WDMA Technical & Manufacturing Conference Call for Speakers Now Open

WDMA’s Call for Speakers is now open and this is your opportunity to submit your presentation.

WDMA is currently offering speakers the opportunity to submit their abstract proposals to present at WDMA’s Technical & Manufacturing Conference to be held in Minneapolis, MN on June 27-29, 2023. The conference is the premier destination to participate in the leading-edge conversations on emerging technologies, market trends, regulatory issues, and a wide range of topics of interest to the window, door, and skylight industry.

This is an opportunity to build a program you would want to participate in and share with your colleagues. Stand out as a thought leader in an ever-evolving industry and share ideas, case studies, and best practices. Sessions are beginning to fill up, so do not delay. The deadline to submit your application will close on Friday, February 23, 2023.

WDMA Maine PFAS Regulations Q&A Webinar Recording Available

Last week, WDMA hosted the Maine State Chamber of Commerce for a members-only question-and-answer session on upcoming state regulations and reporting requirements for consumer products containing PFAS (perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances). Maine’s deadline on January 1st is quickly approaching for manufacturers to either submit information on any products being sold in the state that contain PFAS or apply for a six-month extension. This webinar offered WDMA members the opportunity to ask questions and hear from Ben Lucas, Senior Government Relations Specialist, and Linda Caprara, Vice President of Advocacy for the Maine State Chamber of Commerce.

Access the recording here by logging into your WDMA member account. 

Beginning on January 1, 2023, Maine requires manufacturers to provide notification about any product being sold in the state that contains PFAS (perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances). PFAS are chemicals that are commonly found in adhesives and sealants. Your company should internally investigate its own use of PFAS and make a determination about whether this requirement applies to your products.  WDMA has contacted both Maine Gov. Janet Mills (D) and DEP Commissioner Melanie Loyzim formally requesting that our members receive an extension for complying with PFAS reporting requirements that are currently scheduled to take effect on January 1, 2023 and the state has said it will consider extensions.

Take Action:
WDMA members can apply for an extension of the January 1, 2023 reporting deadline by contacting the Maine Department of Environmental Protection. Extensions are expected to be granted quickly and can be requested by emailing [email protected]. In your email, provide the following information:

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WDMA to Host Post Election Analysis Webinar on November 17

The 2022 midterm elections will dramatically shift the balance of power in Washington as Republicans are predicted to win the House and possibly the Senate. Join WDMA for a post-election webinar that will examine the new political dynamics and legislative landscape in Washington as both parties turn their focus towards winning the White House in 2024. Director of Government Affairs Jacob Carter will provide an update on key political issues heading into the 118th Congress, offer insights to the remaining agenda on Capitol Hill for 2022, and provide an outlook on the 2024 Presidential Election.

The webinar will be held on Thursday, November 17 at 3:00 p.m. ET.

The webinar will cover:
  • Recap of the November 8th midterm elections
  • House of Representatives Outlook
  • Senate Outlook
  • 2024 Presidential Election Outlook
Register for the member-only webinar here.

WDMA Releases 2022 U.S. Industry Market Study

The Window & Door Manufacturers Association (WDMA) has released the WDMA 2022 U.S. Market Study for Window & Patio Door, Entry Doors and Architectural Doors. This study is designed to define the historical, current and forecasted size of the industry market. The report is based on direct industry input for product shipments in 2021 and combined with other primary and secondary research to benchmark the results. The Farnsworth Group, a nationally recognized market research expert, conducted the surveys, analyzed the data and prepared the report.

The 2022 market study report includes an analysis of the attitudinal drivers of homeowners and contractors, key macro drivers in the residential and commercial markets and a special section to gauge overall shipment demand sentiment and expectations to understand the current and expected challenges for the industry. This report delivers timely information on residential/light commercial window, patio door, residential entry door and interior architectural door market trends and product relationships; regional data, historic data from 2019 to 2020, and forecast data for 2022 through 2024.

Quick facts and key takeaways:

  • Residential window and door shipments increased in 2021 despite supply chain issues and labor shortages. Residential unit shipments (windows, patio and entry doors) were up 3.8% or 2.5 million units from 2020.
  • Key drivers remain positive for the future; however, plateau in the second half of 2022. Increased home values are expected to drive more large-scale remodeling. Housing affordability, although the lowest in the past decade, remains above historical norms.
  • For 2023 and 2024, concerns arise around consumer and builder confidence. As the Federal Reserve tackles inflation, interest rates could affect spending on new homes and large remodels.
  • We forecast the 2023 and 2024 window market to expand, however at a slower pace. Most categories expect a slowdown, particularly in 2023-2024, with units shipped expected to grow 1-2% in the coming years.

