Toronto Welcomes the Door and Window Industry
A Preview to Win-Door 2010
For the 16th time, the Canadian Window and Door Manufacturers Association
(CWDMA) will host the annual Win-Door in Toronto, this year under the
theme “One Show. The Entire Industry. Serious Business.”
The 2010 event is set for November 16-18 at the Metro Toronto Convention
Centre, South Building, Hall E. The more than 3,500 visitors expected
to attend will find 100,000 square feet for more than 150 exhibitors.
Patrick Shield, show manager for Win-door, says organizers are expecting
a reasonably healthy crowd, particularly as the Canadian and high-end
renovation market continues “buzzing along.” Shield notes that a healthy
number of U.S. attendees, especially from the New England area, are expected
alongside Canadian attendees.
Just what will those expected attendees see at this year’s show?
Attendees who haven’t seen impact testing previously will have an opportunity
for just that as this year’s event will feature demonstrations of blast
testing on-site. Attendees also will be able to watch air and water testing
via video and then follow up with on-hand experts at the convention center.
For starters, the Insulating Glass Manufacturers Alliance (IGMA) will
be answering attendees’ questions about insulating glass in booth #1931.
According to executive director Margaret Webb, the association will be
offering technical presentations on a wide variety of topics as part of
its “Ask the Experts” exhibit.
Ron Crowl, president of Aurora, Ohio-based Fenetech Inc., says his company
will exhibit in booth #1913 in order to reach “progressive, forward-thinking
glass, door, sunroom and window fabricators looking to improve the efficiency
of their operations.” He notes that trade shows are an important component
to Fenetech’s growth strategy. “A well rounded marketing and promotion
campaign consists of being where the customers are,” Crowl says.
At Win-door, the company will showcase its FeneVision ERP Version 7. The
updated software was designed in accordance with the Microsoft Windows
7 operating system and expanded with new functionalities: new production
scheduling and auto-batching, business intelligence, enhanced capacity
planning and contractor to dealer online ordering tools, as part of the
company’s web center.
A number of machinery companies have signed on with “fair-sized booths,”
according to Shield. Among them is Erdman Automation Corp. in Princeton,
Minn. Jessica Erdman says the company will be looking to reach door and
window manufacturers, insulating glass producers and commercial glaziers
who pre-glaze panels prior to field installation at the show. She adds
that booth #2027 will highlight the company’s “newest developments in
insulating glass production and sealing, in addition to our glazing and
handling equipment specifically designed for the growing unitized or pre-glazed
commercial window market.”
Erdman says the company has “long served the Canadian window, door and
glass market and recognizes its economic strength and viability.
Yet there are many customers who may be unaware of Erdman or some of our
new equipment innovations and offerings.” Exhibiting at Win-door allows
the company to interact with this customer base and continue to build
Representatives of Edgetech I.G. in Cambridge, Ohio, are planning to showcase
new products and new partnerships, while holding interactive, live demonstrations
at booth #2031.
“We’ll cover everything Edgetech 360 has to offer, including quality assurance,
specialized equipment solutions, technical service, creative marketing
support and a wide range of high-performance products that contribute
to the energy efficiency, durability and quality needed to meet today’s
standards,” says Erin Johnson, marketing director. “But, we’ll also have
a few surprises in store for our customers that they won’t want to miss.”
Show attendees also will be able to attend the CWDMA annual fall meeting
with technical updates on codes and Energy Star updates, the CWDMA economic
forecast and business seminars, in addition to those demonstrations on
the show floor.
The show’s keynote, Bob Langdon, returns this year with two presentations:
Maximizing Profitability in a Recovering Economy and Strategic Planning
for Your Business. Langdon, a CPA and author, will deliver information
aimed at helping attendees to design and implement strategies that will
allow them to differentiate themselves in today’s competitive market.
Both presentations are free with admission badge and will take place November
17 in the Education Pavilion, located on the show floor.
Three other industry speakers will appear at the show to bring attendees
important news and updates on technical programs, standards and guidelines
affecting the industry. Jeff Baker, CWDMA technical consultant, kicks
things off November 17 at 9 a.m.—prior to show opening—to deliver updates
on new code requirements, NAFS testing requirements for doors and upcoming
changes in the building code and NAFS that window manufacturers will need
to meet to achieve compliance with the new building code.
The morning of November 18 brings Steve Hopwood, Natural Resources Canada
Energy Star account manager. Hopwood will cover what’s new in the upcoming
October 2010 specification, present tips on how to label for Energy Star®,
discuss some of the do’s and don’ts on submitting model information and
take a look into the future to outline possible changes for the future.
Later that same day, Miles Murphy, CSA standards product manager, will
cover the development of the first Canadian program to certify installers
of doors, windows and skylights nationally. Known as the FIT Personnel
Certification Program, the initiative has been developed to support the
need for quality installations that meet industry standards and best practices.
Having designed the scope, requirements and certification market, the
program is currently focusing on defining the job practice domain as a
foundation for competency measurement and certification. The certification
program is expected to be launched early in 2011.
Rounding out the roster is a “Power Hour” breakfast presentation from
a Canadian economist who will provide a forecast of what industry members
and the Canadian economy can expect over the next 12 months. More information
about the event is available online at www.windoorshow.com.
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