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  • Association Meets in Florida to Talk Green Liability, Changes to Wind Map, Hurricane Simulation Study
    FMA members gathered last week in Cocoa Beach, Fla., for the assoication's annual spring conference. Cocoa Beach, Fla.–In addition to a challenging economy and a depressed new construction market, manufacturers and suppliers in the Southeast region of the country have some additional balls to juggle with changes to the hurricane wind zone map, specialized installation techniques... more »
  • Good news!  I am not one who generally uses exclamation points in my writing, but I am very pleased that WDweekly is able to report that window manufacturers like Simonton and Andersen are bringing back workers. This typically happens in the spring, but this year we couldn't help but wonder when and even if it would happen. These reports follow on the heels of Serious Materials re-... more »
  • Okay, we've been hearing lots from you about the new tax credits for energy efficient windows and doors. Last week, we asked for a straight up-and-down vote from readers on whether they approved of the new 30/30 standards or disapproved and thought they should be changed. This week, I'd like to hear whether or not they're having the stimulative effect desired.  So our poll question... more »
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    Pre-recession trends continue to gain some momentum in pre-hanger channel
    Some of the trends that were emerging or blossoming before the economy began to bottom out continue to define pre-hangers, even in the current economic environment. That’s not to say the economy isn’t having a big impact on this supply channel—it certainly is. But there are plenty of pre-hangers and millwork specialists that have adopted the attitude to keep on keepin’ on... more »
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    Challenging times clearly reflected in annual look at North America's largest residential window and door manufacturers in North America
    See the Top 100 rankings here Starting with a housing downturn that evolved into a “global financial crisis,” the past three years produced tremendous challenges to the window and door industry. Those challenges clearly emerge in the 2009 edition of the Window & Door Top 100, our annual feature presenting North America’s 100 largest manufacturers of residential windows... more »
  • “Coming on the heels of unprecedented growth over the past decade,” the home improvement industry is in the midst of a “severe downturn,” says a new report from the Joint Center for Housing Studies at Harvard University. The study suggests that by the time a recovery begins, “the entire industry is expected to begin a marked transition on both the demand and supply... more »
  • Last week, a reader of WDweekly wrote to say “We’ve stopped reading it because every week is full of gloom and doom.” I certainly understand the perspective. I’ve been tempted to turn off the TV every time the latest news from the economic front comes on. When do you expect to see sales growth at your company? Sales are increasing now. In the next 3... more »
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    Las Vegas—On day three of last week’s International Builders’ Show, the government announced that housing start had hit their lowest level in 50 years ago. Given that environment, the number of builders and other housing industry professionals that made their way to the event here last week was “almost a pleasant surprise,” according to one door manufacturer.... more »
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    Las Vegas--It's hard to escape talk of the weak economy, and the International Builders' Show, which opened yesterday, is certainly not the place to do it.  Exhibitors, including the some 200 plus window and door industry companies, are showing their latest products, but much of the conversation here is focused on the troubled housing market and what to do... more »
  • Annual Window & Door survey reflects deteriorating expectations
    What were once gloomy forecasts became hard realities for the window and door industry in 2008. Some companies closed plants or distribution locations, while others simply closed their doors. The 2009 Industry Pulse, Window & Door’s exclusive annual survey of North American window and door manufacturers and dealers, suggests most industry executives foresee another tough year ahead.... more »