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If ever there was an opportunity to have a reset button, this would be the perfect time. In my column last fall, I discussed how the fenestration industry as a whole had an uneasy feeling about what was about to come. There were no clear indicators or signs, but a lot of back-room chatter suggested 2016 was going to be an “interesting” year.
Some troublesome signs are swirling around the Canadian window and door industry now, as documented by our Fit and Finish columnist, Chris Meiorin of Euro Vinyl Windows on page 13. The slump in our dollar, driven by the crash in oil prices, has made the supplies fabricators need very expensive relative to the prices we are able to charge in our domestic markets.
Mar. 3, 2016 - Empire Communities has announced that Tony Pucci has been appointed as President, Low Rise effective December 31st, 2015.
Jan. 21, 2016 - Something new is happening in the window and door industry: By the time a buyer gets to the dealer, they often know what they want. This is the result of an Internet-savvy market. Buyers familiarize themselves with product information on manufacturers’ and dealers’ websites, consult peer review and pour over discussion forums. In turn, manufacturers and dealers have been challenged with responding to a much-altered sales process.
Dec. 9, 2015 - British Columbia will be the only province expected to post growth of better than 3 per cent over the next two years. According to The Conference Board of Canada's latest Provincial Outlook, real GDP is forecast to grow 3.1 per cent this year and 3.6 per cent in 2016.
My next-door neighbour is a world-renowned neuroscientist and engineering science professor at a well-known university based in Greater Vancouver. Over dinner recently, Steve mentioned he was also acting as the temporary Dean of Science while the dean was on holidays.
You’ve all been there. “We are expecting turbulence. Please remain seated and fasten your seatbelts.” This is how many of us in the fenestration business are feeling these days. It’s not to suggest things are bad, mind you. Like a plane flying through turbulence, there’s little chance of a crash. Just an uneasy feeling of “what if.” It’s the inability to confidently walk through the cabin without faltering. Taking a cue from the pilot and economists alike: it’s sometimes safer just to stay seated, seatbelts fastened.
The total value of building permits decreased 3.7% to $7.5 billion in August, following increases of 15.5% in June and 0.7% in July (revised data). The decline was attributable to lower construction intentions in most provinces, mainly British Columbia, Alberta, Quebec and Saskatchewan.
Sept. 15, 2015 - Fortress Real Developments has issued their semi-annual Market Manuscript.
Showrooms can be a four-letter word, but if you deal with B2C, they are a necessary evil. When you see a new small business open, you can often tell whether or not they are going to make it just by how much time, effort and detail they put into their store. First impressions mean everything and if a business’s storefront or window display aren’t appealing, less people will shop there and the chance of the business failing rises.
Today the team here built a fantastic window. Three of them actually. We had a great German-engineered extrusion to work with. Steel reinforced for structural integrity. It was made by a man with over 30 years of building such windows.
Welcome to Fenestration Review’s first annual summer edition. Response to this magazine in Canada’s window and door industry has been so great that we are adding this third annual issue.
July 9, 2015 - FedDev Ontario Minister Gary Goodyear has announced a contribution of $3,227,750 to the Western Ontario Community Futures Development Corporation Association (WOCDFCA) to support the growth of small- and medium-sized enterprises in southwestern Ontario.
Contractors took out $7.8 billion worth of building permits in April, up 11.6% from the previous month and a second consecutive monthly advance. The gain in April stemmed from higher construction intentions in both the residential and non-residential sectors in Ontario.
June 9, 2015 - PyroGenesis Canada Inc. has announced that it has received a milestone payment of $385K which was due upon shipment of the first of ten powder production systems for 3D printing due under a $12.5MM contract signed last year.

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