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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 »
  • 2009 will be a year for diversifying and differentiation
    While many of the top manufacturers in the country look to analysts’ reports and economic indicators to gauge demand for this year, window and door dealers and distributors are more often relying on their direct interaction with customers to know how things are going in the market. We touched base with a few former Window & Door Dealers of the Year award winners to get their take on how... more »
  • Some see hope in remodeling and replacement business
    Not surprisingly, it’s tough to find anyone too optimistic about 2009. To say that window and door executives are being cautious about their projections for the coming year is more than a slight understatement. Still, there are glimmers of hope, particularly looking just beyond the coming year. “I believe that the industry won’t turn until 2010,” says Alan Levin,... more »
  • Next week is the International Builders' Show. Not surprisingly, as home sales have declined in recent years, so has attendance at this show. One thing I've noted in recent years, however, is that exhibitors and attendees have maintained a relatively positive attitude. Traffic was down at the past two shows in Orlando, but there was little talk of "doom and gloom." How do you... more »
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    Housing downturn expected to dampen turn-out for annual NAHB event
    After an extended stay in Orlando, the International Builders’ Show is moving back to Las Vegas this year, when the National Association of Home Builders' annual show opens from January 20 to 23. And while a fresh location often translates into a bigger and busier event, continued declines in the housing market appear to be preventing any sort of bounce this year. Despite the... more »
  • It’s nice to see positive numbers for a change. That was my reaction when I saw the Freedonia Group predicting an average annual growth rate of 2.8% for window and door demand in its latest market study. Predictions for an annual average 2.8% growth rate through 2012... Sound reasonable Sound too optimistic Sound too pessimistic If poll form doesn't work... more »
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    Suppliers say cellular PVC and urethane products are poised for more growth
    Synthetic millwork and trim may cost more than traditional wood, but companies pushing the product see it continuing to gain market share. While the housing downturn may be slowing that trend, these suppliers see more builders and remodelers making the change in the long run.Cellular PVC millwork and trim products, which started out eight to 10 years ago as a “novelty,” have become... more »
  • 2008 Supply Chain Study examines what’s being sold along with windows and doors
    When dealers and distributors sell windows and doors for remodeling and replacement applications,it’s rare to only sell windows and doors. At the least, a variety of services—ranging from consultationsto installation—go with those products. And it’s certainly not unusual to see windows and doors sold in a package that also includes siding, millwork, and a variety of other... more »