Feb. 11, 2019 - Its quite fascinating to hear Billy Taylor talk about his journey in manufacturing and how he personally has been able to impact operations while developing and refining his very real experiences in leading, not just theories! In fact, Billy has most recently Been promoted to global director for diversity and inclusion at Goodyear and in this role has the opportunity to have even more powerful impact on the success of the business.
FenCon19 attendees will be able to choose between a tour of a local fibreglass lineal pultrusion plant and a look inside Red River College's Building Envelope Technology Access Centre on March 7 in Winnipeg. On the final day of the event, attendees can board buses to OmniGlass and the college for lunch and a two-hour excursion.
FenCon19 is ALL about delivering valuable knowledge in the manufacturing process of creating superior windows and doors. We can only deliver by tapping into talent and experience and AquaSurTech’s Maria Jasminez certainly brings a huge amount of both. By a stroke of good luck, Maria has in fact spent a solid 23 years working within the door manufacturing industry while the past 4 years have held a focus on putting the finish on door panels. 
FenCon19 delegates can look forward to connecting with an experienced and highly engaged expert on cutting-edge insulating glass.  Robert Clarke, is co-founder of Southwall Industries and later Alpen, Inc., based in Denver, Colorado. He has been involved in developing leading types of insulating glass for 40 years and continues to “push the envelope” – but then he still plays ice hockey so we shouldn’t be surprised!  
High performance venting windows are becoming an increasingly important but ever more complex part of window and door manufacturing.  One of the more unique workshops at FenCon19 will burrow into some of the finer details of both “euro style” inward opening versus North American style outward venting windows.  Clearly, the greater awareness of Passiv house technology has also exposed builders and increased awareness of tilt/urn windows.  However, a limited number of North American window and door manufacturers have extensive knowledge of these products, how they are created, how they function, how they are marketed or even how they are serviced after sale.  
FenCon19 is pleased to announce thatThorwesten Maschinebau has become a Platinum sponsor. THORWESTEN is a leading manufacturer of customized machine concepts for profile machining in window and outer door production, head-quartered in Beckum in North Rhine-Westphalia.
Jan. 14, 2019 - The FENBC Technical Conference 2019 is ready to go!  The FENBC Technical Committee have put together another great program for the fenestration industry.
One of FenCon 18’s sessions surprised with the level of interest and “robustness” of the engagement in an informal follow up meeting – cold climate installation detailing. Jon Eakes invested considerable time, experience and cost to develop some unique concepts and details to execute a higher quality of effective and appropriate installation. A roomful of attendees were quite impressed with the level of detail that had been developed.  The resulting discussion ended up creating an “unplanned follow up” meeting the following day with a group including highly qualified building envelope engineers.  Months later, Jon Eakes was actively pursuing further finetuning and testing of installation concepts by way of some of Canada’s more advance technical training colleges, specifically George Brown College in Ontario and Red River College in Winnipeg.
Jan. 7, 2019 - Registration is now open for the American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) 82nd Annual Conference, to be held Feb. 25-28, 2019, in Indian Wells (Palm Springs), California, at the Hyatt Regency Indian Wells. The early bird rate is guaranteed through Jan. 28, and attendees are encouraged to book before this date. The AAMA Western Region 2019 Winter Summit immediately will follow the conference in the same location. Separate registration is required.
There is an almost continual “chatter” in the current business environment about taking advantage of AI (artificial intelligence) and there definitely are parts of software operating technologies that take advantage and deliver.  However, there are MANY examples of that journey becoming a VERY painful (millions of $ misspent?), costly and even unproductive processes.  Let’s take a quote from Jorma Vitkala, GPD Finland and slightly modify it to suit our purposes, “The idea that 'knowledge grows, as knowledge is shared' is crucial to continuing the development of deeper friendships and cooperation between all the players within the window and door manufacturing industry . . especially including the development, implementation and successful use of software technology!”
“Our competitiveness demands we exploit Lean because it is the foundation for the advanced manufacturing technology to come.” – David Hogg, ATJ Insights, FenCon19 presenter. FenCon 19 has developed a short but intense window and door manufacturing conference that is even more focused on Lean (Continuous Improvement) with even more highly qualified and knowledgeable/experienced speakers.  Let’s just take a quick look at some of the highlights in what a driven manufacturing expert will encounter.
Vern Campbell is a professional engineer with extensive experience in both the manufacturing and service sectors.  Vern spent ten years at Manitoba Hydro, first in financial planning and then leading their Strategic Planning and Quality Improvement Initiative. In 2000, he moved to Northern Blower, a 200 employee custom fan manufacturer serving the North American industrial market, initially as a consultant and then as General Manager. 
Bill Fast, retired founder of Willmar Windows and C.P. Loewen award winner, was thanked by Fenestration Manitoba at its Holiday Networking Event on Dec. 11 for his generous donation of 50 backpacks towards the association's drive to help the homeless through Siloam Mission. The donation was valued at $2,000 and led all donors. In all, FenMan collected 347 backpacks, each packed with items such as soap, toothpaste, toothbrushes, towels and other essentials to make life a little easier for Winnipeg's homeless.
The first visit to Quebec City in 36 years . . and only to find an absolutely gorgeous winter setting in old Quebec City, upper and lower! A visit to another window equipment supplier – Protomach – and a set of deeper insights into another Canadian family success story. Engagement and insights through several important Fenestration Canada committees – Technical and Fabricator Council.
Fenestration Manitoba has been spearheading the development of a short but intense manufacturing-focused conference very centrally locatedin a North American context and in a very cost-effective location, format and context.  Each of the first two years included a three-stream day of one-hour sessions with lots of focus on manufacturing, automation, continuous improvement (or Kaizen) as well as a few additional topics such as materials and finishes.  Each year also featured a keynote speaker with a focus on the future and how it will impact our manufacturing activities.  Each initial year also resulted in a very positive rating from sponsors, exhibitors and attendees.  FenCon 19 intensifies those primary elements with a few additional features and components.

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