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  • 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 »
  • So I'll admit I'm probably not the best person from which you should solicit an opinion regarding the Big Three auto makers and the current bailout banter. The Ford I've owned for one year dropped a transmission last week so I'm a little bitter at the moment. We'll save that story for another Talk... Should President Bush issue a bailout to U.S. auto makers? Yes No... more »
  • Carefully observe your behavior and customer responses. This is where the art and mastery of conquering objections begins. Repetition is the mother of learning and consistency in your responses creates reliable outcomes with your customers. As you try new responses, you will discover which are the most effective for various situations. Your observational abilities will create the skills you need... more »
  • ODL ODL Inc has promoted Jeff Mulder to corporate president and chief operating officer. Mulder has been with ODL for 16 years and has held management positions in several different areas of the company. Mulder previously served as president of the doorglass division in addition to being an active member of ODL's Board of Directors. The company was originally founded in 1945 by Mulder's... 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 »
  • The Republic factory sit-in is “the start of a movement,” Rep. Jan Schakowsky, an Illinois Democrat, told the Associated Press, adding "This story has resonated around the world." Even President-elect Obama weighed in on the situation. In covering the window and door business for 25 years, I’ve never seen an industry-related story attract so much national media... more »
  • Consider your options. There are numerous responses you can have to any given situation, including doing nothing. Whatever your choice, strive to recognize the emotional factors behind the customer’s objections. You cannot overcome emotional obstacles with logic. Emotion is an infinitely more powerful motivator than logic.   This week’s tip comes from Rick Davis, president of... 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 »