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  • Window and door companies foresee continued challenges, but opportunities too, in the coming year
    Many window and door companies view 2011 as the year to fully embrace the “new norm” of today’s marketplace. At this point in the extended economic downturn, no one is expecting a speedy recovery or a return to the unsustainable highs of the building craze. So instead, manufacturers and dealers have settled into a new way of doing business—they are positioning themselves... more »
  • It's that time of year. Time to look back at some of the biggest news stories for the industry in 2010. The economy remained weak, and we had continued plant closings with Jeld-Wen, MI, Pella and other companies shutting down facilities. Other companies, including Atrium, International Aluminum and Stock Building Supply restructured, going through the bankruptcy process, but... more »
  • Demand for windows and doors in the U.S. will rise 6.6 percent per year to $31.2 billion in 2014, according to a new study from the Freedonia Group Inc. The increase represents a rebound from the 2004-2009 period, when demand fell 4.3 percent annually, as a result of the collapse of the housing market between 2007 and 2009. The Cleveland-based market research firm notes that although housing... more »
  • Sponsored by:   Companies G-K     Products are presented by exhibitor, alphabetically. Follow the following links to see information from other companies. Companies A-F Companies L-O Companies P-S  Companies T-Z     Gorell Three Gorell window models—the 5401 Armor Max Plus picture window, 5402 AMP sliding window and 5405 AMP double-hung... more »
  • Sponsored by:   Companies L-O     Products are presented by exhibitor, alphabetically. Follow the following links to see information from other companies. Companies A-F Companies G-K Companies P-S  Companies T-Z   Marvin   With its clean lines and recessed hardware, the Clad Ultimate Glider combines elegance and smooth operation to provide a versatile... more »
  • Sponsored by:   Companies P-S     Products are presented by exhibitor, alphabetically. Follow the following links to see information from other companies. Companies A-F Companies G-K Companies L-O  Companies T-Z   PGT The WinGuard Impact-Resistant SGD 570, Vinyl SGD 470, and PremierVue SGD 2870, introduced at IBS, are part of a new platform of vinyl sliding... more »
  • Sponsored by:   Companies T-Z     Products are presented by exhibitor, alphabetically. Follow the following links to see information from other companies. Companies A-F Companies G-K Companies L-O  Companies P-S   Therma-Tru The Classic-Craft Canvas Collection of premium, smooth fiberglass doors provides all the beauty and performance of the Classic-... more »
  • Looking toward 2011, we observe an economy rife with mixed signals, but with a difference. Most of the mixed signals are in terms of how big and how fast the recovery will be – not whether further declines of varying depth are in the offing. McGraw-Hill Construction expects the economy to grow at a lackluster annual rate of 2.5 percent, but avoiding another recession. Among the mixed... more »
  • The use of steel casement windows in both new construction and renovation projects is growing in New York City, according to an article in the New York Times.  Chosen for their historic and/or authentic look, the windows meet the demands of people who are “sensitive to the design” of the buildings they want to live in, suggests the architect credited with spurring at least some... more »
  • Those of you who have been around for a few years know I'm a vocal supporter of the Black Friday mania that comes in the wee small hours the day after Thanksgiving. My mom and I have been heading out in a sleep-deprived state for years. We're not the types to get aggressive and lose our minds if we don't get a TV or particular toy, but we do love watching the crowds and we generally have a pretty... more »