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Ply Gem promotes new way to go outside

BY HBSDealer Staff

Ply Gem Windows describes its latest entry in the patio doors space as a high-performance, high-aesthetic achievement.

The introduction of Ply Gem Windows’ new Mira Premium Impact Series Bi-Parting door offers new possibilities for builders and remodelers. “Sacrificing aesthetics for storm safety is a thing of the past,” the company says.

Available in sizes up to 12 feet wide, which provides up to six feet of horizontal space when open, the cascading bi-parting patio doors simulate the look of a glass wall with added storm protection.

The doors come equipped with impact-rated glass, based on the same technology found in automotive safety glass, to help prevent windblown debris from breaking through a home’s seal with no action required by the homeowner. Selection includes 46 exterior colors.

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MakerBot comes to Sam’s Club

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You saw it at Home Depot first — but now MakerBot is coming to an even wider mass-market arena.

MakerBot Replicator Mini Compact 3D Printers will now be sold at more than 300 Sam's Club locations in the U.S.

“I truly believe that having the opportunity to learn about 3D printing first-hand is a big step towards a better understanding of the technology,” said Frank Alfano, acting CEO of MakerBot. “By expanding our retail presence into Sam’s Club, we’re providing opportunities to reach professionals, entrepreneurs and small business owners and show them the power of 3D printing. Offering MakerBot Replicator Desktop 3D printers in retail stores exposes potential users to 3D printing technology and provides them an opportunity to understand the benefits of 3D printing today. We’ve made a conscious effort this past year to expand accessibility to MakerBot Replicator 3D Printers by working with key retailers like Sam’s Club.”

According to Alfano, bringing MakerBot printers into the mainstream offers a user-friendly way for the average consumer to leverage 3D printing technology and avail himself of the related software, apps, MakerBot Learning, lectures, classes and parts and support offered through the company's MakerCare program.

“We strive to provide our members with access to the latest technology, at a great value," said senior VP technology Dawn VonBechmann. "Offering the comprehensive MakerBot 3D Ecosystem is just one example of delivering on that commitment. Our members have shown interest in 3D printing, both from a professional and small business aspect. Any member with a natural interest in creating things will be excited to learn more about this amazing technology.”

Home Depot initially started selling the printers in its retail stores last summer, which it introduced in select markets like Chicago, New York City, Los Angeles and San Francisco.

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New leadership opens at WDMA

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The Window and Door Manufacturers Association (WDMA) installed its new leadership team, including chairman Al Babiuk of Loewen Windows, during the WDMA Spring Meeting and Legislative Conference in Washington, D.C.

Babiuk replaces outgoing chair Steve Donner of Weiland Sliding Doors and Windows, an Andersen company. His chairmanship will run from 2015 to 2017.

"During the past year, WDMA has continued to demonstrate its effectiveness in representing the interests of our window, door and skylight industry members while driving collaboration with various regulatory and policymaking bodies," said Babiuk. "With a high pace of change continuing in the policy areas of energy conservation, building codes, environmental stewardship, housing and taxation, WDMA will again advocate for an approach that balances these reforms with the competitiveness of its members.

"In addition, the association will be moving forward under its strategic plan with increased areas of focus and expansion of existing programs, and I look forward to taking a leadership role in this exciting phase for the members of WDMA".

Babiuk is president and CEO for Loewen, a 110-year old manufacturer of windows and doors based in Steinbach, Manitoba, Canada.

In addition to Babiuk, the other members of the 2015-2016 WDMA Executive Committee are:

* Vice Chair/Treasurer: Phil Donaldson, Andersen Corporation, Oak Park Heights, Minnesota;

* Executive Committee Door Representative: Robert Lewis, Masonite International, Tampa, Florida;

* Executive Committee Window Representative: Steve Tourek, Marvin Windows & Doors, St. Paul, Minnesota; and

* Executive Committee Supplier Representative: Jeff Shilakis, HOPPE North America, Ft. Atkinson, Wisconsin.

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