December 10, 2008 | Vol 3, Num 49
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More Details Emerge on Republic Closing
Chicago-based Republic Windows & Doors closed its doors last Friday, setting off an unlikely whirlwind when factory workers staged a sit-in that attracted the attention of political leaders and the national
media. ... read more

Republic Sit-In Draws National Attention
What started as just another closure in a year that has been full of bad news has turned into a rallying point for union supporters nationwide and a sore subject for those who perceive government bailout funds as going to corporate officers while blue collar workers are left with
nothing. ... read more

Phoenix Dealer Acquires a Local Competitor
Phoenix-area window and door dealer VanDenBosch Doors & Windows has acquired the work order backlog of competitor Vista Window & Door and has integrated the Vista sales staff into its day-to-day
operations. ... read more

PPG Exiting IG Sealants Business
PPG Industries is closing its PRC insulating glass sealants
business. ... read more

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The Talk...

The Republic story will…
Tarnish the industry image
Actually be helpful in raising the industry profile
Have no impact on the industry as a whole

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John Swanson,
associate publisher
of Window & Door
The Republic factory sit-in is “the start of a movement,” Rep. Jan Schakowsky, an Illinois Democrat, told the Associated Press, adding "This story has resonated around the world." Even President-elect Obama weighed in on the situation. In covering the window and door business for 25 years, I’ve never seen an industry-related story attract so much national media coverage.

I doubt all the attention will do little good for Republic and/or Echo Windows, but do you think the industry will be tarnished by it? That’s our poll question for the week.

One union leader speaking on behalf of Republic workers proudly stated that the company produced windows that could help America become more energy independent. Will that message filter through? Are we in danger of getting painted with some broad brush that suggests we’re anti-labor? Or will this all blow over? Email me and share any and all your thoughts on the Republic situation.

The Talk..., Page 2

"Predictions for an annual average 2.8% growth rate through 2012..."

This week’s survey results offer some pretty mixed signals about confidence within our industry. Read Page 2 of The Talk...

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