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  • “Given expected growth in world industrial demand over the next several years, particularly China, building materials prices will tend to rise faster than general inflation,” predicts Bernard Markstein, a senior economist with the National Association of Home Builders.  He made those comments in an article in Nation's Building News looking at recent price hikes in lumber,... more »
  • President Obama released information yesterday about his widely-anticipated "Homestar" program, giving the window and door industry what could be another significant shot in the arm for sales products delivering energy efficient upgrades. While all the details will come out in the next week or so with the official Senate bill, and further permutations are likely as legislation then... more »
  • As the winter weather slowly gives way to spring, the weary window industry is indeed looking longingly at a new construction season in hopes of seeing a renewal of our markets. Homeowners are looking afresh at their windows, too–but as a means to finally open stuffy homes to balmy breezes and birdcalls after a season of winter captivity. It is this time of year, as warmer weather... more »
  • Las Vegas—The International Builders’ Show, which concluded here last week, set the stage for a better year in 2010. As noted last week, a more upbeat mood prevailed as the event opened, with window and door industry exhibitors expressing more optimism for the year ahead, particularly on the remodeling and replacement side of the business. David Crowe, chief economist for the National... more »
  • Companies P-S   Products are presented by exhibitor, alphabetically. Follow the following links to see information from other companies. Companies A-F Companies G-K Companies L-O  Companies T-Z Pella Pella Corp. highlighted at IBS the fact that it has earned Forest Stewardship Council chain-of-custody certification from Scientific Certification Systems, which... more »
  • Companies T-Z   Products are presented by exhibitor, alphabetically. Follow the following links to see information from other companies. Companies A-F Companies G-K Companies L-O  Companies P-S   Velux Introduced as part of a totally redesigned product line, the Velux deck-mounted product family has been designated The No Leak Skylight. The deck mounted skylights... more »
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    Las Vegas—The International Builders’ Show opened here yesterday, more compact than last year, but with attendees and exhibitors alike expressing much more optimism for an improved market in the coming year. An uptick in new product introductions from window and door manufacturers exhibiting at the show reinforced that optimistic spirit, suggesting more companies see the time is right... more »
  • "We're looking for 20 percent growth this year." That's what one window manufacturer told me yesterday as I made the rounds at the International Builders' Show.  It was a refreshing change from the conversations I heard a year ago when a mood of doom and gloom was more prevalent. Now I've heard numerous reports, most specifically from those focused on the replacement window market... more »
  • Expectations for a better year boost expectations for Las Vegas event
    With the housing market expected to begin a tepid recovery in 2010, exhibitors and attendees alike will be looking for signs of life when they gather for the International Builders’ Show. The National Association of Home Builders' annual show runs January 19-22 at the Las Vegas Convention Center. Attendance itself will serve as a barometer. Last year’s event drew about 60,000 people,... more »
  • Industry leaders see many challenges, but this may be the year we finally turn the corner
    Everyone is cautious, but there are traces of optimism in the window and door market. While most industry representatives expect a challenging start to 2010, they are, generally speaking, anticipating a flattening out and perhaps a slight uptick in the back half of this year. "While there are many indicators that the marketplace has hit bottom, market projections are for the recovery to be... more »