January 16, 2008 | Vol 3, Num 3
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The Latest...

Pella Will Close Iowa Plant
Just a year after transitioning the formerly wood producing Story City, Iowa, plant entirely to vinyl production, Pella Corp. has announced that it will close the facility in March... read more

Peachtree/SNE to Shut Down West Virginia Plant
SNE Enterprises, which manufactures Crestline and Vetter windows and doors, will close its Huntington, W. Va., plant... read more

Viwinco Launches New Product Line
Viwinco, a fabricator of CertainTeed brand windows and doors, has started production of its own line of vinyl products... read more

Window & Door Adds New Managing Editor
Continuing to strengthen its industry coverage, the National Glass Association has added Ryan Self to serve as managing editor of
Window & Door...
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e-Poll
In the book smarts vs. street smarts survey, I fall into the following category:
High school only
Specialty trade certification
Two-year associates degree
Four-year bachelor's degree
Master's degree or higher


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Christina Lewellen,
senior editor of Window & Door

Although I fear this reveals how remarkably unexciting my life is, I was recently reading a study commissioned by the Small Business Administration regarding the connection between educational levels and the likelihood that a person would go into business for him or herself. For the most part, the correlation stands—the more book smarts you have, the more likely you’d want to be your own boss.

Except, that is, for a handful of industries, including construction and specialty trades. In these industries, your level of education isn’t necessarily a predictor of your entrepreneurial success.

So this week, I’d like to whittle it down to the window and door industry. Are we book smart or street smart? Whether you work for a small company or one of the largest window and door producers in the country, throw your vote into the pile regarding your level of education.

And if you have an opinion about whether or not a four-year-or-more degree is necessary for success in the window and door industry, send me an email and share your real world dissertation.

RESULTS AND COMMENTS FROM LAST WEEK'S POLL—"This year, my air travel will be...":  How many air miles will our industry log this year? Except for an unfortunate minority, not many! Click here to see the results of last week’s poll.  
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