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This podcast by the Window & Door Manufacturers Association (WDMA) provides a mixture of content and analysis of the issues impacting the industry, along with engaging interviews of industry leaders, experts and analysts that will provide unique perspectives on the industry today. The podcast examines the big issues driving the window, door and skylight industry in an environment of constantly changing business conditions, political developments and consumer preferences.
||CleanEpisode 7: The Year Ahead in Congress||With the shutdown over, WDMA’s Mike O’Brien and Kevin McKenney discuss the outlook for many of the critical issues that could impact the window, door and skylight industry. From trade and tariffs to energy policy to regulatory policy and emerging state issues, Mike and Kevin discuss what the current situation is and what may have the best chances of moving forward in a divided Congress.||2/22/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 6: Proposed Canadian Fenestration Requirements; Lexington Manufacturing Interview||Jeff Inks, WDMA’s Sr. VP of Advocacy, talks with Jeff Baker of WESTLab Canada about proposed federal requirements in Canada on energy efficiency. Then, Steve Orlowski, WDMA’s Sr. Director of Standards and Technical Activities, has a conversation with David Claypool of Lexington Manufacturing about how they are fulfilling the need for engineered components in the industry and their commitment to sustainable forestry practices.||1/30/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 5: NAHB Chief Economist on the Residential/Remodeling Outlook; CDS Logistics Interview||WDMA CEO Mike O’Brien talks with NAHB Chief Economist Robert Dietz about the outlook for the residential/remodeling market. Then he has a discussion with Mike Heary of CDS Logistics about transportation issues.||12/12/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 4: Midterm Elections Discussion; RiteScreen Interview||WDMA Director of Government Affairs Kevin McKenney discusses the results and impact of the Midterm Elections with Jordan Stoick, Vice President of Government Relations for the National Association of Manufacturers. WDMA CEO Mike O’Brien has a conversation with Tom Himmel of the RiteScreen Company about trends in screen manufacturing.||11/13/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 3: AIA Chief Economist on the Commercial/Multifamily Outlook; Omniglass Interview||WDMA CEO Mike O’Brien talks with AIA Chief EconomistKermit Baker about the outlook for the commercial/multifamily market. Then he has a discussion with John Zadro of Omniglass SCT about fiberglass fenestration. The episode wraps up with a NAFTA/tariff update.||9/28/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 2: WDMA Market Study Results; Soft Tech Interview on Technology Trends||WDMA CEO Mike O’Brien discusses the results of the recent WDMA 2018 Market Studies with Brad Farnsworth of the Farnsworth Group. Then he has a discussion with Mitch Lewandowski of Soft Tech about technology trends and developments in the industry.||8/31/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 1: Trade/Tariff Discussion; Interview with HOPPE President||In this episode, WDMA CEO, Michael O’Brien, talks with the association’s Director of Government Affairs, Kevin McKenney, about all the recent trade and tariff developments in Washington, what’s ahead in Congress and the possible impact of the midterm elections. O’Brien then has a discussion with HOPPE North American CEO, Jeff Shilakis, about current trends in the industry, how his company has responded and what are some of challenges they are facing.||7/27/2018||Free||View in iTunes|