August 22, 2007 | Vol 2, Num 33
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Special Coverage: Hurricane Katrinaís Legacy
Photo of house on carWindow & Door is proud to present a special feature in our August issue, examining the status of the New Orleans and Gulf Coast markets from a window and door industry perspective... read more

Amesbury Expanding Carolina Plant
Photo of Amesbury employees breaking groundA 12,000-square-foot addition is under construction at the Amesbury Group's textile division plant in Statesville, NC. The company is investing $4.5 million to expand the weatherstrip manufacturing facility... read more

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Woodgrain Closing Oregon Millwork Plant
Woodgrain Millwork Inc. is closing its plant in White City, Ore., according to a report in the local newspaper... read more

Larson Constructing New Distribution Facility
A new 280,000-square-foot distribution facility is being built by Larson Manufacturing Co. Inc. in Albert Lea, Minn... read more

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The Talk...

Has your attitude changed about sourcing from China?
Yes; we'll be more cautious.
No, but we take extra QC steps already.
No, but we've avoided these imports.

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John Swanson,
editor/associate publisher of Window & Door

Itís hard to find toys that donít bear the words ďMade in ChinaĒ somewhere on the product or packaging. On the heels of a recall by Mattel and some other companies of millions of toys coming from China tainted with lead-based paints, the Chinese government is stepping up efforts to provide greater assurance of quality and safety to the worldís consumers.

Will parents stop buying such products? I doubt it, but a few will hesitate before picking up the next Barbie doll in the store. Past concerns Iíve heard expressed about possible lead content in vinyl profiles coming from China made me wonder if the recent recalls might change attitudes within our industry.

So thatís the subject of our poll question of the week. And
email me to tell me more. If you currently outsource from China, are you confident in your suppliers? Are you looking to tighten procedures to make sure imported goods meet your standards? If you donít outsource already, have you thought about it? Are you likely to wait longer to take the plunge? I look forward to hearing from you.

RESULTS AND COMMENTS FROM LAST WEEK'S POLLó"When it comes to representing its interests, the window and door industry...": could probably do a better job. Many respondents see a need for stepped up advocacy efforts, but that doesnít necessarily mean thereís a lot of enthusiasm.
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