IDA's Company Safety and Health Manual Updated and Online for Download

The Company Safety and Health Manual is published by the IDA as a service to members. The information contained in this manual has been reviewed by IDA and Safran Law Offices in August 2016, and is furnished as a template for members to utilize and supplement as appropriate for their individual needs.

A new feature of the manual is that it can be customized for an individual company.

The Manual is not offered or intended as legal advice. Many of the items included in this manual are URLs to government websites, and those links have been updated with this most recent review.

Members should review the contents of the Manual carefully, and determine whether any of the materials are or are not appropriate for their particular business needs. If you have any legal questions or concerns, you should consult an attorney licensed in your jurisdiction.

The Manual is available to members to download and print by clicking here.

Members Can Save on Shipping Through IDA Member Savings Program

Good for both existing and new accounts, IDA members in the United States can save on small parcel shipping with FEDEX.  And, not only save on small parcel shipping, but also save on Outbound and Inbound less than a truckload (LTL) shipping through our Partnership Program.  Click here for more details.

Check Out All of IDA's Member Free Savings Program Offerings

IDA’s Member Savings Program ( is almost two years old!  Over the two years, several new programs have been added and a few programs have been eliminated and replaced with other similar programs.  Click here to see an overview which highlights our most popular services that you can register for via fax or email. Whether or not you already have a discount program with one of the programs, you owe it to yourself to see if you can achieve even greater savings with the IDA discount.

In addition to the most popular services, also check out the Lowe’s program and save a minimum of 5% plus 2% on every order.  Click here for details.

Have You Used Your Savings Coupons From Your 2016 Renewal?

Time is running out to use your vendor coupons from your 2016 dues renewal or new membership.  One of the many coupon offers is from IDA is for 10 percent off Service Decals.  What a great time to check out and stock up on member-only service decals in either standard two-color or premium three-color.  Click here to download an order form or check out the latest issue of ID&OI magazine.  Use your 2016 coupon now and as you renew your dues for 2017 you will be sent a new set of coupons that are good until December 31, 2017.  Check out all the deals the coupons have to offer – you can save hundreds of dollars on products and services you may already be purchasing!

Popular Dealer-FIT Reports Now Available For Sale in Segments

Dealer-FIT is a report on the “cost of doing business” survey of members of financial and operational data for garage door dealers and distributors. The last survey conducted was based on year-end 2014 financial data and it was administered and reported by Zoller Consulting, Inc. for the IDA. It was released in the fall of 2015.

The following reports, which contain proprietary information and are intended ONLY for the purchaser, are available:
• Dealers – Residential Work Only
• Dealers – Commercial Work Only
• Dealers – <$4 Million in Annual Sales
• Dealers – >$4 Million in Annual Sales

Individual reports are available for $60.00 for members. Download a PDF of the order form by clicking here.

The next full survey will be based on year-end 2017 financial data, and the report will be released in 2018. Dealers who participate in the survey get a free copy of the results; member non-participants may purchase a full report for $175.

IDA to Host Regional Meetings in Charlotte, Houston, and Minneapolis

IDA will host three regional meetings between now and May 2017 in Charlotte, NC (November 11-12, 2016), Houston, TX (February 2017) and Minneapolis, MN (May 2017). On each agenda is one day of educational programming and a half day of IDEA accreditation and certification testing.

The purpose of the meetings is to bring IDA education and IDEA testing to areas of the US where there is a large population of door and access systems dealers, but no affiliated organization to provide programming. Another goal is to create excitement for the 2017 IDAExpo in Atlanta from April 19 – 22.

For registration information visit the IDA website ( and click the tab Expo & Events.

If Hiring Good People is One of Your Concerns

The Center for America is a non-profit group that promotes free enterprise, and is working with funding from the founder of Home Depot to create a job bank to help military veterans find employment after their service.  A goal of the group is to help smaller employers hire more veterans by giving them the educational and networking tools to make it easier to do so.  Click here to view the process for registering with the Center for America and for submitting jobs to its website.  Other guides can be accessed here that discuss Federal Tax Benefits for hiring and employing veterans and a best practices guide for employers in recruiting and hiring.

Young Professionals Network for Those in Your Company 35 and Under

IDA has formed a YOUNG PROFESSIONALS NETWORK (YPN) for those who go beyond the norm in their career and in their community.  We are looking for YPs in the door and access systems industry – both dealers and in manufacturing/distributing -- who are between the ages of 21 and 35 years old.

YPs will be a sounding board for new ideas and programs of the association.  They may be invited to attend special meetings and workshops.  They will receive recognition in the industry magazine, International Door & Operator Industry, and they will be invited to take part in special programs for Young Professionals at the IDAExpo.

Nominations for the YPN will be accepted year round.  They may be nominated by members or they may be self-nominated.  They can work in any aspect of the door and access systems industry; they are members of the group that will lead all aspects of the industry in the future.  You may nominate more than one individual for this recognition.  Use the form attached here to nominate your future leaders.

Mark the Dates On Your Calendar for IDAExpo 2017 in Atlanta

The 2017 IDAExpo will take place April 19 – 22, 2017 at the Omni Hotels & Resorts and the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, Georgia.  Visit the website often to keep up-to-date on the latest IDAExpo news at  A combination of excellent educational programs and two days of exhibit time, this is an event you won’t want to miss!