Along with shipments and forecasting information, the study also presents national and divisional data and detailed product data for the housing stock, new projects, and non-residential construction to provide additional insights into the health of the construction industry as a whole.

The complete study is available for purchase online in the WDMA online store in the Statistical Reports section for non-members. Individual market segments of the 2022 U.S. Market Study related specifically to residential windows, residential patio and entry doors and architectural doors are also available for purchase separately.

Questions about the Market Study? Don't hesitate to get in touch with Craig Drumheller at [email protected].

WDMA Successful at the ICC Code Development Hearings

The International Code Council (ICC) develops and publishes its comprehensive set of building codes every three years. They are currently in the second year of the code development cycle that will result in the 2024 I-Codes. Over seven hundred changes were submitted for this year’s Group B hearing process of which WDMA, based on recommendations from the WDMA Exterior Products Code Committee, took a firm position on 24 proposals that would impact the window, door and skylight industry.

The Results:
The first step in this year’s process was the ICC Committee Action Hearings held in Rochester, NY over a 12-day period in March and April. WDMA had a favorable outcome on all 24 proposals on which it had taken a position. For proposals that WDMA opposed, we were successful in either defeating or modifying the proposals to an acceptable point; and for proposals WDMA supported, we were successful in getting all eight approved at the hearings.

Key WDMA proposal results:

  • Recommended for Approval: Adding a reference for WDMA Industry Standard 11-18 (Analytical Method for Design Pressure Rating of Fenestration Products) in the International Building Code (S147)
  • Recommended for Approval: Modified the window opening control devices section to also clearly include window fall prevention devices (EB74).
  • Recommended for Disapproval: Proposals that would have created unnecessary reporting requirements on suppliers and builders. For example, providing research reports to code officials in addition to the existing requirements of labeling and certifying windows, doors and skylights (ADM31, ADM32, ADM33, RB13)
Next Steps:
The next step in the process will be the ICC Public Comment Hearings scheduled for Louisville, KY beginning September 14 with a final vote this fall.

WDMA would also like to thank the numerous volunteer members who also put in long hours reviewing the proposals and attending the hearings to ensure that the window door and skylight industry was represented in force at the code hearings.

If you are interested in any additional information related to the building codes or WDMA’s positions, please contact Craig Drumheller, WDMA VP of Technical Activities.

WDMA Statement on Steel and Aluminum Tariff Agreement

Today, the Window and Door Manufacturers Association (WDMA) released the following statement after the Biden administration reached an agreement with the United Kingdom to lift Section 232 tariffs on steel and aluminum imports imposed by the previous administration in 2018.

“WDMA welcomes the decision by the Biden administration to lift tariffs on critical steel and aluminum products from the United Kingdom,” said WDMA President & CEO Michael O’Brien. “As the construction and manufacturing industries continue to grapple with supply chain challenges and record-high price volatility, this action by the Administration is an important step to help stabilize supply and improve conditions for residential construction. Moving forward, WDMA encourages the Administration to also re-examine tariffs on Canadian softwood lumber and Chinese imports subject to Section 301 tariffs."

WDMA Releases 2022 National Policy Agenda

This morning WDMA released their 2022 WDMA National Policy Agenda, a comprehensive advocacy agenda which outlines important policy priorities for the window, door, and skylight industry that will boost the housing and construction industry and support continued job creation in the vital U.S. manufacturing sector.

"As we enter a third year of the pandemic, and in the face of a persistent shortage of adequate available labor coupled with unresolved challenges in the supply chain, it is crucial for Congress and the Biden Administration to collaboratively advance legislation and policies that will support robust growth for 2022 and ensure continuing economic recovery," said WDMA Chair Steve Tourek, Senior Vice President & General Counsel for the Marvin Companies. "Successful window, door and skylight manufacturers are essential for a thriving economy and a strong housing market. This National Policy Agenda outlines policies that promote energy efficiency and workforce development, promote sound fiscal policies and ensure a strong supply chain so manufacturers, their channel partners and consumers are successful in 2022 and beyond."

