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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

The Three C’s of Safety

Busy season isn’t far off, and with it will come a flurry of activity on the plant floors across the country. An influx of building activity in the spring and summer means more orders, more units to be made and shipped out the door.

Posted: February 28, 2019 by Joe Erb

Filed under: safety

Preparing for the Future Is a Process

In a new blog for In Focus, Quanex’s Joe Erb discusses ways continuous improvement can be achieved at any scale.

Posted: October 04, 2018 by Joe Erb

Filed under: insights, Plant, transformation

Eliminating Headaches on the Shop Floor

Screens production is a “necessary evil” that can drag down a window manufacturer’s overall quality, productivity and profitability. Quanex’s Joe Erb explains some of the benefits of outsourcing screens in a new post for In Focus .

Posted: May 29, 2018 by Joe Erb

Filed under: Plant, screens, transformation

Three Ways to Overcome Labor Challenges

Struggling to grow your business amidst a labor shortage? Quanex’s Joe Erb breaks down a few strategies to help overcome those challenges.

Posted: May 04, 2018 by Joe Erb

Filed under: industry, Labor Shortage, Plant

Why Automation Can Boost Your Safety Commitment

Automated equipment can bring many new benefits to your plant floor—one of the most important of which is safety. Quanex’s Joe Erb explains how on In Focus .

Posted: April 17, 2018 by Joe Erb

Filed under: automation, Plant, safety, transformation

How Are You Preparing for Busy Season

Busy season is almost here—are you ready? Quanex’s Joe Erb offers a few tips to make the most of the summer months this year.

Posted: April 03, 2018 by Joe Erb

Filed under: fenestration, industry, insights

Connecting with the Artistry of Architecture

Architectural design trends are continually in flux, and glass affords significant visual appeal for structures around the world. Quanex’s Joe Erb talks about fenestration’s role in realizing aesthetic excellence

Posted: March 27, 2018 by Joe Erb

Filed under: architecture, commercial, glass

The Equality of Aesthetics and Performance

Communication and collaboration were key themes at this year’s Building Envelope Contractors (BEC) Conference in Las Vegas. Quanex’s Joe Erb highlights these and other takeaways on In Focus.

Posted: March 19, 2018 by Joe Erb

Filed under: building, glass, industry, insights

Navigating New Frontiers in Manufacturing

Over the past few years, we’ve been monitoring and writing about how automation has affected the fenestration industry. High-speed lines for IG automation have transformed the way we can think about producing high volumes of finished products. Semi-automated lines, meanwhile, have helped manufacturers gain new efficiencies for a more modest investment.

Posted: February 27, 2018 by Joe Erb

Filed under: automation, manufacturing, Workforce

After Busy Season, Catch Up on Some Critical Maintenance

With the winter months comes some downtime on plant floors. Quanex’s Joe Erb writes about why it’s a great time to catch up on and evaluate your maintenance practices and procedures.

Posted: December 12, 2017 by Joe Erb

Filed under: maintenance, manufacturing, Plant

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