Danville, Virginia, Fire Department Tasks Wayne Dalton with Out-of-the-Box Project

Even in the 21st century, when you visit the town of Danville, Virginia, you feel like you’ve stepped back in time. The residents of the quiet hamlet, founded in 1728, have been diligent in protecting the area against urban sprawl. So, when the Danville Fire Department put out a request for new doors for its fire house, it is understandable that many architects and garage door dealers balked at the main requirement: the doors had to reflect the historic feel of the town.

Wayne Dalton dealer Dougherty Equipment in Greensboro, North Carolina, was up to the challenge. Together with architects J.C. Nichols and Stewart Cooper Newell, they created a one-of-a-kind external appearance for the fire department using a unique design that combined a Thermomark® Model 5200 commercial sectional door with a residential Model 6600 carriage house steel door to blend residential aesthetics with commercial integrity and performance.

The team maintained the historic integrity of the community and achieved a unique look on all five fire house doors by adding a residential-style overlay (Model 6600) to the base commercial door (Model 5200). Since Danville is a city with a rich history, it was imperative that the doors blend in with the architect’s vision, and the project required city and historical approvals to proceed.

Easy was not one of the words used to describe the several changes and adaptations throughout the project. Dougherty Equipment came up with the drawing and concept, which was then sent to the Wayne Dalton product engineer department for analysis and approval.  The challenge to create something this unique was intriguing to the team, and Wayne Dalton worked with Dougherty Equipment, which in turn worked with the architects, who had to coordinate with the fire department and the town of Danville through several revisions on sizes, designs and configurations to complete the project on time.

Wayne Dalton was the only manufacturer that took on the challenge of designing and building the doors. Several other manufacturers said that they could not take on a special “designer” project like this one, but our dealers knew that with the right partners, they could create something spectacular.

New doors for the Danville, Virginia Fire Department.

New doors for the Danville, Virginia Fire Department.

The historic Danville Fire Department.

The historic Danville Fire Department.

What out-of-the-box requests has your dealership received? Tell us about them in the comments below!

Wayne Dalton Celebrates 60 Years!

Throughout the month of October, Wayne Dalton employees around the country will celebrate a huge milestone, our 60th anniversary.

Group at Mt. Hope plant celebrates together.

Group at Mt. Hope plant celebrates together.

We wanted to share a letter from Kelly Terry, ASD Division President, which went out to our employees today:

The year was 1954. Elvis Presley had just broken onto the music scene, a gallon of gasoline was 20 cents, and “From Here to Eternity” won the Academy Award for Best Picture.

At the same time, in the quiet community of Mount Hope, Ohio, an Amish woodshop was positioned to grow into the business that it is today ­­– Wayne Dalton, the brand that is dedicated to the success of our dealer partners.

Today, Wayne Dalton is an industry leading brand that is supported by over 2,000 team members in more than 65 locations in the United States and Canada. Though much has changed since the ’50s, the Wayne Dalton promise and commitment to our customers remain the same.

Wayne Dalton has been both resilient and responsive to the changing times. But, at the end of the day, a brand is only as strong as the company and team members behind it. So all the Wayne Dalton celebrations at our locations this month are as much about you as they are this historic milestone.

As we celebrate Wayne Dalton’s 60th anniversary this year, I want you to take a moment to reflect back on how far we’ve come. While you might not be able to see a movie for 70 cents or buy a new car for $2,000 anymore, one thing remains true – the commitment the Wayne Dalton team has to supporting our dealers with innovation, as well as outstanding products and service.

Thank you for all you’ve done to support the Wayne Dalton brand and our customers.  I look forward to celebrating many more milestones together.

Congratulations,

Kelley Terry

Kelly Terry
ASD Division President

Below is a schedule of Wayne Dalton 60th Anniversary celebrations — look for one in your area!  Or, you can also join in the celebration by using #60YearsofWayneDalton on social media.

Mt. Hope, OH 10/14/2014
Dalton, OH 10/7/2014
Trail, OH 10/7/2014
Conneaut, OH 10/15/2014
Portland, OR 10/21/2014
Lewisville, TX 10/15/2014
Centralia, WA 10/22/2014
Pensacola, FL 10/22/2014

Were you at a Wayne Dalton 60th Anniversary celebration? Share your pictures here or on Facebook!

The 2014 Xtreme Door Makeover Winner

It’s amazing what a new Wayne Dalton garage door can do.

As a Wayne Dalton garage door dealer, you already know that a new garage door can make a big improvement to a home’s curb appeal, but did you know it can also get you tickets to one of the biggest games in baseball? As the winner of the 2014 Xtreme Door Makeover Contest, one lucky Wayne Dalton dealer is experiencing this first hand.

Mike Toyooka, of West Coast Overhead Door in Fillmore, California, had the winning entry for this year’s contest when he demonstrated how a new Model 8300 with walnut wood grain finish and arched Stockton windows can make a dramatic improvement to a home’s overall look and feel.

First Place: Before and After

First Place: Before and After

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As this year’s winner, Toyooka wins the grand prize, two tickets to game four of baseball’s Fall Classic, plus hotel and air-travel accommodations along with a $1,500 travel voucher for expenses.

