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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.

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

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 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 Erin Johnson

Erin Johnson is the Director of Marketing at Quanex Building Products. She 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 keep you up to speed on marketing trends to help maximize your business.

Contact Erin Johnson directly at Erin.Johnson@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

The Elements of a Smart Factory

What are the critical elements of a “smart factory”? Quanex’s Larry Johnson explains that it’s more than just the technology and the components that enable the factory of the future to succeed .

Posted: August 16, 2018 by Guest Blogger

Filed under: employee, industry, Plant, transformation

More Light, Big Benefits

In a new post for In Focus, Quanex Marketing Director Erin Johnson explores why more residential and commercial spaces are working to bring more natural light inside.

Posted: August 09, 2018 by Erin Johnson

Filed under: employee, fenestration, glass, workplace

Fostering Increased Collaboration in Manufacturing

We talk a lot on In Focus about new manufacturing technology that continues to change the face of the fenestration industry. Automation and new software solutions have made today’s shop floor a different environment than the one that existed just ten years ago.
 

Posted: July 31, 2018 by Erin Johnson

Filed under: manufacturing

A Mid-year Checkup on the Housing Market

Following the housing market this summer has been a bit like riding a roller coaster. For instance: The month of May saw housing starts jump to an 11-year high, indicating that the summer busy season for construction was in full swing. The figures outperformed many expectations at the time, with starts totaling 1.35 million versus an expected 1.31 million.
 

Posted: July 23, 2018 by Anthony Wright

Filed under: housing, market, trends

Managing Time Effectively on the Plant Floor

It’s busy season, and the fenestration industry is having a healthy year. Shop floors are busy dealing with increased orders, manufacturing higher volumes, and getting orders out the door on time. Maximizing your time and what you can accomplish in every individual work day is critical to keeping the pace.
 

Posted: July 20, 2018 by Guest Blogger

Filed under: efficient, fenestration, Plant

Effectively Capitalizing with Color

I’ve written before about why window manufacturers should be paying attention to new demands for color vinyl options in the marketplace. As I noted then, alternative colors have helped some of my customers take advantage of growing regional demand in the residential, multifamily and commercial spaces.

Posted: July 17, 2018 by Eric Thompson

Filed under: color, vinyl, windows

Leveraging New Technology to Boost Engagement

There are a lot of theories out there on how to boost employee engagement. We’ve written about some of them here on In Focus in the past, but this week I want to focus on one that might at first seem counterintuitive: Automation.
 

Posted: July 12, 2018 by Guest Blogger

Filed under: automation

Notes from AIA 2018

The Quanex team had the opportunity to head to the 2018 American Institute of Architects (AIA) Conference earlier in June, and it’s always a good event to interface with a cross-section of industry influencers. Architects, developers, large glazing contractors and more were all present to learn, discuss and find new ways to meet today’s architectural challenges.
 

Posted: July 10, 2018 by Guest Blogger

Filed under: AIA, architecture

A Lesson from the History of Automation

 In a new post on In Focus, Quanex’s Larry Johnson looks at the history of automated equipment for fenestration manufacturing for a lesson on how we should be continually investigating new efficiencies on the plant floor.

Posted: July 06, 2018 by Guest Blogger

Filed under: automation, efficient, Labor Shortage

Organizing Your Plant for Maximized Efficiency

 Looking for effective ways to maximize space on your plant floor? Quanex’s John Ryba has some tips that can be applied in any window manufacturing plant.

Posted: July 05, 2018 by Guest Blogger

Filed under: efficient, Plant, transformation

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