November 26, 2008 | Vol 3, Num 47
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The Latest...

Private Equity Firm Acquiring Hurd
A private equity restructuring firm has received court approval to purchase Hurd Windows & Doors. ... read more

Ply Gem Closing New Jersey and Arizona
Window Plants
Ply Gem Industries Inc. says it intends to close its Hammonton, N.J., and Phoenix, Ariz., window and door manufacturing facilities. ... read more

MI Closing Indiana Plant
MI Windows & Doors Inc. announced today plans to close its Lebanon, Indiana, window fabrication facility. ... read more

Busy Greenbuild Reflects Growth
of Green Movement
While other trade shows may be struggling, the Greenbuild International Conference & Expo held here last week was bursting at the seams. ... read more

AAMA and WDMA Offer Recommendations for Energy Star Changes
After extensive meetings with members and industry affiliates, the American Architectural Manufacturers Association and the Window & Door Manufacturers Association have issued a letter providing additional feedback on the most recent proposed Energy Star program criteria as they relate to fenestration products. ... read more

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The Talk...

This year, I expect my personal holiday-related spending to be:
About the same as previous years

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Christina Lewellen,
senior editor
of Window & Door
Ladies and gentlemen, this is my favorite holiday of the year. And no, I'm not talking turkey and football and pies. I'm talking shopping—it's almost Black Friday! Hey, I'm as thankful as the next person, but my female family members and I have made an even better holiday tradition than calorie consumption out of getting up at wickedly early hours and rushing off to stand in line at some store with a great sale. I admit that it's not a rational tradition, nor does it represent (in my eyes anyway) the "reason for the season." But it's FUN! And with a hectic life, it gives me a great excuse to spend hours upon hours "hunting" with my loved ones.

So it's apparent by now that I'm doing all I personally can to stimulate our weak economy. As my daughter's kindergarten class strives to achieve new heights each day with its "Do Your Personal Best" credo, I just look at my rock-bottom-price purchases as kicking the ole' consumer confidence indeces up a notch by offering my "personal best" shopping spree.

I know there's serious factors with which we should all be concerned in today's economy, but I hope you can scrape together a bit of confidence to join the rest of the insane people like me in the stores on Black Friday. Just stay outta my way...

... And when you're back home and rested, send me an email to share your best Black Friday story.

From the entire Window & Door staff, we wish you a truly enjoyable holiday. Be safe and we'll Talk with you again in December.

The Talk..., Page 2

"A stimulus program for replacement windows and doors..."

This week’s poll results reflect what I’ve long known about the window and door industry. The general preference of most executives is to keep the government out of our business—even if the government could do some things that might be beneficial. Read Page 2 of The Talk...

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