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.
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
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.
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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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
2020 has been a wild ride for everyone. But as we look toward the end of the year, we’re seeing some signs of stability, at least compared to earlier in the year. Specifically, demand has come back strong in the residential housing market, and looks to remain that way into 2021. Eric Thompson shares his thoughts on the what qualities to look for in your vinyl supplier.
Posted: November 05, 2020 by Eric Thompson
Filed under: customer, vinyl, windows
Getting ready for new equipment installation takes preparation, and perhaps most importantly, it requires getting your shop floor workers on board and ready for the benefits automation can help them achieve. Here are a few things to think about to best prepare your entire workforce for what to expect.
Posted: October 29, 2020 by Joe Erb
Filed under: automation, industry, manufacturing
Tradeshows are cancelled. Sales meetings are moved to a virtual format. The office mingling and chatter that was once a typical part of your daily routine most likely no longer exists. As many of us have had to shift to a much more digital-forward way of working, it can feel like networking and initiating new professional relationships are put on hold.
Posted: October 21, 2020 by Carrie Scheetz
Filed under: LinkedIn, social, strategies
Many of us are working, teaching and finding respite in our homes. With that, comes the inevitable survey of the space we have to fit our new way of living. While the uncertainty of the spring months caused a downturn, or pause, in the housing market, things have more than recovered.
Posted: October 15, 2020 by Guest Blogger
Filed under: housing, market, residential