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  • We Chicagoans are, unfortunately, all too aware of the perks expected by some elected government officials. Whether its exotic trips or payment for a truck driver’s license or a vacated Senate seat, we don’t have to go back to the days of Al Capone to find crooks in Illinois. Of course this is not unique to Chicago. Nor is the expectation unique to elected officials. Stories about... more »
  • Product development advances despite weak market and installation issues attract more focus
    Despite challenging economic conditions, suppliers say the impact-rated market is continuing to improve thanks to manufacturers’ R&D efforts. Mother Nature doesn’t care that the economy is a mess. Hurricanes do not decrease proportionally with the country’s GDP. In fact, as the 2009 hurricane and tropical storm season kicked off in June, the National Oceanic and... more »
  • An old fable from India tells of a group of blindfolded men who, having never seen an elephant, were asked to conclude what an elephant is like based on touch alone. Each, having touched the elephant in various places–trunk, ears, belly, leg, tail–respectively describe the elephant as like a snake, palm leaf, wall, tree trunk or rope. Some in our industry– be they manufacturers... more »
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    Atlanta event looks more promising as window and door makers gear up for better times
    With the light the end of the tunnel coming into view, window and door manufacturers will make their way once again to GlassBuild America: The Glass, Window & Door Expo this fall. More than 400 exhibitors and 9,000 attendees are expected for this year’s show, scheduled for the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, September 30 through October 2. “While residential window and... more »
  • Several times in the past year or two I've come across quite a bit of fodder on the generations in this country. The Baby Boomers are welcoming Generation X and Y, and even the Millennial generation (those born from the late 1970s to the early 1990s) into the workplace and the homebuyer market. And homeownership among immigrants has been increasingly rising ever since I started covering this... more »
  • The Federal Reserve came out with a new report that suggested a "jobless recovery," according to a recent article from the Washington Post. The overall economy could begin to start growing again before the end of the year, it was noted, but unemployment levels are likely to continue their rise to about 10 percent by year-end, and may not come down all that quickly. We've seen a mixed... more »
  • Great news has been coming out of the National Glass Association (publisher of Window & Door and WDweekly) regarding GlassBuild America: The Glass, Window and Door Expo. Exhibitors continue to sign up and a few companies that had previously downsized their booths are reversing course and actually upsizing. Those are positive signs for the industry as a whole. Still, other fall shows that... more »
  • Fleet Feet, a premier outfitter for runners, prominently posts a sign which admonishes buyers, "You don't buy a running shoe by color." If that isn't a great sales opening, then I don't know what is. The client is immediately forced into a mindset that says Fleet Feet is serious about running shoes and provides a product that gets the job done! At Fleet Feet, they will tell you how... more »
  • 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 »