The Ponderosa for Smart Phones application provides anywhere, anytime access to the softwares integrated sales, inventory, production, business intelligence and accounting software. Sales representatives can enter orders, confirm inventory availability and check order status. Business owners can monitor key business performance indicators (KPIs) as graphical, easy-to read reports wherever Internet access is available.
Ponderosas browser-based interface has been scaled to provide a user experience that matches the performance, presentation and responsiveness of using the software on a PC in the office. www.caisoft.com/ponderosa
A Family Affair
Young Manufacturing in Beaver Dam, Ky., has a new addition to its tread and riser familythe NEW Young RetroTread. For easy renovation of any stairs from carpeted to premium hardwood, the NEW Young RetroTread is a possible solution. Company officials of Young, known as The Oak Millwork Folks, say they listened to the challenges in the industry, and have answered with an innovative product that represents the current needs of the stair market.
In addition to the NEW Young RetroTread, the company also offers the exclusive NEW Young RetroTread Reversible Return Nosing, making field-installed return treads simple. The entire Young RetroTread family is offered in red oak, white oak, poplar, hard maple, hickory and Brazilian cherry. www.youngmanufacturing.com
Gossen Trim Finishes the Job
Detail is everything and finishing touches like Milwaukee-based Gossen Corp.s trim, which is AAMA 308-05 certified, is available in more than 107 exterior millwork patterns, 133 exterior door and window profiles and 45 interior profiles, plus, WeatherReady Railing and WeatherReady Deck. Company officials say Gossen products are manufactured in the United States to strict industry standards, and are ARCAT green compliant for sustainable design. www.getweatherready.com
In todays business environment, converting under-performing inventory to cash in is a high priority. DMSi Software of Omaha, Neb., has recently released a new module for its BInformed business intelligence suite aimed at identifying inventory reduction opportunities.
The new BInformed inventory analysis provides interactive displays of inventory metrics and key performance indicators by item and/or vendor including turns and earns, gross margin return on investment, aging, slow movement and projected inventory positions. At a high level, you can quickly identify potential underperformance and drill-down into the specific items that should be targeted for reduction in favor of cash. www.dmsi.com
Protect Your Products from Damage
Selling and servicing Mitre Mite machines since 1994, Simms Machinery Inc. saw a need in the flat jamb market and developed its Casing Klip.
The Casing Klip clips the second hoop to the hoop nailed to the jamb without putting holes in the trim. This protects the good face of the trim from damage during shipping. www.simmsmachinery.com
Meet Your Customers Custom Needs
Do you need a door supplier that offers a number of different wood species?
Buffelen Woodworking in Tacoma, Wash., stocks 14 different species of doors to meet the custom door needs of its customers. In addition, the company produces true radius, common arch, as well as 2-1/4-inch thick doors, and will showcase its offerings for AMD attendees at the upcoming convention. Matching jambs are also available.
The full package for a custom home is offered: exteriors, interiors, bi-folds, louvers, sidelights and transoms. Custom jambs, brick molds, astragals and sills are also available.
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Bringing Beauty Outside
Sunset Mouldings in Yuba City, Calif., has products for inside and outside of the home.
Sun-XP exterior products will enhance Sunset Mouldings full line of architectural interior mouldings, which are currently available in finger-joint and solid wood along with its full line of Suntrim MDF. www.sunsetmoulding.com
Enhance Your System
WoodWare Systems of Memphis, Tenn., will be demonstrating many new enhancements to its system, including updates to WebConnect, a web access module, DeepSee, a business intelligence module (see graphic), n-Form-IT, module for customizing any printed form such as invoices and statements and WoodWares fully-functional Warehouse Management System.
In addition, the company will be showing a new browser-based front end to its relational database system. The company will be introducing new Key Performance Action workflow capabilities that allow for automated notifications based on criteria within the system. www.woodwaresystems.com
An Artists Touch
The Simpson® Artist Collection is an anthology of limited-edition door designs by select artists who were chosen for their expertise and contributions to the fields of architecture, home and building product design.
Each Artist Collection door is created with a high level of craftsmanship and complemented by a talented artists touch. The first edition is from glass artist Mark Olson and is entitled Designs on Nature. It includes six door designs from the McCleary,Wash.-based door company that are available in multiple heights and wood species. www.simpsondoor.com
Reduce Your Customers Water Risk
Generation4 Sales in Rock Falls, Ill., offers door sill pans that reduce risk of water damage to interior carpets and hardwood floors. In addition the product does not require caulking and works on conventional framing (2 x 4 and 2 x 6) and concrete constructions. Adjustable sill pans are also available.
Transoms in All Sizes
Parrett Windows and Doors in Dorchester, Wis., is a leading quality custom transom window manufacturer. With nationwide distribution, Parrett has the capacity to meet distributors needs in wood, clad-wood or cellular transom windows. A vast array of options in shapes, sizes, wood species, finishes and glazing options are available. www.parrettwindows.com
Sill Enhancement Available
Imperial Products by Homeshield offers a new sill enhancement for distributors looking to add to their sill products. The ImperiBubble is a patent-pending enhancement of the ImperiSEAL. Company officials say this newly-redesigned sealing filament provides an unparalleled degree of reliability and robustness while improving the overall performance of the worlds highest performing threshold, the 5Y. Tests have shown that the ImperiBubble increases PG ratings in certain applications by a full 10 points.
In addition, the company offers the ImperiCLAD frame is a revolutionary patent-pending composite frame system. The material consists of proprietary thermoplastic resins with a durable co-extruded top cap. The system is stocked in four colors (white, adobe, almond and bronze) and special order colors are available. The ImperiCLAD system is backed by a lifetime warranty and a $10,000 warranted installation system. www.home-shield.com
A MDF Door with a Consistent Finished Edge
Have your customers been asking for an MDF door that is stronger than what they currently offer? Door Works Co. in Huntersville, N.C., may have the answer for them.
By using a laminated construction method, Door Works manufactures doors with wood blocking buried inside the door. This multi-part construction technique allows for a consistent finished edge, greatest design flexibility and a stronger MDF door. The company is a wholly-owned family business working through the distribution channel. Company officials say its size allows the company to be responsive to customers, and its CNC machinery, tooling and engineering software enables us to meet the demands of residential and commercial markets. www.doorworkscompany.com
The One-Hour Fire-Rated Attic Stair
American Stairways Inc. in Memphis, Tenn., has the first one-hour fire-rated attic stair for residential use, according to the company. It is patent-pending and meets the International Builders Code for use in attached garages that require a one-hour rating. www.bessler.com
AMD Show Facts
When: October 7-12, 2009
Where: Marriott Riverwalk Hotel , Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center, San Antonio, Texas
Who: All those associated with the millwork industry.
Why: To network with industry professionals, view the latest products in the exhibit hall, and to hear dynamic speakers such as keynote speaker Howard Putnam, the former CEO of Southwest Airlines. Also attend seminars and workshops focused on the economy, energy, codes, the housing outlook, green, sales and much more.
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