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  • We start out this year on challenging economic footing and, if you’re anything like me, you’re probably about sick of hearing about it. But just when I reach for the mouse or the remote to avoid yet another report on the state of our economy, I take pause to remind myself that pilots check a lot of gauges before they decide to land a plane. Making business decisions without reliable... more »
  • California replacement company finds success with new vinyl bi-fold system
    Affluent homeowners, particularly those in coastal areas, are increasingly taking a pass on traditional French doors for flexible solutions that open their indoor living areas to outdoor spaces and make for a better view. While a variety of manufacturers have targeted this high-end segment of the market, it's not typically the realm of replacement window companies. One that has entered this... 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 »
  • If you think you have done all you can to deal with the challenges of the current economic conditions, ask yourself if you have made an architectural sales call in the past few months. If your answer is no, then you are not taking advantage of very valuable opportunities in your market. There is no audience better suited to help a window and door salesperson during these times than an architect.... more »
  • Abe Lincoln said, "Given eight hours to cut a cord of wood, spend two of them sharpening your axe." Even in these challenging times, perhaps because of this challenging business environment, it is an opportune time to strategize for the future. Now is the time to amass an abundance of leads, thus providing you with knowledge and power in the market.   This week’s tip comes... more »
  • There has been a lot of press lately about federal bailout programs. I don’t think any U.S. citizen would disagree that our economy could certainly use a shot in the arm. But as all of us have the right to ask, I can’t help but wondering to what extent should the government be involved in regulating trade? The Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008 allocates $700 billion for use... 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 »
  • Few people in the window and door industry are sorry to say goodbye to 2008. We reported more than enough stories this year on plant closings, lay-offs, restructurings, and even complete shutdowns of companies. I just wish I could say I was starting the new year brimming with optimism. Current forecasts for the economy in general, and the new construction and home improvement markets, don’t... more »
  • President-elect Obama rolled into Washington this week and all the talk there seems to be focusing on an economic stimulus package. One group trying to make its voice heard is the Fix Housing First Coalition, representing builders and many other companies and groups (including AAMA). It is looking to expand on tax incentives for homebuyers, among other things.  What kind of... more »
  • I join you for the last "Talk..." of 2008. John and I have truly enjoyed having this avenue for dialog with you this year. This little box is honestly one of our favorite weekly tasks because it forces us to come up with topics of conversation that are pertinent to our industry. And usually we can get enough of you fired up to give us some good feedback. Keep those responses coming in... more »