May 7, 2008 | Vol 3, Num 19
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MANAGEMENT
Expand; Don't Contract






The Latest...

DOE to Continue Study of Long Term Energy
Star Changes
The Department of Energy announced the completion of its initial analysis for the 2009, 2012 and 2015 Energy Star windows
criteria. ...
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Crystal Achievement Nominations Due Next Week
The May 15 deadline for 2008 Window & Door Crystal Achievement Award nominations is quickly approaching. ... read more

Frank Lowe Moves to Larger Facility
Frank Lowe Rubber and Gasket Co. recently completed a move into its new 60,000-square-foot facility in Shirley, N.Y. ... read more

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The Outside View...

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e-Poll
When it comes to spending, presently our company is...
...adding capacity and/or expanding operations.
...investing in significant upgrades.
...making necessary purchases.
...putting a virtual hold on spending.


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John Swanson,
editor/
associate publisher of Window & Door

Talking to equipment suppliers for an upcoming article, they report, not surprisingly, that few window and door makers are expanding capacity these days. Yes, many are replacing old machines or upgrading existing lines, and a good number of manufacturers are re-tooling, but suppliers also note that some manufacturers have pretty much stopped spending all together.

What about your company? That’s our poll question of the week. Even if you’re a dealer or distributor that might need trucks or new computers or whatever, are you making investments? Are you expanding your operations? Whatever your answer is, I’d love to hear from you. Are you just trying to hang on? Are you waiting for signs of market improvement, or is it time to invest now to gain market share later? Email me and let me know.

RESULTS AND COMMENTS FROM LAST WEEK'S POLL—"Typically my company's price negotiations with customers": Do you negotiate on value or price? Click here to read the results of last week’s poll.
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