The 2022 WDMA National Policy Agenda is divided into nine different policy areas:

  • Energy Conservation;
  • Building Codes;
  • Environmental Stewardship;
  • Building Safety;
  • Housing & Economic Policy;
  • Tax Policy;
  • Product Supply;
  • Trade Policy; and
  • Workforce/Workplace 

"WDMA is looking forward to continuing our work with Congress and the Biden Administration to promote legislative and regulatory policy that will help recover from the pandemic, support housing and building construction and improve the manufacturing climate in this country," said WDMA President and CEO Michael O'Brien.

WDMA's 2022 National Policy Agenda will be distributed to members of Congress and key Administration officials.

WDMA Urges Reconsideration of Border Vaccine Mandate

Yesterday, WDMA sent a letter to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) urging the agency to rescind its COVID-19 vaccination mandate for “essential” travelers coming into the United States. Beginning Saturday, January 22, DHS will require that all inbound foreign national travelers, including truck drivers, crossing any U.S. land or ferry port of entry (POE) be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 and provide related proof of vaccination.

The DHS mandate would not distinguish between essential and non-essential travelers and is separate from the Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) promulgated by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). The Canadian government implemented a similar mandate for travelers, including truck drivers, coming into Canada that went into effect on January 15.

In the letter, WDMA expressed serious concerns to DHS regarding the impact this vaccination mandate would have on international commerce and the supply chain for window, door and skylight manufacturers. According to the Canadian Trucking Alliance, an estimated 12,000-16,000 cross-border commercial truck drivers could be prohibited from entering the U.S. under the new mandate. Prior to this action, the Administration did not require essential foreign travelers at the U.S. northern and southern borders to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination before entering the country which included individuals involved with lawful trade.

WDMA asked the Administration to carefully consider the unintended consequences of this new mandate and its effect on manufacturers who are already struggling to keep pace with ongoing labor shortages, inflation and supply chain disruptions. In addition, WDMA urged the Administration to engage Canadian government leaders and seek a bilateral agreement to end vaccination mandates for essential travelers on both sides of the northern border.

WDMA is continuing to lobby the Biden administration on behalf of the industry and will keep members updated on the latest developments.

Supreme Court Blocks Enforcement of OSHA COVID-19 Vaccine Mandate

Yesterday afternoon, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a stay against the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) on COVID-19 vaccination and testing for employers with 100 or more employees. The Court ruled 6-3 that OSHA likely exceeded its authority in promulgating the ETS and a stay was warranted. The Court’s three liberal justices dissented from the majority’s opinion. 

OSHA is now blocked from enforcing the provisions of the ETS while it will be reconsidered by the Sixth Circuit. OSHA has not yet responded to the Supreme Court’s decision. WDMA will provide additional updates on the ETS as they become available.  

OSHA Vaccine Mandate Reinstated by Federal Appeals Court

Friday, December 17, a federal appeals court reinstated the COVID-19 vaccination mandate promulgated by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) through an Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS). The ETS applies to businesses with 100 or more employees and requires employees to be fully vaccinated or comply with weekly testing requirements. 

This ruling lifts a November injunction that had blocked the ETS and resulted in OSHA suspending enforcement as the legal process went forward. In an update to the ETS section of their website, OSHA announced that it is exercising enforcement discretion with respect to the compliance dates of the ETS. Below is an excerpt from OSHA:

“To provide employers with sufficient time to come into compliance, OSHA will not issue citations for noncompliance with any requirements of the ETS before January 10 and will not issue citations for noncompliance with the standard’s testing requirements before February 9, so long as an employer is exercising reasonable, good faith efforts to come into compliance with the standard.”

The case will be appealed and will likely now move to consideration by the U.S. Supreme Court, though it is unclear when the Court could consider it. WDMA will continue to monitor legal developments and provide information as needed.  

For any further questions, please contact Kevin McKenney at [email protected]

Craig Drumheller Named WDMA Vice President of Technical Activities

[WASHINGTON, D.C] The Window & Door Manufacturers Association (WDMA) announced Craig Drumheller has been named the association’s new vice president of technical activities, effective December 6. In his new role, Drumheller will be responsible for management and oversight of WDMA’s technical, codes and standards activities.

