The board of directors of both the American Architectural Manufacturers
Association (AAMA) and the Window and Door Manufacturers Association
(WDMA) have agreed to fully pursue a consolidation of the two
According to Rich Walker, AAMA executive vice president, the
AAMA board unanimously authorized its negotiating team "to
fully and enthusiastically pursue a consolidation with WDMA"
with a formal proposal planned for 2005.
"This decision was certainly not reached lightly, but in
our opinion, it is the best decision for this industry,"
said Walker. "As you can imagine, there are hundreds of details
to be addressed during the months ahead to translate this vision
into a viable organization that is stronger than the sum of the
two existing entities."
Walker said there will be a full disclosure of all working plans
and timetables during the associations annual meeting to be held
February 27-March 2 in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. The WDMA will also
discuss the status of the merger talks at its annual meeting to
be held February 12-16 in Pasadena, Calif.
Many agree that a merger would offer a unified voice before code
bodies and less duplication of efforts.
"A joining of the two associations can offer more service,
speed and streamlined efficiencies to members and a whole host
of benefits to all our specifier and user communities through
simplified, single-source messages," said WDMA chairperson
"A single, stronger window and door association is of high
interest to AAMA members from both the residential and architectural
markets," said AAMA's chairman of the Board, Chris Fuldner.
"Such a change would bring together the two organizations
into a more powerful and unified voice as we face issues in standards
and code development, increasing legislative opportunities and
rapidly escalating legal challenges."
For more information contact AAMA at www.aamanet.org
or WDMA at www.wdma.com