The Talk

  • December 24, 2008
    THE TALK...

    What was the biggest industry story of 2008?

    I join you for the last "Talk..." of 2008. John and I have truly enjoyed having this avenue for dialog with you this year. This little box is honestly one of our favorite weekly tasks because it forces us to come up with topics of conversation that are pertinent to our industry. And usually we can get enough of you fired up to give us some good feedback. Keep those responses coming ... more »
  • December 17, 2008
    THE TALK... | Management

    Would you bail on the auto makers?

    So I'll admit I'm probably not the best person from which you should solicit an opinion regarding the Big Three auto makers and the current bailout banter. The Ford I've owned for one year dropped a transmission last week so I'm a little bitter at the moment. We'll save that story for another Talk...Should President Bush issue a bailout to U.S. auto makers?YesNo If poll form doesn't work in ... more »
  • December 8, 2008
    THE TALK... | Management

    The Republic Story will...

    The Republic factory sit-in is “the start of a movement,” Rep. Jan Schakowsky, an Illinois Democrat, told the Associated Press, adding "This story has resonated around the world." Even President-elect Obama weighed in on the situation. In covering the window and door business for 25 years, I’ve never seen an industry-related story attract so much national media ... more »
  • December 2, 2008
    THE TALK... | Statistics

    Predictions for an annual average 2.8% growth rate through 2012…

    It’s nice to see positive numbers for a change. That was my reaction when I saw the Freedonia Group predicting an average annual growth rate of 2.8% for window and door demand in its latest market study.Predictions for an annual average 2.8% growth rate through 2012...Sound reasonableSound too optimisticSound too pessimistic If poll form doesn't work in your email, Click Here.That ... more »
  • November 26, 2008
    THE TALK...

    How black will your Black Friday be?

    Ladies and gentlemen, this is my favorite holiday of the year. And no, I'm not talking turkey and football and pies. I'm talking shopping—it's almost Black Friday! Hey, I'm as thankful as the next person, but my female family members and I have made an even better holiday tradition than calorie consumption out of getting up at wickedly early hours and rushing off to stand in line at some ... more »
  • A stimulus program for replacement windows and doors…

    Right now, there’s much talk about the need to bail out U.S. automakers. Those in favor say actions are necessary to save the economy from falling into depression and put the U.S. in a leadership role in next generation energy efficient cars.A stimulus program for replacement windows and doors......is needed and the industry should lobby for it....might be beneficial, but is not ... more »
  • November 12, 2008
    THE TALK...

    Are you tightening your receivables?

    I love this article. It’s a crash course in small business survival in tough markets. But unlike the slew of articles online that do a whole lotta “this economic environment is not good” and not a whole lotta “so what are you going to do about it?” this article provides some blunt advice about how you should be approaching inventories, cash flow policies and what ... more »
  • November 5, 2008
    THE TALK... | Markets & Trends

    With Obama's election, how do you feel about the next four years?

    I know there are a lot of readers out there less than thrilled with Barack Obama’s victory in yesterday’s election. Past polls we ran showed a pretty clear preference within our industry for McCain. Still I’m sure even some McCain supporters are happy this much-too-long campaign is over. ... more »
  • October 29, 2008
    THE TALK... | Management

    How many lawsuits have been filed against your company this year?

    Last week, the law firm Fulbright & Jaworski L.L.P issued its annual U.S. Litigation Trends survey, which found that 75% of manufacturing companies faced at least one new lawsuit in the past year, and 53% reported facing six or more new suits. That's actually good news, according to the firm, which suggests that 2007 and 2008 saw the number of cases and dollar amounts involved trending ... more »
  • October 22, 2008
    THE TALK... | Segments

    What segment are you targeting?

    It’s pretty apparent at this point that our economy is not going to bounce back quickly. It’ll take time to get everything straightened out to reasonable levels and, in the meantime, companies in our industry (and many others) are pedaling fast to get lean and stay nimble in this tricky environment.In a general sense, I would classify my products as appropriate for customers:In the ... more »