FeneTech Among the Industry’s Forward Thinkers

Published in the January 2017 issue of USGlass Magazine is Katherine Coig’s article “Connecting the Dots:  How Integrated Software Enhances Automation”.  In it, she relies upon testimony from some of the world’s leaders in fenestration software (including FeneTech) who confirm that automation is the key when it comes to the future of the glass fabrication industry.

Women in Fenestration

The Customer Whisperer: FeneTech’s Ryan Anderson DWM Magazine’s Trey Barrineau recognizes the increasing role of women in fenestration.  Among the group is FeneTech’s Ryan Anderson.  Read more about Ryan’s role—not only here at FeneTech, but as a growing number of fenestration professionals who are breaking the barriers in a male-dominated industry.

‘Tis the season … to be grateful

The holidays can bring out the worst in people; however, I choose to focus on how the holidays bring out the very best in all of us.  With the blessings we said at Thanksgiving behind us and with Hanukkah and Christmas right around the corner, we’re at that magical time of the year where we’re inundated with good cheer and warm, happy feelings. 

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Glass Magazine confirms what FeneTech employees already know

This is a great place to work. The November issue of Glass Magazine featured FeneTech’s aesthetically pleasing and visually inspiring office space as a model for other companies wishing to retain good employees.  Read about it here, and see why FeneTech is a great place to work.

FeneTech Sponsors Auto Glass Week

FeneTech has signed on to sponsor Auto Glass Week, an annual gathering created as an educational event for automotive glass company owners, managers, technicians and suppliers. The conference continues to grow each year and provides an unparalleled educational experience.  Read more about Auto Glass Week on their website http://autoglassweek.com/ .

FeneVision Wins 2016 Most Innovative Software Award

  The 2016 Glass Magazine Awards FeneVision was among Glass Magazine’s 2016 best of the best, winning the publication’s award for Most Innovative Software.  According to Glass Magazine, “The 2016 award winners demonstrate imagination and collaboration in product development and project creation.  Award winners stepped out of the box to help build glass factories that are safe and efficient, and to showcase glass as an ideal product for building aesthetics and performance.” …

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FeneTech Commemorates 20th Anniversary in an Artistic Way

Leading software provider to the glass fabrication and window and door manufacturing industries FeneTech, Inc. celebrated their 20th anniversary with a combination open house and art show featuring Cleveland artist Brian Jones, whose unique brand of software and engineer-themed glass artwork adorns FeneTech’s Campus Drive facility. FeneTech President and CEO Ron Crowl noted that, “Twenty years of success has only been made possible by the dedicated efforts of our talented …

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Penn State Behrend Student Describes her “FeneVision Experience”

Penn State Behrend student and former FeneTech co-op Krystal Elliot was featured in the school’s Engineering News publication.  When describing her experience at FeneTech, Elliot credited the company with allowing her to apply her skills in providing real-world software solutions—first with Quality Assurance and then in Applications. FeneTech CEO Ron Crowl stated that Krystal’s contributions to the company equaled the many benefits she gained while at FeneTech. Read more about Krystal’s experience in The Changing …

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Automation Has Its Advantages

Why Automation is Good for the Fenestration Industry

Nate Huffman’s recent article, “Finders Keepers … Automation Retains Talent, Increases Production, Reduces Overhead” appeared in DWM Magazine’s March 2016 issue. The article outlines how automation is actually good for the fenestration industry in terms of hiring and retaining quality employees.  This philosophy is contrary to what many in manufacturing have been led to believe.

“Automation and technology have increased productivity and quality in manufacturing, especially within the fenestration industry.” — Nate Huffman

Huffman goes on to list several applications that have actually proven to do just what the title suggests:  Retain talent, increase production, and reduce overhead.

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FeneTech earns 2015 Readers’ Choice Award

  The people have spoken!   Door and Window Market magazine names FeneTech as the 2015 Readers’ Choice Award for best software product.  Read the entire article in DWM’s December / January issue.  

FeneVision University —The Advantages are Clear

FenU:  FeneTech CEO Ron Crowl on why our most forward thinking customers enroll in FeneVision University

 

FeneVision University LogoFeneVision University is a comprehensive continuing education program created and developed by FeneTech where customers train together in a classroom-like setting over the web. Courses have been designed for customers on the User, Configuration, and Advanced levels. Participants can also  attend single classes in order to review a specific area of FeneVision. Ron Crowl, FeneTech President & CEO describes the advantages to enrolling in FenU.

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FeneTech’s Ron Crowl reveals the key to inspiring employees

 

 

FeneTech president & CEO Ron Crowl doesn’t just talk about his company’s mission statement, he lives it every single day.

“Inspire your employees to walk your walk and watch your team march down the field toward the goal.”

 

 

How do you get your employees to live your mission statement?  For some in management, the answer is easy; for others, not so much. 

Creating a culture of respect among your staff—respect for you, for each other, and for their colleagues in other departments will naturally evolve into a deeper respect for your company and thus your mission.  This often occurs organically in smaller companies where a natural symbiosis develops among staff due in no small part to proximity.  In larger companies, where folks might go days or even weeks without seeing the people who work in other areas, the challenges are greater, but the need to develop this culture of respect is just as vital to the company’s survival if not more so.

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How an Empty Cup Inspired FeneTech’s Mission Statement

“The principle here is universal, whether you’re working for an amusement park, a window company, or a supplier to the industry. Does your company have a customer-centric philosophy?”

Those familiar with northwestern Pennsylvania will have heard of Conneaut Lake Park.  As a 14-year-old growing up within spitting distance, I began working at the park in 1976.  Before my first day, I attended an orientation outlining the rules for working in the food stands.

Most rules were common sense, but one rule required an explanation.  The management counted drink cups every night to determine how much product was sold.  If the remaining cups did not match the amount of money turned in, someone was either stealing money or giving away drinks.

Two decades later those drink cups led to the development of our FeneTech mission statement.

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Vitrum Glass Implements FeneVision as its ERP Solution

In a recently published article in Glass Magazine, Nicky Whitehouse from Vitrum Glass describes the “FeneVision Experience” … [The] configuration process lasted about a year, and was supported by a dedicated FeneTech team … “FeneTech had brainstorm sessions with us. If we had a gap, they would help to come up with the best possible ways for the process to flow … They wanted the software to meet or exceed …

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