The Talk

  • 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 »
  • February 24, 2009
    THE TALK... | Management

    Would a stronger industry lobbying effort be beneficial?

    In Tucson last week, the Window & Door Manufacturers Association outlined plans to get its members' voices heard in Washington. Given the industry grumbling about the last minute shift in window, door and skylight tax incentive requirements in the stimulus bill, I suspect some wish our industry’s presence was already stronger there.Would a stronger industry lobbying effort be ... more »
  • Will the economic stimulus package help the industry?

    Leaving all the politics aside, President Obama's economic stimulus package has, in my opinion, some pretty decent provisions for the window and door industry. Could it be more? Sure. But it's certainly better than the menial incentives we've had for energy efficiency upgrades in the last few years.I think the economic stimulus bill will impact the window and door industry:Positively—the ... more »
  • February 10, 2009
    THE TALK... | Aesthetics & Style

    How big will opening glass walls get?

    The past two weeks, I’ve been talking to hardware suppliers. One trend we’ve talked about is the apparent explosion in wide-opening sliding and folding door systems. More manufacturers are offering these products—I think I counted at least 30 at the recent Builders’ Show—so presumably demand is growing.Wide-opening door systems will be:Limited to ultra-high end ... more »