December 24, 2008 | Vol 3, Num 51
W&D Weekly, Delivering the Fenestration Industry to Your Desktop

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Door series from Mastergrain

Be ready for a down period

The Latest...

Jeld-Wen Conducts Seasonal Layoffs
at Illinois Plant
Jeld-Wen Inc. laid off 20 percent of the production workforce at its Rantoul, Ill. window plant last Thursday. ... read more

Fensterbau Organizers Open U.S. Subsidiary
The NürnbergMesse Group, which hosts fensterbau/frontale–the world's largest window and door industry exhibition–every other year in Germany, opened a North America operation in Atlanta earlier this
month. ... read more

Happy Holidays from Window & Door
There will be no WDweekly next week. In the meantime, the Window & Door staff would like to wish everyone all the best for the holidays and a prosperous new year.

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The Talk...

The most important industry news story of 2008 was:
Almost weekly plant closings and layoffs
Company bankruptcies and complete closures
Pending changes in Energy Star criteria
Republic workers go out making noise

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Christina Lewellen,
senior editor
of Window & Door
I join you for the last "Talk..." of 2008. John and I have truly enjoyed having this avenue for dialog with you this year. This little box is honestly one of our favorite weekly tasks because it forces us to come up with topics of conversation that are pertinent to our industry. And usually we can get enough of you fired up to give us some good feedback. Keep those responses coming in 2009. It's going to be an interesting year for our industry—for all industries—so keep checking in to see what your peers are saying about whatever it is we're "Talk"-ing about.

Our final question for the year is a bit of a tradition—we'd like to get your opinion on the most important industry news stories of the past year. Take a peek at my list to place your vote, but feel free to weigh in with other news stories you feel had a significant impact on the window and door industry this year.

Have a great holiday. John and I will be back to "Talk..." with you in 2009.

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