August 20, 2008 | Vol 3, Num 34
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Industry Offers Feedback to Energy Star Changes
The Energy Star label for windows, doors and skylights needs to serve as a real “differentiator” in the market, according to Richard Karney, program manager for the Department of Energy. ... read more

Masonite Forms Joint Venture with
Laser Etching Firm
Offering a new texturing process said to enable designers “to conceive and execute more stunning, more vibrant and more beautiful materials–at highly economical costs,” a new joint venture has been formed by Masonite and TechnoLines LP. ... read more

Schüco Vinyl Operations to be Handled by Breakoff Company
Force V Environmental has purchased Schüco USA’s vinyl window division. ... read more

Barr Chooses Friedman ERP System
Vinyl window and door manufacturer Harry G. Barr Co. has selected Friedman Corp.’s Frontier ERP to replace its current business systems. ... read more

Pella and Simonton Rank Highest with J.D. Power
Pella Corp. ranks highest in satisfying consumers with windows and patio doors, while Simonton Windows ranks highest in satisfying builders and remodelers. ... read more

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The Talk...

Since last summer, my company’s exporting activity falls into this category:
We started exporting products outside the U.S. in the last year.
We increased the percentage of products we export.
We sell only domestically.
Our percentage of exports has gone down.
Our export activity is roughly the same.

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Christina Lewellen,
senior editor
of Window & Door

Holy exports, Batman! Among all the depressing headlines I found a happy little nugget last week. U.S. manufacturers are exporting a bunch of goods to sell in foreign markets. Recently released figures from the Commerce Department indicate that our exports grew nearly 20 percent since last summer. So while our own domestic market was heading down the toilet, it seems some U.S. manufacturers turned to other markets for some lovin’ (that’s “Christina speak” for year-over-year business growth).

My poll this week asks for a show of hands. Lemme see them—have you started exporting to foreign markets to make up for the economic challenges here at home? And if you were exporting all along, has your percentage of exports to total sales gone up? Anything outside the 50 states counts… have you started shipping impact products to the Caribbean? Energy efficient products to Canada? Send me an email to share.

The Talk..., Page 2

The industry is fairly evenly divided on its opinion of the latest U-factor criteria DOE is proposing for Energy Star windows in the North. Read Page 2 of "The Talk...".

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