Drumheller comes to WDMA from the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), where he most recently served as assistant vice president for codes and standards and managed the association’s Construction Codes and Standards Department and its member committees. He also oversaw the development of the 2020 National Green Building Standard (ICC 700). Prior to joining NAHB in 2013, he was a senior energy engineer at the NAHB Research Center for 14 years.

“We’re excited to welcome Craig to the WDMA team. His extensive background in building codes and standards and his specific knowledge of building envelope issues will be a tremendous asset to WDMA and its members,” said Michael O’Brien, WDMA president and CEO. “His established reputation in the field will no doubt allow him to hit the ground running.”

Federal Appeals Court Temporarily Blocks OSHA Vaccination Mandate

On Saturday, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit put a temporary hold on the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) COVID-19 vaccination and testing mandate for private employers following legal petitions from several states and advocacy groups. Last week, OSHA issued a new emergency temporary standard (ETS) requiring employers with 100 or more employees to ensure employees are vaccinated against COVID-19 or comply with an alternative weekly testing requirement. 
The Court cited potential "grave statutory and constitutional issues" as the reason for issuing the temporary hold and will now decide on whether a permanent injunction is warranted. The Court is asking the Biden administration to provide an expedited reply to the motion for a permanent injunction by the end of today, followed by a petitioners' reply on Tuesday. At this time, it remains unclear how any legal action will impact the future of the ETS but WDMA will be sure to keep members updated on the latest developments.  

Upcoming Webinar: How to Comply with OSHA's New Vaccine or Test Mandate

WDMA counsel, Foley & Lardner, will be holding webinar next week presented by the firm’s Labor & Employment Practice, which will be an in-depth and interactive panel discussion that will guide employers through the requirements of the new OSHA vaccination mandate, including which employers and employees are subject to the mandate, the testing option and its requirements, timing, written policies and record-keeping, accommodation obligations, and potential penalties.
The webinar is free for WDMA members.

OSHA Publishes Vaccination & Testing Standard for Employers with 100+ Employees

Today, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced a new emergency temporary standard (ETS) requiring employers with 100 or more employees to ensure employees are vaccinated against COVID-19 or comply with an alternative weekly testing requirement. OSHA was directed to develop the ETS by President Biden on September 9. The action also initiates a more formal rule making on OSHA COVID-19 vaccination requirements. 

Click here for the full text of the Emergency Temporary Standard
Click here for a fact sheet on the Emergency Temporary Standard

Under this standard, covered employers must develop, implement and enforce a mandatory COVID-19 vaccination policy, unless they adopt a policy requiring employees to choose to either be vaccinated or undergo regular COVID-19 testing and wear a face covering at work.
The ETS also requires employers to do the following:
  • Vaccination Status Requirement: Determine the vaccination status of each employee, obtain acceptable proof of vaccination status from vaccinated employees and maintain records and a roster of each employee’s vaccination status.
  • Pay Employees for the Time it takes to Get Vaccinated: All covered employers are required to provide paid-time for their employees to get vaccinated and, if needed, sick leave to recover from side effects experienced that keep them from working.
  • Requirements when employee tests positive for COVID-19: Require employees to provide prompt notice when they test positive for COVID-19 or receive a COVID-19 diagnosis. Employers must then remove the employee from the workplace, regardless of vaccination status; employers must not allow them to return to work until they meet required criteria.
  • Require weekly testing for employees not vaccinated for COVID-19: Ensure each worker who is not fully vaccinated is tested for COVID-19 at least weekly (if the worker is in the workplace at least once a week) or within 7 days before returning to work (if the worker is away from the workplace for a week or longer).
  • Require masks for unvaccinated employees: Ensure that, in most circumstances, each employee who has not been fully vaccinated wears a face covering when indoors or when occupying a vehicle with another person for work purposes.
It is important to note that the requirements of the ETS do not apply to:
  • Employees who do not report to a workplace where other individuals are present;
  • Employees while working from home;
  • Employees who work exclusively outdoors.
The emergency temporary standard does not require employers to pay for testing. Employers may be required to pay for testing to comply with other laws, regulations, collective bargaining agreements, or other collectively negotiated agreements. Employers are also not required to pay for face coverings.

OSHA is offering compliance assistance to help businesses implement the standard, including a webinar, frequently asked questions and other compliance materials.

Employers must comply with most requirements within 30 days of publication and with testing requirements within 60 days of publication, which is expected tomorrow. 

