The Talk

  • 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 »
  • April 29, 2009
    THE TALK...

    Are You Safe?

    Lots of companies in this country got a warning letter from OSHA this week, nudging them to explore new ways to keep work-related injuries at bay. About 14,000 companies, including many in the window and door industry, received the notification that "workers in your establishment are being injured at a higher rate than in most other businesses in the country."The letter goes on to ... more »
  • April 22, 2009
    THE TALK... | Management

    Are You Celebrating Earth Day?

    Happy Earth Day. It's April 22 and millions of people will be marking the occasion by talking about the environment, global warming, recycling, and more. Many companies are marking the occasion too. What about your company? That's our poll question of the week.Why do I ask? I guess to see just how many window and door companies are truly embracing "green." Most companies in our ... more »
  • April 15, 2009
    THE TALK... | Markets & Trends

    Will 2009 Be Better than 2008?

    News from Ply Gem this week that it’s consolidating some of its operations serves as a reminder that the road to recovery for this industry is going to be long. While there have been, to use President Barack Obama’s words, “glimmers of hope,” there are still segments of our business that remain weak. Some companies have reported gains already this year, but others no ... more »
  • April 8, 2009
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    Ready for the Bad Guys?

    As an industry, we're lucky to have snagged a couple of gentlemen by the names of David Toney and Paul Gary. They're lawyers, but don't hold that against them. They've both made careers out of defending window manufacturers in court and, more importantly, trying to keep them out of legal pickles in the first place.Toney and Gary were at the Fenestration Manufacturers Association meeting last ... more »
  • April 1, 2009
    THE TALK... | Markets & Trends

    Have We Hit Bottom?

    Good news!  I am not one who generally uses exclamation points in my writing, but I am very pleased that WDweekly is able to report that window manufacturers like Simonton and Andersen are bringing back workers. This typically happens in the spring, but this year we couldn't help but wonder when and even if it would happen.These reports follow on the heels of Serious Materials ... more »
  • March 24, 2009
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    Admit it... are you spending money?

    We're supposed to be stuffing $100 bills in our mattresses and stocking up on cans of beans and evaporated milk (or was it red wine?) to be stored in the basement, but my husband and I are spending money. Not a lot, mind you—I'm not that brave. I spent this past weekend ripping up the floor in my bathroom and dismantling a vanity that's likely older than my dad. And here's the ... more »
  • March 18, 2009
    THE TALK... | Markets & Trends

    Are You Stimulated?

    Okay, we've been hearing lots from you about the new tax credits for energy efficient windows and doors. Last week, we asked for a straight up-and-down vote from readers on whether they approved of the new 30/30 standards or disapproved and thought they should be changed.This week, I'd like to hear whether or not they're having the stimulative effect desired.  So our poll question ... more »
  • March 11, 2009
    THE TALK... | Energy Efficiency

    Do you agree with the 30/30 provisions?

    Let me tell you about my inbox since the 30/30 provisions were outlined in the stimulus bill. You sure are an opinionated lot. I personally love the emails...Our IT guys, however, are already tallying up how many drinks I owe them for the '09 holiday party. ... more »
  • March 3, 2009
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    Are You Looking for New Vendors?

    "The word is out and it's amazing how the phone is just ringing off the hook!" That's what one manufacturer that offers windows qualifying for the new tax credit recently told me. One glass supplier also reported a significant uptick in window manufacturer inquiries into its higher-performance low-E products.With the new tax credit requirements, our company:Is ready to go with ... more »