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  • There's an interesting thing happening in our economy. A butting of heads, if you will. On one hand, there are some legitimately solid opportunities out there for some (not all—but some) consumers. Mortgage rates are crazy-low, housing affordability is surprisingly high and there are pockets of the economy that are doing fairly well, all things considered. But here's the thing...... more »
  • Tax credits for homeowners buying energy efficient windows and doors, passed as part of 2009's stimulus package, will expire at the end of this year. As you'll see in our top news story this week, the Window & Door Dealers Alliance is lobbying to get those tax credits renewed for 2011 and beyond.  A number of WDDA representatives met with Senate staffers last week to make the case... more »
  • Looking through ProSales recently, I came across an article discussing WINKs—women with incomes and no kids—an increasingly influential demographic in the new home market. As homebuyers, these women are looking for “safe urbanism.” And one particular trend these women are driving is growing demand for a more secure, better looking door between the garage and the home. That... more »
  • I'm thrilled that today we finally present our 2010 Dealers of the Year award winners. I personally worked with these companies and was truly impressed by their stories of survival, innovation and values.  I'm glad it's time to share these stories with the industry. The Dealers of the Year issue is always my favorite project of the year and has been since we founded the program in 2004. But... more »
  • Family business makes all decisions with the customer in mind
    Going the Extra Mile Excellence in Customer Service American Windows & Doors Woodland, Wash.        The entire Driver family has dedicated itself to taking customer service to a new level and leaving a lasting impression with American Windows & Doors' customers. The leadership at American Windows & Doors figures that the key to... more »
  • Dealer sought out a plug-and-play retrofit window that would reduce installation inconsistencies
    Plumb, Level & Square Excellence in Installation  Custom Remodelers Inc. Lino Lakes, Minn. Custom Remodelers saw inconsistencies with the products it was installing, and made attempts to work with manufacturers to find solutions to the problems. Craig Carpenter, founder and president of Custom Remodelers Inc., contends that the replacement windows that make up most of... more »
  • Window & Door Honors Excellence in the Middle
    Window & Door is pleased to announce its 2010 Dealers of the Year. Honored for Overall Excellence this year are Florida's FAS Window & Door and California's General Millwork Supply. The magazine has also recognized six Focused Excellence category winners—window and door retailers and distributors that stand out in the areas of marketing, installation, customer service,... more »
  • Dealer touts the labels that highlight its skills, experience
    Getting the Word Out Excellence in Marketing Energy Secure Solutions Brownsburg, Ind.       Steve Butner of Energy Secure Solutions doesn't believe in paid advertising. He's built his company based on his reputation and certifications, letting word-of-mouth marketing drive growth. For a company being recognized for excellence in marketing, Energy Secure Solutions... more »
  • The market changed, and FAS changed with it
    LEADERSHIP IN THE HOMEOWNER MARKET   FAS Windows & Doors Winter Park, Fla. At first glance, one might wonder if someone forgot to inform the leadership at FAS Windows & Doors that there is, indeed, an economic downturn happening. Based in Winter Park, Fla., the company operates showrooms in the Orlando and Tampa markets, and just stretched this summer up to... more »
  • At Home Again, the Experience Comes First
    A Showroom that Sells Excellence in Retail Home Again by Hancock Lumber South Portland, Maine     Hancock Lumber stepped out of its 160-year-old comfort zone to create a showroom experience focused on the smallest detail. When Hancock Lumber decided to open a consumer-oriented showroom for the first time in its long history, there was no subtle dipping of the toe in... more »