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  • Just last month, Harvard’s Joint Center for Housing Studies released a promising outlook for the home remodeling industry, predicting it would continue to improve through the end of the year and into the first half of 2013.  If that prediction holds true, the next few months might be a good time to evaluate your current hiring strategies to ensure your firm is prepared for what will... more »
  • Forming a new post-Thanksgiving shopping tradition, U.S. consumers spent a record $59 billion during the four-day sale period that started on Thursday this year. According to news reports, the average shopper spent $427 through Sunday, up from $398 in 2011. So was any of that money spent on windows or doors? Hansons, the Michigan and Ohio window and door dealer, tweeted this on Cyber Monday... more »
  • Exhibitors debut energy efficient products
    The 2012 Greenbuild International Conference & Expo took place November 14-16 in San Francisco, where nearly 800 exhibitors demonstrated the latest in green products and technology. Below, watch videos, view photos, and read descriptions of window and door products making their debut at the event. Greenbuild visitors examine Andersen Windows' E-Series Eagle window.     ... more »
  • After months of anticipation, we have now decided as a country who will serve as president of the United States for the next four years. Whether your preferred candidate was successful or not, it’s time to look ahead and think about how the administration is likely to impact your business plan moving forward. Last week after the results were announced, the National Association of Home... more »
  • Exhibitors make new introductions at Canadian event
    Win-Door North America celebrated its 18th anniversary November 6-8, 2012, at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, where show officials reported an increase in attendance and exhibitors by 15-20 percent. Read an overview of the event here, and view some of the new products on display below.   Novatech Group featured its Element sliding hybrid patio door that combines aluminum, PVC... more »
  • “I feel lucky,” a Connecticut-based business friend told me following Hurricane Sandy.  “I have electricity and a roof, unlike the businesses on either side of me.” Sometimes, it is just about luck, but it’s also good to have a disaster recovery plan in place for your company.  In the case of my friend, Tom, the potential for long-term power outages and... more »
  • For those of us on the East Coast, Hurricane Sandy has packed a wallop. Estimates of the destruction and damage are just starting to come in.  Schools and businesses up and down the East Coast have been closed—even the New York Stock Exchange shut down for the first time in decades due to a weather-related incident. The Window & Door team is put the final touches on this week... more »
  • Provisions in the law will be impacting both large and small employers moving forward
    After more than a year of negotiations and debate, President Obama signed the hotly-contested Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act into law in 2010. Finding someone in the United States who has never heard of the act or does not have an opinion about it would be difficult. At this point, however, only portions of the PPACA have taken effect. Other are still to come, with most coming into... more »
  • The R-5 window may be back as the Environmental Protection Agency has released its draft criteria for Most Efficient designation for windows under the Energy Star windows, doors and skylights program.  In addition to other requirements, including NAFS certification, the newest high-performance criteria sets a minimum U-factor of 0.20 for all regions of the country. Many in the industry have... more »
  • Window & Door honors excellence in the middle
      Window & Door is pleased to announce its 2012 Dealers of the Year. Honored for Overall Excellence this year are A.W. Hastings from Connecticut and Power Home Remodeling Group from Pennsylvania. The magazine has also recognized four Focused Excellence category winners—window and door retailers and distributors that stand out in the areas of marketing, customer... more »