Window World CEO seen as Southeast leader
Tammy Whitworth, CEO of North Wilkesboro, North Carolina-based Window World, is featured in this month’s Forbes Magazine in the "Southeast Women Business Leaders" section.
With more than 200 locations, Window World is described as America’s largest replacement window and home remodeling company.
Describing Window World’s business model, Whitworth said: "Window World’s success is built on family, community and trust. Each franchise is a locally owned business, and that’s important because we want to be part of the communities where we’re located. Talk to a Window World owner. Each one has a great deal of pride in what they do, which is reflected in our customer service."
Calculated Industries rolls out Wheel Masters
Calculated Industries, maker of the jobsite-ubiquitous Construction Master calculator, is now offering a line of four measuring wheels.
Able to measure up to 9,999 ft., 11 ins., the products are described by the company as durable, reliable and accurate.
“Every building professional, from contractors and remodelers to flooring installers, landscapers and pavers, can find the Wheel Master that fits their needs,” reads a company satement.
The products come in one of two 12.5-in.-diameter “Pro” versions. Also, there are “Classic” options with a 4-in. dual wheel, or a 4-in. single wheel.
Various features include pistol grip handle for ergonomic comfort and the ability to fold for ease of transport and storage.
All the Wheel Masters come with a two-year warranty.
At AHMA, more say sales are up
The monthly American Hardware Manufacturers Association survey of members shows a higher percentage of members reporting increased sales.
In comparing current sales levels with year-ago levels, 81% of respondents said sales were higher in June versus year-ago levels, up from 77% in May. For June, 19% reported sales were even, and 0% said sales were below year-ago levels.
“Hardware manufacturers continue to report improving year-over-year sales gains,” said AHMA president and CEO Timothy Farrell. “And with most economic indicators pointing toward an environment of favorable business conditions, we would expect this trend to continue for the remainder of the year and beyond. However, some recent reports, such as first-quarter GDP of minus 2.9% and disappointing consumer spending, indicate that future gains are not guaranteed.”
Looking forward one year, 67% of respondents project sales will be higher, down from 73% who felt that way in May. Twenty-four percent of June respondents project sales will be even one year from now, and 10% project sales will be below current levels.