November 7, 2007 | Vol 2, Num 44
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AMD Exhibition Features Wealth of New Products
Photo of AMD exhibitorBusiness may be down, but innovation was clearly up at the Association of Millwork Distributors exhibition, which concluded in Denver on Monday... read more

Win-Door Set for Toronto Next Week
Window and door manufacturers from Canada and parts of the U.S. will gather in Toronto next week for Win-Door... read more

Atis Continues Expansion in Western Canada
Atis Group has acquired Phoenix Glass, a manufacturer of windows and doors for commercial and residential clients... read more

New CFO for Masonite
Anthony DiLucente has recently stepped in as CFO of Masonite, replacing Fred Arnold, executive VP of finance... read more

Pre-Hanger Group Forms Alliance with FBMA
The FBMA and recently formed American Pre-Hung Door Association have announced a strategic alliance... read more

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The Talk...

Have your plans for the International Builders' Show changed for 2008?
We've exhibited previously and plan to take the same approach.
We've exhibited previously and plan to expand our exhibit.
We've exhibited previously, but we're passing.
We've attended before and plan to attend again.
We've attended before but plan to skip it.

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John Swanson,
associate publisher of Window & Door

Numerous exhibitors at the AMD show were buzzing about Fortune Brands’ decision to pull its companies—including Therma-Tru Doors—out of the 2008 International Builders’ Show. I heard unconfirmed rumors that other companies—including a big window manufacturer—had dropped out or were considering dropping out too.

News like that reinforces what most of us know already—times are tough for the new housing market. Combined with the fact that IBS is returning to Orlando for what seems like the 10th year in a row, the current market conditions are likely to translate into more exhibitors’ passing on the February event, lower-key participation among others and lower attendance overall. On the other hand, I know tough times also leads some companies to push harder to gain share, so some may be out in full force.

What about your company? Are your plans changing? That’s our poll question of the week. As usual, I’d like to hear from you too. What do you think the 2008 IBS will look like? Can people afford to take a pass? Is it more important to go now? Do you have something new and different you’ll be out in full force promoting? Email me and let me know what you think.

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