Now in its third year, the 2014 Xtreme Door Makeover Contest was bigger and better than ever. We encouraged our dealers to share before-and-after pictures of their favorite Wayne Dalton residential garage door replacement installations since January 2013, but this year there was a twist. Instead of contest entries being judged by those of us in the corporate offices, we brought in experts to determine the 2014 winners – curb appeal experts Jonathan and Drew Scott from HGTV’s Property Brothers. Having spent years helping homeowners determine the best way to fix up outdated properties, there were no two people better-suited to determine which garage door replacement made a bigger impact on a home’s curb appeal.

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A total of 20 finalists were chosen based on votes from members of our corporate team, our dealers and Facebook followers. The grand prize and second and third place winners were chosen by our celebrity judges, the Scott brothers.

Second Place: Before and After

Second Place: Before and After

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Based on the 20 entries they saw, the Scott brothers chose projects from Chris Schwerdt, of Midway Sales & Distributing in Topeka, Kansas, and Tia Codispoti of Action Door in Stow, Ohio, as the second and third place winners. The judges chose their projects for the excellent job their companies did in enhancing the look of two homes in their area, successfully matching the new doors with the homes’ architecture.

Third Place: Before and After

Third Place: Before and After

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What do you think of this year’s winning entries? Leave a comment and let us know.

As Seen On TV: How It’s Made Visits Mt. Hope

If you’ve ever wondered how common, everyday items are made, there’s a go-to place on TV that has all the answers: the Science Channel’s “How It’s Made.”

From baseballs to frozen pancakes, NASCAR stock cars to pencils, the show has offered viewers a first-hand look at how these and many more ubiquitous products are put together.

One household item the popular program hasn’t featured is the making of hand-carved, wood garage doors … until now, that is. In April, the show sent a production crew to Wayne Dalton’s manufacturing facility in Mt. Hope, Ohio, where cameras spent 12 hours filming the unique process.

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The How It’s Made production crew filming the making of wood garage doors in Wayne Dalton’s Mt. Hope, Ohio facility.

Wayne Dalton wood doors are the only garage doors in the country that are hand-carved by Amish craftsmen. Having a popular television show film the unique process, which sets Wayne Dalton apart from all other garage door manufacturers in the world, is something our Mt. Hope associates, everyone at Wayne Dalton and all of our Wayne Dalton dealers can be proud of.

The segment, likely to air in 2015, highlights the artisan process – from building the core, to customizing the door, to final inspection. One highlight of the taping was the swift precision with which skilled craftsmen were able to cut and insert glass windows by hand. If you haven’t seen it for yourself, you’ll be amazed.

“We are looking forward to the final cut,” said Bob Dickerson, Wayne Dalton factory manager. “Products that are made in America by hand are hard to come by in today’s world. The inside-look that Science Channel viewers will get should be great, not only for our business, but the garage door industry as a whole.”

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The hand-carved wood garage door custom designed by Wayne Dalton for the taping of How It’s Made.

When the show airs, we’ll be sure to let you know by making an announcement on this blog, our Facebook and Google Plus pages and on Twitter.

To learn more about Wayne Dalton’s Wood Door Collection, visit www.Wayne-Dalton.com, like Wayne Dalton on Facebook or follow Wayne Dalton on Twitter and Google Plus.

Door Styles, Colors and Options Growing This Summer at Wayne Dalton

This time of year Wayne Dalton dealers are seeing more walk-ins, taking more phone calls and answering more emails from residential customers who are looking to upgrade their doors and boost curb appeal. Lucky for both dealers and their customers, there are more residential garage door options from Wayne Dalton than ever to choose from.

If you’re a Wayne Dalton dealer, you know that one of the best reasons for working with us is because of the wealth of quality options that we make available. For example, in the wood door category alone, Wayne Dalton dealers have the ability to offer a choice of wood species and cuts that include Hemlock, Cedar, Western Red Cedar, Mahogany, Plywood, Smooth Hardboard and Rough Sawn Hardboard, all of which can be custom stained or painted. Customers can also choose to add any number of window and decorative hardware options. In fact, our Wood Door Series 7000 includes so many great options that we recently produced a selection guide for the series designed to help dealers order the perfect wood door for their customer.

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The Wayne Dalton Classic Steel Garage Door 8300 line is also expanding. We’ve added the color black as a new option, which means that customers can now choose among five different colors (white, almond, taupe, brown and black) or two textured wood grain finishes (golden oak and walnut). While the new black color shouldn’t be used in regions that experience extreme heat, it’s a sharp option that we believe many customers will be choosing.

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We’ve also added new window insert options to our lineup, all designed with thinner mullions and less flange material around perimeter edges to provide more light. The new inserts feature about 33 percent less plastic, which allows for better light transmittance and larger light appearance. The new inserts are compatible for the Ranch Inserts for 9100, 9600, 8300, 8500 and 8000/8100/8200 Series Long Frame option. For more information on the inserts, read our recent product information bulletin.

