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SAWDAC newsletter: Fall 2019

October 16, 2019  By Siding and Window Dealers Association of Canada

It was good driving weather for SAWDAC executive director Jason Neal at the annual tournament on Sept. 19. About 65 members convened at Turtle Creek Golf Club in Guelph, Ont., for a fun scramble and a delicious pork barbeque after. The putting contest raised $320 for Kids Can Play.

After surveying many dealers and manufacturers throughout Canada. the industry has a positive outlook around the end of the year and into 2020.  A majority of our membership are forecasting a modest increase in sales for the back half of 2019. Dealers and manufacturers responded the most postively about sales in 2019, with almost 70 per cent of these members saying that sales would increase. This is great news especially for the Ontario region after the GreenON program seemed to have moved sales forward from the first half of the year.

Working with colleges
With this growth we keep hearing of the shortage in skilled labour to help support this growth. We get many calls at the office discussing this. We are currently trying to work with numerous colleges to integrate the Window Wise installation course into some of the programs they offer for graduates interested in the window and door industry. This is currently in the pilot stage.

Sales training
Another area we always hear about from our members is the need for qualified sales people. We will be hosting sales training seminars in the fourth quarter of 2019 and the first quarter of 2020 to help alleviate the shortage. If you would like to add your sales staff to this list, please reach out to us and we’ll make sure they are added to enhance their sales tool belt.  

Insurance benefits
SAWDAC has recently re-introduced our partnership with Federated Insurance to the membership base as they have offered some great value-added services that only SAWDAC members can receive.  Specifically, they have a legal advice service that they offer to anyone who is covered by Federated Insurance. Drop us a line if you would like to receive more information or have Federated Insurance give you a quote.


Social sawdac
Another area that SAWDAC has ramped up over the past six months has been our social media presence. We have been trying to capture as many new followers to the window and siding industry while showcasing many of our members to them. If you would like to ask questions about our social media coverage and how you can be highlighted or added please reach out to sabrina@sawdac.com  

Join the board
Looking forward to next year, our board will be looking for engaging and qualified individuals that would like to be a part of the SAWDAC board. If you have a passion to help drive the window and door industry forward in an energetic and ethical way we would love to see you add your name to the list of nominations. We will be sending out the nomination forms in late December and then sending out the voting proxies in January. If you would like to be a part of this or have any questions please email jason@sawdac.com

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