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    This month, I’m revisiting an important subject: the future of the window replacement industry. My last column on the matter—in the October 2013 issue of Window & Door—addressed the increased difficulty and reduced replacement options we will face in the years ahead. Ironically, this will result from technological advances in new construction fenestration and wall interface... more »
  • News
    Fortune Brands Home & Security Inc., parent company of Simonton, Fypon and Therma-Tru, has signed an agreement to sell Simonton Windows to Ply Gem Holdings Inc., according to an FBHS press release issued today. The Simonton transaction is valued at approximately $130 million, or roughly 10 times 2014 EBITDA. The transaction’s closing is subject to regulatory approval and is expected to...
  • News
    Construction firms added jobs in 39 states from July 2013 to July 2014 and in 34 states from June to July, according to an analysis of Labor Department data by the Associated General Contractors of America; however, labor shortage remains a concern. "The overall trend in construction employment has been very consistent in 2014 with more than three-fourths of states adding jobs each month on...
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    Builder confidence in the market for newly built, single-family homes rose two points to 55 on the National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index for August. This third consecutive monthly gain brings the index to its highest level since January. “As the employment picture brightens, builders are seeing a noticeable increase in the number of serious buyers entering...
  • News
     C.R. Laurence Co. announced the September opening of a new 150,000-square-foot CRL-U.S. Aluminum Super Center in Secaucus, N.J., located less than a mile from the company’s previous New York Tri-State area site. The Super Center more than doubles the supplier's footprint in the region and furthers the company’s North American expansion, targeting the East Coast. The Super Center...

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Manufacturers, What’s Your Preference?

Jim Snyder

As you’ve read from some of my writings, I’ve predicted specific challenges ahead for the future of the replacement industry – even in this month’s From the Field column. I’ve done this in an ... more »



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