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In Focus

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

200 Carrie Scheetz

Carrie Scheetz is Marketing Project Manager for Quanex Building Products. She has more than 10 years of experience in the fenestration industry, planning and executing robust, modern tradeshow and event strategies. Carrie is an expert at bringing value to both customers and sales representatives.

Contact Carrie Scheetz directly at Carrie.Scheetz@quanex.com

200 Cristina Murray

Cristina Murray is the North American Marketing Director for Quanex Building Products. An award-winning marketing leader, Cristina Murray has significant experience driving brand awareness and achieving market excellence in the B2B marketplace. She is a leader and team builder who thrives on building marketing and communications messages to drive a business.

Contact Cristina Murray directly at cristina.murray@quanex.com

200 Eric Thompson

Eric Thompson is a National Account Manager for Quanex Building Products with more than 15 years of experience specializing in vinyl window and door profiles. Eric’s high level of expertise and close relationships with customers will bring you the most relevant trends in vinyl.

Contact Eric Thompson directly at Eric.Thompson@quanex.com

200 Joe Erb

Joe Erb is a Commercial Sales Specialist for Quanex Building Products. With more than 20 years of experience, Joe drives awareness and use of high-performance glazing and framing in the commercial market through education and technical support. His technical background brings into focus the challenges and the opportunities in today’s industry.

Contact Joe Erb directly at Joe.Erb@quanex.com

200 Natalia Bubis

Natalia Bubis is the Corporate HR Manager at Quanex Building Products. She has over eight years of experience in human resources and career development, and will help you keep the pulse on today’s evolving HR and talent landscape.

Contact Natalia Bubis directly at Natalia.Bubis@quanex.com

Housing Trends: Preferences Have Changed, Energy-Efficient Windows Remain a Constant

According to the IBSx presentation “Home Trends, Buyer Preferences and Must-Have Features For 2021,” there have been some pretty big shifts in homebuyer desires since the beginning of 2020. Remote work, remote learning and living more at home have made a real impact on the housing market.

Posted: February 26, 2021 by Carrie Scheetz

Filed under: housing, IBS, insights

One Effective Way to Cut Your Lead Times

One potential solution is rethinking your in-house screens production. Making screens involves frame cutting, punching corners, frame assembly and applying screen mesh, with each of these distinct processes involving a different skilled worker.

Posted: January 28, 2021 by Guest Blogger

Filed under: screens outsourcing

Seizing Opportunity with Color Trends in 2021

As 2021 gets into full swing, there are a couple of key trends I’m looking at that I suspect will influence how window and door manufacturers can capitalize on customer demands with color. Here’s a rundown of what I’ll be watching

Posted: January 06, 2021 by Eric Thompson

Filed under: color, fenestration, windows

Staying Focused in an Unprecedented Year: Our Top Blogs of 2020

Our most-read blogs of the year reflected the hurdles of 2020 and the strides our readers were making to clear them. Whether it was staying safe on the plant floor, working through a worsening labor shortage, or continuously delivering higher-performing products, our teams shared their expertise on a variety of pressing subjects. We hope you found these posts helpful, and we thank you for your continued support.

Posted: December 17, 2020 by Guest Blogger

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Is virtual selling here to stay?

After probably more than a century, the whole home improvement sales model was blown up in an instant. While virtual selling was on the radar to some degree as a nice to have, it was not the norm. And many were not prepared right away. It took some retraining, redevelopment of marketing materials and likely a new approach to marketing.
 

Posted: December 10, 2020 by Guest Blogger

Filed under: marketing, strategies, virtual events

Taking on 2021 with Efficient Technology

If 2020 has taught us anything, it’s the value of resilience and flexibility in the face of unexpected change. It’s a lesson that we can take with us into the new year, so to better face whatever challenges and opportunities are in store as the world begins to emerge from the pandemic.
 

Posted: December 03, 2020 by Joe Erb

Filed under: commercial, fenestration, housing market, residential

Tips for Avoiding Employee Burnout

The labor shortage paired with the additional industry demands can easily lead employees to burn out. Larry Johnson discusses how to recognize it and avoid it in your organization, leading to better retention and recruiting efforts.

Posted: November 23, 2020 by Guest Blogger

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Technical Tips for More Effective Plant Floor Time Management

There have been plenty of lessons to learn as our industry navigates the challenges brought to us throughout 2020. We’ve had to fundamentally rethink our commitments to plant safety amidst the pandemic, and with markets rebounding in the second half of the year, we’ve needed to do so while ensuring quality, timely production. Meanwhile, the pandemic has amplified the severity of the labor shortage, leaving manufacturers to do more with less throughout the year.
 

Posted: November 12, 2020 by Joe Erb

Filed under: plant efficiency, plant safety, plant transformation

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