The Talk

  • October 26, 2009
    THE TALK... | Codes & Standards

    Should Tax Credits Be Tied to Energy Star?

    AAMA and WDMA are throwing their support behind a new Senate bill designed to tie the energy efficient tax credits for windows, doors and skylights to Energy Star.  Rather than the 30/30 requirements now in place, the bill would allow homeowners to claim tax credits for the purchase of products qualified to the new 2010 Energy Star standards.What do you think?  That's our poll ... more »
  • October 21, 2009
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    How Does the Industry Treat Its Workers?

    I subscribe to the adage that you either pay it now, or you pay it later. A court ruling in California says Building Materials Holding Corp. of Boise, Idaho, allegedly opted to pay it later. Workers for that company claim the distributor and construction services provider neglected to pay them federally-mandated overtime wages. Though asserting it did no wrong, BMHC agreed to settle, even as ... more »
  • Will the EPA Bring More Change?

    The EPA has no doubt had an impact on many window and door companies over the years.  Manufacturers, certainly, have had to comply with EPA regulations. Now, new lead abatement requirements are set to go in effect next year for those working on homes built prior to 1978. EPA says companies involved in replacing windows and doors and other remodeling work will have to workers trained and ... more »
  • October 7, 2009
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    A Great Day to be a Dealer?

    There's lots of dealer-related news to report this week. In addition to announcing our annual Dealers of the Year winners, we're also talking about the newly-launched Window and Door Dealers Alliance. Supported by the National Glass Association, publisher of Window & Door, the new group's organizers are looking at educational programs and other efforts that can help raise the level of ... more »
  • September 30, 2009
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    What's on Your GBA Agenda?

    Recession or not, trade shows are still a key place to do business, at least according to this article I just read. It contends that the face-to-face interaction that happens on a trade show floor can't be replaced with online marketing approaches and that, even though budgets are tight, top decision makers are still making the time and effort to keep apprised of industry ... more »
  • September 23, 2009
    THE TALK... | Materials & Components

    Will You Be Selling WOCDs on Your Windows?

    You may have a new feature on your window lines soon. I’m at the AAMA meeting this week and one of the committees here is working on a standard for window opening control devices. Although not too many WOCDs, as they are now called, are out on the market yet, such devices would address the long-simmering problem of how to prevent a child from falling through an open window while still ... more »
  • September 15, 2009
    THE TALK... | Markets & Trends

    Has the Republic Saga Had an Impact?

    As strange as it was to watch the Republic Window & Door story unfold last year, seeing the coverage Rich Gillman’s arrest and the charges being brought against him is even stranger. Not that I was particularly well acquainted with him, but I had met him a number of times over the years and had cordial conversations with him. I specifically recall listening to him offer some sound ... more »
  • September 8, 2009
    THE TALK... | Channels, Markets & Trends

    Are Builders Looking at Windows and Doors to Increase Perceived Value?

    According to the NAHB Research Center, two major trends have emerged in today's weak new construction market. Builders continue to strive to (1) reduce new home production costs and (2) increase value to homebuyers. Pointing to its 2009 Annual Builder Practices Survey, conducted early this year, the organization suggests that builders see bathrooms as one of the key areas to increase perceived ... more »
  • September 2, 2009
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    Will You Be a CAA Winner Next Year?

    Economy or not, this year's Crystal Achievement Award winners brought some serious technology, production and marketing upgrades to the table. Call me an optimist, because most people do, but I subscribe to the notion that pouring additional dollars into R&D and marketing during down economies pays off in spades when the cycle swings upwards.We've asked similar questions throughout this ... more »
  • August 26, 2009
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    Would You Go to a Trade Show Targeted at Window and Door Dealers and Distributors?

    As a regular attendee of the AMD convention and exhibition–and the National Sash & Door Jobbers Association before that–I am happy to hear the news that the organization is opening the doors to its annual event.  Attendance there has long been fairly limited to association members, and while that may have its benefits, it always struck me as unfortunate for the industry as ... more »