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  • Can you market your products as made in the USA?
    While it may seem that “buying American” is being pushed even more these days, research shows that consumers have been keen on buying American-made products for some time. A Consumer Reports article from 2015 reported that eight in 10 American consumers would rather buy an American-made product than a foreign one and many would pay 10 percent more for it.  One easy way to... more »
  • A call to action for manufacturers
    Legal and compliance issues facing the industry continue to evolve and mature. Certification, code-compliance and best-practices improvement remain key opportunities for our clients in this, and every, year. But there are a few items on our radar for 2018 that, maybe, should be on yours as well. Energy Star Right now, it is fair to say that a lot of uncertainty exists about the shape of Energy... more »
  • Revisiting the most important number you haven’t heard of
    A little over a year ago, we provided a general summary of then-recent events relating to the development and implementation of an innovative conceptual number, expressed monetarily, known as the “Social Cost of Carbon.” SC CO2 is defined by the EPA as an estimate of the economic damages associated with a small increase in carbon dioxide emissions, conventionally one metric ton, in a... more »
  • Sometimes innovation occurs not when something new is created, but when an improvement to an existing process advances new ideas and practices. In the ever-evolving world of fenestration, innovation is ingrained in the industry. While innovation brings about improvements and breakthroughs, change comes with new layers of complexity and obstacles to overcome. Staying in the know is your best bet... more »
  • Responding to testing notice and requests
    Most window and door companies have received the call that the products they made or sold are being tested at a jobsite… in less than two days. The dealer, installer or builder on the other end of the line wants a representative on site when the test goes forward. Real dollars are at stake in terms of product waiting to ship to the job or potential legal responsibility. How do you respond... more »
  • Prop 65 gives food for thought
    California’s Proposition 65 is hardly new and it is relatively well-known that it requires manufacturers to establish potential warning label requirements for, among other things, all goods sold for consumer use in California. But Prop 65 is also recognized as a ready source of liability in the event of a compliance failure. These claims are pursued by the seemingly endless number of... more »
  • Proposed changes could further over-labeling
    California’s Proposition 65, the “Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Environment Act of 1986,” was recently amended by the California Environmental Protection Agency's Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment. Prop 65 requires that businesses provide specific warnings to Californians for potential exposure to chemical toxicity, including products sold in California. The... more »
  • The new social cost of carbon calculation
    There is a story that Sir Walter Raleigh once wagered with Queen Elizabeth that he could measure the weight of the smoke from his cigar. She took the bait. Raleigh first weighed the full cigar on a scale, then began to smoke it, tapping the ashes out onto the scale as he smoked. Finishing the cigar, he placed the unsmoked butt end onto the scale with the ashes, measured the weight and subtracted... more »
  • Avoid antitrust exposure with conscientious competition
    Tradeshows are wonderful opportunities to meet new people, reconnect with old friends and learn something new. They also put companies into close contact with their market competitors. And, where market competitors come together, the specter of antitrust violations is present. Before eyes glaze over at the thought of an article addressing antitrust laws, recall that competition laws in the United... more »
  • Do the work right in the beginning; benefit your company in the end
    Due diligence seems most often associated with mergers and acquisitions, where the acquiring entity looks deep into the target company—they want to know what they will get when they pay. But there are also certain situations that arise in the process of designing and fabricating windows and doors that call for due diligence, as well. If you want to have confidence in what you will get out... more »