The Talk

  • Will "Cap and Trade" Be Good for Industry?

    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 ... more »
  • What Does the Emergence of China as #1 Window and Door Market Mean to Us?

    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 ... more »
  • June 24, 2009
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    Is Your Livin' Easy?

    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 »
  • June 17, 2009
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    Do You Agree with Ducker?

    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, ... more »
  • June 13, 2009
    THE TALK... | Management

    Will Many Plants Re-Open?

    For better or worse, the headlines in today's WDweekly present a real snapshot of the today's economic landscape. Read just about any forecast or outlook today, and it will likely include a mix of optimistic signals that the worst is over, but also cautionary notes that the struggles will continue for some time before the economy can truly be considered healthy.Among this week's stories, I was ... more »
  • June 3, 2009
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    Do You Use the "L" word?

    While I wish I were talking about the "L" word "love," I'm actually talking about the "L" word "layoffs." Friday was a tough day for me with regards to the "L" word. Two industry buddies touched base with me to let me know they were let go that very day. No sooner had I gotten off the phone with one than I got an email from another letting me ... more »
  • Are Customers Willing to Pay for More?

    Bits and pieces of bad news continue to linger in the industry, so I wanted to share something positive I see happening right across the street from where I live.  The apartment building there is in the midst of a window replacement and they appear to be doing the upgrade right. It's an older building that probably started with wood windows that ... more »
  • May 20, 2009
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    What's your ease of doing business index?

    I was having coffee last week with the president of a window manufacturing company and we got to chatting about how difficult state regulations can sometimes make running a profitable business. There are some serious hoops to jump through, and then there's the issue of taxes. I'm not sure if it was the topic of conversation or the extra caffeine, but it's easy to get your heart pumping on a ... more »
  • May 12, 2009
    THE TALK... | Management

    Are You Getting to Know Your Elected Officials?

    House Majority Leader John Boehner visited Deceuninck North America this week. His district includes Monroe, Ohio, where the vinyl extruder is one of the largest employers, so he has good reasons to visit the company, learn more about its operations, and hear its concerns.This is the latest example of what appears to be a trend–our industry speaking up more to Washington officials. ... more »
  • Is the Market Confused?

    Well, I certainly admit to being confused. Last week, we heard rumors that manufacturers were telling customers that the IRS isn't requiring windows to meet the 30/30 criteria established in the stimulus package for tax credits.  As long as windows had a current Energy Star label, that was good enough to qualify.I was skeptical, but it turns out those manufacturers were ... more »