January 2, 2008 | Vol 3, Num 1
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The Latest...

Peachtree Closing Georgia Plant
The Peachtree Door & Window plant in Gainesville, Ga., will be closed in February... read more

Taylor Sells Garage Door Business
ECP Safe-Way Door LLC, based in Warsaw, Ind., has acquired the garage door business of Taylor Building Products... read more

President Bush Signs New Energy Bill
A stripped down energy bill passed both Houses of Congress and was signed into law by President Bush... read more

Installation Training Program Started in Oregon
A new organization of window and door manufacturers and dealers, Mt. Hood Community College and SWD Training Institute have launched the Pacific Northwest Window & Door Industry Training Program... read more

Energy Issues to Top NWDA Agenda
A preview of the potential Energy Star changes tops the agenda of the Northeast Window & Door Association’s winter meeting... read more

The Outside View...

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The Talk...

Regarding the new construction and remodeling/replacement markets, I predict that in 2008...
...both NC and RR will decline.
...RR will grow, but NC will decline.
...NC will recover, and RR will decline.
...both markets will be flat at best.
...we'll see growth in both NC and RR.

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John Swanson,
associate publisher of Window & Door

Happy New Year. I generally come back to work in a pretty upbeat mood following the holidays, but I confess that going into 2008, my optimism is tempered.

No one expects a dramatic upturn in new housing soon, and I’ve seen more than a few economic forecasters say a recession is possible for the coming year. Still, I’m hopeful. The remodeling and replacement market has shown signs of life, and maybe by year-end we’ll start to see some recovery in new construction.

What do you think? That’s our question for the first week of 2008. And, if you have any more specific thoughts on the coming year, email them to me. Look into your crystal ball and make your predictions.

RESULTS AND COMMENTS FROM LAST WEEK'S POLL—"My company's New Year's resolution is to...": The new year means New Year’s Resolutions are in full swing. What was the industry’s resolution for the year?... Click here to read Page 2 of "The Talk..."
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