The American Architectural Manufacturers Association and the Window and Door Manufacturers Association are working to become one.
The associations announced the move Oct. 6. WDMA, based in Des Plaines, Ill., represents about 150 U.S. and Canadian manufacturers and suppliers of windows and doors for the domestic and export markets. The group started as the National Door Manufacturers Association in 1927.
AAMA, based in Schaumburg, Ill., was founded in 1936. Its membership includes makers of windows, doors and skylights in the United States and abroad, and includes 265 full corporate members and 166 individual members.
``We're anticipating to have a vote during the first half of 2005,'' said Alan Campbell, WDMA's president, in an Oct. 7 telephone interview. ``We just feel that it's in the best interest of industry that we speak in a common voice to all of our exterior audiences. Likewise, from an internal aspect, we think there are certain economies that can be achieved as one organization.''
The two groups would work together on industry standards, product certification and educational programs.
``A single, stronger window and door association is of high interest to AAMA members from both the residential and architectural markets,'' Chris Fuldner, AAMA's chairman, said in a news release. ``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.''