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  • In response to Julie Ruth's column, "Preparing for 'the Big One'" in the January/February issue of Window & Door, Mory Katz, VP of the Commercial Property Division at Verisk Insurance Solutions, addresses the threat posed by severe storms. He writes: "I read with interest Julie Ruth’s column. ...  After a storm, the power grid, building construction and... more »
  • One of the things I have always loved about the window and door industry is the strong streak of entrepreneurialism that runs through it. Far and wide, fenestration companies have been founded by craftsmen, installers and salespeople who were confident they could make a better window, provide better customer service and/or bring a higher level of skill to the practice of installing windows. Last... more »
  • After Congress once again failed to agree on how to reduce the federal deficit, the sequester went into effect March 1. Of the sequester’s $85 billion in automatic spending cuts, an estimated $4 billion come from reductions in construction spending, according to a March 3 Engineering News-Record report. And while it's clear the sequester will in some way impact the commercial construction... more »
  • An interesting debate is brewing in the business world, sparked by Yahoo’s CEO, Marissa Mayer. As parenting columnist for The Washington Post Tracy Grant points out this week, Mayer is ruffling feathers for her decision to eliminate employees’ option to work from home. Having been appointed to the helm of Yahoo at less than 40 years old and while pregnant, many people thought she... more »
  • You don't often encounter charming and entertaining economists, but Dr. Esmael Adibi is both of these and informative, to boot. Yesterday in Tucson, AAMA's 76th Annual Conference luncheon speaker echoed the cautiously optimistic construction outlook for the fenestration industry you've been reading about elsewhere, tying it to his overall economic forecast. Dr. Adibi's previous GDP growth... more »
  • With the spring season rapidly approaching, a number of homeowners may be preparing to attend their area’s seasonal home shows. For many in the remodeling industry, it likely feels as though exhibiting at a home show is one of the oldest tools in the shed. In an age when homeowners have increasing online options for researching home remodelers, projects and products, it may seem old... more »
  • Last week, Window World announced a campaign to raise more than $1 million in the coming year for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. I know that this is just one of many examples of generous corporate giving in our industry, as companies throughout the country support everything from local baseball teams to national non-profit organizations and charitable causes. My question is whether you... more »
  • The meeting topic could well have been named, “why a window is not a stove.” The topic, life cycle assessment (LCA), was an important discussion at last week’s Insulating Glass Manufacturers Alliance Annual Conference in New Orleans. No doubt stove manufacturers face unique challenges determining the energy/carbon footprint of what they produce, but our industry has to... more »
  • Going paperless can have a big impact on a business. Not only is it an environmentally friendly approach to running a company, but it can also result in significant improvements to internal processes and document management. Reducing or eliminating paper is a growing movement in many industries, including the window and door segment. Earlier this year, Mashable.com reported that a handful of web... more »
  • Sometimes, a taxi ride sums up the mood of a city, or even an industry event. Last week, I shared a cab from the International Builders' Show to the Las Vegas airport with Phil Melancon, owner of Great Wood Homes in Lafayette, Louisiana. In addition to being a custom homebuilder, Phil is a National Association of Home Builders board member. We agreed that the mood at this year’s show was... more »