What do you think of our new options? Leave a reply below to let us and your fellow Wayne Dalton dealers know.

It’s Not Too Late to Turn an Xtreme Door Makeover into a Trip to the Biggest Game in Baseball!

Wayne Dalton dealers are some of the busiest, most time-crunched people we know. After all, most are small-business owners who spend their days juggling garage door installations, managing payroll, ordering product and tracking down delinquent customers. And that’s on a slow day.

Because our Wayne Dalton dealers almost never get a chance to do something nice for themselves, we want to do something nice for them – send them to the biggest game in baseball! If you’re a Wayne Dalton dealer, all you need to do is send us some photos.

The winning before and after photos from the 2013 Xtreme Door Makeover Contest!

The winning before and after photos from the 2013 Xtreme Door Makeover Contest!

The deadline for Wayne Dalton dealers to enter the Xtreme Door Makeover Photo Contest has been extended one month, until the end of July 2014. Now in its third year, the contest is bigger and better than ever. Just like before, we’re encouraging our dealers to share before-and-after pictures of their favorite Wayne Dalton residential garage door replacement installations since January 2013, but this year, there is a twist. Instead of contest entries being judged by those of us in the Wayne Dalton offices, we’re bringing in ringers to determine the 2014 winners – curb appeal experts Jonathan and Drew Scott from HGTV’s Property Brothers. Having spent years helping homeowners determine the best way to fix up outdated, ugly properties, we could think of no two people better-suited to determine which garage door replacement made a bigger impact on a home’s curb appeal.

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The judges of the 2014 Xtreme Door Home Makeover.

For the winner, this year’s grand prize is a home run – two tickets to game four of baseball’s Fall Classic, plus hotel and air-travel accommodations along with a $1,500 travel voucher for expenses. Two runners-up will each receive $1,000 gift cards. Contest entries will be accepted until July 31, 2014.

The contest is open to all Wayne Dalton dealers. If you would like to enter, you must complete an entry form and submit before-and-after photos of your best work via http://www.XtremeDoorMakeover.com. A total of 20 finalists will be chosen based on the most votes from members of Wayne Dalton, its dealers and Facebook followers. The grand prize and second and third place winners will be chosen by the Scott brothers and will be revealed the week of September 1, 2014. For full details, including contest rules, visit http://www.XtremeDoorMakover.com.

Before it’s too late, make sure you take the time to reward yourself and take great pictures that show how your garage door installations have improved your customer’s curb appeal, and you could receive a prize pack to attend the biggest baseball series in the world.

We know you’re busy, but you deserve to take a moment to enter. Do it today!

Reconnecting with Our Industry

The 2014 IDAExpo, held in late April in Las Vegas, was another great industry event where garage door distributors and dealers from across the country had a chance to meet one another and learn how to make their businesses more successful. For those who didn’t have a chance to attend this year’s expo, Patrick J. Duffy, our East Coast Director, agreed to answer some questions about the event.

What were your impressions of the 2014 IDAExpo?
This year’s event was a great success. The IDAExpo always provides a unique opportunity to meet directly with suppliers, which is hard to find at any other event. The event also provides a chance to understand the latest trends and developments, and dealers can benefit from the numerous seminars that IDA conducts. We enjoy attending the event annually and spending time with our dealers, and we hope to see more of them in attendance at future IDAExpos.

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Wayne Dalton at the 2014 IDA Expo.

What was the general topic of conversation at the show this year?                 Conversations this year generally surrounded both the housing recovery and harsh winter climates. After an unusually hard winter across the United States, many dealers were focused on how a quality garage door can help in extreme temperatures. Also, the cold weather and snow caused some issues and prevented work from being done, so learning from this winter to prepare for future years was our main take-away. Many homeowners are increasing their home value by replacing garage doors, and this aspect of the housing recovery also increases curb appeal for homes.

What was the highlight of this year’s Wayne Dalton booth?                                       The arched top Fiberglass Model 9800 Sonoma and the insulated Aluminum Garage Door 8800 were talked about a lot at the event. We were also very excited to showcase our new 3” commercial section door, the Thermomark™ 530 Section Steel Door, which gained a lot of attention. The push up FireStar® Fire Doors and the Rolling Grill Model 600, featuring the Emergency Egress option, were also big hits with those at the IDAExpo.

Dirk Leachman, David Holdsworth, Charlie Dalton and Bob Rounds think Wayne Dalton is number one!

Dirk Leachman, David Holdsworth, Charlie Dalton and Bob Rounds think Wayne Dalton is number one!

Were there any notable product trends or innovations at the show this year? Carriage house Steel products continue to be the trend, as homeowners are looking to upgrade from the basic traditional doors of the past.  Wayne Dalton offers the Carriage House Steel Door Collection, which provides the old-style carriage garage door appearance but operates in the traditional upward acting manner . The line is very deep and offers an abundance of design style and options from which to choose.

Next year’s show, IDAExpo 2015, will be held in mid-April in Indianapolis. We hope to see you there!

Did you attend this year’s show or are you planning to attend next year’s? Fill us in by leaving a comment below.