WDMA Honors James C. Krahn with Lifetime Achievement Award
CHICAGO, IL - At this week's Technical and Manufacturing Conference, the Window and Door Manufacturers Association (WDMA) presented its first lifetime achievement award to James C. Krahn, who served WDMA on behalf of Marvin Windows and Doors for more than 50 years. The award is given in recognition of those individuals who have devoted significant time, energy and effort toward creating and achieving the strategic initiatives of WDMA, and who are distinguished in their selflessness and vision for both WDMA and the industry as a whole.
In presenting the award, Steve Tourek, Senior Vice President and General Counsel for Marvin Windows and Doors and past WDMA Chairman, praised Jim saying, "Everyone knows Jim and the energy he has devoted to WDMA on behalf of Marvin Windows and also on behalf of the industry as a whole. It seems fitting that WDMA recognize Jim as the unique individual he is." WDMA Chairman Al Babiuk, CEO of Loewen Windows, "It is not often that WDMA gets the chance to recognize a volunteer with Jim's enthusiasm and dedication for their contributions to the association."
In accepting the award, Jim urged WDMA to keep ahead of change, but not for change's sake. "Unless WDMA can accommodate change faster than those outside, we will ultimately fail." Jim retired from full-time work at Marvin last January, but continues to work on special projects for the company.
Linetec Joins WDMA
WASHINGTON, DC - The Window and Door Manufacturers Association (WDMA) announced today that Linetec is the newest member of the association. Linetec's mission is to be Finisher of Choice for its customers through industry-leading reliability, value-added services and convenience. Linetec is highly focused on the needs of the architectural and residential market, with 95% of its customers being manufacturers of windows and other exterior building products. Linetec's finishing offering includes liquid fluoropolymer, powder coat, anodizing, and specialty finishes such as wood grain, copper anodizing, brushed/electropolished anodizing, and two-tone finishes. Linetec also offers a full suite of related services for one-stop convenience for our customers, including thermal improvement, stretch forming, flat sheet supply, fabrication, custom packaging/kitting, field repair/restoration, and door-to-door trucking service for LTL and full loads. Read more.
WDMA Applauds Senate Passage of Comprehensive Energy Bill
Amendment on FHA Energy Efficient Mortgages Included
[Washington, DC- 4/21/16] - The Window and Door Manufacturers Association
(WDMA) applauds the U.S. Senate for voting today on final passage of The Energy
Policy Modernization Act (S. 2012) by a vote of 85-12. This legislation
makes several updates to the nation's energy policy and an amendment backed by
WDMA was agreed to before the final vote. The inclusion of the amendment
coincided with a WDMA member advocacy push on Capitol Hill during the annual
WDMA Legislative Conference earlier this week, highlighting the impact of
grassroots advocacy and its impact on legislation. Read more.
Announces New Portal to Speed Evaluation Reports of WDMA Hallmark Certified
Products to Texas Department of Insurance
[Chicago, IL- 4/13/16] - The Window & Door Manufacturers Association
(WDMA) will release next month the third phase of the WDMA Hallmark
Certification Programs Client Information Portal (CIP) to facilitate an
electronic method to submit and process an application for a Texas Department
of Insurance (TDI) Evaluation Report. This system, which is available to
any manufacturers certifying products under the WDMA Hallmark Program, should
help shorten the time it takes TDI to produce an evaluation report. Read more.
Applauds New LEED Pilot Recognizing Additional Wood Certifications
[Washington, DC- 4/8/16] - The
Window & Door Manufacturers Association (WDMA) applauds the U.S. Green
Building Council's (USGBC) issuance of a new LEED pilot Alternative Compliance
Path (ACP) for sustainable forest management certifications. The move
means that wood products with the Sustainable Forestry Initiative® (SFI®)
Program certification are qualified for credit in both LEED 2009 and LEED v4
systems. The ACP also recognizes the American Tree Farm System (ATFS) and
other programs endorsed by the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification
(PEFC). The USGBC announced the new ACP this week as
part of their quarterly addenda to the LEED green building rating system. Read more.
WDMA Applauds New Fannie Mae Program to Finance Energy Efficiency Improvements
WDMA Has Long Sought Improved Energy Efficiency Loan Options
DC- 4/6/16] - The Window & Door Manufacturers Association (WDMA) is
applauding Fannie Mae for the introduction of the new HomeStyle® Energy
mortgage, an enhanced option for borrowers who want to finance energy
efficiency improvements to their home. Borrowers with an existing,
higher-interest energy improvement loan can more easily roll that loan
into a new mortgage or into a refinance of an existing mortgage. In
addition, borrowers will have options to finance new energy upgrades
when purchasing or refinancing a home. The HomeStyle Energy mortgage
can be used on 1-4 unit properties, including condominium units, and is
available for all approved Fannie Mae lenders. Read more.
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