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December 20, 2018
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Seasons Greetings from WDDA

Katie Gregg, WDDA

As 2018 draws to a close, I reflect on the accomplishments of WDDA with pride, satisfaction, and optimism. Below are a few highlights that have helped move WDDA, your business, and the window and door industry forward over the past year.    

  • We released the member-exclusive Window & Door magazine’s Top 100 Manufacturers Report: Dealer Edition and the first-ever dealer edition of Window & Door’s annual Industry Pulse report.
  • We commissioned a benchmarking study and report to provide a comparison of key metrics of window and door dealers across the nation. Highlights were presented at Window & Door Dealer Day and a full report will be available to members in March 2019.
  • We launched business education programming to provide online webinars addressing members’ top challenges in sales, marketing, lead generation, business efficiency, and benchmarking.

What Market Consolidation Could Mean in 2019

By Eric Thompson, from Window & Door magazine's The Talk...

As we roll into the new year, here’s a question I’ve pondered recently: what kind of window and door market will we see emerge after some significant consolidation throughout 2018?

Just a year ago, following a flurry of 2017 mergers and acquisitions, Window & Door forecasted 2018 to be an “open door” for some increased activity. “Consolidation in the fragmented window and door market is accelerating, in line with the broader building products industry, which has seen a record level of deals flow during the last 12 months,” wrote contributor Andrew K. Petryk of investment bankers Brown Gibbons Lang & Co. “Renewed optimism in the economy is fueling investor appetite, with acquisitive growth a primary strategy in value creation, driving an active M&A market.”

Those predictions largely bore out. A healthy economy buoyed the building and construction market throughout the year, though not without some unforeseen choppy waters relating to the ongoing trade war between the United States and China. And indeed, we saw some major M&A activity, not the least of which was the blockbuster merger between NCI and Ply Gem.


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A Legacy of Excellence: Former Dealers of the Year Share Insights

By Katie Gregg, WDDA
Window & Door

Earlier this year, the WDDA, along with Window & Door magazine, honored its 2018 Dealer of the Year recipients at a ceremony at Window & Door Dealer Day in Las Vegas. This prestigious program honors excellence in the window and door industry, and this year’s honorees represent new and innovative programs and processes.

While these stories provide new and important perspective, we also received a number of entries from previous winners that reminded us how our legacy Dealers of the Year continue to do great work that moves their businesses, as much as our industry, forward. In the spirit of the awards, we want to share some of the guiding mantras, philosophies, keys to success and secret sauces that have contributed to the longevity of a few of our former Dealers of the Year.


Steve's Windows & Doors

Get to know fellow WDDA member Steve's Windows & Doors in St. Petersburg, Florida.

The company's keys to success, according to owners Eric and Ellyn Briggs, include appreciating every customer and treating their project as a unique opportunity, and treating every employee as if they were family.






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