December 3, 2008 | Vol 3, Num 48
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Overall Growth Predicted for
Window & Door Demand
The residential window and door industry is expected to post positive growth through 2012, according to research firm The Freedonia
Group. ... read more

Traco to Move Impact Production, Lay Off 100
Traco will move manufacturing operations for its impact window line from its Bainbridge, Ga. facility to its Johnson City, Tenn. facility, which will result in the layoff of approximately 100 employees. ... read more

Gorell Gains Green Seal Recognition
Gorell Windows & Doors LLC has received Green Seal certification for its five replacement double-hung products. ... read more

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The Talk...

Predictions for an annual average 2.8% growth rate through 2012...
Sound reasonable
Sound too optimistic
Sound too pessimistic

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John Swanson,
associate publisher
of Window & Door
It’s nice to see positive numbers for a change. That was my reaction when I saw the Freedonia Group predicting an average annual growth rate of 2.8% for window and door demand in its latest market study.

That average growth rate figure covers the period from 2007 through 2012. And given the negative numbers we’ve seen lately—and expectations for a less than stellar 2009—Freedonia’s projections suggest 2010 through 2012 will be pretty good for window and door sales.

What do you think? That’s our poll question for the week. And, I’d love to hear more specifics. Those of you brave enough to offer your predictions—tell me when you think window and door sales may start growing again. And what do you think our market recovery will look like when it does eventually come?

The Talk..., Page 2

I had no idea last week when I wrote the headline, "How black will your Black Friday be?" that we would, indeed, have a very black Friday. Read Page 2 of The Talk...

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