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  • Your taxes, that is. April is a happy month for those looking to escape winter weather, but a not-so-happy month for those looking to escape our annual tax obligations. In fact, if you’re really stressed out about tax season, a recent USA Today article points out that there are some hotels across the country that are working hard to take the 'taxing' part out of taxes. Alas, as it has been... more »
  • In response to Julie Ruth's column, "Preparing for 'the Big One'" in the January/February issue of Window & Door, Mory Katz, VP of the Commercial Property Division at Verisk Insurance Solutions, addresses the threat posed by severe storms. He writes: "I read with interest Julie Ruth’s column. ...  After a storm, the power grid, building construction and... more »
  • One of the things I have always loved about the window and door industry is the strong streak of entrepreneurialism that runs through it. Far and wide, fenestration companies have been founded by craftsmen, installers and salespeople who were confident they could make a better window, provide better customer service and/or bring a higher level of skill to the practice of installing windows. Last... more »
  • Industry leaders are positioning themselves for growth ahead
    The industry is poised for growth. Last year, most of Window & Door’s 2013 Top 100 Manufacturers enjoyed the beginning stages of a recovery in the new construction and remodeling/replacement markets. Today, they are leaner and still cautious, but ready for more.     With markets recovering, Simonton Windows was one of several Top 100 Manufacturers that expanded its... more »
  • Canada’s Durabuilt Windows & Doors marks 25th anniversary while positioning itself for the future
    Durabuilt Windows & Doors is celebrating. This year marks the Edmonton, Alberta-based manufacturer’s 25th anniversary; the launch of a new logo and brand image; and a place on Canada’s Best Managed Companies list. The reasons for that honor are many, but Joe Sunner, president, says Durabuilt’s success is rooted in “hard work, around-the-clock dedication and... more »
  • After Congress once again failed to agree on how to reduce the federal deficit, the sequester went into effect March 1. Of the sequester’s $85 billion in automatic spending cuts, an estimated $4 billion come from reductions in construction spending, according to a March 3 Engineering News-Record report. And while it's clear the sequester will in some way impact the commercial construction... more »
  • An interesting debate is brewing in the business world, sparked by Yahoo’s CEO, Marissa Mayer. As parenting columnist for The Washington Post Tracy Grant points out this week, Mayer is ruffling feathers for her decision to eliminate employees’ option to work from home. Having been appointed to the helm of Yahoo at less than 40 years old and while pregnant, many people thought she... more »
  • On average, 18 toddlers die annually by falling from windows, according to Safe Kids Worldwide. More than 98,000 children—an average of 14 per day—were treated in U.S. emergency rooms for windowfall-related injuries during the 1990-2008 time period, according to the most recent study on the subject. About 65 percent of those injuries involved children four years old and younger,... more »
  • Windows on Wall Street From Lincoln InternationalThe W&D Stock Index got off to a strong start in 2013, with a gain of 5.7% in January as compared to 3.5% for the S&P 500. The index significantly outperformed the market in 2012, with gains of 50.2% versus 14.3% for the S&P 500. Data indicates a recovery in the construction market is well underway, with total housing starts estimated... more »
  • Continued need for differentiation also driving manufacturer choices
    Window hardware is evolving, with codes and market trends demanding higher performance. Window manufacturers are demanding more too, including components and systems that offer the flexibility to differentiate products in terms of performance, functionality and aesthetics. Window sash are getting bigger and heavier, increasing demand for products like this heavy-duty hinge from Truth... more »