August 15, 2007 | Vol 2, Num 32
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House Energy Bill Calls for More Efficiency in Building Codes
The House of Representatives recently passed a bill calling for energy efficiency upgrades in state building codes... read more

WDMA to Step Up Advocacy Efforts
Photo of the University of Florida's Forrest MastersThe Window & Door Manufacturers Association unveiled a new strategic plan encompassing stepped up advocacy efforts at its summer meeting, which also featured speakers covering a variety of topics... read more

BWI Expanding with Addition of Two New Facilities
Bridgewater Wholesalers Inc., a distributor of interior and exterior doors in the Northeast, is opening two new locations... read more

MRA Names Vinyl & Composite Window BICA Winners
Integrity Windows & Doors, Renewal by Andersen and Simonton Windows have been named BICA winners by MRA... read more

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The Talk...

When it comes to representing its interests, the window and door industry...
...represents itself well.
...could be a little more proactive.
...hurts itself occassionally by not speaking up.
...consistently shortchanges itself.

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John Swanson,
editor/associate publisher of Window & Door

Lobbyists aren’t the most beloved figures in America, but as one speaker told attendees at last week’s WDMA meeting—“If you’re not at the table, you’re on the plate.”

I think the organization’s members were already convinced, but WDMA is now planning to step up its advocacy efforts. I don’t know if that means finding someone on K Street in Washington, D.C., but developing a more proactive voice for our industry is probably not a bad idea. We have a pretty good story to tell and could probably do a better job telling it.

But what do you think? Have we been “on the plate”? That’s the subject of our poll question of the week. And I’d like to hear from you, too. Can you point to examples from Washington or your state legislature where the window and door industry was burned because no one was out there speaking on our behalf? How about within the code bodies or other organizations? What issues do you think we need to be more proactive about?
Email me and let me know.

RESULTS AND COMMENTS FROM LAST WEEK'S POLL—"When it comes to hiring, our company...": How tolerant is the industry of job applicants with personal baggage?
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