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  • A return to growth in building and construction activity may come with some unexpected changes in building products sales channels, according to a new report from L.E.K. Consulting.  Based on a survey of more than 500 residential contractors across the United States, the report looks at the steps they took to weather the economic downturn and their strategies for the future. The survey found... more »
  • Jordan, Knauff & Co., the Chicago-based investment banking firm, has made available a free download, including slides and audio, of its recently recorded Winter/Spring 2011 Window & Door Industry Update webinar. Topics covered in the presentation include an analysis of transactions and expansions and the slowing rate of plant closings and bankruptcies. Also covered is the state of the... more »
  • New York–The long-term prospects for housing are good, "but we're not going to snap back," said John Burns, a home building and real estate consultant, speaking at the Lincoln International 2011 Building and Infrastructure Conference yesterday. Targeted at the investor community, the event featured numerous speakers echoing a view that recovery is coming, but the next year or... more »
  • The residential remodeling market shows clear signs of recovery, with activity in most regions in 2010 returning to 2007 and early-2008 levels, according to the BuildFax Remodeling Index. The Northeast represented the most notable exception to this trend, researches note, with 2010 marking the fifth straight year of decline in the BFRI. The new index has been created by BuildFax, a provider of... more »
  • U.S. demand for advanced flat glass products is projected to increase 9.1 percent annually from a weak 2009 base to 745 million square feet in 2014, valued at $7 billion, according to a new report from the Freedonia Group Inc . This growth represents a significant improvement over the 2004-2009 period, when advanced flat glass consumption suffered from the combination of a weak economy, crisis... more »
  • "Lead paint could be a good thing for window sales," according to Rick Nevin, a researcher involved with a project that recently received a challenge grant from the National Institute of Health.  Nevin is working with a team from the NYU School of Medicine and National Center for Healthy Housing looking at window replacement in older homes as a means to prevent lead exposure to... more »
  • Price has become an increasingly important consideration for consumers when selecting or rejecting a window or patio door brand, according to the J.D. Power & Associates 2010 Windows and Patio Doors Satisfaction Study. Simonton Windows scored highest in the report, released today. Among consumers who purchase windows and patio doors, the most-frequently cited reason for selecting a particular... more »
  • With the new federal lead paint laws going into effect, many window and door dealers are stepping up efforts to educate the public about the dangers of lead paint dust, the requirements of the law, and their readiness to comply.  Two such companies, Window World Inc. and Feldco Factory Direct, sent out press releases last week, highlighting the fact that they lead-certified and that... more »
  • A free download, including slides and audio, of Jordan, Knauff & Co.'s Fall/Winter 2009 Window & Door Industry Update webinar, is available from the firm's Web site. Topics covered in the presentation include an analysis of transactions and expansions, and the slowing rate of plant closings and bankruptcies. Also included was a discussion of current industry trends, the state of the... more »
  • "Project ReEnergize," a weatherization program organized by the Builders Association of Minnesota and supported by Andersen Corp., was highlighted as a model for programs in other states at a press conference at last week's International Builders' Show.  As part of its economic stimulus package, the Obama Administration made money available to state agencies for the purpose of... more »