What was the Biggest Industry Story of 2012?
December 18, 2012
As we wrap up 2012, we should pause and reflect on how far we’ve come over the past 12 months. Each year, we look back at some of the top industry stories of the year, as well as mainstream media stories that caught our attention.
In the past year, we’ve seen some companies downsize and some expand; we've seen both the Environmental Protection Agency and the Federal Trade Commission target the window and door industry; and we've witnessed some signficant company ownership changes certainly worth talking about.
Please take a moment and weigh in on what you believe is the most significant industry story of the year and why. Please also take a moment to share your thoughts about 2012 in general. Send an email or post a comment below.
From all of the Window & Door team, we wish you a prosperous New Year and a safe and happy holiday season.
Survey Results as of 1/7/2013:
What Was the Biggest Industry Story of 2012?
Changing Energy Star and New Most Efficient Criteria
Continued Company Closings (Dove, Gorell, Regency)
FTC Claims Against Window Manufacturers
EPA Fines for LRRP Violations
Consolidation in the Door Industry
Nearly half of poll participants indicate that energy efficiency tops the list in terms of the biggest buzz-producing stories of 2012. I won't be surprised to see that 2013 brings similar attention to this topic as manufacturers and dealers scramble to keep up in this area.
We also see fall-out from our economic challenges ranking high on the list, with more than 30 percent of participants noting that continued company closings and consolidations is what was most memorable about 2012.