June 27, 2007 Vol 2 | Num 26
W&D Weekly, Delivering the Fenestration Industry to Your Desktop

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5500 Series brickmould window from United Window & Door

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Private Equity Buy-Out Part of Planned Champion Succession
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ATech Joins Forces with Murat Machine
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Dealers of the Year Deadline Approaching
The editors of Window & Door magazine are accepting nominations for the 2007 Dealers of the Year program—but the deadline is fast approaching. Do you work for, supply to or know of an exceptional dealer... read more

New Pre-Hanging Association Launched
“In response to a demand from the marketplace for an organization that holds all members on an equal standing,” the American Pre-Hung Door Association has been formed... read more

Home Depot Exiting Pro Distributor Business
The Home Depot has entered into an agreement to sell HD Supply to a group of private equity firms for $10.3 billion... read more

The Outside View...

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The Talk...

Do you hire young people for summer jobs?
Yes, every year.
Yes, but only in busy years.
Yes, but usually employee relatives only.
No, training takes too long to make it worthwhile.
No, our business slows too much.
No, it's just too complicated.

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John Swanson,
editor/associate publisher of Window & Door

During my college years (and even afterwards, while looking for my first editorial job) I worked in an electronics factory. I started in the machine shop, but they quickly realized I was better handling all the paperwork in the stock room than working a drill press. The job helped me pay for school, of course, but was also a valuable introduction into the business world.

Now, my kids aren’t old enough to be put to work yet, but I threaten them every year that their turn will come. This year, I wondered what kind of summer jobs they could get. That thought, in turn, made me wonder, do a lot of window and door companies hire young people as summer help?

So that’s my poll question for the week. And, of course, I’d like to hear your thoughts. 
Email me and tell us why you do or don't, and whether your business gets something out of it. If you started your window and door industry career with a summer job, tell me about that experience too.

RESULTS AND COMMENTS FROM LAST WEEK'S POLL—"When it comes to collecting money from customers, my company...":
Are you a tough parent when it comes to collecting money from your customers?
Click here to find out what percentage of industry respondents lets their customers slide for non-payment.
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