• No More Plain Jane
    No More Plain Jane New styles take garage doors from drab to fab By Earl Rivard For something that has been so prominent in the design of new homes over recent years, the garage door has generally been seen as a Plain Jane. But who cared, really? It was just a two-, three- ...More
    March 1, 2007 Earl Rivard Posted in Articles
  • Creating a Bridge Between Business and Education
    Creating a Bridge Between Business and EducationGateway Industrial teaches local high school students about real life businessBy Denise AmesIt all started when Peter DeLaPorte, owner of Gateway Industrial Products, was commenting on his recent commitment to Junior ...More
    March 1, 2007 Denise Ames Posted in Articles, Operations
  • Making the Transition from Automatic Doors to Automatic Gates
    Making the Transition from Automatic Doors to Automatic Gates By Shawn Tomlinson Door dealers who are looking for new markets to expand their businesses need look no further than their customer’s front gate. Automatic gates are becoming more popular every day. This trend is ...More
    March 1, 2007 Shawn Tomlinson Posted in Articles, Operations
  • Green Living
    Green Living I’m a bit of a green-thumb wannabe. That’s to say, the desire is there, but I’m not always successful. I do have an abundant array of plants inside and outside my home. A few green trees, some potted petunias, an indoor African violet, and a colorful bed of ...More
    March 1, 2007 Posted in Articles
  • A Sad Goodbye
    Today is my last day with PDD. While it is a sad moment for me, it is also a day for reflection. When we launched PDD 3 years ago, I had no idea great it would become, or how much all of you would come to mean to me. This industry is full of wonderful, bright, caring, ...More
    February 28, 2007 Posted in Blog
  • Commercial Doors 101
    When choosing a steel roll-up door, do you think "a door is just a door?" Not true! Making an informed door selection requires a little homework in order to get the best model, price and service. ...More
    February 28, 2007 Posted in Webinars
  • FrenchPorte Receives U.S. and Canadian Patents
    FrenchPorte announced the company has received utility patents in Canada and the United States. “I believe we are the only ones in the garage door industry with a patent like this,” says President Kenneth Maher. “We're expecting another patent from Europe any day now.” ...More
    February 27, 2007 Posted in News
  • Cables, Drums & Springs, Part 2
    This is Part 2 of our series of columns by respected PDD columnist Tim Kolhoff of Arrow Tru-Line Inc. Inside, you'll find articles on solving balancing problems, cable drum usage, color-coded spring castings and zero balance point. ...More
    February 27, 2007 Posted in Reports
  • Live Webinar on Wednesday
    This Wednesday, PDD and Janus International will bring you an informative--and fun--Webinar on commercial doors. Janus' Tony Badalamenti, a long-time commercial door veteran, will talk about the different types of commercial doors and their various applications. We'll then ...More
    February 26, 2007 Posted in Blog
  • Feeling Stressed?
    Whether you’re a salesperson who’s on the road frequently or an office worker who’s putting in 8-plus hours a day, you likely feel immense pressure at work and at home. And while you may not have the same demands as the company owner or executive team, your stress is very ...More
    February 23, 2007 Phil Wilkins Posted in News, Operations