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  • I was discussing the American Clean Energy and Security Act with my oldest son a while back. I explained that it had started out as a bill by these two representatives Waxman and Markey, who had brought it before the House Energy Committee, where it had been passed. At the time of our conversation, it had recently been approved by the U.S. House of Representatives. “So now it has to go to... more »
  • The House passed its American Clean Energy and Security Act just prior to its July Fourth recess and the "cap-and-trade" bill, if enacted into law, would produce sweeping changes for the country.  Supporters argue that such a law must be passed to help our country do its share to reduce global warming, as well as make us more energy independent. Opponents refer to the bill as... more »
  • The U.S. has long been the single largest window and door market in the world, but apparently that's changing. According to a new Freedonia Group report highlighted in this week's news, China will surpass us in the next few years. I guess that isn't a shocker. Given the population alone, it makes sense, and with the stories we've heard for years about China's growth and its increasing stature as... more »
  • Summertime... and the livin' is easy... I can't remember the last time I cooked on my stove since I spend so much time hovering around my grill and my children constantly smell like sunscreen. It's definitely summertime. But I'll admit that our family's summertime doesn't look like it usually does. We need an even heftier babysitting budget than previous years and our annual trek across country... more »
  • As you may have just read in our Ducker news report, it's likely to be 2010 before the window and door market is likely to post some growth. When it comes to my kids and my escalating birthdays, the years seem to fly by. But in the current economic enviornment, every month seems like a lifetime. Another year for us to see some upward momentum in our industry is realistic and likely spot on, but... more »
  • With the recent passage of SB 2499 (“Medicare, Medicaid, and SCHIP Extension Act of 2009”), all businesses with exposure to tort claims–including personal injury claims–need to be keenly aware of Medicare’s reimbursement rights. Medicare’s reimbursement rules are changing, and businesses should consider modifying their liability and settlement strategies.... more »
  • For better or worse, the headlines in today's WDweekly present a real snapshot of the today's economic landscape. Read just about any forecast or outlook today, and it will likely include a mix of optimistic signals that the worst is over, but also cautionary notes that the struggles will continue for some time before the economy can truly be considered healthy. Among this week's stories, I was... more »
  • Residential product shipments expected to decline once again in 2009, with gradual upturn beginning in 2010
    Continuing on the downward trend that started in 2006, window sales are expected to drop another 23 percent this year, according to a new report from the American Architectural Manufacturers Association and the Window & Door Manufacturers Association. Although stimulus programs on both the new construction and remodeling/replacement side may have an impact, the latest study... more »
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    Looking to push the envelope on performance, a committed CEO has emerged as the new face of the industry
     Two years ago, not many people in the industry had even heard the name Serious Materials. Today, everybody’s talking about the company. Even President Barack Obama. Kevin Surace, CEO of Serious Materials, doesn't view his company as competing on the window and door demand curve—he sees it moving with the green building curve. Earlier this year, workers at the former... more »
  • While I wish I were talking about the "L" word "love," I'm actually talking about the "L" word "layoffs." Friday was a tough day for me with regards to the "L" word. Two industry buddies touched base with me to let me know they were let go that very day. No sooner had I gotten off the phone with one than I got an email from another letting me know... more »