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  • Many window and door companies, including retailers, distributors, and manufacturers, were among thousands of companies that the Occupational Safety & Health Administration recently contacted with letters suggesting that they need to do a better job.  The OSHA Web site provides information and many links to employers to help them comply with safety regulations.  Of particular... more »
  • Happy Earth Day. It's April 22 and millions of people will be marking the occasion by talking about the environment, global warming, recycling, and more. Many companies are marking the occasion too. What about your company? That's our poll question of the week. Why do I ask? I guess to see just how many window and door companies are truly embracing "green." Most companies in our... more »
  • Align with dealers, distributors and manufacturers that have the financial standing to endure declining market conditions. To accomplish this, do your research. Local and regional companies may not have the same financial backing as national companies - especially those with diversified parent companies that have a proven history to withstand economic downturns.   Simonton Windows produces... more »
  • As a candidate, President Obama promised "change." Although I don't necessarily think it came from the White House, "change" is now evident in the window and door industry. The change is being applauded by many. With the enactment of the stimulus package, there is now a real tax incentive for homeowners to upgrade the energy efficiency of their homes. Manufacturers and... more »
  • Accept the outcome. A lost sale is not necessarily failure. Furthermore, a sale that is unprofitable is not a victory. Recognize that you will not win every battle and learn from your losses. While you may not win the battle, you will emerge victorious in the war.   This week’s tip comes from Rick Davis, president of Building Leaders, Inc. and author of the book, Strategic Sales in... more »
  • In an effort to boost the sagging economy and further political agenda items, President Obama and Congress recently enacted the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. One notable element of that legislation is the energy efficient home improvement tax credit. Under the Internal Revenue Service code, purchase of exterior windows and/or exterior doors that improve energy efficiency of... more »
  • In Tucson last week, the Window & Door Manufacturers Association outlined plans to get its members' voices heard in Washington. Given the industry grumbling about the last minute shift in window, door and skylight tax incentive requirements in the stimulus bill, I suspect some wish our industry’s presence was already stronger there. Would a stronger industry lobbying effort... more »
  • Don't drive aimlessly around your territory without appointments. If you don't have a scheduled meeting in the field, then don't leave your office. Cold calls and casual visits should be fill-in activity that surrounds productive scheduled appointments.   This week’s tip comes from Rick Davis, president of Building Leaders, Inc. and author of the book, Strategic Sales in the Building... more »
  • The tax credits included in President Obama's stimulus bill are causing quite a stir in the window and door industry. While most industry representatives are pleased with the $1,500 cap—as opposed to the previous tax credits of $200 for qualifying windows and $500 for qualifying doors—many are expressing concern about the wording of what products will qualify. The wording of the... more »
  • Leaving all the politics aside, President Obama's economic stimulus package has, in my opinion, some pretty decent provisions for the window and door industry. Could it be more? Sure. But it's certainly better than the menial incentives we've had for energy efficiency upgrades in the last few years. I think the economic stimulus bill will impact the window and door industry:... more »