October 15, 2008 | Vol 3, Num 42
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Window & Door Honors 2008 Dealers of the Year
Window & Door, the leading magazine serving the window and door industry, has announced its 2008 Dealers of the Year award winners. ... read more

NGA to Offer Online Installation Training
The National Glass Association, publisher of Window & Door, has announced a partnership with Architectural Testing Inc. to develop window and door installation courses based on the InstallationMasters program for its on-line training platform, MyGlassClass.com. ... read more

GlassBuild America "a Pleasant Surprise"
As the stock market tumbled, GlassBuild America: The Glass, Window & Door Expo, enjoyed a surprise success last week, as more than 8,000 attendees came to the convention center here. ... read more

Wall Street Bail Out Bill Revives Window Tax Credit
The Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008, the $700 billion bail-out bill passed earlier this month, includes provisions bringing back the 2006 and 2007 tax credits for energy efficient improvements in 2009. ... read more

Patio Enclosures to Merge with Branstrator Sunrooms
Patio Enclosures Inc. reports its intends to merge with Branstrator Sunrooms, which is owned by Resilience Capital Partners, a Cleveland-based private equity firm. ... read more

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The Talk...

e-Poll
Are you planning to offer a higher-end upgrade to your line?
We are starting to explore options in this arena.
We are already in the process of some major changes.
We are already in the process of some minor changes.
We already offer higher end lines and continue to expand those.
No.


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John Swanson,
assoicate publisher/
editor
of Window & Door

Most window and door manufacturers are interested in components that will give their products a higher end look, but most have to balance cost concerns as well. That's still true but hardware and extrusion suppliers at GlassBuild last week indicated more manufacturers are showing a real interest in adding components or developing complete new lines that offer an enhanced appearance.

With fewer windows and doors being sold, companies are focusing more on differentiation, they say. Is that true for you? That's our question of the week. And, of course, I'd like to hear from you. How far do you think you want to go? Do you want a few more hardware options on your existing line? Do you want a completely new product—like a composite? If you have already made such moves, are they working yet? Suppliers share your thoughts on what's happening on this front too. Email me and let me know.


The Talk..., Page 2

So, when do you think we'll see growth in the window and door market now? Read Page 2 of The Talk...

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