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  • 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 »
  • Annual Window & Door survey finds manufacturers and dealers expect a better year ahead
    The worst may be over. That's what most North American window and door manufacturers and dealers appear to be thinking, according to 2010 Industry Pulse, Window & Door’s exclusive annual survey of industry executives. The results suggest more companies foresee some sales gains this year, but any optimism remains cautious at best, with widespread expectations for... more »
  • The Obama Administration is working on a program to boost energy efficiency upgrades in homes, including replacement of windows and doors.  The industry is all for that. I'm sure many other executives would have been happy to join Jeld-Wen's Ron Saxton at the White House jobs forum last week to make the case that new windows and doors would be good for a lot of American homes and that our... more »
  • We begin our online coverage of the 2010 International Builders' Show today with an advance look at some of the window and door industry products to be featured at the upcoming event.  That got me thinking about the show, and wondering what it holds in store for us in January. Every year, it seems one trend hits some sort of tipping point and takes center stage for the many window and door... more »
  • Forget the Big Mac Index, or even the Starbucks Latte Index. This gal is more interested in my self-proclaimed Black Friday Index. I've made a tradition of sorts here at Window & Door by admitting openly that I'm a Black Friday fanatic. My mother and I have been planning the post-turkey shopping spree for months now. And even though I had to write a check for an unexpected car... more »
  • Traditionally, when I heard the word "weatherization," it meant caulking some gaps and adding some insulation, not replacing windows or doors. That could be changing. The Department of Energy sees payback in getting more homes and buildings retrofitted with super-efficient products and is promoting a new high-volume purchase program for R-5 windows and high-performance storms. ... more »
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    ERP system alone is not enough to ensure "customer delight"
    Going the Extra Mile Excellence in Customer Service Feldco Factory Direct Des Plaines, Ill.    With additional locations, Feldco has invested in a customized ERP system to help manage the details, but the management team knows that true customer satisfaction comes from employees dedicated to promoting "customer delight." Feldco has figured out that the best... more »
  • More than 100 years old, Marling continues to look for growth opportunities
    Overall Excellance LEADERSHIP SERVING PROFESSIONALS  Marling Lumber Co. Janesville, Wis. Business cycles don’t make the Marling Lumber leadership nervous. Now run by the fourth and fifth generation of the Marling family, the company has survived recessions and booms, expansions and even devastating fires. So while most of its competitors are struggling to keep the doors open,... more »
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    Sticking to core values took discipline and a total company overhaul
    LEADERSHIP SERVING HOMEOWNERS   Power Windows & Siding Brookhaven, Pa. Like many companies, Power Windows & Siding started out small. Adam and Jeff Kaliner, cousins, started the company fresh out of the college scene, doing all of the marketing, estimating and sales calls out of a two-bedroom apartment. For 15 years, the company grew about 20 percent per year and continued... more »