August 8 2007 | Vol 2, Num 31
W&D Weekly, Delivering the Fenestration Industry to Your Desktop

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Green Building Movement Tops WDMA Agenda
Photo of guest speaker Blaine BrownellHow individual companies and the association as a whole can respond more pro-actively to the green building movement was the topic of a panel discussion highlighting the agenda of the WDMA summer meeting this week... read more

Pella Mentioned as Suitor for Efco
Efco Corp. reportedly told employees it is negotiating with a potential buyer, believed by some to be Pella... read more

Maine Manufacturer Grows
Waterville Window Co. Inc. will expand its factory to accommodate raw materials that are currently being housed off-site... read more

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When it comes to hiring, our company... by-the-books. We stick to stringent policies to get the ideal candidate on the roster.
...has HR guidelines for hiring, but looks at each individual and position on a case-by-case basis. willing to give less-than-ideal candidates a shot to prove themselves.

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Christina Lewellen,
senior editor of Window & Door

You’re probably in the middle of a busy week, but you really should read an Augusta (Ga.) Chronicle story included in The Outside View this week highlighting the career and life of Jim Felton. This industry brother—well, cousin at least—has a string of home improvement companies in the Southeast. As the president of these companies, he goes out on a limb to employ recovering drug and alcohol addicts, because he himself was once in the same predicament. As the story tells (seriously, just read it), sometimes the risk comes back to bite him. But Felton takes a chance professionally to give addicts a chance personally.

Maybe he’s crazy, but I sort of dig his approach. Companies don’t have to live and breathe an idealized HR manual to be successful, right? Are we still a small enough industry to allow some wiggle room in our hiring policies?
Drop me a line if you’d like to share your thoughts.

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