October 8, 2008 | Vol 3, Num 41
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Window Manufacturers Make Their Way to GlassBuild
Las Vegas—Despite challenging market conditions, window and door makers are coming to GlassBuild America, which finishes up today. Many attendees are here to find out what they need to do to get ready for new, more stringent Energy Star requirements, but exhibitors also note particularly strong interest in new products.

Given the troubling economic news, there was definitely apprehension about turn-out prior to the opening of the show. Officials report there were 7,300 attendees in the aisles, as of Tuesday, however, with more expected today. As a result, most exhibitors are saying they are pleasantly surprised about the traffic levels in their booth. ... read more

Pro Dealers Told to Expect More Tough Times
Lumber and building materials dealers heard sobering housing market predictions at the ProDealer Summit, hosted by the National Lumber and Building Materials Dealers Association and Home Channel News here last week. ... read more

Buying Guide Updates Due Soon
Window & Door is now working on its 2009 Buying Guide, the industry’s most complete directory and reference book. Don’t forget to make sure your company’s information is included and up-to-date. ... read more

October Generates the Most Window Activity
According to the Yellow Pages Association, October generates the most activity for "windows” as people prepare for winter. ... read more

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The Talk...

So, when do you think we'll see growth in window and door market?
First half of 2009
Second half of 2009
2010 at best
2011 or later

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John Swanson,
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of Window & Door

The economic outlook, along with the outlook for window and door sales, isn't too bright. We've all seen the news. While I'm not kidding myself, I found some hope and encouragement, however, in the number of window and door manufacturers I saw walking the floor of GlassBuild America this week.

Turn-out was pretty strong considering the current environment. The Dow was falling precipitously as the show opened its doors. That says a lot to me, about the resiliency of our industry. Companies are struggling, yes. Many are in "survival" mode, and that's probably smart. But the traffic I saw in the aisles said to me many companies are still looking to a better future.

So when do you think that time will come? I had numerous discussions this week with people, talking about how we are readjusting our timeframes for when we'll hit bottom and when we might see growth again. Where are you now? That's our question of the week. And, as usual, I'd love to hear your thoughts about the future. Email me and let me know what you're doing now to make sure you make it through the tough times and what you're doing to get ready for the better times.

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