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  • 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 »
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    Despite market downturn, New England-based manufacturer/distributor has continued to expand
    While many window and door companies have cut back on their operations in recent years, Harvey Building Products has bucked the trend. A long-time leader in the New England market, the regular Window & Door Top 100 manufacturer moved into a brand new window and door plant in New Hampshire in 2007 that was twice the size of its previous facility. It also branched out of its home territory,... more »
  • The last couple years have seen staggering decreases in building starts. It seems a generally benign “downturn” has progressed through a much-debated “recession,” with some fearful prospects of a “Depression” now on the minds of our pessimistic colleagues. While many economists doubt the potential for the economic downturn to stumble into a depression, the... more »
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    “Upgrading an interior feature window with millwork products creates a major focal aspect for a room,” says Tina Mealer, product manager at Fypon, a manufacturer of synthetic millwork products. “Using a combination of economical mouldings, pilasters and trim to highlight an interior window is a fast project with lots of payback.” As part of a remodeling project in Ohio,... more »
  • Many prospects are difficult to reach on the phone. Rather than persistently leave messages, try dropping a casual prospecting e-mail to prospects and clients. This affords you the opportunity to be precise with your message and your clients the chance to receive your message and answer at their convenience. In the modern world, you must adapt to a variety of conversation mediums. Strive to... more »
  • This tool brings information to your fingertips. Search web sites to locate information about the market such as housing permits and lead resources. Some of our favorites include: The National Association of Home Builders—www.nahb.org Census Bureau—www.census.gov The Blue Book—www.thebluebook.com Then, visit company and competitors' web sites and anything you can Google to... more »
  • Don’t panic and accept any sale that comes your way. Instead, your proactive sales focus should target the specific audience that creates long term opportunities. Commercial sales, condo associations and one-time sales are valuable short term opportunities for those in the building industry. Concentrating on builders, subcontractors and re-sellers of your product will provide ongoing... more »
  • We start out this year on challenging economic footing and, if you’re anything like me, you’re probably about sick of hearing about it. But just when I reach for the mouse or the remote to avoid yet another report on the state of our economy, I take pause to remind myself that pilots check a lot of gauges before they decide to land a plane. Making business decisions without reliable... more »
  • California replacement company finds success with new vinyl bi-fold system
    Affluent homeowners, particularly those in coastal areas, are increasingly taking a pass on traditional French doors for flexible solutions that open their indoor living areas to outdoor spaces and make for a better view. While a variety of manufacturers have targeted this high-end segment of the market, it's not typically the realm of replacement window companies. One that has entered this... more »