May 14, 2008 | Vol 3, Num 20
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How to Spot "Red Flags" on a Resume

Remodeling Market Recovery Still a Year Away
The home remodeling and repairs market continues to lose traction, according to NAHB chief economist David Seiders.  ... read more

Simonton Factory Suffers Minor Damage
in Weekend Tornados
Simonton Windows’ manufacturing plant in McAlester, Okla., suffered minor tornado damage this past weekend. ... read more

Peachtree Cos. Layoff About 50
Citing a housing market where “the news continues to be bleak,” the Peachtree Cos., combined with its sister company, Weather Shield Windows & Doors, implemented a layoff of about 50 positions on Friday. ... read more

AAMA Moving to Create Green
Certification Program
The green and sustainable committee of AAMA recently formed two task groups to focus on specific elements for a new green certification program. ... read more

Crystal Achievement Nominations Due Tomorrow
The May 15 deadline for 2008 Window & Door Crystal Achievement Award nominations has almost arrived. Nominations for the awards, which honor outstanding achievements in window and door product technology, manufacturing and marketing, are due tomorrow.

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The Talk...

How would you describe the relationships between manufacturers and dealers, recently?
Getting much closer, across the board
Getting closer in select cases
Not changing all that much
Actually worsening

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John Swanson,
associate publisher of Window & Door

I visited with Four Seasons Sunrooms last week. The company reported recent success in picking up new dealers because of its “more complete” product line. Their new dealers like that they can buy from one source, and get more support as a result, yet satisfy more customers with different needs and different budgets. I can see why that would be appealing to many dealers.

But I also heard from a dealer not too long ago, complaining that he was being pressured to carry more lines from one of his window manufacturers. This dealer preferred to pick and choose from different vendors to put a line together that he felt best suited his customers’ needs. He clearly had an independent streak he wanted to keep, and who can’t help but admire that.

Both these tales suggest that dealers will be more closely tied to single manufacturers of windows and/or doors and/or sunrooms—and carrying their multiple product lines. Is this a trend? That’s my poll question of the week. And, of course, I’d like to hear your thoughts on the issue, whether you’re a dealer or manufacturer, and whether you think it’s good news or bad. Email me tell me more.

RESULTS AND COMMENTS FROM LAST WEEK'S POLL—"When it comes to spending, presently our company is...": ...holding off on all purchases? Expanding operations? Or somewhere in between? Click here to read the results of last week’s poll.
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