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In Focus

Through its subject-matter experts and years of expertise in the fenestration industry, Quanex brings you InFocus – the premier industry blog for the latest market insights, marketing trends, association news and legislation updates.

200 Anthony Wright

Anthony Wright is the Director of Strategic Marketing & Analysis for Quanex Building Products. With more than 20 years of experience leading research projects and setting long-term business strategies for national brands, Anthony will keep you up to date on the latest market insights and how they impact your every day.

Contact Anthony Wright directly at anthony.wright@quanex.com

200 Erin Johnson

Erin Johnson is the Director of Marketing at Quanex Building Products. Erin has more than 20 years of experience in the fenestration industry and leads the global marketing and branding efforts for all of Quanex’s business units. She’ll be keeping you up to speed on marketing trends to help maximize your business.

Contact Erin Johnson directly at erin.johnson@quanex.com

200 Ric Jackson

Ric Jackson is the Director of External Affairs and Government Relations for Quanex Building Products. An active member of the NFRC and WDMA, Ric has been key in the development of industry standards and will share his extensive knowledge of the latest government regulations and forecast for the fenestration industry.

Contact Ric Jackson directly at eric.jackson@quanex.com

Continuing Hurdles for Individual Homeownership

Likely homeowners are facing an uphill battle in today’s housing market. Quanex Marketing Director Erin Johnson takes a look at some of the contributing factors.

Posted: August 17, 2017 by Erin Johnson

Filed under: trends, housing, market

Keeping Your Employees Motivated

Employee motivation is critical to overcome today’s labor challenges. Quanex’s Natalia Bubis talks about some ways to motivate employees and contribute to overall better engagement.

Posted: August 16, 2017 by Guest Blogger

Filed under: communication, employee, HR

Why Color is Driving Vinyl Window Trends

Though colored vinyl windows aren’t new, they’re becoming more prominent as PVC technology matures. Quanex’s Eric Thompson thinks there’s continued opportunity in color for forward-looking window and door manufacturers.

Posted: August 11, 2017 by Guest Blogger

Filed under: industry, vinyl, color

The Importance of Employee Recognition

Employee recognition can be a low-cost, high-impact way to boost employee engagement at your organization. Quanex’s Natalia Bubis breaks it down.

Posted: August 04, 2017 by Guest Blogger

Filed under: engagement, employee, HR

Eyes on ENERGY STAR Midway Through 2017

ENERGY STAR will survive, but with a lot less money in the coming budget year. Quanex Director of Government Relations Ric Jackson breaks down the latest news out of Washington about the popular program.

Posted: July 27, 2017 by Ric Jackson

Filed under: government, industry, ENERGY STAR

Will an Increase in Apprenticeships Help the Labor Shortage?

Some interesting news out of Washington last month, with a potential impact on the building and construction industry: President Trump signed an executive order to increase apprenticeship funding to $200 million, granting the private sector more influence in designing those programs.

In an industry where 73% of construction companies anticipate having difficulty hiring the right people this year, any initiative that may help overcome that difficulty is greeted as welcome news.
 

Posted: July 19, 2017 by Guest Blogger

Filed under: workplace, Labor Shortage, Apprenticeships, Workforce

Marketing May Have Changed, but Professional Development Hasn’t

Last week, I wrote about a few areas where marketing professionals—whether in the fenestration industry or beyond—can be looking to keep their competitive edge.

While digital marketing has made it necessary to learn new tricks you might never have thought possible when you began your career, some things have remained the same.
 

Posted: July 11, 2017 by Erin Johnson

Filed under: marketing, insights, industry, Professional Development, Leadership

Keeping Your Marketing & Communications Skills Sharp in the Digital Age

Don’t let yourself get complacent when it comes to sharpening your marketing skills. Even the most seasoned communications professionals can—and should—learn new tricks. Quanex’s Erin Johnson details some ways to stay competitive in an evolving marketing landscape

Posted: July 05, 2017 by Erin Johnson

Filed under: marketing, insights, strategies

A Different Spin on Communications in 2017

What’s big in communications so far in 2017? We’re not just talking marketing trends—Quanex Marketing Director Erin Johnson puts a different spin on the importance of communications in today’s forward thinking glass shops.

Posted: June 23, 2017 by Erin Johnson

Filed under: communication, industry, internal, 4.0

Make the Most of Your Seasonal Staff

In the fenestration industry, temporary employees are a critical part of the day-to-day work. Corporate HR Manager, Natalia Bubis shares why it's important to gain loyalty among them. 

Posted: June 19, 2017 by Guest Blogger

Filed under: employee, workplace, seasonal

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