WDMA and its Safety & Risk Management Committee are reviewing the ETS and will be responding to OSHA accordingly during the formal rulemaking process.  For any further questions, please contact Jeff Inks at [email protected] or Kevin McKenney at [email protected].  

DOL Submits Draft ETS on COVID-19 Vaccination Mandate for Regulatory Review

Last night, the Department of Labor (DOL) submitted a draft version of a federal Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) on COVID-19 vaccination and testing requirements to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for regulatory review.  The text of the ETS will be reviewed by OMB and is expected to be published in the Federal Register shortly.  Once published, the ETS is expected to go into effect immediately. OMB is required by statute to review all Executive Branch regulations before final publication.
On Sept. 9, President Biden directed the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to develop an ETS to require employers with 100+ employees to ensure that all employees are vaccinated against COVID-19 or produce a negative test result on a weekly basis before coming to work.
At this time, the draft text of the ETS has not been made public. WDMA and its Safety & Risk Management Committee are closely tracking the status of the ETS and will update members accordingly once the text of the ETS becomes available. 
For any further questions, please contact Jeff Inks at [email protected] or Kevin McKenney at [email protected].   

OSHA and WDMA Discuss New Employer Requirements on COVID-19 Vaccinations

On Friday, September 10, WDMA was asked by senior staff at the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to participate in a high-level briefing regarding the recent announcement that employers with 100+ employees will be required to ensure that all employees are vaccinated against COVID-19 or require weekly COVID tests. This will take the form of an Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) to be issued by OSHA.
OSHA shared several key details with WDMA regarding the timing of the ETS, opportunities for stakeholder input, and others. Below is a summary:
  • OSHA plans to issue the ETS in the coming weeks, ranging from 2 to 8 weeks. There is currently no precise date or a more narrow timeframe;
  • The ETS will be made effective immediately when published by OSHA;
  • OSHA will provide stakeholders the opportunity to provide input after the ETS is issued and made effective;
  • The 100 employee threshold will apply to the employee count and not a single worksite;
  • The testing/vaccination requirement will not apply to employees working remotely or employees who are physically isolated from co-workers.
WDMA will work with senior staff at OSHA to ensure that any requirements from OSHA will be workable for this industry. WDMA will share additional information as it becomes available. For questions, contact Kevin McKenney at [email protected] 

White House Announces Employers with 100+ Employees Must Ensure All Workers Are Vaccinated

Late yesterday, the Biden Administration announced that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) will be issuing an Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) that will require all employers with 100 or more employees to ensure their workforce is fully vaccinated or require any workers who remain unvaccinated to produce a negative test result on at least a weekly basis before coming to work.

At this time, the ETS has not been issued by OSHA. It will go through an expedited review process and be published in the coming weeks. The ETS will go into effect shortly thereafter, with OSHA having the ability to fine businesses up to $14,000 per violation. It is also expected that the ETS, once issued, will be subject to legal challenges.

WDMA will be reviewing the ETS once issued by OSHA and will provide additional information to members as it becomes available. For questions, contact Kevin McKenney at [email protected].

New Canadian Formaldehyde Regulations to Harmonize with U.S. Requirements

[WASHINGTON, D.C] Following the recommendations of WDMA, on July 7, the Canadian Government released the “annexed rule” for Formaldehyde Emissions from Composite Wood Products Regulations, which revises its initial proposed rule to now harmonize U.S./Canadian regulations and establish a level playing field for manufacturers who operate in both the U.S. and Canadian markets. Through the concerted efforts of WDMA and other stakeholders, the Canadian Department of the Environment revised the regulations to align with the United States TSCA VI Rule in regards to emission levels, the scope of composite wood products that are covered under the rule and the method for and frequency of products testing.

While a thorough review of the annexed regulations is under way by WDMA staff and members of the WDMA National Architectural Door Council, the cursory review of the Rule appears to have satisfied most of the concerns raised by WDMA. According to the Canadian regulatory impact analysis, all efforts have been made to harmonize the Canadian regulations with the United States to the full extent possible. In addition, the regulations clearly indicate that products complying with the U.S regulations will be recognized as compliant with the Canadian Rule, provided the affixed labels are bilingual (in English and French). While there may be some minor administrative differences in the manner in which the Canadian government will implement these rules, most of the major concerns from WDMA have been satisfactorily addressed in the final ruling.

