The Talk

  • March 12, 2013
    THE TALK...

    Will the Sequester Impact Our Industry?

    After Congress once again failed to agree on how to reduce the federal deficit, the sequester went into effect March 1. Of the sequester’s $85 billion in automatic spending cuts, an estimated $4 billion come from reductions in construction spending, according to a March 3 Engineering News-Record report.And while it's clear the sequester will in some way impact the commercial construction ... more »
  • March 5, 2013
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    Do You Have Workplace Flexibility?

    An interesting debate is brewing in the business world, sparked by Yahoo’s CEO, Marissa Mayer. As parenting columnist for The Washington Post Tracy Grant points out this week, Mayer is ruffling feathers for her decision to eliminate employees’ option to work from home. Having been appointed to the helm of Yahoo at less than 40 years old and while pregnant, many people thought she ... more »
  • February 27, 2013
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    How Many Recessions Have We Experienced Since the Great Depression?

    You don't often encounter charming and entertaining economists, but Dr. Esmael Adibi is both of these and informative, to boot. Yesterday in Tucson, AAMA's 76th Annual Conference luncheon speaker echoed the cautiously optimistic construction outlook for the fenestration industry you've been reading about elsewhere, tying it to his overall economic forecast. Dr. Adibi's previous GDP growth ... more »
  • February 26, 2013
    THE TALK... | Sales & Marketing

    Connect with Customers at Spring Home Shows

    With the spring season rapidly approaching, a number of homeowners may be preparing to attend their area’s seasonal home shows. For many in the remodeling industry, it likely feels as though exhibiting at a home show is one of the oldest tools in the shed. In an age when homeowners have increasing online options for researching home remodelers, projects and products, it may seem old ... more »
  • February 20, 2013
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    Are You Giving More?

    Last week, Window World announced a campaign to raise more than $1 million in the coming year for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. I know that this is just one of many examples of generous corporate giving in our industry, as companies throughout the country support everything from local baseball teams to national non-profit organizations and charitable causes. My question is whether ... more »
  • February 12, 2013
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    How Important is Green Product Certification to Your Customers?

    The meeting topic could well have been named, “why a window is not a stove.” The topic, life cycle assessment (LCA), was an important discussion at last week’s Insulating Glass Manufacturers Alliance Annual Conference in New Orleans.No doubt stove manufacturers face unique challenges determining the energy/carbon footprint of what they produce, but our industry has to ... more »
  • February 4, 2013
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    Do You Have a Paperless Future?

    Going paperless can have a big impact on a business. Not only is it an environmentally friendly approach to running a company, but it can also result in significant improvements to internal processes and document management. Reducing or eliminating paper is a growing movement in many industries, including the window and door segment.Earlier this year, reported that a handful of ... more »
  • January 29, 2013
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    Are New Homes Being Built in Your Area Once Again?

    Sometimes, a taxi ride sums up the mood of a city, or even an industry event. Last week, I shared a cab from the International Builders' Show to the Las Vegas airport with Phil Melancon, owner of Great Wood Homes in Lafayette, Louisiana. In addition to being a custom homebuilder, Phil is a National Association of Home Builders board member.We agreed that the mood at this year’s show ... more »
  • January 22, 2013
    THE TALK... | Management

    Do You Have Workplace Security Measures?

    Let me start off by saying I do not intend to have a conversation about gun control legislation. However, it’s pretty difficult to ignore the unfortunate series of events our country has experienced at the hands of misguided gunmen in the last several months—including an incident just yesterday at a Texas college. What I am interested to know is whether your workplace has security ... more »
  • Are You Glad Tax Credits are Back?

    Like most Americans, I spent part of the holidays following the news of the fiscal cliff negotiations. I was relieved when a deal was finally struck, thinking the stage is set for window and door industry growth in 2013, if only Washington can keep out of the way.With all the discussions focused on tax rates for upper income people and potential spending cuts, however, I didn't give much ... more »