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  • Since your Window & Door fruitcake is probably still in the mail (and lost in the mail, if you’re lucky) we’d like to take a moment to thank you for another great year and wish you well as you head into the holiday season. Since we had a mid-year launch in 2006, 2007 marks the first full calendar year of WDweekly. We appreciate all of the feedback we’ve received as a result... more »
  • The results are in. Mike Huckabee is the favorite of window and door industry Republican voters in last week’s poll. And Barack Obama was an even greater favorite among industry Democrats two weeks ago. (Do we have a lot of closet Oprah watchers out there?) So, the stage is now set for the window and door industry general election poll. If you had to vote for president today, who would it... more »
  • Well, it seems I’m not the only one who wanted to have a little fun and inaugurate the first-ever window and door industry presidential poll. Last week’s WDweekly poll drew an unprecedented response—with more than 700 votes cast. Okay, they weren’t actually all votes—just over half the responses came from those of you who said you’d vote in this week’s... more »
  • A little over a month from now, the first official votes will be cast in the 2008 presidential campaign. So, not to let CNN, the Wall Street Journal, NBC, the New York Times, etc., etc., have all the fun, I’ve decided it's time for WDweekly to do the first ever window and door industry presidential poll. I can’t promise it will be as meaningful as the other polls—heck, we’... more »
  • Seriously—is it already Thanksgiving? The older I get, the faster the years seem to fly by. Magazine cycles are even worse—I just spent the last two weeks collecting insights from folks in all areas of our industry in preparation for our January 2008 forecast issue. On a personal level, it's tough to talk about next year before I've even enjoyed my Thanksgiving Day turkey-and-pie... more »
  • Greg Brooks, a consultant to the lumber and building materials field, suggested at the recent AMD convention and exhibition that things are looking up for “independents.” Economies of scale have not added up for big companies to an advantage, he says, pointing to, among other things, the fact that in most markets, locals are effectively competing with Home Depot on price. Brooks also... more »
  • Numerous exhibitors at the AMD show were buzzing about Fortune Brands’ decision to pull its companies—including Therma-Tru Doors—out of the 2008 International Builders’ Show. I heard unconfirmed rumors that other companies—including a big window manufacturer—had dropped out or were considering dropping out too. News like that reinforces what most of us know... more »
  • This week, I want you to go out of order. Before I taint you with the following information, take the poll to the left, then come back and read the rest. Ok—you voted, right? A news story (see The Outside View...) announcing some continuing good news for tintable glass developer Sage Electrochromics explains how the emerging supplier has set up shop in Faribault, Minn. Sage’s CEO,... more »
  • What will homes look like in the future, and what kind of products will they demand from our industry? Last week, the mall in Washington, D.C., offered a preview, with teams from 20 universities worldwide building solar-powered homes for the Solar Decathlon, sponsored by the Department of Energy. Lorin Hancock, with our sister publication Glass Magazine, reported on the event in their electronic... more »
  • A bit of a surprise at last week’s Remodeling Show was the fact that relatively few vinyl windows were on display. They were there, sure, but not at a level that reflects their number one market share position. That’s been true for steel entry doors for several years now. Even though they still account for more than half the residential entry door market, manufacturers don’t... more »