“We are pleased to see that the Canadian regulations have been revised to align to the extent possible with the regulations already in effect in the U.S.,” said Michael O’Brien, WDMA president and CEO. “In addition, knowing that the regulations specifically acknowledge that products that are compliant with the U.S. regulations will be deemed compliant with the Canadian regulations is a major win for all of our architectural wood door manufacturers who operate in both markets.”

Implementation of the Canadian regulations will go into effect December 7, 2022 (18 months from the publication in the Canadian Gazette) for all products scoped in the regulation, except for the provisions related to testing and certification of laminated products which will go into effect five years after the regulations are enforced. WDMA will continue to monitor these activities and provide updates as more information becomes available.

WDMA Releases 2021 U.S. Industry Market Study

[WASHINGTON, D.C] The Window & Door Manufacturers Association (WDMA) has released the WDMA 2021 U.S. Market Study for Window & Patio Door, Architectural and Entry Doors. This report provides market data and consumer insights needed to understand the industry's performance, key trends, and future direction. The report is based on extensive industry input for product shipments in 2020 and was prepared, researched and analyzed by The Farnsworth Group. In addition to analyzing the manufacturing data, the Farnsworth Group also conducted additional research to combine industry driver data and housing market data to reliably benchmark and forecast product shipments.
The 2021 market study report includes an analysis of the attitudinal drivers of homeowners and contractors, key macro drivers in the residential and commercial markets and special section focusing on the impact the pandemic had on new construction and the remodeling market place during 2020. This report delivers timely information on residential/light commercial window, patio door, residential entry door and interior architectural door market trends and product relationships; regional data, historic data from 2018 to 2019, and forecast data for 2021 through 2023.
Quick facts and key takeaways:
  • Total residential units shipped (windows, patio doors, entry doors) were up by 1 million over the level in 2019.
  • Though shipments of architectural interior flush door leaves declined by 9.7% in 2020, shipments of architectural interior stile and rail door leaves grew 2.8%.
  • Window shipments saw moderate growth in 2020 (particularly in Q3 & Q4) whereas sliding patio doors grew significantly and hinged patio doors dropped.
  • Housing starts (new construction) in 2020 were up 7% over new starts in 2019 and are trending towards the 60-year average of 1.43 million starts that have not been achieved since 2006.
Along with shipments and forecasting information, the study also presents topline national data and detailed product data for the housing stock, new projects, and non-residential construction to provide additional insights into the health of the construction industry as a whole. 
The complete study is available for purchase online in the WDMA online store in the Statistical Reports section for non-members. Individual market segments of the 2021 U.S. Market Study related specifically to windows/patio doors, entry doors and architectural doors are also available for purchase separately.

WDMA Recognizes Mark Mikkelson with the James Krahn Lifetime Achievement Award

[Washington, DC] Last week at the WDMA Technical and Manufacturing Conference, Mark Mikkelson, Director of Corporate Regulatory Affairs for the Andersen Corporation, joined a prestigious group of honorees to receive the James Krahn Lifetime Achievement Award. First given to James Krahn from Marvin, this 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. Mikkelson received the award for his many years of service to WDMA, where he currently serves as chair of the WDMA Regulatory Affairs Committee. In addition to his current association position, he has had other leadership roles on several of WDMA’s codes and standards committees, taking the lead on many initiatives to improve window performance and safety standards.

Mikkelson was presented the award by last year’s recipient, Steve Strawn, who had this to say about him, “This year’s recipient, like Mr. Krahn, can be very persistent when the right thing needs to get done. But then just being persistent is not enough. The challenge of persuading your competitors to make a change or to take a stand on an issue is difficult. Mark has great personal integrity and competency in knowing his subject matter. These traits have led to him earn the personal respect of his peers, and that is the true characteristic of a leader.”

Joining in the presentation of the award were Andersen Corporation’s Phil Donaldson, Executive Vice President and CFO, and Andrea Nordaune, Vice President and General Counsel, both of whom remarked on Mark’s tremendous efforts over the years advancing the legislative and regulatory policies that have enhanced the entire window and door industry.

“On behalf of all the WDMA members and staff, we’re grateful for Mark’s many contributions to WDMA and the industry. We congratulate him on this well-deserved honor,” said Michael O’Brien, WDMA President and CEO.