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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 »
  • 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 »